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St Joseph’s take on Skill Schools Challenge

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ST. JOSEPH’S Secondary School in Spanish Point are finishing the school year in style with their Skill School Challenge 2020.

School Principal Paul Reidy wanted to bring families together and create a fun filled week, calling on students, staff and even past teacher Marty Morrissey to take on a series of challenges.

“Normally at this time of the year we have a School Sports Day where all the students, staff, past pupils, parents come together to have a fun filled fun day with activities for everyone. Unfortunately this annual ‘link in’ with the school community could not happen for obvious reasons so we had to get our thinking caps on in relation to a way we could all have some fun, together from afar,” Mr Reidy said.

He referred to the importance of being active and how it promotes and enhances a sense of wellbeing and happiness. 

“When deciding on the challenges we felt it was especially important to branch out into all areas of interest in our school community, such as sport, photography, film, cookery, music, DIY, to name but a few. The uptake has been tremendous and we are really looking forward to the next week, bringing fun, laughter, joy and connectivity to our wonderful students, staff, parents and wider community,” Mr Reidy added.

St.Joseph’s Spanish Point are firm supporters of the family unit and in breaking down the digital divide which has crept into many families because of mobile phones and other digital devices.

“One of the one good things about Covid, it has brought families physically closer together, lots of sons/daughters have arrived home to West Clare and many parents are working from home.

“The weather too has been glorious and so conducive to families getting together and just having plain old fashioned fun, that we sometimes had forgotten in our busy lives. We as a staff saw this as an ideal opportunity to challenge families to get up off the arm chairs and to get out and start laughing and talking together again,” Mr Reidy said.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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