Cinema trips reward for good attendance
FOR pupils in an inner-city school, the reward for good attendance could be a trip to the cinema.
Rutland National School awards stamps for attendance, punctuality and homework and the names of the top collectors go into a draw for the cinema treat.
Principal Darina Burke said that the idea was that pupils would get three stamps a day and work towards getting a full book, which would put them into the draw, "and so many of them are achieving it".
Funds dictate that the trip to the movies only happens once every term, and getting that cherished cinema seat is down to the luck of the draw.
But it has created great excitement at the Dublin school and acted as a spur to pupils, such as sisters Mya (8) and Leah (6) Hanney.
Yesterday, they were among six pupils in the school who were recognised for perfect attendance last year.
Their mother Sonya said while they might sometimes moan about getting out of bed, "they love their stamps and they say 'we will not get our stamp if we don't go in'.
"They know they might not even get to go to the cinema, but they want the stamps," she added.
Other pupils at Rutland National School who received awards from Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald yesterday for their perfect attendance were five-year-old Natalie Natuumaa, brothers Brian (11) and Jordan (9) Ajayi and Brandon Dunne (10).