With a little excitement, sleepless nights and a nerve-wracking morning, the parents of the new junior infants left their beautiful children in the capable hands of the principals and class teachers of their new national school.
In new uniforms and packed bags with the all-important lunchbox, little hands were held tightly until the last minute and then let go to allow for a new independence, a new adventure, for the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.
At the Gaelscoil, Principal Eoghan Breathnach welcomed twelve new students to Gaelscoil Thiobraid Arann. “Múinteoir Mairead has been looking forward to meeting them for ages, and she has not been left disappointed! They are an exceptionally bright and happy bunch. On behalf of the entire school community, we extend a huge ‘Cead Míle Failte’ to you and your parents. We are proud to have you with us and look forward to working with you in the future.”
At St. Michael’s Boys N.S. forty boys settled into two classes under the caring and capable hands of Mrs. Cleary and Mrs. O’Dwyer. “The boys are settling in very well and it is lovely to see the great camaraderie and friendships already developing,” said Principal Siobhan Verdon. “We wish them a very happy and fulfilling first year in St Michael’s.”
The girls in St. Michael’s G.N.S. were in good spirits. “It’s an exciting time for all our Junior Infants and also for the other children who start school in St. Michael’s,” said Principal Ide Mooney. “It was lovely to see all the enthusiastic faces, new and old arriving at the school, ready for the new and busy year
ahead. St. Michael’s G.N.S. wish everyone a great school year.”
Principal Louise Tobin at St. Joseph’s Primary school was on hand to give a warm welcome to the new pupils. “We’re delighted to welcome our new pupils and the parents were happy to leave them after a couple of minutes. The juniors at St. Joseph’s Primary school settled in very well without any tears and we’re looking forward to the new school year.”