A sixth class Barnacarroll girl is among a very select band of National School students in the country.
Emily Foy of Garryredmond, Claremorris will enter Mount St Michael in September with a perfect attendance rate and eight trophies, one for every year she managed not to miss a single day of school. Mum Deirdre attributes the record to Emily’s “get up and out” attitude and “determined” nature.
While 12-year-old Emily admitted there were mornings when she might have liked to stay in bed, she enjoyed her days in Barnacarroll NS and with older brother and sister Evan and Hannah also going to school, and mum and dad, Noel, going to work, there “wasn’t too much choice”.
Not even a holiday to Italy, which collided with the end of the summer holidays, messed up her 100% attendance rate with the youngster forgoing sleep after a 4am flight into Dublin to be in school for the 9.30am start.
Good attendance is celebrated in Barnacarroll NS every year with students who don’t miss a day receiving awards at the end-of-year Mass, and those who only miss one day getting a cert. This year Emily should be picking up her eighth award after the graduation Mass but Covid-19 has put a dampener on the celebrations.
However, Principal Tom Forde sent his congratulations to Emily on her remarkable feat.
“This is a magnificent achievement that displays her commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for school life. We always promote good attendance as this has a direct impact on school achievement.
“I would like to wish Emily and all of our 6th class pupils every success as they embark on their journey in secondary school,” he added.