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Teddy Bears' picnic brings new classmates together

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Layla Dwyer, senior infants, and Noah Dwyer, junior infants

Layla Dwyer, senior infants, and Noah Dwyer, junior infants

Cillian O’Grady, senior infants

Cillian O’Grady, senior infants

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Layla Dwyer, senior infants, and Noah Dwyer, junior infants

Starting school for the very first time is a big deal, there's new people to meet, new places to go, and new things to learn.

For the pupils of Ramsgrange National School that process is usually made a little easier by its annual induction day, a meet and greet which helps the year's Junior Infant class settle in.

However, like so much else, the school's induction day for 2020 had to be cancelled, meaning the forthcoming junior infants were facing into their first day without any prior introductions.

Step forward teachers Keara McPhillips and Deirdre Doyle, teachers of the school's Junior and Senior Infant classes.

'We were looking at ways for them to meet one another, the teachers and the children from the Senior Infant class, and we decided to organise a teddy bear's picnic for them,' explained Keara.

Held outdoors so that social distancing rules could be adhered to, this gathering saw all children arrive with picnic blankets before receiving snacks and sandwiches. They then played ball games, hula hoops and skipping games.

'Their parents dropped them off for the hour which was good because it will get them used to being with us,' said Keara.

New Ross Standard