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News November 2012

The US presidential election took place on Tuesday 6th November and as we now know was won by Barack Obama. What Mr. Obama might not be aware of is that he also won the presidential poll conducted among the pupils of Mountshannon school. In the school we hold "mock" elections in paralell with all major elections in Ireland and abroad where the children are shown how different electoral systems work. In the school election Mr. Obama won the popular vote by 57 to 5 for Mitt Romney while he won the electoral college votes by a landslide 25 to zero.

So close in football semi final
Mountshannon school bowed out of the schools football championship at the semi final stage in a pulsating contest at a rain sodden Crusheen GAA ground on Tuesday 13th November.There was nothing to choose between Mountshannon and Carron New Quay all through the game. Indeed luck was with the north Clare children in the closing stages as they were saved by the post when a goal for Mountshannon would have swung the issue. Mountshannon is the only school from the hurling only areas who enter this competition and to come so close to reaching the final is a great tribute not only to the skill but to the determined character of our players. All at the school are so proud of them and we look forward now to the camogie and hurling fixtures in the spring. the final score was, carron New Quay 4-06 Mountshannon 5-01. The Mountshannon team was: Barry Gleeson, Daniel Haran, Greta Hickey (captain), Luke Sugrue, Ronan Hayes, Amber Nolan, Conor Whelan. Subs used: Lee Moloney, Alannah McNamara.

Knitting initiative in the school
On Thursday November 15th, all the children from first to sixth classes started knitting lessons. Co-ordinating the lessons is Kitty Duffy, our recently retired special needs assistant. On that day she was assisted in the rooms by Nellie Durack and Mary Kelly. All three ladies have grand children in the school and it was lovely to see them passing on their skills to all the children. All are giving freely of their time and it is very much appreciated by the entire school family. The children are very enthusiastic about the project and this is wonderful to see. It is hoped that we will have a few other helpers at knitting classes in the weeks ahead.

Confirmation and First Communion
The dates for both Confirmation and First Communion have now been announced. Confirmation, which this year will take place in Mountshannon, will be on Friday 12th of April. The sacrament of First Communion will be on Saturday 11th of May. The Enrolment Mass for First Communion will be on Sunday 25th of November at 11am. Subsequent preparation masses for First Communion will take place on Saturday 16th February (Mountshannon), Sunday 17th March (Whitegate) and Saturday 6th April (Mountshannon).

Christmas Concert details
In a change from past practice, the annual Christmas Food fair will be combined with the annual Christmas concert to provide an evening of rich entertainment for the whole school community. The Christmas concert will take place on Wednesday 19th December in the parish hall at which all the schoolchildren will be involved and aspects of the Food Fair will also be brought into the evening. Preparations are well underway for the night and further details will be available closer to the time.

Parent Association Art Lessons
A series of special art classes is underway at the school and will continue until Christmas. This scheme, which the children are enjoying very much, is being conducted by locally resident artist, Isabelle Gaborit and is being organised and funded by the Parents Association. The lessons started on November 27th with the children making shadow puppets and then dramatising a story using the puppets on a screen. Everyone is looking forward to the remaining classes through the month of December.

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