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Newsletter June 2012

Another school year draws to a close, and it’s been a busy one! We had our Christmas concert in the church for the first time; Sixth class made a beautiful  confirmation piece for their special day; there were school tours and science visits, and when several children had their letters published in a book by the Monaghan Education Centre. More information below, and lovely pictures to view on the reverse.

Working with the Artist!

Following our  successful application to have an artist work in the school for four weeks Elena Brennan travelled from Cavan to work with Sixth class. Elena is a jewery maker, and after much discussion with the class it was decided to make a Confirmation piece using waxed flowers and wire. The finished product looks beautiful and, after spray varnishing it over the summer will be placed in the front hall of the school. A very worthwhile experience.

Write-a-Letter Competition

This competition was organised by the Monaghan Education Centre and involved all pupils from First to Sixth. The  children had to write a letter and the winning entries were published in a book. All children taking part received a certificate, those in Second place got a medal, whereas the overall merit winners travelled to the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan to personally receive their certificates, medals and a copy of the book of letters. Their photograph was taken and placed in the Northern Standard, and an enjoyable night was had by all. Perhaps we have the next Ceciela Aherne in our midst!

We celebrated First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and both were beautiful ceremonies. Well done to Ms. Anderson and Mrs. O’Neill for all their hard work.

A Visit By a Scientist

Paddy Madden , a science enthusiast who lectures in Marino College in Dublin came to visit the school in March. Paddy came laden down with all manner of real and stuffed creatures. He also carried birds’ nests, sea shells, stones and some very strange equipment. He was fascinating and the children loved him.

The Children also enjoyed ‘Something Fishy’ which came to the school in February. This group of travelling teachers had numerous tanks filled with different kinds of fish and river creatures. The small pike was one of the biggest hits.

These two science events are part of our Discovery Science programme which has achieved a plaque for us over the last number of years. Many thanks to Ms. Anderson for organising this.

In September we welcomed our large group of Infants to St. Michael’s, and in June we welcomed their parents in a Reading initiative organised by Mrs. O Reilly. Reading with their children has made a big improvement to the literacy of every child. Thanks to Mrs. O Reilly and  to those parents who attended.

Mrs. O Reilly also organised an Attendance initiative in First and Third classes to encourage good school attendance. It was so successful that Nuala Colton, the Educational Welfare Officer visited the school last week to present certificates to all the marvellous school attenders! Well done everyone!

So now we are ready for our Summer holidays! We want to wish Rang a Sé all the best in their new secondary schools. Please come back for a visit. I hope the sun shines and everyone has a good holiday. School reopens on September 3rd

See you all then!


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