On Tuesday, March 15th St. Manchan's N.S remembered the 1916 Rising with a flag raising ceremony. Our school caretaker, Mr Ray Bohan, raised the flag presented to the school by the Irish Army last November. Our Principal, Ms. Cahill welcomed everyone to the ceremony followed by a recitation of the poem "I see his blood upon the rose" by Dáire Heslin. The chairperson of our Board of Management, Mr Enda Stenson, spoke about the 1916 rising and read the proclamation with Chloe Harkin. James Foy then read the new proclamation that he himself had written and all the pupils recited the poem "Mise Eire" . The Junior Classes sang "Easter 1916". This was followed by the school choir singing "The Minstrel Boy" and "Ó ró sé do bheatha abhaile". The pupils of 3rd class then performed a short play in the GP room remembering all involved in the Rising. All classes have been learning about the Easter Rising and have beautiful displays of Art and writing throughout the school.
On March 16th our Green Schools Committee held a No Uniform Day. Pupils and staff had the option of wearing green to celebrate St. Patricks Day or clothing similar to that worn in 1916. A grand total of 296 euro was raised on the day. Well done everyone.
Green Schools’ News
On Wednesday February 17th we held our raffle raising 300 euro to send to Sr. Kathleen Melia in the Philippines. Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle by buying tickets. We also had our Cash for Clobber collection on the same day. Thanks to everyone who brought in bags…430 kg of clothing was collected resulting in E253.50 being raised.
1st Charlie Richards - Family Pass for Carrick Cineplex
2nd Oisín McGovern - Family Pass for Aura Leisure Centre
3rd Calli Murphy - Book Voucher
4th Sarah Costello - Map of the World and Atlas
5th Conor Reynolds - Fair Trade Hamper
6th Lily Hayden - Fair Trade Hamper
The committee talked to the school community about our Green Schools’ theme for this year; Global Citizenship: Energy. Here is a quick reminder of our presentation.
Most of the energy produced in Ireland comes from fossil fuels. When we use fossil fuels to produce energy, they give off smoke and dirt into the environment. Using fossil fuels also causes global warming. In Ireland in 2011 only 11% of our energy was supplied by renewable energy sources.
In the coming year we will monitor our energy usage in the school and hopefully reduce the amount of energy we use. Here are some tips on saving energy.
Top Tips from www.seai.ie/Schools/Primary_Schools/
Don’t leave the tv or video on standby, turn it off at the power button.
Fit a lagging jacket on the hot water cylinder in your hot press. It keeps the hot water hot for longer, just like when we put on our winter jackets to keep us warm.
Recycling saves energy, so save up your bottles, cans and paper and put them in the recycling bin.
When it’s dry outside, use the sun and wind to dry your clothes instead of a tumble dryer.
When it’s bright, turn off the light and don’t leave the light on if there’s no one in the room.
Have a shower instead of a bath, it uses a lot less hot water.
If you’re cold, put on a jumper instead of turning up the heat.
If it’s safe to do so, walk or cycle to school or take a bus.
The pupils of Second Class will receive the sacrament of Penance on Tuesday, March 8th in St. Patricks Church. They will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 14th.
On February 3rd we celebrated Grandparents Day as part of Catholic Schools Week. We had mass at 10 AM and our grandparents joined us in the G.P room for some light refreshments and entertainment afterwards. Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and Second Classes sang a song to begin with, then some of our Senior girls danced a lively eight hand reel and finally the school choir, under the direction of Mrs. Mc Kenna, performed a beautiful rendition of "The Minstrel Boy". We would like to thank the grandparents, parents and families who joined us on the day and made it a very happy and memorable occasion.
We commend the following students who took part in the Credit Union Table Quiz on Friday, January 29th.
Emma Hayden, Dearbhaile Wrynn, Thomas McNabola and Roisin Bohan ( !st Place in U13s)
Chloe Harkin, Aobha Macklin, Aongus McCrann and Conor Macklin.
Kinga Kapereck, Chloe O Connor, Adam Mc Guinness and Jack Rowley
Molly Tighe, Caitlin Ellis and Aidan Mulligan
Well done all and thanks to Ms. Ballantyne and Ms. Costello for preparing the teams.
The annual Toy and Cake Sale took place on Friday, December 27th and was a huge success. We would like to thank all the children and their families for showing great support. A total of 770 euro was raised for our school funds. Thank you to the parents who kindly helped out on the day and also to Patricia Flynn who baked the wonderful Christmas Cake which we guessed the weight of.