Power Hour in Senior Infants.
Receiving the National Flag 19th November 2015
There was great excitement when two members of the Defence Forces visited out school to present the National Flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. The children asked lots of interesting questions and sang the National Anthem. They learnt the protocol for looking after the flag.
Our annual Hallowe’en walk took place on 23rd Oct. The weather was favourable and there were a lot of spectators out to cheer us on. The children (and adults) again showed great originality and creativity with the costumes. On our return to the school the Parents’ Association had organised treats for every child. A great day was had by all.
Both our School Tours took place on May 31st, with the Junior pupilsvisiting Turoe Pet Farm, while the older children headed to Tayto Park. The Juniors enjoyed a Picnic Lunch, a guided tour of the Pet Farm, and opportunities to play in Junkle World, Inflatable City and the Outdoor Play Area. A great time was had by all and we returned to the school at 3pm, tired but happy!
The Senior classes had an equally enjoyable day at Tayto Park, where they enjoyed a Tour of the Factory, Guided tours around the Mini Zoo and Dinosaur World and plenty of time to spend on the many rides and activities in the Park.
Active Week and Sports Day
Over the past two years the staff, pupils and parents, under the direction of the school’s ACE (Activity, Confidence and Eating) committee, have worked tirelessly to promote healthier lifestyle choices. This hard work culminated in the awarding of the Active Flag to the school, making St Brigid’s one of only 3 schools in Westmeath to hold this award.
The week of April 13th – 17th was Active Week in our school and each day saw emphasis on one or more activities. Monday was aquatics and games day, Tuesday was Tennis and Basketball day, Gaelic Football was promoted on Wednesday, and all children got a chance to take part in Orienteering on Thursday. Friday was Sports Day with races, bouncy Castle, boot camp, games, novelty events, and stations among the activities. After lunch, the Active Flag was raised by Mr. Alan Mullin of Operation Transformation fame who encouraged all present to get involved in and maintain a healthy attitude to food and exercise. Mr. David Costello was also present, on behalf of the Active Flag Programme.
The ACE Committee teachers Mrs. Deirdre Keena and Mrs. Sharon Kelly and the Parent Representatives, Mr. Noel Kelly, Mrs Patricia Claffey and Mrs. Jennifer Campbell along with the class representatives should be justly proud of what has been achieved.
Having attained the Flag, we must now strive to continue the good work started and ensure that our school community choose healthy lifestyle choices as part of their everyday lives.
Well done to everyone.
Moate Children’s Choir Win!
Congratulations to Moate Children’s Choir members and their director, Mr Ciaran Brady, on their recent win in the Feis Ceoil in Dublin.
Down on the Farm
Ms. Robbin’s 4th and 5th classes have been learning all about life down on the farm in an unique way as they care for Timmy the lamb and watch a clutch of eggs incubate and hatch. After Easter, some laying hens will be added to their care and theGardening club will recommence then also.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
The whole school enjoyed our recent Seachtain na Gaeilge Performance in the hall, which showcased the traditional arts of dance, song, music and drama. It is great to see everyone working so hard to keep our culture alive and vibrant.
World Book Day
As always, the parents and children put in a huge effort to have original and creative costumes to celebrate many of the well known and loved characters found in children’s literature down the years. The Cat in the Hat, the Tin Man, Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter, the Queen of Hearts, Pinochio and Thomas the Tank Engine all made an appearance, to name but a few. Well done to all for the time and effort they put in and thanks to the Parents’ Association who sponsored the Prizes for the Best Home Made Costumes (The Queen of Hearts and Pinochio) and for the Book Raffle.
Speaker from Trocaire
On January 30th, Martina from Trocaire spoke to the Senior Students about this year’s trocaire Lenten Campaign and in particular about theCommunity in Ethiopia which has been chosen as this Years Project for the funds collected.
The children and teachers alike found that this talk made them appreciate all the more all we normally take for granted in our lives.
On January 28th last, we celebrated Grandparents Day and National Catholic Schools Week with a Prayer Service in the Hall. The Junior and Senior Infants invited their Grandparents to the event, while the other classes wrote Poems, Stories etc about their Grandparents and brought in Photographs. We thank Fr. Farrell who led the Prayer Service and The Parents’ Association who provided refreshments afterwards.
In Preparation for St. Brigid’s Day on February 1st, we invited Donna, a student from Moate Business College to demonstrate the art of Making traditional St. Brigid’s Crosses with some of the classes. Donna went to a lot of effort to source the rushes and spent a considerable amouint of time demonstrating and perfecting the crosses with the children. All were delighted with the finished products, some of which will be used in our Grandparent’s Day/Catholic Schools’ Week Celebrations on January 28th.