We held a special assembly yesterday for 2nd to 6th class to launch our Students`Council and our Erasmus Project, And also to award three very important prizes.
The boys listened intently to details about our new Students`Council. Representatives from each class will form the Council. Anyone who wishes to be nominated to go forward for election can do so. Elections will be held just before the mid term break.
Mrs Lohan spoke about our latest Erasmus project. She said we have been chosen to join four schools from Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland and Sicily to work on the theme of Our Best Heritage. The focus for our heritage work will be Brú na Boinne. We have a beautiful Erasmus board now in one of our corridors and a lovely start to the project with the winning entries from the logo competition displayed there.
Mr Lynch presented the prizes to the winning boys, Jack from 3rd class, Eoin from 4th class and Aaron from 5th class. Those entries go forward now to the international logo competition with the four other European schools.
The lucky boys from Ms. Campbell and Ms. Smyth`s Senior Infants had a visit from the fire brigade today. To the delight of the boys, the fire engine drove along the emergency route into the yard and waited out there for all the boys to come and see them. Nigel McElearney and his team really entertained the boys. They told them all about the work of a fireman, showed them some of their cutting and safety equipment.
Best of all though, the men gave each boy a chance to step inside the fire engine and to use the hose! Thanks to Drogheda Fire Station for such a great service! We have lots of boys now who are looking forward to being fire fighters when they grow up!
We regularly find an assortment of abandoned jackets and tops in our school yard, particularly after breaks. Fortunately, they can be reunited with their owners quite swiftly if they are tagged with their names. However, as you can see from this photo, there are a number of jackets and tops in our Lost Property room. If your son is missing an item, please encourage him to call in to this room. It is opposite the downstairs kitchenette on the Infant corridor. Alternatively, you are welcome to call in yourself to check through the lost property before or after school hours on Thursdays and Fridays.
Please tag all jumpers, ties, jackets, lunchboxes now, if you haven't already done so. Grab a pen and have your son help you. It will encourage him to look after his belongings and save you a headache in the long run! Sadly, with winter coming, we can expect gloves, caps and scarves to be added to the pile. So please, get labelling!
St Colmcille's GAA grounds in Piltown was the venue for our latest gaelic football adventure this week. The boys took on a team from St. Declan's Primary School in Ashbourne. There's a great camaraderie with this school as both teams recognize the importance of giving as many players as possible a chance to get a good game. We came armed with twenty five footballers and all of them were keen to get out there on the pitch and to cheer each other on from the side-line.
It was a good game, with lots of running about all over the pitch but, in the end up, St. Declan's claimed victory. Donacarney lost the battle but have not conceded the war just yet. We are looking forward to another match in the next week or two and are all taking our training seriously in advance of that match.
The theme of our assembly this month was Get Set, Go! The whole school assembled in our school hall this morning where the Assembly Committee were on hand to give out certificates, and take handprints for our Hall of Fame.
The theme of the Assembly was all about getting off the year to a great start. As the Irish proverb says "Tús maith leath na hoibre"- a good start is half the work. Getting back into routines means working on good habits too so we reminded the boys of five really important habits:
Individual awards were given to boys in every class. Ms Rice and Ms Egan`s classes both won the Line Awards for being the best at lining up in the yard this month. And a new award was presented for excellence at assembly. This award recognizes the excellence in being respectful, responsible and safe in entering, leaving and during assembly. Mr Ryan and Mr Arthur`s classes were delighted to win that award.
Our school has a long association with Laytown and Bettystown Tennis Club.
Thanks to the expertise of their coach, David Black, and to the vital support of parents, every pupil from 1st to 6th classes have six tennis lessons on our school grounds. You can see from these photos that the boys from Ms Smith`s First Class and Ms. Carragher`s class from Gliondar Mara are having a great time while learning the vital skills of co-ordination, movement, fitness and strength which tennis requires.
This is a vital element of our PE programme for all of our pupils. It also leads a lot of pupils to participating in tennis outside of school through the Laytown and Bettystown club and to the development of strong tennis teams in our school.
Our Gaelic football team took on Gaelscoil An Bhradáin Feasa in Piltown yesterday. It was an exciting match, aided and abetted by a stiff westerly wind.
Wind and luck colluded to see our team in the lead in the first half. With the wind against us, the second half could have been a different matter entirely. The team from the Gaelscoil were exceptionally strong, displaying great passing skills and teamwork. They certainly had our boys running all over the pitch.
Fortunately, our lads fought back. With strong encouragement from team coaches Mr. Arthur and Mr. Culligan they gathered all the strength they could muster and went on score a solid victory. This marks their second win in the Cumann na mBunscol league.
Will their luck hold out? Will they stay committed to their early morning training sessions? Will they continue to build a great team? Time will tell.
Mrs Martin`s Junior Infants getting ready for the camera.
Ms Rice`s Junior Infants say "Cheese!"
Local newspaper The Drogheda Leader sent a photographer out to our school today to take photos of two very special classes-our new Junior Infants. The boys were delighted to pose for the photographer, along with their class teachers, Mrs Martin and Ms. Rice. You can check out the results for yourselves in either this week`s or next week`s Drogheda Leader!
We have had a busy, but wonderful, start to a new term and new school year. And lots of activities have started up already.
Níall Kane, Simonstown`s GAA captain, and full time football coach with our local Colmcille`s GAA club, has started coaching football skills to our 3rd and 4th classes. He also takes extra coaching sessions on Mondays after school for 3rd class for four weeks, which will also be rolled out to 1st and 2nd classes later this term.
Meanwhile, our Senior Gaelic football team have had two 8a.m. training sessions coached by four of our teaching staff, Mr Arthur, Mr Lynch, Mr Culligan and Mr Duffy. Lunchtime coaching for 3rd class is been delivered by Mr. Lynch and Mr Arthur.
Ms Gerard and Ms Callan`s classes are attending swimming lessons every Thursday until Oct 4th.
Laytown/Bettytowns Tennis Club`s Coach, David Black, has commenced tennis lessons with our 1st and 4th classes, along with Ms Colleran`s 2nd Class, Mr Lynch`s 3rd Class and Mr Arthur`s 5th class. This round of coaching takes place each Friday up to and including the 19th October.
Our after school activities have also seen the start of our Homework Club. The Homework Club runs from 3.10-4.10 Monday to Thursday for pupils from 3rd -6th Class. Further details available from your child`s teacher or from our school office.
Cumann na mBunscol
This very popular Gaelic football league has started already and we have had our first win in a tightly contested match last week against Dunboyne. Here`s to more fun and games in the weeks and months ahead!
Sligo native and Member of the European Parliament, Marian Harkin visited our school recently. She came to view our projects which formed part of our application for our Blue Star Programme award.
The Blue Star Programme encourages us all to grow our knowledge and understanding of the European Union. Boys in various classes chose from a wide variety of themes from Ancient Rome. to the Flags of Europe, and the workings of the European Parliament.
Programme co-ordinator for the school was Ms. Orla Carragher. She represented us at the Blue Star seminar in Dublin recently and led the project presentations to Ms Harkin.
Boys from Ms Smith, Ms. Dunne, Mr Lynch, Ms Gerrard and Mr. Arthur`s classes presented on various aspects of the EU and afterwards engaged Ms Harkin in a lively question and answer session about her work and about the EU.
Ever the teacher, Marian delighted in engaging with the boys and was impressed by both their projects and by their questions. But, the demands of her hectic schedule meant she had to peel herself away and head to another round of meetings, another set of negotiations.
And in her wake, our EU flag flutters proudly in the Mornington sunlight, symbol of unity, solidarity and harmony.