Just a note to reassure any parents who have been worrying about the staff changes in Year 1. This arrangement is only temporary in Mrs Mercer's absence. Miss McNamara will still be overseeing all of the teaching and learning in Year 1. Mrs Byrne, who will be working with the children for 2 days a week, is an experienced teacher and there was a very thorough process involved in finding the ideal candidate for this post. The children have already spent an enjoyable full day with her and appear happy and settled with the new arrangement. In January, there will be an opportunity for you to meet with Mrs Byrne in the classroom similar to the meet the teacher we held in September. If you have any further concerns, please contact Miss McNamara directly. As always she will be happy to speak to you. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of change.