Wishing all our pupils a happy and safe Halloween break. The school will re-open again on Monday, November 2nd for the new term.
The current Aistear lesson in the Infant classroom involved a Halloween theme, a wedding and a party. The Infants first made their own ham roly-poly sandwiches, decorated biscuits, biscuit cake and smoothies. There was a wedding celebration and a party where all the delicious treats were eaten.
On the final day of this term, the pupils (and even some of the teachers) certainly got into the spirit of Halloween! There were lots of fiendish and spooky outfits to be seen throughout the school. There were some games of Snap Apple and Mrs Ryan and Helen kindly made chocolate apples for all at the end of the day.
A number of activities took place this week around the school to celebrate Friendship Week. The pupils created Friendship Flowers, Friendship Hands, Friendship Name Plaques and on the popular Friendship Board, pupils recorded the acts of kindness that their fellow pupils displayed. We hope to make next year's Friendship Week even bigger and better.
So far this year, two teams have successfully reached the Cumann na mBunscol County Finals. The Under 13 Ladies Football team will play St. Joseph's, Templemore and the Under 11 Boys Football team will play Clerihan NS. Both games will be played during the second or third week after the Halloween break. The Under 13 Boys Football team will play Ballina NS in the County Semi Final. This game will be played during the first week after Halloween. Exact dates and venues will be confirmed later. Good luck to all the teams!
Golden/Kilfeacle Juvenile GAA Club are organising a 5km and 7km Family Fun Run/Walk (Accurate Timing) on Bank Holiday Monday, October 26th. Cost is 10 euro for adults and 2 euro for children. Registration will begin at 2pm in the GAA field and the run/walk will begin at 3pm. All support on the day would be greatly appreciated.
Good luck to the Golden/Kilfeacle Football team, and in particular the past pupils of Thomastown NS, who will play Emly in the County Final on Sunday, October 25th in Lattin at 12pm.
On October 22nd, Garda Eddie Nugent visited the school to speak to the 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils about the importance of being careful at this time of year. He spoke about the dangers associated with bonfires and fireworks and why it is important to be accompanied by an adult when "Trick or Treating". Garda Nugent also encouraged the pupils to wear a high visibility jacket when out due to the darker evenings now, to be respectful to all especially the elderly and to be aware that the noise created by fireworks can be very upsetting for all animals. Thanks to Garda Nugent for such an informative talk.
Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class paid a visit to the school garden this week to harvest their crops. They dug up lots of delicious carrots and potatoes.
4th and 5th class have busy recently developing their artistic talents. They have spent some time working on a "Wild Flower Collage" and "Wavy Line Art". We can look forward to more works of art in the coming weeks.
The Under 11 Football team headed to Cashel on October 14th where they played Gaelscoil Clonmel and Lisronagh NS. For quite a lot of the team, this was their first time representing the school in the Cumann na mBunscol competition. The team were victorious in both games and have now qualified for the County Final which will be played after the Mid-Term break. A fantastic achievement for such a young team!
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