April 2016 newsletter

It is hard to believe that the summer term is already upon us. As usual, there is lots to look forward to!

Tag rugby with Joey Carbery is continuing for the month of April. After that, we will begin practising for the Children’s Festival and Sports day which takes place this year in Blessing ton on Fri 10th June.

World Book Day We all had a great time on World Book Day and the children really pulled out the stops to dress up in colourful and inventive ways. The dance and drama workshops with Gillian Perdue were such fun and added another dimension to the day.

Seachtain na Gaeilge   Well done to the following pupils who were chosen as Gaeilgeoirí na Bliana this year for their consistent efforts in learning and speaking Irish: Evan Stacey, Ryan Cooke, Brianna Pere and Jemimah Famose.

Christian Aid Lenten Campaign A big thank you to all families who supported this campaign, launched by Rev. Olive at the beginning of Lent. Our pupils raised €405 for Christian Aid. Thank you to Jane Burns for speaking to the children at Assembly on Fri 11th March about the important work Christian Aid carries out.

Proclamation Day We had a wonderful turnout of family members and parishioners who joined us in raising our Irish flag at school on Proclamation Day. We’d like thank the pupils in 5th and 6th class in particular for entertaining us with Irish dancing and tin whistle performances, telling the history of our flag and drawing up and reading our school proclamation. Thanks also to their teacher Mr Mc Inerney and to Concepta for preparing the pupils so well. A big well done to everyone for working so hard on their projects. Thank you to Rev. Olive for conducting our prayer service and to Ron Condell, our chairperson, for raising our flag. Last of all, thank you to the P.A. ladies for serving refreshments to all who came to view the children’s work. It was a lovely occasion for us all. We will be framing both the original proclamation and our new one and they will be on display in the school shortly for all to view.

Table Quiz There was good support for the Athy Model School Parents Association Table Quiz  on Friday 4th March. The Model School staff and pupils would like to thank all who supported it, whether by coming along on the night, donating raffle prizes or money or by buying raffle tickets. We’d also like to thank the P.A. committee, Clive, Laura and the Golf Club. Your support is greatly appreciated by us all.

Guided Reading Guided reading will be starting in mid April for six weeks. If you are interested in helping with this, please let us know as soon as possible. We really appreciate the support of parents and parishioners, and the children very much enjoy their help.