We had a number of end of year events in the school this week. We marked the retirement of teacher Ellen McKiernan on Wednesday with a school mass in our hall which was celebrated by Fr. Rooney. It also marked the graduation of our 6th class who began with a lovely procession of lights.
On Thursday, the victorious Sligo Hurling team, who won the Lory Meagher Cup in Croke Park last Sunday, came back to visit. Keith Raymond, their captain fantastic and a proud past pupil of our school, spoke passionately about the importance of following your dream, working hard and taking care of your body. He recalled a visit by Mark Scanlon to the school back in 1998 as World Junior Cycling Champion when Keith was a pupil here and the impact that had on him and his love of playing sport.
Friday was our final day. At the prize-giving assembly, the children who had very good attendance received a prize. Special mention to Kian and Melanie who did not miss even a single day! Each week, children who have not missed a day get a green slip to enter this draw and, as well as a monthly draw in each class, there is a big draw at the end of each term. Congratulations to Leon in Junior Infants whose name came out of the big draw! Team Poland won the big team prize for Sports Day and they collected their prizes from Ms Kivlehan. This was the first time that any Sports Day team had received a perfect score in all areas of co-operation and teamwork! The rounders tournament came to an exciting finale on Sports Day and the children who took part also received their medals.
What a busy year it has been in Room 9 – we have been trying to remember and decide on all our favourite things that we have done since September. Many of the best bits have been happening this month! Let’s hope the fine weather lasts well into our holidays which we are all excited about. Here are a few pictures of what 1st Class have been up to over the last week. Have a great summer !
We designed our own magnetic games in Room 10. Firstly,we experimented with magnets and discovered what materials were magnetic in our classroom. We decided that paper clips and coins were good.
We decided to make some fishing magnetic games as we really enjoyed reading the story of The Salmon of Knowledge. We stuck paper clips to the back of most of our fish with one coin stuck to the back of our magic fish. The person who can catch the magic fish with their magnet is the winner.
We decided to share our games with Junior Infants. We really enjoyed this .
Here are some pictures of us working together.
On the hottest day of the year so far, we held our sports day! There were no rain jackets or ducking in and out between showers or warm jumpers for the cold. Just buckets of sunscreen and water, shorts and t-shirts, games, fun and happy people!
Students from 3rd to 6th classes who achieved their reading targets this term were presented with their certificates at an assembly recently. Congratulations to all our fantastic readers and a special mention to Darwin in 6th class who achieved his Honours award. This is the highest possible award in Accelerated Reader.
Lou from Sligo Library called in to see us recently to tell us all about the Summer Stars Reading Adventure. This runs in public libraries all over Ireland. Children are invited to register for the adventure and enjoy reading many books as part of the adventure during this time. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress. There will be rewards and incentives along the way and a grand finale event at the end for all participants.
5th and 6th classes went on their tour this week to Donegal Adventure Centre in Bundoran and had a great day.
Once the wet suits were finally on, we headed to Rossnowlagh beach where we had some games and some instructions on the shore before jumping into the waves with our body boards.
After a well deserved lunch, we headed back outdoors to compete on the Toraíoct Adventure Challenge. There was lots of climbing and crawling and squeezing through and balancing and running and……
There were a lot of tired heads on Monday evening!
Our annual Fáilte Festival took place on Friday June 15th. The rain came down but it didn’t dampen the spirits! The day kicked off with our sponsored walk and pupils, parents, staff and guests gathered afterwards in the hall. Together we remembered Ross McCarrick, our beautiful, gentle past pupil who has sadly passed away. We lit a candle and remembered his family, friends, neighbours, teachers and everybody who is heartbroken with his passing.
We also remembered Paddy McLoughlin, a grandfather of a pupil in our school who also passed away last summer. Paddy’s legacy will live on for many years in our school as funds raised from the sponsored walk, along with a very generous donation from his family have enabled us to train all pupils from 4th to 6th classes as well as staff, in emergency response, CPR and AED (defibrillator) use. The success of the fundraising also means that we can now purchase an AED device for our school building as a life saving resource for our community.
We also came together to celebrate the retirement of Máire Hunt from our staff who has been working in St. Edward’s since 1995 as both a teacher and as our HSCL. She was presented with gifts from pupils, BOM and parents and was really suprised when the pupils performed an ABBA themed special composition called “Thank You for the Music”, ably accompanied by Rachel Farrell, a past pupil. She will be missed by all and we wish her many years of health happiness and relaxation!
We really enjoyed the kids BBQ supplied by the Clayton Hotel and residents of Globe House also created some wonderful dishes from around the world as part of their Global Kitchen initiative. Once the food was out of the way, the rest of the afternoon was for fun activities outdoors such as bubble football, bouncy castles, novelty races among others. Congrats to all our raffle winners. What a lovely day!
Calling all bakers! Please support our annual cake sale.
4th class room 4 are organising the cake sale this year on Friday at our Fáilte festival. We would really appreciate if each family could contribute something to sell. All sweets and treats, big or small welcome!
Cakes and buns can be dropped into the school on Friday morning. Cakes go on sale at 1.15pm