Easter 2014 - Blennerville Primary School Tralee

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Easter 2014 - Blennerville Primary School Tralee
St. Brendan’s N.S. Newsletter
Easter 2014
Spelling Bee.
Well done to Eric
O’Connor 5th Class who
represented the school in
the Eason’s Spelling Bee
Competition on 26th
March . Eric spelled his
way into 6th place out of
all the Kerry schools.
Outlook Winner Michaela.
Well done to Michaela Brosnan McAdams, who was one of three lucky winners in
the Outlook magazine St. Patrick’s day poster competition. She won a €100 voucher
for the Playdium and she wanted more than anything to take her entire class there
with her. Her class will go to the Playdium on Friday 4th April. Caoimhe Scannell,
Sales Executive at Outlook magazines said “We felt that Michaela’s art work really
entered into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.” Michaela’s colourful poster was
displayed all over Kerry in shops.
Primary Planet
Prizewinner
Congratulations to Aoife
Kelliher aged 12 who won a
competition in the Primary
Planet Children’s Newsletter.
Aoife won a hoodie. This is a
newsletter that 5th & 6th
classes use as their class
reader. It costs €2 every
month and is full of current,
child friendly news articles.
INTO Handwriting Competition Winners.
Well done to the neat writers of the school. Miss O’Shea awarded prizes in each of the 6
categories to the following children: Category A: Caoilinn Culloo, Selena Sigler,
Tymoteusz Piegza. Category B: Chelsey Halford, Kayla O’Connor, Emily O’Brien.
Category C: William O’Donoghue, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Callum Houston. Category D:
Ann Maria Sibi, Caoilinn O’Brien, Tomas O’Sullivan. Category E: Mebh Moloney,
Sheanna Moriarty, Sophie O’Brien. Category F: (most improved) Cathal Costello, Jaden
Efegbare, Dylan Byrne Curran, Eddie Stack, Ella Curtin, Sam O’Connor.
The day we went green!
Sixth Class
Fifth Class
Fourth Class
Third Class
Second Class
First Class
Senior Infants Class
Junior Infants Class
Mini Sevens Football by Aoife Kelliher
We played on 11th of March. The girls played the Irish school, the Spa and Feint and the boys played Caherleaheen, the Irish School
and Feint. We played them all but we lost against the Irish school. It’s not bad winning 2 at of 3. We got through to the finals on 21st
but all we got that day was very wet!
Grandparent’s Day by Aislinn Quirke
Grandparent’s Day was held on Friday 31st of January. There was a
prayer service for all grandparents and children. The first service was
for Juniors to 2nd class and the second was for 3rd to 6th class. Father
Francis blessed us all and there was a huge turnout with tea and scones
after it.
Bishop Visit
Pictured with Mrs O’Connor’s First Communion
class are Bishop Ray Browne and Fr. Francis Nolan
which was taken on Ash Wednesday mass in
Curraheen Church. Above are Derryquay’s principal
Siobhan Ui Dhonaill with Fr Francis, Bishop Browne
and our own principal, Mr. O’Sullivan.
Mobile Phone Plea.
Please drop in any old mobile phones you can spare,
as we need 400 in order to get a defibrillator for the
school. We’re half way there at 194 phones now.
Retreat by Aoife Kelliher
We have being preparing for confirmation for a
while now and we went to a retreat centre in Ardfert
and we learned a new dance called ‘Come Holy
Spirit.’ It was really fun. We went to practise on the
19/3/14 how to do it and we are going to Mc
Donald’s after our confirmation on the Friday the
28/3/14 . We are all very excited.
Hurricane Darwin
by Melanie Smith
On Wednesday the 12th of February
students from our school were
swimming at the Aquadome when a
freak storm hit the country. We were
evacuated back to school. Infants had
to be brought into the main building in
case the prefabs blew apart. There were
teachers and parents trying to keep us
safe luckily no one got hurt. Thanks to
the storm , the school got off
homework.
Bag 2 school by Melanie Smith
On the 27th of May from 1:30 to
2:30pm we will be holding a Bag
2 School day to raise money for
our school and the Laurelynn
Foundation. Please start collecting
2nd quality clothes, shoes (tied
together), towels, curtains, bags
and soft toys .They will be much
appreciated. Please put them in a
Bag 2 School bag and return to the
school by the date shown - thank
you.
Basketball
Well done to the
basketball team,
trained by Miss
Sarah Dinan who
played on Saturday
29th March against
O Breannain,
Presentation and
Balloonagh in an
inter-school
competition.
Coach Miss Dinan said the girls improved with every match throughout the
day. Thanks to Miss Olivia O’Shea who came to help and of course to Miss
Dinan who voluntarily trains the girls every week after school.
Scór by Aislinn Quirke
Our musical team consisted of Ellen Wallace, Katie Moriarty, Fergal
O’ Brien, Conor Crowley and Tomas O’Sullivan. In the balled team
there were James O Sullivan and two more people from Derryquay.
Both of these groups came 2nd. This was a great achievement for our
first attempt at Scor. Thanks to Mary O’Sullivan and James Allman
for all their hard work in preparing the groups.
Parent’s Association
Thanks to Cathy Hogan for the photo.
This term we are trying to raise money in order to purchase 30 lap-tops
for the school, to enable them to be used in classes by all students. I.T.
is an area that the WSE encouraged us to address. We are trying to
raise €20,000 for this. We realise it is a huge ask, but guarantee it will
be our only fundraiser until the next school year. If we all make the
effort to sell the tickets, we just might do it. Please help us to make it
from €0-€20K by May, thank you, Hélène Kavanagh.
Pancake Tuesday
Thanks to Maura and Jimmy O’Donnell,
Mary Wallace and Maeve Moran who
cooked pancakes for the nations on Tuesday
3rd March. Jimmy flipped two at a time to
the delight of all. Some children got hands
on experience of cracking eggs and whisking
the ingredients. There was a sticky situation
in the hall (on the floor) afterwards but it
was well worth it!
Thank you to student
Jaden Efegbare, aged 10
who prepared and
edited this entire
newsletter.
Pizza Day by Aislinn Quirke.
Pizza day was held on the 30th of January. We got pizza and chips for
being good for the inspectors during the W.S.E. in January. A big thanks
to New Yorkers who gave us pizza, chips and chicken nuggets for a great
deal. It was delicious!
Our Trip to the Aquadome
by Sorcha O’Donoghue, Greenschool Committee member.
On the 24th of February the green school committee went to the Aquadome and got a
guided tour led by Neil Harkin. Like Blennerville School the Aquadome are trying to
reduce their energy bills through environmentally friendly means.
Neil’s talk was very interesting and he showed us all the new ways that the Aquadome
are saving energy. He showed us how simple things like changing to energy efficient
light bulbs and by having mixer taps and sensor lights in the bathrooms, can save energy
and reduce bills.
On a bigger scale they have changed their oil boilers to new efficient gas burners. This
has reduced their energy bills and is much better for the environment.
It was very interesting to see. A big thank you to Neil Harkin for making this possible
and to Miss Brassil and Miss Dinan for bringing us.
Message from Master
I would like to express a huge thanks to students, families, teachers,
SNAs, Noreen, the Parent’s Association and the Board of Management
for their co-operation in making our Whole School Evaluation such a
success. I wish you all a very happy Easter and encourage you to help
us by selling tickets for the €O-20K fundraiser over the break. Thank
you and have a lovely break everyone,
Mr. O’Sullivan.