Mrs Comerford's Diary Page
Day 24: April 5th.
Today was a quiet day. It was lashing rain for most of the day so we couldn’t go out much. I think we all realised how much we were missing the rest of our family. I showed my daughter how to play the game Qwirkle that some of you play with Mr Delaney, so now there are three of us here to play. We’ll probably end up fighting about it. :)
I was looking at some of the “Working at Home “ pictures. Those are delicious looking pancakes Kieran!
Day 22: April 3rd
We had a staff meeting again today before our Easter Holidays. Everyone looks well but their hair is getting long--most people anyway! All the teachers have been working hard on improving their IT skills and they are getting very creative with all their new ideas.
Later on, I had a meeting with all the principals of the town primary schools. We always meet once a month to discuss work stuff and we had missed our March meeting. We had a Google Meet-so now I know how to have Zoom meetings and Google meetings.
We wished one another a Happy Easter and I hope all of you have a Happy Easter too.
Day 21:April 2nd
It was a lovely sunny day here today. I phoned Mrs Sheehan to prepare for our staff meeting tomorrow. I also spoke to all our SNAs.
Earlier this week, I asked the teachers to email their March Work Reports to me and then I realised that I still had a bundle of February ones to read so I made a start on those.
Ms Casey’s class have shared some of the work they are doing at home. Aoife, your writing is fabulous. Keep up the good work!
In the afternoon, I started planting my vegetable plants in the garden. They are tiny now. You can hardly see them in the photo but by the end of May, I hope to have some spinach, lettuce and rocket ready to eat. My pea plants in the picture should be very tall by then.
Day 20: April 1st.
It was a very quiet April Fool’s Day here. In the morning, I paid some more bills.
When the Minister for Education wants schools to do something he sends us an order called a “Circular.” We have to do what the circular says. In the morning, people started putting up a circular saying that “ All schools will have to work in July and August and all pupils will have to repeat a year/stay back a year.” It was a fake circular but some people were getting very cross about it, especially the 6th class students who are looking forward to going to secondary school. Then they realised that it was a joke because it was signed by “Amadán O’Aibreán”, which means “April Fool!”
Then to make us all really confused, a REAL Circular was issued. The Minister wants all the SNAs to do other jobs to help out while the country is under pressure. Our SNAs are delighted to be able to play their part. Once school reopens they will be back to us.
Day 23: April 4th.
Today is the first day of the Easter holidays and it is just as well because it is a really busy day on the farm. Today, lots of the animals are going out into the fields so it is “all hands on deck” to get them out safely.
We were due to start at 10.30 so my husband went at 10.15 and opened the gates of the fields to be ready. None of us noticed that we were not the only ones letting out cattle-one of our neighbours was at the same job. As he passed, he kindly closed our gates so that his cattle wouldn’t go in.
You can imagine the panic when we saw that our cattle were out and galloping towards a closed gate. We all sprinted to get it open.
When the cattle are let out first in Spring, they are like wild horses and they tear along the road like mad things. They are so excited. I thought I would video it for you but believe me there was no chance to take out a phone!
When we are letting out the smaller ones I will take a shot and post it. They love getting into the field and they dance around like big pups.
I spoke to Fr. Jim later and he said that his nephew was letting out cattle on his farm also.