The children in 4th, 5th and 6th class have participated in mindfulness activities this week to acknowledge the importance of positive mental health in their daily lives. Mindfulness colouring, yoga & meditation and online guided dance activities (‘brain break’ time) were some of the activities they enjoyed.
On Friday, the whole school went on a mindfulness walk. They took time out of their school day to chat with their friends on their journey and take in all the sights, sounds and smells from the local environment.
The senior classes will continue these activities throughout the school year.
Yoga and Meditation time
‘Brain Break’ – Guided Movement through Dance
Well done to Oscar, Seán and James who recently won prizes for designing posters to promote cycle safety for Kildare County Council. James also took second place overall. The boys were presented with their prizes in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Friday 15th September. Great work all round.
A big welcome to the Junior Infants who started school on Wednesday 30th of August. We hope they make lots of friends and enjoy their time in Scoil Naomh Lorcáin!
School reopens for all classes on Wednesday the 30th of August at 9.20am.
We look forward to seeing everyone. We will wear our school uniform on Wednesday with tracksuit days staying on Mondays and Thursdays as normal.
Junior Infants will finish at 12 o’ clock for the first few days.
Senior Infants will finish at 2pm.
All other classes finish at 3pm.
Prior to school reopening, the school office will open on Tuesday the 29th of August from 9.20-1 and from 1.30-3 for any queries (059) 9145217.
In the meantime, you can contact the school via email firstname.lastname@example.org should you need to do so.
We welcome our new SET teacher, Ms Eimear Fleming to the school.
A huge thank you to Breda and Ned for all the work they have done in maintaining the school and the grounds over the Summer holidays.
There is a bright, new, marmoleum floor in the Infant room with thanks to Tim Flood and a new noticeboard in the school staffroom thanks to Alan Corrigan.
As additional funding was required to complete the repairs to the school roof this work has been delayed, however the Department have now sanctioned the extra money and a builder, (A&D Roofing) has been appointed to complete the works shortly.
Thank you to Relyabuild for the work fixing the drain in the school yard and installing a vent in the staff toilet room.
Best wishes to all, children, parents and staff, for a great school year ahead!
Friday June 30th was the last day of the 2016-2017 school year.
All of the classes gathered together at 11.30 for our final assembly.
The children in each class were presented with their PAWS swim certificates following their swimming sessions in Graiguecullen Pool.
Certificates were presented to children who had excellent attendance this year.
Two children were very lucky, they had not been sick all year and had perfect attendance. They were awarded a special certificate.
Ms Morrin presented the 6th class Green Committee members with a certificate and gift in recognition of all of their hard work throughout their time on the committee. The four 6th class members were Seán, Fionn, Conall and Lewis.
We said goodbye to our 6th class pupils who are moving to secondary school in September. Finally the parents called in and made a presentation to our Principal, Sandra Corrigan, who will be seconded to the Teaching Council next year as an associate. Ms Jeanette Morrin will be Acting Principal and we all wish her every success in this new role.
On Thursday the 29th of June at 7pm we held a Graduation Service in the school for the 6th class children who are moving to secondary school in September.
The children chose the reading and reflections for the night themselves. One pupil even composed his own rap! Everyone enjoyed a trip down memory lane while looking at photographs from the children’s time in the school.
After the presentation of certificates and a token from the Board of Management the children and their families enjoyed some light refreshments before saying a final goodbye to their primary school days.
To celebrate completing the Friends for Life Programme the children from 3rd-6th class enjoyed a yummy pizza party this week. Friends For Life is a ten week long programme designed to help children to build resilience skills and prevent anxiety.
We were delighted to welcome Erin Moran, the Leitrim Rose 2017 to the school this Wednesday. Erin teaches in our local parish school in Kilkea and has helped prepare the children for 1st Holy Communion in our school. We wish her every success in the Dome this August along with past pupil and Carlow Rose Ciara Dooley.
The Junior and Senior Infants classroom had some special visitors today – teddy bears. Even Ms. Costigan brought in her pink teddy bear!
The boys and girls sang and danced to bear songs with their teddy bears in the classroom before they set off on their walk. They had a lovely picnic with their furry friends on the green beside the terraced houses. The sun was shining and the teddy bears enjoyed their lunch and treats.
Enda O’ Reilly a geologist and musician came to visit the school today for a workshop funded by the Green School Programme.
Bringing his guitar and inflatable globe, Enda fully entertained the children with his topical, interactive songs. They were bopping along while learning all about our atmosphere, the ingredients of air and the impact of climate change on the planet.
Imelda from ‘Walk in my Shoes’ visited the school today to talk to the senior room 4th-6th about positive mental health. She has visited 5th and 6th class across the country this year to spread the word about how to look after yourself in association with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Hospital.
Imelda gave the children a tool kit full of support ideas that they can dip into when they are finding it hard to cope. They had a lot of time to ask questions and the advice given was clear and meaningful.
Thank you Imelda.
Garda Tom and Garda Aisling visited the school today.
They kindly showed the children all of their equipment, even allowing them to try it on!
All of the children had the chance to sit in the Garda car. They got to see how the lights worked and even try out the siren.
Garda Tom and Aisling emphasised how the Gardaí are our friends who are here to help in times of trouble.
Thank you for taking the time to visit us and to talk to the children.