On Tuesday, May 3rd, St. Joseph’s College will act as a host school for the Roscrea to Tipperary Town section of the Cycle Against Suicide. This year’s cycle will cover fifteen counties, take place over fourteen days, cover hundreds of kilometres, involve thousands of cyclists and promote ONE important message:

“It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”

St. Joseph’s College has requested that we get involved in welcoming the cycle to Borrisoleigh and our pupils will cheer the cyclists on the final leg of their journey up Pallas Street. As orange is the theme colour for the cycle children will be encouraged to wear any orange item of clothing which they may have and will wave orange flags etc. which they will make in school. The organising committee also hopes to raise funds to assist the promotion of positive mental health through organisations such as Aware, Console and Pieta House. Should students/ parents wish to make a contribution they may do so by purchasing orange wristbands at a cost of two euro each. Official orange tee-shirts will also be available for ten euro online should anyone wish to order one.

Every year Scoil Naomh Cualán takes part in the National Spring Clean initiative run by An Taisce. While we always pride ourselves in striving to keep a clean, litter-free school, we make an extra special effort during National Spring Clean month. This year our Spring Clean took place on April 5th. The children were given a designated area in either the school grounds or the immediate environs. Each class headed off with their specially designed aprons to carry out their clean-up duties, and the school and surrounding areas were  left spick and span afterwards!

Third and fourth Class were very lucky to receive a talk on Fire Safety from two fireman from Templemore Fire Station. They learned all about fire prevention & indeed what to do in the event of a fire.

The junior school started zumba lessons after the Easter break. They are all thoroughly enjoying learning their new moves!

Junior Infants went on a lovely walk in the beautiful spring sunshine to learn more about our local town. First they visited the church where they saw the beautifully decorated altar, tabernacle and stained glass windows. They learnt that the church is 114 years old.

Next they walked down to the square where they saw all the lovely buildings and shops that make up our town. Along the way the children discovered lots of shapes and patterns that they have been learning about in school.

Their last stop was the playground, where they had lots of fun jumping, swinging and climbing. They all really enjoyed their  lovely outing.

Senior Infants went for a tour of Borrisoleigh to look at all of the different buildings in our area. They finished their walk with a trip to the playground.

On the 7th of April, children from third and fourth class and members of the Green School Committee from the senior school got the opportunity to visit the Water Treatment Plant in Coolbawn. It was an extremely interesting and worthwhile trip and the children returned to school with a great knowledge of how water is treated. A heartfelt thanks to Marian Carey for organising the trip and a huge thanks also to our Parent’s Council who funded the outing.

Fr. Everard is still very kindly coming into the school every Tuesday to do Christian Meditation with all children in the senior school. All children thoroughly enjoy this experience and look forward to Fr. Everard visiting every week. They have learned a lot about meditation over the last number of months .

Congratulations to our U-13 Camogie Team who were victorious in their matches verus Sacred Heart N.S., Corville N.S., and Kilbarron N.S., thus qualifying for the County Final in Semple Stadium later in the term. Well done to all concerned!

Fourth class were very  busy at home during the month of April creating fantastic projects. All children chose a topic they had an interest in, created a model of the topic, wrote a presentation and then did an oral presentation in front of all of the class based on their project. The results were outstanding. Some of the topics chosen were: Burj Khalifa, The Twin Towers, Volcanoes, Aircraft, Pyramids etc. A huge thanks to all the parents who helped their children with the project.

Third and fourth class had great fun cooking in April. Third cooked spaghetti bolognese while fourth cooked a chicken and pasta bake. Both recipes were a great success. By cooking children are covering many areas of the curriculum: science, oral language, maths, reading etc.

Well done to all the first and second class children who travelled to Thurles with their teachers to compete in a hurling blitz. They had a great day out.

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