Parents’ Association Picnic. We have a very active Parents’ Association in Vicarstown National School. They organise lots of fun events throughout the year. Only a couple of weeks ago the parents enjoyed an 80’s night in The Strand Bar. Everyone enjoyed the glorious weather at the School Picnic. There kids enjoyed a novel relay where they rolled tyres, ran wheelbarrow followed by a piggyback race to the finish line. A word From Greenschool Co-ordinator Mrs. Fleming The Greenschool Committee had a very busy and productive year conserving water this year. At the start of the year we did a water audit and we are very proud of the water we have saved during the year. The pinnacle of our year was our trip to Dublin where we were awarded 3rd place in the National Water Explorer’s Competition. We celebrated our success by undertaking a Greenschool scavenger hunt in the magnificent greenery at Blarney Castle. More recently our Garden Committee was commended at the Muintir na Tíre School Garden competition. Well done to all our Greenschool Committee who worked tirelessly all year. Throughout the summer a family of volunteers have come to the school each week to look after the school garden. As you can see one lucky family is going to make lovely cauliflower and parsley soup for their supper this evening! A word From Active Schools Co-ordinator Mrs. McCabe At the beginning of this school year the children and school staff started working towards gaining the award of Active School Flag. This initiative proved to not only be great fun for the children, but a fantastic opportunity for them to learn of the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle. During the year some of the activities and achievements of the children included 3rd & 4th class girls who came 4th in the Camogie final of the Cork regional Scaith na Scol. The children we’re delighted when instructors completed classes in folk dancing and yoga with them this year, and a swimming course and rugby course were also completed. The children successfully completed Land PAWS training run by the Irish Water Safety Authority, and an Active Planner programme run by the Irish Heart Foundation. We had a Walk to School day as the children have also had a talk on Road Safety from a representative from the RSA. A second Active School week was held the first week after the Easter holidays, and it was run along with Health Promotion committee. We had an end of term disco, a 5th and 6th class tug of war competition, Wake up Shake up and many other activities during the year. Following our inspection, we successfully gained the Active School Flag but more importantly the aim to stay healthy and active everyday in school and after were thoroughly enjoyed by both children and staff. I would like to thank the parents of the school for encouraging their children with any home activities they were asked to do, and especially to James and Ruth Long who came to the school with boats to demonstrate to the children about how to sail.