‘The Trees are in their Autumn beauty’. So wrote Yeats 100 years ago, but had he visited beautiful Blarney this week to see the stunning sylvan spectacle, he’d have been lost for words. The Autumn semester is often one of the most productive in school and this month has been no different.
Our school has begun our annual Sciath na Scol football campaign in earnest. Mr. Burke and Mr. O’Leary’s charges are representing our parish proudly. Our partners in Blarney GAA have kindly sponsored us with hurling equipment and the ever enthusiastic OJ has been busy teaching our classes fun hurling skills. The results of this ten year programme can be seen in Blarney Minors reaching the Premier County Final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Monday night. Our past pupils make up a majority of this team. We encourage children to engage in this voluntary organisation and to participate in Blarney GAA to keep fit, make friends for life and gain a strong community identity.
Children’s happiness and wellbeing is the fundamental element of balanced growth and development. We as a school have proactive friendship and anti-bullying programmes. We recently celebrated ‘friendship week’ where we foster skills of resilience, tolerance and respect for others. This is core to our ethos and values as a school. In conjunction with ‘friendship week’ we actively participated in the recent Parish Mission which also focused on the themes of friendship and respect for all. Senior Infants made a friendship cake with flour, butter, sugar, chocolate and eggs as well as a teaspoon of smiles, cup of laughter, pinch of kindness and pint of gentleness, helpfulness and laughter to celebrate Friendship week and have been busy with peg boards, cubes and paper making different patterns! We made rockets and minions also!
We must acknowledge ‘Brand Blarney’ who kindly donated history and geography trail maps to our school. These were put to good use in our school where the children explored local history and geography, (Rang II visited the old Muskerry Tram Station for example), truly bringing our curriculum to life!
In September local impresarios of the Blarney Brass and Reed Band gave an enthralling live performance. Music is a wonderful outlet for children. It broadens the mind and gives them a wonderful talent to carry for their whole lives. The Band have rehearsed in our school for many years and welcome young and old to participate.
Until next month we hope you all enjoy this Autumn ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.