School News 2013-2014
The great sense of anticipation around ahead of Bike Week was well founded. This is the next stage of our Travel Flag & all the children were encouraged to cycle to school if at all possible. Councillor Pat Casey cut the ribbon on our new bicycle shelter . Ally Menary of An Taisce did Bicycle games with the children.
Thanks to all who supported our Fun Run. The weather was spectacular for all the usual stalls and races
National Walk to School Day on the Wednesday of National Walk to School Week. Great effort on this day and candidates in the Local Elections came along to witness our traffic issues at first hand. Thanks also to the Local Media who reported our push for traffic management improvements.
Please take every opportunity to bring traffic issues to the fore on the local election agenda. We feel that the council are beginning to show genuine interest & we're not too far from some imaginitive improvements. This Election and the opening up of an Ashford Area Development Plan are opportunities that don't come around very often. Please have a look at Parents Association Newsletter for May in Parents area of our website and the traffic letter lists our traffic priorities. We need to get the message out there & circulate as many letters as possible so If you can download & print the letter that'd be great. Otherwise the school is happy to print off copies if you just make contact & collect.
Well done to all our Athletes who all performed very well at the Inter-School Sports at Charlesland.
Well done to the Boys & Girls in Ms. Feeney's & Ms. Boyce's 2nd Classes who thoroughly enjoyed their First Communions over the past two weekends. It was a very different learning experience this year for us all. Thanks to all for your patience & to the Teachers for their time & commitment making sure the occasion was a memorable one for the children and their families.
Ms. O' Riordan's 5th Class Bake Sale raised much needed funds for Focus Ireland supporting their Teacher's 4 Peaks Challenge
Internet Security & Cyberbullying Talk with John Wells. Senior Classes during the school day and Parent's Talk in the school @ 7pm. John Wills is the Education Officer with Barnardos and is hugely experienced in this area. He speaks countrywide as is seen as the authority facilitator in this area. He has a calm laid back manner which the children responded to. For Parents it was also well worth putting an hour and a half aside for.
As part of our Green Schools Travel Flag WOW Initiative all those who attend our school daily are encouraged to make a special effort to walk to & from school at least one day of the week. This will be monitored and the classes making the best effort each week will be presented with the 'Golden Boot Award'. Our chosen day is Friday and who else but 1st class were first class to be awarded the Golden Boot Award. Well done!
Congratulations to our 6th Classes who celebrated their Confirmation. Thanks also to the choir who gave up their day off to add to the occasion.
Poetry Ireland in conjunction with Concern selected Our School to host a 4 Schools Initiative. Debbie Thomas & Jane Mitchell– children’s authors, Seamus Cashman–poet &
Martina Reilly/Murphy – dramatist based themselves in a classroom each. A class each from Rathnew Girls, Holy Rosary, Wicklow & St. Joseph's, Newtown joined our own 5th Classes in rotating around the workshops picking up all kinds of tips from these well known Writers.
Our Relay Marathon is in it's 2nd year in conjunction with Ashford Athletic Club was a huge success. The Marathon distance was divided up into 400m legs which the participants ran before handing on the baton to the next runner or group of runners. Very enjoyable and as ever meticulously planned by our local Athletic Club
Senior Infants perform on RTÉ Jr
RTÉ Jr visited Ms. Russell's Senior Infants. The children really were the stars of the show 'Sing Along'. Unfortunately this was shown on T.V. over the Easter Break but we've been promised that a repeat isn't too far away. For know it's on RTÉ Player and to help you see the show we've created a link. Just go to Classes tab, click Senior Infants and enjoy.
Senior Infants were presented with their Mighty Mouth Awards
Seachtain na Gaeilge took place from March 3rd right through to St. Patrick's Day. The children were encouraged to speak Gaeilge in an easy, casual manner. We had thought that the 'Seachtain' came to a rousing finalé with our Ceolchoirm on Friday 14th March but it spilt over to our Cake Sale on Sunday 16th at which cakes were at a reduced price to those who 'haggled' as Gaeilge
Congratulations to our group of group of mainly 4th Class children who stole the show in front of a full house at the inaugural Féile Heaney Concert at Nun's Cross church. They performed a piece of music which they had composed from scratch under the guidance of Elaine Agnrew & Gabriel Rosenstock.
WOW Day with a twist. An Easter Hat competition with prizes in each class for the most creative.
'Food Dudes' makes a welcome return from Infant classes to 2nd. Children are encouraged to try one veg & one fruit in each of their 2 new lunchboxes, one green & one red. Efforts are rewarded with simple prizes.