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Wednesday, 20th February 2019

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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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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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Visit to Post Office - Aistear 2019

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 to the Post Office to post our Valentine’s Day cards. We have been learning all about the Post Office in S.E.S.E and had a Post Office as our Aistear theme for the last few weeks. This was also our first proper piece of writing - so a pretty big deal and lots of excitement all round!

The teddy bear who is posting a letter is ‘Everywhere Bear’ - he has been going on adventures with each of the children at the weekends, so it was only right he come along with us to the Post Office! Thanks to Michelle for all her help too.

When the children came back to class (and before they all crashed on the desks with tiredness - make sure to watch the end of the video....it is not staged.....) some of the comments included:

‘Best Monday Ever!’

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Congratulations

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Congratulations to the all the parents who were presented with their 'Advanced Cook It' programme.

The programme ran for five weeks and was delivered by Davina Dowling. Many thanks to Davina for her expertise and knowledge in the area of healthy eating and nutrition. Each week the parents made tasty and nutritious meals including soup, bread, chicken curry, a vegetarian dish and 'healthy' chocolate brownies. Each parent received a certificate of achievement and a cook book. Well done to everyone and to Maggie who managed to escape the photo! The popularity of this programme is testament to the fact that parents have already signed up for next year

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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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Ladies Indoor Soccer League

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The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has teamed up with Wexford County Council to fund a 'Ladies Indoor Soccer League'.

A tournament will take place over a six week period. An information meeting with a representative from FAI will take place on Thursday morning (14th) at 9:10 a.m. here in the school. If you or a female friend or relative would like to get involved in soccer please come along to the meeting on Thursday morning.

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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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HSCL Updates

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Yoga/Mindfulness/Meditation classes will continue with Eileen Rowe on Tuesday mornings. Classes start at 9:10 a.m. in the Sr. Marie Room. It is an ideal class if you are looking for some positivity and relaxation starting into the New Year.

 

'Cook it Programme' with Nutrionalist Davina Dowling will start next Wednesday, January 16th at 9.10 a.m. Davina will demonstrate and advise on how to cook nutritional and tasty meals and snacks for all the family. You will have the opportunity to make the recipes and all the ingrediants will be supplied.

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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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Very Special Visitor to Infants

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The Junior and Senior Infants in the school had a very important visitor last week. When visiting Rooms 1 & 3 he made sure to check the lists and gave good advice about being in bed nice and early on Christmas Eve and not getting up too early on Christmas morning.

He was treated to an early preview of each classes 'Carol Service' item before giving out a few sweets as an 'early treat.'

Santa was able to report to the teachers and SNAs that he was very pleased with the girls and boys and was looking forward to visiting them.

The children loved his visit too!!!

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Parents' Book Club

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The first gathering of The Faythe School's Parents' Book Club took place on Wednesday.

The book 'A Thousand Roads Home' was the chosen book to launch the book club. We were absolutley thrilled and inspired to have the author of the book, Carmel Harrington present at our book club.

Carmel is an Irish Times best selling author, a regular guest on the Elaine show and a genuine kind and lovely lady. Carmel answered questions from the book club members about the characters and events in her book and spoke openly about life as an author.

We are very grateful to Carmel for sharing her time, stories and laughter us. 

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Grandparents' Visit

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Áine and Noel visited our class on Wednesday 5th of December. We asked the Grandparents questions and they answered our questions and told us lots of stories about long ago.

It was very interesting! They told us about the old days long ago and all about their school, house, games they played and Christmas. We even got to sing them our Christmas Carol Song. 

By Holly Gallagher  Room 14~1st Class

 

 
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