October Newsletter 2023

Scoil Mhuire Athletics.

 

  Scoil Mhuire attended a very enjoyable and sociable event in St. Augustines grounds on Friday October 6th. Hosted by West Waterford AC the J.B. White Schools Cross Country event welcomed almost 500 children, 110 of those being from Scoil Mhuire.  There was great energy and excitement at the start line. This was the first time for many to represent their school at a sporting event.  It was a wonderful opportunity for participation and Scoil Mhuire won several individual and team prizes.  Well done all!

Gaelic Football.

                      

 This month the boys’ and girls’ football teams have been training hard for the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol leagues. Ms Weldon, Ms Lake, Mr Crotty and Mr O’ Dea have been busy coaching our teams of skilled players. Everyone is thrilled to be competing on behalf of Scoil Mhuire.  The players and coaches went to Abbeyside GAA pitch to play our neighbouring schools. The standard of football was high and the children were thrilled to report a successful day. This performance qualified both boys and girls for a semi final v Ballymacarbry NS to be played in Colligan. Although our girls played very well they were defeated by a strong and competitive Ballymac team. Well done girls!     The boys were winners on the day and went through to the schools final v Lismore. All teachers are delighted to report a marked improvement in the playing skills of children this year. 

   The Scoil Mhuire Boys had now achieved a high honour, a place in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol  Western A Football final. This was played on Thursday October 26th in Ballinameela. After a great game they lost out narrowly to Lismore on a scoreline of 1:10 to 1:07.  Maith sibh buachaillí.

Spooky Times in Senior Infants.

Our Senior Infant Classrooms have been a hive of business with lots of novel and entertaining activities.

Halloween brought reported sightings of mummies in some classrooms. Scoil Mhuire hired a team of archeologists to investigate the matter.  Many squeals of laughter later and the mummies had identified themselves as our very own senior infants !  Our only advice to parents is “Probably wise to hide the toilet paper!” 

 Pupils have been mixing and making potions in the “Witch’s Kitchen” in an attempt to see if some magic was to be made or any spells could be cast.     Budding engineers were planning, designing and making their own rockets just in time for Space Week. 

  The Classic Favourite “Little Red Hen” was brought to life by the boys and girls in senior infants. Our photos show a richness of imaginative play, socialising and language development.

 All this was fun was finished off with some delicious chocolate apples.  Yum!

Maths Week.

Maths week provided an opportunity for children to try some novel maths experiences in the classroom and the school playground.  Children were thrilled to try some maths trails in the yard and some interesting challenges in the classroom. 6th class girls were eager to visit the Ard Scoil and sample some further challenges.  Ms Looby’s 6th class got creative and designed their own maths games to enjoy among themselves and to showcase other classes.

M and M Productions.

The pupils of Scoil Mhuire enjoyed a spectacular performance of Cinderella in the school hall recently.  The professional acting, impressive set, funny script and entertaining music ensured that there was something for everyone.  There is really nothing like a live show to give everybody and taste for theatre.

Life in Junior Infants.

Our junior Infants have been enjoying a rich variety of activities during aistear.  Who wouldn’t love Halloween aistear with the sandbox, pumpkin collage, potion station and junk art? The children really enjoyed designing their own broomsticks. We will check in on their antics again in the next newsletter.