The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, visited St Maries of the Isle school on Wednesday afternoon.
Cllr McCarthy, who took over the chain of office in June, met students and teachers in the school halla.
Two students outlined the rich history of the school to Mr. McCarthy, who is a keen historian and an expert on all matters relating to his home city.
Mr. McCarthy recounted a story from his youth about researching the meaning of the image on the Lord Mayor’s golden chain and encouraged children to be ‘curious’ and to ‘go on a journey’ with their learning.
A number of students from various classes then asked Mr. McCarthy a series of questions, which he answered in detail, while also outlining his job as a tour guide when not serving in office.
All students then delivered a beautiful rendition of the unofficial school anthem ‘Wavin’ Flag’, which was led on guitar by Mr. O’Dea.
Mr. McCarthy rounded off the trip by offering children the by now traditional homework off pass, which he suggested children might use at a time of the year when the level of homework has increased.