Chess, publishing and a new students council at Vicarstown National School

Congratulations to our senior chess team ‘Vicarstown U-Knighted’ who have reached the County Final on Tuesday, February 26th. We are also very proud of our junior team ‘The Rookies’ who came third, narrowly missing out on the County Final.

Congratulations to Colman Ahern, Aislin Au, James Fairtlough and Hannah Lucey who came 2nd place at the Blarney Credit Union Quiz. Well done also to our junior team who were pipped for 2nd place by one point.

‘What’s New?’ is our new pupil’s weekly publication. The magazine is compiled, edited, illustrated and designed by a very enthusiastic quartet in fifth class, Aislin, Bríd, Caoimhe and Ericka. The magazine is full of interesting articles, fun facts, competitions, quizzes and news. They held a bake sale on Wednesday to fundraise for their competition prizes. Caoimhe was inspired by the big headlines in “The Daily Prophet” in the Harry Potter books. The girls were also inspired by the Primary Planet Magazine.

Ms. McCabe and Ms. Mooney are giving weekly knitting workshops for anyone who is interested at lunch time once a week in our school library.  We have had unbelievable interest in knitting from girls and boys and would like to thank Ms. Linda Mooney (Ms. Sarah Mooney’s mum) for coming into the school last week to showcase her knitted figures.  We were treated to characters from the last Royal Wedding and also to a fantastic nativity scene.

We are delighted to announce that we are currently in the process of establishing an After School Club to cater for students up until 6pm every evening. This will be in addition to our current Morning Club, from 8am, and our 1.30pm – 2.30pm Club, both of which have proved to be very successful. Please contact the school should you have any queries regarding the 2019/20 school year as there is a limited number of places.

We are proud to present our Student Council of Scott, Hannah, Faye, Ava, Keelin, Gearóid, Faye and Rachel. They’ve had their first meeting using an agenda and minutes, and have some great ideas for the school going forward, well done guys.

Literacy Lift-Off and Aistear are in full swing. The boys and girls are eating the books, and our current Aistear themes are Winter/Antartica and The Weather Station.

We are very proud of our sixth class pupil Hannah, whose work has now been published by two magazines Scolastics and the Primary Planet Magazine. Hannah managed to turn a story out based on 3 emojis with only two days to write and prepare. We expect to read a lot more stories from Hannah over the coming years.

We bought a great sports trolley for the playground recently, and it has really inspired the kids to try to play a variety of games and everyone is enjoying the change.  student concil