This is officially the Year of the Gathering, but for the past and present pupils and staff of Ballinamore’s Post Primary Schools, this June Bank Holiday weekend will mark a very special ‘gathering’ of their own, the final chance to tour the school sites and meet up with old friends before the transfer to the new Community School site in early 2014.
The event will kick off on Sunday, June 2 with a special mass at 5pm in St Patrick’s Church, Ballinamore. The mass will be concelebrated by the Bishop as well as a number of past pupils who are now serving as priests and local priests from the area.
Afterward a free BBQ and meet and greet of past pupils, former teachers and present teachers, has been organised at Meanscoil Fatima.
It will be an opportunity for past pupils and staff to take a tour through the three school buildings for a final time before they are closed.
Adding to the nostalgia of the occasion there will be photo displays and archive materials on display. Photo images have also been scanned and will be screened on an ongoing loop during the event.
The three sites have played a very important role in education in the town over the last 60 years. In 1968 an almost unique system of common enrolment started which resulted in a sharing of teachers and facilities. This has evolved and continued to the present. In 1994 Meanscoil Fatima and St. Felim’s College were amalgamated to form Fatima and Felim’s Secondary School. In 2001 the Minister for Education and Science announced that an amalgamation of the Vocational School and Secondary Schools would result in a Community School.
Organiser are now looking for old photographs and memorabilia especially from pre 2000 classes for inclusion in the exhibition. Everything submitted will be returned.
For more information, please feel free to contact any member of staff or get in touch via mobile on 087-7037636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further detail are also available on the Ballinamore PPS facebook page and on the school’s website http://ballinamorepps.ie/