Our caretaker, John, was working hard in the school on Sunday morning, mounting noticeboards and coat hooks for us and doing the million other jobs he does behind the scenes to keep our school functioning well and looking great... When he heard voices that seemed too close-by... By the time he got all the way down the stairs and out the door of the school, it was too late... They had pulled up ALL our flowers, upended our lovely new window boxes, thrown the soil all over the place and taken the flowers.
Our children had planted those flowers, our parents had helped and John and his family had spent their summer watering them and minding them to keep them safe and to help them to grow. After all of that work, John had to spend Sunday evening clearing up the soil so that we'll at least have a safe car park for Monday morning.
It is very hard to believe that anyone would do this.
Our gates were locked. These people broke through a fence to carry out this destruction. Please, if you live near us and see anything like this happen again or know who did this to our flower beds, either tell us or report it to the Gardai.
Update: Our wonderful caretaker, John, not only cleared up the soil on Sunday evening but planted more flowers so that the entrance to our school still looks well. How lucky we are to have him!