We had a great day at the annual Bunanza in our school. There was great fun and excitement around on Tuesday morning as each of the classes made their way to the hall to buy cakes, see the magnificent competition cakes and enjoy what is always one of the most anticipated days of the year. There was a ‘stream of kids and parents’ up Grove road this morning with all the wonderful creations. Thanks so much to all the teachers and families for all their help and support with this fundraising day for the school. More later on what has been a super day so far!
An Taisce are inviting schools to take part in the Big Travel Challenge by promoting a sustainable mode of transport of our choice for the month of February. Schools are invited to take on the challenge of achieving a measurable increase in one mode of travel for a period of 15 school days for the month. We have decided to concentrate on “Walking All the Way” . This challenge starts TOMORROW on our WOW day and will continue until 26th February. This morning was exceptionally cold so wrap up well! The number of children walking all the way to school will be logged daily and sent into An Taisce at the end of the challenge by our Green team. Children in the senior school have been made aware of this challenge and are enthusiastic about committing to it with support from their parents. So lets get walking and fingers crossed weather is not too bad! Brrr………
The theme for our 7th Green Flag is Global Citizenship. Part of the work for this flag is to learn about and support charities. With this in mind children from 3rd to 6th classes supported three Irish Charities, Childline, Marie Keating Foundation and The Irish Heart Foundation during the recent Powering Kindness Week. Children carried out acts of kindness and registered them on the powering kindness site and voted for their favourite charity.Electric Ireland sponsored the week , donating 130,000 euro to be divided between the three charities, with the charity receiving the greatest number of votes getting the greatest proportion of the money. Childline came out on top and received 60,000 euro to help fund the wonderful work they do. Well done to the 200 children from St Ollies who registered 748 acts of kindness and voted for a charity.
Special note: Many thanks to Terri Ewing one of our parents and a volunteer for Childline who spoke to all the 3rd-6th class children helping to raise awareness of the valuable service Childline provides.
There was big excitement in our school today as our highly anticipated annual cake sale and ‘bunanza’ was announced for the 10th of February 2015. Children from 3rd and 6th are invited to enter their creations in the annual cake competition while all of the school is encouraged to bake, make and create buns/cakes and tasty treats.
All of the advice and information is included on the note home in the schoolbags today and is also available if you follow the link below. Yum! Roll on the 10th.
The theme for our next green flag is Global Citizenship. One aspect of this theme is to make children aware and support the work of various charities.With this in mind the green team have decided to support Electric Ireland Powering Kindness Week, which is happening this week Jan 17th -23rd. We are targeting 3rd to 6th class in school, but with the help from parents younger children can also get involved at home.
How do we do this? Simple!
Children carry out Random Acts of Kindness i.e help at home, empty dishwasher, be kind to someone, bring dog for a walk etc . They then register the acts of kindness on poweringkindness.ie
and vote for one of the nominated charities, which are,Childline, Maie Keating Foundation and The Irish Heart Foundation.
Electric Ireland id donating 130,000euro to support these charities.The charity receiving the highest number of votes will get 60,000 euro and the remainder will be shared between the other two , so everyone is a winner!
A max. of 10 acts of kindness can be registered from the same email address each day, so the whole family can get involved. Voting ends on Friday.
Class teachers will be talking to children about the charities and encouraging them to vote, but voting takes place at home with parental permission and a valid email address .