9 Dec

Board of Management
The Board of Management would sincerely like to thank the parents who have volunteered to sell tickets for our Christmas Raffle. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

School Self Evaluation
• The Maths for Fun programme is continuing at the moment. The pupils in Fourth Class are delighted with the sessions and once again we are witnessing the competitive streak coming out in some of the children. A sincere thank you to the parents who have so kindly given up their time to become involved. There will be another set of Maths for Fun sessions after Easter for Senior Infants.
• Literacy Lift Off finished today for the pupils of First Class. Senior Infants will begin Literacy Lift Off in the New Year.
• The children have been working on the First Steps in Writing programme and displays of their Procedural writing can be seen in the halla and in their classrooms. We are now focusing on the Writing to Socialise genre which is currently being taught throughout the school.

Christmas Show
Preparations are now well underway for our Christmas Show “Nativity Rock” on the 16th of December. There will be two shows on the day – one at 12 noon and the other at 7 pm (the show will be approximately 40 minutes in duration). Admission will be free and all are welcome – spread the word!

School Choir
• The choir will be singing carols at the Taste of Roscrea festival on Saturday next from 3 pm to 4 pm in the Castle yard. Why not come along and support the children and perhaps join in the festive atmosphere.
• The school choir are busy practising for the Peace Proms Concert in the Concert Hall in Limerick in March. The choir will have a rehearsal in February in Limerick.
• Next week will be the last week for choir rehearsal – it will resume after Christmas.

Green Schools
• On Friday the 25th of November, a visitor came to 4th and 5th Class as part of our Green schools programme. Her name was Michéle Castiaux. She gave a very informative workshop on ways we should recycle. Both classes watched a short film about the making of polyester clothing out of plastic bottles! With the help of Michéle, we decided it would be best to buy fruit and vegetables grown in Ireland, where possible! Michéle explained how recycling is good for the environment, but reducing how much we use is even better. We hope to see a fifth green flag on our flag pole soon!
• A new committee has been elected and the members are as follows: 6th Class: Cian, Aoife, 5th Class: Robbie, Aoife, 4th Class: Emma, Caragh, Jack, 3rd Class: Aaron and Rachael. Mrs Maher, Deirdre Bergin and Tommy Carroll remain on the committee.

Competition Winners
• Credit Union Colouring Competition: We had terrific success at the recent Credit Union Colouring competition with many prize winners coming from our school. The winners attended Roscrea Credit Union on Tuesday last to receive their prizes from Sean Hogan. Winners: 11 -13 category Oisin in 6th Class won 1st prize and Ciara in Fifth was 2nd, 8-10 age category Abbie in 4th Class won 1st and Emma also in 4th Class came 2nd, 7 and under category Keeva in Second Class came 1st and Emer also from Second Class came 3rd. Well done everyone.
• GAA Quiz: Last Sunday Aoife , Aaron and Bill from 6th Class took part in a North Tipperary GAA quiz in Cloughjordan. Even though we were missing one player we still managed to get a score of 63 points out of 72 questions. We really enjoyed our night – Aoife, Sixth Class
• Supermacs Colouring Competition: Well done to Alannah who won the Supermacs Colouring Competition recently. Alannah along with her classmates will go to Supermacs on Tuesday next for a make and bake event. Enjoy the day everyone.

Science Week
• On Thursday 17th November Fifth and Sixth Class held a Science Fair to celebrate Science Week. The pupils did a marvellous job completing and displaying their experiments. Many of the parents came in to see the experiments and really enjoyed them. We learned a lot and had very interesting experiments like volcanic eruptions, how fire can’t burn without oxygen, lava lamps and many more. Well done to all – Kelsey, 6th Class
• Senior Infants held a Science Fair in our classroom to celebrate National Science week. We worked in groups organising our different experiments. We discovered how plants drink water, what objects are magnetic and used mirrors to investigate reflections. That’s just to mention a few of our experiments!! We wrote out our experiments and were delighted to welcome our families into our classroom to join in the fun! Science is one of our favourite subjects in Senior Infants and there are definitely some future Scientists in our class!

Sixth Class Debating
Last Friday 25th November, the Sixth Class debating team – Alannah, Cian and Saoirse travelled to Birr Library to debate against Rathcabbin National School on the motion ‘Social Media is a Bad Influence on Children’. Our team did extremely well and made very good points in opposition to the motion. Unfortunately, it was not to be our day but we were congratulated for speaking very well and representing the school excellently. – By Alannah Dunford, 6th Class

School News
• Pottery with Fin O Hara has finished for the pupils of Junior and Senior Infants, First, Third and Fifth but continues for Aoibhneas pupils.
• Sixth Class pupils were delighted to attend the musical “The Wizard of Oz” performed by Colaiste Phobal’s Transition Year pupils. We congratulate all our past pupils who took part and we were delighted to see many of them play lead roles.

Christmas Sale
The annual Christmas Sale of Work will take place on Wednesday 21st December. This event is organised every year by the 6th Class pupils and has become a rite of passage for these pupils while being eagerly anticipated by all. This is the only time during the year we make a monetary collection for charity and the funds raised are distributed when we get requests from charities during the year. The charities that benefitted from last year’s sale were: Uganda Mission Fund, Riding for the Disabled, Peter McVerry Trust, Motor Neuron Disease and The Laurels. Used toys, books etc in good condition will be accepted on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st only. Decorated Christmas Logs will be on sale at the Christmas Show and Christmas Sale.

Dates for your Diary
• December 16th – Christmas Show at 12 noon and 7 00 pm
• December 21st – 6th Class Christmas Sale
• December 22nd – Christmas Holidays

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year
School re-opens on Monday 9th January 2017

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