Sixth Class - "Our World Irish Aid Award Project"
The title of the project we are doing is ‘Much done, much more to do’and as part of this we are hoping to organise a ‘to do day’in our area. We have learned that the burning of fossil fuels is one of the most significant factors that are affecting climate change due to the production of CO2 and that most of our electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels.  We are asking parents, schools and other interested parties to try to switch off all unnecessary electrical appliances for 1 hour on March 12th.  The hour that we have chosen is 5-6pm for households and for schools from 1-2pm. 
Healthy Eating Poster Competition sponsored by Parents' Association

Above are photos of the winners in the Healthy Eating poster competition.  It was very difficult to select winners as there was great work produced in all the classes.  Many thanks to the Parents' Association for sponsoring the prizes.

School collection for Trócaire begins
The school's annual collection for Trócaire will start next Monday.  There has been a great tradition down through the years in the school of donating generously to Trócaire.  Last year, the children raised €4100 through a wide range of activities - sponsored run, cycle, silence!; Easter Egg raffle; cake/bun sale; mad hair day; non-uniform day.  Since 2004, the school has raised nearly €39 000 for Trócaire - a wonderful achievement.  Let's hope this year will be just as successful as previous years.
Trócaire visit

Representatives from Trócaire visited the school earlier today, Monday.  Education officer, Lydia Mc Carthy facilitated a workshop with children in sixth class and then visited children in Ms. O'Connor's class.  Later in the morning, the Trócaire app was formally launched.  Photos from the morning's activities will be posted on the website over the coming days but keep an eye out in the newspapers (local & national) as a selection of photos might be published.

Engineering Week

Engineering week took place this week.  Children in Ms. Gaynor's and Ms. Mc Ardle's classes had a busy week.  On Tuesday, they attended engineering workshops in St. Mary's Hall, Athlone (click HERE for photos).  On Thursday, engineer Ivan Merrick visited the school while earlier today, Friday, they visited Athlone Library for a KNEX challenge (click HERE for photos).  To view a selection of photos from the week click HERE

Doodle 4 Google - Katie makes the semi-final
Congratulations to Katie (6th class) on her selection as a semi-finalist in the Doodle 4 Google "My Perfect Day..." competition.  75 finalists will be chosen from the 300 semi-finalists.  These finalists will go forward to the public stage where their doodles will be displayed online from 9th March 2015.  It is the first time that a pupil from the school has reached this stage so well done Katie!
Dental Nurses visit School

Seven dental nurses from Athlone I.T. visited the school earlier today (Thursday) to talk to children in senior infants, third and sixth classes about oral hygiene and diet.  It was very informative and the children picked up some useful tips.  The nurses also had a bag with toothpaste etc. for the children.

Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 10th February


Think before you post!

Connect with Respect.

Promote the positive online.

All-Ireland Minor Schools Swimming Championship
Well done to Alfie, Shane, Charlie, Eva, Cara, Kyle, Lucy and Emma on their performances in the All-Ireland Minor Schools' Swmming Championship which took place in the National Aquatic Centre on Sunday.  In particular, congratulations to Kyle who won a bronze medal in the Under 9 Front Crawl.
Healthy Eating Slideshow

We are coming towards the end of the first week of our new healthy eating initiative.  There has been a great response and this is reflected in the content of the lunches.  Ms. O'Connor, who is a member of the Health Promoting School committee, has put together a 'healthy eating' slideshow.  Click HERE to view.


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