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Sunday, 15th September 2019

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Huge congratulations to 2nd Class teacher, Ms. Shauna Murphy, on winning her tenth (10th) County Senior Football medal with the Shelmaliers yesterday by defeating St. Annes (Rathangan) 4-12 to 1-8.

Ms. Murphy is building up a nice collection of medals this year alone....and it is still not over!

Watch this space!

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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F.S.G.T. 2019

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Pupils at the Faythe School were treated to a top class display of talent recently when the second ever ‘The Faythe School’s Got Talent’ show was recently held at the school. Contestants sang, acted, danced, drummed, played and rapped before being interviewed by Mr Gregg with comments then from 'a very nice Simon Cowell' Mr. McKenna.

When the Show concluded all the pupils got to vote for their favourite act while passing through the 'Breakfast Room' on their way to the Yard. The votes were counted and scutinised by teachers while the pupils played away.

The tension mounted as the final two acts remained on the stage before Mr. Gregg announced Stephen Howlin who performed a word perfect rendition of Benjamin Hammond Haggerty's 'Can't Hold Us.'

Macklemore, as he is better known, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, from Seattle, Washington and I bet you he doesn't know that he has a rival in SJOGPS, The Faythe, Wexford.

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Every child left the school today with a Malteser 'Bunny' compliments of our hard working 'Parents' Council' who also provided bags of 'Free Froms' for our pupils with food intolerances. They will take to the streets again this evening with Easter's 'Split the Pot.'


Their ever popular 'Guess the number of Eggs' competition was held again this year and after intense scrutiny of the 'Guess Sheets' compiled over the past few days by pupils from Ms. Gahan's and Mr. Murphy's 5th and 6th Classes there proved to be '2 Nearly Winners!!!' 


Both from Mr. French's Room 4, M and R were one short with guesses of 236 eggs in the jar.

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A massive well done to the Boys' 5-A-Side Soccer Team who won the Wexford section of the FAI Spar Soccer Tournament in Ferrycarrig today.

More to follow as they now get ready for the South Leinsters!!

Thanks to Mr. Murphy, Joy, Ms. Fitzgerald and those supporters who were able to make it out to support the boys today and to the photographers for their eclectic pictures that appear in the video below.

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Well done 6th Class!!!

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6th Class take a bow today for how well you represented the school this week.

The entire class went to Ferrycarrig as players, supporters, first-aiders and photographers and were a credit to their families, their teachers and the wider school community.

That one of the Boys teams won was a bonus, as the entire class were winners this week.

Thanks to Joy, Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Murphy for accompanying the Class.

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Thanks, Thanks, Thanks and Thanks

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Thanks 1 -

to Liz O'Brien (S.N.A.) in Room 12 and her gardening team for having the front of the school looking so well so early in the 'gardening year!'

Thanks 2 -

to all our parents / guardians who are working with us following the 'Systems Review' letter sent home a fortnight ago - your co-operation is always appreciated!

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St. John of God Day 2019

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Friday 8th March all the classes from the school went down to the Church in Bride Street to celebrate St. John of God Day.

Fr. James welcomed a large crowd to this very special Mass that celebrates the life's work of the man who the school is named after but as Fr. James explained also gave his name to the various St. John of God groups spread throughout the world who still look after the health, education and welfare on many, many people.

Mr. Murphy's 6th Class, as part of their Confirmation preparation, did the Readings, the Prayers of the Faithful, brought up the Gifts and provided the Altar servers while Ms. Foran and Ms. Mullins had the Choir in 'tip-top' form and their contribution to the Mass was very much appreciated.

There must be a special mention to Ms. Murphy and Ms. Foley's 2nd classes who had made their First Confession the night before and sang 'Zacchaeus' with great gusto just after Communion.

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Good Luck Ciara!!!

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All in the Faythe School wish Ciara Bridges (Class of 2014) the very best of luck this coming Sunday when she heads to Croke Park as part of the St. Martins Senior Camógie Team who attempt to stall Slaughtneil's 'three in a row' bid in the All-Ireland Senior Club Final.

Still only 17 years old, and a current pupil in Presentation Wexford, Ciara has continued to fulfill all the potential she showed here in all sports.

As the first ever past pupil from the Faythe to be involved in a GAA All-Ireland Club Final we hope it is the first of many days she enjoys in Croke Park and the fingernails of her parents, James and Suzanne, aren't bitten to the quicks!

 

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Even though it was this school year - it was actually last year(!!!)....Tuesday December 4th to be exact....Ms. Cronin's Junior Infants from Room 3 visited Dr. Gráinne up at the Faythe Medical Centre. 'The Doctor's' had been the 'Aistear Topic' at that time so it made sense when Ms. Cronin rang and arranged the visit with Dr. Gráinne and her staff. All the children put on their 'hi-viz' jackets before making their way up to the Medical Centre.

Dr. Gráinne gave the children a tour of the Medical Centre, showed them the equipment and answered all their questions.
Ms. Cronin took photo and that is where it all started to go wrong......because she gave them to Mr. Turner and we waited and waited and waited. 

Christmas came and went!!

The New Year came and went!!

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