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News November 2010

Friday October 22nd was a very special day as all the children along with a number of staff dressed up in Halloween costumes instead of their uniforms. We had witches, devils and pirates to name but a few. The dressing up coincided with a fundraising effort in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Our pupils raised €215.76 on the day and deserve great praise for helping this worthy cause.


Visit to Scariff library
Also on the 22nd October third and fourth class were invited to Scariff library to share a morning of story telling with children’s author Ms Eithne Massey. Eithne was warm, friendly and kindly read extracts from her two books-“The Dreaming Tree” and “The Secret of Kells”. The children asked a range of questions regarding Eithne's profession and about books in general. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning.

On November 1st we held mass in Mountshannon church. We would like to thank most sincerely Mary O’ Leary who spent much time practicing with the choir who sang beautifully on the day. Also thanks to those students who played music and to Fr. John Jones who celebrated the mass with us.

The bike ride
The children of fifth and sixth class went on another cycle in October looking again at a number of historical and archaeological sites in Mountshannon. This time the children began in Kilrateera as they visited the Kyle or Cilin.- the Children’s Burial Ground on Caimin Buglers farm. In this peaceful place, many babies were quietly buried during past times.

It was on then, to Mary Duracks land in Clounty to visit the ring fort. This was an ancient settlement where families lived for hundreds of years and the children viewed with interest the clay embankment which surrounded the enclosure and wondered about those who lived there, possibly the ancestors of many of us. Cycling itself is excellent exercise for the children and many found it easier on this, the second cycle of the year. It was also an opportunity to reinforce the importance of road safety in the minds of our children.

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