Summer News Letter -
Fáilte! to our final newsletter of the year. It seems like no length since we were all assembled in the yard last August, ready for a new school year to begin. But here we are! And, what a year it`s been!
We`ve all worked hard to embrace healthier lifestyles in Donacarney this year.
Ms Campbell spearheaded our Healthy Eating Initiative and now-
Meanwhile, for this last term, Mrs Byrne has inspired us all with her Run a Mile Challenge for all classes.
Keep moving and eating well over the summer everyone!
OUR SECOND BLUE STAR FLAG
Led by Ms Carragher, the whole school took part in our Blue Star Flag project this year. Hot on the heels of MEP Mairead McGuinness`s visit, we hosted a visit from her parliamentary colleague Marian Harkin. This programme helped broaden our focus beyond Ireland`s shores to the richness of the culture and history of our European neighbours.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Ms Mullen`s Scratch Coding Programmes and Ms Brennan`s Chess club have both been very popular options for various classes at lunch time.
With 3rd and 4th classes opting for lunchtime GAA skills with Mr Arthur and Mr Ryan.
Mr Arthur, and Mr Ryan have also led early morning GAA sessions this year for fifth and sixth classes along with Mr Lynch and Mr Duffy.
Ms Smith gave Fifth and Sixth class skills for life with her lunchtime handball coaching.
OUR COONEY CUP WIN!
Our Champs in Páirc Tailteann
Our Gaelic team have had an incredibly busy year with early morning training for lots of matches in both the Cumann na mBunscol and Cooney Cup leagues. Pipped at the post by eventual winners Kells, the brave boys fought back to beat Whitecross NS in Páirc Táilteann and win the very prestigious Cooney Cup title for 2018!
Inspired by hurling sensations Mr Culligan, Mr Ryan and Mr Arthur, our school have begun to develop a tradition in hurling which we plan to hold onto into the future. They won the Breaga Cup in Stamullen this month.
Our athletes brought home two golds and a bronze from the Claremont athletics meet this month, while in April’s athletic meet in Tullyallen the boys were awarded medals in the team and individual events.
Pupils were awarded for Best Effort, Best Improved and Student of the Year in June
Gliondar Mara Students receiving their awards
CREATIVE ARTS PROJECT
We are thrilled to announce that we were one of just *schools around the country who have received a bursary from the Arts Council to pursue arts projects in our school.
OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
The Confirmandi from Sixth Class recently attended a retreat in Mornington Parish Rooms. The retreat focused on transition to post primary and on developing the gifts of the Holy Spirit which they received in Confirmation.
Our school thrives on partnerships with the community and in particular with our Parents`Association. They`ve got community building covered through lots of their initiatives such as coffee mornings, communion parties, fundraising, book rental and just through their general friendliness and positivity as they work alongside us in and around our school. We are thankful for every volunteer who has worked on this Association in any capacity this year.
SCHOOL SELF EVALUTION
Inspired by our success with Literacy Lift Off this year, the whole school are working together to find new ways to improve literacy learning and teaching in September 2018.
RUN A MILE
Mrs Byrne has all of us running mile long track around our yard. Just for fun! And fitness!
Missing a jumper or jacket? Chances are it’s here! Please call in from 9.30-
AND THEY’RE OFF
We love our Sixth Classes! From monitors, to fantastic sports men, to quiz handball players, it is sad to see them leave our school gates and venture off to pastures new.
Change is a part of life, and, as such, it must be embraced and supported. One by one the fledglings must take those tremulous steps towards other shores.
May they fare well, may they make you proud, may we see them again-
Good luck and blessings to Ms Rhona Dunne and her fiancé Bryan Lohan on their wedding in July!
Sad farewell to Sorcha Rossiter, SNA extraodinaire who embarks on a career break this coming year.
Congrats to Ms O`Brien on achieving her First Aid Qualification!
Good luck to Mr Ryan as he continues with his Post Graduate Diploma Studies over the summer!
ÁR NDÍCHEALL Í GCÓNAÍ
We all worked very hard this year and we are particularly proud of…
• Winning the Cooney Cup.
• Getting to the Cumann na mBunscol Semi-
• Our Reading and Maths scores which are above the national average.
• Getting to the Credit Union Leinster Finals
• Our Beach Clean up Crew from Third Class
• The success of our integration policy with the pupils from Gliondar Mara
• Anyone who Ran a Mile!