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News April 2011

School garden
A start has been made on planting out the garden. So far we have peas, broad beans, and French beans sown. A new crop of autumn, raspberries has taken off well, so we hope it will increase this year’s crop.

We have also installed a bird nesting box and a feeding tray in the garden. Both are equipped with video cameras and they relay all activities from both to a monitor in the school. Thus the children can study up close the robins, blue tits, blackbirds and crows which populate our school grounds. As yet the nesting box has not been used by the birds but the feeding tray is very busy.
The school is grateful to Dave Mooney ant the Tidy Town’s Committee for generously donating the feeding tray and camera.

Saturday April 9th was a very important day in the lives of our ten pupils from sixth class. Along with three pupils from Lakyle School they were confirmed in St Caimin’s church Mountshannon.
It was a most beautiful day and every one looked great. A big thank you goes to our teacher Mary O’ Leary who conducted the choir and to our organist, Noreen Waterstone. The choir consisted of our school children together with a number of adults. They all sang beautifully and contributed hugely to the sacred and intimate atmosphere of the occasion.
Thank you to Fr Jones who celebrated the mass, to the parents and the teachers who prepared the children so well, the readers, servers and everyone who was involved in the ceremony and in the preparation of the church. Congratulations to Conor, Caimin, Peter, Oisin, James, Cathal, Paul, Evan, Joshua and Thomas.

Non-uniform day
On Friday April 15th we held a non-uniform day in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.
The children dressed up in Easter costume and we had some very interesting outfits and hats. It was a very colourful day over all and we raised a total of €255.
Thank you to all those who donated so generously to this worthy cause.

First Confession
The children in second class received the sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday April 13th. They are now looking forward to making their First Holy Communion on May 21st.

Mini 7s
The hurling team has done very well so far this year, reaching the finals of the mini 7s in Clarecastle on Tuesday April 12th. For the first time ever, our hurling team had won their section of the preliminary round ahead of Killaloe, Broadford, Flagmount and Clonlara.
In Clarecastle Mountshannon scored a convincing win over Quin, but lost by a goal to Cratloe in a tense and exciting game.
The main hurling competition of the year begins after the Easter holidays when Meelick, Kilmurry and O’Callaghan’s Mills will provide the opposition.

Mini Easter Egg hunt
The school Parents Association organised an Easter egg hunt on Friday April 15th, the day of the holidays.
It was a most enjoyable event, enjoyed by pupils of all ages and caused a flurry of intense excitement and frantic activity until all the eggs were found. The hunt took place in the school garden.
A big thank you to the parents.

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