June 2013 newsletter

June 2013 newsletter

These last few months are always really busy in school; the days are flying by!

David Day held  Drumming workshops with all classes on Fri 24th May; this was a great musical experience for all; pupils in each class got to play and perform on individual African drums and percussion instruments, all at the same time. It sounded wonderful.

As part of our Art per Cent Grant, we are now the proud owners of a family of three lovely little limestone hedgehogs, positioned to the right of the hall door! Many thanks to Aileen Anne Brannigan, for carving them and to Lucina Russell for helping us to access the grant.

3rd to 6th classes took part in the Aviva Mile challenge, along with all other schools on the campus, on Fri 17th May. Everyone completed it by running, jogging or walking and many did it in super fast time too. We are all aiming to increase our fitness and running speed in time for the Children’s Festival , being held in Dunlavin on Fri 7th June.

Special congratulations to Anna- Mart Mielmann, who won a prize of 4 tickets to a Leinster Match by designing a cheetah companion to Leo the Lion, the Leinster mascot. She is among 10 shortlisted winners in an art competition. They are up for public vote and we’d really love you to vote for Anna Mart; just log on to the Leinster rugby site. The winner will receive 400 tickets for their school to attend a Leinster Rugby game!

Infants to 2nd class made a trip to the Chocolate Factory in Tullow for their school tour on Thurs 23rd May. They had a brilliant day out, learning how chocolate is made and they all got to make their own chocolate cats to take home. A big thank you to the parents who came along to help us on the day.

3rd to 6th classes are really looking forward to their school tour to Tayto Park on Fri 31st May.

The induction afternoon for pupils starting school in September will be held in the school on Tuesday 11th June at 1.20 pm. New pupils and their parents will get to meet each other, the principal Mrs Griffin and their new teacher, Mrs Deane and spend some time in what will be their second home for the next eight years!

The Annual 6th Class Sale takes place in the school on Tues 25th June. There will be lots going on, including a bric-a-brac stall, a cake sale, raffles as well as teas and coffees. All proceeds go to the Jack and Jill foundation this year. Please come along and support it if you can.

Our End of Year Service will take place at 11 am on Sunday 23th June. Every family is encouraged to attend this service in which we celebrate the past school year and say a fond farewell to our 6th class pupils.

I want to say a big thank you on behalf of pupils and staff to Rev. Cliff, Mervyn Tomb (Faith Mission), Rev. Bill (Methodist minister) and Dee Kelly for all the wonderful assemblies they organised and involved us all in this last school year. Everyone looks forward to these visits and we all get so much from them. Thank you!

Also a sincere thank you to all on the Board of Management and the Parents Association Committee for your help and support in 2012-13 and to everyone who has helped us in the past year, whether it be accompanying us on trips, helping to clean up the graveyard or making the tea; we are lucky to have a great school community and we really appreciate it.

School will close for the summer holidays on Thursday 27th June.