Welcome back to the 2019 – 2020 school year. I hope you all enjoyed the summer and found time to relax and step back from the busyness that the school year brings. I think that it was a great summer in Drumshanbo. We are really lucky to live in a town where there is so much for children to do and so much active fun to be had- even if it’s raining.
Now that school has started again, the most important thing to do is to get to know all the new members of our school family beginning with the new Junior infants. So I want to say that we are delighted to welcome Aoife, Aoife, Aran, Cody, Connor, Connor, Conor, Brádán, Dillon, Dominic, Éabha, Elliot, Emma, Grace, Jayda, Kaiden, Kyla, Julia, Justina, Marcel, Megan, Noah, Moustafa, Sadie, Séimí, Shauna, Shona, and Tom, with a special welcome to Mahmoud also.
Welcome also to Kevin, Noah and Enya in Senior Infants, Ana in Second Class, Alexis and Ewan in Third Class, Ellie in Fourth Class and Rubi Mai in Sixth Class.
We have some new members of staff also – Ms. Aisling McGettigan is teaching in the Cairde Class, Ms. Rachel Noone is in Third Class and Ms. Orla Smith is in First Class. Ms. Julie Moloney is a new SNA in the Cairde Class. I hope that they are settling in and beginning to feel part of our school.
So there are lots of changes – new pupils, new teachers, teachers working in different classes. One very positive change is that we have an extra teacher this year because of an increase in numbers last year. We will use this teacher to support the many learning needs in the school.
Unfortunately, one thing hasn’t changed – our extension hasn’t yet started. Back in June, I told some of the children that I would be in very bad humour in September if there weren’t diggers in the field so you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t seem happy! Hopefully we’ll see some progress by midterm.
Still, this should be a great year, a year of significant change, and I really do expect that when I’m writing this word of welcome next September, our school building will better reflect the great people – children and adults – who work here every day.
Beir bua agus beannacht do 2019 – 2020.