May was a wonderful month for all in Scoil Chroí Íosa. The sun shone and the children made full use of our facilities and amenities in our village.
The children of 2nd and 6th class celebrated the holy sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. The weather was kind to us and both events were joyous occasions for our school. Well done to Ms. Fitzgerald, Mrs. O’Sullivan, Ms. Crowley, Mr. O’Leary and a super competent Ms. Morgan playing the organ.
Our partnership with Blarney GAA is prospering. Many of the ‘stars hurlers’ from the club have been visiting our school on a weekly basis to introduce and improve the skills of the children in Gaelic games in a fun environment. These Blarney and Cork hurlers, many past pupils of ours, are providing positive role models to the children.
They say that the ‘proof of the pudding is in the eating’. Our school Camogie and Hurling teams reached the County finals this year! Our young ladies were victorious in a gripping match against Minane Bridge and our lads were just edged into defeat by a class outfit from Dungourney. We are very proud of how both teams behaved with dignity in defeat and humility in victory. It was also remarked at how well behaved our young fans were. All children were a credit to their parents and teachers.
The fine weather enabled our children to make a trip to the River Martin adjacent to Christies to go fishing. The children were delighted with their haul of ‘thorneels’, coins and assorted ‘antiques’. This spectacle over shadowed the attractions of The Castle for a busload of tourists and brought back fond memories for the locals.
Our school also received an award to mark our achievement of ‘Health Promoting School’ status. Many thanks to local Cork Hurler, and past pupil, Mark Coleman who officiated in the flag raising ceremony. Our school is currently participating in a national gardening competition. Our ever creative Mrs. Corkery has helped create a wonderful display using upcycled hubcaps.
As the month of June rolls on, we bid fairwell to our current six class. Having spent 8 years with us they will be sorely missed. We also get ready to welcome a new crop of Junior Infants, and so the cycle of school life in the heart of our village continues.