Halloween Newsletter 2013

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Since September the weeks have flown by, it’s hard to believe it’s now the end of October and Halloween is upon us!!! The children have been busy with their Halloween arts and crafts and pumpkin carving is a favourite, there are some very scary intimidating looking pumpkins in the classrooms and some equally frightening artwork!!
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Junior infants are now well settled and Miss Murphy is delighted with their progress, they are even starting work on their Christmas Play. Senior Infants are embracing Aistear and working very hard on their baking skills so Gordon Ramsey watch out!!! 1st class are working very hard and the Station Teaching has been a great success, many thanks to Miss De Araugo and Miss Ennis for supporting and facilitating this. Stephen Speilberg better watch out because 2nd class are making their own films with a little help from Mr O’Donoghue!! 3rd, 5th and 6th classes are already in the throws of preparing for the much anticipated Christmas Concert. 4th Class organised and raised over 1500.00 euro for our very special Princess Leah Fund. Well done 4th class

School Mass
The start of year school mass will take place on Wednesday 23rd of October at 10.45am in the school hall. All are welcome.

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Walk on Friday (WOF) 25th October
Make sure you’re all dressed up in your Halloween costumes for the walk to make it all the more spooky and exciting, departs from the hotel at 8.30am.

Dental Nurse Visit
All the children enjoyed a visit from Aoife the Dental Nurse on 25th September, Aoife advised us that eating healthy and brushing our teeth twice a day helps keep our pearly whites white!!!

Princess Leah 5K walk
The Princess Leah Walk took place on 27th of September was a great success and it was wonderful to see the whole school get involved, Well done to all the children and teachers from 3rd to 6th classes for walking, a fantastic achievement.
The younger children waved off the walkers, and were awaiting their return with much applause and cheers. We were wowed by monies raised €1,500 in total. We would like to thank everyone who supported, it further enhanced our school/community spirit.

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Student Council
The Student Council is up and running again this year.

Introducing the new Student Council 2013-2014
Chairperson – Maria Price
Assistant Chair – Miriam McDermott
Secretary – Mollie Murphy
Treasurers – Tarah Cassidy and Kenneth McDermott
P.R. Team – Daniel Smal, Anna Murphy, Caoilinn Byrne, Anna Price, Aoife O’Donoghue, Ericka Irvine and Seán Wren

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The aims of the student council are the following -

-To represent the student body.
-To promote and encourage activities that encourage student pride and school
spirit.
-To encourage the children to take pride in their school which further enhances the school spirit.
-To provide an outlet for student expression and a forum to discuss issues and solutions.
-To bring the children’s suggestions to the teachers and the BOM

Green Schools Committee
We would like to thank our Green Schools Committee for all their hard work in making our school a greener more environmentally aware school. A special thanks to Ms. Stynes and Sheila Lynch who oversee this operation on a daily basis and keep us all on our toes to ensure we are putting our rubbish in the correct bins. Sheila also looks after our school garden and some members of the green schools committee helped Sheila dig up our vegetables. Our produce consisted of potatoes, carrots, onions and parsnips. I’m sure you’ll agree a very impressive crop and all organic. Below are some of our budding gardeners Kacey Kennedy, Hannah O’Grady, Sarah O’Kelly, Ailbhe Keatley, Ciara Walsh & Maria Price

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Boys & Girls Basketball
Basketball training begins for boys and girls on Thursday 24th of October from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Miss De Araugo and Miss Poole are training the children.

Homework Club

Homework Club is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in school. Please contact Miss O’Grady or Miss Poole for more information on this.

Christmas Concerts
Ms. Murphy’s class will perform ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’, Mr. Fitzgerald’s class are performing ’Hey Ewe’ and Ms. O’Grady’s and Mr. Donovan’s classes will be performing ’Cinderella & Rockefella’.  Their plays will take place on the last week of school before our Christmas holidays.  Practice is well underway and children and teachers are working very hard!!!

Safety message
We wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween, and remember don’t go too near the bonfires or the fire crackers!!!!!! See you all again on Monday 4th November.

Check out the link below for some fun Halloween games!!

http://www.familyfun.ie/halloween-party-games/

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