Mental Health Awareness Week

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

       

Mindfulness Walk

       

Mindfulness Colouring

       

 ‘Brain Break’ – Guided Movement through Dance

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Cycle Safety Poster Competition

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.

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Welcome to our Junior Infants!

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!

 

 

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School reopening!

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 snlorcain@yahoo.com 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!

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End of Year Assembly

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.

 

 

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Graduation 2017

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.

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Pizza Party

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.

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Leitrim Rose Visit

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.

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Teddy Bear Picnic

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.

     

    

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Environmental Singing Workshop with Green Schools

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.

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Sports Day 2017 – Green and Amber Flags- Visit of Carlow Rose, Ciara Dooley

What a day!

Today was our annual sports day and it was jam packed with fun!

We started with swimming races at Graiguecullen pool, where family and friends cheered the children on. The children have progressed greatly at swimming with their block of lessons at the pool this term. Thanks Ali, Bernie, Colm and Julie!

When we returned to the school everything had been laid out for sports races and activities. There were stations set up around the yard with everything from the wheelbarrow race to football drills, parachute cooperative games, teddy bear races, basketball fun and much more. The children moved around from station to station, getting to try all the activities. There was even a drinks station for when thirst struck!

At one o’ clock it was time for a breather and plenty of lunch, but that wasn’t the end of our fun. Mr Kane took to the DJ stand in the staff room and from 1.30-2 we danced away in the yard to an outdoor disco. The staff room was converted into an ice-cream stand and every child had some yummy ice-cream on a cone (thanks Michelle!).

Some past pupils had arrived to join us and 5th and 6th were happy to challenge them to a game of  Bull Rush Tag. There were even Mammies brave enough to take part!

Just after two we gathered in the yard, a special guest was about to arrive. The children got a big drum roll ready…………it was Ciara Dooley, the Carlow Rose and past pupil of Levitstown school.

Ciara had come to help us hoist our fourth Green Flag for Transport and our Amber Flag for Promoting Positive Mental Health. Thank you Ciara! We look forward to seeing her on stage in the Dome later in August.

There was still time for 5th and 6th class to take on some past pupils (even some Kildare players, well done Neasa!) in a basketball match, while the younger children enjoyed some teddy bear races and Peter from the Nationalist was on hand to take some photos of the happy memories made today.

Thank you to everyone, staff, parents and all who came today to help make this a very special Sports Day for the children to remember!

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Land Paws – Water Safety Lessons


Uisce the Bear visited our school today along with Hannah and Ryan.

This team of water safety instructors from Kildare Water Safety came to the school to teach the Primary Aquatics Water Programme, also known as Land PAWS.

The children had a safety talk to ensure they are aware of the dangers around beaches, lakes and rivers. They learned about the safest places to swim and  showed that they were able to correctly identify the meaning of each of the water safety flags that our lifeguards use. There was also an opportunity for the children and teachers to try out throwing a life buoy at a target. This took lots of practice!

Well done to all to the children who achieved certificates of Land Paws 1 or 2 today. They were all given an information leaflet, pencil and stickers to help them to spread the water safety message.

Thank you to Kildare Water Safety for this timely and important safety lesson!

 

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Walk in My Shoes – Mental Health Talk

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.

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The Gardaí visit the school!

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.

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Senior School Tour 2017

Today our Senior classes enjoyed their school tour.

Our first stop was St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Here Andrew, Niamh, Ciara and Riley treated us to a tour of this 800-year-old building, built in Norman times. Over 600 people are buried within the walls. 6th class heard how King William III had visited after winning the Battle of the Boyne. They also saw a grave from one of the soldiers who fought in the Siege of Limerick, hanging over it was the cannon ball that killed him!

In groups the children designed and made stained-glass windows. We were allowed to bring them home and we hope to put them on display in the school soon.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral offered us this tour and workshop free of charge as part of their school’s outreach programme. They also grant funded €300 towards the cost of our tour bus for the day, an extremely generous offer which we are very grateful for!

Next, we had a short bus trip to the Astro Park in Coolock. Just in time for our big-lunch break!

Here we were divided into two groups. Andrew and Stewie took a group each for a range of exhilarating activities.

In the first section, we had a variety of bouncy castles. Here Andrew organised relay races for the children through the obstacle course, indoor bouncy castle soccer matches and three different types of target practise: basketball, rugby and soccer.

The second section was the warzone. Here each child was equipped with safety goggles, a nerf gun and plenty of ammo. There were several team games including Capture the Flag, Zombies and Soldiers and Bang, You’re Out!

The most popular part of the day was the bubble soccer game. Not only was it fun to play, it was also fun to watch as the children had plenty of opportunities to bounce around, flip over and knock each other down as they competed to get the ball in their goal!

Before we left we had one final section to try out. It sounded simple enough, a penalty shoot-out. However, try hitting the ball (never mind hitting the target!) with your very own pair of hallucination goggles!

There was just time left then to jump on the bus for the very long journey back to the school (not helped by Dublin traffic!). Luckily the children were happily tired and many of them enjoyed a nice snooze on the bus on the way home.

What a great day!

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