Ms Rice and Mr Duffy got their classes together to make some Christmas decorations. Practising their cutting, pasting and colouring skills, they made Christmas wreaths and reindeer. They also had a great time working and having fun together!
Our amazing artists gathered together for our December Assembly today. Every pupil had their painting exhibited in our school hall. And today was our opportunity to celebrate the boys who made a particular effort with their artwork this month.
The boys were praised for all their excellent performances in the school`s Christmas concert and also for their kindness to one another. They were encouraged to spend less time online and more time reading, and playing sports over Christmas.
Then one boy from each class spoke to the whole school about their chosen famous artist.
Afterwards, Mrs Lohan called up the award winners for the month and the winners were presented with their certificates and had their handprint taken by Ms McWeeney for the award display.
The winners of the On The Spot award for the month were Ms Egan`s and Ms McBride`s Fourth Classes. And, as all classes had worked very hard for the Principal`s Award this month, they were granted a night off homework.
Thursday 13th December marked an explosion of creativity and delight in our school hall as we staged our first evening Christmas Concert in our school hall. Months of blood, sweat and tears-and, indeed, a lot of sleepless nights!-marked this venture as third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes honed their chosen performances for friends and family.
From angelic voices, to high drama, poetry, medleys, and a very exciting shadow dance, the whole evening swept seamlessly onward. LIghting effects and sound management added to the effect. And the audience were loud in their appreciation and generous in their praise.
All credit for the concert goes to the boys from third to sixth classes, who poured their hearts into their presentations and to all the teachers and SNAs of our school who to gave so generously of their time, talent and expertise. Picture credit goes to Deirdre McWeeney Russell.
Parents of Ms Rice`s and Mrs Martin`s Junior Infants will be welcomed to their Christmas show on Thursday next at 10.00am in our library.
A huge "Thank you!" to all who supported out Christmas Fair! It was hugely successful and on so many levels.
The Cake Sale and Coffee Morning tables were beautifully decorated by our talented staff, while the walls of our hall were colourfully embellished with our boys`artwork. Our staff and parents supplied an abundance of cakes and confectionery for the Cake Sale.
A team from the Parents`Association manned the coffee dock and this aspect of the morning was particularly enriching as so many people gathered to sit and chat to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy our school.
Meanwhile, over at our Hamper Stall, Ms Brennan and her team of helpers had assembled a fabulous array of hampers for the afternoon`s raffle. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supplied goodies for these hampers and to businesses in our community who donated prizes, hampers and vouchers.
Our Students`Council learned the fine art of selling with their supplies of biscuits and squash. The profits from their stall go straight to their fund for improvements they have voted for in our school. The Erasmus Club also profited from the sale of their Newgrange inspired pottery and from sharing their knowledge about our UNESCO sites with interested visitors to their stall.
In total the day`s profit was just shy of €3,500. This money will fund classroom resources, our Aistear programme, library stock and musical instruments.
But, really, best of all is having our whole school community coming together to work on this annual event. We are especially grateful to parents Eimear Donnelly, Ruth Sherry, Alexia Davis, Gillian Malone, Gemma Carton, Emma-Joy Phelan and Fiona McDonald for giving up their morning to work with us. Thanks also, to all our staff who baked and bought so many goodies for the day and also devoted their time and talent to this event.
Warm yourself over our turf fire, try your luck with our fabulous hamper raffle, and catch up with old friends and new ones at our Christmassy coffee dock. Yes, tomorrow is the Big Day, when our Christmas Coffee Morning and Cake Sale will see the doors of our hall opening to everyone at 10 am.
The whole school have worked hard to turn our hall into an inviting space for everyone. The tables are beautifully decorated with table cloths and with Mrs Byrne`s Christmas centrepieces. Meanwhile, the walls are adored by artwork which has been inspired by such painters as Pollack, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Matisse, Warhol and Munch. Oh, there are other artists too and it is an education for all of us to take a good look around and get a great sense, from each boy`s work of the artist`s unique style.
This is a great place to meet and greet one another. Our wonderful Parents Association will be on hand with coffee, tea, biscuits and lots of chat. Our Students`Council will also be on hand to sell orange and biscuits to the little ones. And our Erasmus Club will sell their neolithic inspired crafts while informing you all about their exciting project.
Ms Brennan and her helpers have an array of hampers is on display, ready for despatch to the lucky winners of our raffle in the afternoon..
Raffle tickets are still on sale. €2 for one strip of five tickets. €5 for three strips. And every class will have a chance to visit the hall tomorrow morning to select some goodies for themselves.
Looking forward to meeting you all!
The Great Bake Off is underway all around Mornington and beyond, as we get ready to host our annual Christmas Coffee Morning and Cake Sale!
With Christmas music, our beautifully decorated hall and coffee dock area, we are also hoping that you will come and meet one another on this really special occasion.
This year we will build up our Aistear supplies, our Library stock and classroom resources along with investing in some musical instruments for our school.
The Coffee morning runs from 10-12noon. Our Students`Council will be on hand to serve orange and biscuits to the little ones. The Erasmus club will display their craft work on a very special Neolithic theme. And, if you get here on time, you will see the gingerbread men which our Cookery Club made to sell on the day.
We will welcome all baked or bought goodies. Maybe it`s a chance for the budding bakers in your family to make rice krispie buns for this very special Christmas celebration. Label all tins and boxes with your child`s name and class if you need them to be returned.
We`re looking forward to meeting you there!
Once a month our whole school gathers in our school hall to celebrate the achievements and efforts of our pupils. This assembly is run by our assembly committee, Ms McWeeney, Mrs Quinn, Mrs Lohan and Ms Milne.
Every month we have a theme for the individual awards.
Last week we celebrated our November theme: Science. Boys from every class was chosen to receive certificates for their efforts in developing science skills. Boys from Fourth class also gave a presentation to the school on their learning in science and on their work during Science Week.
Assembly is a great time to remind ourselves of the values we hold dear in our school:learning, creativity, co-operation and caring for ourselves and for one another. Our Students Council, our Erasmus club, our early morning hurlers, along with boys who volunteered to help around the school all got a special mention during last week`s assembly.
Tristan, in Mr. Duffy`s class was the recipient of two awards: one for his efforts in Science and another for learning Spanish and Irish in recent months. It is wonderful to see such delight in learning.
The theme for our December assembly is Art. Every class is learning about a particular artist and will decorate the hall with their representations of that artist`s particular style. We will surely be surrounded with colour and creativity for our next Assembly!
Great news from UNESCO this morning! Hurling and camogie have joined the ranks of cultural activities that have attained UNESCO status. As UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) is charged with keeping peace between nations and ensuring that their educational, scientific and cultural treasures are looked after, it`s good to see hurling up there as a tradition worthy of preservation.
This status now means that our government must engage in good safeguarding practices for the game. Is it too optimistic to hope that the Department of Education might throw a few bob our way for some hurling equipment? At €70 a pop, those all essential hurling helmets are expensive and a good hurley costs €30.
Luckily, we`ve got a superb team of in-house coaches on board who give their time for free. And a band of parents who are committed to ensuring that they boys are in school around 8am for hurling training.
Here in our school hurling training has commenced this week and is open to anyone from fifth or sixth class once week.
It is said that the first recorded game of hurling took place between the ancient Irish tribes of the Firbolg and the Tuatha de Danann two thousand years ago in Co Mayo. We`re doing our bit to keep this great game alive!