May Newsletter 2024.

Holy Communion

Congratulations to our second class who received Holy Communion for the first time on May 18th in St. Augustine’s Church Abbeyside. They had been very busy preparing in school with their teachers and at home with their parents. Ms. Power, Ms Looby and Ms. Walsh ensured that each child was ready in a spiritual and practical way. The children’s participation was of a beautiful standard, all prayers, responses and hymns were perfect. Mr. De Paor provided the accompaniment to the singing. As always Fr. Hassett made sure it was a special, memorable and personal service.  Our Sacristan Eileen provided the usual wonderful support to us facilitating our practices and supporting us in every way. Our secretary Jenny demonstrated yet another talent in her beautiful flower arranging for the church. 

Science Foundation of Ireland, Curious Minds Awards.

Here at Scoil Mhuire we love to promote the teaching and learning of Stem subjects. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.) Last year we achieved a Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Curious Minds Silver Award. This inspired us to apply for the more advanced Gold Standard Award for 2024. This required a much greater involvement of pupils and teachers, throughout the school and everybody played a part in some way or another. We were thrilled to learn that our application and log of evidence was successful. Our website will now feature the SFI Gold Award Logo for 2024! Well done everyone!

Hurling and Camogie.

Pictured is the Scoil Mhuire camogie team who reached the Cup Semi Final but were beaten by a strong Lismore side. The girls showed great character and team work but it wasn’t their day. Congratulations to all the girls on a fantastic season in the Abbeyside jersey.

Also pictured is the Scoil Mhuire Boys’ Hurling team who participated in the Western league over the last month. The boys had great victories over Scoil Gharbháin, Garranbane and St. Joseph’s before going down to Scoil na Leanaí in the semi final. The boys played very well showing great drive and determination and all at Scoil Mhuire are very proud of them Maith Sibh Buachaillí!  


The summer term has brought lots of tennis activity among the children. Classes have enjoyed the short walk to the Causeway tennis club to use the marvellous facilities there and to experience classes with Shelly.



Following our  team success in April these are images from the Scoil Mhuire Tennis team who qualified for the Munster Schools Final in Cork. Well done to all team members who were a credit to themselves, their families and their school. 


Table Tennis.

Sixth class boys and girls have been enjoying table tennis lessons with Mr O’ Dea and other teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Both beginners and improvers benefitted from these sessions which covered learning the rules of table tennis, practising and improving their technique, playing different opponents in their class and finally playing a competitive table tennis league. Fifth class were thrilled to be invited to view the semi finals and final which was held on May 29th.  Lily C and Jacob played the first of two exciting semi finals.  Three exciting games and Lily was the one to advance the finals. Next it was Lily B and Peter in the second semi final.  This was to be another semi final of a high standard and Peter was the one to qualify.

Spectators were treated to tense and exciting final where nobody could predict the winner until the final moments. In the end it was Peter who emerged victorious. Congratulations Peter and well done to Lily C, Lily B and Jacob on doing so well too.

West Waterford Primary School Sports.

It is with great delight that all primary schools learned of the return of the West Waterford Primary School Sports. A team of 52 athletes from Scoil Mhuire competed in the heats in St. Augustine’s on Thursday May 16th. We were very well represented in the sprints, relays and long distance races.

Scoil Mhuire had a strong team of qualifiers for the Western Final on May 30th.  Nineteen athletes donned the Scoil Mhuire singlet to proudly represent their school.  As usual West Waterford AC ran a highly organised event.  Our u8 girls relay finished 3rd. Well done Zerya, Sarah Jane, Gabija and Ciara. Our u10 girls ran a really strong race and recovered bravely from an unfortunate start finishing in 4th place.  Well ran Orla, Sinead, Laura E and Laura O’ N!   Our u11 boys relay romped home in first position thanks to the speed and style of Ronan, Alex, Lev and Jarlath.  Our u12 boys relay secured an impressive 3rd place picking up the pace on the last 2 legs. Well done to Tom, Jack, Hayden and Eoghan.  In the individual races Jarlath struck gold 3 times in his sprint, relay and long distance so he had a superb night. Orla, Laura O’ N, Tom, Katie Mai, Natalie and Fergus all ran very competitively in their individual races. Well done all!

Mr. Cliffe's Ipad work.

Mr Cliffe’s 3rd class have been busy becoming more familiar with how to use the school ipads this week. We have been working on a travel project where we learned how to budget for a holiday as well as how to search for information online using the ipads. 3rd class enjoyed working together to plan a trip and make boarding passes for their adventure.

Mary Walsh Memorial Quiz.

Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class children enjoyed a very successful Mary Walsh Quiz. This enjoyable occasion is a tribute to our wonderful former colleague Mrs. Mary Walsh RIP who promoted quizzing for all children at Scoil Mhuire during her time with us. Many thanks to Mrs. Mcgrath who provided great questions which included all areas of general knowledge, visual and music rounds. With over 250 children in the quiz who could have predicted 4 teams to finish in joint 1st place. A few exciting tie breaker rounds eventually separated the teams.

  Missing from photo in the 2nd place team is Lucy H.

First Class Local History.

Fourth Class Local History. The Story of The Moresby.

Sunflowers From Senior Infants.

Finger Gym in Ms. McCloskey's.