Weekly Message from the Principal

Weekly Message from the Principal
03-April-20
Weekly Message from the Principal

Meitheal Oibre

The above title illustrates what we have all tried to achieve working together to set up Office 365 teams, coordinate Zoom lessons or indeed upload short Youtube clips from a farm in the remote Mayo countryside. All of this illustrates the hard work, growth mindset and determination of all staff within the Junior school. I must thank all of the staff especially Alan Fallon, Patricia and Beverly for all of the support, passwords and email addresses they have sent in setting up all of the boys in the Junior school - all 626 boys.

I must thank all of the teaching staff for quickly coming to terms with Office 365 teams, Quizlet and Zoom in trying to enhance the delivery of our day to day Willow curriculum. Parents thank you for your patience in setting up these platforms online and supporting the remote education of your son’s in the Junior school. Most importantly, thank you to the boys. I have managed to log in to a number of lessons and will continue to do this and I know Mr. McAleer has been viewing and listening to many interactive lessons. We have commented on the level of maturity, respect and courtesy shown. This must continue men.

I received a lovely reflective poem from a parent Ms. Catherine Swan Mum of Alex and Adam Swan on Tuesday of this week from Brother Richard of the Capuchin Franciscans titled Lockdown. I am going to share some of his thoughts:

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

Just like the picture above looking over Dublin bay we have been given this time to reflect on what truly matters and when we come back into our school we will be better, stronger and in the words of Father O’Brolchain more loving people.

Dear families of Willow Park Junior School take care over the Easter break and please for now stay safe by staying apart.

Oct
26 2020
Mid Term Break
Nov
02 2020
Classes Resume
Dec
22 2020
End of Term 1
Dec
23 2020
Christmas Holidays
Jan
06 2021
Start of Term 2
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