Last term we said goodbye to Vonla Griffin and Elaine Carr. Vonla worked at this school for 41 years and was my Deputy Principal. Elaine Carr worked with us for 18 years as an SNA. They will both be badly missed in this school. Unfortunately, with this pandemic we were unable to give them the real send-off that they deserved. We put videos together for each of them with memories, pictures and anecdotes for them to see. We recorded a song for them which included all the children. They were recorded under difficult circumstances. Each class was recorded separately and with the help of Robert Gallagher the song was put together. Many thanks to Naomi Clarkson and Robert for their help with this. They were each given vouchers from the school and a painting for them to keep. When Covid disappears (We live in hope!) both ladies will be frequent visitors to the school. The staff will take them out also to help celebrate their retirement. I would like to wish them the very best in their retirement.

Congratulations to Norah Tinney in 6th Class on winning a writing competition held by Children’s Books Ireland, in the 5th and 6th class category.  The school was given books to the value of €250 for the library. She was also given a prize and promised a trip to RTE to have herself recorded telling her story. What an experience that will be for her.

Congratulations to Kate Delahunty who got a Certificate of Commendment from The judges of the Texaco Art Competition.

It is so great to see children participating in these events outside of school and representing the school in so doing. I am very proud of them both.

As a school we are collecting donations for the Zoo. The children are very upset that the zoo is struggling and want to help. Every child has drawn their favourite  zoo animal and this is displayed in the school. Donations are coming in and we are all very grateful.

We will all be wearing our Christmas jumpers on the last day of term. The children will bring in €3 and this will be given to Laura Lynn.