23 Dec

December Newsletter 2015


Christmas Show

Following weeks of practice our Christmas show was performed on Friday last at 11 00 am 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.

Junior and Senior Infants opened the show with “The Sleepy Shepherd” a show full of catchy songs which tells the story of a very sleepy shepherd.  We were all wondering would he wake up in time to see Baby Jesus?  First and Second Class had great fun performing their Nativity Play.  Their version of the Nativity was entitled “The Landlord’s Cat”.  The cat was on the verge of leaving home, however, one night he sensed that something special was about to happen and decided to stick around to find out just what!

Third Class performed a play written by Peter Gunning called “Following the Star”.  It was great fun performing the songs and even though the pupils were very nervous before they went on stage they were very excited too.

The Fourth Class pupils performed “Triumph of All Sorts” written by Damien Whyte.  It tells the story of the Easter Rising in 1916 through narrative and sketch.  The pupils really enjoyed practicing their piece and performing it on the night.  It was made even more special for the boys and girls as Rugi  played the part of Eamon Bulfin who was his great grandfather. Fifth Class told the charming true story of how the well loved carol “Silent Night” was written in the Austrian village of Oberndorf in the 18th Century during a snow storm on Christmas Eve.  The class combined Christmas carols, dance, drama and humour to deliver this heart-warming tale.  Sixth Class finished the show with their story about a mystical genie, an old lamp, a beautiful princess, irresistible baddies and an exotic trip to the Far East – yes you have guessed it – it could only be the much loved pantomime Aladdin.

We thank all who came to the show, especially those who had travelled long distances.  Thanks also to Anne Marie O Meara who painted the fabulous backdrop for the show, Mulrooney Oil, Oliver Douglas and Sons, Jared Madden School of Speech and Drama, Parents Mary T O Connor and Mary Ryan, the Staff of Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, The Memory Gallery, Leona’s Barber Shop and the Parents Association for sponsoring the spot prizes.


Board of Management

  • As a new Board we wish to thank the outgoing Board for their commitment over the last four years and 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 were presented in assembly this morning.  The programme will commence in Senior Infants in the New Year.


Sixth Class Christmas Sale

The annual Sixth Class Christmas Sale took place yesterday.  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.  The Sixth Class pupils also made Christmas logs which they sold at the Christmas show – Thank you to Standish Sawmills for providing the logs once again.  The charities that benefitted from last year’s sale were Shave or Dye, Riding for the Disabled, Uganda Mission Fund, The Hope Foundation and The Laurels, Roscrea.  We will advise the amount raised in the next newsletter.  Well done to Sixth Class and Ms Hogan.



The pupils in Aoibhneas have been very busy preparing for Christmas.  They have been involved in Christmas plays and enjoyed all the singing and dancing.  They have made a variety of Christmas decorations in Art and they had tremendous fun decorating our walls, windows and Christmas tree.


Sixth Class Debating

Following a bye in the first round three Sixth Class pupils Caoimhe , Liam and Leanne  pupils took part in the All Ireland Primary   Debating competition.  The competition was held in Birr and the opposing school was Rathcabbin NS.  The motion was “Food waste should be made legal” and our pupils were opposing the motion.  The team won on the day and now go forward to the next round against Seir Kieran in January.


Lunchtime Hurling League

The boys from 4th, 5th and 6th Class and girls from 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 three times.  We have reached the semi final stage which will be played in the New Year.


Presentation of Flag and Proclamation

Sergeant Kieran Kennedy came to the school on November 9th to present a tricolour flag and copy of the Proclamation to the school.  Kevin spoke to the pupils about his role and life in the army and gave an overview of what he could be doing each week.  The boys and girls had many questions for the Sergeant and his fellow officer John.  We thank them for their visit.


Santa’s Visit

Santa made his annual visit on Thursday morning last on his usual mode of transport (for school anyway) – in the Fire Engine accompanied by the Gardaí – we hope his reindeer are ok for Christmas Eve.  He brought sweets for us all – Thank you Santa, Siobhan from the Credit Union, the firemen and Gardaí and Parents Association.


We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

See you all on 6th January.

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