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1 May

Easter 2014

Confirmation
Twenty eight of our pupils received the sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday 29th March. Bishop Kieran O Reilly officiated at the ceremony. All the pupils assure us they had a great day and enjoyed the ceremony. They looked fantastic and didn’t let the typical Irish weather dampen the day.

Board of Management
• The Board would like to congratulate the pupils in 6th Class who received the sacrament of Confirmation on 29th March.
• A draft of our Anti Bullying Policy is being formulated at present by the staff in conjunction with Board of Management. This draft is available on the website and any suggestions or observations can be made to the Principal. If you do not have access to the website copies of the policy can be obtained from the school office.
• Maths for Fun: This initiative proved very successful this year, and was extended to include half the school – 1st Class, 2nd Class, 4th Class and 5th Class. The pupils were thrilled to be taking part and looked forward to the sessions. Thank you to the parents who generously gave their time. Certificates will be presented to the parents and pupils following the last session tomorrow – there will be light refreshments for the parents and a little party for the pupils.
• The Board would like to thank the Parents Association for their continued hard work through their recent fundraising events that will benefit the whole school community.

“Give Me Hope Dear Alice”
Pupils from Jared Madden’s School of Speech and Drama performed “Give Me Hope Dear Alice” recently to a packed audience. The pupils showed their talents off to a very appreciative audience. In a change from tradition the Junior and Senior Infant pupils performed with the other pupils. The costumes were amazing this year and the backdrop (painted by Anne Marie O Meara) was fantastic too. The colour on stage throughout the show was spectacular. Pupils from 4th Class and 6th Class raised the roof before the show with African Drumming under the guidance of Eddie O Neill. Well done everyone. A profit of just over €1000 was raised over the two nights and this money will be used to buy resources for the school. Thanks to the Parents Association who organised the raffle on both nights.

Seachtain na Gaeilge
We had great fun in the school last week for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Mrs Maher organised a number of events – a table quiz for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class pupils, First Class invited their parents, neighbours and friends to the classroom for an informal session as Gaeilge followed by a cupán tae. Once again the highlight of the week must go to Assembly on Friday morning where the pupils from various classes performed lots of cultural events. As a follow on from last year staff took to the stage to show their prowess at the Siege of Ennis – this looks as if it may become a tradition.

Hurling and Camogie
• Our boys defeated St Rynaghs, drew with Kilcormac/Killoughey and had a narrow defeat to Clareen/Rath in the Offaly Cuman na mBunscol competition. . Good luck to the boys today as they meet Shinrone/Clonlisk in Ballyskenach. Yesterday they had a comprehensive win over the Gaelscoil Nenagh in the Tipperary championship.
• The girls played their first match against Birr last Thursday in the Camogie championship and although defeated they put in a great performance. Good luck on Thursday as they meet Ballyboy.
• Hughie Hannon is in the school again this term passing on the skills of hurling to the pupils in Second and First Class.

Colouring Competition Winners
• Super Valu: Well done to Harry in Second Class who won an etablet in the Super Valu Colouring competition. Harry, along with his classmates, Ms Kinsella and Josie went to the Cozy Kitchen yesterday morning for breakfast. Thank you to Brian and his staff for making this possible.
• Tidy Towns Art Competition: Well done to Aoibhneas Class 1 who their section in the Roscrea Tidy Towns Art Competition recently. Their picture depicted how Roscrea had won a bronze in the National Tidy Towns Competition. Well done boys.
• Well done to Simon in 5th Class and Leah and Molly in First Class who also won individual prizes in the Tidy Towns Competition.

US Choral master teaches Dromakeenan NS
Last Thursday, April 4th, children from our choir had a rare and valuable choral workshop opportunity delivered by US choral conductor and master teacher Dr. Doreen Rao as part of Music Generation’s Choral Training Programme. The pupils travelled to Moate Community School along with other local schools for a two hour workshop, directed by Dr. Rao. Coordinator of Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath Margaret Broome said “This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for both students and tutors. Since Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath’s initiation in 2013, some 1,500 children and young people across Offaly and Westmeath now have access to a range of high quality, affordable music tuition in their own locality”.

Kieran McCartney Fund
To celebrate Kieran going to Mexico for the World Cup as mascot of the Ireland Amputee Soccer team three members of the team came to the school recently and gave an outstanding demonstration of their skills. Two presentations were made to Kieran and his mum Sonja and dad Enda – the first presentation was a cheque for €300 from the pupils of 6th Class (proceeds from their Christmas Sale), and the second was a cheque for €200 presented by Mr Hanamy and Mrs Harding on behalf of the Board of Management.

Mad Hair Day
Once again the school had our version of Mad Hair Day which is our take on the Shave or Dye campaign. The event took place last Friday. The children came in with wonderful hair creations from a basket of flowers on one head, flowery bun cases incorporated in ponytails on another head, along with lots of wigs, coloured hair spray, glitter and gel. Well done to everyone who took part. A donation from our charity fund will be made to Shave or Dye Campaign.

Parents Association
The Parents Association would like to thank all the parents who helped with the bag pack in Super Valu on Friday 14th March and also to the parents who helped with the Church Gate collection last weekend. The funds raised will benefit all the pupils in the school.

Green Flag
Mr Sean Quealy from Coillte visited the school on Tuesday 25th March to give workshops to 3rd and 5th Class. Sean gave a powerpoint presentation followed by a very informative talk/walk in the woods. This event gave the children a better insight into our 5th Green Flag – Biodiversity and also coincided with National Tree Week. Thank you Sean!

Have a Happy Easter – See you all back on April 28th

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