Easter Newsletter
I want to start by wishing all our school community a very happy Easter . I know that this is a difficult time for all of you and I hope and pray that when this crisis is over all our loved ones will be safe and well. I hope the home schooling is working out: just do what you can,  the teachers are available if you need any guidance and we will really look forward to being back in school as soon as possible.
Well-Being
Schools are very busy places and our second term was a hive of activity. We started the term with Yoga classes for the whole school for 6 weeks. Thanks to the Parent’s Association for supporting this initiative. Vivienne, our Yoga teacher, enjoyed working with all the children and hopefully they learnt some relaxation and calming strategies.
As part of our Active Schools programme, the children were in the process of walking over 7000 km. to visit Mr. Bradfield in Dubai! All the classes were walking a number of laps each day and maybe they could still do this until we return to school. Thanks to the Active Schools Committee who participated in playground games with the younger children during lunch time.
Friendship Week
We celebrated Friendship Week after the February mid-term and this was a huge success. All the school community got behind this initiative with junior classes buddying up with senior classes to play together, to read together and to have fun together. All teachers focused on the theme of Friendship in the classes and also taught specific lessons on Bullying. We finished the week with a whole school assembly where parents joined the pupils and listened to what activities they had done during the week and heard the beautiful singing from our school choir.
Teaching and Learning
As part of our School Improvement Plan, we are continuing to focus on Language skills in both English and Irish. The children are encouraged to speak 10 minutes of Irish every day and use Irish as often as they can throughout the day. Maybe this is something you could practice at home!
Seachtain na Gaeilge was a huge success with all pupils learning some lovely Irish dances , thanks to Miss O’Driscoll and participating in some Irish playground games with their teachers. Pupils from 3rd to 6th enjoyed the Trath na gCeist which was organised by Miss O’Donovan and Miss Hourihane with the help of Mr. Meade.
Another focus of the School Improvement Plan is the teaching of Science and the school is hoping to achieve an award from Science Foundation Ireland this year. All classes worked on hands-on investigations and participated in Engineer’s week .
Our Science Club ran for 6 weeks in January and February and a huge thanks to our wonderful parents and volunteers who do Trojan work for the pupils of 3rd and 4th class. The club finished with a trip to Blackrock Observatory and I hope this will encourage lots of our students to have an interest in Science and Technology in the future.
Digital Plan
We are currently updating our website, thanks to school secretary, Lisa and watch out for updates and photos of all school events to date.
Our Digital Learning Plan was reviewed by the teaching staff in January and all pupils participated in Internet Safety classes at this time. The school is continuing to embed the use of Digital Technologies in teaching, learning and assessment with the purchase of more I-pads and upgrading class whiteboards as required.
Thanks to the Parent’s Assocation for organising a Digital Safety Seminar for parents with community garda Damien White giving a very interesting talk on how to keep children safe online.
Pastoral
The theme of Catholic Schools Week was ‘Living in Harmony with God’s Creation.’ On the first Friday in February, there was a school mass for Grandparents. Thanks to 5th class and their teacher, Miss O’Donovan for leading this with lovely readings and art work celebrating the wonderful contribution grandparents make to the children’s lives. 4th class , with the help of their teacher, Mr. Horgan led the First Friday mass in March with the theme of Friendship.
World Book Day
The pupils celebrated World Book Day in early March with lots of books purchased from the Scholastic book fair. Thanks to the P.A. for organising this event and to all parents for your support. The school will be able to purchase a wide range of books for class and school libraries with the proceeds .
Sports
3rd and 4th classes enjoyed their weekly Rugby sessions with Marcus from Argentina, thanks to Bandon Rugby Club.
4th class entered 2 teams in indoor hurling and camogie competitions with both doing very well.
6th enjoyed their basketball blitz in Cork playing against…
In early January, the school welcomed our local Cork camogie and football heroes to a school assembly attended by parents and the wider sporting community. All the pupils were dressed in the red and white for Cork and were very proud of Gearoid O’Donovan, David Buckley, Seamus O’Sullivan, Ciara O’Sullivan, Emma Tarrant and Grace Ryan. We wish them all continued success in their sporting careers.
Caisc Shona Daoibh go leir: Ar scath a cheile a mhaireann na daoine.