As a Catholic School we are always concerned to help those in need within the local, national and international communities. Since the founding of St. Patrick's Grammar School in 1988 we have had a close association with a number of particular charities:
Action M.S. ;
St. Vincent de Paul Society;
African Mission Project;
St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh
Walk for MS raises £1,894.75 in aid of Action MS
Action MS CEO, Ann Walker, visited St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh recently for a special Awards Presentation to thank the pupils for their tremendous efforts on behalf of people with multiple sclerosis.
150 pupils took part in a Walk for MS in Gosford Forest Park and raised a fantastic total of £1,894.75 in aid of Action MS, Northern Ireland’s Multiple Sclerosis Charity.
In thanking the pupils Mrs Walker said: “Thanks to the generosity and support of schools like St. Patrick’s Grammar School, the Walks for MS are at the core of Action MS support services. Action MS supports people living with multiple sclerosis, their families and carers in Northern Ireland. St. Patrick’s Grammar School really enjoyed their morning’s walk and we are very grateful for their generous support.”
Mrs Walker went on to say: “The Walks for MS first started 30 years ago and have directly helped Action MS develop its support from a listening ear service to include support for children and families living with multiple sclerosis, support for young people, free legal advice and Digital Inclusion.”
Action MS invites anyone who is living with MS, their families or carers to contact Moira McIvor, who would be delighted to help, call (028) 907 907 07 or visit the Action MS website www.actionms.co.uk, for more information.
Seventeen students from St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh returned recently from a week long visit to the Brasov area in Romania.
The students were accompanied by staff members Mr Gerard Devine, Mr Noel King and Miss Shauna Campbell and as in previous years, they were joined by pupils from Cookstown High School, and Staff Mrs Mary Hogg and Mr Luke Forest. The group was led by Mrs Mary Hogg and Mr Jim McQuaid and the total number of students amounted to 46.
It was a busy week for all concerned. On a few occasions large institutions were visited by the whole group but in the main the group subdivided into two or three groups to facilitate visits to smaller institutions.
Before the visit students had engaged in many fundraising activities to provide aid for orphanages and the old people’s home visited in Sacele. Most of the aid was purchased in Romania, but some essential medical aid was purchased at home and taken out by students and staff.
The staff and students from the schools undertook many visits throughout their week’s stay in Romania and all of the students were touched by what they saw, especially in Timis, a home for people with physical disabilities. As well as providing aid, the students brought much-appreciated entertainment and company for the residents of the various institutions they visited.
Among the places they visited were Sunshine Houses, built for children who had been rescued from terrible living conditions a number of years earlier. These houses, Casa Sfanta Maria, Casa Sfanta Patrick and Casa Irlanda, each have 10 children or young people living there, and each has live-in staff with a ‘mother figure’ in charge. The children lead normal lives and attend school daily. Most go to the special school as their educational needs differ from those in mainstream.
In Dacia, the group visited a school and Rupea Orphanage. Educational equipment, face-paints and sweets were distributed and the students partied and played with the Romanian school children. As Dacia is a very isolated and poor village, over 40 families were provided with food parcels.
A minor food programme also took place in the village of Comona and students were welcomed into the overcrowded, poverty stricken houses, which was a real eye opener for all concerned. At the moment a building project is underway in a self-help cooperative to improve the living conditions of all concerned.
Students also visited Bradet School and Orphanage, assisting students and teachers in classes. Everyone concerned was very impressed by the talent of the students in the school and the intricate detail of the arts and crafts available to buy in the school craft shop.
Despite the extreme weather conditions with average temperatures below -18 Celsius, the week was a tremendous success and students arrived home in Armagh and Cookstown with the realisation that, not only had good friendships been formed, but their hard work of fundraising had not been in vain.
Mr Jim McQuaid, Treasurer of School Aid Romania, expressed his thanks to the staff and students and their parents who had worked tirelessly prior to the visits to raise the funds needed for such a trip.
“A considerable amount of work was undertaken and a lot of much needed aid was distributed,” said Mr McQuaid. “Plans have already been put in place for an aid programme stretching over the next 12 months. We would not, however, have been able to achieve what we have already achieved without the generous support of parents, people in business and the general public in the wide catchment areas from which all of the students come. The students appreciated your generosity and certainly the people of Romania appreciated it”.
We, the SAR team of 2016 wish to thank our family, friends and work colleagues for supporting us with our fundraising and to offer our sincere appreciation to the following:
Rev Peter McAnenly and the people of Armagh Parish; Church of the Immaculate Conception Tullysaran; St Peters Church Collegeland; Loughgall Parish; The staff from The Orchard Leisure Centre; Studio D, Armagh; MD Rafferty Guitar School; Lisanally Day Centre; Mary Coulter, Milford Knitting group; Dympna Hamill; Mc Keagneys Chemist; Gordons Chemist; Olivers Fruit Shop; The Little way Charity; The Auction Rooms, Moy; Our Ladys PS Tullysarran; St Peters PS Collegeland; Armagh Harps Club; Armagh Rugby Club; GEDA Construction; Donaghys Bar, Carrickmore; The Yellow Door Portadown; Lamon Hotel and Country Club; Countryside services; The Gold Drop Jewelers; Physio & Co; Derick Ryan; Charlemont Arms Hotel, Armagh; McGeowns Chip shop; Kerr’s Sports Shop; Keegans Bar; Eurospar, Moy; Wine Label, Armagh;