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Principal’s Message

December 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

December has come around again, with remarkable speed. At times it seemed that 2020 would stumble on forever. For many, this has been a very difficult year, full of uncertainty & worry. It has been a year tinged with sadness for lots of families. It is undeniable that 2020 has tested everybody’s patience & resilience, as circumstances forced us all to think & act differently. However, there have also been many positives. We’ve all had to examine & re-prioritise what is really important to us. People now seem to have more time for other people. Being separated from loved ones has highlighted just how much they mean to us & how important they are in our lives. With Christmas approaching & with recent developments promising hope for 2021, we look forward to this festive season & the dawning of a New Year.

In school, our Christmas preparations have taken on a slightly different flavour this year. Annual events such as our Christmas Carol Service & Bake Sale have unfortunately taken a back seat. However, many other traditions & celebrations continue as usual. The school has taken on a really festive look & feel recently, with pupils in all classes buzzing with creativity & wonder, as they prepare for December 25th. We will be compiling a montage of pictures from all classes to give parents & guardians a flavour of Christmas in Kilmessan NS. This will be posted on the school website and/or emailed to families closer to the holidays.

A huge Thank You to all the pupils & staff who participated in our recent Movember Day & contributed a coin towards this worthy cause – raising funds to help eradicate male cancers & towards suicide prevention. A total of €556.20 was donated on your behalf. Meath Food Bank and Trim Garda Christmas appeals will be the recipients of any non-perishable food items or toiletries left into the school this year. The PA have kindly organised regular (Covid-friendly) collections of the items from the school & deliveries to the distributors.

Congratulations to Ms. Troy & the Meath Ladies on reaching the All-Ireland Intermediate Football Final (for the third successive year). It’s a fantastic achievement & we’re all behind Emma & the team as they take the next step & hopefully bring some silverware back to Meath on December 20th. To mark the occasion & to show our support, Friday 18th has been designated Green & Gold Day . All staff & students (even the Dubs!!) will be encouraged to wear their Meath colours on the day. Local dual-star Megan Thynne is also a member of the team & Megan’s aunt Harriet is a former member of our staff.

Finally, on behalf of everyone in the school, I’d like to wish you all a peaceful, restful & joy-filled Christmas. The school will close at 12:00 on Tuesday December 22nd & we look forward to seeing all our pupils back on Wednesday January 6th, healthy, rested & ready for 2021.

 

Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh uilig,

Brian Mullins

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St. Joseph's National School,             

Main St.,                                      Email: info@kilmessanns.ie

Kilmessan,

Co. Meath

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