NEWS AND INFORMATION : THURSDAY 6TH APRIL 2017
Message from Principal,
We are at the end of our second term and as you can see it has been a very busy time here in Our Lady of Mercy. Children have been engaged in wonderful activities involving, Feis, Sport and Gardening. I would like to send you all best wishes for an enjoyable Easter break.
Please note school closes at 12.00 Noon tomorrow Friday for the Easter Holidays. All children can wear their own clothes on this day.
The Department of Education & Skills are introducing a new Language Programme to all Primary Schools. Teachers will receive training for this programme on Wednesday 3rd May. The school will be closed on this date.
In line with recent years we have had another huge enrolment for Junior Infants which is indicative of the high esteem the school is held in. We hope the new pupils and their parents enjoyed their visit to the school and look forward to meeting them again in the coming months.
PARKING – ROAD SAFETY:
The bay area in front of the school is not a parking or “set-down” area. It is reserved solely for the use of the taxis and buses for the children in The Autism classes. Please respect our children’s safety by observing this rule.
First Confession for 2nd classes took place in St. Annes Church on 23rd March @ 7.00pm. We ask you to especially remember these children and their families in your prayers at this very significant time in their lives. Thank you to Ms. Flynn & Ms. Rolston and the S.N.As. for preparing the children so well.
CEREMONY OF LIGHT:
The Confirmation candidates participated in the Ceremony of Light Service in St. Anne’s Church last night. They were joined by their parents, family members and sponsors. Well done to all who took part and a special word of thanks to Fr. Steve for the beautiful service.
SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE – FEIS:
A successful Seachtain na Gaeilge was held in our school. Thank you to Ms. McGettrick for providing Irish dancing classes and to Mr. Connolly for Gaelic training sessions. Comhghairdeas to all our winners especially our Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine Andrea Lee Andal (Mr. O’Hara’s class) and Róisín Van Aswegen (Ms. Flynn’s class).
The Senior Infants have been very busy in their Veterinary Surgery this term. Ms. Murphy’s class will be visiting the Well Pet Hospital to meet Darren the Vet and see him at work.
ENGINEERS WEEK: (There are lots of budding engineers in Our Lady of Mercy!!!).
Many classes took part during Engineers Week in March. Classes attended an Engineering Show in Sligo I.T. Some participated in a live online chat with an engineer based in Dublin and other classes carried out engineering activities in their classrooms. There was some great planning, designing and building which can be seen on the school blog.
FEIS SHLIGIGH & FEIS CEOIL:
The Tin Whistle band from 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes performed in Feis Shligigh last Sunday. They played 2 lovely tunes called Out in the Ocean and The Kerry Polka. They played the tunes beautifully and were delighted to receive 1st place. They all received a medal and a shield that will be displayed in Reception. Thanks to Seamus McCormack for teaching them tin-whistle every Monday. Well done to all.
Congratulations to Bobby Armstrong, Lexie-Leigh Regan, Angelo Jimenez, Grace Tiernan & Grace McMorrow who all received medals at the recent prize giving ceremony of Feis Ceoil Art competition.
Members of the choir are tuning up for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion. We began our rehearsals this week in preparation for our accompaniment at Confirmation and we are looking forward to as many children as possible joining us for Communion also.
Community Games Choir: 20 Children have put their names forward for the Community Games Choir. Rehearsals for this will begin after Easter, after school time. Keep an eye out for notes in the school bag regarding this.
It has arrived! We are delighted to welcome a new addition to our school grounds. It is fantastic to see children beavering away and improving their gardening skills in our brand new polytunnel.
Good Luck to the children in 6th class who are taking part in a major Chess Tournament in The Clayton Hotel on Friday.
Children from 6th class participated in the annual Cumann na mBunscol table quiz in Collooney on February 28th. Well done to Callum, Cameron, Failenn, Áine, Faye, Trinity, Elijah and Erin.
On the 29th March boys and girls from 4th, 5th & 6th Classes took part in a 5-a-Side Soccer Blitz held in the Showgrounds. Both teams played four matches and did very well.
Cumann na mBunscol::
Dylan Streete and Failenn McLoughlin represented our school in the Cumann na mBunscol placekicking competition recently. They were both placed 4th in the county and displayed huge skill and accuracy with their scoring.
After Easter we are lucky to have Darragh Healy from Sligo Rovers FC to come in to work with 5th & 6th classes to deliver fun football sessions and interactive classroom based sessions on nutrition, racism, SRFC and local football teams. We are really looking forward to the 7 week programme.
HSCL (Home School Community Liaison): Contact Person: Sarah Jane Lewis 085 1583953.
If you are interested in any of the following activities for parents, they are free of charge and you can drop in anytime to attend.
Craft Club: Mondays @ 9am
Coffee Morning: Tuesdays @ 9am
Yoga: Tuesdays @ 9:30am
Gardening in the Polytunnel: Tuesdays @ 11am
Kidstalk took place in Senior Infants & 1st Class, thank you to all the parents who volunteered to take part, the children really enjoyed having you with them in class!
Thank you to the two dads, Paul & Zenebe, who volunteered to move a big load of topsoil into our new polytunnel, your help was much appreciated.
Old Uniforms: Please bring in any unwanted school and PE jumpers to the HSCL Room, we are especially in need of bigger sizes.
NEW ROAD DEVELOPMENT (in front of school):
I would like to draw your attention to a new road that is proposed directly across the road from The Pearse Road entrance to the school. This road will bring increased traffic and disruption to an already busy junction. The Board of Management has concerns around the impact of this new development on your children’s safety. Please bring your concerns to your local T.Ds. and Councillors.
Our Easter Reflection was held yesterday in St. Anne’s Church. It was a wonderful celebration of “giving” in line with the Polish Tradition “Swieconka” of donating food to the needy at Easter.
EASTER FOOD COLLECTIONS:
As part of our Lenten preparations we have collected food that has been donated to a local homeless charity during our Easter Service. Many thanks to all of you who sent in donations.
Congratulations to Ms. Yolande Flynn on her recent engagement. Wishing her and Tony well in the future.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
SCHOOL CLOSING @12.00 NOON
TOMORROW FRIDAY 7th APRIL – REOPENING MONDAY 24TH APRIL 2017 AT USUAL TIME 8.50AM
WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY 2017 FOR STAFF TRAINING IN NEW LANGUAGE PROGRAMME.
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FRIDAY 5TH MAY 2017 @ 11.00am.
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY, 27TH MAY 2017 @ 11.30am.