“I have written this as a Grandparent missing our Grandchildren, and St Joseph’s.

Our Grandson received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 13th February 2020.  The church ceremony was excellent with Bishop Eamon Walsh giving confirmation to the pupils, Fr. Philip celebrating the Mass and the boys’ choir singing beautifully.

On the 9 O’clock news on Wednesday 11th March, there was talk of closing down the country because of Coronavirus.  Then at 1 p.m. on Thursday the following day news came through the media that the schools were closing from 6 p.m.  At this time no one realised that this would be the pupils’ very last day at school.  6th class took their instructions from their teachers and gathered up their books, and said a quick goodbye to all their classmatesI have collected our Grandson from school every Wednesday for the past 8 years, I didn’t think this would be my last time ever as I drove to school. I gave my Grandson a big hug and said goodbye.

This is his final year in St. Joseph’s, it is a very important year for him and the other pupils.  He worked hard in his class to get good grades.  Now he goes online and works with Google Classroom with his teacher.  We are so sorry he has to miss out on all the final activities that would lead him to his graduation.  The Art Exhibition etc., and all other sports which were building up to a climax.  Their Annual Sports Day, when the whole school would attend, was a great day.  The teachers in charge, each race would go ahead, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd would be presented with their medals and they would wear them with pride.

That won’t happen this year.  There are real problems out there for people, things that will have a life-changing effect.

We are grateful for what we have.  Our Grandson is happy at home but misses school and interacting with his friends.  However, he does keep in contact with them on X box and Play Station.  His Dad ‘zooms’ with us keeping us up to date with his activities, and we just love to see him.  No hugs though!

The most important thing is that we all stay safe and get through this terrible time.

St Joseph’s would like to thank all grandparents for their contribution to school life in our school and also to acknowledge the bravery and resolve they have shown while cocooning and staying apart from loved ones.  We will do everything possible to find ways to celebrate with our families for our 6th class graduation, our Sports day, our Art exhibition and our Cake sale.  Keep checking our website, emails and tweets for more info.

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