Successful year draws to a close for Vicarstown National School

Junior and senior infants have had a very busy year. Junior infants settled in quickly and were very eager to participate in all school activities. We all really enjoyed exploring the various topics in Aistear and a big thank you to all the parents and pupils who kindly loaned or donated items to us. We will miss senior infants as they move on to first class, they were indeed great examples and leaders for junior infants. We wish everyone an enjoyable Summer. Mrs. Looney, Infants

The children in first and second class have had a very busy year. They worked extremely hard on all class activities and I hope they enjoy their well deserved summer break! We had lots of fun during the year too. We had swimming lessons earlier in the year and thoroughly enjoyed developing our aquatic skills. We visited Fota Wildlife Park on our school tour. We received a guided tour around the park and saw lots of wild animals. We learned about growing herbs and we planted sage and thyme in our school garden. Everyone got to bring home their own herb seedling and plant it in their own garden! We also made Bee Hotels for our school garden so the busy bees would have somewhere nice to rest! Second Class worked very hard preparing for their First Penance and First Holy Communion and we all enjoyed a fantastic day. I’d like to say a big thank you to all parents for the help and support throughout the year, it was very much appreciated. Wishing you all a lovely and relaxing summer break! Ms. Walshe, 1st &2nd Class

It has been a great pleasure to teach 3rd & 4th this year. The class represented the school through sport, quizzes and drama with distinction. Our highlights included our Christmas play Star, Sciath na Scol, folk dancing, scratch, history/art/science tour of cork city, school tour, lifetime lab and Fís film competition. I’d like to thank all the parents for their support this year and wish all the children a well deserved summer break! Mr. Mulcahy, 3rd & 4th Class

5th & 6th class have had a busy year and have approached every task presented to them with great enthusiasm. One of the highlights of the year was taking part in the VEX IQ robotics programme for the first time. The children enjoyed working together to build and programme the robot ‘Vicky’ and were very successful in the competition, coming 1st in programming, 2nd in driver skills and 5th in the team challenge. The STEM project also featured in the top 10 projects. They took part in many quizzes and were also very successful and learned a lot from the experience.Their acting and singing talents were on display at Christmas where they performed Red Riding Hood to a very appreciative audience. They also displayed lots of talent in Blarney X Factor where David Murphy took a 2nd place. On the sporting front all children got involved in many activities including an inter schools tug-of-war, Sciath na Scol, hurling, football, FAI soccer blitz, tag rugby, Cork City Sports, folk dancing etc. They thoroughly enjoyed participating in all the activities. 5th and 6th class played an active role in the setting up of our new school garden. They donned the old clothes and picked up the paint brushes and added a splash of colour to it. They also displayed green fingers as our cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, garlic and onions are all thriving. Outside of all these activities the children worked hard, grew and matured. Sixth class are now heading to secondary school and we wish them lots of happiness and success there. We will miss them but look forward to them returning to visit and bringing all the news. Mrs. O’Shaughnessy, 5th & 6th Class6th class boys 2