Christmas Message

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

As we close off on the last day of school in this decade, it’s inevitable that we look back but in the interest of brevity I’ll only concentrate on this past month.

At the outset, I want to acknowledge our PTA committee who have played a very crucial, hands-on part during the past month. Thanks to their organisation and commitment, our Christmas fair was a fantastic success, enjoyed by pupils, parents and the community. They also organised the pupils’ Christmas cards and Santa’s visit. Huge thanks to Mrs. Amelia Jennings, Leona Molloy and their committee as well to the many parents who contributed in so many ways.

Since the fair, it has been fascinating and rewarding to see the school community enter the spirit of Christmas, culminating in our Carol Services over the past two days. The Christmas theme offers so many opportunities for teaching and learning. Teachers base their teaching on the pupil’s experience and integrate their subjects so that pupils gain a deeper understanding of Christmas. I have been fascinated by the creativity of pupils as shown in their Christmas stories, their cards, their Cribs and their artwork. I have read some of the most earnest letters to Santa from some very “promising” authors. Pupil singing spilled into the yards hourly, sending a tingle of excitement about the school.  For my own part, I have really enjoyed reading some of my favourite Christmas books to classes – even our most senior pupils love to be read to and nothing better than The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Twoomey, The Night Before Christmas or Jesus’ Christmas Party.

There’s a lovely Christmas quote I like that goes, “In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas; in their hearts we find the meaning.” The magic of Christmas was so very evident in every classroom this December – it was so good to see children’s eyes twinkle with unrestrained glee in anticipation of Christmas. But equally evident was their understanding of the plight of those less fortunate and their desire to help. The shoe Box appeal is a case in point – some children showed me what they had specially selected as gifts and it was so gratifying to hear them explain their choices. Another example was our visit to Mount Hybla nursing home. While I was very impressed with the children’s performances, I was especially delighted to see them mingle and chat so caringly and sensitively with the residents. Such acts of kindness clearly illustrate pupils’ empathy and understand of those who have less, thus exemplifying the Christmas spirit for all of us.

Christmas is very busy time both at home and school. If you have missed out in any school events over the term, many of them can still be viewed on the school app. The app mantained by Mrs. Mac Donagh and Ms. O’Callaghan, offers a wonderful insight into learning and school life as well as celebrating pupil achievement.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the trust you place in our teachers and for your ongoing support of your pupils and school over the past term.Finally, I would like to wish all our families a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and relaxing break and prosperity in 2020.

Beannnachtaí na Nollag oraibh go léir!!

Denis Courtney