The sixth class pupils from Scoil Mhuire in Lacken

Scoil Mhuire Lacken says farewell to its sixth class pupils

As homeschooling winds down and primary school pupils look forward to their summer holidays at last, a number of schools across the county are preparing for virtual graduations, drive-bys or socially distanced ceremonies.

Lacken National School was one of the first schools in the county to mark the milestone for their sixth class pupils. As ongoing COVID-19 restrictions prevented the students from visiting the school together, their teacher Jill Masterson and principal Aoibhinn O'Neill visited them all in their homes instead.

Speaking to the Celt, Ms Masterson said: "A child's first day is a milestone moment for parents and children. Equally a young person's last days in primary education are another milestone moment. COVID-19 was certainly not going to stop the determined teachers from marking this milestone moment for the sixth class students of Scoil Mhuire, Lacken."

Each pupil was presented with graduation gifts including a class hoodie, a photo story of their time in Scoil Mhuire and some other gifts to wish them well in their transition to secondary school. Just one class member, William Lee, was missing for the presentation.

"It was wonderful to surprise all of our students and wish them well in their future education. I have no doubt that each and every one of these young people will be successful in whatever path they pursue," said Ms O'Neill.

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