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!
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…
Since returning to school after the Christmas holidays Junior Infants have been working very hard on both their letter sounds and their sight words.
Here are some fantastic games I found online which perhaps the children could spend some time playing and learning during their computer or ipad time?
Word Blend Game – Beginning and end sounds
The Quiet Machine – A game which asks children to identify the sound at the beginning of a word
Rhyming Rockets – a game where children have to shoot the rockets which rhyme with their target word.
Mole Rhyming Game – The children have to help Mole to dig his tunnel by helping him identify the rhyming words
Reggie Rhyming – The children have to help Reggie find the rhyming words. This is also a fantastic vocabulary building game for different settings.
We had a wonderful day on Tuesday when members of Defence Forces visited us in St. Edward’s to present us with our Irish Flag and a copy of The Proclamation. All three members are past pupils of St. Edward’s N.S!
First of all Sgt Brian Callaghan told us a little bit about the Centenary of the 1916 Rising and about the history of the flag. He explained that the white colour in between the orange and green stands for peace between Unionists and Nationalists. The Irish Army are renowned all over the world for their peace keeping activities in places where there is conflict.
When soldiers serve overseas they get a medal to put on their uniform. Brian has six medals and Helmut has eleven medals. Seamie has served overseas once already.
He also explained what each of the badges meant on their uniforms. The badges show what rank you have in the army and what division you serve in. They all had a badge that showed the symbol of the Blacklion protecting Barnesmore Gap in Donegal which means they are in Finner Camp which is the home of the 28th Infantry Battalion.
Helmut Callaghan told us a very funny story which he said happened when he was stationed in Eritrea in Africa! Imagine coming face to face with a crocodile.
Then it was time to receive The Proclamation and the flag. We will raise the flag in March 2016 as part of the countrywide commemorations of The Rising. Nicole and Corey received these important items on behalf of the school as they had written excellent letters to Mrs McGowan telling her all about their connections with the army and the history of their family trees.
Our sixth class read The Proclamation for those present:
Reading The Proclamation from St. Edward’s NS on Vimeo.
And then everybody at the assembly stood and sang Amhrán na bhFiann proudly! They were accompanied by Máire Hunt on the guitar and Caleum and Kian on drums and Kamil on the recorder.
Our National Anthem- Amhrán na bhFiann from St. Edward’s NS on Vimeo.
What a proud day!
On Wednesday 12th of November the children in St. Edwards held a science display in the school hall.
Parents and family members were invited to see some of the science activities children from Junior Infants to 6th class have been doing since September.
There were rocket balloon races, dancing raisins, squeezey bottles, magnet games and sound experiments using hangers. Also there was a demonstration of how simple machines and simple circuits work and a floating and sinking experiment.
There was a great buzz in the school hall for the afternoon as families enjoyed trying out the different experiments.
A fun afternoon was enjoyed by all with some parents becoming quite competitive!
On Monday evening 10th of November our local Abbott here in Ballytivnan hosted a family science fair in our school.
Volunteers from Abbott provided opportunities for children and their families to carry out different experiments.
They had great fun trying all the different activities. It was a great evening that everyone enjoyed!
Yesterday, 3rd class visited the old St Edwards NS, otherwise known as ‘The Northside’.
We enjoyed seeing the model of the area in 1896 and the old classroom. We visited the old fort where Forthill gets it’s name from, and we had a look at the Men’s garden.
We would like to say thank you to Johnny Stanford and John Joe Rooney for all their lovely stories about the history of the area and the old fort.