In the run up the big day and the arrival of Santa, the Leader took a trip out to Newtownforbes National School to see how First Class pupils there were preparing for the visit of the festive season’s most loved character.
Pupils at the school plan to hold their Christmas Play on December 14 next and Mass will also take place on December 12 where pupils, parents and teachers will join together, for a special moment of thanksgiving and to recall all the joy they have experienced together over the past 12 months at the south Longford school.
From letters, to promises and thoughts for other children less fortunate than themselves, the children of Newtownforbes and its surrounds are pretty well prepared for the weeks ahead, the Leader firmly established!
And, it was indeed a very jolly First Class that greeted the Longford Leader at Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes with teacher Ross Gannon encouraging their generous greetings for the local paper, as Gaeilge. Then, when talk got round to Christmas and what it all means, there was plenty of discussion on the matter.
“Jesus was born in born in Bethlehem in a stable and Mary and Joseph were there,” one very informed little boy said. “The shepherds were there also.”
“Christmas is about Santy and presents,” quipped another pupil. “I know that everyone says that Santy only comes to good children, but I feel that everyone is allowed to be bold once a year and still have Santy coming to them!”
When quizzed about those important letters and what exactly was on their list of expected gifts this year, pupils mentioned everything from Lego and computers to bikes, phone and even......diamonds!
“Well, I’m going to ask for a phone and a laptop,” one whizkid announced. “I’m even going to chance asking Santy for diamonds, because I know how very precious diamonds are and I would like some!”.
Another little boy then pipped up and announced that because it was his birthday on December 17, he was in for a windfall of presents by the time Santa arrived down the chimney on Christmas morning.
“Oh my Gosh, I am so getting loads of presents,” the child beamed. “I really want a computer tablet to play games on and I love Lego as well. Also I would love a bike and I can’t wait to have a big roast dinner with my family on Christmas day – my daddy always cuts the turkey.”
With regard to the ethos of Christmas, the First Class pupils of Scoil Mhuire in Newtownforbes were very knowledgeable on this particular subject. “Christmas is about spending time with your family,” said one.
“It is a time to give presents to poorer children,” announced another. “I think that Christmas is a time for sharing and I also think that we should share more – not just at Christmas,” another beautiful little girl concluded.