Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. (Read Full poem here)

IMG-20131220-WA0000There is something very special about the last day of school before Christmas.  The atmosphere is really charged as the boys and girls of all ages eagerly await the end of school term and look forward with great anticipation to the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and the family events of the Christmas Day including going to Mass to welcome Baby Jesus.  This last school day has always been very special and this year was no exception.

The Senior Classes spend some time with their buddy classesIMG-20131220-WA0003, singing songs and playing games.  Then they gather in the hall for the re-telling of the Christmas Story with its readings and carols, the announcement of how much has been raised in the Christmas Appeal and how the Helping Hands Tree has grown over the four weeks of Advent and the usual massed voices going into overdrive for the Christmas fun songs.  This year had a new dimension with greetings from our Commenius Partner Schools in Europe and our response.

IMG-20131220-WA0001Ms O’Connor thanked the parents, pupils and teachers for their dedication in first term, for their hard work on the concert and their generosity in supporting the appeals for those less fortunate.  She reminded them of the real meaning of Christmas and to take the message away to always say “thank you”.

As always, the morning was one we will fondly remember.

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What a Show – It’s a Cracker

F12All of have seen the show so far have been of one mind – total agreement that this is the best show ever.  One parent was heard to say in the local shop that there she could not understand how the children could be so good across all the classes and she had been to the two halves.  And this is a feeling that is shared by everyone.

“Playing for the othe 6th classes was the hardest thing” was how one of the 6th class girlssc3 put it coming off stage, “I thought I’d die knowing that all the others were looking at me”.

And we fully agree with all of this.  It is a marvellous show.  Our sc1thanks to the parents, teachers and especially the children who have worked so hard to make it a success.

If you haven’t seen it there will be a DVD later and there are loads of pictures here.

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Have you got your tickets yet?

frontIts full steam ahead in the senior end of the school as all our classes prepare for the Christmas Concert.  There’ll be Santas and Elves, witches and wizards, funny ones and sad ones, new stories and stories retold and, as always, the front of curtain acts to amaze and delight you.

fclassTickets have been offered to all children taking part and now these tickets are on general sale.  This is a show not to be missed and one that is sure to get young and old into the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t snapped up one of those priceless tickets, now is the time.  Each class will perform at one of the night shows and at each of the Matinee Shows. Maybe you would like to make this a great night out for all the family and this not-to-be-missed show would provide the ideal opportunity.

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Did you come by Bus?

walkingbus1The Green Team were over the moon (well on the bus actually) with the fantastic turn out for the Walking Bus on our recent WOW day.  The buses travelled as normal despite the adverse weather conditions.  “We needed to be tied down cause we nearly blew away”, was how one of the giggling First Class girls put it as she alighted from the Yellow Walls Bus.

It was great to see so many prepared to brave the elements and join in the fun and get walkingbus2great exercise as well.  Striding ahead of all the Buses was the Seapark/Biscayne Bus which had  55 passengers plus all the adults who were also on board.  “That must be a record”, said one of the 6th Class boys who had carried his own bag and his little sisters.  We wonder will any other bus beat that number next time.  Look out for news of our next outing.

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Turning Dreams into Reality

17 years wait came to an end at 10 am this morning with the Image1official announcement that our new school is to be built in 2014. There was great excitement and very loud cheers in the school hall as the assembled senior pupils, staff and parents were told that the Minister for Education had decided to include the school on the building list for next year. Ms O’Connor, our school principal, thanked the many people who made this great day possible, but she reminded everyone that there was a lot of hard work to be done and a great deal of distrubtion to endure before the dream becomes a reality. She said that we would live by our 6th class motto “Hand in Hand, Together We Can”!

mf2We have been waiting 17 years for this great day.  A rise in numbers in the late 90s prompted the school to begin negotiations with the Dept. of Education for additional permanent classrooms.  In 1996 it was agreed that there was a need for 8 more classrooms and, in 1997,  the school was asked to accept four Portacabins as a stopgap measure for a two year period – that was 16 years ago.  But now, at last, there is an end in sight.  We look forward with great anticipation to the start date and to our state-of-the-art new school building sitting proudly beside the Old School, which will remain after the other buildings have been demolished.  Full details of the proposed design can be found at “Our New School”.

Now where is my hard hat and my wellies!!

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