Friends for Life

The ‘FRIENDS for Life’ programme is a school-based positive health and wellness programme.  Through participating, children develop their emotional intelligence, and learn invaluable skfriendsills to enable them to cope with the many demands of 21st Century life. Friends for Life improves social skills, ability to focus, confidence, communication skills, and the ability to relax and regulate emotions. It is proven to reduce anxiety and give children the tools they need to cope in stressful and challenging situations.

We ran this programme with a few classes last year and the feedback from the children and their parents has been extremely positive. This term we are starting with our Fifth Classes and the children in the Reading Classes. In order for the children to really benefit and get the best from the programme, it is essential that it is encouraged and supported by the family.  To read more click StOPS – Friends for Life.

To find out how you can support your child, we are inviting the parents of these classes to come to an information session in the school hall on Fri morning, Sept 11, at 9.15am.

Further information on the programme is on HSE website. Just follow link – Friends

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Great Excitement on First Day

IMG_0989Welcome back everybody.  Biggest welcome to our new Junior Infants.  They were in early this morning chomping at the bit and they lost no time settling into school.  A great welcome also to pupils joining the school in other classes.  We hope your time withIMG_0958 us will be enjoyable and productive.

Everybody settled in very quickly and by 9.30 it was like as if we had never been away.  Well done everybody and good luck in the year ahead.  There will be lots to do and lots to learn.  For more pictures click here.

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First Holy Communion Day

(197)First Holy Communion is always a special day in St. Oliver Plunkett School, and this year was no exception.  The beautiful day added to the sense of occasion as the Girls and boys met Jesus, their friend, in a very special way.

The children were so well prepared, everything was perfect on the day.1a  The readers, singers and the choir were magnificent.  One Grandparent said it was like being in heaven, seeing and listening to the angels.  Well done to all involved and our thanks to the school Team and the Parish Team who worked so hard to ensure it will be a day to remember for many years to come.

All the pictures from the day can be seen here

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Comenius visitors arrive in Ollies

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We are delighted to welcome our Comenius visitors to our school this morning. There is a great buzz of excitement around as we welcome teachers and pupils from schools in France, Wales, Denmark and Sweden.

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The Comenius Programme is a European Union educational project. It concerns school-level education, and is part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Prgramme. It aims “to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values”.

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The goal of the program is to have participation of more than three million students and teachers in international activities, thus improving mobility of students and teachers in the EU. We are delighted to welcome all the adults and boys and girls into our school and we look forward to showing them all about Ireland, Dublin and Malahide.

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‘Ollies girls’ triumph in Listowel

Seven ‘Ollies’ girls played on a Malahide club team in an invitational tournament in Listowel last week.
IMG-20150413-WA0000They played really well and won the plate competition, beating teams from Offaly and Limerick as well as three Kerry teams.
Their names are Amy Farrell, Allie McSwiggan, Dearbhla Reid, Elouise Goodman, Mia Symes, Maia Kuzman, and Molly Quinn.
Mia was also named MVP (most valuable player).
We are really proud of all the girls.
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