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Flag ceremony
December 15, 2015 Info, 1916

Today we had a visit from the Army to present us with our flag and proclamation.  The flag will be raised on Proclamation day on 15th March 2016.  The proclamation was read out and Joshua got to help read out some of it.  Conor and Lauren accepted the flag and the copy of the proclamation on behalf of the school.  The children were given time to ask questions to the Army representatives.  We then sang the National Anthem.  It was very enjoyable.

Healthy Eating
December 14, 2015 3rd & 4th

The 3rd & 4th Class children were trying out our schools new ‘Nutri Bullet’.  They made different smoothies using fruit and vegetables.  The children prepared the fruit and veg by peeling and chopping them.  They also washed and dried all the equipment they used. The smoothies were delicious!

Mad hair day
Today the boys and girls from 5th and 6th class had a ‘Mad Hair Day’.  They decided to hold this as a fundraiser for St. Vincent DePaul.  They got the idea from their Advent calander and they were delighted when Ms. Fallon gave them permission to do it.
Everyone brought in some pocket money and the total amount raised was €147.70.  Well done everyone!

December 11, 2015 5th & 6th Class
Amhrán na bhFiann
We are getting ready for our flag ceremony on Tuesday.  Mrs. Dervin has worked hard getting everyone in the school ready to sing our national anthem.  Here is a video of the infants practicing.  Well done to our videographer Logan from second class for recording it.

Tues 8th Dec
1st & 2nd Class, Junior & Senior Infants, 5th & 6th Class, Info, 3rd & 4th
On Tuesday everyone in the school walked to mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  We were lucky it was a nice dry morning and we got to the church before it rained.  Everyone got a chance to look at the beautiful crib in the church after mass
After mass we went over to The Hill.  The school football team were presented with their medals for winning the Cumann na mBunscol final a few weeks ago.  Brian, Enda and Jack presented the medals to the team.  Well done to all!
After all that excitement we had even more fun.  Fred the party professor was there to preform his magic show.  Have a look at some of the pictures.  We had a great day out.

MS ReadAThon
December 9, 2015
Well done to everyone involved in the Ms ReadAThon.  We raised €1375.20.

December 3, 20151916
We have been very busy over the past few weeks doing projects on 1916.  We will update the website with pictures of our hard work very soon.  For homework the children asked at home and in the parish about what life was like in 1916.
Yesterday Mr. Eamonn Brennan was in our school teaching the 5th & 6th class about local events during 1916.  He did an interview on Shannonside radio in the afternoon and mentioned all the hard work that has been going on in our school to commemorate 1916. Well done to all.

Variety show in Lanesboro
December 3, 2015 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th Class
The children from 3rd, 4th & 5th were invited to go to see a variety show in Lanesboro Community College today. It was a great show and everyone really enjoyed it.  Well done to the transition year students for organising it and Thank you for inviting us to see it. There was a raffle during the break.  Sean had a lucky raffle ticket and he won a selection box.


Baking in the Senior Room
November 19, 2015 5th & 6th Class
Ms. Fallon was passing on her baking skills to her class this week.  We have a new school cooker and it is great.  There was a lovely smell coming from the staff room….yum!
Have a look at the photos of some of the children making ‘Pirate Jack Ginger Snap’ cookies.


November 19, 20155th & 6th Class
Well done to our school team on winning their 7-aside football final on Saturday against Forgney.

Science Week Activities
November 16, 2015
Last week there were plenty of activities going on in school for Science week.
3rd & 4th Class did an experiment using bread soda, vinegar a balloon and a bottle.
The baking soda and the vinegar create an ACID-BASE reaction and the two chemicals work together to create a gas, (carbon dioxide) Gasses need a lot of room to spread out and the carbon dioxide starts to fill the bottle, and then moves into the balloon to inflate it.
They were so impressed with the results that they invited 1st & 2nd class in to see it.
1st & 2nd Class were looking at static electricity & experimented using pens and small pieces of paper.
5th & 6th class were baking using the new cooker.  There was a great smell coming from the staff room.
Have a look at the following websites to see what you can do for Science week at home.


1916 – 2016
November 11, 2015
2016 is a very important year in our history.  Next year we will mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  We have started learning about the importance of the year 1916.  The older classes are learning about the Rising and the younger classes are learning about what life was like in 1916.  We are doing art and history projects.  
We have started learning ‘Amhran na bhfiann’.  We hope to sing this song when the Army comes to deliver the Irish Flag and read out the proclomation.
We will update the website with the different things that are going on in our school to mark the event.

Dress up day
October 23, 20151st & 2nd Class, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th Class, Info, Junior & Senior Infants
We had great fun today in school, everyone was allowed to dress up in fancy dress or else wear a jersey to raise money for Crumlin hospital to help sick children.
We raised €292 in total.  Well done everyone!
Have a look at our lovely photos.

Enrolment Ceremony
October 16, 20151st & 2nd Class, 5th & 6th Class,
On Sunday 18th October there is an enrolment ceremony in the church for the boys and girls receiving their Confirmation and First Holy Communion.  It is at 10.30 a.m.  Fr. Kenny will speak to the parents after the mass about the preparation programmes for the sacraments.  

County Photos
October 16, 2015
Please remember that County Photos will be at our school on Tuesday 20th October to take photos.  Remember to wear your brightest smile!

Aisling Children’s Arts Festival Competition
October 12, 20151st & 2nd Class,

Well done to Ava Morrissey who came second in the 6-8 year old category in the Aisling Arts Festival art competition.  The theme of the competition was ‘Sharing happiness’.  Ava used pastels to draw a picture of herself and Blaíthín.  
The Aisling Children’s Arts festival starts next week in Longford.  Find out more information on the website:  http://www.aislingfestival.ie/

September 30, 2015
The 5th & 6th class children have been learning about Ogham during history lesson.  Ms. Fallon gave them clay to try it out.  Their Ogham stones are now on display in the senior room ready to be painted.

September 29, 2015
Sharing happiness in 5th & 6th
The 5th & 6th class children have been working on the theme ‘Sharing Happiness’  they created some wonderful pieces of art based on this theme.

Busy Squirrels in the infant room.
September 24, 2015Junior & Senior Infants
Mrs. Dervin’s class have been busy learning all about Autumn. They painted beautiful squirrels and Mrs. Dervin has them hanging up in the classroom.  Next they will be learning about the hedgehog.

Soil experiment
September 23, 20151st & 2nd Class1st & 2nd
Have a look at our video about our soil experiment in 1st & 2nd class.

Goodbye 6th Class
June 23, 2015

Today is the last day in St. Mary’s N.S for the 6th class pupils.  They had a visit from last years 6th class to wish them well in secondary school.  The 5th class made cards for them & recorded a dance.  The sun was shining & it was a beautiful day, Ms. Fallon will miss you all. Best of luck next year!

Writing in the Senior Room
June 23, 2015
The pupils in 5th & 6th class have been busy writing during the school year, check out the 5th & 6th class page to see some of their work.

June 22, 2015
Today Alice, Matthew & Roisín’s mammy Yvonne made a beautiful cake to mark the end of the school year.
It was delicious and everyone in the school got a piece of biscuit cake & chocolate sponge, what a nice surprise!
Thank you Yvonne.

Sports day
Today we had sports day in school.  We had great fun, the older children went swimming too.  
We took part in flat races and novelty races & even had time for an obstacle course.  It was a great day!


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