GRADUATION ceremonies may have had to cancelled in schools across the country but staff in the curragh Post Primary School came up with a novel way of making the end of school life for their Leqving Cert class of 2020.
“Our school community is very proud of our Leaving Certificate Class of 2020. They are a truly fine group of young people who have shown tremendous resilience in recent months, partaking in online classes, missing their peers and teachers and facing the stress and uncertainty over the Leaving Certificate. They have now reached the point of graduating from secondary school yet sadly, we were unable to celebrate this milestone in the normal way by gathering together, sharing fond memories, telling stories of our educational journey together over the past five years and marking this moment – this rite of passage,” said a spokesperson from the school.
The teachers came up with a great plan to celebrate the achievements of the class of 2020 and to mark this special rite of passage in a personal and special way. Teachers Selina Conway and Sinead Gorman surprised all of the 6th year students with a ‘special delivery’ on Thursday 30 May by hand delivering a bespoke graduation package to each graduate.
Inside was a bar of chocolate with the CPPS Crest and the message of ‘Hope’, the theme for this year’s graduation, a special pin with a message of friendship, booklets with student messages and individual words of wisdom from each teacher and a coveted yellow card.
The students had been told that a courier would be delivering something from the school to ensure that they were home. However they were all surprised and overjoyed when their teachers appeared on their doorstep, having not seen them in person for nearly three months. Both teachers said that the students were overjoyed, excited and grateful for such a personal visit. Parents took pictures of the graduates to mark the occasion.
Principal Nessa Doyle would like to thank the graduating committee, Ms Selina Conway and Ms Sinead Gorman for their innovation, creativity, hard work and determination to be the face of the school community to reach the door and the heart of all our students to mark this moment of graduation.
“It was really important that we let each student of the class of 2020 know that we are glad they were a part of our school community, we are very proud of them, we know they we go on to do great things and that we will miss them. This is not the end however, when the public health advice allows us to do so, we will invite the class of 2020 back to Curragh Post-Primary School for a formal coming together graduation ceremony.”