To the Parents, Pupils and Teacher,
On behalf of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we wish to acknowledge with sincere thanks the contribution of Oliver Plunkett School to this year’s Christmas Appeal.
Volunteers from the Dublin Society of St. Vincent de Paul visit thousands of homes every week and know where the real needs are. We were delighted with the response to our Appeal this year, especially considering the increase in the number of calls for help to the Society. Your donation went a long way towards making Christmas that little bit brighter and happier for some of the families we visited.
This Thank You poster is just our way of letting everyone involved know that we very much appreciate your efforts and we hope for and look forward to your continued support.
We can only imagine what the inside of Santa’s workshop and store room looks like on Christmas Eve but anyone visiting the happy huts in the week before Christmas would have got an inkling of what it must be like. There, piled high from floor to ceiling was every sort of Christmas gift imaginable which would serve to brighten anyone’s Christmas. The gifts were a mix of everything that you might put on your wish list of food and toys and presents.
But this was no ordinary collection of gifts but an assortment lovingly donated by pupils and their parents whose generosity knows no bounds and who wished to bring a little joy to some less fortunate than themselves.
You’ve heard of the “big dig” and the planning that went into executing it or the organisation and military precision that was needed for Hannibal crossing the Alps, but all that paled into insignificance when compared to the strategy of big wrap and deliver when over 20 drivers were mustered to ensure everything was delivered to where it was needed most and in proper time for Christmas. Organised by the pupils from 6th. class, under the watchful eye of Ms Markey, it was somewhat of a “Miracle on Grove Road”.
St VdeP Society, Ms Markey and all at StOPS thank all who helped in any way to make this amazing miracle happen.
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)
There 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 classes, 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.
Ms 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.
All of have seen the show so far have been of one mind – total agreement that this is the best show ever. One parent was heard to say in the local shop that there she could not understand how the children could be so good across all the classes and she had been to the two halves. And this is a feeling that is shared by everyone.
“Playing for the othe 6th classes was the hardest thing” was how one of the 6th class girls put it coming off stage, “I thought I’d die knowing that all the others were looking at me”.
And we fully agree with all of this. It is a marvellous show. Our thanks to the parents, teachers and especially the children who have worked so hard to make it a success.
If you haven’t seen it there will be a DVD later and there are loads of pictures here.