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School Activities and News: November 2011

“A Shine of Rainbows”.

As part of the Kerry Film Festival, two classes went to Siamsa Tire on the 9th November to see a wonderful film called “A Shine of Rainbows”. The students thoroughly enjoyed this film. It was about an orphaned boy who was given a new home where he found love and acceptance in a very different setting to what he had been used to.

Outdoor Activities in Tralee IT.

Twelve lucky students were chosen to participate in Tralee IT’s Outdoor activities and Games which was organised by the P.E. students. Our students had great fun there and afterwards were treated to hot chocolate, scones  and snacks.

Art Exhibition.

Our Art classes visited Siamsa Tire this month to see a very interesting sculpture exhibition. Here they got lots of ideas for their own sculpture work.

Schools Orchestra.

On the 11th, the Junior Cert Music class went to see the Schools Pops Orchestra perform in City Hall in Cork.There they had the opportunity to see a real orchestra performing live with close-ups of the instruments to be seen on a large screen. Music from the movies and television as well as other well known pieces were played. Singer Laoise O Hanlon sang some lovely songs which our students could sing along to.It was a lovely day out.

Confirmation Meeting.

Parents of eight of our students making their Confirmation  next April attended a meeting about Confirmation given by Ms Anne Lawlor on November 15th in the school. Here they were given information on choosing a sponsor, choosing a name, the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and the ceremony itself.

Film Workshop.

Two members of the Kerry Film Society came to the school on November 15th  and presented a film workshop to each class. They showed three short films with discussions and activities beforehand and afterwards. Films were chosen which were best suited to each class. It was a very useful, educational and enjoyable workshop


As part of our relationships and sexuality (RSE) programme, Ms. Joan Barrett gave two one hour presentations to the girls in our school using the DVD “Busybodies’”. Topics covered included changes to our bodies during puberty, how babies are made and looking after ourselves.


 Limerick “Football for All”.

Two boys soccer teams went to Mary Immaculate Sports Hall, Limerick to take part in the Munster “Football for All” Blitz on November 23rd. Each team played six games  . They really enjoyed the blitz and there were some brilliant performances. Player of the Blitz for the A team was Michael Sweeney, while Darren Dee shone out for the B team.The teams stopped in Foynes on the way home for something to eat. It was a great day out. 

Occupational Therapist.

Welcome to Ms Tamara Spring, occupational therapist who has been assigned to work in our school for the next two terms. She will visit each class to look at the needs of the students, introduce a new programme “Handwriting without Tears” and provide training for staff.

Fetac Verification.

Congratulations to our sixteen students who presented their projects in Level 3 Craft-Glass and Level 3 Introduction to the Internet. These were examined by Mr. Padraig O Briain,external authenticator on Tuesday 29th. Each student was successful in their presentation. Well done.

Student Council.

The new Student Council met for the first time this week. They has their photograph taken and then it was down to business. The proper meeting procedures were followed with minutes proposed and seconded. The students had plenty of suggestions they feel would help make our school a better school. They are to take a more active role in the weekly assembly, will organize the trip to the cinema for green card holders, had some very good suggestions for our annual Christmas Mass and Christmas lunch and are to arrange fund-raising activities for a number of charities next term.

Garda Visit.

On the 29th,Garda Trish called to see our primary students. She spoke to them about road safety and showed them her bicycle which was kitted out with safety features. She presented each student with a high visibility vest and spoke to them on how to travel safely these dark winter evenings.She also showed them the different items of her uniform including her handcuffs.

Green Schools Committee.

The first meeting of our new Green Schools Committee has taken place. A review of our current situation will take place. In the meantime however, each committee member will make sure that their classroom’s lights and computers are turned off when not in use, that lights in the corridor are not left on and that doors are closed to conserve heaT in the classroom. The theme for this programme is biodiversity so a plan will be drawn up which will be implemented in keeping with this theme.

Battery Recycling.

We have registered with ERP Ireland and are now helping to keep used batteries out of the environment by collecting them for recycling. We have a target to collect 690 by the 16th December. Everyone can help by dropping  any old batteries into any of the collection boxes around the school.


As part of our Advent programme of events for the build -up to Christmas, we lit the first purple candle in Advent wreath at the final school assembly in November. We have also a Jesse Tree on display on the corridor.

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