What an honour it was for us all to be part of the ‘Proclamation Day 2016’ commemorating and remembering the events of Easter one hundred years before. This really was a once in a generation occasion for our school community; pupils, parents and teachers- where we all felt we were part of history.
This event was one of the major highlights of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and followed the ‘Flags for Schools’ initiative which we all very much enjoyed earlier in our school year.
Our ceremony began with a special reading of the 1916 Proclamation before we read our school’s own Proclamation for a new generation. Our Senior students had worked very hard in the previous weeks exploring what they felt should be included in their vision for Ireland and can be very proud of the fruits of their labour.
We then played and sang ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ before our tricolour was raised by Fr.Johnston, all to the moving sounds of Ms.Connaghan and her brother Kieran playing the pipes.
We really appreciate and thank all who helped with today’s ceremony. Míle buíochas to Fr.Johnston for his lovely words to all assembled, Ms.Connaghan and her brother Kieran who added so much to this special event, Ms.Henry for all her hard work behind the scenes and to all our Parents/Guardians who came to support us. We really appreciated your presence in such great numbers.
Finally thank you to all the boys and girls in our school. You each entered into the Centenary Programme’s events with great respect, interest and enthusiasm. This was a fitting tribute to our ancestors and those who have gone before and made Ireland the country it is today.
Just a short reminder that our Enrolment Afternoon will take place this coming Wednesday March 9th at 2pm here in our Junior Infant Classroom.
Enrolment forms are available by calling our school secretary, Geraldine, at 094-9254905 in the school office,by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can download a copy of our enrolment application from the homepage of our website (www.stattractasns.ie). Copies will also be available on the day.
We are very much looking forward to meeting you and our new students for the coming school year.
The results came through to us this evening of the Féile Scoldramaíochta Chonnachta which Rang 3 agus Rang 4 participated in earlier this week.
We are very proud of all the children who took part in An Píobaire Hamelin agus Rumplestelskin. We also want to thank all the families for their support and understanding during the last few weeks.
Unfortunately neither of the Dramas have progressed to the National finals. The standard was extremely high and we were praised for our excellent acting abilities. The adjudicator as we alluded earlier this week also praised our artwork, props and costumes. Special mention goes to Mrs Helen McCafferty and her son Joseph for the time and effort they put into our set design.
We were given some great tips on how to improve next year and we will work on getting to the next level. The children enjoyed the experience and have made huge progress in many areas not lease with their ‘gaeilge’. We are already looking forward to next year!
Finally a special thank you to our wonderful ‘Muinteoirí’ who prepared, supported and encouraged our students through it all. We very much appreciate their hard work and interest. Go raibh mile maith agaibh.
Thursday March 3rd was World Book Day. Here in St. Attracta’s we delayed the celebration by a day as rang a trí agus rang a ceathar were as láthair ag Comórtas Féile Na Drámaíocht i nGallaimh. Tá siad ar bís inniú ag fanacht ar na torthaí! Ádh mhór doibh.
We cannot over emphasise the importance of reading to children. It opens an entire world of opportunities and experiences for them and adds to their quality interactions with us as parents. It is so important for children to have access to books and to be encouraged to read and develop this hobby. We are also reminded that not all children are as lucky as us having a library on their doorstep. As children we can all remember the excitement of getting a new book or the latest Bunty, Beano or Shoot! Or the inevitable scramble for the funny pages in the weekend newspaper! That sense of excitement and fun is what we want to instil in our children as they develop their reading skills.
Lots of information, resources and book recommendations can be found online at www.worldbookday.com We were amazed at the thought and effort that went into the portrayal of characters from reading books in our school today. It was so interesting to see the books that are so popular with our children at the moment and we were delighted to see some of our own personal favourites making an appearance! The children were proud to present themselves at assembly and tell us who they were and what book they were from. A huge thank you to our parents for helping them with their portrayal. We are reminded of a quote that used to hang on our walls here in school. It read “You may have tangible wealth untold, caskets of jewels and coffers of gold, but richer than I you can never be….for I had a parent who read to me”.
Commiserations to our Girls Mini 7’s team who were narrowly defeated in their County Quarter Final against Midfield NS on a scoreline of 4-3 to 4-0 yesterday afternoon at Swinford Amenity Park.
Our girls gave a fantastic account of themselves in very difficult and testing conditions. They played with great heart and spirit as the game ebbed and flowed and can be very proud of their efforts.Unfortunately, they came up just short as the game concluded.
We were very proud of each of the girls and look forward to preparing for the Cumann na mBunscol competitions later in this school year.
Finally a special word of thanks to Mr.Fahey and Midfield NS for a very enjoyable and sporting game. We wish them every success as they progress towards their Semi Final in the coming week.