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News October 2012

Retirement Function
On Friday 12th October the school staff held a celebration for recently retired special needs assistants, Kitty Duffy and Alan Howe. Both Alan and Kitty have been working in Mountshannon school for over ten years and during that time have been held in high esteem by parents, staff and especially by the pupils. They have contributed hugely, not only to the welfare of the children who were in their care but to the school in general, above and beyond their basic roles. The staff was delighted to hear that their association with the school will not be at an end as both have indicated thet they will continue to be involved on a voluntary basis in various ways which will continue to develop and expand the children's experience at school.

Good news for Laura
Everyone at the school was delighted to learn that Laura Colleran has secured a permanent teaching position. Laura has been doing substitute work in the area since graduating and she has worked extensively in Mountshannon school. She has been a very popular member of staff and both parents and children have appreciated her dedication and talent. She has prepared two of our classes for first communion and has been involved in areas such as the current reading initiative and the annual shoebox collection. Laura now works in Ennis CBS primary school and we wish her well in her career. The Ennis school is fortunate that such an excellent teacher has joined its staff.

School gaelic football team reaches semi final
The school has taken part in the group stage of the primary schools gaelic football competition and has done very well, qualifying for the semi final. The school defeated Mol an Oige from Ennistymon on a score of 1-06 to 1-01. The team also defeated Ballycar National School by 4-08 t0 1-00. Mountshannon is the only school in the competition who are in a hurling only area and great credit is due to the boys and girls on the panel who put in such a good effort, both at training and in the matches. The semi final will take place sometime during the month of November.

Titanic show in Scariff library
On Tuesday 23rd October the 5th and 6th classes visited the Scariff library to attend a show centered on the sinking of the ship Titanic one hundred years ago this year. The show, which was highly informative and entertaining was produced by Michael Moylan of Irish History Live. The show included a model of the Titanic, a model of one of its engines as well as clothes and uniforms from the period. It was very much a hands on approach for the children as they were able to try on the various outfits and life jackets and see some interesting artefacts from the period. The show lasted for about an hour and was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils.

Creative writing workshop in Scariff Library
On the 25th of October, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class went to Scariff Library to attend a creative writing workshop. This workshop was hosted by Donough O’Malley, an award winning illustrator and author of ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do.’ The workshop consisted of a short discussion about the key components of creating a story and then the children got the opportunity to create their own story with some input from the group and from Donough. Each child was presented with their own book which they started to write their story in. It is hoped that when everyone finishes their books that they will be placed in the class library for others to read and enjoy. The workshop lasted just over an hour and all classes thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to writing more creative stories in the future.

Celebrating Halloween
The annual Halloween "no uniform day" took place on Friday 26th October. Staff and pupils turned up in costume on the day in a spectacular display and everyone enjoyed the event. Funds raised will go towards both Temple Street Children's hospital and the painting of our school. Photos from the day are on the school website. On Wednesday 31st October, the Parents Association of Mountshannon school held a halloween party in the school. Children had to travel through the Tunnel of Terror before getting to the kiddies disco. If the levels of noise emanating from the tunnel are anything to go by, then a good time was had by all.

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