School Activities and News September 2012

September 2012.

Céad Míle Fáilte
A big céad mile fáilte to all who are starting with us for the first time this year. Welcome to our new pupils Adam, Richard, Adam, Niall, Robin, John, Lauren, Anne Marie, Leroy, Siobhan, Cian, Ruah, Jessica, Dylan and Luke. We hope they will enjoy their time here in the school with us and look forward to working with them and their parents to help each student achieve  their potential.
Welcome too to our new ASD Senior Unit and to teacher Ms. Moriarty. We hope to get funding for their new room shortly. Welcome also to our new SNAs Deirdre and Eileen and to the new bus escort on the Castleisland route. We look forward to working with you all in the future.

Lee Strand Diaries.
A big thank you to Lee Strand Dairies for supplying us with a classroom diary for each student in our school. These are very welcome at a time when there are so many other demands on our finances.

Training has begun for our footballers in the astro turf pitch in Monavalley on Thursdays and Fridays. It is great to be able to make use of this facility and our students really enjoy their training sessions there. Next month, there will be trials for players from various schools in Munster for the Munster Football Team.Last year, Dylan McCarthy was chosen for the Munster and then the Irish team going on to be part of the Irish team who won the international series in Scotland last Easter.

Equality Pilot Project.
Ms Delmar Byrne gave a presentation to all staff on her findings of the study she undertook on equality in our school during which she spoke with every group within the school. This will help us to formulate a better Equality Policy for our school

First Aid.
Our school staff will undertake a First Aid course as part of our extra hours in school under the Croke Park Deal (CPD). Mr Nigel Kelliher is presenting the course on Tuesday evenings.

Downs Syndrome Speech Therapy.
The school is very pleased to work with Kerry Downs Syndrome who provides speech therapy to some of their members in our school on  a weekly basis.

Gleannageenty Walk.
Taking advantage of the rare fine weather, some of our students and staff went on a hike through some of the trails in the Gleannageenty Nature Walks in Ballymac. There were lots of changes to be observed since our last trip there before “the summer (?)”. Everyone was put into a group according to their fitness level and then went on the appropriate trail, stopping half way for a light snack. Our timing was perfect as we made it back just in time for dinner. The students had healthy appetites after such exercise and fresh air.

Fifteen students were picked from our green card students (those with excellent behaviour) for surfing this month. Unfortunately the big waves failed to make their appearance in Banna, so the trip is held over until next month.

Cake Sale and Coffee Morning.
The smell of fresh baking and freshly ground coffee was all around as we hosted a cake sale and coffee morning in aid of Kerry Hospice at the end of September. We are so grateful to all who donated home baking and to all who attended on the day. Members of our Student Council welcomed the visitors when they arrived and escorted them to the Home Economics room where there were sumptuous cakes, tarts and buns for sale. Then it was on to the Dining Area for tea/coffee and more treats. Our students and staff also got the chance to buy. A lovely feature of the day was when some students had the chance to have tea and chat with their parents. A total of €552.47 was raised for Kerry Hospice. This will be presented to them next month.

Brain Gym.
Our occupational therapists Tamara and Aidan have begun brain training exercises with each class each week. Beginning with just a few warm-up exercises and a few simple cross-over movements, this will be gradually added to as the weeks progress.

Swimming has begun again for the whole school on Fridays. The students are taken by bus to the Sports Complex where there are three instructors so that all abilities are catered for. We have witnessed our students making great progress each year. The highlight of the year is the annual swimming gala in March when we get to compete with other schools from all over Munster.

Green Schools.
This year, we are aiming for our fifth green flag which is based on Biodiversity. A Greens School committee has been established with representatives from each class as well as an SNA and a teacher. An overhaul of our waste system was carried out. Three small orange baskets were put in each room- one for paper for shredding, one for recyclable materials and one for non-recyclable waste. Our aim is to cut out waste as much as possible and to recycle wherever possible

Garden Produce Sale.

In spite of the awful summer we had, our garden produced some fine potatoes, cabbage, and herbs. These were sold and the monies made given to cancer research. Well done to all concerned.


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