Letter to the class of 2020

To the Class of 2020,
First, I want to say how much I will miss you. I’ve known you all since you were 8 years old, bouncing around my 2nd and 3rd class classroom – reading, thinking and laughing with me. You indulged me when I made funny voices during reading hour or drama. You indulged me when I asked you to practice “one more time” for our great class performances.
I was so happy that our small school meant I got to teach you as your 4th, 5th and 6th class teacher as well. I loved watching you grow and become the marvellous young adults you are today. You made me so happy to be back in the classroom every day with you. You reminded me then (and now) that this is the best thing about being a teacher.

Second, I want to tell you how sorry I am. I’m sorry all the traditions you’ve been looking forward to for years are not happening as planned and for now have been put on hold. I remember watching your faces during last year’s graduation and knowing you were all thinking “Next year, next year this will be us!”

Schools are doing their best to get creative, but I sympathise with you knowing you feel that it’s just not the same. You’re right. It’s not the same and it is not fair. But we can always hold on to our wonderful memories that we have made over the past 4 years.
It is the class of 2020 that will have an amazing story to tell. You’re all a part of history.
During this pandemic, you’ve been using the technology  to raise your voices and share your ideas. You’ve been part of a Sports Week, Art Week and Poetry Week, as well as doing other weekly challenges. You’ve expressed yourselves in so many different ways and it’s been really enjoyable.
When you are older and look back on this time I hope that you will be proud of how you all moved forward with respect for each other and embraced the challenges ahead of you. Because, really, that’s what all the ceremonies and rituals you’re missing out on are—expressions of deep love, gratitude and affection.
You have laughed, cried and learned with each other for years. You’ve sweated in classrooms during tests, celebrated your victories and made it through the drama of table quizzes, football finals and our Christmas extravaganzas.
Finally, I want to say thank you. Thank you for being such an incredible class. Fun and inspiring, silly and intelligent. You not only made me a better teacher, but you made me a better person. I’ll always be grateful I got to spend four years of our lives working with you and getting to know you. I am excited to see where you go next. I wish you all the best in Secondary School.
Good Luck on your journey and don’t be strangers.
Your teacher, Ms. Sweetman 

 

Collection of Children’s Books & Resources

As the end of the school year has arrived, the teachers and SNAs have been busy in the school building organising all the books, copies, Art work, etc. that we had to leave behind in March when the school closed. These items will be available for collection – along with your child’s school report for this year and other information letters – in the playground/yard (where the children line up in the morning) at the following times:

Thursday 25th June:

  • 9:30 – 11am:      Junior Infants (Ms. Leonard)
  • 11:30am – 1pm: Senior Infants (Ms. Reynolds)

Friday 26th June:

  • 9:30 – 11am:      2nd Class (Ms.Walshe)
  • 11:30am – 1pm: 5th/6th Class (Ms. Sweetman)

Monday 29th June:

  • 9:30 – 11am:      1st Class (Mr. Smyth)
  • 11:30am – 1pm: 3rd/4th Class (Ms. O’Dowd)

As you will understand there are a number of guidelines that we all must follow in order to stay as safe as possible at this time.

  • Please do not try to enter the school building.  All your child’s resources can be collected from the yard where the children normally line up in the morning.  We ask that – where possible – only one adult from a household comes to the school.
  • Cones will be used to mark a distance of 2 metres so that parents can line up safely when waiting to collect a pack.  Please stick to the allotted time for your child’s class to avoid too many people congregating at the same time.
  • Where a child may have a brother or sister in a different class, the siblings’ packs will be available to collect together. (For example if you have a child in 1st Class and a child in Junior Infants, both packs will be available to collect on Thursday from 9:30 – 11am at the designated time for Junior Infants)
  • If you are unable to come to the school at these times, we will send the documents (report, school calendar, information letter) by post to you.  Please contact the office if you need to avail of this option.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this unusual situation!

Art Week by the Sunshine Class

Congratulations to Yasmin who won the art competition during Art Week! Thank you to Mrs. Condron, Ms. Hanlon and Ms. Fitzpatrick for organising the lovely art activities last week. Well done to all the talented artists in the Sunshine Class. I have thoroughly enjoyed your creations during the year. From construction to clay and printing to painting you have all been amazing. Have a look at the beautiful collages of work below. You are all fantastic!!