Finally, the waves came just right in Banna so those lucky enough to be chosen for this surfing lesson wrapped up well and headed for the beach. Although initially shivering with the cold, they soon got into wet-suits and took to the water. They had a marvellous time there with many of them succeeding to stand on the surf-board. It is hoped to repeat this again in the near future.
Practice has begun for our senior boys as they prepare for a challenge game against Tralee Community College students. Excitement is building as many of the opposing players are past pupils of ours. The venue has yet to be finalised but the game is fixed for Friday October 26th. Our girls are also busy practicing for their blitz which will take place in Cumann Iosaef, Tralee in November
All students are being given to study extra modular subjects for a period of six weeks each in the following areas Gaeilge and Cultural Studies; CSPE and Current Affairs; Drama; Science and RSE/SPHE. This happens every Monday from 11.40 to 12.20pm and is proving to be a very enjoyable experience for students and staff alike.
Student Council Elections
The countdown has begun for our Student Council Election Week beginning October 15th. Those wishing to put their name forward for election are busy preparing their speech which they will say either in front of their own class or in front of the entire school at Thursday’s assembly on October 18th. Each student will get a vote. The voting process is being co-ordinated by the CSPE modular class. Election results and the handover to the new Student Council will take place on the following Thursday at our weekly assembly.
Parent – Teacher Meetings.
Parent-teacher meetings are underway this month as we are in the process of creating individual education plans (IEPs) for each student. We try to create an education plan which will bring out the best in each student in the best possible way so that their time spent in our school is a happy, enjoyable one.
As part of the Kerry Film festival, our students attended two viewings in Siamsa Tire. The first of these was a series of six short films lasting an hour in total. These were very enjoyable and each told a different story which our students were able to get. The second viewing was “Arrietty” an animated feature film was equally enjoyable.
Cheerios Childline Breakfast Morning.
Breakfast was extra special this morning as the school hosted the Cheerios Childline Breakfast Morning. Students and staff contributed to this which is for such a worthy cause.
A group of students and staff went to the food fair in Tralee IT. Although the weather was atrocious, they still managed to sample different foods and see the various stands in the Farmers Market. Then they were treated to drinks and bars by Mr Oliver Murphy, President of Tralee IT.
Our boys went to Limerick to play in the Inter Schools Soccer Blitz. The rain never stopped falling. Everyone was soaked to the skin. Even the all-weather pitch was water logged. Our boys had to face much stronger teams from much bigger schools and without our two best players. However this was where their true characters came out. Even though they were being well beaten in each game, our lads never gave up and played their hearts out right up to the final whistle. We are so proud of them.They played good clean fair football and showed great sportsmanship after each match by congratulating each winning team. To us they are all champions.
As part of the mission in St Brendan’s Parish, we took part in a number of events in St. Brendan’s Church starting off with having some of our pupils dressed in their school jackets at each of the weekend masses. Then on Monday, the eleven o clock mass was attended by about nine hundred students when all the primary schools in the parish came together for the first time ever in one place at the one time.. Fr Derek said a beautiful mass with lots of singing and movement to music. Our school took part in the offertory procession.It was great to be part of this special event.
Then we were delighted on Friday when Fr Derek called to the school with our school chaplain Fr Patsy Lynch. He called around to the classes, met some of our students and staff and saw the facilities we are lucky to have here in this school.
We had a marvellous assembly on the 18th in the school hall, when some Student Council candidates stood in front of all the students and staff and told us why they wanted to be on this year’s Student Council. They were wonderful as many of us know that it is not easy to speak in front of a crowd and speak.
Voting is underway now for the Student Council. Each student will get a chance to vote for a member in their class. Staff get a chance too to vote for someone out of each class although their vote will only be worth half the students votes!
Some of our students visited Kerry County Museum in Tralee where they were given an insight into the work of archaeologists and even given the chance to take part in their own archaeological dig! Then they were given a tour of medieval Tralee which they found very entertaining.
Garda Deirdre Fitzpatrick called to the school to speak to our students on the danger of some Halloween activities. She focused in particular, on the dangers of bonfires, fireworks, egg-throwing, drink and being out in the dark. in the question and answer session which followed, there were some very interesting topics raised.
SESE and Cultural Trip.
Some of our students had a wonderful trip to Loch a Dún, Cloghane with Kerry County Council’s Míchéal Ó Coileáin to see evidence of times past.They saw a wedge tomb,a fullacht fia, ruins of an old dwelling house and the wall in the bog! Although it was very mucky underfoot, the weather was beautiful. Mícheál made the trip very interesting as he told the students lots of interesting facts about the area, its flora and fauna.
We had a wonderful feast of basketball for our senior students as they took on the older team from Tralee Community College on Friday 26th in Moyderwell. There was friendly rivalry between the two teams as many of the Community College team are former students of ours. We were delighted to take part and winning by 20 points to 12 was a bonus although it was not the most important part of the day.
Congratulations to our former students who graduated from Tralee IT having completed their courses there. We wish them and their families all the best as they take their next step into the future.
Conor from Kerry Hospice came to our Assembly and spoke to us about fundraising for this wonderful charity. Then he showed us a slide show of his fund-raising climb of Mt Kilimanjaro last March. After this Ms Sheehan presented him with a cheque for over €550 which was the amount we raised at our recent bake-sale and coffee morning.