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Class of 2019

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On Wednesday 26th June a simple ceremony was held in the school to bid 'good-bye' to our 6th Class - The St. John of God School Class of 2019. Earlier the same day at the 'End of Year School Mass' Fr. Cullen had thanked the class and wished them well on behalf of the wider Faythe School community. However the 'night ceremony' was a more intimate affair where all who had helped the children at any stage from 2011 met with the 'significant adults' in their lives for the last 'formal occasion.

The class reminisced about their most memorable moments before they sang a song. The ever supportive Parents' Association made a lovely presentation to 6th Class teacher, Mr. James Murphy, of a personalised piece of Art created by all the class while SNA for 2018-19, Joy Wall received a beautiful bouquet. (They also provided refreshments later too!!!)

Compressing eight years of school life into an eight minute film isn’t easy nor does it even begin to acknowledge or record every achievement of the Class of 2019.

Towards the end of the film there is a slide where many of those who have helped the children on their way are ‘thanked’ and any omissions are not done maliciously.

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On Friday 28th June 2019 thirteen children were rewarded for not having missed a single day throughout the entire school year 2018/19.

Attendance in school is so important and that anyone can go through an entire school year without an absence is a notable achievement.

As well as receiving their Certificate of Attendance and their special Faythe School Attendance Award pen this year the thirteen were also given a copy of 'In Quest of Adventure - 25 things to do before you're 12!' 

This is the book, written by our very own Mr. Gregg and his wife, designed to get children off their screens and out and about - a great prize for the summer months!

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Congratulations to Ms. Shauna Murphy (Room 14) who this afternoon won a Leinster Intermediate Football medal following Wexford's thrilling victory over Meath in the Leinster Final.

Putting in a commanding performance from centre-back Shauna steered Wexford to a fabulous victory!!!

Well done Shauna on being part of unique 'GAA hat-trick' ......Don't think three provincial titles have ever returned to Wexford on the same day!!!

Loch Garman Abu!

 

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5th Class in Clara Lara 2019

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Well Ms. Barry's Class certainly got the rub of the green 'weather wise' in comparison to Ms. Forde's Class when they too travelled to Clara Lara on their 5th Class Tour 2019.

As you'll see from the video below there were more terrific hi-jinks than threatened hypothermia and all the children had a brilliant time!

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Summer Holidays

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Just to remind you that the school closes for all children this coming Friday (28th June) at 12.30pm.

The BOM and staff hope all of you enjoy a warm, happy and safe summer.

 

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Rooms 13 & 14 enjoyed a great day in Pirates Cove on their school tour.

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Despite the poor weather conditions Rooms 1 & 5 enjoyed a great trip to Woodfield House, just outside Oylegate, on their 2019 School Tour.

With everyone suitably dressed for the day everyone enjoyed the tour as can be seen below.

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On what was possibly one of the most miserable wets days in recent memory Ms. Forde's 3rd Class and Ms. Foley's 2nd & 3rd Class headed to Clara Lara....the water based activity centre in Wicklow!!!!!

However miserable the day was the staff in Clara Lara did everything they could to make the day as enjoyable as possible for the children.

As you'll see from the video below the children had a great day and they seem have to discovered a new 'anti-freeze / cold water protector / insulator'.......Candy Floss!!!! Loads and loads of Candy Floss!!!!

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Hi all, on Wednesday 12th June Rooms 2 & 3 went to Kia Ora Farm just outside Gorey on their School Tour.

As you can see from the video below the children had a fabulous time and even though the weather was not what you would expect for June it didn't take from the experience.

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For the last few weeks the pupils in Rooms 13 and 14 have been setting their own targets with regard to working and behaving well in both the class and the yard. They also targeted 'lining up' and 'walking safely through the school' as focus areas.

Not only did the children select their own targets but they helped keep each other on task. After a month of hard work they reached their goal and were given the choice of a few treats.

The clear winner was a class trip up to the playground at Maudlintown Green.

Simple, on our doorsteps and as you can see from the short video......Grrrrreat fun!!!

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Thanks to Ms. Gahan and Mr. Murphy who somehow managed between them to get former Republic of Ireland international, and Wexford native, Kevin Doyle, up to the school recently to mark the school's success in the FAI Spar 5-a-side Soccer Tournament. Thanks too to Padraig Byrne for his lovely article in this week's 'People' which is reproduced below for your delectation!

Having managed to win the Wexford District of the Spar FAI School's 5 a-side soccer tournament recently, and only being denied the South Leinster crown on goal difference, the boys at The Faythe School know a thing or two about soccer. With this in mind, their jaws dropped as they saw a former Premier League and international footballer making his way through the halls of the school, having come specially to visit them and present them with their medals.

Funnily enough it was a hurling legend that brought Wexford's finest soccer export to the school.
'Ms (Dara) Gahan up here is married to hurling legend Larry O'Gorman,' explained principal Liam Turner. 'Larry would know Kevin from various things and he managed to persuade him to come in to us here and have a little chat with the lads.'

'He was absolutely brilliant with them and he did a little 20 minute question and answers session. I was amazed just how much the lads knew about him.' When the inevitable question of Messi vs Ronaldo came up the youngsters could hardly believe when Kevin said he had played against both! 'It was really great for them,' said Mr Turner, who even remembered observing Kevin playing in a Mini World Cup game for Adamstown 25 years ago! 'This is a fella who has played for the same clubs and the same pitches as them. He also pointed out how there was no soccer team in the school he went to and he just worked hard himself and didn't let that stop him. It was lovely to give our lads a little boost and it was great to see them competing in the school colours.'

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4th Class School Tour 2019!!

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On Wednesday 22nd May 2019 Mr. Ó Donnagáin's 4th Class, my 4th Class and our trusty SNAs Pauline S. and Deirdre Murphy filled a Fleetline Coach and headed on our annual School Tour to 'Let's Go' in Waterford.

On a scorching day we had an absolutely brilliant day and the 'Let's Go' crew couldn't have been better with the children.

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Mid-term Break is next week!

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Just a reminder that the school will be closed all of next week (Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June) for a Mid-Term Break.

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3rd Class went to the Library on Mallin Street on Tuesday 21st May 2019 and having witnessed the metamorphosis of frogspawn to frogs in the foyer over the past few months they were really in tune for Ciarán from the Irish Wildlife Trust who spoke about biodiversity and how we can look after our wildlife in Ireland.

Comments from the children in the class!

A.H. – I loved when we were learning about water, food, recycling and more.

K.N. – I loved the video about the dragon fly.

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Back where it belongs!!

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One the most talked about gestures made just before the newly refurbished school was re-opened in June 2011 was when the late Matt Carty (a past pupil himself and father and grandfather of past pupils) from Antelope Road, came into the school with a match-stick model of the school.

Painstakingly crafted from thousands of matches and with no little skill, no-one was aware of Matt's labour of love until he brought it into the school complete and ready for display.

It fascinated hundreds of children as they went about their daily business in the school....but hundreds of children have thousands of finders that touched, poked and examined until running repairs were needed.

The Carty family again stepped up to the plate and repaired the damage and it was decided to get another local, Jim Kearney (from the Faythe), to make a protective case for the model.

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There will be no Traffic Warden on duty at the Faythe School next week, Monday through to Thursday (20th to 23rd May inclusive).

All motorists are asked to be vigilant around the school particularly between the hours of 8.30m to 3.30pm.

Your understanding and co-operation on this very serious matter is very much appreciated.

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First Communion 2019

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Congratulations to all the children who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday in Bride Street Church beautifully decorated with the children's Art work. On a day that started with worrying weather, all the children were in 'tip top' form, from their behaviour to their participation in the Sacrament.

In front of a congregation that spanned many generations and four continents the children enjoyed their special day as all the hard work done at home and in school since September 2018 came to fruition.

The Choir under the dual direction of Ms. Mullins and Ms. Foran were in great voice and it was great to see so many siblings of First Communicants take their place in the Choir for their brothers or sisters big day. A sincere word of thanks too to the parents / guardians of those Choir members who were brought to Bride Street and later collected on the day.

Thanks too to the altar servers, both current pupils at the school, and to Fr. James our school Chaplain and BOM Chairperson for all he does in school. Earlier in the year while on pilgrimage in the Holy Land he got a rosary beads made from olive trees for each of the children and these were presented at the end of Mass.

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From Frogspawn to Frogs

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I am a boy in 5th class who has always been fascinated by animals and nature. Throughout my life I have taken care of many different types of animals, and I was delighted to get the opportunity to take care of the frogspawn in school.

It is a difficult task to take care of frogspawn and tadpoles as they require specific conditions. In captivity they require an artificial environment to ensure the survival of as many tadpoles as possible. In the wild only 0.8% of all tadpoles turn in to frogs and 0.1% will reach adulthood. Most of them are lost to predators (birds and dragonfly larvae) so I needed to create an artificial environment for them. I started by getting an unused fish tank and filling it up with water from the pond where the frogspawn was found and in the water there was some aquatic vegetation that the tadpoles would eat. After that I put in a rock so when the tadpoles would turn into frogs they would have land to go onto and with that done then came the waiting and feeding. I had to feed the tadpoles lettuce, cucumber, apple slices and sweet peppers. I had to feed them for two months every two days while not forgetting about partly changing the water every few weeks.

The hardest part came the day before the Easter holidays started because there was no one
to feed the tadpoles for that two weeks. I had to do something so I went to the Office and asked for the times the school would be open at and wrote them down. As the school day came to an end I took three containers I brought from home and carefully collected the five strongest tadpoles. At home I put the contents of the containers into one large container and added some mineral water.

As the days went by I went to school to feed the tadpoles each time taking a few more tadpoles with me. When it came to the end of the Easter break I had to bring back the tadpoles and frogs as most of them were already frogs. And so I brought them back to school and at the end of the day I said my last goodbye to them as they had to be released that day. Mr. Gregg brought the tiny frogs back to the pond where the frogspawn had been originally collected.   (D.R. - Room 12)

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On a day when you 'wouldn't have put a bucket out' the entire 6th Class headed off to Bunclody for the finals of the FAI / Spar South Leinster 5-a-side Soccer Tournament accompanied by the ever present Mr. Murphy, Mr. Doyle and a few very well wrapped up parents.

Though normally one of the most picturesque settings in Wexford to play sports, it was one of the worst possible days that pupils were expected to play soccer with howling winds and driving rain from start to finish. The appalling conditions can be seen on the video shown below and thanks are due to the 'photographers' too on the day who managed to captures some great pictures albeit with 'frozen fingers.'

However play they did and the boys were a credit to Mr. Murphy and the school being undefeated in three of their four games. Gallingly the boys fell short at this stage of the competition with a single goal separating themselves and the eventual winners - Gaelscoil Wicklow.

While disappointed on the way home, the boys had a second medal for their efforts - the first time a team from the school has won a medal at 'provincial level.'

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The last term of the 2018/19 school year got off to a great start today with the news, conveyed to Ms. Gahan, that the Amber Flag for 'promoting positive mental health' at the school has been awarded.

The citation, shown below, is a huge validation of the hard work undertaken by the school's Amber Flag Committee made up of students - Monica Baupkute, Dylan Brady, Belle Flynn O'Connor, Romy Furlong, Stephen Howlin, Jowin Jose, Marionne Nanud, Ava Murphy, Rachel Nolan, Rebecca Nolan, Emma Siggins and Sophie Tyrrell working with adults Ms. Forde, Ms. Murphy, Ms. Mullins, Ms. O'Loughlin, Ms. Kelly and Liz O'Brien all under the co-ordination of Ms. Gahan.....more to follow........

 

Dear Amber Flag team in St John of God Primary School,

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