Our Lovely Merryn.

MERRYN

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It is with great sadness that we report the bereavement of Merryn Lacy ( 1st class) following a spirited and dignified struggle with Neuroblastoma. Our thoughts are with her parents, Jenny (teacher) and Michael, and sister Cora (Junior Infants) and her grandparents and wider family.

In our recent rewriting of the Proclamation for a new Republic, Merryn wrote “We should look after those who look after us.”, an acknowledgment of the love she experienced from her parents, sister and close family, the doctors and nurses in Crumlin Children’s Hospital,  her teachers and classmates and their parents in the school, her neighbours in Donabate and the huge numbers of persons in the wider community who contributed to fundraising and with words of support.

Merryn will be buried  following a ceremony in Kilfennan Presbyterian Church in Jenny’s native Londonderry this Saturday at 3pm.

Parents  are asked to take note of the following manner in which the sad news will be imparted to the children on Monday on their return the school. At each of three short Assemblies  Fintan (Principal) will meet with the assembled children, let them know of the sad news in an age-appropriate and sensitive manner and will lead a short reflection to a piece of music.

As always, the teachers will be very vigilant with the children on their return to their classrooms and should any child be very upset we will contact home. The Assemblies will take about fifteen  minutes each ( 8.50 for Infant classes, 9.05 for middle classes, and 9.20 for Senior Classes). Any parent who might like to attend this with their son/daughter, is welcome to do so.  Alternatively, any parent who does not wish their child to attend this may feel free to bring their child to school later ( these Assemblies will be finished by 9.35).

In consultation with Jenny and Michael the school will host a further Memory  event later this school year.

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Progress in the Garden….

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Huge thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers Christine and Tanya who are both very active within the school. Today the green team helped out too which made the process a lot quicker…..Thanks everyone!!! We will keep you updated…hopefully in a few weeks time the garden will be totally transformed.

Irish Aid Awards – Excellent News!

On Tuesday, three representatives from the Irish Aid team in James’ class went in to the Department of Education for the Our World Irish Aid Awards Regional Finals.  Their project about the Global Goals had been shortlisted as one of the top 15 in the region covering Dublin, Greater Leinster and Northern Ireland.

This was an incredible achievement in and of itself but to our absolute delight, on the day we were chosen as one of the top three projects to go to the national finals in June.  We were absolutely thrilled and to cap it all off, our project was highlighted on News2Day today!  You can see it on the RTE Player here http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/news2day-30001385/10574387/  We’re at the very start of the episode!

Huge congratulations to the Irish Aid team (Conor, Alex, Precious, Tara, Gráinne and Rohit) on this incredible achievement!