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.
We are delighted in Scoil Mhuire to have our recent success in the Dell Robotics IQ competition featured in some of our local news publications The Evening Echo, The Muskerry News, The Corkman and the Ballincollig newsletter. Check out our wonderful pupils in the links below.
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!
On the 20th of December , 2017 the church of St Mary and St John was alive with the sound of music from the wonderful pupils of Scoil Mhuire. Each class level came together and sang or performed two Christmas songs ranging from the more traditional Christmas Carols to more contemporary festive tunes . The children displayed their many talents from button accordion and tin whistle playing to mine and dance combined with song. Our school care taker Jimmy also joined all the pupils for a beautiful whole school finale rendition of “Oh holy night”. Everyone left full of the Christmas Spirit. A big thank you to all the pupils and staff for all their hard work and preparation.
Scoil Mhuire is now closed for the Christmas Holidays and will re- open on Monday, January 8th 2018. We wish you all a very happy Christmas . Keep an eye out for photos of our wonderful Christmas Carol Service coming soon.
The P.F.A organised the annual Christmas Fair in Scoil Mhuire on the 7th of December. It is always a highlight on the school calendar and this year was no different. A great night full of festive fun and cheer was had. From face painting to a nail parlour , home made cake sales and popcorn machines, an arts and crafts sale to international musical entertainment . You name it, Scoil Mhuire Christmas Fair had it! There was even a visit from Santa and Rudolph not to mention an amazing raffle! Scoil Mhuire wants to express its sincere gratitude to the amazing hard work and dedication of our Parents and Friends association (PFA) for such a wonderful event . It really got us in the Christmas Spirit.
The PFA will host the annual Christmas Fair on Thursday 7th of December at 7.00pm. They have been working tirelessly preparing for this wonderful event and we wish to thank them for all that they do for our school community.
We are getting very excited for Christmas here at Scoil Mhuire. Our school has been transformed into a winter wonderland.
We wish all of our girls and families a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.