Christmas Comes Early in Kiltiernan NS!
On Thursday, 3rd December, the children, parents and staff of Kiltiernan NS
extended their deep appreciation to John Costelloe, local farmer and past
pupil of Kiltiernan School. He was invited to receive a handmade card,
signed by every pupil and member of staff and the gift of a crib for his
generosity in donating a portion of land to facilitate upgrading the water
treatment system of the school.
The principal thanked him for his gesture, on behalf of the staff, Board of
Management, parents and pupils explaining that it would deepen the bond he
already had with the school as a past pupil, parent of four past pupils and
as a great neighbour of the school. Many families relationship with the
school end with the graduation of their youngest child but she added “Once
you’ve been a pupil of this school, you are always welcome back as many
Transition Year and Student Teachers have attested over the years”. However,
John strengthened and made permanent his link with the school through this
gift of land. She explained that for the children the most significant
outcome for them was that their playground could remain intact and they
could still “keep our lovely trees” because of his kindness. The words “You
are so kind!” and “You are awesome!” were repeated by many children who
signed the card.
John expressed his delight at the gratitude shown to him describing himself
as being “bowled over” by the kind words, by the sentiments expressed in the
card made by the pupils and by the gifts. He explained that he was simply
following his father’s example, because 46 years ago he had donated the site
on which the school now stands. He quoted his father saying “Land is only
land.you can’t take it with you” so make some good of it and it will be put
to good use by the school. He advised the children to work hard, to
appreciate their time in school because the memories and friendships made
here will last a lifetime. He also spoke of the importance of volunteerism
and civic spirit in a community and how important it was to thank those who
gave of their energy and time to coaching and on committees and voluntary
work. He expressed his delight at the response of the school and said his
father would have approved of his gift to the school.
Fr. Roche, as Chairperson of the B.O.M. also spoke outlining the needs of
the school and how John had so generously answered them. He gave John a gift
from the parish to express his gratitude.
The children sang some Christmas carols and John, who is also a member of
the Ballinderreen choir joined in.
The true spirit of Christmas was clearly evident to all those who attended