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Mountshannon Co. Clare


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News March 2011

St Patrick’s Day Parade
The St Patrick’s Day Parade was a great success. Over seventy children took part and a large number of parents came along as well. the theme of our float was the book - The lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis and the children were based on the characters. Thanks to all the parents who attended on the day and helped ensure a safe and smooth running of our entry. It was the largest number we ever had participating and everyone enjoyed themselves.
A special thanks to a number of parents who spent a few days in the school helping the children prepare- Damaris Smyth, Claire Haran, Molly O’ Mara, Fiona Kearns and Mark Wilson.
Also thanks to Alan Howe, who as always was at the heart of the operation. And we won first prize again..............
Well done to all.


When preparing for the St. Patrick's Day parade, the staff and children reused materials where possible. These included, wood, cardboard, plastics, clothing etc. etc. Recently also we came across an interesting website
FreeTrade Ireland is a unique public service allowing you to pass on and pick-up items free of charge. It's well worth a look.

Cross country
On March 9th we sent six teams of athletes to Lees rd in Ennis to participate in the cross country finals.
Twenty eight students in all travelled on the day. Despite the stiff competition, we brought home three medals. These were won by Clodagh Brophy in the U8 girls, Maeve O’ Rourke in the U11 girls, and Connor Apsel in the over 11 boys.
It was a great experience for all those involved and will hopefully spur some of the children on to take up athletics.

Pancake party
The Parents Association held their annual pancake party in the Aistear on Tuesday March 8th.
It turned out to be a very successful afternoon while Noel Lyons along with assistance from Josephine made loads of delicious pancakes for all our hungry students.

Interactive whiteboards
Two Whiteboard systems have been purchased by the school.
The Infant room and the Learning Support Room have now been equipped with boards and projectors which mean that all the class rooms now have this useful educational tool.

The school produce a monthly news bulletin on the school website www. This bulletin is written and recorded by the pupils and is available to download from the site as a podcast. Not only do the podcasts include all the school news but they also contain interviews with pupils, staff and school visitors.
It’s well worth a listen.

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