Limerick teacher gives a lesson in jumper swapping

One of the Thomond Primary School pupils with her new Christmas jumper

THEY’RE fun, they’re cosy and they have become hugely popular in recent years but Christmas jumpers have their drawbacks.

Wearing the same one year after year means the joke emblazoned on the front gets tired and for children, jumpers are easily out grown from one year to the next and end up on the scrapheap.

Which is why a teacher with Thomond Primary School in Ballynanty had the bright idea of organising a school Christmas jumper swap, so pupils could have a ‘new to me’ jumper to wear when Santa comes.

“I’d love to get this idea off the ground in Limerick next year in all schools in the county.,” Sarah Mackey said.

“Sinead MacDonnell, the Environmental Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council did it in the council offices after I told her I was doing it in school.”

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 3 Christmas jumpers were brought into school and the children who brought them in got to swap them for a new-to-them Christmas jumper.

“This is great recycling of old or too small Christmas jumpers which might otherwise have ended up in landfill. Christmas jumpers have a huge carbon footprint and we are delighted to continue to reduce reuse and recycle with a Christmassy theme in school,” said Sarah.