Wednesday, February 17, 2016

School note February 17th 2016



Dear parents,

                     Healthy Eating Week has proven to be a great success. Today, all 120 children from  Third to Sixth Classes took part in a Healthy Eating Quiz. The team of Alex Connole, Emer Conroy, Hazel Byrnes and William Collins were winners.

  Later today, Limerick footballer Peter Nash will visit the school to speak to children about the importance of a healthy diet and developing good habits in the area of nutrition. On Monday evening, Christine Gurnett, Senior Community Dietitian with HSE, spoke to parents about Healthy Eating. In the course of a very interesting evening, Christine spoke of  'Portion Distortion' i.e. children should not eat the same portion size as adults and also the trend for bigger portions and even  bigger plate sizes in recent times. She also stressed the need for children to have a minimum of 10 hours sleep per night, with younger children needing even more sleep. Yvonne Deegan also visited the school yesterday afternoon and children sampled a range of food. Ms Gibbons also organised colouring and Art competitions on the theme of Healthy Eating while there are displays on walls throughout the school on the same topic. Thanks to all the teachers and parents who combined to ensure the success of a most important initiative.

                   Yesterday, Mr Hodnett accompanied a team from the school to play in a ground hurling blitz in St Clement's College. The team had a most enjoyable day and won four out of the five matches they played. Thanks to former pupil Cian Hederman who assisted Mr Hodnett. Cian is studying Sports and Leisure in LIT and coaches hurling in the school every Wednesday.

            Second Class hosted our Monthly Assembly yesterday morning. They played tin whistle, sang, recited limericks they had composed and shared information about the 1916 Rising.

                 Next Tuesday, three mixed teams from the school will play in a soccer blitz in LIT.      

          School tours for every class will take place on Thursday June 16th. Details of itinerary, cost etc will be posted on the school website today. Time for children to start putting some Euro aside!

          This year alone, there are over fifty children seeking places in the school.  As mentioned last week, the Board of Management  has decided to apply for extra permanent accommodation to meet this demand for places in the school.  The Board is seeking additional classrooms, Special Needs rooms, medical room and meeting room. I would urge parents to bring this application to the attention of election candidates on the doorstep over the next fortnight.

                  Reminder: School is closed tomorrow Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February  for midterm and on Friday February 26th due to the General election.

Gach dea- ghuí,


J. Lyons