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Summer Holidays and Attendance Raffles

We hope you are already enjoying your summer holidays and making the most of the great weather we are experiencing at the moment. Please take care of yourselves and those around you as you make the most of it, whether it is in the garden, on the street, at the beach or wherever!

A gentle reminder that school begins again on Thursday August 30th at 8:50AM for all classes. Infant classes will be going home at 12:00PM until Friday September 7th and 1:30PM after that. All other classes finish at 2:30 PM. It is very important that the children get a good start to the school year and get into routine early. The short first week will be of great benefit to the children for that reason. As a special incentive, all children who are marked present on both days of this first week will receive DOUBLE attendance raffle tickets and be entered in an EXTRA draw for some great prizes.

If you are passing the school the first week in July you will notice the volunteers from Abbvie working hard on renovating our school building. We are very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to show everybody the finished result when we come back on August 30th. (Of course summer camp participants will be getting a sneak peek!)

Happy holidays

End of Year Assemblies

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.


Sizzling Hot Sports Day!

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!

Reading Stars and Summer Stars!

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. 

Senior Tour

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!

Fáilte Festival 2018

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!

Cake Sale at the Fáilte Festival

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


RIP Ross

We woke with heavy hearts today in St. Edward’s, thinking of Ross McCarrick our past pupil who passed away yesterday after a short illness. We are thinking of his heartbroken mum and dad, sister and brother, all his extended family, classmates, friends and neighbours. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as we have done over the last number of weeks as we hoped and prayed and wished for a full recovery. We are deeply saddened that it was not to be. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Abbvie: Week of Opportunities

We have had fantastic news from Abbvie who have a manufacturing plant in our locality.  On the week of June 18th to 22nd, staff from Abbvie will refurbish St Edward’s NS building! The outside and inside will be painted and some floor coverings will also be renewed. Of course this will mean that we cannot be in the building that week.

The principal of Ballinode College, Mr David Mc Guinness has kindly offered us the use of rooms in the college for the duration of the refurbishment. Therefore children’s school attendance will not be affected.  We will be able to run normal classes in Ballinode College and our Code of Behaviour, uniform rules etc will apply while we are there.

We will update families on where to drop and collect the children nearer the time. As Ballinode College is so close to St Edward’s NS, we hope that it should not cause any great difficulties for families.

This is a great chance to refresh the school building and we are very thankful to Abbvie in advance for choosing St Edward’s NS for their project for Week of Opportunities 2018.


CPR and Defibrillator Training

Children from rooms 1, 11 and 12 took part in a first aid training workshop with Brian O’Hara from Innisfree Safety. We discussed fire and water safety and learned about how to contact emergency services on 999 if we ever need them.

Brian showed us a defibrillator and we learned how to use one. They are also called AEDs. We were surprised by how safe and easy they were to use. They can be used if somebody is unconscious and not breathing. You can check this by watching their chest for 10 seconds to see if it is going up and down. We also learned how to do compressions on a persons chest and on a baby’s chest to help keep the blood circulating around their body while waiting for help to arrive. 

It was really great to get the chance to practice these skills on the mannequins. The strange thing was that they were all called Anne! 



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