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Thursday, 21st November 2019

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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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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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Parent / Teacher Meetings 2019-20

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Parent Teacher Meetings are due to be held on Tuesday & Thursday 19th & 21st November - starting at 1.50 for Infants and 2.50 for all other classes.

To select a time that suits you CLICK HERE ......then.....

Click on Book Appointments -

Click on Parent Teacher Meeting -

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New Principal - January 2020

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Apologies for how this information is being sent but 'Komeer' is acting up again!!!

The BOM are pleased to announce the appointment of Marie Rossiter-Gargan as Principal of St. John of God School, The Faythe effective from 6th January 2020.

Marie will join the Faythe from her current position as Principal of Our Lady's Island N.S..

Liam Turner conveyed his intention to retire to the BOM in September but the advertisement and interview process only concluded yesterday. 

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'Hallowe'en 2019' video

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As I said in last Friday evening's post there was great disappointment in the school when the weather wiped out the Hallowe'en Walk for 2019. However the 'Fashion Parade' gave a little compensation and there was a great 'buzz' around the school. It also gave me a great opportunity for a suitably 'cheesey' introduction to the video!!!.

You'll see that the children's outfits were fabulous and repeated thanks to all the adults at home and in school who joined in with their usual flair and imagination on the outfit front.

The generosity and support of the wider Faythe School community continues to astound me and I repeat my five thousand two hundred and thirty four 'thank yous' to all who contributed and collected.

Enjoy the video and click here if you don't see a thumbnail below!

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While there was disappointment today in the school with the weather wiping out the Hallowe'en Walk for 2019 nonetheless there was great excitement in the school for the day.

As usual the childrens' outfits were fabulous and I look forward to posting the videos over the holiday week for you all to enjoy. Particular thanks to all the adults in the school who joined in with their usual flair and imagination although the logic behind some of their outfits defied 'Hallowe'en' or 'Sciencey' logic!!!!

Every year the generosity of the wider Faythe School community astounds me and the very real community support we have always enjoyed here was shown in the magnificent €5,234 collected to date.

On behalf of all in the school I would like to offer five thousand two hundred and thirty four 'thank yous' to all who contributed and collected.

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Room 12 - 4th Class - Futsal 2019

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Well done to Mr. French's 4th Class who proved great ambassadors for the Faythe today at the Futsal tournament in St. Joseph's Community Centre. Not only did they have a great time but they behaved very well and the girls team got to the Final.

Deirdre, Mr. Barden and Mr. French were delighted with the whole class. Thanks too to H.C. who, although injured, took the pictures!!!

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Autumn Displays in the Faythe School

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Just a quick video to show some of the great work in display in the school at the moment.....we hope you enjoy it!

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Logging On Problems!

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For some time there have been some issues with people logging on to 'school blogs' through their own 'facebook' pages....hopefully these problems have now been sorted.

Thanks to Abraham for his work on resolving this issue!

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All in the school were thrilled to hear the news that we had two winners in the 'Viking Colouring Competition' to mark Wexford's inaugural 'Viking Fire Festival' which takes place today (Saturday 28th September 2019) on Wexford Quay.

Kyle Gordon (from Ms. Murphy's 2nd Class) won a Family Pass for 2 Adults and 3 Children to the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig for his work while Katie Dryburgh (from Ms. Tierney's 5th Class) went one better when she won a 'Viking Tour' of the Heritage Park for the WHOLE CLASS!!!!

Both Kyle and Katie can be presented with their prizes later this evening on the Quay between 5pm and 6pm.

Well done to both and thanks to all the teachers and children who took part.

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Girls' Mini Sevens 2019/20

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The first team to take the fields in GAA Competitions were the Girls' Mini 7 Gaelic Football team who took the field in Piercestown on Friday 20th September.
On a gloriously fine day the girls had mixed luck when beating Castlebridge in the first game but then being on the receiving end when defeated in their second game versus Piercestown.

The Girls played and behaved very well and most of all enjoyed themselves. While thanks are extended to both Mr. Ó Donnagáin and Ms. Forde, mentors on the day, the school's participation in these competitions wouldn't be possible without the very real support given to us by the parents / guardians who drove the team to the competition.

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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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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.

See the video of their fun-filled day!

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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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