HUGE WELCOME TO SCHOOL FOR GRANDPARENTS
THE BUNSCOIL Loreto Primary School in Gorey held its annual Grandparents Day initiative last week and it was a great success.
While most schools hold their Grandparents Day towards the start of the school year, in Gorey they use the occasion to coincide with the annual First Communion.
Speaking to this newspaper about the event, the Principal, Aileen Kennedy said that holding it at this time of the year means grandparents who are from overseas get to visit the school.
‘We have a lot of children who come from other countries or whose parents are from other countries so we always hold our Grandparents Day to coincide with the Communion because a lot of their family members come here for that,’ she said.
‘That means that they’re here to visit the school and that’s great because some of them don’t even have any English but because they get to come in here it means that when their grandchildren are talking to them about school life and what they do they know where they’re talking about because through visiting here they’ve got a feel for the school and what we’re about,’ she added.
Bunscoil Loreto has four Second Classes groups and those pupils entertained the visitors with songs and music throughout the day.
‘They also gave their grandparents a profile which outlined their perception of them and some of those were quite funny,’ said Ms Kennedy.
‘It’s something we get them to do, where they write about their grandparents and what they mean to them.’
The children also presented their grandparents with their own profiles and that also proved very popular with the visitors.
Due to the large number of Second Class pupils in the school there were two sessions for grandparents to visit and both of them received a capacity crowd in the hall.
‘It was a great success and seemed to go down very well with the visitors,’ said Ms Kennedy.
‘The hall was packed for both sessions and it was a great occasion for everyone,’ she added.
Light refreshments were also served to the visiting grandparents in the school.
Goretti Dunne with her granddaughter Abbie Dunne. Áine Kavanagh, Rebecca Kavanagh and Karli Kavanagh Lynch. Some of the attendees at the special day.
Mary Byrne with her grandchildren Luke and Matthew. Richard Levingston with his grandparents Jimmy and Margaret Levingston.