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.
The Army Band performed in the school hall on December 17th last and the rousing rendition of many popular pieces was enjoyed by all. Some of the children even got a chance to join the Band.
Many thanks to the Parents’ Association who provided refreshments for the Band members afterwards.
Well done to all the Junior Classes who staged Nativity Plays for the School and their families in the weeks
leading up to Christmas. They were all wonderful productions and were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Trip to Supermacs
On the last day before the Halloween holidays, we dressed up and walked around the town. When we got back we got goodie bags and colouring competitions. Teacher played Halloween songs while we coloured our colouring competition. After about one month, we got the results. I had won the competition for the class to go to Supermacs to make pizzas. The whole class was so excited.
We had to wait for about a week before going because we were so busy practising for the carol service. When the time came, we went. When we arrived we went upstairs and sat on chairs we were placed into groups Nadia, Ella, Ivy and Faith were all on my team I was so happy. We wrote our names on labels and stuck them to a box we put on aprons and washed our hands, we made the shape of the pizza, put tomato sauce and cheese on it I put sweet corn ham and chicken on my Pizza. It was Yummy. As we left Supermacs we got a goodie bag it had a Christmas Mug, 3 sweets, 3 vouchers and a hat in the Westmeath colours in it. It was one of my favourite days ever 10th December 2014
by Ellen O’Connor
Christmas Carol Service
The school Carol service took place in St Patricks Church on the 9th of December. Most of the school participated in the service. It was all possible with the help and generosity of the Teachers. The children worked their best in rehearsals to master the songs and actions.
One of our songs was recorded on the night “Do you have room” and was sent to the woman who wrote it in America by request. Everyone agreed it was a performance to remember. We would like to thank Fr Farrell for letting us use the Church. We would like to thank the readers and soloists for doing their best.
We would also like to thank everyone who participated, The Violinists were great. We hope they continue to play after Christmas. A big thank you to their teacher, Natalia. We hope the parents, friends and family enjoyed the experience.
By Alice Ryan and Danielle Moran
Order Of Malta
One day the Order of Malta came to our school. They went class by class. Starting at second class but because they we’re running out of time they decided to take third up to sixth class down to the hall and taught us C.P.R. which stands for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Everyone got a chance to do compressions on the dummies. The dummies were called John and Bill. At break we asked the juniors how they got on. They said it was great day with the nee –naw as they called the sirens and they got to put on the helmets. So we had a great day. We all would like to sincerely thank Philip, Ger, Leanne, and Edel for coming.
By Muireann Cooper
Credit Union “ArtFest” Winners
7yrs & under:
1st Orna Dillon 2nd Class
2nd Darragh Madden 1st Class
3rd Diarmuid Morgan 1st Class
8 – 10 yrs
3rd Claire Mc Cormack 3rd Class
11 – 13yrs
1st Doireann Coffey 5th Class
2nd Lucia Calvar Seco 6th Class
3rd Wiktoria Boguslawska 6th Class
Mrs Quinn’s Retirement
24th of October 2014 was the date our principal Mrs Olive Quinn retired from our school. Her leaving brought many tears to the students and teachers too. Mrs Quinn had been part of our school since 1974. She was fair, considerate and knowledgeable. She loved kids and working with them. She always had time for each student. She knew us all by name. Everyone loved her as their friend and principal. Mrs Quinn put the “pal“ into principal. Not everyone cried but everyone was filled with sorrow. She will be missed; she was a friend to me and everyone. We had a flash mob dedicated to her on the last day. We danced, sang and laughed at the memories we shared. She will always have a place in our hearts.
The Thursday before Halloween, we had a very special start of the year mass. We sang Mrs. Quinn’s favourite hymns and presented her with gifts. The mass ended in tears. Secretively, every class had learned songs for Mrs Quinn, replacing well-known song words. We sang these on Friday. Sixth class started a flash mob apparently cleaning the hall and the other classes then joined in and then we were joined by the Boys school and students from the Secondary school.
By Kirsty Lohan
Our annual Halloween walk down town took place on October 24th. As always, the children and parents went to great lengths designing and making wonderful costumes and added a bit of colour to the town that morning.
Graduation Day for 1st Class Boys and 6th Class Girls