Teachers and pupils of St. Lachteen’s National School, Donoughmore well and truly earned their summer holidays after a manic term that was filled with lots of exciting activities. Following the success of the school public speaking team in the IRD Duhallow public speaking competition the school held their own public speaking night in the school. There was a great turnout of parents and local members of the community. Some of the prizes which were awarded on the night, included the most improved speakers. The skills acquired by the students who participated on the night are skills they will carry forward with them and help them in the future in preparing any oral presentation. Pupils were confident as they took to the podium in turn to deliver their speeches and the nerves and anxiety experienced when they first started this program were in no way visible on the night.
A popular event during the final few weeks included a cake sale where students got to display some of their delicious home made treats while raising much needed funds for their school.
St. Lachteen’s won an award from Discovery Science also this term in recognition of the hard work of second, third and fourth classes in the area of Science and Maths.
The sporting success of St. Lachteen’s was evident in the hurling, football, camogie, soccer and basketball blitzes that pupils participated in during the last few months. Training sessions with Tom Lynch, Doug Punch and Cork footballer Brendan Ger O’ Sullivan, Mrs. O Hanlon, Ms. Murphy and Mr. Condron helped pupils reach their full potential on the playing field. The Cork City Sports in May saw more silver ware heading in the Donoughmore direction where the school athletes did themselves, their parents and their school proud with the number of trophies won.
In preparation for obtaining an Active Flag for the school various activities were run after school to ensure pupils keep fit and healthy. Active week was also run at the school and pupils took part in maths trails, active walks, nature walks,zumba and some even cycled to school. All of the above sporting activities were before the annual Sports Day! Again, another great day with races, sports games and fun activities and the sun was an added bonus. Some other exciting events on the calendar included pupils completing their Scratch programming projects, choral verse speaking exams, a day studying a river in Kanturk, make and display day.
The annual school tours saw the junior infants visit The Farm, Grenagh, senior infants, 1st and 2nd classes visited Rumleys Farm, Waterfall while 3rd to 6th classes went to Ballyhass Lakes, Mallow. Each group had an adventure packed day to celebrate the end of the school year.
Another busy year has come to a close thanks to the dedication of the teachers, staff, pupils and parents of St. Lachteen’s N.S. We wish everyone a happy, safe and enjoyable summer 2014. www.lachteen.ie