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First Days Final Days

A look at a child's first days at national school and a headmaster's last days at Scoil Carmel in Firhouse, Co.Dublin (Broadcast 1994).

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Documentary maker: Ronan Kelly

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First Days Final Days

The documentary looks at the first day of school for 5-year old Ultan. His teacher, Mary Brennan, talks about problems students and parents alike face on the first day of school.

The documentary listens in on the Junior Infants' classroom using a microphone pinned to Ultan's jumper. He meets new friends and hears some of his classmates crying when their parents leave.

Elsewhere, Chaplin Fr John Dunphy encourages the older children to be kinds to the newer ones and Vice-Principal, Kathy Newell, explains the difference between boy pupils and girl pupils.

The documentary also records the last day of the school year, in June, as Mary Brennan deals with a class restless to go on holidays.

For headmaster, John Caulfield, he is close to retirement after almost 40 years of teaching and he reflects on 'the best job in the world' and what it will mean for him to hand over the keys of Scoil Carmel.

Produced by Ronan Kelly

First Broadcast January 4th 1994

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