On Friday 24 October there was great colour and excitement to be seen in the corridors of Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa as the children looked forward to the Halloween mid term break. Mrs Harty’s class put on their scary spider hats and recited haunting poems before getting down to the fun games of “bite the apple” and “peanut races”. Next door Ms Gleeson’s class dressed up in all sorts of Halloween costumes and paraded through the school much to the amusement of teachers and children alike. Throughout the older classrooms there was no shortage of scary masks, Halloween silhouettes and spooky witches.
On Friday 24 October Eleanor Lyons called to the school to collect the 101 Christmas boxes which the children had brought in during the past month. This very worthwhile project is organised by the Samaritan’s Purse and all the boxes packed with toys and presents will go to needy children in countries like Armenia, Belarus, Burundi, Croatia, Lesotho Moldova, Malawi, Mozambique, Romania, Swaziland and Ukraine. Many thanks to all those who helped make a difference in a child’s life.
Last year we had a very successful Book Fair, which contributed over a thousand euro worth of free books to our class libraries. Now with the M.S. Readathon there is the opportunity to put those books to good use. The Readathon goes on for a month from 17 October to 17 November. The focus of the month is for children to read as many books as possible and any money raised through sponsorship will go towards helping MS sufferers. Any sponsorship or donations collected should be brought to school on Tuesday 18th November. Readathon cards will also be collected on that day and sent away and hopefully nice prizes will come back to us in time for Christmas.
Books, books, books and more books bulged from every corner of the staff room. Every child got to feast their eyes on a wonderful collection of fiction and non-fiction books during Book Fair Week. Mrs. McCullagh organised the Book Fair and encouraged pupils to draw characters from their favourite books, create a comic strip, write stories and make bookmarks amongst other things. All this colourful and creative work was then on display on the notice board. Thanks to everyone who purchased as for every €1.00 spent gave the school 60c to spend on books for the classroom. A great success!
At 12 o clock today the children of Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa were treated to the sight of Santa and his trusty Elf arriving on their sleigh. Santa visited all the classrooms to sing songs, pose for photographs and most importantly deliver presents that were kindly sponsored by the Parents Association.
Well done to all who took part in the Christmas Concert on Monday night and thanks to everyone who came to support the children on stage. The concert was a great success and there was a terrific atmosphere in the church. Our thanks to Mary Purcell for her help in putting the show together and to Tommy Healy who worked tirelessly on the sound.
Our Christmas Concert will be held this year on Mon 17th Dec in St. James Church at 7.30pm. The concert will see the Junior and Senior Classes put on two seperate productions. All are welcome on the night and rehearsals are well under way in the school.
Last Tuesday 20th Nov. 2007 our school defeated Boherlahan in the County Football Final played in Holycross. This was a tremendous game of football played by two very skillful teams in tough conditions and we were delighted to come through on the scoreline of 4-0 to 1-3. The goals came from Jesse McKenna, Ciaran Maher, Jason Jordan and Shane Skelly and we also had tremendous defensive efforts from Tom Murphy, Tommy o Gorman, Chris McCullagh and JJ Darmody while Niall Heffernan and Matthew Ryan played vital roles at midfield. Shane Ryan made an impression when introduced and the rest of the panel included Pierce Cleary, David O Connell, Jade Callanan, Samantha Cawley, Killian Dunne, Liam Lanigan, Kieran Cummins, Darren Maher and William Bowe. Well done to Tommy O Gorman who accepted the shield on behalf of Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa and he also congratulated Boherlahan on playing their part in a great final. Thanks also to the support who cheered loudly throughout and to all the parents who drove children to the games during the year.
Our school has qualified for the football County Final against Boherlahan N.S. which will be played on Tuesday 20th November in Holycross field at 1.30p.m. We beat Mt. Bruis N.S. and Pouldine N.S. on the way to this County Final.
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