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Newsflash Archive 2015-2016

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On this page you will find news articles from the school year 2015-2016.

30 June 2016: Looking back at a wonderful school year
As we have come to the end of another year, it is a good time to look back at the events that kept us busy and to acknowledge the work and commitment of all concerned. Have a wonderful summer, enjoying simple activities with your children. These are the memories that will last.
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22 - 29 June 2016: Active Schools Week
Our annual Active Schools Week took place from 22 to 29 June. Our Sports Day on 28 June was a great success and we were blessed to have a lovely fine day. Children participated in various activities during this week and it was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Ms Hourigan who organises our Sports Day each year. Congratulations to Darragh Bolger who won the 6th class Boys Race, to Clodagh Hayden who won the 6th class Girls Race, to Sarah Kirwan who won the Mothers Race and PJ Dunne who won the Fathers race. Well done and thank you to all the Parents who took part in the races.

As we are all aware, there needs to be a huge emphasis on children being active every day, and many recent reports on childhood obesity in Ireland should make us all aware of the need for exercise and a healthy diet.

26 May and 16 June 2016: Music Generation Concerts
This new music initiative provides vocal training for all classes. On Wednesdays, our music teacher, Clara, works with each class. The children really enjoy the work! A concert in the Church in Bagenalstown was held on 26 May and in St. Brigid's Church in Clonegal on 16 June. It was an all ticket event and the proceeds from this event will go towards Music Generation classes next year.

14 June 2016: Gardening Competition
This has become a very interesting project for families each year. The idea is to plant a container with flowers/plants and bring it in to school. It is always based on our Green School theme which is Bio-Diversity and recycled containers are a great idea. Please try to enter early and before closing date on 14 June.These flower containers really add to the beauty of the school and are an important feature of the Carlow Pride of Place judging.

3 June 2016: School Tours
This school year the school tours will be on Friday 3 June. Junior and Senior Infants will go to Kia Ora Farm, 1st and 2nd class can look forward to a trip  to the Zoo while 3rd – 6th class will travel to Oceanics Surfing School in Tramore. We have used these destinations for school tours on several previous occasions and they have always proved to be very popular with the children. Each class will receive full details of their own tour very shortly. Some classes will be leaving earlier than normal class time and it is really important that all pupils arrive in time as delay means children will have less time at their first event. Therefore we cannot wait for late comers!

17 May 2016: 3 New Authors!
On 17 May, 3 pupils from Mrs. Ryans class were presented with "The Goblet of Everlife", a book published by Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Bunclody in memory of the late Ben Markey who was a pupil at the school.

17 May 2016: Crazy Success!
Congratulations and well done 5th and 6th class! Their "Crazy Spoons" won an award at the County Showcase Day in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on 17th May. The pupils received the "Best Marketing" award for the standard of their product, the attractive packaging and their marketing in the Church carpark before Saturday evening Mass. This was a great achievement for the pupils as it was the first year they entered the competition.

11 May 2016: 5th Green Flag for Bio-diversity awarded
Following the submission of our application and a school visit by Carlow Co. Council Environmental Officer, Fionnghuala Ryan, we have been awarded our 5th Green Flag for Bio-diversity.  Congratulations to the Green Schools Committee, the staff and all the pupils in the school for their work. On 11 May, we received our 5th Green Flag at a presentation ceremony in Hotel Kilkenny. Darragh Roberts and Stephen Sharry travelled to the function with Mrs. Sheppard and Mrs. Cosgrave.

15 March 2016: 1916 Centenary Celebrations
At 12 noon on Tuesday 15th March, our school, like every other school in the country, raised our National Flag as a commemoration of the 1916 Rising. The flag was raised by Fr. Fleming assisted by Jack and Cillian – the oldest and youngest pupils in the school. All members of the school community were invited. It was very appropriate that we should remember the people who have gone before us, the people who worked to give us the country we have today.

In preparation for the event, children wrote their own Proclamations, researched their family trees and made projects on this period of our history. After the formal part of the ceremony the children provided excellent entertainment for their parents. Then the Parents Council provided very welcome refreshments for all.

15 March 2016: Our Junior Entrepreneurs set up Crazy Spoons business
5th and 6th class pupils are participating in the JEP, organised by Netwatch in Carlow for the first time, to set up a business and become Junior Entrepreneurs. Along the way the pupils had an opportunity to “Meet the Dragons” – Bernie Foley, Mary O’ Rourke and Anna Cosgrave - to present 6 different ideas. The Dragons The Dragons recommended that we select the Wooden Spoons idea as our business venture. And a secret voting decided to name them “Crazy Spoons”. If you would like to order a spoon you can fill in an order form and send €5 in to the school. We will have your spoon ready as soon as possible.

11 March 2016: Seachtain na Gaeilge Dress up Day
During Seachtain na Gaeilge, which ran from 1 to 17 March, we made a real effort to speak Irish and to use the phrases we learn in class. Several events were organised to enjoy celebrating the Irish language and the Irish culture. On 11 March, “Lá Glas”, school uniforms were abandoned as pupils and staff all dressed in green and Irish colours.

23 February 2016: Help biodiversity in the community
In school we are all habitat heroes, looking after different habitats. We included some tips below on how you can help in the community and support us in our bid to protect biodiversity.

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle paper to reduce the amount of trees that need to be cut down.
  • If you cut down a tree plant a new one instead.
  • Do not throw rubbish on the ground.
  • Reduce single person car use and try to limit journeys by car where possible to reduce green house gas emissions.
  • Avoid using chemical fertilizers and insecticides.
  • Feed the birds in winter and spring.
  • Put up bird boxes to provide shelter for birds.
  • Do not waste or pollute water.
  • Conserve energy where possible.
  • Buy local, organic food if possible.
  • Respect nature if you go for a walk.
  • Use a composter to reduce waste going to landfill and make your own organic fertilizer.
  • Do not kill bees.

22 January 2016: Biodiversity Action Day
We held our Biodiversity action day on Friday 22 January. The aim of this action day was to increase awareness of biodiversity in the school and broader community. Children dressed up in costumes representing the habitat that their class is observing and protecting as part of the Habitat Heroes programme in the school. Each class participated in The Voice of the Habitats. The winners were:

Overall winners: “Save the Pond” by Róisín, Lynsey, Róisín, and Isabel
2nd place: “Mini Beasts” by Cheyenne, Emma and Abbie
3rd place: “Save Our Trees” by Ellen, Annie, Aoife and Lisa
4th place:  “Terrific Trees” by Travis, Cillian, Lorcan, Luke, Cody, Tyler and Christian
5th place: “Pond Life” by Shauna and Leah

31 January to 6 February 2016: Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week runs from Sunday 31 January to Saturday 6 February. We will have a special Mass on Saturday 6 February here in Clonegal at 6.30pm. This will be our Catholic Schools Week Mass and the Ceremony of Light for pupils receiving Confirmation. As part of Catholic Schools Week we will celebrate Grandparents Day on Wednesday 3 February, commencing the day with a short celebration in the Church at 1.00pm. Please invite Grandparents to attend.

1 January 2016: Pupils from the school represented Carlow at the Ireland 2016 Peace Proms
Pupils from our school represented Carlow at the Ireland 2016 Peace Proms, hosted by Heather Humphries TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in the Convention Centre Dublin on 1 January.

One school represented each county and our school represented Carlow. Schools were invited to bring 11 pupils to the choir and the children who represented us were Aoife McGrath, Clark Burgess, Clodagh Hayden, Constance Gilchrist, Ellen Maguire, Fionn Doyle, Isobel Whitty, Josh Byrne, Keith Gray, Tom Byrne and Travis Hayes-Walsh. The Cross Border Orchestra and the 32 County choir entertained a capacity audience.

21 December 2015: Christmas Mass and Christmas Walk
This school year we celebrated our Christmas Mass on Monday morning 21 December. All pupils participated in the Mass. Following Mass, we went on our annual walk to Huntington Castle, wearing our Santa hats.

10 December 2015: Christmas Concert
Our school concert on 8, 9 and 10 December was a huge success with a packed hall for each performance. The children were like “true professionals” on stage and their enjoyment when performing was very obvious. Each play was really enjoyable and the full experience was happy and joyful – a perfect beginning to the Christmas season.

9 December 2015: Kaitlin won Credit Union Art Competition
Kaitlin had already won 1st prize in the local competition and her entry represented the local Chapter at County level. The theme was ‘What makes me happy’. Kaitlin drew her pets as her pets make her happy. She worked very hard on her poster and we are all very proud of her! Kaitlin is no stranger to art competitions – having won the National Prize in her category in the Credit Union Art Competition in 2013. She was awarded her prize at a function in the Credit Union Offices, New Ross on 9 December. Well done to her on her excellent work and to her teacher Mrs Nolan.

25 November 2015: Presentation of National Flag and Proclamation
On Wednesday 25 November we received a visit from two members of the Defence Forces: David O’ Flaherty and Owen Stapleton. This was part of a Government initiative to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the Irish Proclamation. One of our pupils, Darragh, read paragraph four of the Proclamation – the section which refers to cherishing “all the children of the nation” equally. The Flag was accepted by Constance on behalf of the school and Jack accepted the Proclamation.

16 November 2015: Donal Walsh Live Life Schools Marathon Challenge 2015
We were honoured by a visit to our school by Fionnbar Walsh, father of the late Dónal Walsh, a teenager from Blennerville, Co. Kerry, who sadly passed away at 16 years of age, having suffered from cancer from the age of 12. Fionnbar was accompanied by Rose and John O’ Donnell from Midleton, representatives of the Midleton Monday Night Club who organised the Donal Walsh Live Life Schools Marathon Challenge 2015. We were all so excited to realize we had won the Marathon which was open to schools throughout the country.

16 November 2015: Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Imagine the smiling face of a young boy or girl in Africa or Eastern Europe as he/she receives a Christmas box filled with small gifts and treats. Then imagine that you filled that box and brought that smile to his/her face. Isn’t that the true Christmas spirit – bringing happiness and joy to each other and to those who are less fortunate than us?

Again this year, the pupils in our school responded extremely generously to the Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.  A total of 115 shoeboxes were donated. Well done to everyone who responded so generously.

23 October 2015: Oíche Shamhna
Witches, vampires, ghosts, superheroes, zombies and a lot more – they were all here on Friday 23rd October for our Halloween celebrations! It was wonderful to see the children having so much fun. The annual Halloween walk to Huntington Castle was the highlight of the day.

22 October 2015: Results Carlow Pride of Place
The Carlow Pride of Place competition results were announced at a function in the Lord Bagenal Hotel Leighlinbridge on 22 October. There was great excitement when the school was announced as the winner of the schools section. This competition was judged in June and the school gardens, the work being done on recycling and bio-diversity, the involvement of the children in all of these activities and the general upkeep of the school was judged. This is the fourth time the school has won the award in recent years.

7 November 2015: Scrap Saturday
Do you have any metal junk you would like to get rid of (except microwaves, fridges and fridge freezers)? The Parents' Council is organising a Scrap Saturday on November 7th 2015 from 9am until 1pm at Ben Mulhall Memorial Park in Clonegal.

If anyone needs a hand or to have a collection of metal taken from your house, please let us know so we can organise this for you. Also, if anyone can help with a van, tractor-trailer to help bring the metal to Molloys Metals.

18 October 2015: Clonegal and St. Brigid’s NS on TG4
TG4 presented their programme Guth an Phobail from Clonegal on Sunday 18th October. They highlighted the great achievement of the village in the Tidy Towns Competition. Mrs Warren and Mrs Cosgrave were interviewed for the programme. On 9 October they visited to film the village and the school and the children were really excited when the television cameras arrived. They were delighted to get time out of class to work in the school gardens for the cameras and were all hoping they would appear on TV!

13 October 2015: Summer Holiday Memories Competition 
Sunshine and holidays always seem to encourage us to grab the camera and take some amazing photographs. This prompted a family with children attending our school, to organise a novel fund raising competition which they announced before the school closed in June. Children were encouraged to take lots of photos and to enter their favourite ones in the "Summer Holiday Memories" Competition.

The family, who wishes to remain anonymous, organised the event and the prizes. The response to the competition was amazing and the standard of entries was so high that the organisers added  three extra prizes. A very sincere thank you to Wells House and Gardens in Gorey who sponsored a family day ticket to the House and Gardens as part of the first prize. The organising family added a voucher for a family meal there. The family, in their generosity, also provided a Voucher for the IMC Cinema in Carlow as the second prize and money prizes for third place and three highly commended entries. The competition was judged by a professional photographer and he had a very difficult job selecting the winners. All the entries are on display in the school and they certainly bring back happy memories of long fun filled days and happy moments.

Congratulations to the winners:
1st:  Cian Dunne
2nd: Reese Coleman
3rd:  Roisín Carroll
Highly Commended: Jasmine and Salima Currey-Nardin; Luke and Scott O’ Connor; Ava Coleman

The funds raised from the competition will enable the school to provide music classes with "Music Generation Carlow" to all pupils in the school, for the full year, at no cost to their families. The school wishes to extend a very sincere thank you to the organising family, to Wells House and Gardens and to all the families who entered the competition.

8 October 2015: Tidy Towns Competition
Everyone in the school community extends their congratulations to the Tidy Village Committee and all who work to keep the village looking so beautiful. It is a wonderful achievement to be named as the Tidiest Village in Ireland for the second year in succession. They were also awarded the overall prize for the South East. To acknowledge the work of the children and of the school in maintaining the school gardens, the committee brought the trophy in to the school on 8th October. The children were delighted to see it and to be included in the celebrations. They also enjoyed the party provided by the Tidy Village Committee. Thank you to all concerned.

23 September 2015: Carlow County Schools Cross Country Competition
Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class represented the school in the Carlow County Schools Cross Country Competition which was held on 23rd September. Congratulations to all the athletes and particularly to Róisín Carroll who came 2nd in the 4th class Girls 800m.

19 September 2015: Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge
The challenge was organised by Bunclody Library and 22 pupils from the school completed it. They received medals and certificates at an enjoyable event in the Library on 19th September where they were entertained by the Wobbly Circus Show. Well done to the pupils who read their books during the holidays and completed the challenge. They were Joshua Armitage Ennis, Caolán and Odhran Breslin, Roisín Carroll, Amber & Emma Cleary, Donnacha Cosgrave, Lia and Cian Dunne, Aoife and Niall McGrath, Nathan Redmond, Darragh and Nicole Roberts, Sarah, Annie and Johnnie Sheppard, Tom, Ava and Ben Tracey, Isabel and David Whitty. Keep up the reading!

18 September 2015: Music Generation Carlow
Each week, all pupils in the school will participate in the music lessons provided by Music Generation Carlow. The two Junior classes will participate in the Early Years Programme and the remaining classes will participate in Vocal Training. The cost has been met by fundraising events and there is no charge for participation. We hope to organise a concert towards the end of the school year when all will be welcome to enjoy the results of the year’s work.

16 September 2015: Tullow Show Prize Giving
Congratulations to the thirteen pupils from the school who received prizes in this year’s Schools Section of the Tullow Show. They were Abbie Gray, Laura Burgess, Sarah Sheppard, Tom Tracey, Aoife McGrath, Róisín Mulvihill, Travis Hayes Walsh, Clodagh Hayden, Emma Mulvihill, Jack Kelly, Tom Byrne, Louise Osborne and Sam Ronan. Well done to all of them. Prizes were awarded for Essay writing, Art, Handwriting and Poetry composition. There was even greater excitement when the school was announced as the winner of the overall big school award for this year. This was a great achievement for the children, the teachers and the school. Prizes were awarded at a ceremony in Tullow Community School on 16th September.

14 September 2015: School Committees
The children have elected new committees for the coming year: Green Schools, Active Schools, Students Council and Digital School Awards committee.

11 September 2015: Beginning of Year Mass
We celebrated our Beginning of Year Mass on Friday 11th September. The pupils were very involved in the ceremony. Pupils from 1st and 2nd class brought up the Offerings, 3rd & 4th class pupils read the Prayers of the Faithful and 5th and 6th class provided the Readings, the Introduction and the Reflection. The school choir sang at the ceremony. At the end of the Mass, Mr. John McCabe welcomed everyone back to school and wished God’s blessings on all of us during the year ahead. Fr. O’ Byrne and Fr. Fleming celebrated the Mass and Ms. Margaret Grant was the organist.

8 September 2015: Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons for all pupils from 1st to 6th class and all pupils in the ASD classes commenced on 8th September and will continue for ten weeks in Graiguecullen pool. The children are taught by qualified instructors and follow the PAWS programme. At the end of the ten week programme they receive certification for their relevant level of achievement.

1 September 2015: Dates for your Diary
For the 2015-2016 school year we have some great events and some holidays planned. Please visit our school calendar page for the dates and don't forget to add them to your diary.

31 August 2015: Céad mile Fáilte ar ais
Tá súil agam gur bhain sibh go léir taitneamh as na laethanta saoire agus go bhfuil gach duine réidh don bhlian nua atá romhainn.

Welcome back everyone and hopefully you have all had a lovely break during the Summer and are now ready for our new school year. We welcome especially our thirteen new Junior Infants and the four new pupils who joined the more senior classes. We welcome, also, Mr Mulally, who is a shared Resource Teacher, who works with us for some time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We hope all of you will be very happy with us. Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Mrs. Dunne, one of our SNAs, as we have one less SNA this year. We wish her all the best in the future.