Recently the girls of second class have been learning about the history of the national school system in Ireland- from the first hedge schools to the schools we have today. As part of their lessons, the children were comparing new and old school buildings and classrooms, interviewing relatives about their experiences of school, and discussing similarities and differences between schools in the past and schools today by looking at photographs. We had guest speakers visit the class also, to tell the girls about what life was like in the 'Old Donacarney School' which is now known as the 'red brick' building and currently being used as a Montessori. Mrs O Reilly and Liz told us a lot about their experiences of school-about their long walks home from school, the terrifying sewing inspections and also the old roll book! After the guest speakers, the children walked up to the old Donacarney school building to analyse its features from the outside and have a look at the structure of the building from the inside. They managed to learn a lot about the old school!