3 Nov

School Self Evaluation

A training morning was held today for the parents who have volunteered for the Maths for Fun Programme.  The pupils from Senior Infants and Fourth Class will take part in the programme after the midterm and First and Second Class in the Spring.  Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help in this worthwhile initiative.


Visitors to the School

  • Once again we were delighted to have the Slieve Bloom Story Tellers visit the school on Thursday 11th October.  Well known storyteller Michael Creagh told stories to all the children in the school.  Michael brought lots of props with him which he used to great effect and had the children singing “The Galway Girl” while others danced – Michael was a big hit with the children.
  • Two firemen from the Birr Fire Station visited 3rd Class on Thursday of last week to give the pupils a talk on fire safety.  The information given is very important especially at this time of the year.


Sport in School

  • Hurling:  Third, Fourth and Fifth Class are really improving as a result of the coaching sessions with Hughie Hannon.  Hughie will return to the school in the Spring.
  • Gymnastics:  The children are sad that the ever popular gymnastic sessions with Emer Feehan have come to an end.  The children really enjoyed their weekly workout and hope they will have the opportunity again next year.  Each year we see an improvement in what the children are able to achieve.  Thanks to the Parents Association for sponsoring the sessions again this year.
  • Football:  Having been beaten by St Rynaghs in the group stages the boys pulled off a shock result by beating the same opposition in the play off by 6 points.  They went on to the County semi final but unfortunately were beaten by Crinkle in a close fought match losing out in the end by only two points.  The lads really improved as the campaign went on and would like to thank Mr Brislane for training them over the last eight weeks.



Our choir was so successful last year that the number of children involved has doubled this year and the pupils are really enjoying the sessions each Thursday.  Invitations to perform have been increasing recently, one such invitation is for the choir to join with pupils from other local schools to record and perform Seamus Doran’s new Christmas song which will be launched at the Taste of  Roscrea festival.  The pupils will also be carol singing during the festival – more details regarding date and time will follow.


Parents Association

The Parents Association would like to:

  • Remind everyone about the upcoming AGM on Monday 10th November at 7 30 pm – we encourage as many people as possible to attend.
  • Thank you most sincerely to Dunnes Stores for allowing us to hold a bag pack there on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November.  We will be seeking people to help with this after the midterm – please support this worthy cause as the money raised helps fund school activities such as the gymnastics, sports day, graduation etc.


Fred the Magician

The children were excited to have Fred the Magician back again this year.  Last year he had all the children mesmerised with his tricks and musical ability.  Needless to say he did not disappoint today performing his new show.


Team Hope

This year we are again participating in the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.  Co-ordinator Marie O Brien asked that we remind people that it would be great if each box could contain something to write with, something to wash with – soap or toothbrush and toothpaste, something to wear and something to play with.  She encourages us to look at home and see what we can donate (please make sure any clothing or soft toys have been washed).  Boxes can be returned to the school on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November.


Upcoming Events for Pupils after Halloween

Pottery:  Local potter Fin O Hara will come to the school for pottery workshops with the children.  Junior and Senior Infants (3 weeks each) and First, Third Class and Fifth Class (6 weeks) will participate.  More information will follow after the Halloween break.


School News

6th Class investigated how the circulatory system works in Science.  It was very interesting and we worked together to create detailed diagrams showing how the circulatory system works.  In Art we studied the famous painting “The Scream” by Edward Munch.  We recreated the painting using some funny photographs of us screaming.  We then wrote about what makes us want to scream!  Not surprisingly a ringing alarm clock on Monday mornings was the most popular choice……………5th Class boys along with 6th Class boys went to a skills academy in Thurles thanks to Thurles CBS.  We got a guided tour of Semple Stadium and had a great day.  We had great fun this week doing a Maths trail around the school…………….In 4th Class we know God created the world but we created our very own “Creative Garden Masterpieces”.  At the moment we are finishing off our projects on animals.  Some of the more unusual animals studied are liana, alpaca, octopus and jaguar – not our everyday family pet!..3rd Class have completed projects on Toys and video games.  We are making maps to help us with the Maths trails that are being created in school………………2nd Class loved doing Art for Halloween and have made scary masks.  We also made Scarecrows and our own candles – we covered the outside of jam jars with paper and put a tea light inside.  We learned about old forms of communication – some of us brought in old radios, and we even had a phone that used a finger dial!!!  We got great fun from the old type of cameras that some of us brought in – we find it hard to understand that some of them needed film and there was one from the 1950’s that really was an antique…….1st Class are really enjoying our Literacy Lift Off programme.  We are reading lots and lots of books.  We entered a colouring competition organised by Super Valu – we all have our fingers crossed that some of us will win……………..Senior Infants went on an Autumn trail in the forest.  We made rice krispie buns in class and we are doing procedural writing on how we made them.  We can’t wait for tomorrow when we can dress up for Halloween – we are also going to be working in groups and making mummies!……………….Junior Infants learned about Autumn this month and we went to the car park and woods looking for signs of Autumn.  We collected leaves and made leaf rubbings.  We learned about the animals who are preparing to hibernate.  We learned lots of Halloween rhymes and songs……………Aoibhneas Class 1 loved doing their Halloween Art.  We are looking forward to pottery with Fin after midterm.  Some of us had play therapy with Rody Dunne while the others enjoyed swimming and horse riding…………………..Aoibhneas Class 2 harvested our potatoes and made wedges from them.  We really enjoyed our walk in the woods.


Dates for your Diary

  • Parent/Teacher Meetings – Monday 24th November at 3 30 pm
  • Christmas Musical in School Hall – Friday 12th  December 12 noon and 7 30 pm
  • Confirmation – Saturday 7th March 2015 at 11 00 am
  • First Communion – Sunday 17thMay 2015 (12 noon mass)

Enjoy the Halloween Break – See you all on 3rd November

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