Busy year comes to an end at Vicarstown National School

First and second class have had such a busy year. The children worked really hard and enjoyed reading lots of books during literacy lift off. We learned lots of new math skills in our math stations and had lots of fun on our school tour to the Glen Resource Centre where we did activities such as Moonwalkers and Snow Tubing! The children showed great sportsmanship during our sports day and we had great fun doing swimming, tennis, football and hurling this year. Second class made their Holy Communion in May and they really enjoyed their day. We also took part in Feis Maitiú and the children performed really well. I would like to thank parents for all their help and support this year and to wish everyone a lovely, restful summer break! Mrs O’Callaghan, Rang Dearg

At the beginning of this school year the children and school staff started working towards renewing the award of Active School Flag. This initiative proved yet again 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 reaching the semi final of the Sciath na Scol, hurling lessons, tennis lessons and Junior and Senior infants took part in a FUNdamental movement pilot programme. The children were delighted with Irish dancing classes taught by Ms Mooney. Children in Rang Oraiste and Rang Dearg successfully completed Land PAWS training, which is a Water Safety Authority initiative. We have had several Walk to School days in the last few weeks also. An Active School week was held in May and it was run along with Health Promotion committee. The children and staff were enthralled and inspired with stories from explorer Pat Falvey. We had orienteering, Wake up Shake up and many other activities during the year. Our application for a second Active School Flag has been submitted and we expect to have our inspection early in Term 1 of the next school year. Mrs McCabe-Active Schools and Knitting

Our cherished colleague, Deputy Principal and Junior InHoly Communionfant teacher, Mrs. Siobhán Looney retired at the end of this school year. Siobhán has taught in Vicarstown NS for 19 years and has been a wonderful asset to the school. Her kindness, diligence and dedication have been well known throughout our school community. While we will miss her dearly, we wish Siobhán a long, happy and fulfilling retirement. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat Siobhán

Well done to our very own Alex Neilon who represented the Parish and Vicarstown NS in goals as part of the Primary Games Football team at the Munster Senior football final.