Rang a Dó School Tour

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Rang a Dó made their very own teddy bears to take home in Bear Essentials, Co. Cavan! What a great day out!!!

1st Class School Tour

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First class went on their school tour to Lough Key Forest Park. They had a fantastic day. They got to go on a boat,do the Canopy Walk, have a picnic and finally go to the playground. It was so much fun. They had an ice-cream to cool down after.

Messy Art Day 2018

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Ms. Donohoe’s class enjoyed using wool, ribbons and canvas to create art pieces during Messy Art Day this year. Thank you to Ms. Monaghan for organising and to the parents who helped us!

Scéalta- May 2018

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : FRIDAY 11H MAY 2018
Message from Principal,

We are almost mid-way through our final term here in Our Lady of Mercy. Children have been engaging in wonderful activities involving, Feis, Sport and Gardening. It is a busy time of year and we encourage all children to get the most out of the last few weeks in their class.

Marguerite Stenson

SCHOOL OFFICE:
The school office is closed every day from 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Please do not call to or telephone the office at this time. Thank you for your co-operation.
CYBERBULLYING WORKSHOP:
We are organising a cyberbullying workshop for parents and a separate workshop for pupils on Wednesday 13th June. These workshops are delivered by Barnardos and deliver up to date information on how to keep safe online, prevent cyberbullying and develop pro-active responses that we can all take to tackle this issue. Please pencil in this date – we will remind you closer to the time.
ENROLMENT:
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:
Well done to all the boys and girls in 2nd class who made their First Penance on the 13th March. They told the story of Zacchaeus so beautifully and were so respectful in the church.
CEREMONY OF LIGHT:
The Confirmation candidates participated in the Ceremony of Light Service in St. Anne’s Church. 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.
CONFIRMATION:
Congratulations to the boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Friday. We were delighted to welcome Bishop Doran to our parish. The children and their families enjoyed a party in the school afterwards. Thank you to Mrs. Bourke and The Parents’ Partnership for organising it and all the parents who sent in the goodies! We are looking forward to The Communion on the 19th May.
AISTEAR: JUNIOR &SENIOR INFANTS:
Our Aistear theme is “The Vets”. We are very busy bringing all our sick and injured pets into the surgery! We also had to give some animals injections and medicine. During our Aistear hour each day, we play in lots of different areas – The Pet Shop, Puzzle area, Construction, Small World, Junk Art to name but a few. All of these areas are connected to “The Vet” theme in one way or another. We hope that a real life Vet will visit us in school over the next few weeks.
HAWKS WELL:
On the 23rd April, all the Junior Infants walked to the Hawks Well Theatre and we watched the play “Star Chasers”. It was really good and we had lots of fun.
MESSY ART WEEK – -WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
This year the focus will be on Fabric & Fibre and we need your help to make it as successful as previous years. We are looking for balls of wool, ribbon, string, twine, beads, buttons and odd socks! There will be a donation point in the Parents Room and in the front Reception. Thank you in advance.
FEIS SHLIGIGH & FEIS CEOIL:
Congratulations to all the children in our school Tin Whistle Band who won both Feiseanna this Easter. We also had many prize winners in Art, Poetry and Comhrá. Comghairdeas daoibh go léir.
SPORT:
Gaelic:
Markievicz Park:
Well done to the 40 boys and girls who took part in “The Galvin and Fr. Murray Cups” played recently in Markievicz Park.
P.T.O

Jersey Day:
Our school held our Jersey Day on Friday. All the children were allowed to wear their favourite jersey and pay €1 which goes to Cumman na mBunscoil, in order to help fund coaches etc. provided by them.

Blitz:
Lucky 3rd & 4th class children will participate in a Gaelic Blitz day in the middle of May. This will be held in Scarden. It is always a great day as it is fun based and caters for all levels, encouraging all to try out some skills or perfecting those they already have.
T.Y. Students:
Our two 5th classes will be going over to the Mercy College for a training session organised by the Mercy College students and Ross O’Donovan.
Lunch time League:
Over 40 boys and 40 girls have signed up to take part in our Gaelic lunch time league. There is a huge interest this year which is fantastic. The teams will play a match every Thursday over at the Mercy College. It is a great experience for the children and a great opportunity to play some matches in a fun environment. Good luck to all of our teams.
Sligo / Leitrim Boys U12 Winners:
Congratulations to Barry McNamara, Jude Guia, Calum Mulligan, Lukasz Kromer, Luke Lyttle and David Packowski who won the U12 Soccer Cup on Saturday with St. John’s Soccer Club.

ACTIVE SCHOOL WEEK:
A very successful active school week was held recently. Children enjoyed fun activities. The highlight of the week was our early morning dance sessions in the yard led by 5th class. We encourage children to keep active and get fit.
HSCL (Home School Community Liaison): Contact Person: Andrea Bourke 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.
Stitch & Smile: Sewing Skills for parents on Tuesdays at 9.00am in the Parents Room. All welcome.
Yoga: Thursdays @ 9:30am Classes for Parents are on-going on Thursday mornings at 9.30am. All welcome.

It is the season for the Communion party. We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with teas and coffees. Many people have enjoyed these parties and it may be your turn in years to come so if you could volunteer your time on Saturday 19th May at 1.00pm. We would really appreciate it.
If you would like to contact Mrs. Bourke you can call her on 085 1583953.
If you have any uniforms you wish to donate to school, please leave them into Mrs. Bourke in the HSCL Room.
AFTERSCHOOL ABBEYQUARTER:
Limited places available for September 2018 in the Abbeyquarter Afterschool Project, Cranmore, Sligo. If interested please phone Rose or Kari between 1.30pm – 5.00pm Monday to Friday on 087 2188646.
THANK YOU:
Thanks to Shane Mullane for clearing the area in front of the school and making it ready for “The Tidy School” award inspection. It is very much appreciated.
EASTER FOOD COLLECTIONS:
As part of our Lenten preparations we 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:
Congratulation to Tina Fahey on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Mila.
CONDOLENCES:
We extend our sincere sympathy to Gwen and the family of Don Chrystal (former Caretaker) on his recent death. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.
HOLIDAYS:
The school closes for the Summer holidays on 29th June. We discourage parents from taking their children out of school on holidays prior to this date.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

FIRST COMMUNION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY, 19TH MAY 2018 @ 11.30am.
REFERENDUM DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
FRIDAY 25TH MAY 2018.
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY JUNE BANK HOLIDAY
MONDAY 4TH JUNE 2018. OPENS AS NORMAL ON TUESDAY MORNING 5TH JUNE 2018
SUMMER HOLIDAYS
School closes @ 12.00 Noon
SCHOOL CLOSES
FRIDAY 29TH JUNE 2018. REOPENS ON FRIDAY 31st AUGUST 2018 AT NORMAL TIME.

Fantastic Feis Success In 2018

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Well done to all the boys and girls who won prizes in both Feis Ceoil and Feis Shligigh this year. Prizes were won in art, poetry recitation, comhrá Gaeilge and of course our double Feis champions Our Lady of Mercy Tinwhistle Band! More children than ever entered this year and we look forward to 2019 when hopefully we can repeat such wonderful success.😊

Planting in Rang a Dó

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We planted tomato seeds and tomato plants with Sophie in the school polytunnel yesterday. We have to water them every third day so they will grow in to tomatoes for us to eat!

3D Shapes in Rang a Dó

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Ms. Donohoe’s class printed the faces of some 3D shapes today. We noticed that they are the same shape as some 2D shapes like circles or squares. We also traced around some 3D shapes to see that we had made the shape of 2D shapes with our pencils!

Happy Easter from Rang a Dó!

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Feis Success For Our Tinwhistle Band

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We are celebrating in Our Lady of Mercy P.S. this week as our Tinwhistle Band have retained the Leo Beirne Memorial Shield  (Feis Shligigh) for the 3rd consecutive year. 

Under the instruction of Seamus McCormack and with fantastic support from parents and family on the night the boys and girls in our Tinwhistle Band put on a great performance to take first place and bring the Leo Beirne Memorial Shield back to Our Lady of Mercy once more. Well done to all involved 😊

First Penance

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Congratulations to all the children in Rang a Dó who made their First Penance tonight. We are so proud of you all!

Pyjama Day

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The boys and girls from 1st class were very cosy coming to school today in their pyjamas. They were very lucky to hear a story read by Ms.Fahy. We all really enjoyed it.

Scéalta- February 2018

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28TH 2018

Message from Principal,
Mercy Primary is buzzing at the moment with all the activities that are taking place. It was wonderful to welcome the Grandparents of the children in second class to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Polytunnels,, Quizes etc. are keeping us very busy this term. I hope you enjoy reading all our news.

Marguerite Stenson, Principal.

CONTACT DETAILS:
It is of high importance to contact the school office if you have changed mobile phone number. The school MUST have an up to date contact number at all times.
INTERNET SAFETY:
Please see website “webwise.ie” which has excellent advice on keeping our children safe online.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
We request that parents / guardians do not walk through the school corridors. They are reserved solely for children and staff.
HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME:
Holidays are not recommended during school terms and they are advised against by the school and The Department of Education & Skills.
MOSAIC BENCH:
We are delighted to welcome a new mosaic exhibit to our school. It is the “Viking” seat which was formally situated in front of the old ESB offices in Rockwood Parade. This seat was originally designed and decorated by Mercy Primary pupils in 1996. They were overseen by recently retired teacher, Ms. Marianne Fahy. Thanks to Damien Tansey, Solicitor and Kilcawley Construction for their assistance in returning the seat to Mercy Primary. It now takes pride of place in the front of the school.
ÁISTEAR – JUNIOR INFANTS:
We have been very busy in Junior Infants playing in the hospital and learning lots of new things. We got to dress up as a doctor, a nurse and a patient. It was great fun. We had a visit from Dr. Ossama who works in Sligo General Hospital and asked him lots of questions about his busy job. Next week we will have a visit from a nurse and a radiographer. A few weeks ago we had a visit from Ann, the post lady, and there are some pictures on the school website. Check them out! Next week we will be playing in “The Vets”.
CAT4:
The CAT4, an online cognitive ability test was administered to all pupils in 4th class recently. This is a very comprehensive test of students’ developed abilities that determine attainment. The test helps us, as teachers, to ensure that all students can learn effectively and maximise potential. If you would like to discuss your child’s profile, please make an appointment with the class teacher.
STAY SAFE:
All classes have been implementing the new version of Stay Safe since Christmas. SPHE is a vital component of our school curriculum and the Stay Safe programme aims to protect our young people from dangerous situations. Its content is available online www.staysafe.ie. Please note you must inform the class teacher every year if you wish to withdraw from any parts of SPHE. The SPHE Policy is available on school blog.
S.E.N.:
A new model of allocating Special Education Teachers to schools was introduced recently and is described in Circular 13/2017. Pupils can be supported by three levels of support:
• Level 1: Class room support provided by the Class Teacher.
• Level 2: School Support provided by the Class Teacher and Support Teacher based on identifying needs (previously known as Learning Support).
• Level 3: School Support Plus provided by the Class Teacher and the Support Teacher for pupils with more complex needs (previously known as Resource).
We are transitioning to this new model and it will be fully implemented in September 2018.
S.S.E.:
The process of School Self Evaluation is continuing with the area of focus on S.P.H.E. and well being in our school.
SCHOOL TRANSITION:
It is that time of year again when our 6th class pupils are contemplating their transition to secondary school. To facilitate a smooth transition we work closely with the colleges and as part of that process we ask the parents of these children to fill out and return their child’s Pupil Passport.
THE LEARNING PLAZA:
Funding has been secured from The Department of Education & Skills to provide new custom made workstations for the children in Plaza 2. P.T.O.

NOTICE FROM MARKIEVICZ HOUSE:
We have been asked by the HSE to inform parents / guardians that the School Nurse Health Clinic (previously called the Drop in Clinic) at Markievicz House will be by appointment only. Phone Pauline Feely @ 071 9155100 ext. 5442 between 10.00am – 1.00pm.
GRANDPARENTS’ DAY:
On Thursday 1st February, 2nd class were delighted and excited to welcome so many grandparents and parents to our school to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Fr. Pat led us in prayer and we gave thanks for our lovely families and special visitors. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat. We hope Grandparents like their portraits on the wall!!
IRISH HERITAGE COUNCIL:
On 21st February 2018, 5th & 6th classes attended a workshop presented by the very informative Aidan Dockery to commemorate the centenary anniversary of World War 1.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Oliwia, Bethany, Lexie Leigh, Morena, Weronika, Jayden, Kayley, Megan, Trecia, Callum, Aibhe and Andrea who were all winners in Feis Ceoil 2018 Visual Arts competition. Well done! We are very proud of everyone who entered.
SPORT:
G.A.A.: Ross Donovan (Sligo Senior Gaelic Player) continues to work with our senior classes every Friday. This is a great opportunity for the children to not only work on and perfect their gaelic skills but also to enjoy a huge variety of fun games.
GAA Amigo Skills: Our school will have 4 boys and 4 girls taking part in this gaelic skills competition on March 2nd in Summerhill College. This takes place every year and attracts schools from all over the county. We wish our two teams the best of luck.
Table Quiz: Cumann na mBunscol had their annual Table Quiz in the Teeling Centre last night. It was great fun with questions on every topic. We had 2 teams from our senior classes taking part. Well done to them.
Games: Liam Óg Ó’Gormley, our gaelic games co-ordinator has organised a games session for some of our middle classes. This will take place every Wednesday for 5 weeks in the Mercy College gym – another great opportunity for our children.
Basketball: 3rd & 4th Classes (over 100 children) took part in a fun Basketball Jamboree day in January in the Mercy Gym. This was organised and refereed by some of the top Sligo All stars basketball players. The children were split into 5–a-side teams and played continuously for the full morning. This was a very enjoyable and valuable experience for our children – hopefully some will continue with this great sport
HSCL (HOME SCHOOL COMMUNITY LIAISON), CONTACT PERSON: ANDREA BOURKE: 085 1583953
Thanks to those parents who participated in our Health & Wellbeing course. They all received a certificate in Paediatric First Aid. Well done!! There are many parenting courses available in the community. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all courses. Yoga Classes for parents are starting shortly. Please contact Andrea Bourke on 085 1583953 to book a place.
PARENTS’ PARTNERSHIP:
There was a Parents’ Partnership meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 27th February in the HSCL room. Please let us know if you are available to help out with events throughout the school year such as Communion and Confirmation parties etc.
EASTER FOOD COLLECTION:
We will be starting our annual food collection for the homeless in Sligo in the coming weeks. We will collect tinned food, cereals, rice, pasta, biscuits etc. A note will be sent home closer to the time.
FRANCISCAN FRIARS:
Franciscan priests and brothers from Moyross in Limerick visited our classes recently. They were holding a Mission in St. Annes. The children enjoyed learning about their work.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

STAFF TRAINING
SCHOOL CLOSES @ 12.30PM
WEDNESDAY NEXT 7TH MARCH 2018
FIRST PENANCE
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
TUESDAY 13th MARCH 2018 @ 7.00PM.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 19TH MARCH IN LIEU OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
EASTER HOLIDAYS
School closes at 12.00 noon on Fri .23rd March
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 26TH MARCH TO FRIDAY 6TH APRIL 2018 (inclusive). REOPENS AS NORMAL MONDAY MORNING 9TH APRIL 2018.
TEACHERS IN SERVICE DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2018
CONFIRMATION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FRIDAY 4TH MAY 2018 @ 11.00am.
FIRST COMMUNION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018 @ 11.30am.


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