St. Cronan's Boys' National School, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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Jan / Feb 2009

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A Message from the Principal

Who would believe that it is February already and with the year closing in so fast it does no harm to stand back and reflect on what is happening at the school these days. Our 6th class pupils are actively preparing for their Confirmation by attending Faith Friends discussion groups each week and our Queen of Peace group also had their enrolment mass in our school hall three weeks ago. At the same time they are very conscious of the looming Assessment Tests for their new post primary schools.

'Preparation' seems to be the theme at the moment as our 5th and 6th classes are busily rehearsing for the National Children's choir, while the school choir is preparing to participate in the Arklow Music festival at the end of the month. And not to be outdone, our Junior classes are happily singing along with the Music in the Classroom programme before joining the RTE Orchestra in the concert hall.

Hard work always needs to be recognised and so we have had the honour of receiving our fourth Green Flag from An Taisce. We are also very grateful to them for supporting our 'Travel' theme by funding the installation of a state of the art bicycle shelter.

We must also express our appreciation to the Froebel College of Education for enabling their students to assist our teachers in taking pupils on educational trails in our school grounds and around the town.

Of course the backdrop to all this is the building of our new extension which is progressing well.

The intercultural links which are so strong in our school has seen us celebrating Chinese New Year with an exciting martial arts demonstration by Master Sun. Given our own customs around Lá le Bríde, isn't it appropriate that we have a St. Brigid's Cross in a central position on our school hall mural? It was designed by an Australian aboriginal artist and painted by pupils some years ago in aboriginal dot painting style.

A special word of appreciation goes to those pupils who braved the cold and icy conditions recently when many other schools were closed. The same goes for our teachers, some of whom had to endure a lot of inconvenience to get to school. This is a good example of dedication and professionalism in practice. We are very fortunate to have such a brilliant staff and we appreciate all they do.

Vaughan Dodd

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