The very best wishes to you all.
It is with great pleasure that I write for the launch of our E-zine Magazine. This initiative has proved itself hugely valuable over the past couple of years, vis a vis the range of topics which can be included, affordability and accessibility. We have produced an end of year school magazine here, since 1998. The E-zine brings us to the forefront of what technology can offer and is completely concurrent with how our classrooms, teaching and learning have evolved over the years.
Great tribute must go to this year's E-zine Committee - Cian O'Brien, Dario Green, William Duffy, Seán Power, Odhran Hayes Brennan, Dillon McGrath and Jacek Nowak, co-ordinators - Mr. O'Brien, Mr. Griffin and a special thanks to John O'Sullivan for technical support. They have kept us all on our toes, with their ongoing campaign to get interesting articles for the production. The encouragement and inter-class rewards have reaped dividends. We now have contributions from all class groupings here - it's a testament to all involved with the boys.
We have had a really busy school year to date, not least because of the new extension, which has just been put to full use. This probably marks the last of the major building works to our school (at least in the short term!) The additional rooms have now finally given us the space which we have so long wished for. We can now be truly confident in the knowledge that, right across the board, in terms of resources, facilities, support of the wider community and now classroom spaces, we are up there with the best, that can be availed of anywhere. Míle buíochas to everybody who was involved, in any way, with the project.
The building had a domino effect, which enabled us give a facelift to the existing structure. We improved landscaping, the hall / general purpose areas and other paintwork / repairs. We must pay special tribute to Alan Reidy of Supervalu, Mitchelstown, who fully paid for the redecoration of our "halla" and to all who helped in any way with the other improvements.
Our boys have been absolutely superb throughout. Time and time again, visitors to our school and those we meet when we travel outside, comment on their respectful behaviour and consideration for others. We can perhaps take it for granted. However, such ethical standards are not found everywhere. It's a privilege to work with these boys. The "way of doing things" takes years to cultivate and is centred on being kind to all. In this E-zine, you will get true creativity, individuality, imagination and spontaneity. These are talents we really try to recognise, encourage and develop, to promote confidence and self-esteem. Well done to each and every one of our pupil cohort.
Our Board of Management has been pivotal in ensuring that no stone is left unturned to provide the best learning environment for the boys. Their collective sense of responsibility and commitment, is evident in all aspects of school life. Their wise determinations, input into policy formulation and development of the school environs, has been invaluable. We are indeed fortunate to have their dedicated service.
Our Parent Council and general parent body have again proved themselves a great support and sounding board for feedback. Their activities this year have been really successful - every cent raised in fundraising, goes directly to improve the facilities available to the boys. We are, thankfully, never short of volunteers who are willing to lend a hand, for all sorts of occasions. Thank you all so much. It truly is a pleasure to be part of your lives.
The wider community continues to play a huge part in our school life. Over the years, we have built really solid relationships with a host of businesses, clubs, organisations and individuals, who continue to come up trumps, with support and co-operation. Particularly, in these difficult times for all, we really appreciate the ongoing support.
We trust it is for our mutual benefit.
Not least, I wish to pay tribute to the truly great team of colleagues that work here. These people are our greatest resource. They are tireless in their efforts to ensure the best for the boys. This year, in spite of the difficult circumstances, with building work - they have again provided a huge array of educational experiences for the boys. Particularly noteworthy is the range of extra-curricular activities. We have managed to add to the already impressive list of opportunities offered to the boys. I know from feedback from our school community, how much these efforts are appreciated. The great rapport staff have with the boys, is second to none. This is the stuff happy memories of school life are made of! To all teachers and ancillary staff - a huge big THANK YOU. Each person is a vital cog in the composite school experience.
Right now, we are really looking forward to the Big Date 31st May, when we are marking three special occasions - The launch of this E-Zine , Our 3rd Green Flag Award (for water conservation) and the Official Opening, by Minister Seán Sherlock T.D., of our new school extension. We would love to have an open invitation to all and sundry to join us on this day, however, space would not permit this. We hope our guest list represents a cross section of all who have been part of our story to date.
Very soon, we will bid "Slán agus Beannacht" to sixth class 2012 - 2013. Over the 6 years, here with us, we have got to know each child, as an individual. We couldn't wish any more for them than their nearest and dearest do. We hope they remember us with kind thoughts and that they settle in well in their next step on the educational road. They are a fine group of dependable boys - all with different dreams and aspirations. May they work hard to achieve their potential. We look forward to meeting our incoming 1st class and their families really shortly.
Finally, I hope you truly enjoy reading through this entertaining on line experience and that you will dip into it time and time again, in the years ahead. This E-zine with its predecessor magazines, form true archival material - a "snap shot" in time of school life. Word is that the Irish summer 2013 - will be a scorcher! Enjoy it to the full.
Le gach dea ghuí.