A happy and safe Halloween break to all our pupils. The school will re-open again for the new school term on Monday, November 6th.
The final day of this school term saw lots of spooky and unusual characters roaming the classrooms and school grounds as the pupils got into the spirit of Halloween! Games of Snap Apple and pumpkin carving made it a day to remember.
Garda Nugent from Golden Garda Station visited the school on Thursday to speak to the senior pupils about the dangers associated with this time of year and he provided some tips on how to stay safe and have an enjoyable Halloween break. Thank you to Garda Nugent for coming in to speak to the pupils.
The pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class competed in the Primary Schools' Cross Country Championships organised by Clonmel Athletic Club on October 25th in Marlfield. There were fantastic performances despite the tough underfoot conditions. In the 3rd & 4th Class Girls' section, Leah McGrath finished 2nd overall. In the 3rd and 4th Class Boys' section, Charlie Hall finished 3rd overall. Anna Keane took home bronze in the 5th & 6th Class Girls' section when she finished 3rd while Sam Hall was just pipped on the finish line and was in 4th position in the 5th & 6th Class Boys' section. There was also team success for the 3rd & 4th Class Boys' and Girls' teams and the 5th & 6th Class Boys' and Girls' teams. Well done everyone!
The Under 11 and Under 13 Boys' and Girls' Football teams have been busy over the past few weeks in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions. There have been great performances from all the players. Congratulations, in particular, to the Under 11 Boys' Football team who have qualified for the County Final which will take place after the mid-term break. More details after the holidays. Good luck boys!
The pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class visited the Cabragh Wetlands in Thurles today. The pupils participated in orienteering, pond dipping and learned about the many different species that live in and around the area such as the Goldfinch, the Grey Heron, the Barn Owl and the Pine Marten to name but a few. The pupils also identified the foliage native to the hedgerows in the wetlands such as the Silverbirch, Ash, Rose Hip, Haw and Sloe. A very enjoyable day was had by all the pupils. Many thanks to all the staff in the Cabragh Wetlands for such an informative and educational day.
The pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class will once again participate in the Peace Proms music education programme in early March 2018. The venue will be The HUB in Kilkenny. The pupils will get the opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra and professional conductors. More information regarding tickets sales, confirmed dates and times etc will be available in the coming weeks.
Isabelle, who was five on Friday, celebrated her birthday at lunch time in the school and everyone had lots of fun with a piñata. The highlight of the occasion was cutting and eating the ladybird cake which her very capable Daddy baked and decorated. Happy Birthday Isabelle!
We recently celebrated the start of the new school year with a school mass for all the pupils. The theme for this year's mass was "Use Your Loaf - The Story of the Loaves and the Fishes". The pupils were encouraged to use their talents and skills to help those around them. Thank you to Fr. Coffey who celebrated the mass.
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