23 Mar

• Tomorrow, Saturday 24th March is a very important day for the young students of 6th Class as they will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The pupils had a beautiful Ceremony of Light last night celebrated by Fr Pat Deeley. We wish the pupils and their families well tomorrow and hope they have a memorable and enjoyable day.

Board of Management

School Self Evaluation
• Maths for Fun will conclude next week for children in Senior Infants.
• Thanks to all the parents who completed the Irish questionnaire. The pupils and teachers have also completed their questionnaires . Our Gaeilge action plan will be completed by year end and in place for the new academic year.
• Examples of children’s writing on the theme of “Record Writing” are on display in the halla. For next term the theme changes to Explanatory Writing.

Active Schools Flag
Our Active Schools initiative is gathering momentum! From our 10@10, Active Línes and our athletics activities every Friday we are getting fitter and fitter. The Super Troopers homework is proving to be very enjoyable. The Active Schools committee is busy preparing and organising for our Active Schools week in April! There will be some lovely new activities, such as ‘Walk a mile with a Smile’ and Tug of War. Keep an ear out for updates on the special events!

School News
• Thank you to the Easter Bunny who visited the school on Wednesday last. The Easter Bunny visited Aoibhneas and Junior Infants and had treats for all the pupils in the school.
• Congratulations to Lucy Maher in Third Class who won the Supermac’s Colouring Competition. Lucy along with all her classmates visited Supermac’s to make pizza. The children really enjoyed it.
• Senior Infants have invited their mums and dads into the classroom this morning (Friday) to see all the work they have done especially the work on Beatrix Potter.

Seachtain na Gaeilge
Thosaigh Seachtain na Gaeilge go bríomhar maidin Dé Luain le amhráin o Rang a dó sa halla. Bhí gach duine suas ar a chosa ag leanúint na daltaí ar an stáitse. Ar an Mháirt thóg na Naíonáin Shinsearacha an stáitse agus bhain gach éinnne taitneamh as an dráma An Fear Sinséár . Bhí na daltaí ar fheabhas agus bhí brón ar gach éinne nuair a rugadh ar an Fear Sinséar. Maidin Dé Chéadaoin bhí rang a cúig ar an stáitse ag insint dúinn le samplaí greannmhar do na cannúintí éagsula atá againn sa tír i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge. Chríochnaigh siad le Amhráin na bhFiann. Ar an Déardaoin rinne Rang a ceathair dráma beag leis an dán An Gabhar sa Scoil. Lean Rang a Trí iad ar an stáitse and sheinn siad cúpla poirt ar an feadóg stáin agus chan siad amhráin deas binn dúinn. Chríochnaigh an seachtain ar an Aoine le Rang a hAon ag canadh amhraín agus bhí siad gléasta suas réidh don rugbaí. An tráthnóna sin bhí Tráth na gCeist againn le foirne meascaithe ó Rang a trí go Rang a sé. Idir gach babhta bhí duaiseanna do gach bord agus ar deireadh bhuaigh foireann amháin ubh Cáisc an duine. Mhaisigh Rang a sé an scoil go hálainn le seanfhocail. Bhí alán nodanna le foghlaim againn ó na seanfhocail.
Seachtain na Gaeilge began on Monday morning with songs from Second Class in the hall. Everyone was up on their feet following the students on stage. On Tuesday the Senior Infants took to the stage, with the drama The Ginger Man. The students were excellent and everyone was sad when the Gingerbread man was caught. Wednesday morning began with Fifth on the stage giving us funny examples of varioius dialects we have in the country in English. They finished with Amhrán na bhFiann. On Thursday Fourth Class did a little drama to the poem “An Gabhar”. Third Class followed them on stage and they played a few tunes on the tin whistle. The week ended on Friday with First Class doing “The Haka” as Gaeilge. That evening we had our Trath na gCeist. We had mixed teams from Third to Sixth Class. Between each round there were spot prizes for each table and one team finally won an Easter egg each. Sixth Class decorated the school beautifully with Irish proverbs. We can learn a lot of tips from these old Irish proverbs.

Magic Moments
The audiences who attended the annual drama show performed by the pupils of Jared Madden Speech and Drama School were thrilled with the performances on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The Junior and Senior Infants tugged at many a heartstring in the hall with their rendition of “Edelweiss” and “So Long Farewell”. First and Second Class were “On the Road Again” and sang “I’m a Believer” with great gusto. Third and Fourth Class were singing from “The Black Hills of Dakota” and were definite “The Farmer and the Cowboy should be Friends”. Fifth and Sixth Class performed “Chester’s Dead” and the “Bad Guys” excellently. Well done to all the boys and girls – we are proud of you, you were amazing.
We would like to acknowledge our sponsors for both nights: Bernie’s Super Valu, Jared Madden, Mulrooney Oil, Scoil Chrónáin Naofa Parents Association, The Loft, Shaws, Kieran and Catriona Egan, Walsh Printers, Alan and Fiona Dunford, Tim and Patricia Gleeson, Milltown Garden Centre, and Templetouhy Farm Machinery.
Once again we are really grateful to Mrs O Meara and her band of helpers for the fabulous backdrop, and the Parents Association for organising the raffle.

Sport in School
Hurling and Camogie
• Training has recommenced for the boys in 5th and 6th Class and they will be playing their first match on Tuesday 17th April.
• The girls in 4th, 5th and 6th are training every Monday afternoon and will play their first match on Monday 16th April against Carrig/Kileen
• Third and Fourth Class are also training hard under the guidance of Ms Higgins and Ms Wyer
• Hughie Hannon will return to us for four weeks after Easter to pass on the skills of hurling to First and Second Class
Fitness Training
• In conjunction with Offaly Sports Partnership the boys and girls from 1st to 6th Class are taking part in an 6 week fitness programme. These sessions will begin on Wednesday 11th April. Once again the pupil’s fitness will be measured at the beginning and at the end to see what progress they have made.

Class News: In Fifth Class we were very busy for Seachtain na Gaeilge. We did a Leprechaun Hunt with the Infants in our school. We dressed up as leprechauns and the Infants had to catch us! We had a super time acting in role as leprechauns. Our costumes were really funny.……………..In Fourth Class we did some wonderful projects on countries such as Venezuela and Paraguay and also projects on animals like the echidna and the sloth………………..Third class had a very busy March! We composed and performed a song called ‘Hurling Crazy’ for Assembly. We commenced keyboard lessons with Ms. Kelly.…………………Second Class had a new arrival this month, a chick named Apricot. We got creative for assembly and composed an original song ‘We found a Loaf’ written about the Beast from the East. Happy Easter to all from Rang a dó………. Junior Infants have been very busy out and about the school grounds. We found some leprechauns just in time for St. Patrick’s day……………..In Junior Infants we went on our ‘Signs of Spring’ walk, the Easter Bunny spotted us and called in with some special treats! On Friday the Juniors went on an Easter Egg Hunt with 6th Class and found treats all over the school! ………………. In Aoibhneas we had great fun baking pancakes, cupcakes and banana bread. The best part about baking is eating of course and there’s never a crumb left. We wrapped up the term with a visit from some South African goats and Irish lambs. Sincere thanks to Andrew Connor for bringing in the animals. We’re now looking forward to a relaxed 2 weeks at Easter so we can recharge for the last term. Happy Easter from all in Aoibhneas.
Have a Lovely Happy Easter – See you all on April 9th

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