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Friday, March 1st was a day of great celebration and joy when the grandparents of pupils were invited in to be entertained by the students and to see what is going on in a modern school. The school population had gathered in the General Assembly room and waited excitedly for their grandparents to arrive. There were smiles, winks and hand shaking when they recognised their own. Then the gathering were informed of the programme by principal, Ms Brennan, and she then called on Fr. John to say a prayer. He presented a very reflective introduction and related to all ages present and then called God’s Blessings and the blessing of Our Lady on all present. Teachers and a number of pupils were involved in the Prayers of the Faithful. The children then displayed their exceptional talents with song, music and dance led by Grainne Daly and members of the school staff. It was a wonderful exhibition of joy as the children raised the roof with the volume of their voices and the smiles on the faces and there was no denying the high standard of talent on display. Their music, when all the tin whisltes joined in, was like an orchestra with the quality of playing and that led to an energetic Ceili Dance which I might call ‘The Waves of Tory’ and which they thoroughly enjoyed. Everyone was then invited to enjoy the food and refreshments on offer and when finished they could visit the classrooms and school corridors to see students’ work and art pieces and letters written by the pupils for their Grandparents. These letters will be framed and sent to the Grandparents in the coming weeks. A wonderful event and one where grandparents could be justly proud of their grandchildren and indeed convinced that their children were in good hands and getting an excellent education.
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