When Toys Come Alive by 3rd Class

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Christmas is Banned! by 6th Class

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Christmas Around the World by 2nd Class

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A Wriggly Nativity by Junior Infants

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Christmas Recipe

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Well done to all the boys and girls in 1st class that performed their Christmas play today. They were all fantastic on stage. Special thanks to Una and Niall from 6th Class, who so kindly videoed it.

December 2017

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NEWS INFORMATION : THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2017

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL:
Dear Parent / Guardian
I hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to Christmas. As the term draws to a close, I commend staff and children on the hard work done over the past few months. A great deal of extra curricular activities have also taken place, all of which is enjoyed by everyone. It is a very exciting time in Our Lady of Mercy with Santa sleighing in on Friday, magical Christmas shows and plays running all next week. I hope you enjoy reading about the events and activities of the term as much as we have enjoyed doing them. I wish all of you a Happy Christmas and every blessing in the New Year.
Marguerite Stenson
Principal.
CAKE SALE / RAFFLE TOMORROW:
We are looking forward to welcoming Santa to the cake sale and raffle tomorrow. Please ensure that all raffle cards are returned full or empty. All cakes/buns etc. can be dropped into the school in the morning. Please give your child approximately €3 to buy goodies and partake in the fun activities.
CHRISTMAS PLAYS TIMETABLE:
Christmas plays will take place during the week beginning 18th December.
Junior Infants: Tuesday 19th December 11.40am (A Wriggly Nativity) 1st Class: Monday 18th December 11.00 (Christmas Recipe). 2nd Class: Tuesday 19th December 1.00am (Christmas Around the World). 3rd Class: Thursday 21st 1.00pm (When Toys Come Alive). 4th Class: Wednesday 20th 11.00am (Big Bad Ben of Bethlehem). 5th Class: Monday 18th 1.00pm (Lip Sync Christmas). 6th Class: Wednesday 20th December 1.00pm (Christmas is Banned). Senior Infants will be singing Christmas Carols in the Avalon Centre @ 11.30am Thursday 21st December.
FOOD DUDES:
We recently participated in the Food Dude Healthy Eating programme. Children in all classes were super at trying out fruit and vegetables that they had not eaten before. Feel free to send in various different fruit and vegetables in your child’s new specially labelled lunch box.
FRIENDSHIP WEEK:
Friendship Week was a great success. Children wore odd socks to show that we celebrate difference, wrote sorry notes to build bridges, were caught caring and were complimented on such a nice trait. Catch your child caring at home and let them know you see it – watch their delight in receiving positive attention. Remember we are a telling school. If you or your child suspect bullying is happening, please let us know by phone, letter or in person. We need to know so we can restore harmony. A definition of bullying states it must be “repeated, hurtful and deliberate” for 1st class upwards. In infants it must be “on purpose, happen more that once and be hurtful”. Your child knows how to be an Upstander – a superhero who does not allow bullying to happen.
CHOIR:
On December 1st, our Choir sang brilliantly for the 2017 Quayside Shopping Centre Christmas Activation. They were joined by Santa himself for a few numbers. Today they entertained the residents of Mowlam Nursing Home, Ballytivnan with carols to bring them some festive cheer. Each child made a Christmas card for the residents to show them the true meaning of Christmas joy.
SCÓR:
Six pupils from our school performed in Scór na bPáistí Shligigh on Sunday, November 12th. This competition is a celebration of Irish Culture. Barry McNamara, Julie Farrell, Hollie McAndrew, Callum Healy, Ceoladh McLoughlin and Emily Hession played together on the tin whistle and scored very highly. Well done to all!
JUNIOR INFANTS AISTEAR:NEW
Junior Infants have been very busy playing in the Post Office during our Aistear hour over the past few weeks. We have been learning how to write a letter, fold it, put it in an envelope and buy a stamp to post it. We will also be walking to the Post Office down town to post our own letters. It has been great fun.
SCIENCE WEEK 2017:
Well done to 3 super Scientists from 5th Class – Jean Van Aswegan, Alex Boggarapu and Monica Chen. They represented our school at the Sligo I.T. Science Festival and entertained everyone with their fantastic experiments.
Ms. Sherry’s 4th class and Ms. Gilligan’s 6th class took part in a live on-line chat with four scientists to discuss the science behind food.
Many thanks to Dr. Stephen Daly from Sligo I.T. who wowed the children and teachers in Ms. Donohoe’s and Ms. McNamara’s 2nd classes with his fascinating and sometimes explosive experiments. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant show and hopefully it inspired some of the children to try out experiments at home.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION:
If your child requires medication (e.g. Inhaler / Epipen / Anapen) in school parents must request the Administration of Medication Policy and Forms from the class teacher. These need to be filled in and returned to the school as soon as possible. Please note that parent / guardians must attend to administer antibiotics during the school day if required. All children who have been prescribed an epipen must have it in school EVERYDAY.
MIDDLETON CENTRE FOR AUTISM:
Congratulations to seven of our Special Needs Assistants who recently completed five evenings of training with the Staff of Middleton – the National Centre of excellence for Autism.
TEAM HOPE SHOE BOXES:
174 filled “Shoeboxes” from our school are making their way to deserving children the world over. A grateful thank you to all who spread Christmas joy in any way.
BREAKFAST CLUB:
Breakfast Club will resume on the morning of 8th January 2018.
HOMEWORK CLUB:
No Homework Club next week. Homework Club will resume week beginning 8th January 2018. .
H.S.C.L. Contact person: Andrea Bourke – 085 1583953.
Parents’ Partnership has been extremely busy organising Friday’s fun event. A cake sale, raffle and a visit from the man himself. Please make a special effort to donate some buns etc, to make sure no child misses out. Funds raised go directly to the children’s activities. Thanks to all involved for their hard work.
Parent Courses: Parents have been engaging in Art & Craft, and Zumba classes. Thank to Kasie Kozak who worked hard with us to make fantastic jewellery boxes. There will be a Health & Wellbeing course which will include Paediatric First Aid beginning in January. Keep an eye on Facebook and look out for notes in your child’s schoolbag.
Please feel free to contact H.S.C.L. co-ordinator Andrea Bourke on 085 1583953 should you have any query re our courses or services. The Parents’ Room is open everyday from 8.50am – 9.30am. for you to drop in and coffee mornings are every Tuesday. Come in and discuss any issues with like minded parents. We are all in this together.
Appreciation: A huge thank you to Edward Harte for his commitment to The Parents Partnership over the past four years. Edward introduced fantastic activities and raised funds for amazing resources which all our children enjoy. Thanks to Syvien Murrin who acted as Secretary. Good luck to Catherine Hannon who has been appointed Chairperson of the Parents’ Partnership and Sinead Kenny who has been appointed Secretary.
SPORT:
G.A.A. Amigo Skills: Some children will be competing in this competition where the focus is totally on gaelic skills – speed and accuracy. Good luck to them.
Gaelic Coach: Ross O’Donovan continues to coach many of our senior classes working on gaelic skills and fun activities which help improve their skills.
Soccer: Well done to our 3rd & 4th class boys and girls who took part in the 5-a-Side FAI Fustal Soccer competition which took place in the I.T. It took place over 2 days and the children had the opportunity to play against many other teams from Sligo.
Basketball:
Over 30 children from 5th & 6 class took part in a fun Basketball Blitz day in the Mercy College. Many top coaches from the All Stars were there to coach and referee and organise the games. Everyone had a great time.
Try-a-tri:
A record number of children took part in this fantastic event this year. It took place as usual in The Sports Complex and around Doorly Park. The children swam, cycled and ran. A huge achievement for all who took part.
LATE LATE TOY SHOW:
Congratulations to Cara Harnesse and Grace McMorrow who performed in “The Late Late Toy Show”.
RETIREMENT:
Best wishes and congratulations to Marianne Fahy who will be retiring on Friday 22nd December. A huge thank you to her from all in the school for her fantastic commitment to the Mercy Primary School over her career. She will be missed by all. Everyone extends best wishes to Marianne on her retirement.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSES
@ 12.00 NOON
FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 AND REOPENS ON MONDAY 8TH JANUARY 2018 AT NORMAL TIME.
MID-TERM BREAK
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 12TH FEBRUARY TO FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2018
RE-OPENS MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2018.
FIRST CONFESSION

TUESDAY 13TH MARCH 2018 @ 7.00PM IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 19TH MARCH 2018 IN LIEU OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
EASTER HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 26TH MARCH TO FRIDAY 6TH APRIL. REOPENS AT NORMAL TIME ON MONDAY 9TH APRIL 2018
STAFF TRAINING DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2018
CONFIRMATION

FRIDAY 4TH MAY 2018 @ 11.00AM IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FIRST COMMUNION

SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018 @ 11.30AM ST. ANNE’S CHURCH

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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All the boys and girls in school today were very excited to get a visit from Santa. Santa was happy to hear everyone was on the ‘good list’.

Christmas Recipe

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The Far Side of Happiness

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Gerry Boland, our writer-in-residence for many years, has just published his first collection of short stories for the adult reader and we are delighted for him and wish him lots of success with the book. Titled, THE FAR SIDE OF HAPPINESS, Gerry is getting very positive feedback from readers. You can purchase a signed copy of THE FAR SIDE OF HAPPINESS in Liber Bookshop on O’Connell Street. It could be the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves reading short stories.

Attendance

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Well done to the children in Junior Infants, Senior Infants and the Plaza who received certificates and a treat for Excellent Attendance.

Science Week 2017

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Scientist Steve visited Rang a Dó for Science Week today. They helped him with some really exciting experiments and made some very impressive predictions too. Some of them would love to be scientists themselves when they grow up! Thank you Scientist Steve!!!!

 

Science Fair 2017

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Alex, Monica and Jean all ready for the Science Fair at Sligo IT!


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