JUNE NEWSLETTER 2017

 

 

Verse this Month

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

~ John O’Donohue ~

 SCHOOL  CALENDAR 

Sun 11th June          Summer Féile

Wed 21st June         New Pupils Open Morning

12th/16June            Greek Olympics

Fri 23rd June           BBQ Mid-summer’s Eve, Úna’s House 6.30pm

Fri 23rd June           Sports Day

Fri 30th June           School holidays for pupils 

Wed 30th August     School Reopens

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS

 Summer Féile

Taking place this Sunday 11th June at the Falls Hotel. Full details on our FB page.

 Open Morning for New Pupils- 21st June

On this day the children come to the school at 9.20am and spend the morning with the class they will be joining in September. In this way they get to experience a main lesson and get to meet classmates and staff, so it's not all new for them on their first full day. Parents come at 11am and have a brief chat with the teacher/ principal, before collecting the children at 11.30.  All children should bring a small snack with them.
 

Greek Olympics

Fourth & Fifth class will be venturing to Holywood, Co Antrim to take part in the Steiner School Greek Olympics on the 12th - 16th June. They  will compete with children from Raheen Woods, Kilkenny, Kildare and Holywood Steiner schools.  Competitions include the long jump, the high jump, a marathon, relay and sprint event, as well as being trained in the javelin and the discus.  They have worked really hard fundraising for their tour all year and we would like to wish them the best of luck on their trip.

Sports Day, Lahinch Beach – Friday 23rd June

We will be going to Lahinch for our annual Sports Day at the beach on Friday 23rd June.  This will be for the whole school and parents are welcome. We will be at the beach from 9.30am until 2.00pm.  We would appreciate if as many of you as possible could take your child/children to the beach in the morning and then we will look after the remainder from the school to Lahinch.  Please let us know in writing, if you will not be bringing your child to and from the beach. We need to know numbers to book the bus from the school.

We will be leaving the beach at 2.00pm returning back to the school - again we will especially need help with transport.  If you are collecting your child or other children from the beach please inform the child’s teacher before you leave the beach and make sure their name has been ticked off the list

Children should have sun cream and a sun hat.  Also please bring extra water to drink that day as well as normal lunch.  Children can also bring wetsuits, but please no body boards.

 Midsummer Festival & BBQ

Our annual Midsummer Festival & BBQ takes place this year at Úna and John's house on Friday 23rd June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.  All families are invited and as this is our last festival and get-together, we hope you will all be able to attend.

Schedule for the evening's events:

  • Arrive at Úna's house
  • 6th Class with Sinéad will light bonfire
  • Eat barbeque

When the bonfire has died down, we invite everyone to jump over embers.

The following are a few points to remember:

  • Parents to bring barbeques. If you can bring one, please let Úna know beforehand, we will need at least 10.
  • Bring food for sharing.
  • Please give your name to Úna, if you can supervise a barbeque on the night.
  • Bring tables, chairs, plates and glasses please.
  • As this is a school event, only non-alcoholic drinks. Water will be provided.
  • No flimsy clothing or rubber soled footwear.

Directions to Úna's house

Take the Ennis Road approx. 8 km from Ennistymon. You will see a road to the left signposts saying Maurices Mills/St Tola Goat Farm.  There is also a large rock with Baile Aodh written on it. Approximately 1 1/2 km later, turn left (it's the first left on the road).This road finishes at a T-junction, turn right here.  At this stage you will see the Goat Farm.  Please park in the Goat Farm and then cross the road and walk up the lane to our  house. 

School Reports
Reports will be sent home with the children on June 16th. If you would prefer to have the reports posted to you, please send a SAE envelope to the office before then. Full booklist will be sent home with reports.  The only items the school is buying this year, are items that cannot be sought elsewhere. These will be listed on the Booklist. If you want to apply for the School Book Grant, please do so asap.  Forms available from this website or from the office.

School Grant Applications

If you haven't already completed the School Grant Application form, please do so asap. The deadline is the 23rd June. We cannot accommodate any completed forms after 23rd June.

Staff Arrangements for Next Year 

Juniors  – Sinéad 

Seniors -    To Be Decided

1st & 2nd Class - Sarah

3rd Class - Orla

4th Class – New Teacher

5th Class – Úna

6th Class - New Teacher

 

CONGRATULATIONS:

The sixth class boys and Geoff of 5th class, won the Marion Keane Basketball Tournament. Mol an Óige beat the National School Ennis by 16 - 12. It is the first time in the history of the tournament, which has been ongoing for 13 years, that any school won it back-to-back. A big "thank you" to Mikie Considine, the team Bainisteoir for all his time and effort in training and motivating the Young Men of Mol an Óige!  .  

Well done to all the students who entered in the North West Clare Agricultural Show. Congratulations to Heather Hayes Day (5th Class) who received BEST OVERALL PAINTING. Another big "thank you" to Amin's mum Gráinne and all her helpers for creating and winning the "Pop Up Garden Competition". Three cheers to the following Mol an Óige children who also received prizes.

THEME

NAME

Grade

Best Painting Jnr Infants

India Rose Fennessy O’Gorman

3

Best Painting Snr Infants

Harry Scott

2

Best Painting Sports theme

Ciara Dillon

3

Best Greeting Card 3rd Class

Jack Bradley

2

 

Kim-ly Forde

HC

Best Greeting Card 4th class

Wafaa Al Hussein

3

Best Animal Painting 5th Class

Heather Hayes Daly

1

Best Animal Painting 6th Class

Rowan Watson Bradshaw

3

Show Class 12 6th Class

Jade Marrinan

1

Painted Stone

Tess O’Growney

HC

 

Odin Villarreal Bahamonde

HC

Wild Flowers

Harry Scott

HC

 

Sophie Molony

HC

Picture Beads Button Shells

Ciara Dillon

3

Painted Wellington

Shauna Harrington

1

 

Siofra Cullen

3

Lolipop sticks/Pegs/Matches

Cáit Ní Chualáin

2

 

Muireann Breathnach

HC

 

Shona McGrath

3

Decorated Hurley

Tiernan O’Neill

3

Scare Crow

Sean Moyles

2

Lego

Lia Molony

HC

 

 

 

 Hip, Hip Hurray!!!

6th Class School Tour
6th class went to Dublin on their school tour. As part of the tour, they visited Leinster house where they got to see the Oireachtas and the Seanad in sitting. They also met with local senator Martin Conway to whom they presented a letter outlining their wishes for a new school for the upcoming students in Mol an Oige.
The 6th class students were exemplary for the duration of the tour. Many thanks to Ciarán Cullen, Jenny Morton and John Farrelly for joining us on the tour.
 

THANK YOU

By now you have all probably seen and admired the lovely stone carved bird-bath at the school entrance. This was done by stonemason, David McNamara, Aoife and Aonghus' Dad. The bird-bath is in honour of one of our benefactors Clare Mueller who passed away recently.

FAREWELLS

To Judy who is retiring from teaching. Judy has been with us at Mol an Óige for the past 8 years. Judy's passion for teaching, her vibrant personality, her patience and kindness, has made her a pleasure to work with. She is an outstanding teacher and will be greatly missed by students and staff. We wish her health and happiness.

To the sixth class - 6th Class Farewell Ceremony will take place 30th June. Parents of 6th Class are invited to the Farewell Ceremony at 10.00am.  There will be one last cuppa and Slán for all parents at 11.30am before we finish for the summer.

Gordon Woolard’s trip to Mol an Óige!

Gordon Woolard came to visit us again last week, this time in the company of his wife Almut.

Gordon works therapeutically with children on a one to one basis in the UK and much of his work incorporates methods of remediation stemming from the ‘Extra Lesson’ work of Audrey McAllen which is based on Rudolf Steiner’s lectures and picture of childhood.

Gordon worked individually with a few children in the school to provide a more in-depth picture of the children’s strengths and challenges and to offer some suggestions on how we can best meet these children’s needs.

Gordon also worked with Hillary showing her some movements to use with her class group.

A talk was given by Gordon last Tuesday in the school entitled “Rudolf Steiner’s picture of childhood”. There was a great turn out at this talk.

His wife Almut is a craft teacher at Devon Steiner school. She worked on clay modelling with 4th, 5th and 6th class and also provided a clay modelling workshop for the teachers.

We look forward to seeing them again soon!

 HEADLICE

Please keep checking your child's hair for headlice, we know its a chore, but the sooner it's detected, the easier it is to eliminate. Thank you.

AND FINALLY..................

Thank you to all parents/guardians for your co-operation throughout the school year. We wish you a long, hot summer.  Looking forward to seeing you all in August!!!!!

School Reopens Wed 30th August.......and we'll continue where we left off!!!!!

 

 

Slán go fóill

Staff at Mol an Óige

  

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