The month of June got off to a very exciting start with the Tipp FM Breakfast Crew calling to the school. Brian and Lorraine arrived in the school just after 11.30 am to record the children in fourth class for the Big Question, Little People Show. All the boys and girls were fantastic on the day and came up with some really ‘interesting’ answers to the questions they were asked. The showed will be aired on Tipp FM from Monday 13th of June to Friday 17th June at 8.15 am.
We are working very hard to get Green-Schools ‘Water’ flag next year. We held our Action Day on Friday 3rd June 2016. All the school got involved in the action filled day. The Green School Committee organised the day to be ‘Blue Day’. All children were permitted to wear blue clothes for the day keeping in line with the water theme. An art competition was held within each class. Every child in the school created a ‘Blue Picture’. The Green School Committee will select winners from each class at the meeting this week. All classes got the opportunity to play fun water games on the day as well as numerous science experiments based on the theme of water eg. jelly making, water filtration, slime making, gravity free water, bendy water to name but a few. We were also extremely thankful to Tom Young who came to both the junior and senior school on the day to talk to the children about his ability to divine for water. He gave us a really interesting account of his work.
We were delighted to have been selected as the launch school in Tipperary for the ‘Gum Litter Campaign’. Last Wednesday, the 15th of June was a very special day in our school when we were all reminded to ‘Bin That Gum When You’re Done’. The day started off with the arrival of two vans full of games for the children. All children in the school got to take park in a Gum Bin Ball Game. Eah child got twenty seconds to get as many balls into the bin as possible. The overall winner on the day was Ben in third class who managed to get an astonishing 19 balls into the basket. Ben won a ball as a prize which he was delighted with. Shortly after the games,all the boys and girls from the senior school congregated in the junior side of the school where they got to get a ride in an E-GO bike. The tv cameras and local media were there to take pictures, do interviews and video the events of the day. Just after one o ‘clock everybody present went to the school hall for the formalities. Seamus Hanafin, Chairperson of the County Council, Mary Carroll and the principal of our school made speeches about the importance of keeping our community litter free and binning gum when finished chewing it. The children sang the Scoil Naomh Cualán Gum Litter Song. Everyone was greatly impressed with the song. After this, children and adults were provided with tasty burgers and sausages from the barbeque by Brian O’Farrell and his team. It was a memorable day for all involved. A huge thanks to the parents who helped out on the day.
We are also immensely grateful to our wonderful parents and pupils who worked so hard to ensure that our school was ready to face the cameras on the big day.
Our school flowers and vegetables are coming along very nicely indeed. The children are proving themselves to be great gardeners by looking after their plants and flowers so well.
Fouth class finished their ‘Super Garden’ projects over the last few days. The end products which can be seen in the photo galleries were simply brilliant. Although they weren’t ready in time for ‘Bloom’, we’ve no doubt but the children’s efforts were good enough to feature in the Phoenix Park! The creativity and imagination shown when working on their art project was excellent.
A huge thanks to Michael, Barbara and Razuk Atik who gave third and fouth class a guided tour of their farm on Wednesday, June 8th. The children had a really enjoyable and interesting trip. They got to see the tunnels that the family have erected containg potatoes, strawberries, cabbage, lettuce etc. They also got to see the pigs enjoying a ‘bath’ in the puddles of water. Michael showed the children where he installed a water pump, how to dig ‘spuds’, the guard dogs etc. All the boys and girls were given a bag of potatoes and some peas to take home, not to mention a very refreshing and much appreciated ice-cream. Thanks very much to Razuk and his mam and dad.
Well done the girls from fifth and sixth who travelled to Moyle Rovers on June 10th to compete in a football blitz. The standard was very high from all teams and competition was immense, as only a single score separated Scoil Naomh Cualán from the opponents in the Shield Final against Moyne N.S.
Great fun was had with Miss Bohan in 3rd class over the last few weeks. The children had the benefit of learning from a very talented and enthusuiastic teacher and the work and fun had over the last few weeks by all in 3rd class was amazing. Many thanks Miss Bohan and we were very lucky indeed to have had you with us in the last few weeks. We wish you the very best as you continue your training and hope to see you again. Go raibh míle maith agat MÚINTEOIR LAURA.
During the month of June, children in fourth class were very busy doing project work. The standard of the projects was excellent. For this project the pupils had to pick a title from the hat. Some of the project titles were as follows: The Stone Age, The Bronze Age, Peru, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, The Great Barrier Reef etc.
Third and fourth class had great fun cooking in June. Third cooked pizza while fourth cooked sticky toffe pudding. Both recipes were a great success. By cooking children are covering many areas of the curriculum: science, oral language, maths, reading etc.
Our annual School Sport’s Day took place on Friday, 17th June 2016. A fantastic fun-filled day was had by all. Some of the activities the children took part in were as follows: egg and spoon race, sack race, slow bicycle race, water and sponges race, three-legged race, welly throwing etc. The tug-o-war was also a huge hit with all the boys and girls. Thankfully the weather stayed fine for the day. A big thanks to Mrs. Murray who co-ordinated the event in the senior school.
On Tuesday the 21st of June the children enjoyed a walk on a local trail , Inch Loop. It was great to experience a trail that included so much scenery and history. It was enjoyed by all. Later in the week the children walked to Glenkeen cemetery to learn about their local history. All children completed a questionnaire based on their findings. They also got the opportunity to visit Bishop Shanahan’s Memorial.
An assembly was held during the last week of school to present children awards for various achievements. We were delighted to have had Dan McCormack present on the day to present the awards for hurling, camogie, football, best attenders, art competition etc. Well done to all the children who were awarded somethings for their achievement.
Our last day of school ended with a fun and informative visit from the gardaí about safety over the holidays . We also had the opportunity to have a look inside our local garda car, public order van and even hop on a garda motorbike from the local Traffic Corp. Many thanks Martina , Paul and Sergeant Colm for making it such an informative but enjoyable and positive experience for the children. The children were informed about how the gardaí help the local community.