Once again, the Schools´ classrooms and corridors were covered in green to celebrate St Patrick´s Day, commemorating the patron saint of Ireland on the 17th of March. Shamrocks, Leprechauns, violins and fairies were in evidence, allowing the youngest at School to get to know one of Ireland´s strongest traditions. The legend of St Patrick says that he used a three leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. So that they might understand, he used the clover as an example of a single unity, with three different people. Since then, the three leaf clover went on to become a symbol of the Irish church. This is where the distinctive green colour of the festival also comes from.
Another Irish legend claims that St Patrick freed the island of snakes. This and other legends are now part of the cultural knowledge and appreciation which our Early Years children have. They spent an unforgettable day, both educational and fun.