13 Mar

School Self Evaluation

  • Maths for Fun continues in First and Second Class.  The children are enjoying it greatly and the parents, grandparents and aunts have said they are enjoying it too.  Certificates will be presented on Wednesday 25th March to all the children who have taken part in the programme and to everyone who has helped this year.
  • Four members of staff are attending workshops in Literacy Lift Off in Portlaoise run over six Wednesday evenings in February and March.


Choir Perform at Peace Proms Concert

Our school choir were honoured to be selected to sing at the Peace Proms Concert in the RDS on 31st January along with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.  The CBOI was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is composed of over 100 talented musicians from the north and south of Ireland.  The orchestra has performed in many venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Stormont Castle in Northern Ireland and Dublin Castle.  Our pupils travelled to Dublin on a very frosty morning but despite the cold, our spirits were high.  When we arrived we took our place among the other 100 choirs who were performing at the afternoon performance.  We sang lots of songs including  “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, along with a medley of One Direction songs and “Let it Go” from Frozen.  After the concert a tired but thrilled group left Dublin and stopped in Junction 14 for some light refreshments.  Many of the parents who attended the concert said it was a fabulous occasion.


Religious Ceremonies

  • Fr Treacy, Fr Harding and Fr Deeley visited the school on 3rd February to bless the throats for the Feast of St Blaize, and returned a few days later to bless the children with ashes on Ash Wednesday.
  • Second Class are busy preparing for their First Confession Ceremony which takes place on this Wednesday 4th March at 7 30.
  • Sixth Class are very busy getting ready for their Confirmation which takes place on Saturday next 7th March.  The children are well prepared after attending the De La Salle centre in Castletown for a retreat.  We hope you have a lovely day 6th Class pupils.


Credit Union Quiz

We have had success as well as disappointment in the Credit Union since the last newsletter.  In the local round held in Racket Hall, both teams won comprehensively – each team was 4 points ahead of the runners up.  Both teams went forward to the chapter quiz which was held in Templemore last Friday night.  Despite intensive study during breaks under the guidance of Mr Maher it was not to be our night.  Both teams, while scoring highly, were not high enough to get through.

U13 Team:  Luke, Abby, Caoimhe and Aisling                   U11 Team:  Sarah, Leanne, Eoghan and Bill


Annual Drama Show “A Night at the Museum”

Preparations are well underway for the upcoming drama show “Night at the Museum” featuring pupils from the Jared Madden School of Speech and Drama.  The show takes place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March at 7 30 pm in the school hall.  The show is based in the museum and will have you rocking in your seats to such hits as Lulu’s “Shout” performed by 5th and 6th Class, “Walk like an Egyptian” sung by 3rd and 4th Class, 1st and 2nd Class will become “Rocking Romans” while the ever popular Junior and Senior Infants will woo our hearts with some poems and their renditions of “I Like to Move It” and “Yakety Yack – Don’t Talk Back”.  The show finale is “We Could Have Been Anything We Wanted to Be” a sentiment we hope all the children will believe.  Following workshops in African Drumming the pupils in 4th and 6th Class will also perform on the night under the guidance of Eddie O Neill.  Admission on the night is just €5.00 and a great night is assured.  All are welcome.


Hurling Skills Competition

Best of luck to Joe and Kelsey who won the hurling and camogie skills competition in 6th Class.  Both pupils go forward to the Offaly County Skills Competition in Banagher on Thursday next 5th March.


Green Schools

During this month we had our renewal visit from Orla Fogarty from Offaly County Council.  Orla was very impressed with all the work we had done in preparation for the flag.  The infants surpassed themselves and even posed some questions that Orla was unable to answer.  On Monday 23rd March we will be holding our action day when every class will be working on biodiversity – check with your child what his/her is doing on the day.  Our renewal form is to be completed this month and hopefully after the Easter holidays we hope to get some good news!


Supermac’s Art Competition

Well done to Harry in 3rd Class who won an art competition sponsored by Supermacs.  Harry along with his classmates went into Supermacs for a pizza making class.  The children rolled the dough and chose their own toppings and got a drink into the bargain.  Harry won a Shawn the Sheep soft toy.


Class News

In Sixth Class work is continuing on our FÍS Film project.  After putting together all our ideas we are ready to start writing our script.  We can’t wait until filming begins!…………Fifth Class have been learning all about The Famine or ‘An Gorta Mór’.  We designed and made our own famine ships based on all the information we had gathered, at least 3 of the materials used had to be recyclable.  Have a look on the website at some of the photographs of the Famine Ships..……….Fourth Class made Georgian Houses from cereal boxes – wonder who the Dermot Bannon of our class is? We are doing projects on famous people at the moment including Nelson Mandela, Enid Blyton and Barack Obama……………Third Class are learning all about milk and how the production of it has changed over the years……………………….Second Class are busy finding out about Space, rockets and the planets.  We are making planets from papier mache in Art this week………..First Class are learning all about the rainforest and especially about the anaconda.  We made our very own Shawn the Sheep to bring home……………..Senior Infants are busy writing stories for the “Write a Book” competition……………..In Junior Infants we had an indoor nature walk.  We looked at flowers, leaves, branches and pinecones with magnifying glasses.  One of our snowdrops had a little caterpillar on it.  In Maths we learned about different shapes and got to make pictures using these shapes.  In Science we looked at the colours of the rainbow and learned the song “I Can Sing a Rainbow”……………Aoibhneas Class 1 made yummy pancakes for Shrove Tuesday while Aoibhneas 2 enjoyed making the bird houses with 5th Class.


Dates for your Diary

  • First Confession:  Wednesday 4th March at 7 30 pm
  • Ceremony of Light:  Thursday 5th March at 7 30 pm
  • Confirmation:  Saturday 7th March at 11 00 am
  • Seachtaine na Gaeilge:  Monday 9th to Friday 13th March
  • Shave or Dye or Oh My – “Mad Hair Day”:  Friday 13th March
  • Drama Show:  25th and 26th March at 7 30 pm in the school hall
  • Easter Holidays:  Friday 27th March
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