Wednesday, February 18, 2015

School note February 18th


Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Today, the Green School Fancy Dress goes ahead in the school as all children take part in a most enjoyable and worthwhile activity. The theme is Water as we aim to achieve our third Green Flag. The School visit to assess our entry takes place in March.  Imagination and creativity are evident everywhere as raindrops compete with washing machines and bubbles. Judging by the number of plumbers to be seen, it would appear to be a popular career choice.  As I speak, classes are rehearsing an original rap as they prepare to display their efforts. Well done to Mrs Hodgins, Green School Coordinator, and everybody who is involved today.

               On Monday, Aidan O Mahony, multi All- Ireland winning footballer from Kerry brought the Sam Maguire Cup to the school. Aidan spoke of the value of healthy eating, exercise, lifestyle and of friendships made through involvement in sport with the people you grow up with.  He also posed patiently for photos with every class in the school. We are most grateful to John O Mahony for organising the visit.

           Ms O Shaughnessy and Ms O Connor accompanied Sixth Class on a trip to the ESB station in Ardnacrusha yesterday. It was a very interesting experience enjoyed by all. The class wrote excellent accounts of their visit on their return to school. The management in Ardnacrusha were most complimentary about the behaviour and interest shown by our pupils.

        Literacy & Numeracy: Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes are taking part in Mathletes. MATHletes Challenge is a free tournament to transform how we learn and teach maths in Ireland with Khan Academy. The 4-month Challenge develops students' confidence and competence in maths using Khan Academy, the global leader in free online learning. Students and Schools from 4th class to 5th year (ROI) & Primary 6 to Year 13 (NI) are eligible. Maeve Curtin, in Fifth class, is the overall leader in Fifth class for all of Ireland!

    Third Class have embarked on a Paired Reading project which is proving very popular  and successful.

           The Cumann na mBunscol playing season commences in March. All players involved in hurling and camogie must have their own helmet. Shinguards are strongly advised.  I appreciate the time given voluntarily outside school hours by teachers.

          School is closed tomorrow and Friday for mid term break.       

Gach dea ghuí,



J. Lyons