Busy start to the year at Vicarstown National School

Last month eight pupils from 3rd – 6th classes represented the school at this year’s Regional Chess Tournament in Mallow. All students performed exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Congratulations to our masters team, ‘No Pawn Intended’, who finished 1st in their category and will now go on to the County final. Special mention to Aislin, 6th class, who finished a remarkable 2nd out of 100 pupils in the individual rankings. Well done Aislin!

As this year’s VEX IQ Robotics season draws to a close, we reflect upon a fantastic learning experience for our 5th and 6th class pupils. Following a hugely successful regional event in CIT last week, the pupils came away with the overall Robot Skills award, with the trophy proudly on display in our school trophy cabinet. Well done to all involved!

Chess teamThe pupils from 3rd – 6th classes received a very informative and enjoyable talk from VistaMilk’s James Healy who gave a very detailed presentation on the process of milk production from ‘soil to society’ and answered any questions that the kids posed. He also demonstrated how to make homemade butter and passed around a FitBit-style tracking device used on cows to keep track of their progress and to inform various farming practices. Five groups from the junior entrepreneur team in 5th and 6th Class pitched their ideas to the Vicarstown NS Dragon’s Den team. After five excellent presentations and some gruelling questions and intense deliberations from the Dragons, the winning project chosen was the ‘Bee Friendly Wraps’, designed and created by Niamh and Ava. The remaining teams will now join forces with this group and commence production of our whole-class product which will be on sale at our showcase day in the not too distant future. Stay tuned!

Andrew and Jennifer are to be commended for achieving the title of Active School Flag family of the week. On Saturday they went out walking the roads and picking up rubbish to make our community cleaner and on Sunday they walked and cycled in the Ballyhoura Mountains over 7km up steep hills.

Our Active School Flag Committee are looking for volunteers to join the team and to act as yard and line leaders this year. The role has been explained by the older children on the committee this week to 2nd class to 6th class. We expect our ASF Leader bibs to arrive soon and these will be worn during break time by the yard leaders. A rota of the people who volunteer during their lunch break will be put up on the ASF notice board, there is already a committee rota up and in operation so more volunteers would be greatly welcome.