Dates for your diary
Friday 30 June: 12:00 Closure
Friday 1 September: 9am, back to school for children
And another year is coming to its end. Time to send our best wishes to our 6th class children moving on to secondary school. All the best!
Have a happy and safe summer, be careful in the sun, in the water and playing on the roads. Enjoy the well earned break and we hope to see you all back safe and well on Friday September 1st at 9am. Thank you all for your support and help in ensuring 2016/17 school year was an enjoyable one for the children.
6th class graduation
Peter and Liz’s 6th classes had their graduation on the 22/06/17 . They started off with an assembly, sang Final Song, and then they talked about each other in pairs. Afterwards they talked about their teachers. A slideshow was played, it included all of the classes memories since junior infants. This had a couple of the children feeling emotional and shedding a few tears. The children finished off the graduation assembly with a song called “Hall of Fame” by The Script.
The children of 6th class then had a pizza party and some snacks and drinks. When they finished eating they were allowed to go to the P.E hall and have their very own Graduation Disco. A couple of children went outside for it was very warm in the P.E hall. 8 children were interviewed, they got asked questions like, “What was your favourite memory in 6th class? Did you enjoy the musical?” and many more. Overall the children had a lovely day and so did the parents. It couldn’t have been done without the help of some parents and obviously all the teachers and our principal Aedín.
All the children and parents want to say thank you for their very enjoyable night.
I started playing chess in and around the summer of 2016. After that summer I started going to a chess club and really enjoyed playing chess. We started the knock-out chess tournament here in the school in mid May and started of with 16 competitors. The first game I played was against Victoria, my second game was against Isabelle who learned chess for this occasion . However she was quite exceptional for a beginner. For my third game I played Liam Butler and for the final I played Laurence Quinn in Peter’s class. I am really happy that I won and I’m proud to have a trophy of Best Chess Player 2017.
We had a busy Active Week. Plenty of classes worked on the marathon challenge. Some children attended junior parkrun in Albert College, Glasnevin. Skipping and hula-hoop events were held and we even have our new chess champion.
A big thank you to all teachers who provided activities at 16 stations and made senior sports another great success.
And a very special well done and thank you to all children from 6 classes who set up and instructed at the stations for junior sports day. I saw plenty of great leadership skills in action. The junior classes had a ball!
Hula-hoop competition: Well done to our winners Marlena and Alison (best girls) and Adam (best boy, unfortunately missing for the photo). We had class competitions, a boys’ and a girls’ final and even a “super final”. Almost a dozen children kept going for over an hour in the “super final” during break time and beyond. At home time I had to call it a day and there was nothing separating Marlena and Alison who kept going for almost 90 minutes! Now how about a hula-hoop revival for the summer…Go and buy a hula-hoop for some serious summer fun!
Skipathon: Well done to our slick skippers. Classes from junior infants to 4th took part in our skipathon. Thomas may not be so good on the monkey bars, but boy can he skip. He won the boys’ competition. And Alison did the double. She won the trophy for best girl skipper and a few days later came joint first in the hula-hoop competition (see above). What a girl!
Junior parkrun: Well done to all children who took part in the weekly 2km run at Albert College junior parkrun last Sunday. All the “Daily Mile” training paid off and we were blessed with the weather.
We will hold the Green Flag awards ceremony on 28 June. Our 7th Green Flag will be raised and the Green Team and Student Council will say a few words about what they have done throughout the year.
Lullymore Heritage Park (3rd class)
Yesterday my class and I went to Lullymore Heritage Park. First we went to the petting farm and we saw alpacas, falabella horses, chickens and baby goats. We also saw Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs.
After a little while we went into the forest and we saw a special tree called the yew tree. When a druid is very young they are fed the poisonous yew leaves half a leaf at a time and when they are older they eat a whole leaf. We also learnt that in the winter the sap of the birch trees rushes to the roots and in spring the sap rushes up. It sounds like lots of people talking.
We also saw a fairy kingdom. All the fairy wings were different. For example a soldier’s wings were black, the prince’s wings were blue, the tourist’s wings were purple, teacher’s wings were yellow and queen Siofra’s were white and the princess had pink wings.
New parents’ evening
This meeting took place last week and our new junior infants are coming in to say hello to their teachers today. They’ll also see their classroom and play with some toys in preparation for September.
Book Haven were in the school last week. You can still order the books online. The PDF files for all classes will go up on the website over the next day or two.
6th class just haven’t stopped. They had visits from Accord and Soar over the last fortnight on top of their graduation. They will be on their 6th class trip on Tuesday. Make sure to bring remember suncream as well as plenty of drinks and food for the day.
Biz World (5th class)
Two weeks ago we started a program called Biz World. Garreth from Bank of Ireland came into our class and talked about business. First he taught us the basics like how to set up a business, then we learned different ways and ideas about how to launch a business.
After that he separated us into groups and we brainstormed different business ideas. Then we gave each other jobs (managing director, director of sales, director of design etc.) Then we learned about each job’s value. Some of our business ideas were Cupperz, Go Dogs, Rush Brush and The Castle.
After we were finished our posters, leaflets and ads we were judged by the branch manager of Bank of Ireland and Pat, a teacher in CETNS. They invested in our companies using BIZ BUCKS. Then we presented our ideas to 4th class and convinced them to invest in our companies. They were all given 10 BIZ BUCKS to choose who they wanted to help start their business.
We thought that the Biz World program was a really fun way to learn about business. It was a really fun and exciting experience. We learned lots about business in just two days. We recommend this to all teachers and students.
By Tehreem and Irza
2nd class tour
I went on my school tour on Thursday. The bus arrived at Tayto Park. We first went on a walk to see all the animals. Halfway through we went to the crisps factory. It was amazing. It was so magical. There were chips on the ground as well as on the screen. There were lights as well. After the factory we went to the vortex tunnel. It was confusing because it was like the tunnel went upside down. It was awesome. Then we had lunch. After that we went to a water place where the water sprayed us.
PTA Parent Teacher Association News
Summer Fair: A big thank you to everyone that helped on the Friday before, on Sunday morning, on stalls and during the clean up. Many, many hands make light work. The total raised after expenses is just over 7000 euro!
It must also noted that it is a lot of work to cook for the Food Fair. We are especially thankful to all of those excellent cooks, who probably spend most of their Saturday preparing for it.
The end of year picnic will be in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Friday after school. Don’t forget that school ends at 12 noon!
The recent playdate for incoming Junior Infants was great fun. We will be organising another one for the last Sunday in August. Check the PTA facebook page for details closer to the date.
Recreate Materials (http://recreate.ie/) open to any parent during the summer holidays, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details over the summer if you are interested in exploring the warehouse for craft and other materials.
It was so busy during the Summer Fair that we didn’t get around to drawing out the raffle tickets so we did it on Facebook Live on Monday morning. Almost 400 people have viewed it. The prizes have all been delivered to the winners.
The winners were:
- Iqtidar Syed – Two nights in Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown
- John McCormack – Dinner & wine in Castleknock Hotel
- Ibraham – NoLita Restaurant voucher
- Seb Corkey – 12th Lock Hotel/Restaurant voucher
- Siobhain (3rd class teacher) – Giant Giraffe soft toy (from Book Haven)
- Ken Drew – Blanchardstown Centre voucher (from ITB)
- Herve Pereyrol – Marks & Spencer voucher
- Martina Firbanks – All4One voucher (from Jennings Funeral Home)
- Neil Sawant – Fort Lucan Family Pass
- Andrew Coffey – Dublin Bay Cruises Family Pass
- Neil Sawant – Eve @ Grooming Rooms voucher
- Alan McDonald – Grooming Rooms voucher for men
Silent auction winners
Thank you and congratulations to the winnders of the two silent auctions.
Tadhg Gunnell was the highest bidder for the Paul O’Connell signed Lions jersey, Paul O’Connell signed autobiography and two premium level tickets for the Leinster Hurling final.
Ned Walsh was the highest bidder for the large BFG painting. He has graciously loaned it to the school for display in the library.
CETNS Summer Camps ’17
(Camp 1: Mon. 3rd – Fri. 7th July; Camp 2: Monday 10th – Friday 14th July)
Last few places remaining. Please email JP at email@example.com to enrol your child or for further information.
Aedín and Andreas