At a glance September – November 2014
Find out what is happening in St Patrick’s NS this month….
Celebration to mark the Completion of St. Patrick’s School Building: On Friday 24th October we held a special celebration for all in our school community & in the Glencullen community to mark the fulfilment of our vision of a completed school. This was an historic event for the Glencullen community, who only 20 years ago were possibly going to lose their local school due to falling numbers. Instead, on this wonderful day, we celebrated opening our final 3 classrooms completing a 200 pupil school for the village of Glencullen. You can enjoy reading more all about this special day in our School Section.
World Homeless Day: To celebrate World Homeless Day on October 10th, Claire Crawley from the Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves Shelter came in to speak with 4th, 5th & 6th class about the issues homeless people in our community face. Following this workshop, our Senior pupils decided to hold a Glove Appeal, collecting gloves for homeless men, women & children. To date we have collected 137 pairs of new gloves. Well done everybody!!
Carpark Safety November 2014: School reopened on Monday after the Halloween break and the Student’s Council were straight to work. The Council have released a Statement on Carpark Safety (outlined in the November Newsletter) and they have created a powerpoint highlighting the need for everyone to slow down and take more care. Please check it out! Carpark Safety 2014
Digital Schools of Distinction: During October our students took part in a video production for the Digital Schools of Distinction. Links to our productions can be viewed online:
ie/resources/ict-in-the- curriculum-resources/ (ICT & the Curriculum)
ie/resources/leadership- vision-resources/ (leadership & Vision).
You can also read more about our involvement in this project in our ICT Section in Students.
Maths Week: Maths Week was held 13th – 17th October with lots of fun Maths activities held around the school. This week was a celebration of maths and an opportunity to recognise the importance of maths in our daily lives. Throughout the week, children took part in Maths trails, quizzes, interactive games, projects, puzzles and activities.
Encourage your child to develop his/her maths language and problem solving skills at home and in the community. See www.mathsweek.ie for events taking place in your area. For assistance with new topics in maths check out www.mathsisfun.com while www.haveyougotmathseyes.com/ gives great ideas for spotting maths in the environment.
What’s going on?: We hope you will enjoy a snapshot from the school corridors in October:
Cumann na mBunscol Junior Team: For the first time in our school’s history, this year we entered the Junior Cumann na mBunscol league. While we might not have emerged at the top of the table, our team played some excellent matches with tough wins & outstanding goals. We celebrated the team success with ice-creams from Ms. Byrne! Thanks to our teacher Mr. Coughlan and parent Paul Campbell for coaching us. Hopefully we’ll back stronger than ever next year.
Cumann na mBunscol Senior Team: After many successes on the pitch, our Senior team made it to the semi finals of the Cumann na mBunscol league only to be pipped to the final by Ballinteer Boys School. Outstanding play by all our players especially Alex Mc Evoy, Cian Sinclair, Phoebe Long, Kate O Dowd, Ben Mulhall and Rachel Daly. We look forward to next year where we take part in the hurling league!!
New Birdhouse: While we got a new extension for our school, our lovely bird community obviously needed an extension to their old home. So thanks to MS. Byrne’s dad Matt Byrne, our birds are delighted to reside in the newly renovated Tig Éan Padraig Naofa!
Global Schools Seminar: We were delighted & honoured to be asked by Dean Eaton of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to host a Global Citizen seminar for neighbouring schools, following our success last year in achieving our 6th Green Flag. You can read more in our SESE section.