'Frozen', smiles and Easter eggs at Tralee Educate Together NS
Whether it was the warm welcome from Principal Mary Brosnan and teacher Gail Kelly or the colourful and cheerful junior infant classroom we were welcomed into, but we were immediately made to feel at home in Tralee Educate Together NS last Thursday.
Nestled snugly in behind the Collis Sandes House landmark, the school is truly a cosy hidden gem worth shouting about. The infants in the school were simply a joy to speak to, such is their refreshing honesty on absolutely every topic.
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Whether they were telling me how many easter eggs they were going to eat over the Easter holidays - "I'm going to eat 80 eggs!" one boy proudly declared, before his friend jumped in telling me how he had already eaten 100 eggs - to being called a "big silly billy" to when they told this 27 year old reporter that he looked like he was 50 or that he was definitely was too big too sit at their desk with them, there was never a dull moment with these kids.
Having been finally welcomed to sit down at their table - "you're a child now!" they said - they were delighted as they showed off the Easter Egg pictures that they were colouring in.
By far the best moment from our trip - and admittedly the most shocking - was the moment that one little girl described her absolute dislike of the hugely popular 'Frozen' characters, Elsa and Anna.
"I hate them so much! They are dumb and stupid and I want to explode their heads," she declared proudly, leading to an eruption of laughter from all of us sitting at the table.
If they can keep this honesty and openness in the years to come, Tralee Educate NS will be a very happy place for many years.