What an unusual, unprecedented school year it has been.
At the outset I wish to pay tribute to our school community. In these strange times we have all faced challenges and uncertainty. As adults we have sought certainty and direction in a turbulent time, some of us have faced illness and loss and many of us have found hope in the kindness and spirit of others.
Our children took on new ways of learning, their fun and creativity have kept us all going.
Over the past four months it has been a privilege to be part of our school team. The work of our Teachers, SNA’s, Office-staff and Caretaker has been exceptional. All of us had to learn new ways to work and stay in touch. Their energy, fun and care for our children shone through.
As Parents, we hope you felt supported and be assured you were very much in our thoughts. You grasped the challenges before you and led your family through this pandemic and balancing everything must have seemed impossible at times, but you made it. You should be proud of your children and proud of your work.
Fr. Niall has been a constant support. His weekly messages and videos are the stuff of legend. We couldn’t hope for a better friend. He is an example to us all of the Word and Love of God.
Our sixth class pupils will have a ‘Virtual Graduation’ on Zoom this week, but we will meet in mid-July and graduate in person. I really look forward to this. We wish these young people every blessing in secondary school. They are outstanding ambassadors for their families, our school and our county.
Later this week we will post school reports and booklists. We are preparing for our return in September. We will be in touch regarding new guidelines in early August and will reopen on Monday, August 31st . What this return will look like depends on our progress in fighting the virus in our community.
Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with our families that have lost a loved one in these difficult times. May they rest in peace.
Regards and best wishes.