3rd Jun 2015

May Newsletter

The month of May was a mixture of emotions for our school community. Our boys and girls in 2nd class experienced great joy with their families last Saturday when they received their First Communion. But earlier in the month we learned of the tragic deaths of Aidan Lynam and Rukayat Alabi . Both of these parents have children attending our school. Later in the month we heard the sad news of Marian Tracy’s passing. Marian was very involved in the Parents’ Association in the 90’s when her children attended the school and her grandchild is currently in Junior Infants. The Board of Management and staff would like to express their sympathy to all three families on their sad losses.

May seems to be full of sport – our Cross Country team attended the finals of the South Dublin Race Series in Corkagh Park,  trials have been held to select our athletics team to attend Santry next month, Active Schools Week is ongoing this week and this will include our Sports Day, and finally our boys and girls have been representing the school in hurling and camogie. Our girls were beaten at the semi final stage by Gaelscoil Inse Chóir and the senior boys were also beaten at the same stage by St Brigid’s, Foxrock. The junior hurlers are still involved in their league.

Our eggs were a great success with a dozen or more chicks hatched – the wonder on the children’s faces as they watched the eggs slowly cracking and a baby chick emerging into the world was priceless. Thanks must go to Ben and Martin Malone for organising this.

Our redesigned courtyard garden is nearing completion. Every child designed their own mosaic leaf tile for the surface and pathways, and as these are being laid the whole design is coming together.

Thank you to Mary Mulhall for guiding our 4th and 5th classes on history tours of their village and local surroundings.

Representatives of our Green committee were accompanied by Ms Ryan as they received our 4th Green Flag in the Helix Theatre.

This is the season for school tours, and as I am writing this I hear our 4 infants’ classes coming in the door after their respective tours to Ardgillan and Larch Hill – sleep won’t be an issue at bedtime! Sleep was an issue at bedtime for our 5th classes as they stayed overnight in Kilfenora! But they enjoyed their travels through the Banner County. 6th class were active in Baltinglass, 3rd learned how we were ahead of the Egyptian pyramid builders at Newgrange and 4th went ‘bog jumping’ at Causey Farm. Before the end of June our 2nd classes will enjoy the delights of Dublin Zoo and 1st will have come back with tales from Lullymore.