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Today two members of the Irish Army Seargent O’Flaherty and Private Stapleton, came to our school to do something very special. They were welcomed at the door by James and Ben. The two soldiers met all of the children. They presented our school with a gift. Each school in Ireland is receiving an Irish flag and a copy of the proclamation to mark the centenary in 2016 of the Easter Rising 1916. Our¬†oldest and youngest pupils accepted the gift on behalf of our school.

The sixth class girls read the fourth paragraph of the  proclamation aloud. We thought about the words and we said we would write a new proclamation for our times before next Easter.

Afterwards the children were allowed to see (and touch and crawl through and sit in and honk the horn of!) the army jeep. Thanks to David and Eoin who gave us their time!

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Our oldest and youngest pupil accept the flag and the proclamation on behalf of our school

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We were delighted with our gift!


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Happy children

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The jeep comes in to school too!

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Driving

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Climbing in to the jeep

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Practising their marching

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Happy girls!

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Middle room drivers!

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Happy boys!

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How many infants can you fit in a jeep?

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Chatting to the infants!

 

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Sing Out Loud

The senior class children took part in Sing Out Loud in the National Opera House on Tuesday night. The children have been learning songs since September. The songs were a great mixture of pop, rock & roll, musicals and Christmas music. The children had s hot dinner in school first. We had Chinese food which Wei Shun’s parents provided and the PTA paid for. It was yummy and very odd to turn our classroom into a restaurant!

Then Eamon brought us on the bus to Wexford and dropped us to the National Opera House. We had a rehearsal on stage at 5 and then some time off to prepare ourselves in the dressing rooms upstairs. The concert started at 7.30 and finished at 9.15. We had such a great time! Thanks to everyone in the Emjet Team who made us feel so welcome!

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PTA AGM & BoM elections

On Thursday 12th November there will be a general meeting on the school for all parents. The PTA AGM starts at 7.30pm. At this meeting we look at the work of the PTA committee over the last year and hear of their future plans. New committee members are elected.

At the meeting there will also be elections for the two Parents’ nominees to the new Board of Management (one male and one female).

The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Please make an effort to attend.

Gaelic football coaching

We are delighted to be using the indoor pitch at the GAA grounds on Bunclody for our PE lessons again this year. The middle room had PE there from September to Halloween. The senior room will go from now until Christmas. Last week was the first session for the seniors since last year. Kristof played gaelic football for the first time ever! He thought it was a good game!

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Rev Mike came to talk to us last week at assembly time. He told us a story about three trees who all wanted to be something special. It was a very good story. We were listening carefully.

Rev. Mike at assembly

Rev. Mike at assembly

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The Infant Book Project

Just before the Halloween holidays the infants wrote books. They went to the library and they met an author called Dolores Keaveney. She was really nice and she encouraged them to write their own books. The infants wrote their books in school. On a special day the infants invited their parents and Dearbhla, our librarian to come to school to see the books. The children took turns and read their books out loud. Mrs Wilson used the visualiser so that all of the visitors could see the book on the big interactive whiteboard.

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Tag Rugby with Larry

We were so pleased earlier this month to welcome back Larry Canavan from Tullow RFC, following his illness last school year. Larry is a favourite visitor and sports coach in our school and was very much missed! As soon as Larry came back he started training with the senior classes, 4th – 6th. As there are a lot of children in the class he spits then into two groups. Larry trains with the kids on Mondays. The children really enjoy tag rugby and we are very grateful to Larry, Tullow RFC and the youth development team in Leinster for the support our school receives.

On Wednesday 30th September Larry organised a blitz between the senior pupils of our school and the senior pupils of Shilelagh NS. The children had a great day with great weather and played great rugby! Thanks to Larry and to the teachers involved.

Tag rugby teams Shilelagh NS and Carrigduff NS

Tag rugby teams Shilelagh NS and Carrigduff NS

And a funny pic!

And a funny pic!

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Teaching Practice

Welcome back to our former pupil Jessica Jacob now a student teacher in the Church of Ireland College of Education. Jessica will be joining us in November for teaching practice in the middle room. She will be visiting the school once a week over the next four weeks observing and preparing and will begin teaching on Monday 2nd November, straight after the Halloween break. We are delighted to facilitate Jessica’s teaching practice and look forward to working with her as a colleague!

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Vision & Hearing Tests

The Junior Infants will have their vision and hearing tests on Tuesday 13th October. Parents should note that 6th class will not be routinely tested this year following a national directive. Parents with any concerns should let a class teacher know before this date as teachers can still make a small number of discretionary referrals.

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