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!
3rd class enjoyed getting out in the good weather hunting for different types of minibeasts found around our school.
This year, our annual family event will be held on Friday 15th June. Please note the change of day from Sunday to Friday. All children in the school will be able to take part. On that day we welcome parents and families into the school for a very special event from 11AM onwards when we will begin with our sponsored walk. This will be followed by our BBQ and fun activities around the school.
On the day we will have a presentation of CPR certificates to staff and children who will have completed specialised training with Innisfree Safety.
We will welcome back our special guest for the day, Máire Hunt, who recently retired.
The children are organising a number of surprise events for the day and we look to seeing you there! Watch out for more details over the coming weeks…
International World Book Day was March 1st this year. Unfortunately, our school was closed that day due to a certain “Beast from the East”! Fortunately, we got to hold our postponed assembly a week later. Children dressed up as their favourite characters from books, even some of the staff were dressed up! 4th and 5th class from room 1 presented the assembly and introduced each class.
Some of the children in room 1 wrote about their trip to Sligo On Ice:
On Tuesday the 19th of December, the children from room 1, room 12 and room 11 went ice skating at Sligo On Ice in Stephen St. car park in town. – Kelsey & Miya
We have been planning to go to Sligo On Ice for the past three weeks. Each week we had to earn 15 dojo points. In order to get dojo points you have to do your best in class,be a good listener, be ready to work and have a tidy table. When we counted them the day before ice skating, we had enough dojo points.The day finally came and everybody had to have a jacket, track suit bottoms, long socks, gloves and a spare change of clothes- Donald & David
We left at 11AM and we walked up the hill. Teacher said there was a surprise. We kept walking past the skating rink and went to the 4 Lights for chips! After that, we walked to Sligo On Ice. We got some ice skates and put on some helmets. They gave us the safety instructions and then we got on the ice. Some people slipped and fell, and some people were holding onto the wall. Then we all got the hang of it and soon everyone was skating all around. Even some of the teachers! – Mikey & Rachel
When we got off the ice, we went over to the seats and took off our skates. We got back into our pairs and headed back to school. We really enjoyed skating and would really recommend it to anybody. We would love to do it all over again!-Tiffany & Shayna
36 children took part in our Pirate themed Summer Camp from August 21st to 25th right here in St. Edwards! We had loads of fun learning pirate jokes, making masks, hats and treasure maps, animations on the iPads, not to mention a little orienteering and some treasure hunting! We took a trip to Sligo Library where Brenda taught us some “Pirate speak” before reading some stories, all of course on a pirate theme! On Friday, our parents came in to hear our camp song “That’s How I Became a pirate” and to have a look at some of the art and crafts we created. Come have a look in the hall this September to see them!
It’s coming near that time of year again! Sponsored Walk cards went home today with children. The final date for bringing back cards and money is Thursday 8th June, but if children have them back earlier than that, teachers have promised lots of extra stamps! Each family that brings back a card and money will be given a free ticket for the annual festival which includes BBQ, DJ, novelty games and lots of fun. This is the main fundraising event for the year and all money raised is used to purchase resources for children within the school to support teaching and learning.
Have a look below at what we got up to last year!
On May 19th, Liam and Conor from the Order of Malta Ambulance service came to visit our school. They showed us round the inside of the ambulance and all the equipment that they use. They demonstrated how they use “Annie” to teach people how to do CPR to help to resuscitate people. They even put some bandages on the Senior Infants who asked them to teach them some skills for their Doctor’s Surgery role play corner! They spoke to the senior classes about the benefits of volunteering with The Order of Malta. They get to attend big events such as music festivals for free, and learn lots of new skills which can save lives. Did you know that Sligo has been named as European Volunteering Capital 2017? We presented them with a donation towards the Order of Malta which we collected on a non- uniform day during Active School week.
Thank you so much Liam and Conor, we really enjoyed your visit, learned loads of interesting things and had great fun!
Order of Malta volunteers demonstrate how Annie helps them to teach people some vital skills!