Iniscealtra National School

Mountshannon Co. Clare


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News March 2009

St Patrick's Day Parade
The school's involvement in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Scariff was a most enjoyable and successful event. Most of the children in the school were in attendance and they certainly enjoyed themselves, displaying their creativity, their musical ability and not least their style, to the large number of people who thronged the town of Scariff.

The children received awards for the Best School, Best Walking Group and Best Tractor and Trailer. Needless to say they were very happy with their success and deserve great credit for the enthusiasm with which they tackled the project.

An undertaking such as this involves such a large number of people. From preparing the float, designing and making and carrying banners, making outfits, making instruments, rehearsing the music, preparing the catwalk show, offering transport, equipment and time, being there on the day to help with organisation and child safety issues, to the many supporters who cheered the children at the parade, the school very grateful to one and all.

The children benefit at many levels from activities such as this and with God's help we will do it again next year.

Seven pupils from Iniscealtra were confirmed by Bishop Willie Walsh in St. Caimin's Church, Mountshannon on Saturday 7th March. Congratulations go to Sean O' Rourke, Adam Minogue, Bridget Minogue, Laura Durack, Reuben Noyes, Nathan McJames and Bianca Szhostak. Well done to all those pupils in the choir who sang beautifully for their fellow students at the ceremony.

Food Dudes
National school pupils from both Mountshannon and Whitegate have been waging war, together with their allies, the Food Dudes, against General Junk and his wicked cohorts who are trying to rid the earth of healthy food. The scheme, which ran for 16 school days, has encouraged children and their parents to include fruit and vegetables in their everyday diet.

The battle against General Junk continues next term. Ask any school child and they will tell you all about the healthy options they are taking.

Credit Union Quiz
Some of our pupils participated in the recent quiz representing Derg Credit Union in the South Court Hotel in Limerick. Congratulations to Jonah Gaine, Peter Bailey, Jessica Murray and Conor Apsel on a job well done.

School Garden
Work has recommenced on the Iniscealtra school garden. The early potatoes have been planted and we hope they will be ready before the children go on their summer holidays. Many other seeds have been sown in pots and as soon as the weather allows, the children will plant out these seedlings.