In September and October children will be taking part in dance lessons on a weekly basis. Last June we had Lisa Hogan out to do a dance workshop with the children and the children really enjoyed it so we decided to book her for a series of 8 lessons. The cost of these lessons is €720 and the Board of Management have kindly offered to cover the cost of these lessons. We thank the Board of Management for their continued support.
In school we were learning all about the lifecycle of the butterfly. We got to observe caterpillars grow and go through the different stages of its life and turn into a butterfly. On Friday we released our butterflies, it was lovely to see the children handle the butterflies with such care.
Last Friday the junior room went on a nature walk. We walked down the Cultree road and into the fields. The children listened to the different sounds of the countryside and in groups they made a face out of different things they could find in the field. The boys and girls enjoyed the walk and found some interesting items to put in their nature bag.
Sports Day took place on Thursday the 15th of June. On the day, boys and girls took part in many fun activities. At the end of the day each child received a certificate for taking part in our sports day. The boys and girls were also treated to an ice-cream cone. Our Board of Management had organised an ice-cream van to visit the school. We thank our Board of Management for their continued support in everything we do.
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.