Busy year comes to an end at Vicarstown National School

As the school year for 2018-19 comes to an end, we can all draw breath after what was a busy term and a busy year. On behalf of the school tour seniorsBoard of Management, I’d like to wish all the staff a lovely summer break and thank them for the tremendous commitment and dedication to the school this year. Our staff are constantly seeking to better the school for the children and this is evident by all the initiatives undertaken during class and break time. I’d like to thank the Parents Association for the support during the past year. The fundraising is vital for the school, allowing us to buy two interactive panels (over €7000) and ongoing costs like pitch cutting, active yard PE trolley, STEM resources, Aladdin Connect and more. Thank you to the entire parent body and wider school community for your ongoing support. And finally, thank you to the children for always trying their best, having fun and representing the school with distinction, no matter what the occasion. It’s a pleasure to teach you all and you deserve a good break over the summer holidays! May I wish our Deputy Principal, Siobhán Looney a long and happy retirement. Siobhán has been a driving force for progress and kindness throughout the last 20 years and she will be missed! I am happy to announce the appointment of Lisa Buckley as a new permanent member of staff. Lisa will be taking over the Junior Infant Class and has great experience with this class level. We welcome Ms Buckley and look forward to her becoming a member of our Vicarstown School Community. Class allocations are on the next page but there are no other changes. We will begin our morning and after school childcare service with Sherpa Kids from the 2nd of September. We are delighted to be able to offer this service to our student body which will be of great help to parents. The Vicarstown Vision for 2022 will be presented in September. Thanks to staff, parents and pupils alike for their contributions. We hope to have a clear roadmap to continued success and progress for the school. May I wish all families a safe and happy summer break.Le Gach Dea Ghuí, Peter Mulcahy, Principal

Greetings from 5th & 6th class. We have had a very busy year with our school work but also had plenty of fun and laughter along the way. Highlights from this year would be our amazing school tour in West Cork Secret, the VEX IQ programme and our various guest speakers. We completed large group projects on the Titanic and countries of the world. 6th class made their Confirmation in April and also had an enjoyable graduation ceremony earlier this week. We wish our thirteen graduating students all the best as they embark on a new chapter in their lives. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh go léir! Mr O’Brien, Rang Gorm Our first year in Rang Liath has been a fantastic success. All six children have made superb progress and continue to blossom each and every day. On behalf of all in Rang Liath I would like to thank you all for the support and generosity throughout the year. We couldn’t have done it without you. Happy Holidays! Ms Golden, Rang Liath

We had lots of fun in Rang Oráiste throughout the year. We did our yoga poses, aerobic exercises and relaxation activities every day. We took part in drama activities in class and we all enjoyed taking part in the Christmas school play. We also had a great time at the Opera house earlier in the year. We had great fun building bridges and landmarks. We had great fun making ‘ublek’ and playing with it. We had a little indoor garden where we planted lettuce and onion seeds. We made a variety of different objects from clay and did lots of painting and really enjoyed looking at and talking about some of Kandinsky’s art. We worked really hard in Maths, Reading and Writing and had great fun drawing and guessing idioms. We are all looking forward to our summer holidays now and wish everyone happy holidays! Mrs O’Mahony, Rang Oráiste

We have had a great fun packed year in Junior Infants. We all settled in very quickly and made new friends. For our Christmas play ‘The Nativity’ we told the story of the birth of Jesus. We really enjoyed Aistear and especially our Guest speakers and a visit to Hegarty’s Farm. We had great fun hurling with Timmy and Colm taught us a few great games too. We went on our school tour to Milanos and made our very own pizzas which we then ate! Yummy! We have learnt so much since we started school and we are all looking forward to next year. Mrs Looney, Rang Buí