Students of the Week Friday September 27th

We had another exciting assembly earlier this afternoon reflecting on another very busy week at school!From Music to the Mayo Cross Country finals to exploring our whole school theme of a ‘Journey to Space’ we haven’t had time to draw breath.

As always, it was really difficult for the teachers to make their decision for Students of the Week with so many putting their names forward through their hard work and excellent behaviour.
This week’s students were recommended for a variety of very positive reasons. These ranged from continuously being in great form , working happily each day and having a great impact on classmates, to working very hard with their ‘Gaeilge’ and being kind to others and also to a great improvement in listening to their teacher. Others have settled into their new class with ease and continued where they left off last year while it was also lovely to hear of students who’ve settled so well into their new school. Recommendations also included students making a huge effort to improve handwriting/presentation and setting a great example to younger students by word and action.

Well done to all who were selected – we are very proud of you.

Students of the Week Friday September 20th

This week has really flown by with all classes settled back and working very hard. As a result, the teachers found the decision very difficult again this week, as many students had put themselves forward for selection as ‘Student of the Week’.

At the outset it is important to say a big well done to our new Infant Classes who again have survived their second full week. We were delighted at how well you’ve all settled into our school. We hope you’ve a good rest over the weekend and look forward to welcoming you on Monday morning for another busy week.

A Common theme this week among those selected was kindness to others alongside being very helpful to classmates and teachers, while always working very hard. Two of this week’s students of the week were also recommended for working very quietly, giving 100% to everything that they do while displaying a great attitude. All of this week’s ‘students’ are very eager to follow the school rules and in some cases have reminded others the importance of following these rules! Other’s have made a special effort to work hard in areas that perhaps last year they found difficult and have made great progress while it was also fantastic to hear of a student whose work is always presented to the highest standard, settling so well into the new school year. Well done again to all those selected. You all have worked very well throughout the week. Maith sibh!

Next week promises to be another busy week here in the school. GAA continues on Friday with Eugene Ivers. Ms.Fiona Doherty will be with us for week one of Music on Monday and on Thursday the students who qualified from the East Mayo Cross Country Championships will compete in Ballina in the Mayo finals. We wish these students well and hope they have a great day!

East Mayo Cross Country 2019

Comhghairdeachas mór to the Boys and Girls from 3rd to 6th Class who earlier today participated in the East Mayo Cross Country Championships held at Swinford Golf Club.

We had participants in all four events: 3rd and 4th Class Girls & Boys followed by 5th & 6th Class Girls & Boys. We were thrilled with how our teams performed, each very competitive having prepared well over the past number of weeks.

A number of students finished very strongly. Síofra McGuinness, Emily Higgins and Clodagh Meehan all secured individual medals alongside one of our performances of the day from Dylan Pilcher who in the Third and Fourth Class Boys competition finished second after a magnificent run. These Athletes now progress to the County Finals in Belleek Ballina on Thursday next September 26th at 11am.
The most pleasing news of the morning came as the results were announced when we learned our two girls teams and our Junior Boys team had qualified from their respective events.

Our Third and Fourth Class Girls were silver medalists in their event with team members Kayleigh Casey, Amy Vesey, Roisín Gately and Laoise Meehan finishing very strongly having been lead home by Síofra and Emily. Our 5th and 6th Class Girls secured a Bronze Medal in their team event to join those who qualified as individuals. Here again we had super performances from the Clodagh as mentioned, Ava Casey,Grace Hunt,Aimee O’Hehir, Candice Mongan, Alisha Walsh, Ruby Mannion and Amy Frizzell. We also secured a Third Team to Ballina through our 3rd and 4th Class Boys, here Darragh Shryhane, Ethan Honeyman, James McCann, Eoin Kelly and Adam Hunt alongside the aforementioned Dylan Pilcher had fantastic runs, each giving their all and ensuring their team progressed to the County Finals. Again this was wonderful news as all the students worked very hard, battling right to the finish line. Many of these students were representing the school for the very first time and can be extremely proud of their efforts.

Well done also to all our Senior boys who despite not qualifying can be so proud of their efforts. All of the boys gave their very best. Maith sibh!

A final word of thanks to all the boys and girls who have given so much in preparation for today. It was amazing to see the children’s progress at all levels and show a great determination and eagerness to represent their school.

Long may it last! Finally a very special word of thanks to all the members of Swinford AC who helped organise todays event, it was a most enjoyable morning.

Students of the Week Friday September 13th

Firstly, well done to our Junior Infants who experienced their first week of long school days to 2.05pm this week. They have all settled so well into our school. We are delighted having them with us a little longer each day!

The teachers this week had a very difficult time choosing their respective ‘Students of the Week’ as many students throughout the school really put themselves forward through their hard work and excellent attitude.

Lovely comments for this week’s group included that the students had listened so well, completing all their exercises with great care and attention, while working consistently hard in every subject. We were also delighted to hear that they had been kind and considerate to their classmates and teachers. Other students have moved to our school and settled with us as if they had always been here making a big impact on their classmates and teacher.

We often mention to the students that not everything will always be easy for any of us and that there will be times when topics or areas of school are difficult. We all must battle through these times and this week we were delighted that teachers mentioned students who had found things difficult in the past but have really grown in confidence of late and displayed a huge willingness to succeed in turn setting a great example to others throughout the school.
Well done to all the students selected and to all our students who worked very hard throughout this past week.

Curriculum Meetings

As mentioned in our last post we have had curriculum meetings throughout the past week. Thank you to all who attended these meetings. We really hope you found them informative and useful.The meetings conclude in the coming week with

Ms. McDonagh Monday 16th September
Ms. Ruane Tuesday 17th September
Ms. Munnelly Wednesday 18th September
Ms. Durkin Thursday 19th September
Ms. Duffy Friday 20th September

Cross Country

This coming Thursday will see the boys and girls from 3rd-6th compete in the local primary school cross country competition in Swinford at 11.00 am. The boys and girls have worked hard in preparation for this and we wish them well in their respective events.

Finally thank you and well done to Ms.McDonagh’s Sixth Class who prepared so well for our opening school mass earlier.This was a lovely end to another very busy week.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Curriculum Information Meetings 2019

Over the course of the next fortnight we will have our annual Curriculum Information Meetings. These are short meetings where our class teachers will explore the curricular areas that will be used throughout the coming year and the methodologies to be used in our classrooms.

At the meeting we will also outline how you can best support your child with their work at school and at home.

These meetings will take place in your child’s classroom at 9.25 a.m. The children will be supervised by Ms.Connaghan, Ms Tierney, Mrs.Reilly and Mr.McDermott during the meetings.

Teacher Curriculum Information Meeting Date

Ms. Colson Monday 9th September
Ms. Delaney Tuesday 10th September
Mr. Rushe Wednesday 11th September
Mr. Clarke Thursday 12th September
Ms. Henry Friday 13th September
Mr. McDonagh Monday 16th September
Ms. Ruane Tuesday 17th September
Ms. Munnelly Wednesday 18th September
Ms. Durkin Thursday 19th September
Ms. Duffy Friday 20th September

As always we look forward to a great attendance and hope that you find the meetings helpful.

Students of the Week Friday September 6th

What a great first full week we’ve just had. It’s still very early days in this new school year. A second week to get organised and settled into the routines of school life. All of our teachers were delighted with the efforts of their students throughout this past week, all working very hard in class and at home.

Firstly a big well done to our students in Sonas, Spraoi and Sásta who are working so hard this year. Mrs Colson, Ms.Ruane and Ms.Munnelly are so happy with your progress! Maith sibh!

Well done also to our Junior Infant students who have now completed their first full week in Primary School. We are delighted with how well they each have settled into their new school.

This week also saw the girls and boys from 3rd to 6th take to pitch and playing areas behind the school to train for the Primary School Cross Championships which will take place shortly at Swinford Golf Course. It really was fantastic to see the children’s progression over the week and the great attitude they displayed of never giving up even when things were difficult! Well done to all the children who worked so hard throughout their lunch breaks.

And so to our first students of the week for our new school year. At the outset the teachers were unanimous in saying how difficult the decisions had been this week with so many students in contention, however the focus, concentration, hard work, excellent manners and willingness to succeed of this week’s students pushed them very much to the fore.

Each of this week’s students of the week have made a wonderful start to the new school year and we are delighted with their progress. We hope they can continue to work in this manner throughout the school year.

Well done also to all those who have worked so hard to date. We’re certain all the teachers can see how well you are doing and are sure your time will come very soon. A reminder also that in the coming weeks we will see our Junior Infants class included in these special awards for the first time.

Dates for your Diary:

Sunday September 8th: Students from our school will participate in the National Grandparents Day celebrations at Knock Shrine.We thank these students and their parents for their support of what has become an annual event on our school calendar.

Monday September 9th Junior Infants will begin their first full day finishing 2.05pm

Finally we will have a Mass to celebrate the beginning of the new school year on Friday morning next September 13th at 10 am in St. James’ Church. Students from our First to Sixth Classes will attend.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Back to School

Welcome back everyone to a new school year. We hope you all had a great summer break.

A very special welcome to our new pupils in Junior Infants who joined our school and indeed all other pupils who have joined us for the first time this year. We trust you will have a happy and long association with our school.

We would also like to welcome Ms. Durkan who returns in our Senior Infant Class and to Ms. Elaine Tierney who joins our Special Education Needs Team as Learning Support Teacher. Welcome also to Martina McHugh, Grazyna Drury, Eilish Burke and Roisín Higgins who join our school team as Special Needs Assistants. We hope that our new staff members feel very welcome here in St. Attracta’s. We are delighted they have joined us

Finally we hope all our students have enjoyed the opening to our school year. As always we have many exciting and enjoyable projects planned for all classes throughout this year. We have lots to look forward to.

We hope you all enjoy tracking our progress on these pages!