Non-Uniform Day 29th June
Tomorrow is the last day of term and the last day of the school year. Our Parents Association are running a Non-Uniform Day. Wear your favourite summer clothes (maybe put a rain jacket in your bag…just in case!) Assembly is open to all parents and grandparents at 11.30 a .m. Children can leave directly after at 12p.m.
We will be having an end of year assembly at St. Cillian’s on Wednesday 29th at 11.30a.m. All parents and grandparents are welcome to attend. It will be an acknowledgement of the children and their work throughout the year. The school will be closing for the summer holidays following our assembly.
End of Year Mass 2016
St. Cillian’s N.S. will hold our end of year mass at Our Lady of the Wayside Church on Monday 27th June at 1.30p.m. All family, friends and the wider community are welcome to attend. Children can go home from the church.
Write a Book Project 2016
St. Cillian’s N.S. was teamed with St. Thomas’ Senior School as part of the Write a Book Project 2016. The children used a variety of writing genres to create a wonderful book to share with children their own age. These included adventure, action, horror, suspense and humour. We received wonderful feedback from St. Thomas’ SNS. They said it must have taken us a lot of time and effort. Over the last week, our Write a Book will visit the homes of all the senior room children.
On Thursday our whole school had their annual school tour and what an adventure it was! We went on the Luas into town. We walked to Tara Street station where we got the Dart to Bray. The Dart was a great adventure!
When we arrived in Bray we had quick snack along the seafront and then it was time for the highlight – Sea Life! We had a guided tour with Dave who told us all about the different fish, sharks etc. We got to touch starfish, create “energy ” to attract sting ray and we even spotted Nemo and Dory.
After Sea Life we had lunch along the seafront and then it was time to make our way back to school. There were a few tired bodies on the way home. A wonderful time was had by all!
Larch Hill with Ms. Browne
Wow! This week began with yet another trip for 2nd to 6th Classes! This time we had an adventure up to Larch Hill, headquarters of Scouting Ireland with Ms. Browne and fellow Scout Leader, Deirdre. We had an invigilating ceremony to begin and we were all present with neckerchiefs from Ms. Browne. Each neckerchief had a story and piece of history attached to them which was wonderful. Afterwards the children made their way to the Ice House and along the way Deirdre identified the many trees in the woods and explained a little about each. Though the weather was wet, spirits remained high and we all participated in every aspect of the day. Next we made smores with the help of Louise, who is a past pupil of St. Cillian’s and an accomplished Scout. Around the camp fire, we baked our food while Ms. Browne and Deirdre showed us how to erect a tent. We would like to say a massive thank you to Ms. Browne, Deirdre and Louise for all their knowledge and guidance on the day.
2nd to 6th Class visit Bridge 21
Trinity College Dublin
On Friday, the children visited Bridge 21 in Trinity College Dublin. Bridge21 is an education programme based in Trinity College Dublin
. It offers a new model of learning, that can be adapted for use in Irish schools. Our session was based on Trinity as a college option for the children of our school. Grace and her team also explored the idea of college and further education options for all children and their learning styles.
On the day we worked with a fantastic group of Transition Year students from across Dublin and Wicklow and the children’s challenge was to create an advertisement to promote Trinity College as a place to come. As you can see from the following videos, there was wonderful work completed. The TY students were excellent in the help they provided the children in uploading and editing their videos.
We would like to thank Grace of Bridge 21 along with the TY students, Jasmine, Caitríona, Shauna, and Aaron. We all had a fantastic day! Check out Bridge 21 at http://www.bridge21.ie/
Swimming Gala 2016
Report to follow. As you can see, we were medal winners at yesterday’s Swimming Gala!
My Favourite Sport
Non Uniform Day & Outdoor Assembly
Outdoor Assembly and ‘My Favourite Sport’ Non-Uniform Day went ahead this week thanks to the wonderful weather we’ve been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. Fred our Bear had an outing to Ms. O’Farrell’s house which saw him returning smelling Fairy Non-Bio fresh!
We had two visitors during the week from South Dublin County Council. They were on a special visit to award Justin with the Paralympic Champion 2016 in the South Athletics League. Fantastic news. All Justins hard work and training paid off!!!
May the Month of Mary
St. Cillian’s N.S. had a wonderful visit today from Helen Lacey from the Dublin Diocese. She was very impressed by all their knowledge with the children sharing their understanding of Jesus in our hearts and community. A lot of work was put into creating bright May altars in both rooms which are a celebration of the children’s understanding of Mary. Many thanks for all the flowers that were brought from gardens across Bluebell and beyond.
Cumann na mBunscol – Day 2
Morton Stadium, Santry
Here are some of the photos from Day 2 of Cumann na mBunscol in Santry. A huge well done to Talya who won her heat in the Under 10 girls sprint and went on to finish mid-field in the final. Our relay teams competed in categories well above their age and did fantastically well. It was an outstanding two days of sporting friendship and participation.
Trocaire Lenten Collection
St. Cillian’s raised a total of €287.50 for this year’s Trocaire Lenten Campaign. Many thanks to all who contributed. If you have any further Trocaire boxes at home, please bring them to your local church.
Save the Date……
The End of Year Mass will be on Monday 27th June in Our Lady of the Wayside Church at 1.30p.m. All parents, grandparents, extended family and friends are welcome to attend.
Our 3rd to 6th Classes participated in Cumann na mBunscol at the Morton Stadium in Santry today. The weather was fine and the crowd were enthusiastic and plentiful. Our athletes competed in the hurdles, long jump, shotput, paralympic race and 600m race. Super efforts were made by all. As you can see from the photos, our new athletics vests looked very professional on the day! Tomorrow we will be competing in the track events which will involve individual and team competition.
Following a busy week of gardening last week, we are beginning to see growth already. Some of the beetroot, mustard plants and mixed salads are already growing! We will have to keep them well watered in the continued sunny weather.
South Dublin County Athletics Final
Corkagh Park 2016
Today the Senior Room children competed at the South Dublin County Cross Country finals and what a day we had! The sun shone from start to finish and all our athletes put on a wonderful display of running and competing. Talya finished 2nd in her race while everyone else returned in a better position than any of their previous places throughout the League. Better still, Justin had a competitor in the Paralympic event. James and Justin gave 100% in their race and the crowd appreciated their huge efforts welcoming them to the finish line with cheers and rapturous applause. We are already looking forward to next year’s series and hope to bring home the same amount or more, of medals!
Swimming Dates 2016
St. Cillian’s NS will be swimming on the following dates:
11th May, 18th May, 25th May, 1st June, 8th June, and 15th June.
All dates are Wednesday.
Our School Garden
Our School Garden is really taking shape. It’s a mobile garden in tubs and pots so we can move our seeds in and out of the summer sunshine. The children planted a selection of vegetables and flowers including beetroot, carrots, spring onions, sunflowers, butterfly flower mix and a variety of salads. Our school noticeboard now has a colourful garden display.
May Bank Holiday
School closures are as follows:
Friday 29th April
Monday 2nd May
Tuesday 3rd May
School reopens Wednesday 4th May at 8.50a.m.
Have a lovely weekend everyone and remember stay active!
Day 3 – Active School Week
Bluebell Community Centre
Well what another great day! It started off really well with another large number walking/cycling/scooting to school! Well done everyone!
Today we went to the Community Centre in Bluebell. Caroline and her staff had laid out lots of different stations – there was a table tennis zone, soccer, foosball and curling.
Once again our pupils got into their groups with 2 groups per zone. They each got 20 mins per sport and had great fun trying new sports or just teaching the infants rules of a sport they already knew. At the end of the zones we also did mini races involving jumping, hopping, skipping and space hopping (although the space hopping proved tricky for a few!!!). The children showed great teamwork when competing to hold a small ball between two bodies and still complete a race.
A big thank you to the staff of Bluebell Community Centre for all they did for us today and making it a very memorable day of Active School’s Week
There were lots of tired legs and heads in both rooms upon their return.
Last day tomorrow and we’re looking forward to trying two new sports – frisbee and uni hoc. The senior room children have already sampled these sports and will lead the session tomorrow!!!
Firstly, however, as its our last day we’re asking all children to make one last effort to walk/run/cycle/scoot etc to school tomorrow and remember……Keep Active!!!!!!
Day 2 – Active School Week
Day 2 got off to a great start with nearly 80% of our school children making the effort to walk to school, we also had some children cycle and scoot!!!
Today we had a school walk. It was a beautiful cool morning – perfect weather for a brisk walk. Once again the children linked up with partners from their mixed groups and set off. We were joined by lots of parents, grandparents, siblings etc. It was great to see everybody enthusiastic and enjoying the sunshine! Thank you to all the parents and families who joined us!
Later in the afternoon Mark coached another basketball session – there were some tired faces going home!
We hope everybody gets a good night’s sleep as we are off to the Bluebell Community Centre tomorrow for mini sports.
Once again we hope everybody makes the effort to walk/cycle/scoot to school tomorrow – it would be fantastic to increase our percentage again!!! Remember….Keep Active!!!
Day 1 – Active School Week
Oblates Basketball Club
What a first day!!!! 50% of our school walked to school this morning – well done boys and girls, let’s see if we can get this number to increase tomorrow!!!!
The children were divided in groups of four, mixed classes. These will be their groups for the week – the focus is on fun and being active not ability!!!
We took the Luas down to the Blackhorse Stop and walked to the Oblate Hall where Mark was waiting for us. We had a fun filled two hours of basketball drills, games and even a match! All the children worked really well within their groups to encourage each other and the other groups too.
It was a fantastic experience for the children to play in a basketball hall after all their training in school throughout the year.
A big thank you to Mark who organised and coached the children for the two hours and also for the year round coaching he does in our school . Thank you to Leila’s Mum Niamh who came along to help us throughout the day.
We are already looking forward to tomorrow! Our school walk starts at 9:00 a.m. Remember….Keep Active!!!!!
We are very excited about our first active school week. There are lots of different activities planned – check out the table of events on the Active Schools Flag Page. Remember everyone is welcome to join us on our school walk on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Remember we’d like everyone walking or cycling to school this week! Keep Active!!!!!
Spelling Bee County Finals
Ryan from 6th Class represented our school at the Dublin Spelling Bee Final today. There were nearly 100 children competing in the event at the Red Cow Hotel. Spellings were divided into three subcategories: Easy, Medium and Hard. Ryan enjoyed the experience with Abigail and his Mom there for support.
Emma from 4th Class completed and presented a wonderful project on Inchicore to her class this morning. A huge amount of effort was put into researching, organising and compiling this very detailed project. Fantastic work…
A Special Birthday in the Junior Room
Jamie had a very special birthday yesterday at St. Cillian’s NS. We had to put up a picture of his cake which his Grandma made! It was absolutely amazing! And it had his favourite Pokemon character Pikachu on it as well…What a birthday!
St. Cillian’s on Instagram
St Cillian’s NS is now on Instagram. It allows us to share photos of our activities as they happen! We hope you follow us and give us a like……
Weather Inspired Art
Ryan brought some sunshine into the office today, even though his art had raindrops and lightning on display!
Spelling Bee Champion 2016
Congratulations to Ryan in 6th Class. Yesterday he was crowned the St. Cillian’s NS Spelling Bee Champion 2016. There was excellent spelling on show with Abigail and Jemma putting up a wonderful performance. All of 5th and 6th Class will attend the final at the Red Cow Hotel next week.
Learning in the Sun!
We are such a lucky school to have a wonderful field to play on during breaks. Today, the Junior Room spent some time learning outside as well……Hopefully, the sunshine will continue for many days to come……
Cross Country at Griffeen Park
The Senior Room attended their last cross country league event last week at Griffeen Park. The weather was much better than the previous event and all our competitors gave 110%. Justin had special support on the day when his Mom and Auntie turned up to surprise him!
School Calendar 2016 – 2017
Our New School Sign
We hope everyone had a restful and fun Easter break. Our school will reopen Monday April 4th at 8.50 a.m. On your way in, check out our new school sign! We included the fox and goose as a little nod to the area we are based, Fox and Geese. We are entering our third and final term of the school year, it would be wonderful to see everyone in the line and on time this Monday.
*2016/2017 School Calendar dates will be available to all parents during the week. They will also be published in the Parents Page of the website
Proclamation Day 2016
This morning we had our flag raising ceremony. Two very special guests assisted in the event, John Lawlor from Scouting Ireland and Stuart Hyland of the Irish Air Corps. During the event, Justin, Ryan K. and Abigail read extracts from the 1916 Proclamation. Jemma, Caoimhe and Alex read their proclamations for an Ireland of the Future they’d like to see. There was a warm applause after both. Kacie from 2nd Class told the gathered parents, grandparents and friends of St. Cillian’s about the history and symbolism of our national flag. The youngest member of our school, Evan in Junior Infants helped raise the flag with Stuart, John and Stuart Jnr. while Abigail, Ryan and Jemma played Amhrán na bhFiann on their recorders. It was a wonderful performance and a huge achievement as they only began learning our anthem last week. Thanks to Laragh for holding the music sheet with steady hands! At the conclusion of the ceremony, Leon and Ava presented John and Stuart with shamrock as a token of our school’s gratitude for their participation in the special 1916 commemoration event. A huge thank you to Ms Browne and Scouting Ireland for lending us a flag pole and not only that, but putting the flag pole up! Ireland certainly has a bright future if the sense of friendship, pride and community that was evident in St. Cillian’s this morning is anything to go by.
St Cillian’s N.S. will be joining the hundreds of primary and secondary schools throughout Ireland in raising the Irish Flag on the 15th March. We will be raising the flag at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
Moovers & Shakers with Ms. Cole
Our Resource & Learning Support Room is looking very colourful with dancing cows shaking their maracas!
Green School Expo 2016
We had a wonderful trip to the R.D.S. today to see the Green Schools Expo 2016. Check out our Green Schools page for further photos.
There were a lot of award winners at our last assembly! Well done to Leah in Junior Infants for winning Mathematician of the week – she worked very hard at her numbers all week! Congratulations to Ava who won our Reading Rock Star award after favourable mention from all teachers in our school for her improved reading and word attack skills. A big well done to Ryan Dunne who won ‘Most Improved Student’ in the Senior Room ,he has made big improvements in lots of areas , especially after being new to the school in September! Congratulations to Ianis who won ‘Most Improved Student’ in the Junior Room after receiving reports from all teachers that he has been working very hard. It was a family event in the Doherty household as both Saoirse and her sister Caoimhe won ‘Student of the Month’ in their respective rooms. Well done girls – well deserved! Keep up the good work everyone!!!
The Good Dinosaur at the Irish Film Institute
Children from 1st Class to 6th Class had a special treat yesterday as we went to the premiere of the Good Dinosaur. We were among the first children in Ireland to see the movie as it is only on general release on the 27th November. Everyone enjoyed the cinema and we had a few tissue moments when the movie got sad! We are glad to report it did have a happy ending! After the movie, we all walked to Trinity College to have our lunch. Thank goodness the rain stayed away until the very end of our day. Thanks to Mr. Gubbins and Jillian for coming with us yesterday.
A special mention ….
A big thank you to Anthony (Harrison’s Grandfather) who volunteered in our school this afternoon. He did a wonderful job. He is also the newest member of our Green Schools Committee.
Walk on Wednesdays!!!!
Our Active Schools Committee would like to remind everyone of W.O.W. (Walk On Wednesdays). If you live near the school – please walk from your house or if you live a bit further away – please park at McDonalds. We are looking forward to large footfall on Wednesdays!
Fred is Heading to Jamie’s House
Breaking news from St. Cillian’s! Fred is off to Jamie’s house for the weekend. Have a great weekend of adventure you two! Check back in next week everyone to see Fred’s Blog telling us all about his stay at Jamie’s.
Well Done Conor and Jamie
Congratulations to our Mathematician of the Week Conor Brilly and our Rockstar Reader Jamie Deegan! Keep up the great work!
Well Done Ava!
Well done to Ava for jumping sky high on her pony at the weekend and earning a rosette. We have no doubt that it will be the first of many more to come!
Happy Halloween to all at St. Cillian’s! We had a wonderful last day of half term with dress-up, baking, games and stories. A total of €60 was raised from our Dress Up Day…Thanks. We’d like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable week off and remember to get outside and have lots of fun!
Halloween Dress Up Day
We will be having a Halloween Dress Up Day this Friday the 23rd of October. If each child could bring €2 on the day towards school funds, it would be appreciated! Remember to bring a coat for break times and costumes should be nothing too scary as we scare easily!!!!!!!!
School closes at 2.30 p.m. as normal (1.30 p.m. for Junior and Senior Infants)
A little reminder…..
Just a little reminder to everyone dropping off and picking up children at St. Cillian’s, it is important that our wheelchair accessible parking space at the school gates remains available at all times. We would appreciate your co-operation.
Congratulations to 2nd Class
Congratulations to Kacie, Stuart and Leon who were enrolled to receive their 1st Holy Communion at Mass on Sunday. The Enrolment Mass is the first big step on their journey as they prepare for their very special day. Fr. Tony, Sr Anne and the Parish team are enthusiastically guiding them on this journey with their parents and school. A special thanks to Margaret and Bernard (part of Parish Team) who facilitated the initial meeting and were on hand to make the Mass so special. Here are the new enrolees with Sr, Anne, Fr. Tony, Bernard and Margaret!
Our first Parents Association meeting of the year will be Tuesday the 20th October at 7 p.m. in the school. We would welcome all parents involved in previous years but we’d also love to see our new parents. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Parent Teacher Meetings 2015
Parent Teacher Meetings will be next Wednesday the 21st October. Meetings are by appointment so please check that you have received or organised a time that suits you with the class teacher.
A massive ‘Well Done!’ to Ava for working so hard to create a great numbers story. She not only wrote and drew a first draft but re-drafted with Ms. Cole to achieve the excellent result above. Please scroll down to see some of the other children’s work. All will be uploaded by the weekend.
Maths Week 2015
Everybody at St. Cillian’s is very excited this week as it is Maths Week 2015! We began this morning with maths games in the Junior Room, we also made our first guesses for the ‘How many sweets in the jar?’ competition running all week. We have a full programme of events coming up this week including Maths Story Writing, Mathletics for P.E., Number Photos for Art along with a Maths Quiz and Trail. We will also be announcing the Junior and Senior room Mathematician of the Week on Friday.
Blessing of the Pets After 11am mass this Sunday the 4th October at the Our Lady of the Wayside Church.
Congratulations to Mya in Senior Infants and Kacie in 2nd Class for winning an Irish Dancing Competition over the weekend.
Well done to Lee and Ryan D. for winning their soccer match over the weekend.
Students of the Month
Most Improved Students
Well done to our Most Improved Students, Leila and Rían and also our two Students of the Month, Faye and Emma…..great work from the sister act! A special mention for Laragh on winning the Rockin’ Reader Award for her book view with Ms.Connolly.
Writing a Narrative Number Story
What a wonderful writing session 1st to 6th Class had this morning! We brainstormed our ideas of Numbers heading off on an adventure. We had Numbers getting lost in English books, living in the classroom clocks, heading to space, Letters rescuing Numbers while on a mission and Numbers getting married like Mr & Mrs. Twelve! Great work everybody and a special mention to 1st and 2nd Class who worked hard to create a story plan before they began writing.
Well done to Laragh and Jordan for winning medals at their after-schools activities…..Keep it up!
Last Friday, the children of St. Cillian’s performed their Christmas Concert at the Community Centre in Bluebell. We had been practicing for a couple of months and everyone was very excited. When the curtain came back and we saw the amount of people in the audience, we were even more excited! The Senior Room children had an action-packed play called Megatown and the Christmas Calamity, while the Junior Room performed a melody of poems and songs including I’m gettin’ nuttin for Christmas. We would like to thank Janine for her hard work with the children over the last number of weeks…she does a wonderful job! Also a huge well done to the children who threw themselves into their roles. And finally, a huge thank you to Caroline and all the staff of Bluebell Community Centre for providing such a wonderful venue and welcome to us all.
Flag Presentation from the Irish Army
The Irish Air Corps came to our school today to present us with our national flag and read the Proclamation as part of the 1916 Easter Rising celebrations coming up next year. It was wonderful honour to receive our flag and learn about the symbolism of the tricolour along with how to care for it in the correct way. The Senior Room wrote about the experience in their S.E.S.E. copies afterwards and drew illustrations of both soldiers, Eugene and Mark. We all waved flags and walked the soldiers to the gates as they left our school.
Latest News from the Parish
Tuesday – 15th December
Christmas Concert Rehearsals
Christmas Concert rehearsals have commenced at St. Cillian’s! We know you will all enjoy the performances which will be held on Friday the 18th December at Bluebell Community Centre, followed by the Christmas Party organised by our Parents Association. The time has yet to be decided but we will keep you all up to date on our website.
The Boys and girls will be participating in the GOAL Mile on Monday, 21st December at 9.10 a.m. We’d love to have as many parents/grandparents as possible to join us for our stroll and to hold a hand or two!!! The children will need to bring in €2 for donation to GOAL
Secret Santa in the Senior Room
Super work last week from Harrison with Ms. Browne. He was very proud of his Maths number work and came to show the Senior Room his achievements.
To all the children, parents, grandparents and families of St. Cillian’s N.S.
A very Happy New Year to you all!
See you Wednesday, the 6th January at 8.50 a.m. for the start of our new term.
Goal Mile 2015
Thanks to all the children, parents and grandparents of St. Cillian’s who braved the wind and rain this morning to participate in the Goal Mile. We got a few encouraging beeps from passers-by as we battled the weather! We will update you on the total amount raised in the coming days.
Rockstar Reader & Mathematician
Well done to Faye and Alex on receiving certs for excellent effort in their work last week, Keep it up girls.
Welcome Alicia from Spain
This week in St. Cillian’s NS we welcomed Alicia, a visiting teaching student from Spain. Every day in the Junior Room, Alicia has been listening to reading, working on number in Maths and preparing wonderful art lessons for the children. Also in the Senior Room, she spoke to the children about life in Spain: the food, the culture, school life and of course the weather! Yesterday we heard the story of Don Quixote and his horse. The children made 3D windmills afterwards with Alicia. We will be colouring them in the next couple of days.
Juggling Spanish Style
Exotic Fruit Tasting
Exotic fruits were to be found in the Junior Room on Friday. This fortnight, Ms. Browne taught a theme of food in Gaeilge, S.E.S.E. and English. The highlight of the theme was tasting a wide array of exotic fruits like passion fruit, pineapple, avocado, mango and the citrus fruits, lemon and lime. Lots of the children tried fruits that were new and unusual and we learned lots of new words like ripe, unripe, bitter, and sweet.
Parents Association Raffle
A massive thank you to the Parents Association for organising a number of fundraising drives before Christmas. These included Spot the Ball cards and a Christmas raffle after our concert, which would not have been possible without the generous donations of spot prizes and hamper contents from our greater school community. A total of €763 was raised which is an absolutely wonderful sum! Many, many thanks again.
Our Parents Association have organised a Valentine’s Raffle. The prize is the wonderful Tigger with gifts. Tickets are available from the children in 1st to 6th Class. 50 cent per ticket with 5 available for €2. Also on the 12th February, we will be having a non-uniform day. It would be great if we could wear a little red as a nod to St. Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year.
Parents Association Meeting
A Parents Association meeting will take place Wednesday 10th February at 8 p.m. at the school. We would appreciate the attendance of as many parents and grandparents as possible.
Communion Meeting – 1st & 2nd Classes
The next meeting with the parents and children of First Holy Communion is this Tuesday 9th February at 7pm. The children will be covering Sessions 5 and 6 from the Catechist book which includes The Passover, The Last Supper, The Eucharist, Sacrifice.
Also the parish team will be doing a short review through questions at the beginning with the children to see what they remember about what we have done so far.
Fr. Tony will be discussing First Reconciliation also with the parents and advising them of the date of the sacrament (which will be Tuesday 8th March).
So What Does Friendship Look Like in Our School?
Continuing our theme of Friendship February, the Senior Room with Tara and Louise (former school pupils now in secondary school) took to the yard this afternoon. Great expressions on our skipping faces!
Enrolment 2016 & 2017
We would like to ask any parents and families considering enrolment for Junior Infants (and other classes) this September 2016 & September 2017 to contact the school to register their interest. Parents considering St. Cillian’s NS for their child are welcome to make an appointment to visit our school and speak with the principal. Call Ciara on 01-4500440 for further information.
Look out for our signs….
Open Day is this Saturday 27th February between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Everybody is welcome to come and see our school, chat with staff and parents along with pupils, both present and past….
Thanks to all the children, parents, grandparents and staff of St. Cillian’s for all the extra little bits and pieces everyone is doing to prepare for our Open Day. Any effort, no matter how small or big is very much appreciated.
International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day across the world. This year’s campaign focuses on gender parity and equality of opportunity for both boys and girls in education and in the workplace. The children of the Senior Room will be looking at the role of women during the 1916 Rising and Malala Yousafzai, a child activist from Pakistan. She was the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her fight to gain equality of opportunity in education for girls in her native, Swat Valley. A full list of events for International Women’s Day/Week in Dublin are available on www.internationalwomensday.com
Spring has sprung in St. Cillian’s!
Spring has arrived on the grounds of St. Cillian’s…Our daffodils are a welcome pop of colour along the grass verges. Soon we will have a row of beautiful flowers to arrive to every day.
Open Day 2016
We had a wonderful Open Day on Saturday. Ms. Connolly’s room was set up with lots of fun activities for our 2016 Junior Infants along with Infants for the years to come. In the Senior Room, there were colouring posters, egghead decoration, funny photo props and a range of drawing activities. A huge thank you to all the St. Cillian’s children who came to help on the day, especially for wearing your uniform on Saturday! Also thanks to the parents that came to help with teas, coffees and meeting and greeting new families to our school.
World Book Day 2016
This morning we celebrated World Book Day by inviting parents and grandparents to a shared reading session at the school. We had a wonderful turnout, nearly running out of chairs at one point! The children dressed up as their favourite book characters. These included James from James & the Giant Peach, Dennis from the Boy in the Dress, Jimmy from Guns of Easter, Dennis from Dennis the Menace and Harry from Harry Potter to name but a few. It was wonderful to hear the children read and talk about the illustrations in their favourite books. Our adult visitors also did a wonderful job both reading and listening.
Have a great weekend everyone!
1st and 2nd Class
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will take place tomorrow evening (Tuesday) at 7pm in Our Lady of the Wayside Parish Church. We would encourage all members of the St. Cillian’s school community to attend and support our Communion group.
Well done to 1st and 2nd Class who received their First Reconciliation this week. The children were very busy preparing for this special event for the last few weeks. It was a lovely service led by Fr. Tony, Fr. Peter, Sister Anne, Margaret and Bernard. A special thank you to Anne Marie for helping us with our songs and Ryan from the Senior Room who played the recorder