These two boys brought lots of cheer around to the school staff with their special Valentine's Day goodies. Sam was up at the crack of dawn icing his delicious buns, while Tristan enjoyed a bake off with the rest of Ms Carragher's class when they made red velvet cake in our kitchenette.
It was so lovely to have the aroma of freshly baked madeira sponge wafting through our corridors.
And even nicer to enjoy these very special treats!
We had a lovely evening yesterday when we met with the parents of incoming infants in our school. It was a great opportunity to showcase our school and all that we offer our boys. We were delighted with the turn-out and the feedback we received and are looking forward to working together over the next eight years.
The evening also marks that first step in parents and staff working together and in building those bonds for the good of the next generation. Our next step now is to meet the new pupils with their parents and with that in mind we have organized dates for the next term to give them a chance to see the school in a small group setting.
These mini-tours will commence in the first week after Easter. They will take place each Wednesday at 11.30am from the 22nd April right through May. Our experience of these school visits in the past are that they help allay any concerns the children may have in advance of starting school and are also an opportunity to share information and tips which may help their parents.
Some of our tours have been booked up. But there is a little availability on the 22nd April and also on the 13th and 27th of May.
If you are a parent of an incoming pupil and would like to view our school please email email@example.com
A sincere word of thanks to all of our `new`parents. The journey has begun and we are looking forward to the road ahead.
All roads led to Drogheda Institute of Further Education on Friday evening, as the crowds poured in for the annual Credit Union Quiz. This is always an exciting evening with schools from all over Drogheda and East Meath taking part. Two competitions run side by side with the Senior Competition having two extra rounds of questions at the end of the evening.
And what an end there was to the evening!
As the scores were announced it was clear to everyone that our junior team had come out on top to be clear winners!
Then scores for the Senior team were then announced. In an unusual twist there were seven teams all tied on a score of fifty five points for third place. But, with just one point between them and second place, our Senior Team were also declared winners! The boys had bagged us a double first!
The secret of the boys success is just that- a secret! Suffice to say the eight boys worked very hard with their teachers on their general knowledge and on quiz technique. And had worked equally hard at home with their parents and families. We are immensely proud of their achievement on Friday evening. They go on to represent us again in the next round of the competition Friday 7pm in the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne.
St Brigid's Day is celebrated on the 1st of February. Our boys in Gliondar Mara have enhanced their corridor with a stunning picture of the great saint spreading her cloak over the lands of Kildare.
Meanwhile Fifth Class have a huge selection of Monaghan rushes from which to fashion St. Brigid's Crosses. The making of the crosses reminds us of the legend where St. Bridget attended a dying chieftain and spoke to him about Jesus, making a cross from the rushes which lay on the floor of the chieftain's house. And, before he died, the chieftain converted to Christianity.
St Brigid's Crosses were traditionally hung by the door and in the rafters of homes to protect the house from fire and evil. After a new one is made, and the old one is burned to protect the house from fire.
We marked Catholic Schools Week with a variety of faith-based activities in our school. Third and Fourth Classes participated in special prayer services with our chaplain Fr Joseph Apust and their teachers. Fifth Class have been learning new hymns and making St Bridget's Crosses while our Confirmation Classes will attend Emmaus Retreat Centres for a day with content that is relevant to pupils of all faith and none.
Time spent in stillness and reflection along with sharing thoughts and prayers unifies our community.
Thursday morning, 8 am and there are forty five boys all set for another hurling session. We are really grateful to the dedication of our parents and pupils, and to the passion of our teachers, for ensuring that hurling is thriving in our school! Well done all!
We had a super assembly this week. As all our parents know, we love to encourage our boys to eat healthily. And their lovely lunches show just that. Boys from each class were awarded for their consistently good healthy eating habits. The microphone was passed around to let us all hear about some favourite healthy foods for lunch.
We also held a minutes silence for all of those who are less fortunate than we are. It was a moment to prayer or reflect and be still.
Ms Campbell reminded the boys of the yard rules and introduced them about the reassigned Hang Out and Sit Down areas in the yard.
Mrs Quinn congratulated everyone for making an effort to eat well and announced the award winners.
We love to think outside of the box in our school and what could be even better than getting out of the classroom to get creative? That's exactly what Ms Smyth's Fourth class did this week.
Thanks to our selection for the Creative School's initiative, we got artist Yvonne Byrne to work with our Creative Arts Committee and our children to design a unique piece of wall art for our school. With Ms Brennan, Mrs Martin and Ms Rice working together with the children's ideas, Yvonne came up with a sketch for the children to work on.
This involved spray paint, face masks, giant sheets of paper. And lots of fun!
More fun, skill and creativity in store next week! I can't wait to see the finished product hanging in our school!
Our Spring Chess league has got off to a flying start this term, with huge interest from the boys in fourth class. Organized by Ms Brennan and coached by Pat Scanlan from Drogheda Chess Club, our chess programme is open to boys from fourth, fifth and sixth classes.
As you can see from our photos it demands a lot of skill, concentration and strategic thinking. And, judging from its popularity in our school, it's also a lot of fun!
Great to see this classic board game being enjoyed so much by a new generation of players.
Our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes enjoyed a visit to the National Concert Hall last week. The Music in the Classroom event features the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra. It gives the audience an opportunity to experience the unique sound of live music in a purpose built setting, along with encouraging them to enjoy a broad range of classical music.
The programme included work from the composers John Williams, Jean Sibelius, Peadar Townsend and Piotr Ilyih Tchaikovsky. Audience involvement was very much encouraged with singing and ceilidh dancing.
Above all, it's great to have fun with music- a great way to encourage the musicians of the future.