b'11Although, again, we were not able to do this, we had our own distanced walkValedictory, end of year celebrations,on the campus with many of the staff taking part and we were rewarded with avideo postsbeautiful dawn at 5.30am. Of course, it was not the same, but it was something, and donations have been sent to Pieta House as well as the Light House which servesIt was a very tough year for meals to the homeless in the city centre. our 6th form students who Some of the children on campus were very sad to miss Ice Cream Sunday which ishad to miss out on all of the a great day for families on campus and is a fundraiser for Down Syndrome Ireland.usual end of year celebrations. However, there were still events on campus during the lockdown such as an EasterWe were still able to have Egg hunt and a socially distanced picnic.a wonderful Valedictory Finally, after Confirmation classes had been taking place since January, it was aservice online. This was then shame that students were not able to do their Confirmation in May. The Archbishopfollowed by more celebrations, of Dublin, who would normally confirm the students, wrote a lovely letter to allspeeches and performances the Confirmation candidates. We hope to be able to resume the classes again input together on a video September.which was sent to all the 6th formers and their families. It Special Services was small consolation for the real thing but we certainly did We were able to have many special services before the school closure. Our preacherthe best we could under the at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service was The Rev. Ruth Noble, rector of Chapelizodcircumstances and will remain as a lovely record of their time and achievementsand Crumlin, who is also a past pupil of KH. She spoke about the need to bein the school.mindful of fashion and its effect on the environment. She spoke powerfully aboutI am certainly looking forward to getting back to some kind of normality in the the environmental and human costs of our throw away fashion and gave us ideasautumn. Doing video talks from the chapel was a daunting experience but turned for how to enjoy fashion more sustainably. out to be a great way for me to be able to continue to connect with the students At our annual Remembrance Service, we recall all of the past pupils who diedwhen there was no other choice. I am looking forward to the energy, talent and during the wars and hear their names read out during the service. Though weenthusiasm of the young people when we get back together and to be reminded did not have a past pupil leading our service, we did have a past parent, Canonagain of why working with them is such a joy. Paul Houston, the rector of Castleknock, preaching the sermon. He chose as his text the passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah about turning swords into ploughshares. He brought with him a pen which was made out of World War Two guns, which certainly caught our attention.'