Another Busy & Engaging Fortnight…..Science, Robots,Votebots, Book Fair, km challenge, girls Futsal news and more……!!!

Another Busy & Engaging Fortnight…..Science, Robots,Votebots, Book Fair, km challenge, girls Futsal news and more……!!!

Our super-duper Parent Association held yet another great Book Fair. We had huge interest from parents and pupils. The selection of books was most impressive and competitively priced. It was great seeing so many parents, at such an early hour each morning, browsing and handling books as they bargained….. with their offspring! But it was most heartening to see how keen our young readers are to read, buy, swop, share.

JIGSAW KERRY FUNDRAISER…..Eeeeeek!

JIGSAW KERRY FUNDRAISER…..Eeeeeek!

We had super fun today. Bhí gach páiste gléasta suas, nuair a shroich siad an scoil ar maidin. Most children brought €2 or more! (Thank you!). We raised €443! We intend rounding this off to a neat and tidy sum of €500. Well done, everyone! It would not have been possible without the talented face-painters from Art and Hobby : Parent Michelle O’ Connor and her assistant Shannon. The kids.

A Great Week of Maths Fun!

A Great Week of Maths Fun!

Well done to all the children for sharing their Math Games with their partner classes! It meant that children had to show younger children how to play the games! They had fantastic fun and even though some of the challenges were tough, they enjoyed every minute of it! On Tuesday Junior Math Fair was hosted by Sixth Class. I cannot recommend Sixth enough! Such great organisers they are! Then on.

Hurling Heaven!

Hurling Heaven!

These fantastic young hurlers won the South Kerry Hurling Perpetual Shield u 11, (Division 1 League). The U 10s won the Donie Brosnan Tournament, which was played in the Fitzgerald Stadium! They are all great friends and they LOVE playing with the Parnells. Training will start again in early spring. Bigí ann!

Sacrament of Confirmation: Date.

St John’s has notified us of our Confirmation date : Thursday 26th March. at 11am.

Environmental Science Outing with Rang 3.

Environmental Science Outing with Rang 3.

We had a glorious day in Ballyheigue recently! The children discovered an array of seaweeds, anemones, shellfish and fish. Every net and bucket was fully employed! It was a busy day, full of teamwork, games and fishy surprises. Please see photos on our Twitter and Facebook page.

Artists at work…

Artists at work…

Scoil na Sidhe. (Fairy School!)

Scoil na Sidhe. (Fairy School!)

There was huge excitement when some infants actually HEARD fairy sounds coming from our Fairy School! Many thanks to Mike Ross for his creative use of tree stumps and for ‘securing planning permission’! This will be an excellent resource for developing creativity, imagination, expressive language. The children found a school key hidden nearby, on the ground, in a magic container and now they ‘know for certain’ that little fairies can.

A New Year Begins!Ciarraí Abú! Cathair Leithín Abú!

A New Year Begins!Ciarraí Abú! Cathair Leithín Abú!

Our lovely Junior Infants arrived on Thursday. They were super! ALL the children had a smile when they arrived for the first day back…. teachers too 🙂 Photographers arrived on Day 2 and marvelled at how everyone had worn their Kerry colours. Our little Junior Infants filed quietly into the hall and arranged themselves effortlessly for their special photo. They have settled in so well, so quickly. Well done! Let’s.

A Very Special Thank You Card.

A Very Special Thank You Card.

What a thoughtful, kind gesture from all the parents and children in Junior Infants. So much effort and care, from a great class! The cards touched everyone’s hearts, especially Ms Adrienne’s and Ms Siobhán’s.❤❤. Take a close look…..

An Craic ag ár Lá Spóirt!

An Craic ag ár Lá Spóirt!

Our Sports Day turned out even better than we had hoped. We moved it from Mitchel’s to school, as the weather forecast was poor. Teachers set up 12 fantastic game stations: Tug of War, Turbo Javelin, Penalty Shots, 3legged races, Egg and Spoon, Wellie Throwing and lots of team challenges, to name but a few. Cathy Williams and Cliona Caplis organised the Fruit Chopping Marathon. They prepared a wonderful feast.

Celebration Day!

Celebration Day!

Delighted and honoured, that Seán Kelly MEP, Seán Ryan CEO Aspen Grove Solutions, BoM and P.Assoc members attended our Awards ceremony. This year was v special: Fifth Green Flag (biodiversity), Health Promoting Schools Flag, Active Flag, Science Foundation Ireland Plaque, JEP Flag, Caherleaheen Community Award for Paul Griffin (Harriers Athletics), A brand new , top of the range CR2 defibrillator, (courtesy of a great local /global tech company, A.G.S👍👍) ..

Kerry County Finals in An Ríocht, 12th May 2019

Kerry County Finals in An Ríocht, 12th May 2019

Great excitement! Three of our relay teams qualified for the County Primary Schools Athletic Finals. Junior girls came fourth. Junior boys team secured Silver and our Middle boys team also secured Silver. We also celebrated three individual medallists…A breathtaking Bronze in the 600m and 2 stunning Golds in the Turbo Javelin. More pics later. We couldn’t be prouder of ALL the athletes who competed on the night. What a great.

Caherleaheen Wins Tralee Primary Schools Athletics Trophy.

Caherleaheen Wins Tralee Primary Schools Athletics Trophy.

Congratulations to all our young athletes who participated in the Tralee Primary Schools event which was hosted by Tralee Harriers, last Thursday evening. Every single child competed whole-heartedly and many won medals in their individual races. We secured some stunning wins, overcame disappointment, celebrated each other and ultimately never gave up. As you can see in photo above, we won 6 medals in the 6 relay events () : 3.

Texaco Art Competition

Texaco Art Competition

Lila Galway from Fifth Class received her Commendation Prize last week. Here is a photo of her beautiful painting. Isn’t it stunning? It’s now part of the Texaco Art Exhibition which will travel to various venues around Ireland in the coming year. Well done, Lila!! (These photos have been published with her parent’s permission).

Active Week 2019

Active Week 2019

Active Week had something for everyone: Gymnastics courtesy of Active Kingdom; Line Dancing with Cassie and Ms Adrienne; Athletics with Paul Griffin from Tralee Harriers; Obstacle Courses in the hall and yard; Handball with Alan and Basketball with Sinéad from IT Tralee. Many thanks to Ms Ann and Ms Caroline for organising the events. It was a great week with fine weather and whole school engagement.

Second Class Receive Their First Holy Communion.

Second Class Receive  Their  First Holy Communion.

We could not commend these young children enough. They fully appreciated and understood the meaning behind their third sacrament: First Holy Communion. They were responsive, reverent and attentive during their very special mass. Their teachers, Ms Claire and Ms Gemma agreed that all the preparation and attention to detail made for a very special ceremony. The choir of 27 and 4 musicians from Fourth, Fifth and Sixth were superb, having.

‘Here Come the Girls’…..

‘Here Come the Girls’…..

Well done to Lila Galway from Fifth Class. We were delighted that she received a coveted commendation in the national Texaco Art Competition! Lila has always been creative and her ‘Variations of a Sky’, really impressed the judges. Unfortunately, her painting will remain in Dublin until she receives her prize, but I will post a photo of it in June. We are thrilled for her. Also Mr Paul was delighted.

🌱🍃 Parents Volunteer to Tidy School Grounds.👍

🌱🍃 Parents Volunteer to Tidy School Grounds.👍

Many thanks to the 9 parents and young helpers who arrived to school on a sunny Saturday morning: Paudie, Samantha and Kayden Sugrue, Cathy and Ken Fitzgerald, Tom and Adam O Brien, Ger Breen, Mike Ross, Ciara, Eric and Colin Buckley, Cliona Caplis, Tara, Ben and David Cullinan. We cleared hedgerows, pruned bushes, swept the HUGE yards, cleared drains, tidied organic garden and wrapped it all up with tea and.

Take a closer look..laptops work best……it’s been a h’egg’tic week or two….

Take a closer look..laptops work best……it’s been a h’egg’tic week or two….

Thanks for keeping an eye on our website! Here are some photo-reports of our IT Tralee Sport activities, gardening, art etc. Unfortunately photos and reports work best on a laptop, due to an in’egg’splicable wordpress blip. You all received your Newsletter by email today, detailing all that’s going on here. But please dig deeper and take a look at our Science/STEM log too. It’s a Weebly link and you can.

Sonia O’ Sullivan at Junior Tralee Park Run.

Sonia O’ Sullivan at Junior Tralee Park Run.

Sonia ran with all the Tralee primary school children, this morning in the town park! What a super atmosphere and the weather was just perfect! She is a fantastic athlete and ambassador for Park Runs all over the country. Well done to all the boys and girls: Ar fheabhas ar fad!! Sonia greeted every runner (150+) as they passed the 2km line. Fabulous lady- sharing her Mother’s Day with all.

Congratulations to Sixth Class on their Confirmation.

Congratulations to Sixth Class on their Confirmation.

The sun shone brightly yesterday on this important day. Congratulations to all our Sixth Class pupils. It was a really lovely ceremony with all the children fully cogniscent of it’s importance. Special thanks to Bishop Ray Browne, St John’s parochial office, the teachers and priests who worked so hard to prepare all the candidates from our local schools. Mr Paul and I were very proud of them all and we.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

Beannachtaí na  Féile Pádraig oraibh!

Bhuel, is dócha go bhfuil drochaimsir ag teacht orainn an deireadh seachtaine seo….ach bainigí sult as na grianghraif ón halla! Craic, ceol agus rince 🙂

Engineering Week steamed ahead…..

Engineering Week steamed ahead…..

What fantastic engineering and creativity in Senior Infants. They extended their Aistear theme,Transport, by creationg HUGE 3D Buses, trains,rockets, cars, ships and buses. Well done to all involved and thank you parents for the wide range of boxes. They had great fun and approached the whole week’s activity with great enthusiasm.

Golfing in Barrow.🏌️‍♀️

Golfing in Barrow.🏌️‍♀️

Fifth and Sixth received a generous invitation and welcome from Richard Barrett in Barrow Golf Club. They enjoyed a powerpoint presentation, lunch and played lots of golf, of course! Thank you! Ghey had a great time.⛳

Great Characters on World Book Day and Great Toppings on Pancake Tuesday.

Great Characters on World Book Day and Great Toppings on Pancake Tuesday.

I had trouble finding classes last Wednesday! Some of the classrooms were empty! Eventually, I found Sixth Class reading to Second, Fourth reading to Senior Infants. Fifth Reading to First. Third reading to Junior Infants. It was a great day….lots of reading, chatting, older children connecting with younger. Sharing books is probably the most important and rewarding learning activity you can do with a child. Highly recommended for every child.

Sixth Class love the halla and so too do the Lego Club!

Sixth Class love the halla and so too do the Lego Club!

Sixth are a very sporty class: enjoying and exceling in all kinds of sport and games. All classes are enjoying the IT coaches and Mr Paul likes to keep Sixth Class active and alert! Mr Damien’s Lego Club makes great use of the space too, when they test their cars…

Fota Island, Croke Park and Paris….AT LAST!

Fota Island, Croke Park and Paris….AT LAST!

Well done, everyone! You have all arrived fitter and more focused than when ypu left Tralee last October….

Scientists and Artists in First and Fifth….TALENT!

Scientists and Artists in First and Fifth….TALENT!

The children in Ms Gemma’s room (First/Second) enjoyed mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to produce explosive carbon dioxide. Fifth and Sixth Classes know no end to their creativity, as their unique frames continue to be a best seller!!

Aistear is back in Senior Infants.

Aistear is back in Senior Infants.

Ms Caroline sets up fantastic stations in the afternoons so that all the children can start first thing in the morning. They really enjoy it and role-playing is their favourite activity. They have been really busy.

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