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Raising our Green Flag
What a special day in
school today, as we welcomed back past pupils and teachers, parents, and
sporting stars for the official raising of our fourth Green Flag. Big thanks are
owed to Ms. Murphy who put in Trojan work to achieve the flag, and Ms.
Fitzgerald who continued her marvellous work while Ms. Murphy was on maternity
leave. Also, a big thank you to our principal, Ms. Cleary, our deputy
principal, Ms. Hanley, and all the teachers and staff in the school, along with
all the boys and girls-it is through your hard work and co-operation that we
have reached this proud milestone. We were very excited that local sporting
hero, Donal O’Grady, could be here to share in
our special day, and also to Kevin Kennedy, our Chairperson, for his support today
too! Lastly to the parents who, through supporting our many Walk To School events throughout the last two years, have helped
us achieve our flag also. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!!
Collecting our Fourth Green Flag
Walk to School Day
Look who came to visit...
Fáilte romhaibh go léir ar ais! A big thank you to Mrs. Murphy who came back to
visit us with her two lovely children, Matthew and Aoibheann
on Friday. It was
lovely to see you again. We were delighted to see Mathew for the first time,
and to see how big Aoibheann has gotten!
Science Day 6/05/2015
Adieus and Welcome Backs
We’d like to extend a big thank you to Miss Barry who was a
tremendous addition to our staff over the last few months, and also to Ms.
Hanley who did a fantastic job in her role as Acting Principal.
Welcome back to our principal Mrs. Cleary,
who is returning from maternity leave- it’s great to have you back!
First Holy Communion
Massive congratulations to
the boys and girls in 2nd class who made their communion on the 2nd
of May here in Ballingarry. You all looked fantastic, and I’m certain you
had a great day, despite the weather not being the best. Big thanks to the children
who sang in the choir, and to the parents and teachers who prepared the
children for this day, especially Miss Curtin and Miss Fitzgerald.
Healthy Eating and Fitness Week
Fitness and Healthy Eating
were on the agenda for us here in school from the 2nd – 6th
of March, when we celebrated Fitness Week. We undertook many activities
throughout the week to promote fitness and eating right. We learned about the
food pyramid and how to look after our teeth. Lunch monitors on the junior side
of the school made sure that no treats snuck into our lunch boxes during the
week, and on Friday we sampled some tasty and delicious fruits and snacks such
as melon, pineapple, passion fruit, humous and granola. Some children were
shocked to find out that they really enjoyed these foods!
The Fitness aspect of the
week included Hurling with Tommy, Drop Everything and Dance, Skipathon Tuesday
and of course a game of Dodgeball against the teachers on Wednesday (we wore
Thanks to Ms. Curtin and
Ms. Casey for organising such an enjoyable week!
Friendship Week 2015
(Adapted from Ms. Hanley’s class
Last week from the 9th-13th of February, we
celebrated Friendship Week in Christ the Saviour N.S.
We did lots of lovely activities which explored the idea of friendship.
On Monday evening, Garda Kathy Healy and Garda Pat Holland visited the boys and girls in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class and Garda Healy spoke to us about the dangers of cyber bullying. We learned a lot about cyber bullying from her visit. She spoke to us about social media in particular Facebook. She said if you take a silly photo and upload it to Facebook it will be there forever. The Gardaí can retrieve photographs even if they are deleted if they are investigating a crime. She also told us to think before you post a comment and not to say something on Facebook that you wouldn’t want on the front page of a newspaper!!! You can’t put a photo of someone else up on Facebook without their permission. It was an informative talk and we learned a lot.
As part of Friendship week, Mr Keogh sold Friendship bands in aid of Amnesty International. In total €300 was collected for this organisation who are fighting for human rights all over the world.
We read a story about Ishmael, a young boy who was a child soldier in Sierra Leone. He is now a human rights activist and he wrote a book about his awful experience as a child soldier. Organisations like Amnesty International and Unicef help child soldiers like Ishmael.
Some other activities included:
The Rainbow Fish: Each class heard the story of the Rainbow Fish and watched the video of it. This showed the children the importance of caring for others.
Friendship Fish: Every morning, each child picked a name of someone in
their class out of a box. During the day, they did something nice for that
child. Then they wrote what they had done on a scale, and stuck it to the
school Friendship Fish at the front of the school. By the end of the week, the
fish had all his scales!
Games: The children played games that promoted co-operation and working
together. They had great fun trying to make bridges, and pass hulahoops around the group!
Lessons: In class, the children talked about ways they could be helpful
and respect others. They also played friendship games, such as Friendship
Bracelets: Each student had the opportunity to buy friendship bracelets from
Amnesty International, which had messages promoting friendship written on them.
Sheriffs: Every day, boys and girls in the classes acted as Friendship
Sheriffs, where they patrolled the yard, with lovely badges, and made sure
everyone had someone to play with!
We really enjoyed friendship week. We learned that in order to be a good friend it is really important to share, respect, care and be kind to all. A big thanks to Mr Keogh and Miss Tangney for all their creativeness and organisation in helping us to celebrate and enjoy Friendship Week in Ballingarry.
Community Games Talent Competition 2015
Today was Grandparents’ Day in our school. A lot of children's grandparents came in to share their life experiences with us. We asked them questions about their childhood, then compared them to ours. We sang them a lovely song, took
some pictures, and then said a prayer to all the grandparents who couldn’t be
with us. It was a great day and we all enjoyed it.
Catholic Schools' Week, January 25-31st, 2015
Catholic Schools Week 2015-01-26
This week, from the 25th-31st
of January, we are celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week. There will be many
activities in our school to celebrate Christ the Saviour National School being
a centre of Catholic Faith.
Some activities taking
place this week include a Prayer Service in our GP room on Monday, the 25th,
and Grandparents’ Day on Wednesday, 27th of January.
Also there will be
numerous class based activities throughout the week to celebrate our catholic
A big thank you to Ms.
Fitzgerald and her class for all the preparations!
Photos from our Christmas Concert...
Christmas Concert Fever Reaches Record High in Ballingarry...
Wow hasn’t the year
flown so far, and as we approach 2015, we here in school are ready to go out
with a BANG! As you all know, our Christmas Concert is taking place tonight in
Ballingarry Hall, and we’re all so excited to perform for our families
and friends! Ms. Lyons and Ms. Tangney’s classes are performing ‘Ralph
the Reindeer’. Mrs. O’Neil and Ms. Fitzgerald’s classes are
doing ‘Stable Manners’, while Mrs. Murphy and Ms. Hanley’s
classes are performing ‘Cinderella and Rockerfella’. It’s
going to be an entertaining evening to say the least! Hoping you all have a great night. See you later!
A Visit from Derry O'Connor...
Our Visit from Derry O’ Connor
On the 28th of November our teacher Mr. Gleeson
organised a visitor to come and talk to our class. His friend Derry O' Connor,
who is on the Young Munster rugby team and is also a member of the Limerick
Gaelic football team would be coming in to see our class. During the week we
made a poster for Derry. We wanted to learn about Derry’s sporting life and
also his future prospects.The poster was full of questions that our class
wanted to ask him such as “who is your favourite rugby player and who is your
sporting hero”? Also some students in our class were assigned to complete a
sixty second quick-fire interview with Derry. We were all prepared and couldn’t
wait for Derry to come to our school.
When the day arrived, my class and I were buzzing
with excitement. We were so lucky that we had a sportsman like Derry coming to
visit us as he was a very busy man. He splits his time between college, work
and sport. Shortly after 11:30 Derry arrived at our school. We all sang Amhrán Na Bhfiann the moment Derry walked into our
classroom and he answered some questions from the poster we had made throughout
the week. After that, we had planned to complete a 60second quick-fire interview
with Derry. The two candidates who were doing these interviews with Derry were
Ellen and Darragh. The interview turned out to be a
great success and Derry managed to answer all of the questions that Darragh and Ellen had asked. Derry had brought in a blink
band and signed the poster we had mad for him. The two prizes were raffled and
Fiona won the blink band and I (Grace Sheehy) won the signed poster. If the day
couldn’t get better we got to do aP.E. session with
Derry. We played ‘rugby volleyball’ and we learned how to properly complete a
‘solo’ which is a skill used in Gaelic Football. After P.E. we took a ‘selfie’
with Derry on the schools i-pad. Overall I had a great day and would love it if
Derry came into the school more often.
Christ the Saviour
Parents’ Council are hosting their Annual Cake Sale and Coffee morning on
Friday, November 14th, 2014 in the Village Hall, Ballingarry, from
All are welcome to bake or
buy and your continued support is greatly appreciated!
Come and join us for a
tea/coffee, and as always there will be a raffle with plenty of great prizes
(take a look at the picture!)
The hall will be open from
8.45am on the Friday morning to receive your baked donations.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher meetings
will be held on the 18th of November (next Tuesday) from 3-7pm. A
letter with information in relation to times will be sent out this week. If a
certain time isn’t suiting you, we will endeavour to find a more suitable
time. Looking forward to seeing you all!
We’d like to welcome
you back to school and we hope you all had a lovely mid-term break. It’s
now time to mention the ‘C’ word! YES! You’ve guessed!
Christmas is well and truly on its way. We’ll be very busy in the next
few weeks with Christmas plays and festive fun- what a lovely time of year! Is
it time to say it yet?- MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!
This year the boys and girls in Ms Hanley and Mrs. Murphy’s
room are participating in the MS Readathon. The MS Readathon encourages boys and girls to read books, learn
about multiple sclerosis (MS) and raise funds to help people living with
Multiple Sclerosis. For more information about this great
project click on the link.
This September we were deligted to
welcome two local sporting heros
to our school. Fiona Hickey and Mairead Fitzgerald bothed played a major role in Limerick becoming
Intermediate Camogie Champions for 2014. They travelled to our school with the
Jack McGrath Cup, and answered questions about their hard fought battles
throughout this year’s Championship. Fiona told us of the importance of
perseverance, determination and training! We wish the girls luck in the senior
Championship next year and who knows- maybe we’ll be welcoming you with the O’Duffy Cup next year.
Also in September, we were
very lucky to get a visit from Mr. Liam O’Neill, the current President of
the GAA. Mr. O’ Neill told us how important it was to play sports, and
encouraged us to get involved in the the GAA through hurling,
football, handball and rounders. He told us that as a youngster he dreamed
of lifting an All-Ireland trophy. However, being from Laois he realised that
this might not be a possibility. The next best thing, according to Mr. O’Neill,
was presenting the cup to the deserved champions. He realised this dream on the
4th of September 2011 when he handed the Liam
McCarthy Cup to Brian Hogan of Kilkenny.