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Eva Saintuya and Aditi Katkar with Róisín Doyle from Scoil Chroí Íosa Presentatation National School, Galway with teachers Ita King
Colin Barry principal and Jason Byrne. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure

Eva Saintuya and Aditi Katkar with Róisín Doyle from Scoil Chroí Íosa Presentatation National School, Galway with teachers Ita King Colin Barry principal and Jason Byrne. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure

Andrew Downes, XPOSURE

Eva Saintuya and Aditi Katkar with Róisín Doyle from Scoil Chroí Íosa Presentatation National School, Galway with teachers Ita King Colin Barry principal and Jason Byrne. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure

President Michael D Higgins, together with the Taoiseach, Ryan Tubridy and Paul O'Connell have come together to thank all school staff for their hard work during the pandemic.

Today, primary and post primary classrooms across Ireland will pause to air a video of collective thanks to all school community members from political, media, and sports personalities as part of national "Go raibh maith agaibh" (#GRMA) day.

Students at Scoil Chroí Íosa, Newcastle Road, Galway city, spent the week painting, writing poems and planning random acts of kindness.

Aditi Anil, sixth class, found lockdown boring but since being back at school, she feels "really happy" she can see her teachers and friends face-to-face.

"I am grateful that our teachers are risking their health to teach us and be with us every day," says Aditi.

Principal Colin Barry said his main focus when reopening was to ensure the well-being of the children.

"We are all trying really hard, and the students have all been brilliant. It is great to see them coming in smiling every morning.

Focus

"You can sort out the building and have masks and sanitiser, but the collective effort from all the staff and the parents to keep the kids safe is what really works."

President Higgins paid tribute to teachers, principals, special needs assistants, administrators, and classroom assistants.

"The virus threw into sharp focus the vital role that schools play in the lives of our children and how integral they are to the healthy functioning of our young people in society," he said.


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