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News September 2012



Back to school
The school re-opened for the new academic year on Thursday August 30th. This year we have eight new pupils in junior infants. We are delighted to welcome Cathal, Connor, Daniel, Eoin, Jack, Josh, Kieran and Lily to school for the first time.
We also have a number of other new pupils through the school and we are happy to have Anu, Caoimhe Feidhlim and Conor join various classes. We hope that they will all be very happy in our school.





Visit to Seed savers
Children from 4th, 5th and 6th class spent part of the day at the Irish seed savers centre in Scariff on Thursday September 6th. While there they explored the wildlife pond and examined many of the creatures found there such as the water boatman and the slater. We need to now examine our own school pond to see how many of these species are present there. The children also made a family of scarecrows for the Seed savers garden. The day was most interesting and the weather was warm and sunny.






Visit to Iniscealtra Sailing Club
On Friday 7th September, children from 5th and 6th class visited Iniscealtra Sailing Club. The children were shown around the facility and were shown the various parts of a sailboat and a demonstration of how the sails and rudder work by sailing Club member, Pat Carroll. On this occasion the children remained on dry land but the club members are very kindly arranging to take out the 5th and 6th class on the lake when the weather permits. Two attempts were made before the summer break to go sailing but on both occasions poor weather caused postponement. We are looking forward greatly to the trip.






Podcasts
School podcasts have recommenced with the September podcast now available online. The podcast is a monthly school news bulletin, written, edited and recorded by the children and available on the school website. There are interviews with children and staff as well as with visitors to the school. This month you will find, for example,reports on the children's visit to seed savers, the sailing trip on the lake and an interesting chat with some of our youngest pupils.
You will find the podcasts on the school website http://www.mountshannonschool.net/podcast.html



School Blog
The School Blog where children give their views on various matters as well as their own daily news is up and running again this school year. The Blog has proven popular with the children, gives a good flavour of the interests which children have and the opinions they hold. The Blog can be accessed on the School website http://www.mountshannonschool.net/blogs.html





Sailing on the lake
On Friday September 21st, the children of 5th and 6th classes again visited the Iniscealtra Sailing Club where they were brought out on the lake by members of the club. A total of fifteen children were brought out in five sailing boats, each boat also had a school staff member on board. The boats journeyed across the lake to Parker's Point on the Tipperary side before turning back. Many of the children got the oppotrunity of helping to steer the craft and the club members explained to the children the basics of how the boat was being operated at each stage of the trip. There were good views of Holy Island and Bushey Island where the eagles nested earlier in the year. Conditions were ideal on the day. There was bright sunshine and just a light wind to propel the sailboats. The children were out for just under two hours and afterwards the Sailing Club provided welcome refreshment in the clubhouse. The children enjoyed greatly their trip and it may perhaps encourage some of them to take an interest in the hobby of sailing. There will be further contact between the school and the sailing club to see how children interested in sailing might be facilitated.






Gaelic Football training
The young gaelic footballers of Mountshannon School are in full training mode already as all the children in the school have a weekly training session. The older children have training after school on Tuesdays while the younger children, including the infants, have training after school on Thursdays. The older children are getting ready for a schedule of games against schools from Carron / New Quay, Kilnaboy and Mol an Oige, Ennistymon. Training for the younger children has proven very popular and is enjoyed very much by the children and their parents.


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