On the 2nd of May 2018 representatives from Scoil Mhuire attended the Green School Awards ceremony in the Radission Blu Hotel , Little Island. At this ceremony Scoil Mhuire was presented with our 4th Green Flag, which si for ‘Travel’. A lot of hard work,preparation, activities and workshops were involved in attaining this 4th flag for example ; a Cycle Safety Training with Rang 6, ‘Scoot to School’ Day for the Whole School and Lisa O Grady from the Green Schools Programme gave workshops to all pupils from 4th to 6th class on Climate Change. Well done to all our pupils for taking such an active and enthusiastic role in helping to look after our environment and to teacher Margo Ní Shúilleabháin who coordinated this project in school. We are all looking forward to having a special ‘Flag Raising’ ceremony before the end of term. Lets continue “to keep the flags flying !”
The school is now closed for Mid Term Break from May 7th to Friday 11th inclusive. Scoil Mhuire will be re open on the 14th of May .
You may notice there is even more fruit and vegetables to be seen around Scoil Mhuire these days and you would be right. The Food Dudes have arrived and every class from Infants to 6th class is taking part. Food Dudes is a programme developed by the Food and Activity Research Unit at Bangor University, Wales to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables in school and at home . It is based on positive role models (the food dudes characters), repeated tastings of different fruit and vegetables and rewards.The programme is managed by Bord Bia and over 3,100 primary schools have participated . Scoil Mhuire is delighted to be invited to take part once again and we are really enjoying all our tasty fruit and veg!
Scoil Mhuire would like to wish all its pupils a warm welcome back after the Easter Holidays. We are looking forward to a busy 3rd term with lots of events and activities planned and of course lots of learning! We are hoping for some warmer weather too.
Senior Infants are keeping a close eye on their Easter Egg!
Scoil Mhuire would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.
Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh!
Scoil Mhuire is now closed for the Easter Holidays and will re-open on the 9th of April 2018 .
Spelling Bee 2018
On the 14th of March 2018 one of our 6th class pupils represented Scoil Mhuire in the Eason Spelling Bee county final. There were 63 contestants in total and Scoil Mhuire made it into the fifth round. What an achievement !
On the 27th of February ,2018 the whole school from 1st class to 6th class got together for our School Sponsored Walk and Travel Flag Action Day.
Lisa O Grady from the An Taisce Travel Team joined us. All the pupils gathered to sing Our Green Code Travel Song in the school yard with our Green School banner before embarking on various different walking routes around Ballincollig. It was a great success and the sunshine stayed with us the whole way.
On February 28th, 36 of our 5th class pupils competed in the annual Feis Maitiú competition in Cork City. Feis Maitiú is an annual music and drama festival held in Fr. Mathew Hall in Cork City . Our 5th class ensemble took 1st place in the category ‘ Group Action Song’ receiving the award of ‘Outstanding’ from the adjudicator for their medley of songs from Mary Poppins. The main feature of the performance was an ode to the centenary of women’s right to vote. Our 5th class suffragettes were very proud to bring the Geraldine Foley-Campion Perpetual Shield back to Scoil Mhuire . To quote the written report from the adjudicator, “their performance was a joy to behold”. All of us here in Scoil Mhuire couldn’t agree more. Comhghairdeas libh a Chailíní. A special words of thanks also to their hard wording teachers Iníon Ui Chochláin and accompanist Iníon Uí Ailíosa.
On Wednesday 31st of January 2018 we bade farewell to our caretaker Jimmy Healy. Jimmy first started working in Scoil Mhuire in 1993 and went on to spend more than 24 years working with us! As well as fulfilling his role of caretaker , Jimmy was a very important member of the Scoil Mhuire community. His rendition of Oh Holy Night at the Christmas Carol Service will be forever etched in our memories. On Jimmy’s last day in Scoil Mhuire the pupils and staff came together in the halla to show Jimmy our appreciation for all his years of service. The pupils in each class had written their own poetry about Jimmy and a sample were read aloud . The whole school sang a rendition of “Ob la di Ob la da Life goes on” by the Beatles and Jimmy joined in with some other familiar tunes.The school then unveiled a beautiful, stone bird table in the school yard in memory of all Jimmy’s work in the school grounds and also in feeding and caring for the birds. There was also a presentation on behalf of the Parents and Friends association by Lena Askoy and from the board of management by Fr George. We will all miss Jimmy and we wish him health happiness and good luck in the future.
On Wednesday the 17th of January a team of 21 girls from 5th and 6th class took part in the held in the Cork Institute of Technology. Over 20 teams from various schools took part in this event on the 17th, the first day of a three day event. The girls have been working hard with their teachers Iníon Uí Lomasna and Iníon Uí Dhonnabhaín on designing, building and programming a robot since September. There were many tasks to be completed throughout the day e.g. a presentation to the judges on their STEM project which was on the use of robotics in the medical field. They also competed against other schools’ robots in various competitions. Our school has been taking part in this event since it began in January 2014. This year the Scoil Mhuire team won the ‘Design Award’ and also secured a place in the finals on the 1st of March. It is has been a great experience for our pupils so far to showcase all they have learnt over the last few months and we look forward to another opportunity to do this in the finals in March. Well done to everyone involved. Watch this space for further updates, the exciting is mounting!