As part of our Mí na Gaeilge, or month of Irish, the children made books which were entered into a competition, Scríobhleabhar Awards. We had various types of books from paired books, individual books to class books. I attended the awards in Tallaght with 16 children. They were presented with certificates, medals and pencil cases. Well done to Ms McMurdock for all her hard work and the encouragement she gave us all.
The Setanta Book Fair took place I our school on 23rd April for a week. This was run by Ms Armstrong. I saw a lot of eagerness and enthusiasm from parents and pupils who wanted to buy books. A percentage of the books sold goes back into the school in the form of books. This is our year for concentrating on books with our new library so new stock is always welcome. The Fair made over €1700 which was a great success. Thanks to all who got involved especially parents who regularly helped.
We have a lovely Tree of Hope which was put up by Gillian Bourne who is in charge of our Green Schools Programme. Every child had a hope to share with the school. A lovely sight and worth a look.
Two teams were entered into the Spar FAI Primary School’s 5 a side soccer competition. The qualifiers took place in March and the boys’ team played in atrocious weather conditions, winning their section and being narrowly beaten on penalties in the decider. The girls’ team, pictured with coach, Garry Zambra, won its qualifying matches and went through to the Dublin Finals. The girls won their section and were narrowly beaten for a place in the Leinster finals – this was a brilliant achievement. Well done to both teams for all their efforts – we are all very proud of them for the way they played and the exemplary manner in which they represented the school. Thanks also to Garry for giving his time and expertise so generously.
The school football A team, which is mixed, has one more match to play in its league and is in the quarter-final of the cup. The B team were narrowly beaten in the Junior cup.
Wow- fourth class were on TV today, talking about Team Hope’s Christmas boxes campaign. Well done to our wonderful students, we are proud of you!
We have had a rather active month. We are working on our Global Citizenship Flag. Towards this we collected shoeboxes for Team Hope. This has become an annual event. A wonderful display of over 150 shoeboxes arrived into school on 8th Nov. They were covered in Christmas Paper and families in the school had gone to great lengths to fill them over the midterm break. It is lovely to see the children thinking of others at this Christmastime and also to see the great enjoyment and satisfaction it brings to everyone.
Thinking of our own local community we collected items of non-perishable foods for Harvest this year. We delivered this to the local association SOFA (Shankill Old Folks association). Each member went home armed with a bag of goodies from the school. The produce also helps with occasions and festivities held in the centre over the next few months. Again a time of giving, remembering those worse off than ourselves. We at Rathmichael are particularly lucky and are in a positon to help others and so we should when we can. A good thing for children to learn.
We held a Dress Up Day at Halloween which was a lot of fun. Staff and children entered into the spirit of the occasion. The PTA held a bake sale, also dressed up, joining us with our theme. Sometimes it’s just good to feel good and have some fun!
Some of our children entered the handwriting competition for the Community game on behalf of Shankill earlier in the summer. Ruby Geelon, Charlie Geelon and Daniel Murphy won medals for their respective categories in the Dublin Finals. They were sent forward to represent Dublin in the National Finals at the end of August. Ruby Geelon took the silver medal for all Ireland. We are very proud of them all.
5th Class entered a competition run by the local Gardaí. This was to celebrate and promote Social Inclusion. We are delighted that Alannah Jackson was a winner and was presented with a medal in Dunlaoghaire Garda Station. Well done Alannah!
The Sponsored Walk took place on Sunday 8th October in Carrickgolligan Wood. It really is a lovely event and the children love running around the well supervised course. Well done PTA for your superb organisation. Lovely to see so much support and happy faces.
At the Rathmichael Church annual Harvest our junior choir sang beautifully. The school enjoys being part of this occasion. Coffee and a sale of goods were held in aid of Christian aid following this service.
Welcome back to a new school year. Teachers and pupils have all changed classes and a new positive energy is in the school. It is a time for us all to settle. Thank you for everyone’s support on this matter.
I am pleased to announce that our football team of 2016/2017 won both the school’s League and the Cup. A huge effort goes into our after school games by our coaches and leaders and we must remember that most of this happens due to their commitment. Well done all those who took part over the year. Even if you didn’t play on the day you were part of the journey.
A hockey match took place on our pitch between the parents and 6th class. This was great fun and enjoyed by all. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. There was a lot of competitiveness. Amazing to see the skills we have both with the parents and the children. I even saw one or two teachers out there giving their all! It was fun.
The most loved event of the year for the children took place in June. That was the Summer Dance. The children arrived all glammed up and ready to dance. Sam Stott, a previous youth leader with us, led the music and he was kept on his toes by the children. The dancing never stopped and cool pops were a necessity. Well done to the PTA for organising and supervising this.
Sport’s day took place and as usual went smoothly with a barbeque organised again by our PTA. We had great weather and were well supported by our parents.
Our annual Rathmichael Fete took place with numbers well up above normal. The good weather brought everyone out including many we haven’t seen for a long time. Let’s hope they make it a tradition for the future. Well done to the organisers. A fabulous social occasion all of Shankill look forward to.
Now to 2017/2018. Look out for all our news!
Congratulations to our past pupils, Ben Hickmott, who represented Leinster this weekend at under 16 level, bagging a number of goals……
…..and to David Cole, coaching the Leinster under 18 boys, who won the interpro tournament. We are proud of you guys!