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cns post on October 24th, 2012

An Nuacht
The members of the Green School Committee are planning a flag raising ceremony as they have successfully achieved the standard required for the energy flag. The flag was presented to school representatives by An Taisce in Cork on Thursday May 17th at the Silver Springs Hotel.

The annual school tours were wonderful occassions for the pupils to enjoy a day out with their friends. Infants travelled to Stonehall Farm. First and second had a tour of Thomond Park and had some fun at the Delta activity centre. Third and fourth visited Cobh. Fifth and sixth had a packed day in Dublin. Further details of the tours are in the ‘Trips and Tours’ section.

Congratulations to Kevin in fourth class who was a prizewinner in the Community Games Finals of the Boys Under 10 Art Competition in Athlone on Saturday May 26th.

Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh was held in the University of Limerick on Saturday June 2nd. Eight pupils participated in the the Irish speaking competition ‘Comhrá Gaeilge’ at the World Music Academy building. The pupils performed well and were highly praised by the adjudicator. Five pupils were selected to perform at the Munster Finals in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Best of luck to Clodagh, Gráinne, Sorcha, Rachel and Tara.

Congratulations to the pupils in second class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 12th: Alisia, Clodagh, Dawn, Mika, Sally, Calvin, Conor, Liam, Jim, Joshua, Mikey and Seamie.

Pupils from the fifth and sixth class selected Milford Hospice as a charity to donate to following their confirmation day. They presented a cheque for 607 euro to Milford Hospice on March 29th. Well done boys and girls.

Congratulations to the boys’ indoor hurling team who were crowned county champions on March 28th, following a wonderful display of their skills in Caherconlish. Thanks to all those who assisted in the county final and the previous matches. The panel members were Andrew, Daniel, Gavin, Gavin, Jack, Kevin, Mark, Nessan and Pat.

The ‘Reading Buddies’ programme has been expanded in the lead up to Easter to include first and second class who are matched with ‘buddies’ from fifth and sixth. The programme is being received very positively by pupils. Children are enjoying the experience and it is having a wonderful effect on their reading and comprehension skills.

Croagh N.S. participated in the Community Games primary school choir competition at The Woodlands Hotel on March 27th. Following a strong performance they were awarded fourth place. Well done to the thirty two members of the choir. Sincere thanks to all those who supported the choir in any way.

During the spell of sunny weather in late March, pupils availed of of the opportunity to work in the school garden. Pupils from infants to sixth were involved and have planted potatoes, onions, strawberries, blackcurrants, lettuce, thyme, mint, chives and garlic. They also added some sunflowers which they hope will bring some colour to the garden.

Sincere thanks to Adare and District Nursing Home who made a presentation to the pupils in the school in acknowledgement of their musical performances for the residents each year. Pupils were surprised and delighted to accept the gift and look forward to visiting the residents later in the year.

Fr. Mullins administered the sacrament of confirmation on Saturday 10th March in Kilfinny church. Congratulations to the pupils who received their confirmation: Caitlin, Ciara, Claire-Mairead, Eilíse, Kate, Katie, Katie, Lucy, Megan, Niamh, Noirín, Orlaith Rachel, Sinead, Adam, Brian, Bryan, Barry, Jack, James, Sean, Jack, Patrick, Jack, Luke, Gearóid and John.

An assessor from An Taisce visited the school and met with members of the Green School Committee to inspect the continuing efforts to reduce waste and energy. The committee are striving to attain the second green flag. The Green School Committee are busy reducing energy consumption. An update of their efforts and tips to conserve energy are available in the Green School section of this website.

Some useful websites which help young children improve their literacy are included in the ‘Early Literacy’ section of the website.

A number of pupils in the school submitted entries for the I.N.T.O.-E.B.S. handwriting competition.Entries have been submitted to the Texaco Children’s Art competition. We wish all participants the best of luck.

Congratulations to all the pupils who were chosen to represent Croagh-Kilfinny in the Co. Limerick final of the art competition organised by the Community Games.

Pupils who are preparing for Confirmation attended a retreat on February 15th.

The Diocesan Advisers visited all classes in the school on February 13th and examined the Alive O Religious Education programme.

On Feb 6th Croagh N.S. was represented in the Credit Union Quiz by two teams from the senior classes. They made a wonderful effort on the night.

A colours day was held in aid of Haiti on Friday January 27th. In excess of 450 euro was raised by the pupils to help the people of Haiti. Thanks to all who supported this cause.

This year in Croagh National School we introduced ‘Reading Buddies’. Children from Junior and Senior Infants are partnered up with children from 3rd and 4th Class to have some shared reading time together. The ‘buddies’ get to read and chat together about their chosen book for 15 minutes twice a week in Miss O’Sullivan’s or Miss Murphy’s classroom. The older buddies were trained in how to ‘Share-Read’ with the Infants so are very well able to ask lots of questions and get the younger children thinking and reading. The younger buddy holds the book and follows the words along with their finger as the older buddy reads. It is great for the infants to develop these early reading skills as well as excellent for the older children to develop confidence in their own reading ability. Both children discuss and rate the book so it develops vocabularly and oral language skills in a relaxed way. It is already proving to be a fantastic activity for all involved and we are sure that all the children will reap the rewards before long.

Pupils in 3rd and 4th class are involved in a penpal programme with a school in Athboy, Co. Meath. Pupils are learning the skills of letter writing and communication. It is envisioned that the programme will run until the end of February.

Pupils from all classes prepared entries for the Community Games Art Competition. They had an opportunity to depict any Community Games activity in their work. Photos are included on the ‘Our Work’ section of the website.

Pupils from 4th-6th completed a First Aid course delivered by First -Aid trainers. The course was held over two afternoons and covered minor injuries as well as choking, resussitation, sprains and fractures. All agreed that it was a most informative course.

Seventy one shoe-boxes filled with toys, stationery and essential items were collected by Team Hope as part of the annual Christmas shoe-box appeal. Thanks to all concerned for their generosity to this cause.

Pupils from 3rd to 6th gathered in St. John the Baptist Church, Croagh on Christmas Eve for the Vigil Mass. They sang hymns and performed some seasonal instrumental pieces for the ceremony.

On December 20th the annual music recital was held in the Community Centre under the direction of Mr. Cantillon. A new programme was presented this year which the children embraced with enthusiasm.

Pupils from 3rd to 6th visited the residents of Adare and District Nursing Home on December 19th. They greatly enjoyed meeting the residents and performing some festive songs for them.

Congratulations to the boys’ football team who reached the final of the 9 aside football competition. During this competition, they put in some great performances against Monagea, Broadford, Feenagh and Kilcornan. The final was played at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale where Croagh played against Monagea. This match resulted in a draw. Croagh were unlucky in the replay. Congratulations to the team on a very successful season. Thanks to those who drove to matches and provided support for the team. The following are the members of the panel: Adam, Alan, Andrew, Barry, Brian, Bryan, Gavin, Gavin, Pat, Jack, Jack, James, John, Luke, Mark, Patrick and Seán.

Pupils from the school submitted entries to the Credit Union Art Competition. The standard in the competition was very high. Congratulations to Sinead, Noirin, Cian and Sinead who were chosen as prize-winners.

The teachers in the school are undertaking additional work as part of the Croke Park Agreement. This time is spent on school planning.

Well done to the boys’ football team who played against Broadford N.S. on Tuesday October 4th. Both teams displayed great skill and at the full-time whistle, Croagh N.S. emerged as the winners.

The girls’ football team were in action on Monday October 3rd at a football blitz in Rathkeale. They played against Killoughteen N.S. and Mahoonagh N.S. The girls put in a tremendous effort. Despite this, the other teams proved stronger on the day.

The annual school walk took place on Sunday October 2nd 2011. Thanks to everybody who supported the event in any way.

The boys’ football team had their first match of the academic year on Friday Sept 30th. They had a wonderful opening to the season, as they won their match against Monagea N.S. The team consists of the boys in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes.

The school will be a collection point for the Christmas Shoeboxes in November. They will be collected after the mid-term break.

The Green School Committee are busy working towards their second flag. An update on their work is available in the Green School section of this website.

A savings scheme is now up and running in the school. A representative of Rathkeale and District Credit Union visits the school on Thursday mornings. The service is open to all pupils from seven years upwards.