I think it’s fair to say that yesterday was a very successful day and a most enjoyable occasion. It would not, however, be possible to host such an event without the help and good-will of a large number of people. The list would simply have been too long to mention yesterday amidst all the hustle and bustle, and I certainly would have forgotten somebody!

  
Firstly to our teachers, who are so committed to providing as broad a curriculum as possible. These dramas and performances are very much a part of school life here in Craggagh and are a wonderful outlet for our pupils. This is largely down to the dedication and care of our wonderful staff Mrs Macken, Ms Walsh, Ms Moore, Ms McHale and Mrs Duffy and also to Ms Joan King for lending her expertise to the senior room.

  
Our hall was beautifully decorated. Our teachers and their little elves were very busy during the week and they were hugely assisted by Bernie & Tom Begley who added loads of fresh greenery and lights. A big thank you also to Martin Maloney who erected our large banner on the back wall. We had an extra dimension yesterday too with our coloured lights. Thank you to Mags Loftus for providing those.

What can we say about Santy?! A phenomenal amount of time and effort went into buying and wrapping individual presents for each child (and quite a few spares too!). Our very own Craggagh Santy is a treasure and we’re so lucky to have you. We know you’re extremely busy these days Santy, so thanks for thinking of us yesterday!

  

Seán Dwyer was on video duty again yesterday. Seán always provides great quality videos for us. Yesterday’s videos are currently being processed and should be online on our blog (WiFi permitting!) sometime over the weekend. 

  
The members of our Board of Management collected so many raffle prizes for our card games earlier this year that we actually had a few left over for yesterday. Thank you to them and especially to Trish O Brien for putting yesterday’s raffle together.

To the countless bakers and cooks who provided yet another wonderful spread, we are most grateful. Thank you to our Parent Association committee and members who worked feverously hard behind the scenes yesterday, making and serving tea and coffee, washing up and tidying the hall afterwards, thank you so much. It’s often such a thankless job but the opportunity of having a cuppa and a chat is the making of an occasion such as yesterday. Also, thank you to you the parents for providing such brilliant costumes and props for the children.

Finally, thank you to the children of Craggagh National School. You are a credit to your families, school and community and yesterday’s performances just go to show how wonderfully gifted and talented you all are.

Wishing you all a holly, jolly Christmas filled with love, happiness and lots of cake!

Sincerely,

Danny Charlton.

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