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The George Ross Wall

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Over the last two years personnel from the Art Department at Carlow I.T. (Wexford Campus), the South End Family Resource Centre and the school have been in contact with local traditional singer, Paddy Berry, about an idea sparked by Paddy’s visit to the National Fléadh in Sligo. There many of the streetscapes were decorated with murals celebrating  our musical heritage while giving those same streets a ‘make-over.’

With the ‘mural seed’ firmly sown  Paddy donated the gable end of a property in the Faythe, approached the SERFC (who in turn approached CIT and the school) and a small committee met over the intervening period. Through the school, and supported as ever by Cllr. George Lawlor,  a €400 Arts Grant was acquired from Wexford County Council.

1956 is a year suitably celebrated in Wexford as three national titles returned to the county.Two of these three titles,  the National Hurling League and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling title were won as team events but a man inextricably linked to the Faythe garnered an All-Ireland title all by himself.

George Ross  won the accordion All Ireland in 1956 in Ennis. He was a member of the great Mayglass Céilí band and latterly the Loch Garman Céilí band. George was held in the highest regard by traditional music aficionados as a player, teacher and composer and he was no stranger to making records and being recorded for radio. Once Paddy Berry decided on the mural, there was only ever going to be one person featured in it, the inimitable George Ross.

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Spar / FAI 5-a-side Soccer 2018

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While I could 'sum up' the 2018 as a 'good day had by all' I'll allow the children describe the day in their own words and with their own pictures made into the video blog!! ~ J.M.

HO'C. ~ On Friday 13th of April, Mr. Murphy’s and Ms. Gahan’s 6th classes went to a soccer tournament for the day. On each team there had to be five players and two substitutes, so we were able to divide the group into two girls’ teams and three boys’ team. Both of the girls’ teams played really well but only started to work as a team towards the end. Three of the boys’ teams played really well - one of the teams even got to the final and were beaten by one goal, they were so close! The score was 2 – 1.

It was a fun day out and the two classes really enjoyed it, even the people who weren’t playing enjoyed it. Two of the people who weren’t playing were taking pictures of the matches. Somehow a particular person, who was playing, ‘stole’ the camera and took selfies with everyone and forgot to delete them. Some of them ended up on the video, which was quite funny!

Everyone was a bit sad on the way back to the school because the boys lost in the final. Everyone knew that they shouldn’t be disappointed because they did so well. At the end of the day all of the teams played well, it was a very fun day for everyone but most importantly Ms. Gahan and Mr. Murphy were delighted with the way we behaved which augurs well for Carlingford.

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Book Fair 2018 - A Huge Success

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Huge thanks are due to all who supported the recent Celtic Book Fair where an incredible €1461.60 worth of books were bought

As explained earlier, the books may not be a lot cheaper than ‘down town’ but the kick back for the school is we can select €877 (60% commission) of books from Celtic Book Fairs for use in the school.

Last year an entire set of supplementary readers for 1st and 2nd classes were ‘bought on commission.’

As ever the ‘Book Fair’ just didn’t happen and great thanks are due to HSCL teacher, Ursula Kelly, and her tow ‘side-kicks’ Mag and Audrey for ‘manning’ the Fair because with the three of them it simply wouldn’t have happened.

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Wexford Library Book Festival Doorway

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Enjoy the 'log-eo' of the beautiful mural created by this year's 6th classes working in 'cahoots' with Tina Fortune!!!

 

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Magnanimous Paul makes pupil's day!!

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While organising 'Split the Pot' and delivering Creme Eggs to every child in the school, the Parents' Association still had time to organise a 'Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar' Competition.

Each day in the run-up to the Easter break, pupils from 5th or 6th took the names of children who for 50c could guess the number of sweets in a large jar.

On the Friday we got the Easter Holidays the winner was announced - Paul Ennis one of team of very hard working SNAs at the school.

In fairness to Paul, and before the children revolted at the idea of any adult winning a jar of sweets or the adults demanding a 'stewards inquiry' as to why Paul and not Mr. Turner won, Paul himself made the decision to hand the prize back!!

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Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in the Reading Challenge Initiative from 3rd to 6th Classes whereby the children were encouraged to read every day and receive a ticket when a book is completed. A Raffle was held every one of the six weeks of the Challenge and at the end each child from Mr. french's 3rd class and Mr. Doyle's 4th class received a Certificate from HSCL teacher Ms. Kelly who did a mammoth job in organising the entire event.

After three full terms of school [September (yep in Ireland the DES consider September to be a term of school!!!!), October to December and January to Easter] thirty-four pupils have yet to miss a single day in school. All 34 received their 'Full Attendance' cert from Ms. Griffin-Jones who looks after this area of school.

Thanks too to Dolores in the Office who was photocopying to 'beat the band' in the run up to Friday's event in the Hall.

Well done to all involved.

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We were delighted to welcome some grandparents to room 10 first class on Grandparents Day. We enjoyed hearing the stories about what school was like for them. Many of our visitors went to school in  St John of God, The Faythe so it was very interesting to compare school in 2017 and in the past ( we won't mention the year!). 

We were treated to some entertaining stories by local man and grandad of Romy, Annie and Seán, Willie Furlong. He told us about the jam baps, the cold classrooms and the strict rules in the school. We look forward to Mr. Furlong's next visit to room 10!

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10@10 Room 1 and 10

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Room 1 and room 10 joined forces this morning for the Operation Transformation 10@10. Both classes displayed great aerobic fitness and everyone finished the activity with a smile on their face. We even finished the last minute with some great 'dab' moves!! Well done to all.

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This year, to celebrate ten years of Operation Transformation, Karl Henry wanted every primary school in Ireland to get moving for 10 minutes of exercise at 10am this morning, February 10th.

As one of Wexford's few 'Blue Flag Schools' for promoting a 'physically active school' and following on from Ms. Kelly's persuading, Dolores rang the bell at 10am 'on the dot' and the exercise began.

Now as anyone follower of the Faythe school knows - we love to highlight all the great activity that takes place in the school and '10 for 10' was no exception - kind of!!!

You will note the distinct lack of a film on this blog and the reason for that is what techies call a 'catastrophic data failure.'

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Infants meet 'very special visitor!'

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The children from Infants (Rooms 1,2 & 3) had a really special visitor to the Sr. Marie Room on Thursday 22nd December.

Ms. Hore, Ms. La Roche, Ms. O'Connor and Liz accompanied the children to the 'breakfast room' and who was there but the great man himself.....Santa Claus.

Once the children got over the initial shock of his presence he chatted to them and sang songs before the all important checking of 'the List.'

Santa was delighted to see ALL the pupils names on the 'good list' before reminding them to make sure and go to bed early on the 24th!

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'Tile Style' in Room 12

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Every so often your class completes a project that really is something special and I am delighted to say that in Room 12 we have just done that.

Earlier this year Ms. Kelly was talking to some of the ladies who have been coming to 'adult art classes' at the school for years and a plan was hatched. I was also drawn into this and before I knew it Ms. Kelly was sourcing and buying tiles while the ladies were preparing paint and brushes for the class.

They then met with the children who planned and designed their own individual Christmas picture before painting them on to tiles on Thursday 15th December.

All through the painting process Marion, Marie, Margaret and Siobhán kept a keen eye on the progress and advised accordingly. Ms. Kelly, Ms. Fitzgerald and myself were on hand with hair dryers to help with each step of each child's picture.

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A Culinary Hat-trick and a Crib !!

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This week saw a hat-trick of 'Culinary Treats' at the School...and a crib from Room 9 !

Firstly - Brianna Connaughton from the S.E.F.R.C. visited Room 5 and decorated gingerbread trees which the children had great fun doing and even better fun eating!

Then came the girls from R.9 with a beautiful Crib!!!

This was followed by our Mam from Seville - Julia - who baked some delicious Spanish pastries with Mr. French's Room 11 and finally what better way to learn new vocabulary by actually discussing eggs ?......collected from our own hens and then boiled, scrambled, fried and turned into a delicious omelette by Ms. Dempsey.

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National Tree Day - October 6th 2016 Tree day is organised each year by the Tree Council of Ireland with the support of its members and the Green Schools. On Tree Day schools around the county are invited to spend the day learning about trees and being outside enjoying their natural environment.
 
Room 10 were accompanied by Mr. Murphy's 6th Class who helped the children complete the trails and guided worksheets.
 
As a bonus, it stayed dry.
 
See the video below.
 
 
 
 
 
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'Under Section 20 of the 1998 Education Act a BOM shall establish procedures for informing parents of students in the school of matters relating to the operation and performance of the school.'

See below for the link to the report.

2015-16 

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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP COURSE (QQI LEVEL 7)

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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP (QQI LEVEL 7)

Southend FRC are running a Level 7 module in Community Leadership run over 9 weeks, starting on September 27th 2016, on Tuesday mornings.

Course Content:

  • The role of leadership in the community sector.
  • Investigating a model of grassroots community leadership in practice in disadvantaged communities nationally and globally.
  • Examining the concept of leadership within the context of social activism and analyse different leadership styles and qualities.
  • Learners will identify their leadership skills and style and identify strategies and practices appropriate to community leadership development.
  • Finally learners will explore the contribution of technology to community leadership.

This course will be accessible through on-line learning and group work, it enables student to access course work at a time that suits them. It will be based in Southend Family Resource Centre but is flexible. If you can use Facebook or a smart phone you can access this course. 

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) with the assistance of the National Parents Council Primary (NPC) are conducting a survey of parents’ views and needs in relation to the supply and demand of after school care for school-aged children with a view to informing the work of the Department in contributing to the after school commitments expressed in the Programme for Government.

To find out the views of parents / guardians of children in primary school on:

· The availability of school-age childcare in the area
· The type of school-age childcare currently used by the parent
· The type of school-age childcare that would be preferred by the parent

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Wexford Bohemians F.C.

Formed in Maudlintown in 1971

 

Do you have a child looking to have fun and play Soccer with an ever expanding Club?

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Wexford Library (on Mallin Street) has a whole load of really good events on over the summer months and some of these might be of great interest to your child(ren).

All of these events are free but as space is limited, booking is essential.

Please click on the link below to see what is on during August.

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Sports Day - Mark 2

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Sincere thanks to fervent supporter of all things Faythe / parent / photographer supreme, Bernie Malone, for her super video from the Sports Day.

Not only did Bernie take the photos but she also created the video and added the music - so all we had to do was upload it to the blog.

Thanks a million Bernie!

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Wexford Bus Athletics Cup

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Inter-Schools Challenge, held at the DMP track at Sinnottstown Lane, hosted six local primary schools Murrintown, Piercestown, Gaelscoil, St.Iberius, Glynn and St. John of God, The Faythe.

Due to school tours the team from our school was limited to 3rd and 4th classes only but nevertheless a great day was had by all with some very impressive performances on the track and in the field events. There was great excitement when Sharon and John from Irish TV arrived to record a segment for their programme which will air on Sunday the 26th of June at 6pm on Sky Channel 191.

Well done to all who took part and created a great atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie. Thanks to to Mr. Doyle and past pupil, James Heneberry, who accompanied our athletes on the day.

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