Sports Day May 2nd 2014
World book Day March 6th 2014
A selection of the wonderful costumes created by our staff, pupils and parents for World Book Day. Huge effort went into these and full credit is due to all. Well done!
Green Schools Action Day March 5th 2014
On Wednesday, March 5th, we held our Green Schools Action Day and were visited by An Taisce Offiicer, Mieke Scholte, for the Renewal of our Green Flag for the Travel Theme. The day began with a whole school community walk from Moate Community Hall , which involved pupils staff, parents, grandparents and members of the Garda Traffic Corp. The aim of the walk was to promote Park and Stride as a means of getting to school each day. The atmosphere was greatly enhanced by the colourfull posters on display which were created by some of the students. Back at school we had healthy snacks for the children, followed by talks in all classses on Road Usage and safety. These talks were given by local Traffis Corp Garda, Brendan Madden and by our own faithful Lollipop Lady, Bernie. All were invited to view the displays on the Travel theme that were in the Hall and the day finished with the presentation of Prizes for our Green Schools Competitions.
Winners – Lauren Craig and Erin Roche, Junior Infants
Ciaran Morgan, Senior Infants
Abbey Murphy, 1st Class
Claire Mc Cormack, 2nd Class
Stacey Rawlins, 4th Class
Aine O’Brien, Therese McCormack, Wiktoria Boguslawska, Ella Coute, Emily Niami, Lourdes and Sophie Smyth 5th Class
Therese Hamm, Lauren King Carroll, Lauren Lawlor and Karina Conteh 6th Class
Paul Finch is an Artist who creates sculptures using live willow and he visited the school recently and created an outdoor space
from willow, which will grow and cover with leaves as the year progresses. Mrs Gallagher organised the project and Paul was ably
assisted on the day by Jacob’s Grandad and some of the students.
We look forward to enjoying the fruit of their labours for years to come!
Grandparents’ Day and the Feast of St. Brigid
On January 31st, we had a double celebration when we celebrated Grandparents’ Day and the Feast of St Brigid with prayers, readings and song in the school hall, followed by refreshments provided by the Parents Association. Over 100 grandparents were present and the children were very proud showing them our school. Grandparents who could not be with us were remembered with photographs and in our prayers.
Many of the classes prepared Art Work and Poems about their grandparents and these were on display also.
Results of Uniform Survey
Thank you for completing the recent questionnaire re Uniform.
The majority of parents were satisfied with the current school uniform and below is the feedback we received,
based on the original survey we circulated to parents.
Total number of families in the school 174
Number of families who completed the survey 117
Percentage of families who completed the survey 67%
Number who want a school uniform for this school Yes 115 No 2
Satisfied with the present school uniform Yes 110 No 7
Satisfied with the present tracksuit Yes 94 No 23
There were not many specific alternatives suggested within the survey results, however please find below a list of the comments you made regarding the school track suit and the number of people who made the comment
Cost of tracksuit 6
Quality of tracksuit is poor 13
Wear track suit as school uniform 2
High street option for tracksuit 4
Option for shorts in the summer 3
No crest on track suit sew on ? iron on? 9
Colour of track suit needs to be changed 2
As you can see, the majority of families are satisfied with the current school uniform. Comments re track suit will be forwarded to the supplier.
The Army Band
Thursday, December 19th was another busy day for everyone as we welcomed the Band of the western Command to our Hall for their annual Performance and display of instruments which is always enjoyed by all. This year was no exception and was greatly enhanced by the Band’s elevated position on the new stage. refreshments for the musicians were provided as always by a dedicated bunch of parents from the Parents’ Association.
Santa comes to St. Brigid’s!
Wednesday, 18th December saw the arrival of a very special guest to the School Hall, when Santa, accompanied by his elves, greeted each class and distributed selection boxes to all the children. We thank the Parent Association for providing the treats and arranging this special visit.
The School Halls were alive with the sounds of singing, music and Drama since early November as we all prepared for our Christmas performances. Mrs Earley’s, Mrs Casey’s and Ms O’Mahony’s 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes participated in the Hallelujah Concert in City West on December 6th and then performed in the School Hall, along with the violin class, on Thursday December 12th.
On Friday 13th, Ms Ganly’s Senior Infants performed “Wriggly Nativity”, which told the Christmas story from the point of view of the animals in the Stable.
On Monday December 16th, Mrs Keena’s Junior infants performed the Nativity Story from the angels’ point of view
in the play “Oopsie DaisyAngel” and in the afternoon, Mrs Gillivan and 1st class put on a traditional Bethlehem Story.
Well done to all!
Parents’ Association Raffle
Thanks to all who supported the annual Christmas Raffle organised by the Parents’ Association – Money raised will be used to fund and subsidise activities for the children such as Basketball, Tour Buses, seasonal events, Reading Week awards etc. Please see Parents’ Association page for a list of winners.
Violin Lessons by Therese (6th Class)
Last year Mrs. Quinn asked Natalia about teaching the violin in our school. Natalia kindly agreed. Therefore Mrs. Quinn inquired from 3rd to 6th class if anyone was interested in taking up the violin.
A vast amount of children showed an interest from the classes.
When we first met Natalia we were greeted by a kind, smiling person. She asked us our names and sorted us into groups.
She has taught us some beautiful simple tunes. After only eleven lessons we were able to put on a performance for the parents. It was a fantastic experience for us.
I love the lessons and will definitely keep it up in Secondary School. Any doubts I had that the violin would be a difficult instrument to play have now been dispelled.
Thank you Natalia and Mrs. Quinn.
Credit Union Poster Competition
We again entered the annual Credit Union poster Competition where students were invited to design and create a poster with the slogan – Credit Unions – Gotta lotta Colour. We had one winner at local chapter level, Grace Shimmons. Well done, Grace
Athlone Education Centre ran a competition whereby students were invited to write a letter to anyone they wished and the winning letters were published in a book entitled ” Yours Sincerely”, a copy of which each winner received as part of their prize.
Winners – Magda Szklanna 6th class, Amy Lawlor 3rd class and Claire Mc Cormack 2nd Class.
Highly commended were Nadia Zydek, Kayleigh Mc Nally Mulligan, Lara Farrell, Therese Hamm and Grace Shimmons.
Clothes Collection; A used Clothes Collection will take place from the school on Tuesday 22nd October.
Bags of unwanted clothes, shoes, Linen etc can be dropped in to the Hall any time prior to this date.
The Parent association thank all who contribute in this way to their fundraising efforts.
The Amenity Park by Grace (6th Class)
In September our teacher, Mrs. Earley, brought us to visit the new Amenity Park. As it was a new facility in Moate we had never been there before. We were not anticipating the park to be so clean and so much fun.
We walked there at 12.30 and straight away we were playing and having the best of fun. The wildlife in the park is exceptional and the facilities would leave you exhilarated. My favourite activity was the zip-line as it left you feeling as if you were flying. We tried out the see-saws, the swings and the exercise machines. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and really appreciate this fantastic new facility in Moate for everyone’s use.
Unfortunately at 2.45 the teacher, arms akimbo, informed us that it was time to return to school. We had to concur with that albeit reluctantly.
We walked home at a slow pace as we were all now exhausted.
What a great day we had in our new park.
Moate Library Winners!
Congratulations to Aine O’Brien, Alex Roche and Holly Slammon who were winners in Moate Library’s recent Roald Dahl Art Competition.
Also to James Mitchell, Ciara Egan, Aoife Murray, Ivy Liew and Sarah Adamson, who were all winners in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Well done to you all!
4th and 5th Class got the chance to be Fashion designers for a day under the guidance of Ms. Mc Gill and had great fun in the process.
Pictured below are some of their creations.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe summer until we see you all again on Thursday August 29th.
Well done to all those who received awards for being at school every day during the past year or for missing just one day. Good Attendance is greatly encouraged and rewarded in our school and we hope to see even more children getting these awards next year.
Students who were at school everyday and students who missed just one day during the past school year.
End of Year Mass/Graduation Ceremony
The End of Year Mass took place in St. Patrick’s Church on Monday June 24th and was attended by many parents and grandparents. As usual, this was a bittersweet event , with kind words being addressed to the congregation but also sadness as we said some goodbyes. A lovely ceremony was followed by presentations to the girls from 6th class and the boys from 1st class who are all moving on to new schools in September. Chloe Evans was presented with the Spirit of the School Award and Fr Liam Farrell received a presentation to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of his ordination.
All our caterpillars have now emerged from their cocoons and, after observing them for a few days, we released them into the garden to live out their days.
There were two tours this year. The junior classes headed to the ever popular Turoe Pet Farm in Galway, while the Senior classes headed to Galway also, for an Activity Tour in UCG. A great day was had by all.
The ACE Committee were delighted to announce in May that the school had been awarded the Bronze Ace Award this year and that we are already well on our way to receiving the Silver Award. Two of the many activities that were a part of our getting this award were the Food Dudes Programme and the 6th Class Marathon Challenge. In April, the children in Junior and Senior Infants were given Fruit and Veg to eat each day. This food was sponcered by Buckley’s Supervalue and served by parents from the Parents Association. To encourage the older girls to exercise regularly, Mrs. Keena set them the challenge of running a Marathon, over the month of May, a km or 2 each day. All of the girls completed the challenge and were cheered over the finish line by the rest of the School.
Stay Safe Survey
Please find below link for Stay Safe Survey to be completed by Parents.
There was great excitement recently when our caterpillars arrived to start their amazing journey to becoming butterflies, watched over with great anticipation by us all. It will take approximately 2 weeks for the caterpillars to reach the chrysalis stage and then another two weeks until they emerge from their cocoons as fully formed butterflies. We hope to record this wonderful miracle of nature in photographs, so watch this space!
First Holy Commumion
Congratulations to all the girls in 2nd class who received their First Holy Communion on May 11th in St Patrick’s Church and a big thank you to all who helped in any way make the day special for them.