Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the ever popular St Joseph’s Boys’ School Community Festival take place. The annual event is aimed at celebrating the 70th anniversary of Creggan, which has been the home of the school since it opened in September, 1963. A highlight of the day will be a football match between the Derry City Legends team and a St Joseph’s Select XI. The game begins at 3pm at Brooke Park and all are welcome to attend.
Organised and funded by the St Joseph’s Boys School Past Pupils Union, the annual festival attracts over 1,000 visitors throughout the day. Entry to the Festival is free and on the day there are a number of different events which organisers say will suit all tastes and interests.
For younger children, there are three Jo Jingles sessions. The first will be in the school’s lecture theatre at 1.30pm. There is a charge of £2 per child for this event. However organisers stress that this is the only event throughout the day at which there will be a charge of any kind. Exhibitions of Irish dancing will also be provided by the Aisling McGill School of Irish Dancing and the McGinley School of Irish Dancing. Other activities on offer will include a raft of sporting events including exhibitions from Rathmor Warriors Gym and Kickboxing Club, Oxford Utd F.C, Doire Colmcille G.F.C and Na Magha Hurling Club as well as North Star Basketball Club and City of Derry Tennis Club. These events will take place in the gym.
In the Assembly Hall, music will be provided by local DJs Shay Whelan and Dougie Breslin. There will also be face painting and arts and crafts and refreshment stalls. Other activities to participate in will be the Foreign Foto Booth, exhibits and sales from the Technology and Design Department, the Art Department, Jim Campbell, Orlaigh Sally, Maighread McCaul and Guildhall Press. The Hive, based at Creggan’s Rathmor Centre will focus on education via technology by demonstrating the use of drones, green screen, music production and Legomind. Continuing with the educational theme, the school’s computer labs will be open all day for fans of Minecraft. Also in the gym there will be bouncy castles throughout the day. The festival takes place from 1-5pm at the Westway based school and everyone is invited to come along.