As we close for Christmas may I wish you and your families a most holy, peaceful and restful Christmas. In Ireland our traditional blessing at this time of year is ‘Nollaig Shona Dhiobh’ which means ‘Happy Christmas’ or ‘ Siochain an Nollaig inar measc’ which means ‘may the peace of Christmas be with you’. Part of our tradition is to place a candle in each of the windows looking out to the front of our homes or out on to the roadside. The action remembers the journey of the Holy Family as they made their way to Bethlehem looking for somewhere to rest and reminds us that we should welcome the peace and love of Christmas into our homes and hearts. So from our home here at STM to yours we wish you every blessing of this holy season.
On behalf of our Year 11 and 13 students may I thank you for your prayers and best wishes as they completed their mock exams. We were also most appreciative of your support and encouragement on the home front. It is essential that our children know that they can rely on regular routines and practices in ensuring a steady approach to what can often be an anxious time for them.
In this edition you will meet two more of our community who are currently working at school but are past pupils. I hope you enjoy reading their reminisces of STM.
Included also is a most touching email from Mrs Richmond, Head teacher at St Thomas Of Canterbury Catholic Primary School in Coalpool and Mr and Mrs O’Connor who attended our annual Christmas Party.