On Monday the 24th of May we received a letter from Farm Safe Schools Ireland. This letter stated that Seán Egan was a FBD Farm Safe Schools Regional Champion Runner Up. We are very proud of Seán for all his work and efforts that he has put into this project. We presented Seán with his certificate and gift. Well done Seán, keep up the super work.
On Friday the 11th of June pupils from the Junior Room spent the day in Boora. We released our frogs and froglets and took part in different activities throughout the day. Thanks to the BOM the boys and girls had their lunch and an ice-cream cone from The Organic Kitchen. It was a great day which was enjoyed by all.
The school took part in the Offaly Sports Partnership Video Programme. Children took part in dance, yoga and strength and conditioning activities within the programme. It was super to see all the boys and girls enjoying all their movement lessons.
As our school is in the country we have lots of farms in the area. Our school is situated next to a busy farm. Through the Farm Safe School Programme we are learning a lot about farm safety and how careful we have to be around farm machinery. In school we erected signs on an adjacent farm in order to raise awareness amongst our pupils regarding farm safety.
Since returning, school has been a hive of activity. In the run up to Easter children have been learning about why Easter is such a special time of year. Children created some lovely pieces of art and some yummy ones too! As always the Easter Hunt is always a big hit.
In school we are looking at different lifecycles. The first lifecycle we are studying is 'The Frog'. Children are very excited to see first hand the different stages of life within the frog lifecycle.
Pupils are busy practicing for their Christmas show entitled ‘Santa’s Hat’. The school concert is great at giving the children confidence to perform. This year however things are a little different. Unfortunately will not be able to invite parents in to view our show but we will record it and send a copy home to each family. There has been months of hard work involved in putting together this performance. We hope you enjoy it.
All pupils have been involved in creating a beautiful crib which will be erected at the turn of Broughall. On the 8th of December Fr. Houlihan will come out and bless the crib and give the children a Christmas Blessing. The boys and girls creative talents are clear to see from their work. Well done boys and girls. Also a big thank you to Michael Carroll who cut out the characters for the crib.
As you are all aware we have been involved in raising money for the charity ‘Hooves 4 Hospice’. We had our sponsored walk and our Hooves 4 Hospice Day where all pupils dressed up as farmers. Well done to Dan for choosing the name Holly for our calf. Hooves 4 Hospice were amazed at the kindness and generosity from everyone within the school. We paid for the calf and raised an additional €1060 for the charity. Last week Michael brought Holly up to our school. Pupils were so excited to see Holly and we know that Michael will take great care of her on his farm. After 12 months Holly will be sold at a special auction and all the proceeds from the sale will also go to Hooves 4 Hospice.
Ear to the ground are producing a show about people who have lost loved ones to cancer. They were very interested in what we have achieved in our school in relation to Hooves 4 Hospice. Ella McSweeney from ear to the ground will be coming out to talk to the pupils on December the 9th and the show will be aired on TV before Christmas.
On the 20th of November St Kieran's NS held their Hooves 4 Hospice day. Pupils dressed up as farmers and took part in a sponsored walk. The children also engaged in different activities throughout the day linking in with our Hooves 4 Hospice theme. Holly was the winning name in our 'Name our Calf' competition, well done Dan. We had had lots of fun and pupils really enjoyed dressing up as farmers for the day. We raised enough money to pay for our calf and an additional €660. Thank you to all who donated, it was our little way of giving something to what is a great cause.
Pupils took part in the Agri Kids programme with Alma Jordan. Each session started with a reading from one of her books. In the first session Alma read her book 'The Tree Swing'. Children then learned how to prepare for a safe farm visit and how to recognise some of the signs they will see along the way.
The second session started with a reading from 'The Big Brown Bull'. Children then learned how to read the different behavioural traits and mannerisms shown by animals including bulls, horses and dogs
In the last session children listened to the story 'The Red Tractor. Children then learned about top tips on how they and farmers stay safe around farm machinery and vehicles including the do's and don'ts of quad bikes and tractors. Children enjoyed the programme and more importantly learned a lot about farm safety.