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St Oliver’s N.S. Summer Newsletter 2017

Attendance
May: 93.1%
June: 91%

Get in Shape for Summer
Big thank you to Danielle Burke for running a four week fitness and exercise class. €145 was raised and will go towards improving our yard facilities.

Aquatics
Aquatics to commence in September. Rolling out to Senior, 2nd, 4th & 6th classes. This will be BOM funded. Contributions from parents maybe needed for bus.

Summer Camp
Summer Camp will commence on Monday 3rd of July for one week from 10am to 2pm. Activities will include art and crafts, sports, dance, music, drama and much more.

Football
6th class took part in a five-a-side soccer competition in United Park on May 31st. The competition was in memory of Peter O’Reilly, a teacher in St. Joseph’s who sadly passed away.
6th class displayed the qualities of sportsmanship and fair play. They made us all very proud. Caoimh O’Reilly ended the competition as our top scorer. Well done to everyone involved.
The boys and girls Gaelic Football teams have been training hard over the past few weeks, practising all the skills of the game. They have made great improvements and both teams got an opportunity to showcase their skills at recent blitzes in Tullyallen and Drogheda. The students were a credit to their school on each occasion and they played with great energy, teamwork and skill. Well done to all.

Family Fun Quiz
Family Fun quiz took place on May 23rd and was a great success. €430 was raised and will go towards improving our yard facilities. Winners on the night Porter Family, Johnson Family,
Duggan Family. Big thank you to all who participated on the night and all who donated towards the prizes.

Multicultural Week
Children had loads of fun learning about other countries. All classes presented a presentation about their country to their peers.

Parents Asociation
Flag Day was on Saturday 19th May. Thank you to all the volunteers. Funds raised €1,327 which will go towards improving our yard facilities.

Congratulations
Big congratulations to Miss Kellett for graduating from Reading Recovery at Monaghan Centre.

Bid Farewell
Wishing Miss Farrell and Miss McCresh the very best of luck in the year ahead as they embark on career breaks. They will be missed by pupils and staff.

First Communion
The boys and girls from Miss O’Kane’s and Mr Keogh’s 2nd class made their Holy Communion in St. Peter’s church on Saturday May 20th. The pupils put a huge amount of work and effort into preparing for the ceremony and a great day was had by all. Everyone looked fantastic in their outfits and the children got to wear their dresses and suits into school the following Monday. Well done to everyone involved!

Confirmation
A big well done to all the boys and girls in Mr Tobin’s class who made their Confirmation on May 3rd in the Lourdes church. All the children were lovely on the day and a big thank you thank you to all the boys and girls who took part in the choir. They made the day. Hope you all enjoyed the pizza party!

Ice Cream Van
Big thank you to the Parents Association for organising the Ice Cream van to come to the school on Friday 23rd June.

Outdoor Classroom
Deacon John was here to bless our Outdoor Classroom which hopefully will get great use with all this lovely weather.

Arts & Crafts
Ms Matthew’s & Ms McCreesh ran a four-week Arts & Crafts course. Children participated in a range of activities using and developing a variety of art skills.

The Rose Garden
Miss Cassidy & 7 lucky students went to the official opening of the new Rose Garden in Dominic’s Park which was opened by Prince Albert of Monaco.

School Tours

Junior Infants
Went to Pirates Den, activity centre. They stopped off at Rathescar Lake for a lovely nature walk in the woods where they saw ducklings, swans, cows, flowers, acorns and a bird’s nest! Next they went to a play centre and had great fun on the slides, playing football and exploring. Finally they all had a yummy lunch to top off our fun day!

Senior Infants
Went to Red Mountain Farm an outdoor centre. They had a brilliant day and enjoyed a tractor ride, the playground, farm walk, go karts, the straw bale maze and got a chance to hold and feed some animals.

First Class
Went to Celtic Adventure in Clogherhead. It was an action packed day on the sunny beach right from the start. The children were put into teams then participated in a whole host of activities including a bootcamp, dodgeball, go-carting, archery, as well as a variety of team building games. It was a fantastic day out with a lot of sleepy head going home on the bus!

Second Class
Second class travelled to Cavan Crystal Maze for their school tour. They had great weather on the day and the children enjoyed working teams to complete cooperative outdoor activities and tasks. They even got to wade down a small stream and splash at each other
and their mentors. Everybody had a super day out and both classes came home with a trophy after collecting hundreds of crystals!

Third Class
Third class went to W5 on their school tour to Belfast. They visited the discovery Centre on each floor level, climbed the Climbit Frame and visited a forensic laboratory where they solved a crime working as a forensic scientist. They had an enjoyable and exciting day together.

Fourth Class
Fourth class were lucky enough to go on 2 trips this year. First they went to Hill of Tara & Trim Castle on the 16th June with a quick stop off at Supermacs on the way home. This was a great day which was made better by our 2 guides, David & Siobhan. Then we went to Dundrum Mill Theatre to see “James and the Giant Peach”. The children thoroughly enjoyed this show, as did the teachers.

Fifth & Sixth Class
Went to Fingal Sailing School. This was an action filled day where the children got to experience Kayaking, Windsurfing, Sailing and Orienteering at Malahide Castle. The weather was fantastic and they all had a great day.

Easter Bake Sale

Our Easter Bake sale was a great success. Looks like we could have the next Mary Berry on our hands. Some wonderful cakes and buns were baked by the children. A total of €2,800 was raised on the day.

Athletics
Congratulations to Aaron Fennell from 5th class & Boyne AC, who won gold in the Turbo Javelin, sliver in Hurdles & bronze in shot putt in the Leinster Championship. Aaron also set a new championship record with his Javelin throw. Ally Fennell & Ewan Traynor also won medals in the pair teams.

Booklists
Booklists have been issued, they are also on the website to view. Reminder please pay by e-payment to avoid unnecessary trips to the bank.

Sixth Class Graduation
A graduation ceremony for sixth class took place in the school on the 16th of June. Everyone received an award for graduation from the school. They sang their hearts out. We hope the boys and girls from sixth class enjoyed their time in St Oliver’s and we wish them all the best in the future.

Green School
We did great work this year recycling batteries. We also had a clothes collection day in June which was a great success and a big thank you to all contributed towards it. Second Class went to the recycling centre in May where they got to see how all our waste is recycled leading to a cleaner and better world for us all to live in.

Thank you
A big thank you to Lisa Reynolds for baking a fantastic cake for 6th Class graduation. The children and staff were super impressed.

Thank you to Caffrey’s Cabs for bringing the boys and girls to Dundalk for their football match.

Thank you to all the parents that helped with swimming, school tours, flag day, bake sale etc.

Also a thank you to Mairead Latimer for the fabulous “Hands” artwork which is displayed on our wall. Please feel free to come in and have a look.

The current 3rd class hands are being put up in the coming days.

 
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