Presentation Primary Hosts Teddy Bears Picnic For Incoming Junior Infants

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Young Presentation pupils with Home School Community Liaison Coordinator, Maryanne Lowney, Siobhan O’Brien and Niamh Doyle from Kerry County Library and Principal John Hickey at the Teddy Bears Picnic at Presentation Primary School on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PRESENTATION Primary School hosted a fun-filled Teddy Bears’ Picnic for incoming Junior Infants on Thursday morning.

Mindful of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on pre-schooling schedules these past two years, the school arranged the two-hour event to give the young children an opportunity to experience a fun day in ‘big’ school prior to the summer break.

The event was organised by the Home School Community Liaison Coordinator, Maryanne Lowney in an effort to relieve any anxieties that these children may have felt about the transition to primary school.

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“It is important to consider the impact of Covid on pre-school children in terms of their interactions with their peers and grandparents during much of that time,” said Maryanne.

“It was a time where parents had to reduce contacts in the interests of safety. This event is to ensure that those children can mingle with their new classmates, make friends and experience primary school life prior to September and let’s face it- these things are easier with your favourite teddy in hand!”

Magic Steve entertaining the young children at the Teddy Bears Picnic at Presentation Primary School on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

The action-packed picnic featured magician, Magic Steve, who kept the awe-struck children entertained with an array of interactive tricks and feats not to mention an unbelievable selection of balloon animals.

He was ably assisted by a group of 6th class students who are preparing for their own transition to post-primary and were excited to meet the incoming primary students and support the event.

Kerry County Library hosted a colourful gazebo stand to highlight the range of services available in the library and to ensure parents were made aware of the current national initiative to provide all pre-schoolers who are transitioning to primary with a reading pack.

The school’s Ukulele club, led by Principal John Hickey, entertained the attendees with lively tunes much to the delight of the children.

In addressing the gathering, the principal outlined the programme for the morning and ensured that all students and parents received a warm and informative welcome.

The event was rounded off with a visit to the students’ new classrooms to meet their Junior Infant teacher Ms. Deenihan and Ms. Daly.

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