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22 Dec

Christmas Show
Following weeks of practice our Christmas show was performed on Friday last at 12 noon and again at 7 00 pm. Both shows were very well attended with the evening show packed to the rafters. Many of the incoming Junior Infants were delighted with the invitation and enjoyed the show immensely. The pupils were thrilled to put on the concert for such enthusiastic audiences. Well done to all the pupils who performed excellently.

We thank all who came to the show, especially those who had travelled long distances. Thanks also to Anne Marie O Meara and her helpers from 6th Class who painted the fabulous backdrop for the show.

Board of Management
• The Board would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas Raffle. We congratulate the five prize winners: Cassidy Kennedy, Eilish Ahearne, Aoife Davey, Luke Walsh and Alison O Sullivan. We would also like to thank the parents who sold tickets over three weekends. In particular, we would like to thank BoM member Enda Dooley who brought in and collected the trailer each weekend, and is in the process of organising the delivery of the loads to the prize winners. A total of €3,800 was raised from the raffle with €1,500 going to the Parents Association and the remainder going to offset the cost of the necessary work carried out in the car park last Summer.
• We wish pupils, parents and staff a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year.

School Self Evaluation
• Literacy Lift Off has been completed in First Class. All the children enjoyed the sessions and certificates will be presented in the New Year. The programme will commence in Senior Infants in the New Year.
• Maths for Fun has concluded also for the pupils in Fourth Class – thank you to the parents who came in to help.

Cake Decoration
Sincerest thanks to Katrina Bradley (Jamie’s mum) who visited the school on Monday last to give a cake decorating class to the pupils of Aoibhneas, Junior and Senior Infants and First and Second Class. Katrina kindly sponsored the ingredients for the icing and the containers the boys and girls brought home their buns in. Each child iced their cup cake with green icing in the shape of a Christmas Tree and put on smarties, chocolate stars and skittles to decorate the tree. Their second bun was iced as a Snowman with white icing and coconut as the base with eyes and mouth made with chocolate bits and an orange smartie for the nose. These were simple ideas but extremely effective. Katrina was assisted by her sister Amanda. Thank you both – the children really enjoyed the day!

Sixth Class Christmas Sale
The annual Sixth Class Christmas Sale took place today. Sixth Class really rose to the challenge of organising a great event, with lots of bargains. There was a great bake sale, toy and book sale, and lots of organised games for the rest of the pupils to take part in. As with other years the children made Christmas logs which they sold at the Christmas show. The charities that benefitted from last year’s sale were Riding for the Disabled, Uganda Mission Fund, The Peter McVerry Trust Fund and Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. We will let you know the amount raised in the next newsletter. Thank you to the Parents Association for sponsoring the doll, drinks and selection boxes.
Lunchtime Hurling League
The boys from 4th, 5th and 6th Class and girls from 5th and 6th Class really enjoyed the lunchtime indoor hurling league. We had six teams – comprising of pupils from each of the classes and the teams played each other four times. We have reached the semi final stage where Antrim will play Wicklow and Offaly will play Galway. The semi finals and finals will be played on Thursday morning.

Santa’s Visit
Santa made his annual visit on Thursday morning last on his usual mode of transport (for school anyway) – the Fire Engine accompanied by the Gardaí. He brought sweets for us all – Thank you Santa, Siobhan from the Credit Union, the firemen and Gardaí.

Green Schools
We will be picking our slogan for our next Green Flag after the Christmas holidays. Perhaps the boys and girls would put on their thinking caps over the holidays to come up with a unique and catchy slogan. The theme for this flag will be Global Citizenship Litter and Waste. We will make our application for this flag in March.

Class News: Sixth Class recently had a fantastic trip to Supermacs in Roscrea where we took part in a pizza making class. We made our own pizza from scratch and got to choose our toppings. We found this really interesting and of course very delicious. Well done to Alannah who won this opportunity for us in a recent colouring competition………………Fifth Class are enjoying shared reading with Senior Infants. We help the Junior Infants with words and ask them to read. Senior Infants on the other hand really enjoy having a new person to read to them and enjoy reading a new book every week…………… In Fourth Class we wrote letters to pupils from a school in Kilkenny and we can’t wait to get letters back. We also made our own cribs, two of which were edible! On Tuesday the class performed Nativity Plays which we wrote ourselves……………………. Third Class have been hard at work on their Irish and we are very proud to say our time has finally come – the boys and girls of Third Class are the Christmas title-holders of ‘Gaeilgeoirí na Coicíse’. Our writing to socialise genre has brought some interesting work with notes about forgotten homework, text messages to Santa and new pen pals in Third Class at Scoil Chormaic CNS, Dublin. We have posted letters and handmade Christmas cards to our new friends and are looking forward to hearing from them in the New Year………………. Second Class have worked very hard during the month of December making stables and cribs! They are fantastic – huge effort has gone into making them! Everyone said well done to us and thanks to those who helped us at home! The Junior Classes came to see them and they were very impressed! …………… First Class made our very own town with lots of shops. We were delighted to make angels from paper plates and hang them on the Christmas Tree in the reception area………Junior and Senior Infants thoroughly enjoyed the part we played in the school nativity. Ms Kelly taught us all the songs which we performed excellently with actions and feeling! We sang songs such as Nativity Rock and Happy Christmas (War is Over). Well done to the narrators from our classes and indeed all the children!……………In Aoibhneas we completed our six weeks of water safety and swimming by going for a Christmas treat to McDonalds. We enjoyed our pottery sessions with Fin and concluded by making a large sculpture to be wall mounted after it is fired. We made lots of different seasonal decorations and pictures whilst learning about this special season of Advent and Christmas. Big thanks to Katrina Bradley for showing us how to decorate Christmas cupcakes. We had great fun this week making Elf Yourself Videos, copies of which have been sent to our parents.
We wish all our pupils and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
See you all on the 9th January 2017

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