New Horizons

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

Dear Mom and Dad,

Sorry, I have not written to you sooner, I have been extremely busy as the Spanish school year is coming to an end. I have genuinely really enjoyed this experience and the children I have been working with are just amazing. A great deal of events have happened since I last wrote to you back in January. I don’t think I explained what I have been doing here enough so I will briefly explain it so you have an idea of what I’m talking about. I have been working in a Spanish primary school in a rural neighbourhood. I mainly focus on working with children with learning difficulties or children struggling in a school environment. I’ve met some amazing children with extraordinary talents and personalities, which I will for sure keep in touch with when I return home. Everyone here has been so welcoming and accommodating. I always have someone to turn to when I’m in need of help. Fellow members of staff have said I have made a great impact on the children’s academic abilities and have helped them settle into school better, which is obviously amazing to hear.  There is one young girl in particular that has made my time here worthwhile. Her name is Amelia and she is an incredible 12-year-old. I was told as soon as I arrived that I would be working with this girl as she felt quite restless and unsettled in school. On the first day I arrived I was shown my office and as soon as I was ready they sent Amelia to come and meet me for the first time. I could see how nervous and frightened she was and as soon as the principal left I sat next to her and introduced myself. She did the same and I then asked how was school for her. The moment I said that she burst into tears, my heart almost broke for this girl. She was terrified of school and wasn’t doing much better at home either. We spoke for over two and a half hours and that’s when I knew she had great potential to improve in school.  For many weeks after that, she started going from strength-to-strength in school, academically and socially. We would have our daily meetings between break-time and lunch and I would help her with any schoolwork and also give her guidance if she was struggling. She has made an amazing improvement and I am beyond proud of her. Now at the end of the school year, she has many friends and is excelling in all subjects! That’s all I have time for as I must return to the school as I have one of my final meetings with Amelia.

Cannot wait to see you both, I hope to be home in a month or two.

Abbi x