Many of the children had fun this Friday coming to school dressed in their Halloween costumes. Many stories, jokes, songs and rhymes were shared and with the addition of party sweets and treats, lots of fun was enjoyed by all involved.
Today October 20th was the day for collection of the shoe boxes we had generously donated. This is an annual fundraiser which we are very proud to be involved in. It is always important to remember those who may be less fortunate than us.
Thanks to all who brought in a shoebox. Well done!!
On Tuesday last, Oct 6th, we had a wonderful surprise in our school with a visit from the Garda Mounted Support Unit. Two Gardaí, Joe and Tom, arrived in the school yard on horseback and the whole school came out to greet them.
The Gardaí introduced the two horses and told the children how they are used at lots of major events where crowd control is necessary. They are often seen around Croke Park, the Aviva Stadium and the 3 arena. The children asked lots of interesting questions and everybody got a chance to rub and admire the horses. Ms O’ Rourke was invited to get up on one of the horses and reported that it was indeed, very very high!!!
The Gardaí were accompanied by Sergeant Pat Slater of Tullow Garda Station. We would like to extend our thanks to Sergeant Slater and Inspector Derek Hughes for organising this exciting event for us.
On Monday 12th October we had a visit from the Grange football team. They had just become Junior A county champions the previous weekend and came to celebrate with us and show us the cup. Many of the team are past pupils and had plenty of advice for all our future football stars. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the visit, even those footballers that were challenged to recite their tables and answer difficult questions “as Ghaeilge” !!!!!
On Thursday September 24th, there was a small military equipment exhibition held in Mrs. McGeeney’s classroom for the students of Junior Infants to Second class.
Mrs. McGeeney gave a presentation of what was on show, and the children enjoyed examining and trying on some of the equipment!
On Thursday, September 24th, two Defence Forces Personnel of the 1st Armoured Cavalry Squadron – Sgt Larry Havens and Tpr Jessica Slevin, visited our school and presented us with the tricolour. This is part of the initiative to commemorate 1916.
Classes from Junior Infants to Second Class formed a guard of honour in the yard, while children from 3rd to 6th class assembled for a ceremony during which the Proclamation was read and the flag presented to Ms. O’Rourke.
Proper protocol surrounding the care and handling of the tricolour was explained and the children asked some very interesting questions. Amhrán na bhFiann was sung by the children in a very respectful manner.
We look forward to raising our tricolour on March 15th 2016, together with schools from all over Ireland to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising.