Computer programming/ Coding: Third to sixth classes logged onto www.hourofcode.org and looked at the different videos. We learned how to code using characters from Frozen, Minecraft, Star Wars, Flappy Birds and Angry Birds. We completed steps to make our games. It looks very like Scratch that we use in school. We used our imaginations to create our own games. There were lots of challenges along the way and we had to use our problem solving skills. We are delighted to received our certificates of completion for doing our hour of code.We think coding is fun and we hope to keep coding and making cool games. Some of us are learning to code in the Coderdojo in the Quad on Saturdays.
ACTIVE SCHOOL FLAG: YIPPEE! We received our second Active Flag in date until the end of 2018. Thank you to Ms. O'Connor, Ms. Kilcullen, Ms. Ní Dhonncha and Ms. O'Shea and of course all the children who are busy every day being active and encouraging others to be active also.
MANGAHIGH maths challenge: Scoil Mhuire have won the fai-to and beaten our latest challenge from a school in Italy. Fantastic work especially from Ellen Beisty, Ailbhe Donnellan and Caoimhe Leonard who where challenge winners. For more information click www.mangahigh.com/myschool/scoilmhuireroscomain Thank you to Ms. Crean for organising this. During Maths Week 2015 our school challenged Hunsberger Elementary school from the USA in a Fai-To. Our girls completed lots of challenges and won an array of bronze, silver and gold medals for the school. Our girls who won each round were: Aoife Mullarkey - who won two rounds, Etaine Moran, Thayane Alves and Lauren Burke. Congratulations to everyone who took part and helped our school win another virtual trophy. We have seven virtual trophies now and it is wonderful to girls from 2nd - 6th classes enjoying these fantastic maths games.
January 2016: We were delighted to be chosen to exhibit in the Young Scientists Exhibition. Come and see us in the RDS. To find out more, click here.
TRAD GROUPS scoop 1st and 2nd places in Scór na bPáist: Well done to all our children who participated in Scór na bPáistí. Thank you for entertaining us all with your wonderful music, reciting and dancing. Thank you to your teachers Ms. Morris, Ms. Mannion, Ms. Greene, Ms. McNeill and Ms. Rogerson.
DISCOVER PRIMARY SCIENCE AND MATHS AWARD of STEM EXCELLENCE for the 2014/15 academic year: We are delighted to achieve for the 5th time the Discover Primary Science and Maths award for STEM Excellence spanning a period of 10 years 2005 - 2015. It is fantastic to see all of the science, technology, engineering and maths work being carried out in the school with such enthusiasm. Thank you to Ms. Duignan for leading this project. The teachers and students put in a big effort to achieve this award and enjoyed taking part.
Student surveys: Below are two surveys that our 2nd - 6th class pupils are asked to fill in as part of our Green Schools project on Global Citizenship - Litter and Waste. The surveys will be done in school and form a baseline from which to begin our two year project. Global Awareness Survey Litter Survey
Scoil Mhuire receives the Digital School of Distinction 2014 Award: The award promotes and acknowledges best practice and use of ICT to deliver the best educational experience for pupils at primary level. A sincere thank you to Sandra Crean (mainstream teacher) who leads practice in ICT in the school and all staff for their hard work and eagerness to equip our children with the ICT skills they will require for the future. To find out more click here.
Scoil Mhuire Connacht champions 2014: Ghlac rang a cúig páirt i Féile Drámaíochta ar an Aoine in Indreabhán, Co na Gaillimhe agus táimid ana bhródúil astu. Bhí siad thar bharr agus tá áthas an domhain orainn go bhufil siad ag dul ar aghaidh go mBaile Átha Cliath leis an dráma Taibhsí Loch Léin. On the 28th February we featured on TG4 news. Thank you to Ms. Connaughton, Ms. Crehan and Ms. Dolan for putting trojan work into this project and achieving such a high standard.
STEAM SUBJECTS: Scoil Mhuire is focused on preparing students for the future and in so doing is striving to excel in the STEAM subjects - Science, Technology, English, Arts (creativity) and Mathematics. To learn more click here.
HOLLY KILROE, 1ST IN CONNACHT CROSS COUNTRY: Congratulations to all our pupils who participated in the Roscommon County Cross Country and Connacht events.Two teams represented Scoil Mhuire. The 5th/6th class team included Victoria Katarzynska, Clara Dunne, Emily Feeley, Sarah Hoare, Allanah Corcoran and Limani Tsatiashvilli. Holly Kilroe came 1st place in her event and Victoria Katarzynska 3rd. Zara Fallon was also placed in the top ten. Thank you to the team coach - Mary Burgoyne and all involved in this wonderful event.
CAMOGIE, June 2015: Congratulations to our Camogie team who played in the Cumann na mBunscoil A final. Although, they did not win the game, we are very proud of each and every one of them. Thank you to Ms. Mc Dermott and Ms. Connell for training the team and all others on staff and parents who help look after the team.
CONFIRMATION took place on Saturday May, 23rd, 2015. Our new Bishop Kevin Doran was welcomed warmly by all in our community. We extend our very best wishes to Bishop Kevin and our senior pupils as they start a new phase in their lives. With the Holy Spirit to guide them, may their dreams become a reality in the years ahead.
PRESENTATION of Certificate of Achievement to our School on Tuesday 12th May, 2015 for participation in an ICT Partnership Project . To find out what we did please click here.
ACTIVE SCHOOL WEEK 2015: The school was full of activity, joy, fun and laughter. A sincere thankyou to Ms. O' Connor, Ms. O'Shea, Ms. Ní Dhonncha, Mr. Mulkeen and Ms. Kilcullen for organising events. The senior side of the school took part in obstacle courses in our school yard. Some of the 5th and 6th classes took part in a Spikeball blitz run by Volleyball Ireland and the TY students from the convent. On Tuesday and Wednesday we had a massive bouncing castle in our school. It was a big hippo. Some of the teachers even went on for a bounce! On Wednesday the 6th class played the staff in unihoc, socccer, benchball and took part in relay races. The whole school came over to give their support. We let the staff win!! It was so funny to see all the staff getting active and some were a liiiiiiiitttttle competitive! On Thursday the whole school did Step it Up together. On Friday it was the Juniors' turn to do obstacle courses in the yard and the whole school did a dance with Mr. Morelli. Well done to everyone involved. Thank you to our coaches in school and from outside school who give their time every week to help keep us active - Gerry Morris in training football, David Dibble doing soccer, Mary Burgoyne helping with athletics, Michael Carroll for coaching camogie and hurling and Philip Murphy working on our golf skills. A special congratulations to Laura Crean for creating our slogan....."Don't Sit, Get Fit".
JUNIOR ENTREPRENEUR 2015: Our 5th/6th classes are participated in the Junior Entrepreneur Project. The programme aims to help children recognise enterprise and entrepreneurship and to foster an awareness and understanding of the entrepreneur's role in the community therefore empowering the child to start to think and act with the initiative, creativity, independence and ideas that are invaluable in the modern world. To find out more about the programme go to www.juniorentrepreneur.ie
COMMUNION 2015 took place on Saturday, May 9th. Congratulations to all our 2nd class pupils who joined the 2nd class boys in the Abbey NS to make thier First Communion. We ask God to look after them.
Science Week, November 2014: We wish to thank the many parents who came in during Science week to share their experience of Science every day with us - Padraig Harlow, Dr. Claire Quinn, Dr. Shams, David Fallon, John Killian, Sivanthy Gately, Fiona Healy, Padraic Gubbins and Frank Tiernan from Ericsson. The children learned how to make crystals using Copper Sulphate, they learned about static electricity, decompression and atmospheric pressure. Protecting our wildlife and learning about the local Red Grouse and Curlew was another theme. Frank Tiernan delivered an interesting presentation on how Science makes the world a smaller place. Thank you to Ms. Caitríona Duignan for leading Science weeek and all staff and pupils who got involved with such enthusiasm.
Maths Week, October 2014: Maths week was a great success in the school. Many classes participated in problem solving and Maths Trails. Our senior pupils visited Ericsson, Athlone and some of our teachers attended a workshop in Ericsson on Jump Maths - a Canadian Maths programme. Another group of teachers attended a workshop in Athlone Education Centre on integrating computer programming with mathematics - 'Scratch and Numeracy'. Thank you to Caroline Dolan for arranging activities for Maths week and to Ericsson for supporting and assisting teachers in their efforts to make Maths fun for the children and relevant to real life.
Computer Programming - new Coder Dojo class in Scratch: To download Scratch click here. On Friday 20th June, 2014 we held the final of six Computer Programming classes in the school for parents and children. Padraig Gubbins, a parent in the school shared his knowledge of Scratch with the group. Ms. Crean's third class have been using Scratch and have shared their knowledge with other classes. To download the first lesson please click here.
Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie and Gaelic, 2014: Congratulations to our Camogie team who won the County B final. Thank you to their coaches Deirdre Mc Dermott and Ann Connell. Our Gaelic team played in the county semi-final but were beaten by a stronger Cornafulla side. Tiocfaidh ár lá! Well done to our Gaelic team and their coaches Ms.Ní Dhonncha and Ms. Kilcullen. We are very proud of each and every one on the team and for all the hard work they have put in to representing our school over the year.
Our under 12 CHESS TEAM are the all-Ireland 2014 Community Games champions: Congratulations to Alisha Kerr, Dania Dail, Hannah Kerr, Emily Feeley, Jullya Rodrigues, Lisa Kennedy and Mikayla Martin. Thank you in particular to their coach Alastair Kerr (parent) with support from Mary-Clare Maher (teacher).
Congratulations to Keela Farnon (past-pupil) who has won an all-Ireland Community Games medal in the U14 Butterfly. Thomas Connolly was placed 4th in Art. Congratulations to all our pupils participating in the Community Games.
AWARD OF SCIENCE AND MATHS EXCELLENCE 2012-2013: Our hard work has paid off and our school has achieved a Discover Primary Science and Maths, Award of Science and Maths Excellence for 2012-2013. The standard of log books and the wide variety of science and maths work being carried out impressed the assessment panel. They noted that: "it was clear that teacher and pupils are using a wide range of resources and engaging in hands-on investigation in the classroom and beyond". A sincere thank you to Caitríona Duignan who co-ordinated the work and all the class teachers and children who contributed to the project. Scoil Mhuire achieved this award in 2005, 2006 and 2008 - 2009.
Scoil Mhuire through to the all-Ireland Féile Drámaíochta, 2014: Ghlac rang a cúig páirt i Féile Drámaíochta ar an Aoine in Indreabhán, Co na Gaillimhe agus táimid ana bhródúil astu. Bhí siad thar bharr agus tá áthas an domhain orainn go bhufil siad ag dul ar aghaidh go mBaile Átha Cliath leis an dráma Taibhsí Loch Léin. To find out more please click here. This is a copy of the TG4 news (28th February). We are in episode 2. To find our Dráma you need to watch the ads at the start of episode 1 and when the news starts, glide the slider to the end of this episode. We are at the start of the second episode following the ads. Instructions are complicated but the viewing is worth it!
Schol Mhuire through to Community Games Connacht final in Chess - congratulations!
Cor Fhéilie, Monday 7th April, 2014, Athlone: Well done to all our musicians who entertained the audience with their violins, flutes, whistles, accordions, Glockenspiel and percussion. Thank you to their teachers Ms. Morris and Ms. Casey. Than you to Stiofán Farrell for agreeing to join our group photo. Maith sibh go léír.
Engineers Week: I would like to thank our parents who organised activities for us during Engineers Week last month (9 – 15th February, 2014), in particular Niall Geraghty, Padraig and Jane Gubbins and John Killeen (uncle to Eadaoin Killeen). What a wonderful sight to see happy faces, totall absorbed in making creative structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2014 ON THE 26TH JANUARY - 2ND FEBRUARY: Thank you to all our Grandparents who visited our school on Grandparents Day on the 29th January. Over 75 grandparents joined us for a short prayer service and a cup of tea. 2nd-6th classes are celebrating Mass in the Sacred Heart church at 10.30am on Friday, 31st January.
Schools Gala in Leisureland, Galway 2013: Well done to all our children who swam so well recently- Aoibhe Kelly, Antonina Pliszka, Anastazya Pliszka and Hannah Farnon. Anastazya and Hannah qualified for the all-Ireland final. We are so proud of you all.
ATHLETICS 2013: Congratulations to our 3rd -6th class pupils who participated in the County Roscommon Primary Schools Girls' Cross Country. Well done each and every one of you. Our 3rd/4th class team were awarded 1st place overall and our 5th/6th class team were awarded 3rd place, with excellent individual performances: Wiktoria Katarzynska came 2nd, Michaela Martin 3rd and Limani Tsatiashvili 6th. With over a hundred athletes participting in each race, this was a wonderful achievement. The teams also ran very well in the Connacht final with Wiktoria being placed 8th in the Province. Thank you to Mrs. Burgoyne and Ms. Morris for training the athletes.
Christmas Concerts 2013: Thankyou to all the staff and children who entertained us in the recent Christmas concerts on Thursday, 12th and Tueday 17th December. You all worked so hard and we appreciate the effort each and everyone of you put in to ensuring an enjoyable night was had by all.
Visit to Convent Secondary School Science Lab: On Wednesday, November 13 we went to the Convent Secondary School to see a demonstration called “The Magic of Science”. We visited the science lab. Two science teachers showed us lots of different experiments; we also took part in a few. First they showed us how to make a volcano erupt using vinegar, baking soda, red food colouring and a make-shift volcano. Next we watched an experiment where the teacher made a hard boiled egg fit into a narrow opening bottle. We named the egg George, unfortunately it didn’t work. Petunia, our second attempt worked. After that we did the experiment about a fire proof balloon. To make the balloon fire proof, the teachers put a bit of water in one balloon and blew it up then put it over a Bunsen burner but it didn’t pop. After we went to look in microscopes and saw many things up close. Before that we learned how to make vinegar invisible. It was an amazing day for 6th class.
MATHS WEEK: THIS WEEK - October 12th - 20th October - Úna Feeley and Ms. Crean attended the Maths Fest Conference for Maths Teachers run by the Irish Maths Teachers Association in UCD on the 12th October, 2013. The conference featured lectures from international and Irish speakers including Professor Keith Devlin from Stanford University, one of the world's top maths presenters.
Students in Scoil Mhuire will be participating in some interesting workshops on mathematics in our own school. Ms. Caroline Dolan will be co-ordinating events. To find information on one of our projects titled Maths Eyes click here. Visit www.mathsweek.ie/2013/schools Another exciting event 2nd - 6th classes are involved in is Manga High. For mor information click www.mangahigh.com/myschool/scoilmhuireroscomain Thank you to Ms. Crean for organising this.
PolkaDot was performed in our school on Tuesday 15th October with a workshop being held by Myriad Dance. Here is a link to a You Tube page of Myriad Dance, which you may like to look at https://www.youtube.com/user/MyriadDance/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_index=0 Myriad is based at Wexford Arts Centre and is a key leader in contemporary dance development in the South East of Ireland. This was a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience contemporary dance. Since it was Maths Week we kept in mind 'shape', 'degrees', 'number' etc. when we observed these wonderful dancers.
INFORMATION BOOKLET 2013 - 2014 (To download please click here)
CAMOGIE and GAELIC teams: Both our Camogie and Gaelic teams reached the county finals. Unfortunately they lost both matches despite showing great skill, resilience and determination. We are very proud of each and every one of our girls. They played their hearts out. Thank you to our coaches, Ms. Connell, Ms. Mc Dermott, Ms. Kilcullen, Ms. Ní Dhonncha and Michael Carroll. Thank you also to all in Cumann na mBunsoil for the great work they do in organising such enjoyable events.
COMMUNITY GAMES CHESS: On 6th April, 2013 two teams from Scoil Mhuire represented County Roscommon in the Connacht final. We are very proud of our girls who won two games and lost one.
North Region DEBATING in Carrick-on-Shannon: Both our 6th class teams, Ms. Crehan and Ms. Henry's classes participated in an English debating competition in Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre. Well done to all who worked hard at their debating skills with one of our teams awarded runners-up in the final.
Roscommon CREDIT UNION QUIZ, January 2013: Congratulation to our girls who came 2nd place in the Credit Union quiz. The boys winning by one point outshone the girls on this occasion taking 1st and 3rd places.
LIBRARY QUIZ, 1st locally, 2nd at County level, November 26th, 2012: Well done to our students who were awarded 2nd place in the recent County Library Quiz, having come 1st in the local quiz. Thank you to Mary O' Mara and Aoife Campbell for preparing the girls for the quiz.
SCIENCE WEEK: Science Week ran from 11th - 18th November, 2012. This year's theme "Science Week 2012 - Everyday Experimenting" aims to show how all of us carry out daily experiments in our ordinary lives - sometimes without even realising it. The children in the school enjoyed preparing experiments and showing them to their school mates. Thank you to Caitríona Duignan for co-ordinating events.Our 2nd classes went to a show called "Animal Magic" in the Quad Centre. They saw many birds and animals including lizards, owls, a skunk and snakes. A sincere thank you to staff and students in Scoil Muire Gan Smál secondary school who organised fun activities for the children in Science. Our girls were very excited about all they learned.
MATHS COURSE FOR PARENTS: A Maths Class for parents started on Wednesday 7th November, 2012, 7.00p.m. - 9.00p.m. It continued for four Wednesdays - 14th, 21st and 28th November. Ms. Kate Crehan ran the class in her classroom. It was lots of fun with an emphasis on hands-on activities and games. Ms. Crehan has many years experience teaching and is delighted to share what she has learned with parents. The course aimed to help parents help their children with maths homework. MATHS IS ALL AROUND US AND MATHS IS FUN! It is important that children hear maths talked about in a positive way at home. Parents need to support us in developing positivie attitudes towards mathematics in our children.
SCÓR NA BPÁISTÍ, 2012: Congratulations to all thirty children who participated in Scór na bPáistí. Thank you to their teachers - Ms. Morris, Ms. Shaughnessy, Ms. Greene Ms. Campbell and parent Mary O' Mara. The quiz team, instrumental group and individual singers were awarded 2nd place and our dancing group came 1st. Well done everybody. We are so proud of you all.
MATHS WEEK: Maths Week ran from Monday 15th October to Monday 22nd October. The children were involved in many activities. Junior and Senior Infants explored Maths in Art through the use of shapes. 1st and 2nd classes worked together in groups to complete a Maths trail. 3rd and 4th classes acted as Maths Detectives and competed in a code cracking competition! 5th and 6th classes explored Maths Heroes of the past by researching and presenting projects on different Mathematicians. Spot competitions also took place and prizes were given throughout the week. Thank you to teachers Aoife Campbell and Róisín Carey who co-ordinated these events.
SCOIL MHUIRE WINS COUNTY ATHLETICS, 2012: Congratulations to our 3rd/4th class team who came 1st in the County. Well done also to our 5th/6th class team who came 3rd. Thank you to Mary Burgoyne (national coach) and Patricia Morris for training our athletes. Thank you also to Róisín Carey who accompanied the athletes.
MISSIONS 2011 - 2012: €879.81 was collected for this school year. Donations were made to Sr. Goretti Mc Gowan (€500); Gemma Earley going to Lesotto (€50); Carol Kiernan going to Zambia (€50); Irish Red Cross (€50); Ros/Mayo Hospice (€100); GOAL (€160); Global Schoolroom (€160); Apostolic Workers (€160). A total of €1,280 was donated over the 2011 - 2012 school year which included money left over from 2010 - 2011. The children sold €300 worth of Easter chicks.
BURSARY FOR THE GAELTACHT, 2012: Bursaries of €500 each have been offered to each of the primary schools in Roscommon by Cumann Gaelach. Niamh Dalton and Imani Tsatiashvili were awarded the bursaries in Scoil Mhuire following an interview process conducted by moltóirí Treasa Bn Uí Chearnaigh agus Bn. Uí Bhrádaigh. The bursary will pay towards a course in the Gaeltacht for the girls. Maith sibh a cailíní.
ATHLETICS: Two students Laura Hynes and Shannon Quigley are through to the All-Ireland Athletic finals. Both girls ran extremely well in the Connacht finals coming 5th in the U.12s and U.14s respectively. Well done girls.
BIKE WEEK 16th - 24th June and Action Day on Monday 25th June 2012: Children are encouraged to walk or cycle to school. Bicycles can be left in the main shelter. We had our Green Flag Action Day on Monday 25th June. The girls were taken on a 'bike tour' around Roscommon town with Tiernan Mc Clusker and Cycle Gárdaí and teachers. Children must wear helmets and high-visibility jackets. High-visibity jackets are available in the school office.
EASONS SPELLING BEE: Scoil Mhuire took part in the intial stages of the Easons Spelling Bee competition on Friday 10th February, 2012. After many rounds and plenty of superb spellers the final two contestants Aífe Feeley and Hira Imram made it through to the sudden death final. It looked like there would be no single winner as both spellers were tremdous but eventually Hira Imran took the prize. The next stage takes place on March 1st in St. Marys National School, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. For pictures of the event click here.
CONCERT in aid of VITA HOUSE: Our senior choir performed at this event. This was a wonderful experience for the girls and all proceeds went to Vita House Family Centre. The Army band also performed along with a soprano soloist from Trinity College, Dublin. Thank you to all who supported the event especially the teachers involved: Nicola Shaughnessy, Sandra Crean, Kate Crehan, Caroline Dolan and Aidín Ní Dhonnchadh.
VOLLEYBALL: Our Volleyball team played a number of games in Mullingar this week ending 9th February and are now through to the regional finals. Congratulations to all.
ROSCOMMON CREDIT UNION QUIZ: The county Roscommon quiz was held on Sunday 5th February. Our school teams were placed 2nd and 4th and 6th. Well done to all involved (Megan Farrell, Ava Giblin, Merissa Partabh, Ruth Mc Neill, Niamh Finnegan, Niamh Tully, Ella Mahon, Ruth Mc Dermott, Martha Jane Brennan, Alannah Healy, Emma Feeley, Rosie O' Mara, Bronagh Cassidy, Jane Horan, Rachel Nally, Ciara Ward) and a special thank you to Mary O' Mara, parent who worked with the teams every Monday afternoon.
SCIENCE WEEK, 14th - 18th November, 2011: Our pupils visited the science laboratories in our local secondary schools, where students shared their knowledge of science and ran some experiments. We thank local principals: Miriam Hunt, Josephine Connaughton and Frank Chambers for facilitating this. One of our own teachers, Ms. Ní Dhonncha disected cows' eyes for our pupils. A lot was learned by both students and teachers.Parents shared with our pupils how they use science and mathematics every day. Angie Duignan showed children how chemistry is used in photography. John Lennon, micro-biologist with Abbot Laboratories, gave a very interesting presentation titled "Having fun every day with Science". John O' Leary talked about how he uses Maths in his work and delivered a workshop on "Timber, Maths and a trick". Rachel Hardiman faciltated a workshop titled "The Music in our Minds: How music relates to Maths and Science". Mattie Ward showed children how Maths and Science is used by the ESB. Thank you to all our parents and teachers who helped to ensure Science week was action filled and fun. A special thank you to Caitríona Duignan, teacher, who co-ordinated events. If you want to find out more about science week click on www.scienceweek.ie
SCÓR NA BPÁISTÍ, 2011: Congratulations to all our children who participated in the county Scór na bPáistí and their teachers Aisling Greene, Patricia Morris and Nicola Shaughnessy. The children sang, danced, played instruments, tested their knowledge in the quiz and most important enjoyed themselves. Our instrumental groups were awarded 1st and 3rd places, our Ballad group 1st place, our solo singer Hazel Murray 3rd place and our dancers 3rd place. Ar fheabhas gach duine.
TG4 visit our school: On Wednesday 12th October, 2011, TG4 television visited our school and filmed some of our children and teachers. They were particularly interested in our dual language books, our new extension and our outdoor classroom which was funded by the Parents Association and Roscommon County Council. Thank you to Lorraine Connaughton, Patricia Morris, Sandra Crean and Olivia Ward for contributing to this special occasion. Go deimhin tá Scoil Mhuire lárnach i saol phobail Roscomáin. To connect with the youtube video clip that captures very quickly our TV debut click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6gw-Eu52MY
Tá go leor páístí sa scoil seo dá bhfuil dhá theanga acu. Tá taighde déanta ag Lorraine Connaughton, oide sa scoil ar dhátheangachas agus ar mhúineadh an dara teanga. Tá sé tábhachtach béim a chur ar an gcéad teanga chun an dara teanga a chur chun cinn. Clic anseo chun na buntáistí ag baint leis an tionscnamh a léigh.
ANGIE DUIGNAN, parent and past pupil has an art exhibition in the Museum of Childhood in London from October 15th, 2011 to February 5th 2012. See if you can recognise one of our pupils when you click here.Congratulations to Angie on such a wonderful achievement.
VISIT TO ARTS CENTRE, 2011: Our 1st to 4th classes visited our local Arts Centre during the week starting 17th October. All children had the opportunity to see a live peformance. We are very fortunate to have the Arts Centre within walking distance of the school.
COUNTY ATHLETICS, 2011:Congratulations to Shannon Quigley who came 2nd in the county cross-country competition and Saoirse Ward who came 4th. Well done to our 3rd and 4th class team who came third overall and qualified for the Connacht final. Our 5th and 6th class teams also did very well. Unfortunately Lauren England who was in the leading group fell just before the finish line. Well done Aoife Ward for coming to her aid and thank you Lauren for putting in such a fantastic effort. Well done to Mairéad Tully, Ciara Towey, Louise Featherstone, Helen Corcoran and Hazel Murray. Thank you to Mary Burgoyne (national coach) and Patricia Morris for training our athletes.
Blessing of the New Extension and CELEBRATION of MERCY DAY 2011: On Thursday evening 22nd September our school, including our new extension, was opened to the public. We were delighted that so many in our school community visited our school.
On Friday 23rd September, Mass was celebrated by Bishop Christopher Jones. Bishop Jones blessed our new extension and celebrated Mercy Day with us.
2011 FENCE PAINTING COMPLETE!: A sincere thank you to all parents who have helped sand,clean and paint the 200metre boundary railing over the summer holidays. What an achievement! Thank you to DULUX for providing over €2,000 worth of exterior paint for the school. The money saved will be used to improve play facilities for the children. A hurling wall is currrently being built on the school grounds. Michael O' Carroll, local GAA coach, first suggested building one early last year,as he had seen 'first-hand' the benefits of using such a wall to develop the ball skills of children from a very young age. People in our school community giving generously of their time, knowledge and expertise, no doubt, benefits all our children. If you have any suggestions or expertise please let us know.
LIBRARY QUIZ: Congratulations to our Quiz team: Niamh Tully, Rosie O' Meara, Bróna Cassidy, Emma Feeley and Niamh Finnegan who did very well in our local library Quiz which was held in the Quad centre. Thank you to parents Mary O' Meara and Stephanie Cuddy Cullen for working weekly with our quiz team. The help and support we get from parents is very much appreciated.
HEALTHY EATING WEEK 5th - 9th September: To view our 'Healthy Eating Policy' click here.
SPORTS DAY, Friday, June 17th, 2011: Thank you to Cathy O' Connor and the many parents who helped with activities. We could not have provided such a wide range of events for the children without the help we got from over 30 parents who led over 20 different activities. Fortunately we had a dry day and the sun shone. A real success!
COUNTY COMMUNITY GAMES, 2011: Congratulations to Hannah Staunton who received gold in the walking race, Shannon Quigley who received silver in the 100m and Lauren England who received Bronze in the 100m. Congratulations also to the Roscommon Gaels U-12 girls who won the county final in football. Ros Comáin Abú!
ARTS DAYS, 8th and 9th June,2011: Two wonderful days were had by all. Thank you to Ms. Kate Crehan and Ms. Joan O' Shea for organising events. The children took part in a wide range of activities including jewellery making, T-shirt decorating, samba drumming, baking, mask making, dancing, making ice-cream sundaes etc. Thank you to Verity Hill, Monica Monaghan Murray, Stephanie Cullen, Triona Mulryan and Bianca who gave so generously of their time and talent "free of charge". Thank you also to Kate Brennan, Mary-Clare Maher, Pauline Hanily, Ann Connell, Sandra Crean, Ann-Marie Sirr, Amy Mc Aleer and Nicola Shaughnessy, staff members, who put a lot of time and effort into organising activities for the children and did it so cheefully.
On Monday 9th MAY, 2011 at 12.00p.m. Scoil Mhuire RAISED THREE FLAGS : Thank you to all parents who attended. Mr. Frank Dawson, County Manager was guest of honour. The Active School Flag programme was launched by the Department of Education and Skills in 2009. It is a non-competitive initiative which recognises schools that provide quality Physical Education and co-curricular physical activity and sports programmes for students. Scoil Mhuire is the second school in County Roscommon to be awarded the flag (2010-2013) and one of the first 20 schools in Ireland to hold the flag. Cornafulla N.S., Athlone, was awarded the flag in 2009.
Scoil Mhuire also raised its 6th Green Flag and 1st Home Flag. Currently Scoil Mhuire is participating in the Travel and Transport module. This involves encouraging children to walk to school on Wednesdays.
SWIMMING SUCCESS: Over the past school year Tara Dolan and Jenni Kilduff have achieved all of their "A" times in swimming. They have taken part in county and connacht competitions over the year having achieved "personal bests" each time. Both girls are now through to the All-Ireland community games in August. Keela and Hannah Farnon, Alexia Greco and Jade Gallagher joined Coman's Swimming club this year and will be taking part in galas from September. Well done to all girls.
WOW DAY: Walk(W) On (O) Wednesday (W) day! We would like, if you are able to do so, to join us as we walk to school on Wednesdays. We will meet at 8.55a.m. in Tesco and Stonepark car parks. The Gárda Síochána are supporting this event.
FLEADH 2011, ELPHIN: We are very proud of all our children who participated in the Fleadh. A big thank you to Patricia Morris and Nicola Shaughnessy for all the work they do in promoting music in the school. The following were our prize winners: Instrumental Trio 1st place - Ava Giblin, Isobelle Cullen, Bróna Cassidy; Singing 3rd place - Sinéad Kelly, Bróna Cassidy; Violin U.12, 1st place - Annie Mc Nally; Accordion U.12, 3rd place - Aífe Feeley; Flute U.12, 1st place - Rachel Corcoran; Concertina U.12, 3rd place- Leonie Mc Namara; Violin U.10, 3rd place - Mary Elizabeth Connolly; Piano Accordion u.12, 1st place - Sinéad Kelly, 3rd place - Rachel Tarmey.
EASTER PARADE, 2011: Well done to all who participated in the Easter Parade. A big thank you to all our parents who walked with the children. Thank you to Ms. Morris for leading the school band and preparing the children for the event. Thank you to Ms. Ward and the Parents Association committee for spearheading the project. A special than you to the King family for the "walking bus" which added colour and humour to our entry.
CONFIRMATION and COMMUNION 2011:Congratulations to all our 2nd and 6th class pupils who celebrated their First Communion and Confirmation recently. Congratulations to the choir for singing so beautifully under the stewardship of Ms. Shaughnessy. We ask God to be with all our familes as they celebrate these important events.
VOLLEYBALL, 2011, : Our Volleyball team got through to the All-Ireland final having beaten teams from Cavan, Longford, Westmeath, Galway, Mayo and Donegal. Unfortunately, at the final itself they were beaten. Congratulations to all involved and to Ms. Ní Dhonncha for training the teams.
RUNNING: Congratulations to Shannon Quigley and Laura Hynes who will both represent county Roscommon in the Connacht school championsips.
ROAD SAFETY POSTER COMPETITION: This competition was run in association with the Gárda Síochána and Roscommmon County Council. School winners were 1st: Chloe Mannion, 2nd: Rayan Mezhidova, 3rd: Martyna Gut. The overall prize winner in the Roscommon district was 1st: Chloe Mannion. Congratulations to all who took part.
PAST-PUPILS, PARENTS and PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE HELPED US: We would like to thank the following people in our community who have shared their experience and knowledge with us since September 2010 in History, Geography and Social Personal and Health Education: Mary Scott, Cathal O' Dowd, Eileen Mulry, David Fallon, Eilis Dunne, Alsatair Kerr, Robbie Dolan, Gárda John Connor, Gárda Colette Hughes and Seargeant Paul Mc Dermott. Go raibh a míle maith agaibh.
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES OF READING, MATHS and SCIENCE, 2011: Scoil Mhuire has been invited to be one of the schools representing Ireland in PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) and TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). The studies involve pupils in over 70 countries. This is the first time since 1995 that Ireland will take part in a major international study of achievement at primary level. As well as tests of reading, maths and science, there are questionnaires for participating pupils, their parents, class teachers, and principals. We look forward to finding out how our students are doing in comparison to students of the same age in 70 other countries.
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE held on Wednesday 15th December, 2010: Thank you to all parents who attended. Your children were fantastic and an enjoyable hour of entertainment was had by all. Thank you to all parents who donated spot prizes for the raffle and bought tickets. In total we raised €1,197.29. Thank you to the Parents Association committee who sold tickets and as always were there to help out in any way they could. Go raibh a míle maith agaibh Ms. Shaughnessy agus Ms. Morris.
BOOK FAIR, 2010: We had a very successful book fair with cash sales totalling €1,941.68. We get €1,165.00 discount on this amount to spend on books for the children to use in school. Thank you to all parents who bought books at the fair. Sincere thanks to Caitríona Duignan who organised this event.
Review of HEALTH AND SAFETY STATEMENT, 2010: In order to ensure the safety of the children we have reviewed our Health and Safety Policy. School starts at 9.15a.m. From 9.25a.m. the doors will be locked and all parents and visitors will only be allowed in the entrance door near the main office (reception area) which is signposted. I know this may cause some inconvenience for people parking in the church car park but we have to ensure that we know who is in our school and who is on all corridors as our school building covers a very large area.
On wet mornings it is not necessary for parents to accompany children to the hall as staff and senior pupils will be available to do so.
VOLLEYBALL BLITZ, 2010: On Friday 19th November our 5th/6th classes took part in a Volleyball/Spikeball blitz in the secondary school gym. All had a wonderful time.
BASKETBALL BLITZ, 2010: On Sunday 14th November our Basketball teams travelled to Boyle to take part in a Basketball blitz. Thankyou to all parents who gave children a lift to Boyle. Thankyou to Aidín Ní Dhonnchadha for all she does in promoting Basketball and Volleyball in the school.
SCÓR NA BPÁÍSTÍ, 2010: On Saturday 23rd October, children in Scoil Mhuire performed in Scór na bPáistí. Our traditional instrumental group came 1st, the Figure Dancing group 2nd and the Ballad Group 2nd. The overall standard was very high and this was a wonderful opportunity to see the local talent in the county. A most enjoyable night was had by all. A big thank you to Ms. Morris, Ms. Shaughnessy, Ms. Greene, Ms. Murray and Ms. Ward.
MATHS WEEK: October 9th - 16th, 2010. Our children were asked to design a bookmark explaining the RUDE (Read, Underline, Draw and Explain) method of solving a Maths Problem. To see the winning entries click here. Thankyou to Caroline Gannon for all the work she does in promoting Mathematics in Scoil Mhuire.
ELECTRO MAGNETIC ENGINEERING SHOW, 2010: Our senior pupils visited Carrick-on-Shannon on the 20th October to view this show. The interactive demonstrations highlighted the importance and relevance of science and engineering in daily life. The fast paced show cleverly weaves the story of magnetism with that of electricity and covers many important engineering concepts in a way that is appropriate to primary school pupils - Sound, Magnetism, Electricity and Forces are covered.
ATHLETICS, 2010: Our 5th and 6th class team came 2nd in the County Championships and our 3rd and 4th class team came 3rd. Shannon Quigley came 3rd out of 126 runners and Laura Hynes came 5th. Congratulations to all and thank you to Mary Burgoyne and Shane Curley for training the teams. Good luck in the Connacht Championships.
SOCIAL INCLUSION WEEK 18TH - 22ND OCTOBER: 2010 is the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Our 2nd and 3rd classes attended a Book Reading by Danielle Allison, in the county library to celebrate Social Inclusion week which they really enjoyed.
Green Homes Project : Thank you to all families who took part in the Green Home Project. We were delighted to be invited to a National Award ceremony that took place on Wednesday 2nd June. The Green Home and Green Schools renewal Flags were presented at the ceremony in Croke Park Conference Centre Croke Park Stadium, Dublin 3. Thank you to all our children on the Green Schools committee and particularly our teachers Ms. Olivia Ward and Ms. Caitríona Duignan. Ms. Patricia Morris, Ms. Olivia Ward, Louise Mc Conn and Michelle Hanly attended the event. To see picture of our girls receiving the award click here.
GAELIC, 2010: Congratulations to our Gaelic team who reached the county final but were unfortunately beaten by Cornafulla N.S., Athlone having beaten Boyle N.S. in the semi-final. The strong Clan na Gael contingent in the Cornafulla team proved too strong for us. However, our girls played their hearts out and we were all very proud of them. Scoil Mhuire abú! A big thank you to their teacher Ms. Louise Kilcullen.
CAMOGIE, 2010: Congratulations to our Camogie team who got through to the County A-final. In the final they played against Fuerty N.S. who were the better team on the day. We were very proud of our girls who fought hard to the last whistle. This is the first year Scoil Mhuire was in the A-final having for the last couple of years been in the B-final. A big thank you to their teacher Ms. Fiona Murray.
CYCLE TO SCHOOL 25TH JUNE, 2010: Over 120 children, staff and parents cycled to school on Friday. It was fantastic. Thank you to Noel Feeley: Sports Partnership and parents for organising this event. We look forward to seeing lots of bikes in school again on Friday. We ask or parents to remind our children of the rules of the road and join in the fun if you can.
EUROPEAN FAMILY PICNIC DAY was on the 19th June, 2010. Thank you to all our parents who turned up for Family Fun Day. What a turn out! Over 900 tickets were given to families. The Parents Association, as always, came up trumps, providing tea/coffee/refreshments, supervising the bouncing castle, setting up activities and tidying up afterwards. Thank you to Dolan Foods who charged only €1 for all ice-creams and donated the profit from the ice-cream to the school. It was wonderful to see grandparents, Mums, Dads and chidlren having such a wonderful time together. Time like this spent with our families costs nothing but is very precious. I also want to thank Funky Faces, Transition Year pupils who provided face painting, dancing and of course their very own Bubbles the Clown.
Transfer of the Trusteeship of Scoil Mhuire Convent Primary to the Diocese of Elphin took place on June 1st 2010. Fr. Eugene Mc Loughlin, chairperson of the Board of Management led a prayer service in the school to mark the occasion. To read more click here.
Write-A-Poem 2010: Katie Dolan from Ms. Fallon's 4th class, the overall winner from Scoil Mhuire, will have her poem published in a limited edition poetry book . Maith thú Katie. Congratulations also to the following students/young poets who will be awarded medals by Athlone Education Centre Laura Crean (1st class), Amy Mc Neill (2nd class), Emma Feeley, Kate Butt (3rd class), Aife Feeley, Hollie Foley, Lisa Mullen, Katie Dolan (4th class), Genevieve Harlow (5th class), Kayla Dibble and Aoife Garvey (6th class).
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROSIE O' MEARA WHO CAME 1ST AND HANNAH STAUNTON WHO CAME 3RD IN THE COUNTY COMMUNITY GAMES HANDWRITING COMPETITION, 2010. Both girls will be presented with their medals at the County Athletics Final on the 6th June in Ballyleague.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. O' SHEA WHO WON JIGS AND REELS, 2010. We are all very proud of her.
CAKE SALE HUGE SUCCESS, 2010: A sincere thank you to all our parents. Staff were overwhelmed by your generosity. There was a great buzz and that was down to the good will of so many. The proceeds of €2,340 will be divided equally among two very good causes. Ms. Patricia Morris, 2nd class teacher is visiting India this summer to train young teachers as part of a Global Schoolroom project. Ms. Joan O' Shea, Infant teacher danced for the Brothers of Charity, Roscommon. Church Gate Collection: A big thank you to our parents who helped with the Church Gate collection which took place on May 1st/2nd. €1,255.80 was collected.
Life on the Ice, 2010: On Monday 22nd March "Educate Me" visited our school to give the children an interactive educational experience of "Life on the Ice". Through exploration and adventure, the children were brought on a journey to the Antarctic Wilderness and discovered the history and nature of the world’s coldest and driest continent.
Connacht Golf School Championships, 2010: Congratulations to Róisín, Aoife and Alicia who represented our school on the 22nd March and played so well.
Bursary for the Gaeltacht, 2010: A €500 bursary has bee offered to each of the three primary schools in Roscommon by Cumann Gaelach. Aoife and Ciara Garvey were awarded the bursary in Scoil Mhuire following an interview process 'as gaeilge'. This bursary will pay towards a course in the Gaeltact for the girls. Maith sibh a cailíní.
Light Exhibition in our local Art Centre, 2010: To find out what Ms. Gannon's 6th Class pupils thought of this exhibition click here.
Fleadh Contae Ros Comáin, 2010: Congratulations to all our children who participated in the Fleadh on Easter Monday. Our set dancing group came 1st in the Under 12 competition. Thank you to Ms. Aisling Greene. Our two grúpa ceoil took 1st and 2nd places. Our School Band also played very well in the Easter Parade. Thank you to their teachers Ms. Patricia Morris, Ms. Nicola Shaughnessy and Ms. Fiona Murray. Thank you to all our parents who supported these activities.
THE CLASSICAL CONNECTION EVENING RECITAL CONCERT, SUNDAY 14TH MARCH, 2010 was held in the Church Of Ireland, Roscommon. A big thank you to all who bought tickets. A special thank you to Seán Hanily, a past pupil in the school who played the organ so expertly on the night. We are very proud of Seán who is currently studying music in Trinity College, Dublin. Seán's mother Pauline is a Special Needs Assistant in our school.
COICÍS NA GAEILGE, 2010: Scoil Mhuire had a very exciting list of activies for Coicís na Gaeilge. The week was launched on the night of the Féile Drámaíochta on March 4th. Five plays were staged, four from Scoil Mhuire and one from Ballybay N.S.. All performances were 'ar fheabhas'. Some of our actors and actresses will be travelling to the Connaught final in Castlebar's LInen Hall Theate beginning on Tuesday March 9th, some will be on stage and some in the audience. Second classes performed Píobaire Hamelin, fifth class Luaithrín, 5th and 6th class Rumplestiltskin and 6th class Codladh Céad Bliain. For information on other events running during Coicís na Gaeilge click here.
MISSIONS/HAITI: Thank you to all our families who supported the evening of cookery with Frank Moynihan on Tuesday 9th March to raise funds for Haiti. Since January 2010, €1,274 has been raised by families in Scoil Mhuire for Haiti. Thank you to all our families who have encouraged our children, to give so generously. Children in Scoil Mhuire have helped many charities giving over €20,000 over the last decade to Kenya, Rwanda, Kosovo, Zambia, Apostolic Work, Hospice, Haiti etc. Our children have also given some of their pocket money to the Special Olympics and every week our stock of used stamps is growing.Thank you to Ms. Patricia Morris who encourages our staff and children to think of others who have a lot less than we do.
COMPETITION, 2009: A Child's Perspective on Roscommon during the 'Cold Spell'. Congratulations to the Henderson, Kennedy, Kilmartin and Mc Conn families who have won a family ticket for Roscommon Bowling.
Remembering Philo' concert in Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday, 15th January, 2009. Our school band played , the Abbey N.S. boys' choir sang and they were all great. We had a fantastic night listening to many rock bands and individual singers. What wonderful talent we have in Roscommon! What a fantastic auditorium to have on our doorstep - 'Roscommon Arts Centre'. The concert was a celebration of the life and music of Phil Lynott. Artists included: Blaze, Ed Garland, Frantik, Kerrie Doyle, Dessie's Revenge, N'Deed, Solarus, and others.
Christmas Concert, 2009: The recent two nights of Christmas Concerts were a tremendous success with over three hundred children taking part. There was a wide variety of entertainment with the Christmas story told in many different ways from 'The Upsy Daisy angel' to 'The Sleepy Shepherd' to 'The Bossy King' There were other plays too including a very original 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and the heart wrenching story of 'The Little Princess' The stage in the school hall was also take over by a seanchai - a group of horrible looking witches, none other than St. Patrick himself and many others. The school band, ballad group, Irish dancers and the Hallelujah choir also filled the hall with wonderful sounds of music and tapping feet. The first classes and Speech and Language class also presented a beautiful range of songs and carols. At one stage 'Alass in Blunderland' appeared giving everyone a totally new slant on our well known fairy tales. Parents were most generous in their sponsorship of spot prizes for raffles on both nights and also taking the children in the school band to Cloverhill nursing Home and the Sacred Heart Hospital where the children entertained and were entertained by the residents. The children also took part in the annual Sacred Heart Church Carol Service and parents organised a very successful fundraising carol singing marathon on Friday. Sincerethanks to all involved and especially our supporters. A very Happy Christmas and New Year from our whole school community.
Carol Singing, 2009: Thanks to the Parents Association committee and all our parents who took part in the Carol singing in Roscommon on Friday 18th December. All money collected goes to providing activities for the children in Scoil Mhuire.
SWINE FLU: Click here for HSE information for Parents Poster Scoil Mhuire has followed advice from the HSE and Department of Education. Please teach your children to cover their mouths and noses with a paper tissue when coughing or sneezing, to use a tissue only once and dispose of it in a bin and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water. Please put a pack of tissues in your child's bag every day. CHILDREN WHO ARE SICK SHOULD ALWAYS STAY AT HOME FROM SCHOOL.
Science Week, 9th - 13th November, 2009: Who will be the first ten families to complete our Green Schools Water Wise Challenge ? click here: What is a Water Butt, a Hippo Bag and a Water Footprint? If you haven't taken part in previous challenges PLEASE START NOW by downloading the booklet. It is important that our children learn to conserve water to ensure a continuing water supply into the future. Look at the website What Are You Doing With Water http://www.niwater.com/education/ which is short listed for the Spider Website Awards 2009.
Scór na bPáístí, 2009: Our children took part in Scór in Taughmaconnell on the 6th and 7th November. Although our children were very young, compared to many of the other participants we were very proud of them all. Our dancing team got through to the next round in Ballyleague Hall on the 27th November. On Saturday 14th October our children took part in Scór na bPáístí. Our set dancing teams got 1st and 3rd places, our two Grúpa Ceoil groups got 2nd and 3rd and our Ballad group 2nd place. Hazel in 2nd class got 3rd place in individual singing. Congratulations to all our children involved and a big go raibh míle maith agaibh to their teachers Ms. Morris, Ms. Greene, Ms. Shaughnessy and Ms. Murray.
Maths Week: Maths week ran from the 12th - 19th October, 2009. Congratulations to the O'Leary family, John, Tina and Ava who were the first to solve our problem detailed below and win a family ticket to the cinema in Athlone. Their 3D solution is on view in the school. For information on what we do in our school in Mathematics click here. A problem for families to solve: Roscommon County Council has decided to construct a street light in a small triangular park so that the street light illuminates the whole park. Where should the street light be placed? For the answer click here.
Congratulations to our ATHLETICS team: On October 1st, 2009, our 5th/6th team took silver in the county schools athletics competition. Creagh N.S., Ballinasloe took gold. Congratulations to Róisín Timothy who came 3rd and Lauren England who came 10th. 120 runners approximately took part in the race. Our 3rd/4th team got 3rd place. Ms. Mary Burgoyne, our caretaker is a National Athletics coach and Raonaid Carney one of our teachers helped train the girls. For a list of our winning teams who will be going to the Connacht Schools Finals in Sligo on the 23rd October click here. Both Róisín and Lauren are now on the Connacht team representing County Roscommon.Maith sibh!
CONNACHT FLEADH Go raibh maith agat to Ms. Greene for all the work she put into preparing our Set Dancers who got 2nd place in the Connacht Fleadh (July 2009) and Ms. Morris and Ms. Shaughnessy for preparing our Grúpa Ceoil who performed so well. We are very proud of you all.
Are we encouraging creativity in our schools? Numeracy and Literacy are very important but so is creativity. The challenge for the next decade is to get the balance right. For some interesting insight visit Sir Ken Robinson's lecture on You Tube on creativity. It may put a smile on your face! www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY
EUROPEAN FAMILY FUN DAY:CELEBRATING BEING EUROPEAN on SATURDAY 20TH JUNE, 2009 The day stayed dry and a wonderful day was had by all. Thank you to the Parents' Association who did such a wonderful job. We really appreciate the number of families who turned up for the event. We estimate that there were over 700 adults and children at the event. We also thank Department of Foreign Affairs for giving us €2,000 to fund this event. For photos of the event click here.
PROMOTING POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR:
Jenny Mosley visited our school to teach us how to ensure Scoil Mhuire is a happy place for everyone. Mrs. Feeley, Ms. Sirr, Jenny Mosely and Ms. Mannion
OUR TRIP TO POLAND, Monday 25th May - Sunday 31st May, 2009. To read a day to day account of what we did in Poland click here. Wroclaw is an excellent example of a multicultural metropolis situated at the interface of etnically diverse areas. For a greater part of the city's history, German was the dominant language in Wroclaw. Multiculturalism again left a very deep impression on the city's character after the Second World War. when the city's German population was largely replaced by people arriving from various regions of Poland, including those resettled from the eastern provinces of Poland taken over by the Soviet Union. The city's catchphrase is: Wroclaw - the meeting point.
In June 2009 two awards were introduced to the school in recognition of Good Attendance. The Satish Perpetual Trophy Family Award : Lokesh Satish was a pupil in our school from 2006 - 2009. His father Satish spoke to Mrs. Feeley, principal about schools in India that award the family when their children are good attendees.Satish said he would like to sponsor such an award for a family in Scoil Mhuire. In June 2009, the Zia family - Ghadaq (2nd class), Nihaal (Senior Infants) and Shaheer (Junior Infants) were presented with the award as Nihaal and Shaheer were in school every day since September 1st 2008 and Ghadaq had only missed 2 days. Congratulations to the Zia family.
The best Individual Attendance award was presented to Louise Mc Conn who has not missed a day of school since she was in Junior Infants. Louise has just completed 5th class.
RAISING MONEY FOR THE MISSIONS: During the school year 2008 - 2009 we collected €2,353.00 for the missions. Groups that benefited from our generosity include the Miracle Tree Campaign, Sr. Goretti Mc Gowan, Gach Duine, Apostoloic Workers, Fr. Garry Jenkins, Liberia and Trócaire. We also collected a large bag of stamps. Thank you students for your kindness.
Open Evening and Multi Cultural display in Scoil Mhuire Photos click here There was a very definite buzz around the school premises on Thursday evening last as a large number of parents and pupils, prospective parents and pupils, grandparents and friends gathered in the school to view the art work on display and also get a flavour of the many cultures that are now part and parcel of every day life in Scoil Mhuire. Every child in the school had a piece of art to display and the array of colours and designs would be hard matched even in the Louvre. The corridors were lined with stalls showing the crafts, clothing and other aspects of various cultures. The aromas of Brazilian, Indian, Chechnyan, Italian, English, Sudanese, Polish and Irish foods filled every corner as visitors sampled dishes they had never tasted before. For more information click here.
Gaelic Football, 2009: (click here for all sports photos)
Our Gaelic team beat Strokestown N.S. and so got through to the county semi-final where they played a very strong Boyle N.S. team and lost. You win some, you lose some. Well done to all and thank you especially to Ms. Kilcullen, Ms. O' Connor and Ms. Connell.
SCIENCE DAY (click here for photos): Wednesday 10th June, 2009
We had a most enjoyable evening of Science. Thank you to all the parents who attended and to Ms. Caitríóna Duignan for organising this event.
COMMUNITY GAMES, COUNTY FINALS, 2009: Congratulations to Lauren England, Jaya Duignan, Caoimhe Duke, Laura Hynes, Shannon Quigley, Nicole Dolan, Hannah Staunton and Emily Comiskey who all won either Gold or Silver medals in the recent Commuity Games county finals. Well done girls! Congratulations also to Jenny Kilduff who has achieved so much in swimming at county and Connacht levels recently. Jenny has won gold and silver at the Connacht graded gala and silver and bronze in the county Community games.
The SPECIAL OLYMPICS TORCH VISITED OUR SCHOOL ON THURSDAY 3rd JUNE, 2009 AT 11.45a.m. Every day we celebrate difference in our school and our abilities. Our school is a rainbow of children from different nationalities, different abilities, different talents, different personalities and different gifts. We thank God every day for all our children - each and every child is a gift to us all. Parents who are able to attend are very welcome. For more information click here.
We have divided our yard into play zones. Our 6th class girls help us play and make sure we have the equipment we need. Thank you to Ms. Greene who organised the play areas for us.