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31 Jan

 

January Newsletter 2013

Board of Management

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. has asked that all parents of pre-school and primary school children complete a survey on school patronage and pluralism in the primary sector.  Roscrea Parish has been chosen as one of the areas in which this survey will be carried out. Parents have received information on different types of schools and the different possible patron bodies and are now being asked to complete the survey.

Having attended an information meeting on this patronage survey, we would encourage all parents to log onto the D.E.S. website www.education.ie and complete the survey. If access to a computer or the internet poses a problem, please contact the school and we will make a computer available.

As you are all aware from your participation in our school community, the Catholic ethos promotes the Christian values of care and respect for all.  We believe it is a very inclusive ethos and that we cater for the needs of all children attending our school, regardless of their background, religion or nationality.

A change in our patronage would have a number of implications especially in the area of preparation for Sacraments which would be taken out of the school.  We encourage all parents to take part in the survey.

 

Secondly, we would like to congratulate Maria and Graham Harding on the birth of their beautiful baby Lily recently.

 

Grandparents Day

On Thursday last we celebrated Grandparents Day.  Grandparents of pupils from 2nd and 6th Class were invited to our prayer service for Catholic Schools week. There was a great turn out with over 40 grandparents in attendance, and even some former pupils of Dromakeenan!  After the prayer service grandparents accompanied their grandchildren to their classrooms where they were given a tour of the room, there was great excitement from both young and not so young!  Sixth Class showed their grandparents their weaving and grandparents even joined in!  Second Class interviewed the Grandparents about what school was like when they were in primary school. The answers amazed the youngsters!  Then Second Class pupils showed their grandparents the new SCRATCH computer programing that they are using on the laptops.  We finished with a song by the new Beatles, One Direction, and everyone joined in! The pupils brought their grandparents to the hall where they served refreshments to their grandparents.  It was a fantastic and interesting day!

 

Catholic Schools Week

To celebrate Catholic Schools Week we had a number of events:

  • On Wednesday morning thirty five pupils along with three members of  staff attended a mass officiated by Fr Treacy and Fr Harding
  • On Thursday last school Chaplin Fr Michael Harding joined us for a prayer service in the hall for all classes

 

Credit Union Quiz

Well done to Ross Du Berry, Ian Spencer, Jerry Cahir and Dearbhail Flynn who won the U13 Credit Union Quiz on Friday last.  The team now go forward to the chapter final in Thurles.  Also well done to our U11 team who were very unlucky not to qualify.   Amy Phelan, Eve Du Berry, Aisling Ryan and Abby Feehan came joint 1st and were narrowly defeated after a second play off round.  Well done to both teams.  A big thank you to Mr Maher for putting the two teams through their paces over the last number of weeks.

 

Green Schools

Unfortunately the 5 km cycle planned for the pupils of Fifth and Sixth Class which was to take place today has been postponed.  It will however take place on Tuesday 19th February at 9 30 am.  Parents are welcome to join us on this fun cycle around Golden Grove and Orange Hill.  We will be accompanied by Senan Gardiner from An tAisce, who gave the pupils a cycle safety workshop recently, and by the local Gardai, one of whom will cycle with us.

 

Song for Ireland

Tullamore Man Brendan Keeley visited us recently to teach us the refrain to his new song “Song for Ireland – We will be Strong”.  Brendan wrote the song to inspire us all to be strong in the current climate.  He invited us to join him in O Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday 27th January where he hope to fill the stand with 8,000 supporters to sing the chorus with him as the song was recorded.

 

Indoor Hurling League

We are at the semi final stage of our league.  Dublin will play Kerry in one semi while Galway will play Antrim in the other. Good luck to Captains Darragh, Alistair, James and Adam and their teams!

 

School News:

Sixth Class were writing stories in Irish and hope to put a booklet together with our  finished work.  They love brain teasers – can you work this one out?  “Only one colour, but not one size, Stuck at the bottom but easily flies?  Present in the sun, but not in the rain, Doing no harm, feeling no pain – what am I?”……… Fifth Class are having great fun learning to jive in PE, they are learning about breathing in Science, and in Art they learned all about Vincent Van Gogh – they are re-creating his painting “The Bedroom” on a larger scale.  They got a picture of the painting and cut it into small pieces, each pupil got one piece to replicate using pastels.  When all the pieces are done they will be put together in jigsaw fashion and the finished picture will be put up on the website ….Fourth Class are getting very creative with clay.  They made volcanoes using clay, painted them in Art and learned how to make them explode in Science………Third Class made their own metre sticks recently and are having great fun measuring everything in the classroom………….Second Class celebrated Australia Day last week and skyped Miss Hickey’s friend in Australia, the pupils had lots of questions for her…………..First Class did projects on water and learned how tsunami’s occur.  They learned about flooding too.  Second and Third Class visited the classroom to see all the projects displayed…………Senior Infants had great fun creating rockets, they are hanging outside the classroom – you can see them on the website before they lift off………..Junior Infants had a snail hunt on the school grounds, the pupils loved being out looking for the little snails………….Aoibhneas Class 1 and 2 made chicken wraps and homemade burgers, and Ard Erin apple cake in the much loved “Feasty Friday”.  The pupils in Class 2 went on a shopping trip to buy the ingredients.

 

Dates for your Diary

  • Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February – Mid term break ( usual finishing time)
  • Tuesday 19th February (5th and 6th Class Pupils only)          5km Cycle
  • Drama Show:  13th and 14th March at 7 30 pm in the school hall
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