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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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The 6th Class have been very busy recently and I'm just blogging to give you all a very quick heads up on two activities.

Ms. Jones in Selskar College was in 'cahoots' with Ms. Kelly in the Faythe and between the two of them organised a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) session down in Selskar with Ms. Jones even laying on a bus for our transportation to Selskar by coach. The class then spent an enjoyable hour browsing and enjoying the many genres of literature in Selskar's Library.

We marked 'Maths Week' with by measuring and recording dimensions of the school paying particular attention to our 'Chill Out Zone' as a staring point for the design and planning phase of our 'mural.'....Check back for updates on this one!!!

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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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Country and Transport Project

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Country Project

First we got into groups, next we got the tablets and then we researched our country.Ava’s godfather Surken came in to tell us more information about his country. When we got enough information we got posters. We printed out some information and wrote the rest ourselves. Then we stuck it onto our posters. We stuck down pictures as well. We also stuck down our country flag. When we were finished we presented them to the class.

Transport Project

The transport project was similar to the country projects. Our options were cars, planes, rockets, trains, boats, bicycles and carriages. We were short on posters so some groups had to make their own using different coloured paper. Some groups didn’t finish their projects. But they presented them anyway. It was really fun!

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Faythe School Parents' Book Club

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'When All is Said 'by Irish author Anne Griffin, was the book read and reviewed by the parents' book club this month.

 This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.

Overall the book club members enjoyed the book and felt the story resonated with real life and in particular was a wonderful insight into the life of people years ago. The book scored an average of 7 out of 10 with one member scoring the book 10 out of 10. If you are looking to read a new book, this comes with good recommendation from the Faythe School Parents' Book Club.

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School Book Fair

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A sincere Thank You to all the children, teachers, parents and grandparents who attended the Book Fair this week. It was a tremendous success.

60% of the total book sales are credited back to the school in books. This year the school can order books up to value of €1,223.10 thanks to the very generous and much appreciated support of the book fair. These books will greatly support and facilitate literacy development both in school and at home.

The smooth running of the book fair was possible with the considerable help of Mag and Audrey, who acted as librarians and cashiers and to Margaret in the office for ensuring all the money balanced. In an era of I-pods and I-pads, it was wonderful to see the excitement of children while they browsed through the numerous books in the book fair.

In the words of Dr. Seuss, ' You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book'.

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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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Tá na Naíonáin Shóisearacha tar éis a bheith ag obair go díon thar Seachtain na Gaeilge! D’fhoghlaimíomar frása an lae agus amhráin/ damhsa éagsúla -  ‘An Bhfaca Sibh an Leipreachán?’, ‘Ó Féach ar an Aimsir!’ & ‘An Hocaí Pocaí’.

Bhí tionól againn leis na ranganna shóisearacha chomh maith agus chanamar ‘An Bhfaca Sibh an Leipreachán?’. Seo físeán bheag dár n-amhrán! 

Junior Infants have been working hard during ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’. We learned ‘Phrases of the Day’ and different songs/ dances - ‘Did you see the Leprechaun?’, ‘Oh Look at the Weather!’ & ‘The Hokey Pokey’.

We also had an assembly with the junior classes. We sang ‘Did You See the Leprechaun?’. Here is a short video of our song.

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'Lá Glas' wraps up SnaG 2019

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'Lá Glas' wrapped up Seachtain na Gaeilge at the Faythe School for 2019. In the week before St Patrick’s Day all manner of activities were undertaken as all in the school tried their very best to use their Irish. Poem were learned, songs were sung, 'seanfhocails' were introduced, examined, learned and depicted while Mar in the Office was under immense pressure to produce reams of green and gold paper / card while keeping her eye on the laminator to make sure it didn't melt through use before a tsunami of shamrock themed Art was displayed throughout the school!!!

On Friday 15th (the Faythe's Lá Glas) all in school were encouraged to wear something green to celebrate our Patron Saint and mark our national holiday. As so it happened.....from subtle shamrocks / tricolours painted on faces to hairbands to full blown tri-colour wigs to earrings to leprechaun hats and beards to full-blown suits, to Irish jerseys / hoodies / tee-shirts to green socks to Leprechaun 'onesies' - you name it, we had it!!

The week culminated with all classes performing a variety of songs, dances, plays and poems in the School Hall through Irish.

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BOOK FAIR

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Book Fair

The Faythe School Book Fair takes place next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Children will have the opportunity to look through the books tomorrow.

If your child is allowed to buy a book, they can take note of the name and price of the book tomorrow. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday each class will be given an allotted time to come to the book fair to buy a book.

If you wish to purchase a book with your child you may do so at home time, either 1.40 p.m. or 2.40 p.m on either, Tuesday or Wednesday. Alternately, the book fair will be open to accommodate parents on Tuesday evening between 7.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. 

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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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HSCL Updates

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Yoga Class

Yoga classes with Eileen Rowe will resume tomorrow morning (February 26th) in the Sr. Marie Room. Eileen's class will involve yoga, meditation and relaxation. The cost is €2 per class. This class is open to all parents and members of the community.

Ladies Indoor Soccer League

A Ladies In door Soccer League starts next Monday (March 4th) in St. Joseph's Club. It will run over six weeks. Each town school will enter a team. It would be great if 'The Faythe School' could muster up a  team. If you are interested in taking part or know of a family member or friend who would be interested please contact Ursula Kelly on 087 9657964.

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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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Fire Brigade visits 3rd Classes

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After break on recently Ms Forde and Ms Foley’s 3rd Classes went to the 'Breakfast Room' and two firemen from the Fire Station up near Clonard visited and taught us different ways about how to be safe around fire. After that, they showed us cards that had dangerous things on them. One had cigarettes on it and asked us if anyone`s parents smoked and most people put their hands up. If a cigarette is lit, the best way to get rid of it is to put it in the fire.

After that they gave loads more tips for general safety at home.....

  • Candles – They said to never leave a lighting candle on when an adult isn't watching
  • Plugs –leave everything plugged in except for the fridge – we saw some plugs that had over-heated and went on fire.
  • Frankie false -never make a false call about a fire because it`s dangerous and you could get arrested.
  • 999 or 112 – numbers you need to ring if there is an emergency at your house, at your school or anywhere else.
  • Pan – don’t leave a hot pan where children can get it – always have someone older than you/ parents watch it.
  • Deep fat fryer – if water gets in contact, it will go on fire- be careful around them!-always have a parent around.
  • Lighters / matches  - up high and only adults can use them-kids can burn themselves or could get some fire on them.
  • Smoke alarms – should check yours and clean it by putting the hover up to it. If you don’t have one, you can call the fire station or the council and they can come and put one in for you.
  • Plan Man – Like in school, we should have a plan at home just in case there is a fire anywhere.

Then they showed us their yellow helmet and allowed some of us wear one. Ms. Forde took pictures with us wearing it and sent them to our parents. Then, people asked the firemen questions about fire, like how much minutes would it take for a fire to spread or other things.

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Valentine's Cards in Room 14

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Well done to Room 14 for all their great work on our St. Valentine's Day Card Artwork and to R.K. and R.M. for their account of the activity.

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'Last week in Room 14 we made cards to celebrate St. Valentine's Day.

Ms. Murphy took a picture of us standing sideways with our hands up to our chin, like we were blowing kisses. 

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The newly established Amber Flag - Positive Mental Health Committee hosted a Cupcake Sale on Friday 15th February. Children were invited to purchase a cupcake for €1 and begin the challenge of obtaining our first Amber Flag! 

This involves the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive, and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being.

The community aspect was to the fore on Thursday 14th when, no doubt after receiving loads of Valentine, the 'cookery gang' hit the Breakfast room and began the production line.....measuring, cracking, pouring, mixing, whisking, greasing, filling, baking, washing, drying, tidying, watching, cooling, decorating and finally storing a few cup-cakes!!!! Around 300 actually! We cheated ever so slightly by buying some produce so as to safely include to include all dietary requirements.

On Friday morning the pupil Committee, who had drawn up time-tables, oversaw the actual sale, which ran with military precision, whereby every class came to the Breakfast Room to participate. The final part of this initial puzzle was bringing all the coins into the Office for poor Mar. However undeterred she was able to confirm by 3.15pm that a whopping €341 had been raised!!

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Friday 15th February was a very busy day in the school starting with the Cupcake Sale to launch our Amber Flag initiative to Tree Planting up in the Rocks to a little bit of Hurling history in Hollymount, home of the Shelmaliers GAA Club.

The Boys Mini 7s Hurling team accompanied by Ms. O'Loughlin and Mr. Doyle travelled out to what is Mr. Doyle's home pitch for the Rackard League Mini 7s.

The first match saw the boys victorious versus Castlebridge on a 2-6 to 1-4 score line. Displaying great team work and battling hard throughout this was the first ever Hurling victory for a boys team in the Rackard league since the school went fully co-educational, in this only our third ever boys 6th Class.

In the second match versus Ballymurn both schools were evenly matched in terms of size and skill before Ballymurn pulled away for a deserved victory on a 2-5 to 1-4 scoreline.

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