HUGE WEL­COME TO SCHOOL FOR GRAND­PAR­ENTS

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

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.

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