It is difficult to believe that, only two weeks ago, we were all on holidays and the school building was largely devoid of life. Although the school year has just started, you can already feel a certain rhythm and momentum has been established as classes go about their daily routines.
On Tuesday, September 1st we welcomed 13 new junior infants to our St. Cualan’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 Cualan.
In assembly on the first day back, classes were welcomed back to school. Clare Ryan and Marian Ryan were also welcomed to the staff. The children who took part in the Community Games were congratulated on the fantastic achievement of becoming All-Ireland Champions during the summer. Our sixth class pupils were reminded that they have become the new leaders of the school and much is expected of them in terms of taking responsibility and showing good example to the other classes.
Local guard, Martina Kelly called to our school to talk to all children about her job as well as about road safety. She gave a fascinating account of her work as a guard. The children were totally intrigued with her stories. Guard Kelly spoke of the importance of staying stay on the roads at all times. We thank her most sincerely for giving us her time.
On Thursday, 24th September Geraldine Delaney came to talk to the children about Gena Heraty and all the great work she does with children in Haiti. It was extremely interesting listening to Geraldine speak about the work that Gena does.
On Friday 25th September we hosted our Charity Breakfast Morning. This has become one of the highlights of the year for all pupils and this year was no different! There was full attendance as every child in the school shared a tasty breakfast in the company of their friends. This year all money raised was shared between two very worthwhile causes. Half of the money raised will be given to assist the Syrian refugees whose plight has touched us all. The other half of the money is going to Gina Heraty, a Mayo woman who is doing phenomenal work with the poor, orphaned and disabled in Haiti. We come from a community with a very proud tradition of missionary work and consider it a very important part of children’s education to continue this tradition of sharing with those in need among our future generation. We thank all children and parents for their very generous donations. We also sincerely thank in particular three of our main sponsors Stapleton’s Bakery, Thurles Milk and Donal Hurley. Their generosity is much appreciated. Thanks also to Brian O’ Farrell for the beautiful hot food which he provided on the day. So far we have raised over 700 euro but there are still donations being brought in.
All roads led to Thurles on the last day of September. Children from third to sixth class took part in the Cross Country Competition in Thurles Crokes. The school had amazing success on the day with three team medals (3rd and 4th girls, 3rd and 4th boys and 5th and 6th girls) as well as individual medals from Chloe Carroll (gold medal), Tom Delaney (silver medal) and Danielle Ryan (bronze medal). Each and every child who took part in the competition did themselves, their parents and their school proud. Well done to all!
Although we are only back in school a few weeks, the school has been a hive of activity with activities such as Irish dancing, parachuting , station teaching, computer work, tennis, football, fun science experiments, drama games , daily exercises to music etc.
Great Fun Irish dancing
Station teaching- fun with Literacy
Dramas based on the Story of Ellis Island
Super Science- making string telephones
3rd class had a busy month from flying papercopters, making barometers and anemometers in Science as well as practicing and competing in their cross country races which helped to burn off the Charity Morning big breakfast they consumed!! . It’s been a busy month settling into the senior school and we are looking forward to the many school events to come.