21 Dec

Christmas Show

Following weeks of practice our Christmas Show “A Christmas Toy Story” was performed on Friday last at    12 30 pm and 7 00 pm.  Both shows were well attended with a full house for the evening performance.  We were particularly thrilled to see so many of our incoming infants accept our invitation to attend.


Our stage was beautifully decorated thanks once again to the very talented Mrs O Meara.  There were many catchy and lively songs such as “Santa’s Here” and “When Toys Come Alive” followed by “Jingle Bells Rock”, while the acting was of a very high standard.  All the pupils really enjoyed taking part and we had very appreciative audiences for both performances.  Thank you to the teachers and SNA’s for preparing the pupils.  Finally thank you to our sponsors who sponsored the spot prizes for the raffle:  O Meara Farm Buildings, Central Office Supplies, Oliver Douglas and Sons, Scart Landscaping, Alan and Fiona Dunford, Michael and Catherine Gowing and Eamon Franks.  More photographs on the face book page Dromakeenan N S Parents Association.


Board of Management

  • We wish pupils, parents and staff a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year.
  • The Board wishes to acknowledge the work done throughout the year by the Parent Association and in particular the contributions to school activities – see below.


Upcoming School Activities

  • Swimming Lessons: After consultation with the Parent Association and Student Council it was decided to reintroduce swimming for the pupils from 3rd to 6th  There will be six sessions in total beginning Tuesday 15th January.  After looking at the options available it was decided to take the pupils to Birr Swimming Pool as it was more cost effective and the pool session will be private.  The cost of the sessions will be €30 per child – the Parent Association has kindly agreed to subsidise each child by €10 therefore the cost to parents will be €20 per child.
  • Hip Hop: The pupils from Junior Infants to Second Class will begin Hip Hop sessions with Lisa Hogan in the New Year.  There will be five sessions of dance beginning Thursday 19th  The Parent Association has kindly agreed to pay for these sessions.


School Self Evaluation

  • Literacy Lift Off has been completed in First Class. All the children enjoyed the sessions and certificates will be presented on Friday.  The programme will commence for Senior Infants in the New Year.
  • Maths for Fun has concluded also for the pupils in Fourth Class – thank you all the parents who came in to help.
  • First Steps in Writing continues in the school.  Next term the genre the children are learning will be “Persuasive Writing”.  Examples of the children’s work will be displayed in the hall and in their classrooms.

·         Gaeilgeoirí na Coicíse Táimíd ag leanúint leis an gcomórtas “Gaeilgeoirí na Coicíse” agus tá alán ranganna ag deánamh sár iarracht an teideal a bhuacaint.  We are continuing with our Gaeilgeorí na Coicíse competition and all classes are making great efforts to win the title.

  • Irish Club has now concluded. It was a great success and will resume in March – date to be confirmed.


Santa’s Visit

Santa made his annual visit this morning 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.


Kate Wins Class Trip to Winter Wonderland in Gurteen College for Sixth Class Pupils

On the 11th of December 6th Class took a trip to Gurteen to celebrate the success of Kate winning the art competition with over 3,000 entries.  When we got there, we met our tour guide Jamie. We got on a trailer that was decorated with Christmas decorations. It brought us to the pet farm with puppies, an ostrich, reindeer and many other farm animals. It was great fun. We then met Santa and Mrs. Claus and he gave us all a game of Snakes and Ladders. Overall, we had a great day and even better than that, Santa requested that we got no homework!


Parent Association Calendar

The Parent Association have asked us to thank you all for supporting their fundraiser by purchasing the 2019 school calendar.  This was a very successful venture and they will have a final figure in the next newsletter.


Aoibhneas Visit Winter Wonderland

Aoibhneas had a super day at Winter Wonderland on Tuesday last 18th December. We met Mrs Claus and the big man himself – Santa Claus.  We even got to see where Santa sleeps. Frosty the Snowman brought us into the snow tunnel much to everyone’s delight. We had a tour of the farm followed by a trip to pets corner where we played with puppies, rabbits, llamas, ostriches, goats and even reindeer!  After we were treated to Oreos and drinks back in the Christmas hall. The children had a fantastic day. A huge thank you to Jamie and the staff at Gurteen college for treating us so well.


Sixth Class Christmas Sale

The annual Sixth Class Christmas sale took place today and the 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.  The charities that benefitted from last year’s sale were the Uganda Mission Fund, Barretstown and Roscrea Hospice.  The total raised will be published in the January Newsletter.  Thank you to the Parent Association for sponsoring the doll, drinks and selection boxes.


Visit from Joe, Birr Library

This week we had a visit from Joe who works in Birr Library. Joe visited each class in turn reading stories to enthusiastic audiences.  Joe visited Junior and Seniors first enthralling the children with a story about a grumpy badger.  In First and Second Class Joe told the story of the Grinch who stole all the Christmas decorations.  In Third and Fourth Class he read the pupils a story about a boy who set traps to try and catch Santa – however, the traps did not work and Santa always managed to get away.  Finally, in Fifth and Sixth Class Joe first read a chapter from Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone which was based on Harry’s Christmas morning. The second story was a Christmas Norwegian folk tale. The pupils were delighted to welcome Joe and we really appreciate him taking time to come out to us.


Lunchtime Hurling League

The lunchtime hurling league came to a conclusion today with a fantastic final.  Playing in the two semi finals were Erin’s Laois team who faced Alison’s  Galway team.  Playing the other semi final was Abbie’s Tipperary team whose opponents were Aoibhe’s Cork team.  In a thrilling competition both matches ended in a draw which resulted in a penalty shoot out to decide who progressed to the final.  Geographical neighbours Tipperary faced Laois in the final.  In the end it was Tipperary’s day and they ended victors on a score of 1-0.  Well done to all who played.  A new competition will start on our return in the New Year.  This will take us up to mid term break and hopefully the weather will be suitable for us to go back on the field.


Active School Flag

The Active Schools Committee have been very busy going to the Junior and middle yard at each break time to keep the students active in their lines.   Emmett from Offaly Sports Partnership has been with us for a non-competitive athletics initiative which each class has taken part in and thoroughly enjoyed.



  • On Monday the 17th of December, the school choir (from 3rd class up) accompanied by Deirdre Higgins (our Music teacher) and Mr. Hanamy (our Principal) visited the Dean Maxwell nursing home to spread some Christmas cheer to all the elderly there. We sang some well-known Christmas carols and some tunes from our Christmas show called ‘A Christmas Toy Story’. The residents, nursing staff and all the children in the choir thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone was singing and moving along to the music. It was lovely to put a smile on all of their faces. Everyone had a great time and all the children were very excited! They gave us some delicious treats after the performance. After singing in the nursing home the children were brought for a treat in Supermac’s. It was overall a great day!  We were scheduled to visit Parkmore Nursing home, however the date did not suit them and we will visit there in the Spring.  Ava 5th Class
  • Choir practices will resume on 14th January 2019.


Class News:  Fifth Class had a super time rehearsing and performing for the Christmas show. In History we really enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King Jnr. The children wrote their own “I Have a Dream speech. In Geography we were very busy learning about the formation of earthquakes and volcanoes. In Art we designed our own Christmas jumpers and enjoyed drawing Christmas scenes. In Irish we wrote our own Christmas Stories. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Daoibh go leir…………………..Well done to Third Class who made some beautiful cribs from all kinds of materials………….. Second Class have been busy preparing for Christmas this month. We have learned about Christmas traditions in other countries, we made our own cribs and each day we learn interesting facts from our advent calendar!……………..What a busy few weeks the boys and girls in First Class have had! We have named, designed and decorated our very own elf! We made Christmas baubles for the Christmas tree and we enjoyed learning songs for the Christmas Show. It has been so much fun!………………………. Juniors have been having great fun in Santa’s workshop the past few weeks for Aistear. The elves have been busy making the toys while the reindeer have been getting ready for their big journey.


We wish all our pupils and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

See you all on the 7th January 2019

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