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News March 2013

Amber - in the All Ireland
Amber nolan represented her school, her county and her province in the All Ireland school's handball championships in kingscourt, Co. Cavan on 23rd of March. The All Ireland series is not a competetive affair as all the provincial champions are deemed winners.

Preparations for Confirmation
The sacrament of Confirmation will take place in Mountshannon church this year on Friday 12 April at 3pm. Preparations for the event are well underway with the choir busily working away. Children are arranging their sponsors and picking out confirmation names. We are all looking forward to the visit of the bishop and to the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Wonderful day at the cross country championships
The schoolchildren had a most enjoyable and successful day at the schools cross country championships in Lees Road, Ennis on Wednesday 13th March. The school was represented by a team of over thirty children running in six different categories. On the day we had three medal winners. Ciara Dooley won a medal in the Girls Under 8 section, Ultan Hayes did likewise in the Boys Under 8 and Luke Sugrue brought home the honours in the Boys Under 11. To complete the day the u nder 8 girls won the team bronze and all six members of the team, Ciara Dooley, Eadaoin O'Grady, Emma Waterstone, Emma Burke, Leona McDonagh and Caoibhe Whelan were presented with their medals on the day of the Easter holidays. But the cross country is about more than winning medals. For many children it a great achievement to qualify for this event and when they get there, the goal can be just finishing. So apart from the fantastic medal achievements, we had a lot of success stories at the championships. Congratulations to all the children involved.

Great turnout for annual St. Patrick's Day parade
There was a huge turnout of Mountshannon schoolchildren at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Scariff on 17th March. The theme of our float was The Simpsons and the children really got into the swing of things with plenty of yellow facepaint and the most colourful outfits. Work had been underway at the school for some time with parents and children getting involved, producing the most wonderful backdrops and signs. Under the guidance of Alan Howe, it all gradually came together to produce the spectacular display we saw on March 17th. The success of the day is brought about by the co-operative efforts of children, parents and staff, generating enthusiasm for a project and working together to complete it successfully. We also had a bit of fun in the process. We also won the prize for the best school float which delighted the children very much.

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