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Tuesday, 20th November 2018

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Tomorrow and Thursday when attending Parent Teacher meetings - please check the Lost & Found Table opposite the 'fish tank' in the Hall and look for any item (all recently washed and dried) your child may have left behind in the last while.

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'Five of the Best'

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First Faythe School Bake Cake Off 2018/19

As in previous years and under the guidance of the one, and only, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, five pupils from Mr. Murphy's 6th class learned to bake over the past number of weeks. The results of Kathleen's teaching and the pupil's newly acquired skills were put to the test on Thursday 15th November when the first 'Bake-Off' of 2018/19 took place.

Massive thanks are due to Kathleen, her 'sous-chef' Mag Doyle, Ursula Kelly our H.S.C.L. teacher, final tasters and 'certificate maker' Mar in the Office.

Of course the most praise is reserved for the five confectioners who, it is hoped, will treat family and friends to the full range of their newly acquired skills for years to come. 

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Wexford Scene Christmas Cards!!

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'Get the last few choc-ices ....sorry Christmas Cards!'

The last few packets of Ger Dwyer's beautiful 'Wexford Scene' Christmas Cards are now on sale.

Costing €5 per pack for five different festive scenes (monies raised are equally divided between The Faythe School's Special Needs Fund and the Collective Sensory Group) can be purchased at the Office or at the Parents' Association Christmas Fair which takes place on Thursday 29th November in the Faythe School Hall. 

 

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It is often said that the best ideas are the most obvious ones!!

The very first Wexford Little Free Library was launched / opened in The Bullring Market in August 2017.

The idea of the Little Free Library is to create a book exchange, i.e you take a book, you put a different book in its place. How simple is that ???

Local artist have decorated the Little Free Libraries, a feature that has given a fabulous splash of colour to an already bright idea.

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Parent Teacher Meetings are due to be held on Tuesday & Thursday 20th & 22nd November - starting at 1.50 for Infants and 2.50 for all other classes.

To select a time that suits you CLICK HERE ......then.....

Click on Book Appointments -

Click on Parent Teacher Meeting -

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Below find the lovely report penned by local journalist Anna Hayes in May 2018 and below that find videos excerpts from the event itself that took a ferocious long time to actually get edited / compressed and uploaded. The reason for the delay is L.A.T.E. (lay about teenage editor)...sorry again!

"Pupils at the Faythe School were treated to a top class display of talent recently when the first ever ‘The Faythe School’s Got Talent’ show was held at the school.

The idea stemmed from a conversation had in class one day when pupil Chloe Wilburn asked teacher Austin Gregg if he watched any of TV’s many talent shows. She suggested that the school should have its own such show. Mr Gregg subsequently mentioned the conversation in the staffroom over lunch and promptly found himself appointed ‘producer in chief ’ of the inaugural ‘The Faythe School’s Got Talent’!

Ably assisted by Chloe, Mr Gregg organised auditions for those willing to take part and from that process, 'final' acts were selected for the Grand Final two weeks later. Over the following fortnight, participants took every opportunity they could to practice before taking to the stage in front of a packed hall.

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Way back in December 2017 the school were granted two 'projects' under the 'Heritage in Schools' scheme. Coordinated and part funded by the Heritage Council, the Heritage in Schools Scheme organises primary school heritage education initiatives which facilitates visits to primary schools by a range of experts in areas of the Social, Scientific and Environmental Education (SESE) curriculum.

The experts, all Garda vetted, trained by the Heritage Council and experts in their chosen field serve as an extra resource and educational tool in topics that range from areas of expertise range from bats to whales, from Vikings to the history of bread, from story-telling to traditional dance, from singing to art and from charcoal making to military heritage, to mention just a few.

Last school year, traditional singing expert, Aileen Lambert, visited the school while in September 2018 local artist Mary Wallace came to work with our 2nd and 3rd Classes.

In Ms. Forde's 3rd Class (Room 9) the children worked with Mary on a 'Fabric and Fibre' project where the chosen topic was the beloved Irish legend of 'The Children of Lir.'

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As promised please find video of the record breaking 'Sponsored Walk' that took place the day before the Election and Referendum. As stated earlier the monies lodged to the school account will make it so much easier to provide for the children and make ends meet this year. Sincere thanks to any person who made a contribution, made a donation, sourced / made or helped with an outfit, helped with face-paint or hair, lined the route to cheer and took and then sent in photos.

To all the Staff who donned outfits (even all those who dressed the same!!!), helped with cards and collection, accompanied the children on the 'Walk', gave out sweets on return, brought the classes to the Hall for the 'reveals' - a  heart-felt thanks too........your very visible support of this event is really appreciated.

Special thanks are reserved for Mar in the Office for all her work in every aspect of the event!!

As stated before hand every child was encouraged to return a card, regardless of the amount collected, because every card returned was entered into a Raffle for a Free School Tour - one per class. This year's winners are listed below. Well done and enjoy!

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Thanks x 4755

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Please accept this brief blog as sincere thanks to all who contributed in any way to making yesterday's 'Fun Walk' the most successful ever.

With some money still outstanding and some coins (not yet in full bags!!!) ....the €4755 lodged today should reach almost €5,000 after the break.

As it says on the icon 'a Monster Thanks' to you all.....Full account and video blog to follow over the weekend!

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Warden Returns

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The BOM are delighted to announce the Pamela O'Connor will begin in her new post as Wexford County Council's School Warden at the Faythe School tomorrow Thursday 25th October 2018.

All connected with the school are thrilled that this vital service has resumed and the BOM would specifically like to thank Councillors George Lawlor and John Hegarty and County Council Staff Eamonn Hore, David Codd and Kate Stafford for overseeing the transition of 'warden staff' at the school.

All parents / guardians are asked to remind their child(ren) of the following points that will be regularly repeated in classes

  • No cars are allowed to stop on the 'zig-zags' immediately before the Crossing.

Children and adults are asked not to

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'SEFRC - they're at it again!!'

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A few weeks ago Maggie Stafford from the SEFRC came to Ursula Kelly here at the school with a proposal and not for the first time the school were the beneficiaries of an approach from the SEFRC!!!

To cut a long story short

  • a proposal was made
  • a plan followed the proposal
  • a short list of necessary equipment was drawn up following the plan
  • the list was filled and
  • we were good to go!


Then last week Maggie and her 'partner in crime' Sinéad Purkiss came to the school armed with chalk markers, paint and brushes and together with the children produced the beautifully colourful paintings that now adorn the windows of both the PE Hall and the Breakfast Room.

Thanks to Maggie, Sinéad, photographers Ben and Allen and all involved in the painting!!

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Congratulations to teachers!!!!

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This is a peculiar 'Faythe' blog as congratulations travel over the bridge and out of town!!!

However they are well deserved as current Learning Support Teacher, Eoin Doyle, today captained his beloved Shelmaliers to their first ever County Senior Football Championship. He now has only nine more to win to catch up on fellow Shelmalier, Shauna Murphy (1st Class Teacher R.14 ) who earlier this year won her tenth (yes Eoin ...10th!!!) Senior Co. Medal ...her first though while a Faythe staff member!!

The Shelmaliers could well be taking over the Faythe, what with the Doyle / Murphy (Shauna) / Cullen / Murphy (James) / O'Leary / Kelly connections.....watch out for the front of the school colour changing to black and amber!!!

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President Higgins rocks the Rocks!!

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For the second time in six years President Michael D. Higgins visited the 'south end' of town. 

In 2012 he was the Borough Council's 'guest of honour' at the Civic Reception at the Faythe School following his unveiling of the 1912 Wexford Lock Out memorial sculpture at the Swan.

This time, while on the campaign trail for the up-coming Presidential Election, he travelled up to the magnificent Sport Centre and pitch, literally hewn out of the Rocks, by St. Mary's G.A.A. Club.

A group of pupils, accompanied by Staff, had the pleasure of attending and meeting the President and his wife.

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Autumn is a very bust time on the nature front.....room 5 made lovely art by recreating the autumnal colours all around us.

With some help from Ms. Roche's class in room 1 we have already begun to plan for 2019 by planting our bulbs for the new year!

 

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Split the Pot - Winner Alright!!

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The Faythe School Parents’ Association have re-started “Split the Pot” fund-raiser for the school for 2018 / 19.

Last Friday night saw the biggest jackpot ever won by current parent Noel Kerr - €520 - while former parent Ann-Marie Bridges shared the €100 Voucher for Ferrycarrig with her dog Mason!!! 

Thanks to all who contributed this month!

Your continued support is very much appreciated.

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'Stripe Day' - Míle Buíochas!

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Sincere thanks to all the children and staff who wore their 'Stripes' and contributed a euro to 'Stripe Day' in aid of Ronald McDonald House.

By close of school this coming Monday (8th October), we should be able to send €400 to this wonderful charity which provides accommodation and a caring, supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill and are hospitalised or undergoing medical treatment at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

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As part of the Wexford Healthy Town / Pfeizer Initiative, retired Garda, and cyber expert, John O'Dywer will give a talk on all aspects of internet safety / protection / vigilance and responsibility for Parents and Guardians.

This free event is being hosted in St. John of God Primary School, The Faythe, Wexford on Monday 8th October 2018.

Starting at 7pm this event is open to parents and guardians of pupils in

Wexford CBS Primary

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Time to Talk ?

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Hi all,

I would just like to remind adults that should you need to talk to your child's teacher please feel free to message them ....

  • through Classdojo
  • through the Office
  • or try to make an appointment.

A snatched conversation just before school or just as class is starting is possibly the one time that 'anything that can go wrong will go wrong!'

Thanks in anticipation,

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Sing Out Loud 2018

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Last week the the first rehearsals for the School Choir that will perform in the National Opera House in November at this year's 'Sing Out Loud.'

Our biggest representation ever of seventy-one singers were put through their paces by Ms. Mullins and Mrs. Foran.

The omens are already good for this great event!

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'September Soup'

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One of the great things about returning to school in September is going out to the school garden and seeing what grew over the summer. This year was a peculiar return, as after the scorching summer we enjoyed, nobody was sure if anything at all had grown, especially given the lack of rain.

However it was a pleasant surprise to see what had actually grown and guided by Joy, the 6th Class SNA, an impressive array of carrots, onions, celery, beet and some early potatoes were harvested.

Fast into the kitchen where Ms. Fitzgerald joined the fray and oversaw washing, peeling and chopping to 'beat the band.' Softening and browning in the pans was followed by cooking, simmering, seasoning, blending and the all important 'taste test.'

Apparently the soup tasted delicious but I'll have to take the chef's word on that because........

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