November is the month of the Holy Souls. The whole school community made a special effort during this month, to pray to their loved ones who have gone to heaven.
Only one week back from midterm and already our sporting calendar was very busy! Teams from 4th-6th attended a track & field event held in Nenagh. A very enjoyable day was had by all! Three relay team medals were won on the day. The winners were Emma, Anna, Colm and Daniel from fifth class and Cian, Archie, Aoife and Chloe from fourth class.It was a fantastic achievement for children and for the school. Well done to all involved.
Míle buíochas to the families who generously filled shoe boxes! They have already been collected & will be prepared for dispatch overseas!
Preparations are in full swing at present for the much awaited Christmas concerts. All children are working really enthusiastically! From song singing to acting to dance moves everyone is make a great effort to make their show ‘one to be remembered’.
Scoil Naomh Cualan was like the set of a movie scene on the Thursday and Friday after midterm. A professional photographer came to the school for two days to do a photo shoot with the children for our school calendar which will be on sale very soon. The photographs taken were absolutely amazing! We cannot wait to see the finished product. The calendar will be on sale at a cost of €10. Please contact the school if you would like to order a calendar as there will only be a limited supply available.
Huge congratulations to our U11 football team who won a county final, the first week after midterm. It was a tremendous occasion for the school. Yet another trophy for our cabinet! Congratulations Boys!
A trip to Cabragh Wetlands was thoroughly enjoyed by all children from second to sixth class. Children got to explore different habitats, pondlife, animals, hedgerows etc. They also got to learn about the structure of animals, do a nature trail and go on a very educational trip around the wetlands. It was a very interesting day for all the children. Beautiful projects were produced based on what the children had learned on their field trip.
During the month of November, children in fourth class were very busy doing project work. The standard of the projects was excellent. For this project the pupils got to choose their topic. Some of the topics chosen were as follows: The EU, Prisoners of War in Templemore, Croagh Patrick, Mount Everest, Sharks, The Giant Panda etc.
The first Sunday of Advent is the 29th November 2015. All children will be preparing for the coming of Jesus over the next number of weeks. All classes are busy learning about the significance of the Advent Wreath, what the candles symbolise etc.
We thank Fr. Everard most sincerely for continuing to come to the school on a weekly basis to do some Christian Meditation with the older children. It is something that each and every child really looks forward to every week. We know Father is very busy so we are very grateful to him for making time for us every week.
There were many fun activities to celebrate Science Week in November including our trip to the Cabragh Wetlands as well as some fun Science experiments. 3rd class enjoyed studying all about the skeletons of our bodies and created some interesting characters themselves including, Mr Naked Man, Mr Meatless and Mr. Bones Jones to name but a few.They also investigated electricity by creating their own circuits lighting bulbs and even powering some spinners. Fourth class enjoyed making bird feeders and parachute making.
Well done to our quiz teams who performed so well in the North Final of the Primary Schools’s GAA Quiz on the 29th of Novemeber. We are delighted to report that Team A secured second place, thus qualifying for the Co. Final in Sarsfields’ Social Centre, Thurles on Sunday, December 6th. Congratulations Colm, Michael, Padraig and Tom.
The children of Scoil Naomh Cualán were delighted to host two members of the Irish Army on the 30th of November. On the day, we were presented with an Irish Flag and the 1916 Proclamation from the special visitors. We were told all about the history of the Irish Flag and the significance of the year 1916. Ireland will celebrate the 100 years since the 1916 Rising next year. Children across Ireland will take part in writing a new proclamation for 2016, and will develop their understanding of Irish history including that of the Irish flag. We were asked to raise our new flag at 12 noon on Monday the 15th March 2016. Every school in the country will join us!
The children really enjoyed listening to the two members of the army about their job, missions they had been on, their medals etc. It was a very memorable day of all the pupils.