On Thursday, September 1st we welcomed the new junior infants and their parents to our St. Cualán’s community.We are delighted to have such an enthusiastic bunch of little people in our school. We wish them all the very best in junior infants as they embark on the next stage of their lives. We have no doubt but they will all thoroughly enjoy school life in Scoil Naomh Cualán. We also welcome back all the teachers, pupils and parents. We wish you all the very best for the new academic year.
September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and each year we celebrate with a wonderful array of activities centred around his birthday on 13th September.This year we marked 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl with interesting powerpoint presentations about his life, book reading, art and drama activities. The children thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations!
Scoil Naomh Cualán was the place to be on Friday last, September 9th, when Brendan Maher, our 2016 All-Ireland Winning Captain and his teammates proudly brought the Liam McCarthy Cup to our school. It proved a very special day as Borrisoleigh’s former All-Ireland winning captains and All-Stars also visited and brought history and heritage to life for pupils, staff and management alike. Pride of place and recognition of our rich hurling tradition was to the fore as Jimmy Finn (Tipperary Senior Captain, 1951), Michael Ryan (All-Ireland Club Championship Captain, 1987), Bobby Ryan (Tipperary Senior Captain, 1989) and Brendan Kenny (representing his father, Seán, R.I.P. Tipperary Senior Captain, 1950) joined Paddy Stapleton (All-Ireland winner 2010 and 2016), Jerry Kelly (All-Ireland Minor Winner 2016) and Philip Maher, (All-Ireland Winner and All-Star 2001) for this unique occasion which will linger long in the memories of young and old present.
Unfortunately, Dan Mc Cormack (All-Ireland Winner 2016) was unable to be present on the day but was well represented by his youngest brother, Pádraig who was part of a very happy and appreciative audience. All-Ireland Winning Minor Captain, 1948, Paddy Kenny R.I.P. was represented by his brother, Eddie. Unavoidably absent on the day were Michael Clohessy, Team Masseur, and Conor Stakelum, Selector.
Following words of acknowledgement and welcome from Fr. Everard P.P, Board of Management Chairperson, Jody Spooner and Kay Ryan, School Principal, the school hall rang out to the strains of Slievenamon and happy cheering children. We hope that the inspirational words and presence of our visiting guests will further inspire our future hurlers and camógie players to achieve the highest honours in sport and in life. On a day when past met present and future it was, indeed, a privilege and a joy for all present to join in the singing of our club anthem, Lovely Fair Ileigh, as we remembered all who represented our parish over the years, living and deceased and looked forward to a bright future for Borrisoleigh and Tipperary. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!
Scoil Naomh Cualán would like to thank all our guests and everybody who helped to make the day so special. A huge ‘thank you’ to Michael Ryan whose photographs captured the atmosphere of the occasion so well. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.
What a great day was had on Wednesday the 28th of September when 3rd to 6th took part in the annual Primary School Cross Country Championships 2016 in the Thurles Crokes Complex in Thurles. Once again the children trained for weeks coming up to the event availing of our local running track in Borrisoleigh. We competed in the Large School Division with 4 races:
3rd and 4th Class Boys, 3rd and 4th Class Girls, 5th and 6th Class Girls and 5th and 6th Class Boys.
With the event boasting record numbers of participants, (in excess of 3200 children), it was an outstanding achievement for our school to attain success. Many children were delighted that their times had improved so much from last year and all children ran and competed to the best of their ability, throwing themselves fully into the spirit of the day. In addition to this we had many outstanding success stories, achieving gold and silver team medals in the following categories:
Girls 5th and 6th Class- Gold ( Emma, Anna,Chloe and Aoife)
Boys 3rd and 4th Class-Gold ( Tom, Patrick, Cillian and Eamon)
Girls 3rd and 4th Class- Silver ( Alesha, Thérése, Eve and Emma )
Many individual medals were also won on the day. Well done to all who took part and many congratulations.
Guard Martina Kelly visited our school during the month of September and spoke to the children in the older classes about being responsible in our local community.
Children in Scoil Naomh Cualan are continuing to work very hard on the theme of water for the next Green Flag. Green flag meetings are held on a weekly basis to discuss progress. Water meter readings are taken on a weekly basis to ensure that we are using no more than 5 litres of water per person per day. Remember
‘Saving water is the way to go,
Save me, I’m H20′.
Although we are only back in school a few weeks, the school has been a hive of activity with activities such as parachuting , station teaching, computer work, tennis, football, hurling, fun science experiments, drama games etc.