St John the Baptist Boys National School has been very busy since they came back after Christmas.
As part of Catholic Schools Week, Miss Condon in Junior Infants organised Grandparents Day. It was a very successful venture with many Junior Infant grandparents coming into the school hall and entertaining the young children with stories and playing games with them. Sr. Nuala also visited the school and spoke to the children about the importance of the missions.
Hurling coaching has commenced again. Thanks to Joe McGrath, Paddy Moloney, Gavin Manton, Seanie O’Donoghue and all the other coaches.
A visiting theatre group, Clan Chuana came to the school to relate the story of Fionn MacCumhaill. It was an interactive show and from first to sixth all the pupils thought that it was an excellent performance.
The school is currently working towards its third green flag so the committee organised a slogan competition. Alex Dunne from fourth class was the winner. The committee also installed a water butt on the school grounds with the help of William our caretaker.
The teachers and pupils are also working hard towards Confirmation and Communion ceremonies. Communion takes place on Saturday, April 27, and Confirmation on Saturday, May 18.
The school held their internal school competition between fifth and sixth class for the Spelling Bee Champion in the school. It was a close competition between Adam Browne Corbett, 5th and Wojciech Boguski, 6th. Wojciech was the eventual winner and represented the school at the County Final in Nenagh. He came in the top 10, a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to Wojciech, his parents and teacher Jennie O’Farrell for all their hard work.
Comenius: Europe in the classroom
Our school is currently involved in two Comenius actions - A Comenius Assistantship and a Comenius Partnership. Our Turkish Assistant Can Emre Sabanciogullarindan from Adana in Southern Turkey has been with us since October. ”John” works as an assistant in all classrooms developing cultural awareness and increasing our pupils interest in his native country. He regularly gives presentations to the pupils on a wide range of topics. Can is a very welcome addition to our school, and has settled in very well to become a valuable member of our school team.
We have also started a Comenius partnership with schools in the UK, Sweden, Hungary and Italy. The title of our project is “Europe’s Cultural Wealth in Legends, Stories and Myths” and will involve travel to and from our school amongst the participant schools.
Trad for India
School principal, Will Ryan is travelling to India next July as part of an initiative called the Global Schoolroom. Mr Ryan will work with teachers to help improve educational work practices in India. He needs to raise €3,000 to participate in the programme so some members of the school community are organising a night of traditional music in the Brian Boru, Cashel on Friday, March 22, at 8.30pm. Gerard Slattery and friends will provide an evening of traditional Irish music and song. There will be an auction on the night. Tickets €5 are available from the school office.