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One Book, One Community

(This article was written by transition year students as part of their Media Studies course)

by Jordan McKeever and Austin Henderick

The school’s first years are taking part in this year’s ‘One Book, One Community’ event for the fourth year. The launch event was held in O’Connell’s primary school hall. The meaning of this event was to bring other schools closer as a community on the basis of reading the same text, to engage in the same thought and feelings while reading this book. The book  Once  is written by Morris Gleitzman. It is about Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, who is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage.

Many different schools attended this event such as Marino College, Larkin Community College and Rosmini. Maureen O’Sullivan TD and Mary Collins, our home school liaison officer, were speakers at the event. Sean Bruen of first year was our school’s representative in the best bookmark competition and was called on stage as a runner-up.  Goodie bags were given out to every school that attended that day.

Our first years enjoyed their day out. Student Sam Chrystal expressed his eagerness to get started on his new book “Once”.


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