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St. Michael’s N.S Newsletter September 2010

Welcome back everyone to a new school year. And a BIG CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE  to our new Junior Infants and their parents and guardians.  We will try to have a good year together in every possible way.

Summer Works and Activities

The week following the beginning of the Summer holidays St. Michael’s Summer camp took place. It was open to children from Senior Infants to Fifth and approximately fifty children took part. The activities included games, art and craft activities, music and drama. Ms. Lee, Ms. Dowd, Ms. McMahon and Ms. Argue were the facilitators and many thanks to them all for their huge efforts.

The end of July saw a presentation of a  piece of Cavan Crystal to Mrs. McCarthy  by the American Ambassador Mr. Dan Rooney on behalf of the Arts and Heritage Department of Cavan County Council. This was in recognition of the excellent work completed by Fifth and Sixth classes. The poet and artist, Heather Brett worked with pupils from approximately ten Cavan schools to create a poem about Cavan which culminated in several murals being painted at the back of the courthouse in Cavan. A further aspect of this competition is the painting of a mural in St. Michael’s, and Heather is to return this term to complete that.

Finally a lot of work was completed in the school as part of the Departments Summer Works Scheme. The school got beautiful new flooring and all the toilets are to be upgraded this term. Painting was done inside and outside and a new pathway was added to our new all-weather pitch. A very busy Summer indeed!

This term sees the return of guitar lessons with Ms. Lee. Any pupil from first to sixth may learn the guitar for a half an hour after school every Monday. There is a nominal fee and places are limited so you have to get in early if you fancy yourself as a future X-Factor contestant! The school can provide a small number of guitars to anyone who hasn’t got one.

Tin whistle also begins this term. This year the teachers themselves will teach tin whistle to all classes from First to Fifth. The school will provide the school tin whistles but pupils may need to get their own for practising at home.

The annual Harvest Mass was celebrated in St. Michael’s Church last Thursday, September 30th at 7.30 pm. It was a joyful occasion. The choir sang beautifully aided by Mrs. O’Neill, Mrs. Shalvey and Ms. Lee. The church was brightly decorated, and everyone did their part well. Thanks to Fr. Paul and Fr. Collins, and to everyone who joined us on the night.

Finally the Danceathon will take place on October 23rd. This is a wonderful fundraiser for the school at which the children dress up in their Halloween costumes and disco dance for a period of time. Last year the money raised went a considerable way towards buying two Interactive Whiteboards for Fourth and Fifth classes. And if you want to know the breadth of enjoyment and interest these boards bring to learning just chat to any of the Fourth to Sixth class pupils!

After Halloween sees Science Week, and then in early December rehersals begin again for the annual Christmas Concert. More news then.

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