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Letter to Parents - June 2020

Dear Parents,

As the school year draws to a close I would like to thank you for your support. It has been a difficult time for families and I wish to compliment you on your hard work and positivity. In very challenging circumstances, you helped your children to learn at home, under the guidance of our teachers. You did a great job!

Last Friday, with a heavy heart, we said goodbye to 48 wonderful children in 6th class with a video presentation for their graduation and a beautiful photobook of memories. We wish them every success in secondary school.

Ms Connolly has completed her five-year term as Home School Community Liaison teacher. I’m sure you all agree that she did an amazing job!! She welcomed parents to our school, organised classes, made invaluable connections and built strong relationships with our partners in the community. We are delighted to welcome her to our Special Education Needs team and she will work closely with 4th class. We wish to congratulate Ms Dunphy, from Central Model Infants’ School, who will take on the role.  Many of you know Ms Dunphy well and we are delighted to have her as our new HSCL teacher!

As I’m sure you are aware from media reports, the issue of return to school is an ever evolving situation. We are already planning ahead but will comply with Department of Education and Skills directives when they are issued. Over the summer holidays we will be working to put into place a smooth opening for the new academic year and setting the priorities to ensure all our children are safe, secure and happy as they learn. We will keep you informed at all times in relation to any future developments.

Many thanks to the members of our Board of Management for giving their time and sharing their wealth of experience throughout the year. 

The children in our school made huge sacrifices over the last three months. They missed their friends and daily routine. Some children missed First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies. There were no school tours, assemblies, sports days or athletics in Santry. However, they faced up to the challenges presented and they shone! Many children discovered new talents or brushed up on old skills. They showed determination and resilience during the school closure and they showed commitment by completing the work assigned. (Please encourage your child to read over summer and continue with RM Easimaths).Their bubbly personalities were evident on the Zoom calls. They learned the importance of balancing work and play. I am proud of our children, our parents, our teachers and our school community for working together, while staying apart. 

The end of the school year coincides with the easing of Covid -19 restrictions (Phase 3). We are emerging with hope. 

I would like to wish you all the very best for the summer holidays and look forward to welcoming you all back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting, new academic year. We can’t wait to see you on Wednesday 26th August!

Kind regards,

Deirdre Gartland and the staff of Central Model Senior School

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