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Summer Holidays Almost Here

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 9:05 AM

The end of year is almost upon us and it is a very busy time in school. School closes for Summer Holidays on Friday 29th June and re-opens on Monday 3rd September.

Slán Libh, Rang 6:

We say goodbye to our 19 sixth class pupils; Jamie Aldridge Liam Aylward-Phelan, Callum Cleary, Kate Connolly, Ella Costello, Charlie Delahunty, Katelyn Dollard, Paul Halpin, Nicole Hogan, Jai Keane, Emma Kelly, Laura Knox, Aoife Murphy, Dean McGovern, Lucy Power, Rachel Power, Brian Temple, Joe White & Eoghan Wilson. We wish them all well in secondary school and for the future.

HB Icecream Fundays:

We proudly raised €400 at our Icecream Funday for Down Syndrome Ireland, which we held here this Tuesday (18th June) at 12.30pm. Thanks to all pupils who brought in €2 to purchase an Icecream, to 6th Class for serving the icecream and to our SNA Jenny for coordinating the event.


Active Schools Flag:

We are delighted to announce that following a two year programme comprising a number of sporting events and activities, we have received our Active School Flag. We will organise a ceremony to raise our flag after the summer holidays. Congratulations to all involved in this magnificent achievement and especially to our coordinator, Mr. Quinn. You can read more about our Active School Flag project by clicking on 'Active School Flag' above.


School Sports Day:

The event has been rearranged for next Wednesday (27th) from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Anyone who is in a position to volunteer to help in any way is asked to contact Deborah Forristal on 086 0648970.


Teaching Arrangements:

At this point we have 230 enrolled for September.

Teaching arrangements are as follows for 2017/2018

• Junior Infants (30) – Ciara Ryan

• Senior Infants (32) – Joanne Phelan

• 1st Class (28) – Aoife Brennan

• 2nd Class (27) – Linda Guilly

• 3rd Class: (30) – Fionnuala Hayden

• 4th Class (28) – Emma Cheasty

• 5th Class (26) – Deirdre Maher

• 6th Class: (29) – Anne Deevy

• Special Education Teaching – Anne Power, Michael Quinn, Colette Cleary.

A lot of careful consideration has gone into the overall needs of the school in order to sort allocation of teachers to classes, and the decision is final.


Piano/Guitar Recital:

Our pupils’ piano recital was held on Wednesday 30th May and the guitar recital was held on Tuesday this week. Well done to all pupils who performed their pieces. Some spaces are available for piano lessons next year. Please send in a note to the school by return if you want your child to avail of these lessons and they will be put on a waiting list. There are plenty of spaces available for guitar lessons and those who wish to avail should contact Colin Harries on 087 2699405.


Standardised Tests:

All standardised testing is now complete and the STEN scores have been given in all reports for 2nd Class, 4th Class and 6th Class, as recommended by the NCCA. These scores are only a snap shot of a child’s level of achievements.


AIMS Choral Festival:

I wish to extend a special congratulations to all pupils in 5th and 6th Classes on their beautiful singing in the AIMS Choral Festival recently. The choir sang Heal The World and Honey Bun and received a high mark and some very encouraging feedback from the adjudicators. We were very proud to see our school perform so well and to such a high standard!


Soccer – What A Finish!:

Wednesday 13th June saw our school return to winning ways! Our boys soccer team was unfortunate, narrowly missing out on a quarter final place in the Willie Moran Memorial Shield held in the WIT Arena. In the same competition, our girls team suffered no such glitch. Coming out of the group, they went on to play St. Ursula’s in the quarter final of the Shield, marched on to the semi-final and earned their place in the grand final with a nail biting penalty shoot out against a very worthy Kill side.

With weary legs, we faced a very strong Glór na Mara team from Tramore. We were the first to settle with a wonderful goal from Sophie Slattery, which the keeper could just not hold. We were lucky on a few occasions not to concede one ourselves, but late into the second half, the win was sealed with another fine goal by Sophie.

It was a great team effort that resulted in Kate Connolly receiving the Memorial Shield on behalf of a brilliant bunch of girls. On the girls team were Kate Connolly, Aoife Murphy, Ella Costello, Emma Kelly, Laura Knox, Nicole Hogan, Sophie Slattery, Blathnaid Dolan, Annabel Power and August Hoolmaa Ní Conghaile. On the boys team were Brian Temple, Jamie Aldridge, Callum Cleary, Dean McGovern, Charlie Delahunty, Paul Halpin, Lenard Birlea, Zack Keane, Corey O’Brien, Lee Flynn and Harry Mulligan.


Hurling – U11 Roinn C Champions!:

A week on from our soccer team’s victory in the Willie Moran Memorial Shield, our hurlers were determined not to be outdone! For the second year in a row our U11 team was back in Nowlan Park. Our team brought the same level of focus and determination to the final that had served them well throughout the earlier rounds. Inspired and undaunted by the big occasion, the players displayed a level of commitment, skill and teamwork befitting of any of the great black & amber teams to grace Nowlan Park. From the first to final whistle, our young players produced a magnificent performance and ran out convincing winners against a talented & committed Johnstown team. To say the team made the school & community proud is an understatement. Our team of heroes won by an emphatic final scoreline of 4:06 – 0:02. Huge congratulations to each and every one of our panel and to Niall Knox & Leo Howard for mentoring the team to victory. On the team were Tadgh Doherty, William Haberlin, Jake Kikkers, Craig McGovern, Pat Kennedy, Niall Cullen, Ryan Connell, Jack Knox, Corey O’Brien, Fionn Howard, Callum Moore, Ruben Costello, Blathnaid Dolan, Brian Phelan, Orla Power, Alex Murphy, Éanna Wilson, Patrick Walsh and Adam Walsh.


Remaining School Tours:

1st and 2nd classes will travel to Glebe House Bakery and Run Amuck in Tramore tomorrow, Friday 22nd. 6th class pupils will also travel to Tramore to take in a day at the beach surfing and learning about Rockpool and Beach Discovery.


6th Class Mass:

Arrangements have been made for the 6th Class Mass. It will take place on Thursday 28th June at 12.45pm in Church of the Assumption, Slieverue. Presentations will be made to 6th class pupils after the mass (also in the church). Pupils from other classes will be brought to this mass also, to see off their most senior pupils. Parents of 6th class children are welcome to attend, where possible. Following the mass, 6th class pupils, and parents are invited back to the GP room for tea and refreshments.


School Garden:

All classes have now had an opportunity to sow a variety of plants in our school garden. They are well looked after and are thriving!


School Books/Booklists:

Booklists will be issued to pupils over the next week. Once again we will operate a loan/rental scheme for a lot of the books. We will be ordering a number of books online which we will have for the children in September. Once again, we have made every effort to reduce the number of workbooks required. WHEN PURCHASING BOOKS PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE CORRECT BOOKS BEFORE COVERING AND WRITING A NAME ON THEM.


School Uniform:

In preparation for September, we ask parents to ensure that children will present themselves well each day, in order to preserve our wonderful school uniform here at Slieverue NS. The uniform, in full, should be worn each day. Your cooperation with the following is appreciated:(

• All children from 2nd Class upwards must wear a tie.

• Black footwear (either shoes or runners) every day (avoid sports logos where possible)

• Grey or wine socks or tights

• No jewellery.

• No hair dye or highlights.

• Hair should be neat and tidy at all times. Boys please no ‘different’ hair styles!

• Please label all belongings clearly and permanently, especially jumpers and tracksuit tops! Children are responsible for their own belongings.


Tracksuit Orders:

Please return Tracksuit Order Forms to the school immediately.


Finally, we would like to wish everyone a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing everyone return safely to school after the holidays.

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