10 Mar

School Self Evaluation
The Maths for Fun Programme will begin on Wednesday next for the pupils of First and Fourth Class. There will be six sessions in total. On the last day we will have a party for the four classes who take part in the programme, along with all the parents who participated. Certificates will be presented on the day too.

Grandparents Day
Once again Grandparents Day was a terrific success. The children were delighted so many of their grandparents could come on the day. First there was a short prayer service in the hall where we thanked God for all our wonderful grandparents. Following this the grandparents went back to the classrooms. First Class had made flowers and put pictures of their grandparents in them, they showed the grandparents the interactive white boards – many of the grandparents remarked how different school was now compared to their day when some of them had to bring a sod of turf to school. In Sixth Class the pupils showed their grandparents their school work and chatted to them about life in school now, they displayed the projects they had completed. The pupils, along with the grandparents, went back to the hall for light refreshments. Some grandparents were past pupils of the school and enjoyed reminiscing with each other about bygone days, while more were grandparents to more than one child and had to visit both classrooms! Thank you to all the grandparents, from near and far, who joined us, some driving great distances to be with us.

First Confession
The pupils of Second Class celebrated the Sacrament of First Confession on Wednesday last. This was a special ceremony for each child. The choir, made up from pupils from 3rd Class along with 4th Class from the Sacred Heart sang beautifully. Well done to all the pupils.

Credit Union Competitions
• Art Competition:
Well done to Harry and Alison from 2nd Class, Enda in 4th Class and Michael in 3rd CLass who were all prizewinners in the Roscrea Credit Union Colouring competition – “Gotta Lotta Colour”. Alison and Harry went on to the chapter final and Harry’s entry won the 5 – 7 section. Harry’s entry now goes to the All Ireland Final – Well done to the prizewinners and good luck to Harry!

• Credit Union Quiz
Following on from last month’s newsletter the two teams entered in the Local Credit Union Quiz (who competed the night after the newsletter went out) won both the U11 and U13 sections. Our hopes were high as both teams went forward to the chapter final in Nenagh on Friday last. However, it was not to be our night and both teams bowed out gracefully. Well done to the U 11 team: Caoimhe, Leanne, Luke and Saoirse, and our U 13 team: Abby, Dearbhail, Eve and Kelly.

Annual Drama Show “Give me Hope Dear Alice”
The annual drama show featuring pupils from the Jared Madden School of Speech and Drama takes place on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th March in the school hall. The show is loosely based on the Story of Alice in Wonderland. Alice ventures under the sea, to the Wild West and Chinatown for the Mad Hatter’s tea party. The audience will be rocking to the strains of Olly Murs “Dance with me Tonight”, the Infants will sing “All Kinds of Everything” while First and Second Class will sing “Under the Sea”. Third and Fourth Class will put “Old Dan Tucker” through his paces, and Fifth and Sixth will be “Kung Fu Fighting”.
Following workshops in African Drumming the pupils in 4th and 6th Class will also perform on the night under the expert guidance of Eddie O Neill. .
A great night is assured and all are welcome
Admission on the night is just €5.00 (show starts at 7 30 pm).

Green Schools
The winning Green Flag Slogan was penned by Aisling Ryan in 5th Class, closely followed in 2nd place by Caoimhe Dooley in 4th Class and Luke Seacy in 6th Class. The following is the winning slogan:
We the insects need to grow
Sow plants and flowers in a row
We love to work and multiply
You will see the changes as you go by!

The prize-winners for the Art Competition:
Senior Section: 1st Ciara in Second Class, 2nd Amy 6th Class, 3rd Alison in Second Class
Junior Section: 1st Ciara in Junior Infants, 2nd Darragh in Senior Infants and 3rd Faye in Junior Infants
Well done to all the prize-winners, and everyone who took part!

Shave or Dye
Well done to Hughie in Second Class who had his head shaved for the Today FM “Shave or Dye” Campaign. In support of this event we will have our annual “Mad Hair Day” on Friday 4th April. This is a day where we encourage pupils and staff, to do something dramatic but not permanent, with their hair. A donation from our charity fund will be made to the “Shave or Dye” fund.
Class News
Sixth Class are continuing our debating. This week we have invited 5th Class to join us – the motion is “Too Many Young People have Unhealthy Lifestyles” – we look forward to a lively debate………………..5th Class will be very interested in the debate we have been invited to as we have just completed a project on healthy eating and creating a healthy dish using fruit and vegetables…………4th Class are concentrating on homes throughout the ages. We have had great fun doing projects on homes in the past like ring forts, wattle and daub, Viking houses and Georgian houses………3rd Class are doing projects on Milk! We have done Science experiments to learn about milk and are learning lots about dairy farming – we even hope to visit a dairy farm…………………….2nd Class made beautiful butterfly masks which we have displayed on the corridor. We are also practicing our tunes on the tin whistle – especially Óró Sé Do Bheatha Abhaile…………1st Class wrote about ourselves using numbers. We found out about our height, weight, head circumference and how many teeth we have………………….Senior Infants are learning about Spring, we are busy using our Nessy Fingers Computer Programme which concentrates on English reading and Spelling………………….Junior Infants talked about birthdays and had Teddy’s birthday – we even had some birthday cake……..Aoibhneas Class 1 learned all about our 5 senses – touching, tasting, listening, smelling and seeing………………Aoibhneas Class 2 are looking forward to the daffodils which we planted in Autumn blossoming shortly. We also learned about St Brigid, St Blaise and St Valentine……..Both Aoibhneas Classes are making pancakes today!

Dates for your Diary
• Drama Show: 12th and 13th March at 7 30 pm in the school hall
• Ceremony of Light: Thursday 27th March
• Confirmation: Saturday 29th March at 11 00 am
• Mad Hair Day: Friday 4th April
• Easter Holidays: Friday 11th April

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