Jul. 6, 2016

Another successful year has come to a close!

We have had another very successful year in Scoil Chiaráin CBS. It is hard to remember all we have done both in and out of the classroom! We welcomed many new pupils to our school, with a new 2nd class and other new pupils joining in other classes throughout the school. We also welcomed new staff members, Ms Furness, Mr Foley and Alan Foley. We sadly said goodbye to one of our most cherished members of staff, our loyal and dedicated caretaker, Noel Gleeson! We did it his way, and marked the occasion with a special assembly in December!

To reflect back now, our year got off to a great start with  a wonderful Active Flag ceremony back in September, with  flag duties performed by All-Ireland winning footballers, James McCarthy and Dean Rock. It was a great occasion to start the year. 


As always, tremendous work was carried out in all classes across the school. Many topics were covered from space to the Egyptians, the Aboriginals to the continent of Africa - too many to mention! The history of Ireland was very much to the fore, with the centenary celebrations of 1916 taking place around the country. All the classes of our school chose an aspect of the events of 1916 to focus on - life in Ireland at the time, buildings now and then, the leaders of the Rising, the timeline of events, and the Proclamation and what it meant then and now. Sixth class performed a wonderful dramatic depiction of the events of Easter Week 1916 for our special joint assembly with Our Lady of Consolation. Members of the Defense Forces presented the two schools with their flags, which can now be seen swaying proudly in the breeze. 

The boys of 6th class organised another well attended and long talked about Scoil Chiaráin's Got Talent! There will certainly be big boots to fill in the organisation department next year!

Christmas, as always, was a very busy time of year for our school. More hampers than ever were created by the Parents Association, thanks to the generosity of the children of our school. Sixth class ran another very successful St V de P fair and raised some much-needed funds for a very worthy cause. That Christmas feeling was alive and well with another fun filled Nativity performance, not to mention the great Panto we attended in the Helix! Jack and the Beanstalk, my personal favourite so far! 

January came with a bang, and a WSE (whole school evaluation)! It was over 14 years since an inspection of this type was completed in Scoil Chiaráin CBS. Parents and children were asked to complete questionnaires and the resounding positive response was another confirmation of the good work we are all doing together. Our final report was an excellent one, one we are all very proud of! It affirms the caring and positive atmosphere that is to be found in our school, and the excellent standard of teaching and learning that is taking place in all classes across our school. It gives good direction and advice on how to continue to build on all these positives, and work is in the pipeline already! The full report can be found on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The year didn't slow down even then! Every week, there were different events taking place! Active weeks, after-school clubs, swimming, kickboxing, golf and trips to Malahide Park to name but a few! Super learning was taking place parallel to all these exciting events! Projects about Italy was adorning the corridor walls! Maths trails were being created and completed! Guided reading was in full swing all year! The sixth class was busy debating many heated topics!

The awarding of the Green Flag was a huge occasion for the school, and the ceremony was attended by Ms Murphy and the senior members of the committee. This wonderful achievement will be marked in the coming school year with a special ceremony! We are very proud to be green! 

 

The sacramental celebrations of Communion and Confirmation were celebrated in the month of May and all the boys who received the Sacrament had a very special day.

End of year trips were next on the agenda! Fort Lucan and Extreme were the venues of choice for the younger classes. The Aran Islands were the destination for the senior boys! We took off early on a Tuesday morning, full of trepidation and excitement and that was just the adults! Three glorious, sunny days were spent on Inis Mór, swimming, cycling, eating! (not much sleeping! Memories were made and friendships strengthened, as the boys are now ready to embark on their next adventure, secondary school! Go n-éirí go geal leo!

As a school, steeped in sporting history, it was only fitting that the hard work of Mr Foley, Mr Elliffe and Ronnie, not to mention the mentors of all juvenile teams in Craobh Chiaráin and Na Fianna, and of course the players themselves paid off, and our year finished with the senior hurling team winning the Corn Uí Néill Final in Croke Park, our fourth successive victory.

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all the staff of our school and the Board of Management, to thank you for the unyielding support you show to our school always. We are a community working together, and it is by continuing to develop this long tradition that we will continue to go from strength to strength. 

I would like to thank the Board of Management for their fantastic support. They support our school in all we do, and allow us, as the staff, to use our best judgement, in how best to support the children of our school. 

The parents association have again been wonderful this year, constantly willing and eager to lend a hand. They have carried out fundraisers, organised the food hampers, whipped up a super BBQ for our FUN DAY in June to mention but a few events! New members are always welcome! It is our school, so please lend a hand! 

 

We wish you all a wonderfu summer! May the sun shine and the Dubs keep on winning! 

See you in September!

Ms Harte!