9 Nov

Board of Management
To offset the costs of the work done in the car park over the Summer we will be holding a raffle in the run up to Christmas. The prizes for the raffle will be trailer loads of timber. The cost of the tickets will be €2 per line or 3 for €5. Tickets will be on sale from the school office and on a number of weekends before Christmas. The draw will be made at the Christmas Show.

School Self Evaluation
• First Steps in Writing: The genre in the First Steps in Writing programme after Halloween is Writing to Socialise. Examples of the children’s writing will be on display in the halla.
• Maths for Fun will continue in Fourth Class after the Halloween break. Any parents/grandparents who would like to help would be most welcome. Please contact the office if you are available to help.

Junior Infants 2016

Unfortunately, due to a technical hitch we were unable to insert the photograph of our new Junior Infants in last month’s issue so the boys and girls feature in this issue instead! Missing from the photograph are Aoife and Kaylon.

Uganda Mission Fund
As you are all aware we make regular donations to this worthy cause. However, as we believe education opens up vast opportunities for children we have committed to sponsoring one child’s education in Coloma Primary School in Uganda. The yearly cost will come from our 6th Class Christmas Sale Charity Fund each year. The child which has been selected for us is Veronica Chegem. Veronica is making great progress and is learning the melodica this year. Sr Mona Maher who is the co-ordinator will update us yearly on Veronica’s progress.

Visitors to the School
• Once again in conjunction with the Slieve Bloom Story Telling Festival we were delighted to have storyteller Jimmy Maher visit the school on Thursday 13th October. Jimmy had the children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class in stitches with his tales.
• Colm and Mark from Birr Fire Brigade visited 3rd Class on Friday last to speak to the children about fire safety. Each pupil got a fire safety pack with a checklist to ensure that each houses has a plan in the event of a fire.
• Offaly Junior Camogie champions Naomh Bríd visited the school recently. Members of the panel including past pupils Amy Ryan, Claire and Valerie Meagher joined our own Ms Higgins on the stage along with trainer Stephen Corcoran. They were very impressed with the boys and girls singing GoNoodle classic Pop See Ko led by Sixth Class. The pupils were delighted with the drinks, crisps and bars the club brought with them. Hopefully they will be back next year with the Senior Cup.
• Fr Laurence and Niamh visited the pupils on Monday 24th to talk about the parish mission which is running this week. They encouraged the children to come to the mission and bring the information back to their parents.
• Garda Declan Ganley visited 5th and 6th Class on Tuesday to speak with them about the dangers over the Halloween period.

Sport in School
• Hurling: Third, Fourth and Fifth Class really enjoyed the coaching sessions with Hughie Hannon. Hughie will return to the school in the Spring to coach the younger classes.
• Football: The boys took part in the Cumann na mBunscol football competition over the last number of weeks. They played three matches beating Tullamore Gaelscoil, and losing to both St Rynaghs and Birr. Though unsuccessful in the campaign the boys enjoyed both the training and matches and would like to thank to Mr Brislane who coached the team.
• Rugby: The sessions under the guidance of Mark Lown are coming to an end. The pupils in Sixth Class really enjoyed the rugby and had great fun participating.
• Sixth Class took part in the hurling blitz organised by Colaiste Phobal on Tuesday 18th October. The boys and girls put in a great performance winning the group stages, and the semi-final. However, it was not to be our day and unfortunately we lost out in the final. All the pupils had a great day.
• Athletics: On Friday 30th September thirty two pupils from the school travelled to Tullamore to take part in the Offaly Cross Country Championship. It was a very successful day for the school winning nine individual medals and three team medals. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. Well done everyone!

Parents Association
The Parent Association would like to thank all the parents and children who turned out to support our recent family walk. The weather stayed on our side and the walk was thoroughly enjoyed by all as were the refreshments afterward. After its success we will definitely look to organising another. We will be in touch with details of upcoming fundraisers and also more social events in the coming weeks.

The school choir has recommenced practices on Thursday afternoons with Ms Ailbhe Kelly. The children will participate in the Peace Proms Concert again this year but the performance will be in the Concert Hall in UL in March. We will also have a workshop for the Peace Proms in the New Year. We will be performing carol singing in Roscrea during the Christmas period.

Aoibhneas Request
We would be grateful if parents would consider donating any tricycles, tractors, scooters etc that are no longer being used to Aoibhneas. The children would get much enjoyment from them and we would just ask that the items are in good condition.

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 Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November.

Dates for your Diary
• Parent/Teacher Meetings – Monday 21st November at 3 30 pm
• Christmas Show – Friday 16th December 11 30 am and 7 00 pm
Enjoy the Halloween Break – See you all on 7th November 2016

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