We have an interesting series of photos here from this week's Samba show. Kieran Gallagher and Mrs Quinn organized a series of Samba workshops for the boys which culminated in these concerts for parents, friends and family. As you'll see from the pictures and this brilliant videoclip there is a lot of concentration, listening, hard work and learning in Samba. And a lot of fun and noise too!
Our thanks to parent Stephen Davis for the brilliant pics!
Our December Assembly focused on our Amazing Artists. Each of the artists in our picture were awarded for the flair, enthusiasm and effort which they displayed in art over the past few weeks.
Ms Campbell's class and Ms. Colleran's class also received line awards.
Our January Assembly will focus on Maths. Ms. McWeeney urged the boys to make their very best efforts in Mental Maths and with their maths practice with our return to school in the New Year. There will also be a special award for classes who make the best efforts to eat healthily and to keep their classrooms neat and tidy.
Here's hoping we can all keep the healthy eating habit over Christmas!
The boys in Senior Infants and First Classes became scientists this morning as they constructed their own mini robots. Ms Milne's uncle Benny facilitated the workshop, with the generous support of the Electricity Supply Board. He showed the boys how to make the robots using plastic cups, motors, wires, batteries, straws and markers.
The lesson opened the boys eyes to the exciting world of robotics and electronics. And there was a little art there too because their miniature robot could draw!
Needless to say, lots of fun was had by all along with lots of learning too. We are very grateful to the ESB, to Ms Milne, and especially to her Uncle Benny for all the laughter and learning that we enjoyed during the course of this very special workshop!
Ms Campbell and Ms Smyth's classes, along with student teachers, Ms Cronin and Ms Judge, enjoyed a visit from Drogheda Fire Brigade today. The boys were intrigued by the firemen's uniforms and breathing apparatus along with the equipment and tools that the firemen displayed. But the greatest cheer of the day erupted when the firemen demonstrated how powerful the fire engine's hoses were. A strong spray of water arced across the yard from the fireman's hose bringing whoops of delight from the boys. And, no doubt, confirming many of them in their determination to join Drogheda's Fire Brigade, some day!
As you can see, our hall is beautifully decorated for tomorrow's Christmas Coffee morning and Cake Sale. Everyone is invited. We're sure even an elf or two will turn up! Our very popular School Calendar will go on sale. And, thanks to our wonderful parent and staff bakers, we're sure of a dazzling array of cakes and treats!
Looking forward to meeting you all there. It is, after all, a great social occasion. The excitement is building too, to see who will having the winning tickets for all our fantastic hampers.
Everybody is welcome from 10 am-1pm Friday December 8th!
Third Class are in the middle of the current round of Gaelic coaching sessions from Níall Kane. Níall's roots are in Simonstown, Navan, GAA club and he is now full time coach to St. Colmcille's GAA club. We are delighted to have him working with us. These sessions take place after school on Tuesdays with the final session taking place on Tuesday December 19th.
Our Annual Coffee Morning, Cake Sale and Hamper Raffle takes place this Friday, December 8th. This is a hugely popular event, which raises vital funds for our school. The Cake Sale features the best of home baking from our parents, teacher and SNAS. And shop bought goodies are welcome too!
Tickets for the hamper raffle can be purchased all week from Ms. Brennan's office. The event itself takes place from 10 am-1pm. With entertainment on hand from our choir, it is also a delightful social occasion to add to your Christmas calendar.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of one of our pupil's parents. A familiar face in and around our school, on the football field and around his neighbourhood, Ruairí Poole is much mourned by the school community. Such sadness brings more questions than answers. But we are heartened by the support and love we are witnessing in the community at this time as people support one another in their grief.
Our deepest sympathies to Gráinne, Conor and Laura. May Ruairí rest in peace.
We've put the spotlight firmly on healthy eating this month and, in line with our healthy eating policy, we are encouraging our boys to eat nutritious, health-giving snacks and lunches. Ms. Campbell is spearheading this campaign and, with the help of Ms. McBride's Fourth Class, created the above display in our school to show just how much sugar lurks in some popular snack foods.
One Winder, for instance, has one and half teaspoons of sugar, while a Petit Filous has 2.1 teaspoons of sugar. It may bbe time to take a closer look at food labels to see what lurks beneath. Meanwhile, take a closer look at our board here now, and when you're next in our school.