Dear 6th class,
This time of the school year is always bittersweet for me. It’s been a long year and the holidays are greatly welcomed but at the same time I must say goodbye to the children that I have taught for the last school year. There is a possibility when you teach 6th class that we may not see some of you for a long time. I have grown so fond of each child.
I have enjoyed teaching each and every one of you. You were such a credit to your families and my job was made so much easier by your co-operation and kindness. We had such a good year. The singing, dancing, school tour, science fair, confirmation, sports, cake sale and the play.
I always find it difficult to say goodbye but I know that you will do great things in your lives. I wish you all the very best and thanks so much for all the happy memories. Your families should be so proud of the people you have become.
To the parents of 6th class, thank you for the lovely cards and gifts. There was no need but thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Your co-operation as parents made my life so much easier this year. I always felt that I had your full support.
I leave you with a poem by Séamus Ó Néill entitled Subh Milis. It reminds me to embrace every moment we have with these wonderful children.
Bhí subh mhilis
Ar bhaschrann an dorais
Ach mhuch mé an corraí
Ionam a d’éirigh,
Mar smaoinigh mé ar an lá
Nuair a bheas an bhaschrann glan,
Agus an lámh bheag
There was jam
On the doorhandle
But I suppressed the anger
That arose in me,
Because I thought of the day
when the doorhandle would be clean
And the little hand