PICS: 'They came in quiet but left chatty' says Cork principal as secondary school welcomes new students

PICS: 'They came in quiet but left chatty' says Cork principal as secondary school welcomes new students

1st year students Abbey Gahan, Dublin Hill with Heidi O'Connell and Freya Hegarty, both White's Cross, during their first day at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.

SOME 86 first-year students began a new and exciting era in their educational journey in Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, Carrignavar this morning.

School principal Colm O Corcora said the day was successful after the early morning nerves abated. 

“It went very well. They were excited and a bit nervous. There was great noise and chatter in the school corridors. It was great to hear. They had the school to themselves. We gave them a tour of the school. They had an opportunity to talk to our Meitheal fifth-year team. Our senior students gave them a good insight into the school,” he said.

 1st year students and twins Lucy and Tom Collins from Carraig na bhFear, are all smiles during their first day at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.
1st year students and twins Lucy and Tom Collins from Carraig na bhFear, are all smiles during their first day at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.

Mr O Corcora has great sympathy for the first-year students who missed out on a lot of school last year due to the pandemic. 

“It is tough on this particular group of students as they missed so much time last year. They were visibly nervous coming in, but by the time they were leaving, they were smiling through their masks. We could see it in their eyes.

 1st year student Robyn Lowry from Ballyvolane, attending Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork for the first time.
1st year student Robyn Lowry from Ballyvolane, attending Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork for the first time.

“They came in quietly and they left chatty. That is what we want. Eight six is a great number of new students. Our catchment area is very big. They come from Carrignavar, Glenville, Whitechurch, Dublin Hill, Ballyvolane, Upper Glanmire, and Watergrasshill. 

 1st year student Aoibhinn O'Hagan from Rathcormac, getting some information from 5th year student Sarah Ahern, at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.
1st year student Aoibhinn O'Hagan from Rathcormac, getting some information from 5th year student Sarah Ahern, at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.

"Parents are deciding to bypass schools that may be closer to them to come here which is very encouraging. We take that vote of confidence very seriously. We have great teachers. 

 1st year student Ruby Lynch from Fair Hill with her mum Jennifer on her first day at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.
1st year student Ruby Lynch from Fair Hill with her mum Jennifer on her first day at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.

"We had an induction programme on Tuesday for our new teachers. The calibre of people that were there was superb. It fills me full of hope,” he added.

 1st year student Scott McCarthy from Ballyvolane, arriving for his first day at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.
1st year student Scott McCarthy from Ballyvolane, arriving for his first day at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork.

The first-year students will return to the co-educational secondary school next Monday. The school principal is looking forward to the journey ahead. “It is the start of an exciting journey for them. Within a week they will know the geography of the school like the rest of us. They will settle in very quickly.”

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