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Tuesday, 14th July 2020

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Dear Parents and Guardians,
This scheme has had to undergo a review to reflect compliance with the recent COVID 19 restrictions.

This has taken a considerable amount of time to arrange and as you can imagine is not helped with working remotely. Apologies for the delay in getting back to people.
Families that opt for this initiative will receive, by post, a family IDENTIFYING CODE unique to them.

 This code will entitle you to purchase breakfast and lunch foods in LONDIS , the Faythe.
 The code will be valid for a two weeks and will have an expiry date.
 Families of three or less children will have to use each Code in full in one transaction.
 Families of four or more children can spread the shop over two visits.
 Each child in our school is entitled to 20euro per fortnight.

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

St. John of God School will be providing weekly Lunch/ Food Boxes for collection for
each child in the school.

 This will happen X1 Day per Week
 A Parent or Guardian will have to collect box. Boxes will not be given to
children.
 This is optional…. You do not have to avail of the Lunch Box
 Boxes will be distributed from the school and there will be a timetable so to
allow for a staggered arrival of people.
 Boxes will contain NON PERISHABLE goods eg beans, tinned fruit etc

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Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is gradually adjusting to this new way of living. It is an anxious time for us all and even though we must keep physically apart, keeping connected with each other is of such importance.

Find here a few self cafe and meditation pieces which you might find helpful for yourself or others during this time...

 

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Remember the old rhyme....

This little piggy went to market..... this little piggy --> Stayed at home !!!!!

 

Keep Safe!

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well and looking after yourselves and those dear you. That is THE most important message to hold close these days when we are adjusting to a new ‘normal’.
I know lots of people feel that school work should be done every day by all children at home and that. Please remember Parents and Guardians are not now expected to Home School all children.

Home schooling is a choice made by people …. This situation emerged and no one had a choice. Some points to remember to help you all through: Keep a regular routine.

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School is closed until March 29th by order of Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

Children will be provided with homework packs for completion.
Many thanks for your understanding in this matter.
 
Any further updates will be communicated to you as soon as the situation evolves.
Kind regards,
 
Marie rg
 
 
2 March, 2020

 

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Welcome Back!!

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Welcome back everyone!

Thanks a million for the lovely 'Faythe welcome' I received from everyone.

I’m looking forward to meeting people properly over the coming weeks and months and putting names to faces… hopefully the correct names to the right faces!!!

Thanks again. Marie rg

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'Scrooge 2019' - Well done Room 9A!

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On Tuesday 17th December Mr. Ó Donnagáin’s5th Class staged ‘Scrooge’ in the School Hall.

See the video below for a glimpse of this great production.

Thanks to all who helped the children learn and then practice their lines, made costumes or props and borrowed costumes or props. Thanks to all the adults who took time out of their very busy schedules to attend the show!

Special thanks to Emma, Mr. Gregg and Mr. Ó Donnagáin for all their hard work.......but the real stars of the show were the pupils from Room 9A who acted, made and prepared the sets, managed the stage and worked as a team to make ‘Scrooge 2019’ such a memorable event!!

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SVdP Collection - Wow!!!

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Thanks to everyone who contributed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society collection last Wednesday.

This ‘wear your Christmas Clothes for a Coin’ fund-raiser complimented by a cup-cake from Jenny’s Cupcakes for each child saw €406 raised for the local branch of SVdP.

I was thrilled to be able to drop the money into their offices at St. Michael’s in Green Street on the way home earlier today. (L.T.)

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Christmas Preparations 2019

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Christmas preparations are well under way in all classes and in all areas of the Faythe School.

Ms. Conroy’s photos have captured some of the incredible work done so far from poetry, creative writing, all manner of Art activities including Christmas Trees, stockings, Santa, reindeer, polar bears, penguins, Advent Wreaths, winter scenes featuring bare trees and snow-scapes and Santas stuck in chimneys. and lights glittering in the foyer.

Special thanks Maggie from the South End Family Resource Centre who worked with several classes to beautifully decorate the windows in the Sports Hall visible from the Faythe and to the gang who erected and decorated the foyer with glittering light, the Christmas tree, the school Advent Calendar and the Crib.

Click here if you can't see the thumbnail below.

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Christmas Calm

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Calodagh McCumiskey of 'Spiritual Earth' will deliver a workshop on Tuesday morning, December 17th. Calodagh will share tips on how to slow down and be more productive, how to learn to relax, sleep better and is ideal for anyone who is looking for a better life balance.

Christmas can be a particularly busy and stressful time and this talk will offer advice on how to recharge the batteries by engaging in mindfulness and meditation. Calodagh writes an article in the 'Wexford People' and offers weekly advice on well- being and mental health.

All are welcome to attend this talk. Festive refreshments will be served afterwards.

Date: Tuesday, December 17th Time: 9:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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'Time out during the Christmas Rush'

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Calodagh McCumiskey of 'Spiritual Earth' will deliver a workshop on Tuesday morning, December 17th. Calodagh will share tips on how to slow down and be more productive, how to learn to relax, sleep better and is ideal for anyone who is looking for a better life balance.

Christmas can be a particularly busy and stressful time and this talk will offer advice on how to recharge the batteries by engaging in mindfulness and meditation. Calodagh writes an article in the 'Wexford People' and offers weekly advice on well- being and mental health.

All are welcome to attend this talk. Festive refreshments will be served afterwards.

Date: Tuesday, December 17th Time: 9:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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For the past five years we have asked all children and families to consider taking part in the 1 Card per 1 Child per 1 Class initiative and over both years the feedback was so positive that we have decided to run it again.

Unfortunately Liam Turner scheduled this message for 1st December 2020!!!!! and it only dawned on him when he saw children giving out Christmas Cards last week that he had made a mistake......if cards have been given out....there's no real harm done!!...

but from tomorrow Monday 9th December 2019(!!!!) we are asking all children in the school to try to bring in ONE CHRISTMAS CARD only.....written to their TEACHER AND ALL THEIR FRIENDS IN THE CLASS.

This has 5 positive effects.....

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A huge thanks to everyone who baked, donated, bought, sold or helped at The Parents’ Association Christmas Fair!

A special ‘thank you’ to Tina Fortune’s ‘Laughsalot Art Class’ who raised a whopping €475 between sales of Art and a Raffle. Tina Dwyer’s Face Painting unleashed herds of reindeer, gangs of elves and various other creatures and Christmas characters as well as raising €65.45.

Special thanks to the teachers and SNAs for all their work in the classes with the children who produced an array of fabulous decorations, food, snacks, drinks for humans and reindeer.

The Christmas Fair wouldn’t be the same without the visit from the teachers and pupils from Our Lady of Fatima School who, for the past few years, have come up and brightened up a very happy school day. This year they even sang a few songs in the Hallway which were very much appreciated by Mar and Mr. Turner who were ‘trapped’ in their Offices.

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On Monday 18th November we went to the Dunbrody ship in New Ross and later reurned to Leisure Max.  It was a very fine day but very, very cold. First we went inside a room where we watched a video about how people lived in the olden days.  Next we went on the ship itself.  There was an upstairs and a downstairs.  My favourite part was the downstairs because we saw how the ‘famine people’ slept and ate during the voyage.  Then ‘Mary O’Brien’ came and talked about the journey.  Then we went on the bus back to Wexford.

When we came back we went to Leisure Max.  I played with my friends upstairs.  After that we went downstairs to play bowling  but we ate chicken nuggets and chips before it.  When we went bowling I wasn’t too happy because I’m not the best at bowling but once I started playing for a bit I got a strike.

My favourite part was when we went upstairs in Leisure Max because I played with my friends and I went on the trampoline a lot and it was really fun.

 

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Today while paying a bill in Hanrahan’s, Mrs. Hanrahan handed over the slightly worn plastic tub seen above. Adorned with a pink ‘In Aid of the Faythe School Parents’ Association’ label on the front, it was full to the brim of coins, most likely the small change from locals shopping in Hanrahan's who didn’t give second thought to dropping the coppers / shrapnel / washers / scrap in to the tub.

It is now bagged and ready for the Parents’ Association. The significant amount of €176.78 came from the tub of scrap!!!

Just to put that in perspective….

  • that scrap could pay for another 44 calculators like those the Parents’ Association paid for last year
  • that scrap could nearly match the ‘bus tour subsidies’ for two classes that the Parents’ Association paid to all twelve classes last year
  • that scrap could pay for the licence for online supports for 10 children with additional needs as recommended by the National Council for Special Education and not funded by the Department of Education since the ‘economic downturn.’
  • that scrap could pay for a significant amount of ‘Aistear’ resources for our Infant classes – ‘Aistear’ is the key resource advocated for pre-school and primary school infant education advocated yet never funded by the DES.

So thank you sincerely to everyone who ever dropped as much as a single coin into the tub…..small gestures combine to make significant differences and as usual the money raised by the Parents’ Association is spent in school by them on the children in the school.

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3rd Class review 'Science Day.'

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Today as part of Science Week our science class went down to the Hall to see a scientist perform experiments. My favourite experiment was the one where he used the bottle with  H₂O₂.  

H₂O₂ is different than water because it has an extra bit of oxygen that does not fit in it. Just like a group at school, the oxygen is the new kid that won't fit in immediately.

When this powder called magnesium was poured into the bottle, the extra oxygen became steam and shot out. This became heat and it started to melt when it cooled down and it was shrinking.

One other experiment I really liked was when the Nutty Professor had a bottle of water with a fake fish with an anchor at the bottom and another fake fish floating at the top, and we had to figure out a way to get the ‘top fish’ to the bottom. It sounds easy but it wasn't because there was air in the top of the fish's head, so it was able to float. When he squeezed the bottle it squeezed all the air out of the head and it sank.

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Stationary Shop

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The Faythe School Stationary Shop will open tomorrow morning.

The shop will operate from the breakfast club room and will open from 8.45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. From next week onwards the shop will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings during breakfast club. It will also open on Monday and Wednesday at little break from 10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The purpose of the shop is to allow children, with parental permission, to purchase essential school supplies at a convenient location.

The shop will sell the following items and all prices are clearly displayed at the shop:

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Science Day at the Faythe School 2019

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Over the past six months Alice Doyle - Local Community Development Officer at Wexford has been working very closely with the school and in partnership with SFI, Science Foundation Ireland, I.T. Carlow, WWETB, EPA, BIM, Local Link Wexford, the business sector, community groups, national, regional and local agencies to offer a selection of 'fun science events' throughout the county.
The main event for the Faythe School took place on Wednesday 13th November when Niall a.ka. the Nutty Professor enthralled all 291 pupils and over 100 parents, guardians, minders, grand-parents and members of the wider Faythe community with three different age appropriate shows of fun science where the children learned about air and sound, density, ice, the amazing manufacture and release of various gasses (mostly pleasant) using everything from a plastic bottle to a leaf blower to a home-made hover board.

The guys from Water Technology provided an excellent workshop for the 6th Class pupils on the very practical application of Science and Maths each day on our own door-step out in Drinagh. They were particularly taken with the application of mass spectrometer technology in surgery for the immediate identification of healthy and dangerous tissue and the fact that a few of the pupils parents already work in Waters made it all so real.

With the same 6th Class currently involved in learning to bake with the inimitable Kathleen Fitzpatrick, the CIT Wexford Campus talk on the science of food production is a 'no-brainer' and Mr. Murphy, Kathleen and the children are looking forward to visiting the six stations that deal with the science behind sustainable food production.

The highlight of the festival is the WexSci Science Showcase, an open day for all, which takes place on Saturday 16th of November. The day offers interactive exhibits, demonstrations, stage shows, and opportunities to meet and talk to scientists. The Science Showcase in 2019 comes to you now from three locations, The Street at Wexford County Council, Carricklawn for family fun science events; from the National Opera House where you will find three lectures from renowned scientists; and from Wexford Library for a demonstration and discussion on particles.
Look up the Wexford Science Festival website for more details.

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