May Newsletter 2023

Holy Communion

Congratulations to our second class who received Holy Communion for the first time on May 13th. The children had been very busy preparing in a spiritual and practical way under the expertise of Mrs. Power and Ms. Walsh. As always Fr Hassett made the occasion very special and memorable for the children and their families. Our church sacristan Eileen was always available and had everything ready for Communion practice and of course the special day itself.

Hurling and Camogie

Our hurling and camogie players have been training hard for school events of the summer season. Our girls performed well v  Lismore in Cappoquin to be defeated in the semi final by Lismore.  Our boys went one step further and qualified for the primary schools western final which was held in Abbeyside GAA grounds on a sunny Thursday evening (May 25th). A huge crowd gathered in support of the boys who impressed all with their skill and fitness. Unfortunately the match went to a very strong Lismore team. Congratulations to Lismore on their victory and good luck to them in the county final v Ballygunner.

The following gives an account of our camogie players journey composed by Lily C in 5th class.

Camogie.
One day Ms Lake and Ms Looby gathered all the camogie girls from 5th and 6th class. The next day we went training in the school field. We trained every second day. Then we had our first competition. We played St. Marys and we won that match pretty easily. Then we played Garranbane. That match was a little harder but we still won. Then we played Scoil Gharabháin, we lost that match but only by a goal!. It was so close. Even though we lost one match we still came second and made it through to the semi final. We played against Lismore. It was very close but we lost by a little bit. We were not that sad because we played our best and gave it our all!

By Lily C. 5th Class.

Swimming

Mr Pattwell and Ms Fennell’s 4th classes have been improving their swimming skills and technique in the Clonea Strand Sports and Leisure Centre. What nicer way to spend a school morning than a refreshing swim class in the pool with their friends.

Stem

We have just learned that Scoil Mhuire is to be awarded the Curious Minds Science Foundation of Ireland Award (Silver Standard).  Our website now proudly displays the SFI logo to acknowledge this achievement.  This is a first step to exploring and developing our expertise in the area of Stem (Science, technology, engineering and maths.) Ms Fraher and Mrs Barry led their classes of eager pupils to achieve this award. SFI now recommends Scoil Mhuire advance to the Gold Award in the next school year. Watch this space!

Marine Biodiversity

Pupils in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class have been enjoying some outdoor learning on Abbeyside beach. Tina from Irish Heritage in Schools has been teaching everybody about the wealth of flora and fauna to be enjoyed in our beautiful local seashore habitat. 4th class will enjoy this in June.

School Tours

Many classes have been enjoying their school tours recently. Excited children have been up at dawn ready for the bus trip to somewhere exciting with their school friends.  Ardmore, Lismore, Activate, Fota Island are among the chosen venues for the pupils.