This month (October) we have been learning about education in the past. We learned about schools from Greek and Roman times, to the establishment of the first primary schools in Ireland right through to the present.  We found out that while there are some similarities between schools in the past and schools now, there are a lot more differences. We learned that boys and girls were educated separately and did different subjects.

We also had a visit from a past pupil who began primary school at St. Laurence’s NS in 1962. She told us all about her school days. She said that she studied arithmetic, English, Irish, history and geography. The girls did knitting while the boys studied algebra. She liked maths best and enjoyed playing catch and beds (hopscotch). For lunch the children were provided with bottles of milk and bread. The milk was left beside the open fire so that it was warm to drink.

All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed having a special visitor. The children decided that they prefer how schools are now rather than how they were in the past.