Letter at Easter
On Tuesday March 15th St Paul’s along with other schools throughout the country celebrated Proclamation Day. Emceed by fifth year student Hannah Duffy, the entire school listened and participated in a dignified and respectful manner to the reading of the original proclamation, the reading of our new school devised Proclamation, songs and reflections. The event finished with the raising of the national flag and the playing and singing of the national anthem. I wish to thank the History and Irish departments, for the fantastic work put into organising the occasion and to all the students who participated in whatever capacity. It was a privilege for me, as Principal, to be part of such an appropriate celebration.
Shortly after Christmas we welcomed the first cohort of Programme Refugees to St Paul’s. The welcome, kindness and respect that our students have shown these less fortunate young people has been remarkable and has made us all proud, long may it continue. One of the main findings in of Whole School Evaluation in 2014 was that “this is a very inclusive school” and I am proud to say I witness that every day in St Paul’s.
The second big production of the Transition Year calendar took place on Thursday March 10th when dance fever took hold and, under the direction of Ms Mahony, the TY students gave their all in “Strictly Come Dancing 2016”. Occasions like these are wonderful learning opportunities for the students. The confidence gained, the teamwork involved and the importance of realising that “practice makes perfect” are lifeskills that will stand to them forever. Well done to the winners, the dancers and all involved in making it such a success.
It is very frustrating for me that I cannot report any progress regarding the new school. The Design Team continue to work on the detailed plans for the school but we are still no closer to lodging the planning application. The initial timetable for the delivery of the new school is now fifteen months behind schedule due to complications regarding the removal of the surface drainage water from the proposed site. I will continue, on behalf of you, the Board, staff, students present and future to pursue, and harass, the parties and representatives who can deliver workable solutions to this problem.
The Leaving & Junior Cert Exams 2016 begin on Wed June 8th, full details available on www.examinations.ie
It is a long last term and as parents you are reminded that so much can be achieved by each student between now and the 8th of June. Please ensure that your son/daughter gets rest, exercise, sleep and eats well. Make yourself familiar with the timetable for June and ensure they have all equipment well in advance. The weeks and months leading up to the State Examinations can be a stressful time for some students, if they or you have any concerns or fears please feel free to contact us. I wish all students the very best in their upcoming exams.