March and April 2023 Newsletter

Table Tennis

6th Class have had an active term with table tennis on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This began with table tennis lessons on the rules, practice of technique followed by a competitive school league. The semi finalists Luke, Orla, Dara and Kristupas had an opportunity to showcase their talent as fifth class were invited to view these exciting and tense games. There was silence in the hall as everybody watched the small white ball and kept the exciting and close score. Many thanks to Mr O’ Dea, Mr De Paor and their assistants who ran the table tennis club. 5th class are already looking forward to this next year.

Credit Union Quiz Stage 3

All pupils in Scoil Mhuire have been having a busy term. Our Senior Quiz team qualified for the Credit Union National final in the RDS. Being dedicated to this event they were delighted to participate in the RDS on Sunday April 2nd. (Yes! the first weekend of the Easter holidays.) The team of 4 Jessica, Douglas, Aidan and Fergus displayed their preparation by answering a series of challenging questions on all topics. Their final score brought them within reach of the top teams of Ireland and we at Scoil Mhuire are very proud of them. Well done also to Ronan and Lily who prepared for this as part of the school panel. Many thanks to Ms Walsh for her time and dedication in preparing the team.

World Book Day

World book Day was a feast of creativity and entertainment when pupils from 4th-6th classes modelled their amazing home designed costumes and props. They really brought their favourite books to life.  Dungarvan Library extended their normal warm welcome to the pupils on WBD. To add to our celebrations Super Valu provided some very lovely treats for the senior pupils just to mark the special day. Huge thanks to Liam Power and staff for this.

Younger pupils were thrilled to admire the costumes in school as they too participated in book related fun.

Tennis

Junior Classes have been enjoying tennis lessons in the Causeway tennis club this month.  Reports are that Scoil Mhuire has many promising tennis enthusiasts who have grown in skill and confidence on the court. This was a big hit with existing and new members alike

Stem

Children in the senior classes have been enjoying learning their maths through use of Izak 9 blocks. Teams of children were actively engaged in collaborative discussion based hands on work and making maths fun.  Ms Fraher and Mrs. Barry’s pupils have been busy working towards the Curious Minds Excellence in Science Award (Science Foundation of Ireland). Ms Fraher’s pupils have been very busy with the Humpty Dumpty egg challenge and exploring light in the box and many other fascinating tests. Fifth class groups have been designing and making pulleys and parachutes and investigating their properties. 6th class were very engaged for Engineers week designing, making and launching their own rockets.

St. Patrick

Scoil Mhuire pupils and staff enjoyed a whole school assembly ahead of our National holiday to enjoy some of our National songs. This was all enhanced by Mr De Paor, Ms McCloskey, Ms Mansfield and Ms Fennell with beautiful instrumental accompaniment. Everyone dressed in green and got us all in the mood for the parade and the 6 Nations Rugby.  The infants really impressed everyone with their singing.

Chess

There was high interest and a sizable uptake in the 5th and 6th Class Chess Club.  Through a series of lessons and mini games the pupils became very proficient in the game.  Parents were put through their paces at home as the eager children practised and improved their game. Mrs Barry already has great plans to continue this chess culture in the school in the near future.

Easter Bonnet Competition

As always Mrs Mcgrath inspired pupils from 3rd-6th to participate in the annual Easter Bonnet event. Lots of fun was had by all as the children created and assembled their unique creations at home. These were proudly displayed for all to admire at school.

Hockey

On Thursday April 20th our Scoil Mhuire girls from 5th and 6th class took part in the first Waterford Interschool’s Hockey tournament in Newtown school. There were 17 teams entered into the competition and the Scoil Mhuire girls finished 3rd overall, making their school and families proud! Well done to all who took part. Considerable credit is due to their coach Ms. Walsh  (assisted by Mr De Paor) who excused herself from second class to bring her high standard of hockey experience along and manage Team Scoil Mhuire.