Christmas in Presentation Primary is always a very special time of the year. This year we had lots of fun singing carols, reenacting the Nativity story, speaking on Tipp FM, doing Fitmas, eating gingerbread men and we even met Santa! It was very busy indeed! Here are some highlights!
Well done to Sophie and Elle who made their radio debut today on Tipp FM as part of their Christmas schedule. The girls were invited to review their favourite books by Johnny Butler from Bookworm.
You can listen back to the book club part of the show by clicking on the link below. Sophie and Elle begin shortly after the 9 minute mark should you wish to skip to them!
This month we took part in the TUSLA Attendance initiative Every School Day Counts. We were delighted today to give a small treat to the 134 pupils who had full attendance for the month of November. And despite the usual winter bug we still managed an attendance rate of 95%. Well done to everyone who managed to be in school each day.
Our Junior Infant pupils continue to enjoy Aistear (in the ‘Playroom’ as they now call it!) This term the children are learning all about Home.
At each station there is a different task and experience for the children. At the art station they are cutting and pasting to create homes. At the Small World station they are retelling and role playing the story of Goldilocks. There is a construction station where the challenge is to build a home. But the firm favourite is the sand station where the children search for and sort pictures of different homes.
The children and loving this new theme and we encourage parents to chat to their children about their home and about what they have done at each station. These pictures will help start the conversation.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2019.
As you can see from the photograph, we had an amazing response with 196 shoe boxes being donated to this worthy cause.
The Team Hope Appeal is a particularly nice charity to support as the children get to see first hand how they can help poorer children in a practical, simple way.
It was simply amazing to see the efforts of the pupils (and Staff!) who came to school this morning dressed up in their Halloween Costumes. The school was a blaze of colour, face-paint, masks and blood stained clothing. The creativity and cleverness on display was spell-binding! Thanks to all the pupils and parents who went to such lengths to dress up. Each pupil was given a Halloween gift which was very kindly donated to the school. Some pupils also won prizes in the raffle. In all today was very entertaining and huge thanks must be given to our Parents’ Council for organising the day. Nearly €700 was raised from the cake sale too! Well done to all!
This month we focused on Homework for our Star Pupil Awards. Pupils were encouraged to make a special effort to improve their homework. Mr. Healy had done an assembly which gave the children tips on how to make homework easier and more beneficial. Well done to everyone who made such an effort and congratulations to this months winners.
Over sixty girls from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class took part in the inaugural School Football League today. The girls were divided into four teams for both a Junior and Senior League. Each team played three games before the top two teams played in the league final.
It was wonderful to see such a large number of pupils playing football. For some girls it was their first ever taste of competitive football. It was also very encouraging to see how much the girls have improved since we started training back in early September.
Special thanks has to be given to Ms. Ralph, Ms. Bohan and Ms. Bourke who gave of their own free time each Thursday evening to train the girls. We hope the girls enjoyed the afternoon and we congratulate both Limerick (Junior) and Cork (Senior) who won out in the end.