Teacher beats cold spell by taking classes online
WHEN nine primary school pupils couldn't get to school because of snow and ice, their principal decided to bring classes to them via their home computers.
"We've been closed since last Monday and I decided something had to be done," said Caithriona Carty from Glenmore national school in Mayo.
She sent text messages to parents about her plans and within a couple of hours was in email contact with all the pupils through Googletalk.
"We started doing revision, although one boy wrote back saying that he hoped there would be no homework as he had to build an igloo," she said.
The pupils read the revision notes, worked on assignments and sent them back to the principal, who added that "all the pupils are enjoying it".
In fact, some of them were getting fed up with the bad weather, which has confined many families in the tiny townland to their homes.
Elsewhere, more schools managed to re-open yesterday -- but with difficulty in some cases.
St Colmcille's national school in Knocklyon, Co Dublin, hired a JCB on Saturday and a mini-digger yesterday to clear huge accumulations of snow.
Dublin City VEC schools and colleges were all open for business but no classes were be held in Marino College (Fairview Strand) due to burst pipes.