Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. (Read Full poem here)

IMG-20131220-WA0000There is something very special about the last day of school before Christmas.  The atmosphere is really charged as the boys and girls of all ages eagerly await the end of school term and look forward with great anticipation to the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and the family events of the Christmas Day including going to Mass to welcome Baby Jesus.  This last school day has always been very special and this year was no exception.

The Senior Classes spend some time with their buddy classesIMG-20131220-WA0003, singing songs and playing games.  Then they gather in the hall for the re-telling of the Christmas Story with its readings and carols, the announcement of how much has been raised in the Christmas Appeal and how the Helping Hands Tree has grown over the four weeks of Advent and the usual massed voices going into overdrive for the Christmas fun songs.  This year had a new dimension with greetings from our Commenius Partner Schools in Europe and our response.

IMG-20131220-WA0001Ms O’Connor thanked the parents, pupils and teachers for their dedication in first term, for their hard work on the concert and their generosity in supporting the appeals for those less fortunate.  She reminded them of the real meaning of Christmas and to take the message away to always say “thank you”.

As always, the morning was one we will fondly remember.

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