The month of February got off to a very busy start with the feast of St. Brigid’s Day. Children learned all about the story of St. Brigid and made crosses.

Congratulations to Shane from 6th class, whose painting entitled ‘Framing the Future, Science enables the blind to see’ , was one of fifteen pictures selected out of a total of over five thousand entries in the Sightsavers Art Competition. We are blessed to have such a talented artist in our school community. Well done to Shane on such a fantastic achievement!

The celebration of Grandparent’s Day has quickly become the highlight of Catholic Schools Week for growing numbers of schools across the country. This year we celebrated the very special day with a lovely service down in the church. A huge thanks to Fr. Everard for making it such a memorable occasion. After Mass, all grandparents made a special effort to come up to the school to see their grandchild’s classroom and meet their friends. They also got the opportunity to chat to other grandparents over a cup of tea. The day  reminded us that the relationship children have with their grandparents is characterised by unquestioning love and support, of knowing that they will always be welcome and that there will always be a hug and  a space for them in their lives.  The children’s singing and beautiful prayers really added to the service. Everybody agreed that it was a huge success. It was wonderful that we got the opportunity to celebrate the gift that grandparents are to their grandchildren. We pray for them, we give thanks for them and we ask God’s blessing on them.

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is composed of over 100 exceptionally talented young musicians from all over Ireland – north and south. Over the past 20 years, the CBOI has played an important role in building and nurturing vital cross border and cross community relations.The CBOI also plays a vital role in enhancing Music and Arts Education in Ireland and beyond through their Peace Proms program.  Peace Proms is a choral education program which impacts 20,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This programme is recognised as Ireland’s most valuable Arts Education initiative. On the 7th of February the children from 3rd to 6th class had the opportunity to participate in a workshop in UL prior to their official concert.  It was a very lively and enjoyable experience for the children and they are looking forward to the big night on 5th March.

As part of the Active School’s Initiative, we had our 10@10 on Friday, 10th February. All classes spent tens minutes doing a physical activity which they all thoroughly enjoyed.

Congratulations to the twelve children from 4th-6th who competed in the Indoor Track and Field Event in Nenagh on Wednesday, 15th February(Michael, Paddy, Emma and Jane from 6th, Cian, Patrick, Aoife and Chloe from 5th and Alesha, Nicole, Cillian and Eamon from 4th). Chloe won a gold medal in the 500m and a silver medal in the long jump competition. Fourth class also won a silver medal in the team relay.

All things LOVEly were in the air on Tuesday , 14th February. All classes were busy making cards, posters, decorations etc. for Valentine’s Day. Fourth class even tried their hands at sewing and made beautiful little pillows for their ‘Valentine’.

Fourth class presented their history projects to the class on February 14th. They had been working on their projects for the past six weeks and the finished products were simply fantastic. The theme of this project was to make a model of an item of historical interest . They also had to present an oral presentation to the rest of the class based on their topic of choice. Some of project titles were as follows: The Devil’s Bit,  The GPO,  Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Taj Mahal etc. A huge congratulations to all the children and a special word of thanks to all those that supported the children at home.

Tuesday the 28th  of February was Pancake or “Shrove” Tuesday. It was the last day before “Lent” when Christians traditionally have some form of feast before they embark on 40 days of fasting commencing on “Ash Wednesday”. Lent is a preparation period for Easter and Christians follow the example of Jesus when he fasted for 40 days in the desert. Many children give up sweets, sugar, chocolate etc. However, some people, instead of fasting or giving up treats actually take up some good deeds for the duration such as visiting the sick and elderly. We celebrated Pancake Tuesday in Scoil Naomh Cualan by having a feast of pancakes. A great day was had by all.

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