EDUCATION Minister Angela Smith received a
colourful taste of school life when she visited St. Joseph's
Primary School, Crumlin on Tuesday.
Mrs Smith went to the school after she met
the Principal of St. Joseph's Mrs Catherine Wegwermer on a
recent BBC `Hearts and Minds' programme.
She was warmly welcomed by the Chairperson of
the school's Board of Governors, Fr. Ciaran Feeney, and by
Parish priest, Fr. Luke McWilliams. The private visit gave the
pupils an opportunity to meet, question and chat with the
Minster for Education.
Mrs Wegwermer then led the Minister on a
short tour of the school, with pupils as young as year two
sharing their learning experiences with Mrs Smith showing her a
range of activities including shopping tasks and their
independent use of interactive white boards.
The minister viewed pupils engaged in a wide
variety of learning activities, from practical maths in the
outdoor classroom to year seven pupils' extensive use of ICT.
The children were more than happy to talk to
her about their digital movie animation work, use of the digital
microscope and creation of multimedia slide shows.
Along with members of the school community,
Mrs Smith was treated to special assembly on 'The Life of St.
Joseph's.' At this, pupils had an opportunity to ask the
minister some of their own prepared questions. Her responses
gave them an insight into her role as Education Minister.
The visit ended with an informal reception
with representatives from the whole school community. Mrs Smith
was presented with flowers and a gift as a memento of her visit.