Harold’s Cross NS has it all!
Walking past Harold’s Cross National School on Clareville Road, Dublin 6W you might not realise that there is a hive of activity going on behind those gates from early morning to late in the afternoon. And it’s not just learning to read, write and Maths – although there is plenty of that too.
Harold’s Cross NS offers a wide range of in-school and after school activities, to suit all interests, talents and ages.
For the musically inclined there are several options: Piano lessons with classics such as ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ to Beethoven’s dramatic ‘Ode to Joy’ on the curriculum. If you prefer a string instrument – how about ukulele lessons? Who would have thought that the Jackson 5s old hit ‘Rockin’ Robin’ could be a ukulele hit in Harold’s Cross? Alternatively train your vocal chords with the school’s choir and sing carols and current hits during assembly.
For sports enthusiasts Harold’s Cross offers several after school activities, such as tennis, basketball, football, and Jumping Jacks. The school has a fantastic all-weather astro pitch where the children can give those legs a good stretch after working hard in class. On Thursday afternoons the school has an arrangement with Swan Leisure Centre in Rathmines and each week children of all classes have the chance to learn and improve their swimming.
Children interested in the arts and creativity can join the art club or drama classes, from Picasso to Yates, from Shakespeare to Wilde!
Inquisitive pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th class can take extension lessons in Science and Maths. Learn about Albert Einstein’s relativity theory, Marie Curie’s radioactivity and Stephen Hawkins’ black holes. Nobel Prizes …. here we come!
For those with an interest in by-gone days there is the opportunity to take extra history lessons and learn about the origins of our Halloween customs, about the first person on the moon, the famine and various battles, wars and – hopefully – some peace deals.
As if all of the above weren’t enough the school has a full calendar of in school activities and projects throughout the year: Science Week, Reading Week, World Book Day, Christmas Fair, Talent Show, Sports Day ….. to name a few! There is gardening, keep-fit programmes, magic of music programmes, trips to concerts, museums and galleries, archaeology, even ‘hip-hop in the yard’.
And last but not least: Parents – we haven’t forgotten about you. Why not get involved in Harold’s Cross’s own Operation Transformation, take Irish lessons, or learn a new hobby – such as art or Boxercise.
As you can see – in Harold’s Cross there really is a lot more to school than reading, writing and arithmetic.