THE staff and students at Brittas Bay National School had a double reason to celebrate on Wednesday, June 15, as the school enjoyed the return of the annual Garden Open Day and also learned that they are to retain their sixth teacher.
The Garden Open Day, which was a huge success, was an opportunity for the children of Scoil Réalt na Mara, Brittas Bay to show off all of the hard work they had put in over the year growing organic peas, potatoes, scallions, beetroot, rainbow chard, strawberries, beans and lots of beautifully fragrant herbs.
The school also received news on Wednesday that they are to retain their sixth teacher, which was a culmination of efforts by the school, its staff, parents, representatives and the wider community.
Commenting on the success of the event and the good news, Úna Gallinagh, Principal of the school said, “We had such a super turn-out here last Wednesday, the sun shone, and so did the school. So much work went in to making the day a success and the hard work paid off.
“The icing on the cake was learning the news that we would retain our sixth teacher here at Scoil Mhuire Réalt na Mara. This was a hard-fought effort by the school and the parents and wider community. We are so glad that the decision of the Department went in our favour and we can continue to offer the level of care and dedication to each individual child here at our fantastic school.
“We are a small school offering so much. Many of our children are from the locality but children also come to us from as far south as Arklow and from Wicklow town too. And while we are a Catholic co-ed school, we welcome pupils from all faith and none.
“The school is unique in its offering and the organic garden is just one thing that sets us apart. We look forward to September, being able to move forward with a full complement of staff and a cohort of green-fingered students who will start the process of gardening and learning for the coming academic year.”