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Sixth-class pupils left to find new ways to mark 'colossal' rite of passage from primary

Kathy Donaghy


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Jane Byrne with daughter Áine. Main photo: Dylan Vaughan

Jane Byrne with daughter Áine. Main photo: Dylan Vaughan

Sharyn Hagan and sons Lee and Dean

Sharyn Hagan and sons Lee and Dean

Deirdre Sullivan and daughter Cara

Deirdre Sullivan and daughter Cara

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Jane Byrne with daughter Áine. Main photo: Dylan Vaughan

For sixth class pupils, lockdown means that the usual rites of passage at the end of primary school are lost and new ways of marking what is a major milestone in the lives of children must be found.

Last September, Áine Byrne was full of enthusiasm for the year ahead. Sixth class pupils at Fr Cullen Memorial NS, Tinryland, Co Carlow, are assigned 'buddies' in the junior end of the school to look out for in the yard and, for Áine (12), this was going to be one of the pinnacles of the school experience. But the lockdown has disrupted that.

Now, with the year running out and uncertainty about a return before the end of June, Áine and her peers around the country may not get to finish primary in the usual way.


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