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Friday, 22nd March 2019

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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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Four different groups combined for tree planting at the Rocks - which has become a notable annual event in the Faythe School calendar - 

1) Cliona Connolly ~ Environment Education Officer with Wexford County Council gets in contact with
2) Colm Ó Muirí ~ Co-ordinator at the South End Family Resource Centre and they arrange for the delivery of a load of young trees.
3) James Murphy ~ 6th Class teacher at the Faythe School - sorts out a time-table and rota with the
4) Tessa La Roche and Áine Cronin ~ the Junior Infant teachers.

With lessons prepared and instructions given the 'four pronged' attack becomes reality as the 'Faythe throng' take to the Rocks. Each of the 6th class accompanied their assigned Infants from the school to the Rocks under the watchful eyes of the adults team of teachers and SNAs.

Under Colm's expert eye, the expert use of a few spades and buckets of perspiration upwards of fifty young trees were planted including Mountain Ash, Guelder-rose, Holly and Birch.

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Enrolment Deadline Approaching

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Applications for Enrolment for 2019 is Friday 22nd February.

Forms can be

 

  • collected at the Office on any school day from 9am to 2.45pm

 

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Free Electrical Recycling Day

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Free Electrical Recycling Day is taking place at

Wexford Racecourse, Carricklawn, Newtown Road, Wexford,

on Saturday 9 February from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

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'Catholic Schools Week' 2019

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Last week saw 'Catholic Schools Week' celebrated in all classes in the Faythe school. Class appropriate resources were used in all classrooms and this year the special Mass where a special family friend or a grandparent was invited into school did not fall victim to the weather. A great crowd from 4th, 5th and 6th classes literally packed the Hall for this 12.30pm Mass which was celebrated by Fr. James. Afterwards there was a cup of tea or a coffee and a chat for anyone who could stay and still allow them be 'on time' to collect the infants at 1.40pm.

On Friday the all classes from Rooms 4, 9, 9A, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 went to Bride Street for '10 Mass.'

Appropriately the meeting for parents and guardians of children deciding to make their Confirmation in 2019 and the Mass of Commitment was held this week too.

Thanks to Ms. Dempsey, Ms. Kelly, Fr. Cullen and Mag for all their work on the 'Wednesday Mass' and to James Murphy for facilitating the 'Confirmation Meeting.'

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Rackard League Handball - Well done Jack!

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Well done to Jack Creane in 6th Class who, for the third year in a row, represented the Faythe School at the recent Rackard League Handball Co. Finals held in St. Joseph's Community Centre, Bishopswater. Jack played very well before bowing out at the 'quarter-final' stages.

What is particularly noteworthy is that for the last two years Jack was the only player from the school to take part and despite the difficulty of being the sole representative from the school, he nonetheless kept the 'Faythe flag' flying proudly in this great competition.

Thanks are extended to Mr. Gregg and to Scott and Diarmuid for accompanying Jack to the County Finals.

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'Taking Care of Me' - Talk

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Siobhan Hayden will deliver a 'Taking Care of Me' talk on Monday evening 28th January  in the Faythe School at 7.30 p.m.

Siobhan will discuss the importance of taking care of 'your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing' in order to care for ourselves and others.

Siobhan is a Development Worker in the South End Resource Centre. There is no charge for this talk and refreshments will be served afterwards.

This talk is open to parents, guardians, grandparents and all in the community.

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Record level of public interest in consultation on exemptions from Irish in schools -

consultation period extended until Friday 18th January 2019.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., has announced that record numbers of submissions from the public have been received to the consultation on exemptions from the study of Irish in schools via the online survey by the week before Christmas.

Launched by the Minister on 7 December 2018, the consultation is seeking views on the way students can apply to be exempted from the study of Irish in schools.  Research published by the Department’s Inspectorate last year showed that the current rules, which date back to the 1990s, were not working and were not aligned with the current arrangements for granting additional resources to children with special educational needs in schools.

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The BOM wish the wider Faythe school community a Happy and Holy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Enjoy the video below featuring the combined classes of Ms. Cronin's and Ms. La Roche's as heard on Alan Corcoran's 'Morning Mix' on South East Radio on Christmas Eve morning 2018. This excerpt was recorded at the school by SE Radio's Karen Tompkins.

The photos are taken from Ms. Cronin's Class production of 'The Sleepy Sheep' staged in the week before the Christmas holidays.

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'Thanks' X 3

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Sincere thanks, by three, to

...the hard working Parents' Association who made sure every child left the school yesterday with a 'Selection Box' to kick off the 'Festive Season.'

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...the children and staff who, through a 'No Uniform Day' (children) and a Raffle (Staff), saw €468 donated to the Wexford branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. b2ap3_thumbnail_VdP.jpg
...the person who anonymously donated €300 to the school's 'Special Needs Fund' in the run-up to the Christmas break.  b2ap3_thumbnail_anonymous-donor.jpg
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'Tina's Art' ~ 2018 Exhibition

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'Great oaks from little acorns grow' is a 14th century proverb but it still rings true today as it did 800 years ago.

In March 2018 Tina Fortune began an Art Class for adults from the Faythe school community and they have since become known as "The Laugh a Lot Art Class” - a self explanatory name as not only do the ladies enjoy their art but there is also great camaraderie among the group.So much so that the cup of coffee and chat after class sometimes lasts almost as long as the class itself !

Then in September Tina decided to branch out and on Saturday mornings runs a Children's Art Class in the school.

These 'acorns' came together on Saturday 15th December and Storm Diana couldn't even put a damper on the occasion.

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This is the fourth year in succession that all children and families are asked to consider taking part in the 1 Card per 1 Child per 1 Class initiative which has proven popular with adults and children alike.

We are asking all children in the school to try to bring in ONE CHRISTMAS CARD only.

We are asking all children in the school to write this one card to their TEACHER AND ALL THEIR FRIENDS IN THE CLASS.

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The Parents' Association's second ever 'Christmas Fair' was held last Friday and was a great success.....when a final figure is available you will be the first to know.

The video below only gives a 'flavour' of the day......and huge thanks are due to Siobhan McMahon, Yvonne Doris, Tina Fortune, Darren Fortune, Kathy Siggins, Pamela O'Connor, Wioleta Moskwa, Ursual Kelly and Sue Rea-Brennan who worked tirelessly to organise and run the event.

Huge thanks also to Ms. Forde's 3rd Class in Room 9 for taking the time to 'brain storm' and recount the day for you all.

Enjoy!!!

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'Fionn in the Faythe'

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The latest Camógie or Hurling results usually dictate what sort of welcome visitors from Kilkenny to the Faythe, or indeed Wexford itself, get.

Maybe it was the absence of the dreaded black and amber garb or maybe it was the presence of two strapping soldiers, Captain Murphy or Private Dooley, but suffice to say no Kilkenny visitor was ever given as warm a welcome as Fionn when he visited the Faythe School on Tuesday 27th November 2018.

Of course it could have been the simple fact that, as the mascot of the 3rd Infantry Battallion in James Stephens' Barracks, Kilkenny, Fionn, the wolfhound, was the biggest dog to ever visit the school....probably since 1875...and that demands a certain level of respect!!!

Not only was Fionn afforded two audiences with the Faythe pupils (the 'senior' classes directly after 'break' and the 'junior' classes just before lunch) he was even interviewed by some of our students.

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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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