Scoil Mhuire had two wonderful days of skipping in September. Mark McCabe from SkipnRope came and introduced his wonderful skipping techniques to each pupil in the school. The girls enjoyed the skipping sessions and it is wonderful to see them practising their skipping skills at lunch break. The aim is to introduce children and teachers to the world of skipping. Skipping is a terrific form of exercise that helps a child’s agility, balance, hand-eye co-ordination and can increase speed through footwork. It teaches children about rhythm and when put into team routines, it provides them with team work skills and encourages them to have confidence in their sporting ability. It is a great way to exercise, maintain good health while having lots of fun. We hope the girls will continue to skip all year long!
A special thank you to our PFA who covered some of the cost of these two wonderful days!
The Parents and Friends Association would like you to join us for a fun-filled family walk in the Ballincollig Regional Park on Friday 22nd September at 6:30pm! Our walk will follow the marked Michael O’Donovan Running Route, starting at the Allotments car park.
All children will receive a map of the park at the starting point, and there will be activity stations along the route.
The Scoil Mhuire Family Walk is a fundraising activity; each family is asked to pay €5 to participate.
Important: If you come by car, please use the Allotments Car Park or alternatively the car park at the “new church” (Christ Our Light)! The County Council have asked us not to use the main car park at the western side of the Regional Park.
Let’s hope for a sunny evening on Friday 22nd – but even if the skies are a little overcast, we won’t let that spoil our fun, so bring all the family and join in!!
Scoil Mhuire’s Parents and Friends Association organised a really creative fundraiser this year on June 27th! We all really enjoyed the crazy hair day!
The whole school took a walk to the cinema today – for some it was the highlight of the year!
Many thanks to our Parents and Friends Association who not only helped to fund the trip but helped us to cross the roads safely on the way to the cinema and on our way back.
Pupils in each class had a chance to vote from a selection of films earlier in the week and we finally settled on seeing the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Big Haul”, “Boss Baby” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge”. We made good selections and everyone seemed to enjoy this cinematic experience!
In May 2017, four very interested scientists in 6th class were selected to make a trip to UCC to represent our school at the Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry. This Salters’ Festival of Chemisty is one of 51 festivals that happened throughout the UK and Ireland in 2017, aiming to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young. We are very grateful to our PFA who both made this opportunity possible and covered the costs involved in attending and traveling to the event. Bean Ui Shúilleabháin traveled with the girls for the day.
As you can see, our students had a very interesting day: they had a chance to participate in a lab challenge and also got to see a chemistry magic show. We were very proud to have been awarded 3rd prize in the challenge and also 3rd place in the university challenge. We came home with a lovely box of science resources for the school. We’re are especially proud to have done so well as we were the only participating primary school at the event!
Our fabulous school playground was built in September 2015 with funding from the annual school walk that was organised by the Parents and Friends Association. It marks our school’s 40th anniversary.
In 2004, the World Health Organisation recommended that high quality playground equipment should be made available to students for improved physical activity and fitness. An article by Claire Hennigan, appeared in the Irish Teacher’s Journal in 2015, emphasizing the importance and benefits of students having access to top quality playground equipment in schools in Ireland. We are delighted with our new playground equipment. Every day it enhances our children’s health and physical development. It is a core element of our health promotion framework.
The children in every class, from Junior Infants to sixth class, enjoy their weekly slot at the playground.
In the words of our students:
“It makes lunchtimes more enjoyable”
“We get to play with our friends in a new way”
“There are lots of different tasks to do”
“It is super-safe!”
“The colour blends in with the school environment”
“It is great fun!”
“We don’t mind waiting for our turn…it’s worth waiting for”
What some of the teachers have to say:
“The girls love their day on the playground. They don’t forget!”
“The equipment is sturdy, well built and safe, it will be there long after the current students have moved on from Scoil Mhuire”
“I enjoy seeing an improvement in climbing skills and balance, particularly with the younger children”
“I’m so excited about it, I would like to try it out myself” says Bean Uí Shuilleabháin
In March 2012 a whole school production took place in Colaiste Choilm. The show was called Cirque and showcased the variety of talents of pupils and teachers in Scoil Mhuire. Each class performed a unique piece of work based on the concept of Cirque du Soleil. The show was colourful and creative and performed to a full house over three nights. The success of the show was a result of a cooperative effort between pupils, teachers and parents, in particular the P.F.A.