Russian Ambassador visit 2018-19

It was a great honour to have as a visitor to St. Oliver’s Community College the Ambassador of the Russian Federation His Excellency Yuri Anatolevich Filatov.
The ambassador was welcomed to St Oliver’s with the traditional Russian greeting “ bread and salt” and some primary school children dressed in colourful traditional Russian dresses. Some of our music students played the Russian anthem followed by the beautiful sound of Irish pipes. Our TY students prepared well-known Russian songs “Kalinka”.The ambassador also enjoyed looking at  the international exhibition “Children draw Peace” which were presented by historical and cultural centre “Mobius”. This exhibition contains around 300 children’s pictures from all over the world. The ambassador was pleased to find out that Russian language has been taught at St. Oliver’s for 8 years as a Leaving Certificate subject and has been on the TY programme for the last three years. TY students presented their projects about Russian Culture, Russian food, Famous Russian People. His excellency Yuri Anatolevich participated in a questions and answers session from our leaving cert students. The official part of the visit was finished by launch of the Russian Oral Work Book written by Oksana McNiff and published by Irene Gahan. St. Oliver’s College gave a gift  to Russian ambassador. It was the beautiful books about Drogheda. This was the first ever visit of Russian ambassador to the state Irish schools and it was a great honour for us to welcome such important guest.