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News Letter June 2017
Welcome to the final edition of our school newsletter for the 2016/ 2017 academic year.
Pupils from 4tt, 5th and 6th Class took part in the Cumann na mBunscoil Gaelic Football, Girls Gaelic Football, Camogie and Hurling competitions in May and June 2017. Both our Camogie and Ladies Football teams won their group stages and went on to the finals day in Lough George. We were unfortunately defeated in both finals.
We are very proud of all pupils who represented the school so well and are looking forward to more matches and training sessions next year.
Pupils from 3rd and 4th Class have been enjoying extra training sessions in Gaelic Football with Des Sheerin since September. Extra Hurling sessions for pupils from 1st-6th Class have been provided by Kevin Molloy.
Pupils from 3rd -6th Class have also participated in a mixed football league at school during lunchtimes.
Pupils from all classes participated in 6 tennis lessons with Jonathan Klampe in March and April.
Tennis Ireland also had 2 coaches visit the school on May 22nd and each class enjoyed a session with them learning new games and techniques.
Active Schools Week:
Our Active Schools week took place on June 12th-16th. Activities such as spikeball, orienteering, board games and an obstacle course were available to all pupils. The highlight of the week was Sports Day on Tuesday June 13th and thankfully the weather remained kind to us. A very enjoyable week was had by all pupils and the Active Schools committee did a great job in co-ordinating the various activities throughout the week.
A big well done to our 2nd Class pupils who received the Sacrament of Reconcilliation on March 14th and the Sacrament of the Eucharist on May 6th.
A big thanks to the choir also.
We are currently working towards our 7th Green Flag which has the Global Citizenship and Energy theme. The Green Schools committee have been busy encouraging us to recycle waste and reduce the amount of energy we are using at school.
As part of World Water Day on March 22nd all pupils walked to St. Dympna’s Well and carried a bottle of water back to the school, to remind us of how children in Third World countries have to complete this chore daily. The water was used for plants in our garden during the dry weather in May.
Children have been planting flowers and vegetables and our garden boxes are now looking good.
We have also recently been awarded Fairtrade School status by Fairtrade Ireland in recognition of our commitment to Fairtrade.
Art and Literacy:
Pupils from all classes took part in a colouring competition organised by Supermacs. 4th Class pupil Rachel Forde won this competition and her prize was a trip to Supermacs Loughrea with her class for a Make and Bake Pizza party. Well done Rachel!
Seachtain na Gaeilge:
During Seachtain na Gaeilge all classes were encouraged to speak Irish as much as possible. We had a colouring competition, tráth na gceist, learned Irish songs and poems and did some Irish dancing. The week concluded with a ceolchoirm for all classes on March 16th where all children performed for the other classes. Individual talents were also displayed. Well done to all!
The Senior classes were fortunate to be able to take part in The Junior Entrepreneur and Bank of Ireland Enterprise projects. It gave them a chance to use their business minds and learn about the work involved in setting up a business. We would like to thank entrepreneurs Ginette Gaisey and Dan O Callaghan for speaking to the children about their work.
Easons Spelling Bee:
Well done to 6th Class pupil Róisin Farrelly who represented the school in the Easons Spelling Bee.
Pupils from 1st and 2nd Class have been enjoying tin whistle lessons with Yvonne Barrett every Tuesday since September. We hope to continue with this next year.
We would like to thank the Parents Association for their tireless work. They organised a Tea Party in Ballydoogan Community Centre on May 27th which was a great success. They provided parties in the school after the First Holy Communion and the Graduation Mass . They also provided drinks, fruit, ice-cream and medals for all children on Sports Day.
SFI Discover Maths and Science:
We were very proud in May to find out that SFI have awarded us a Plaque in STEM Excellence thanks to our work in Science, Maths, Engineering and Computers. Evidence of our work and expirements can be viewed on our website.
Our annual Easter Egg Raffle generated huge interest and €356 was raised which is being used to purchase new Maths equipment for all classes.
Our Student Council are fundraising to purchase new PE equipment for the school. They held a non-uniform day on June 13th and a cake sale on June 19th. They have also now purchased the Buddy Bench for which they fundraised earlier this year. Well done!
This year our school tours were a great success. Junior Infants-2nd Class went to Galway Atlantaquaria. 3rd and 4th Class enjoyed a trip to Shannon Leisure Centre on June. 5th and 6th class went to the GPO, the Aviva Stadium on a Viking Splash Tour in Dublin.
13 pupils will be leaving primary school this week and beginning secondary school after the summer. We wish you all the best!
We are also saying farewell to Fr. Clarke this year. We would like to thank him for all the work he has done for the school and wish him a long happy and healthy retirement!
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