Our school community extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Miss Browne following the death of her grandfather, Victor. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and the rest of her family.
Today we took delivery of our new library furniture for the entrance hall. Be sure to call in and see it. It looks wonderful and will hopefully encourage lots of reading. Pictured are 6th Class who were the first to sit on the new seats. Now all we need are lots and lots and lots of books to fill the shelves!
We had a very,very busy week last week. Those of you who were in and around the building will have noticed lots of visitors and activities going on.
Sound Workshop and Performance
The children in the Senior Room spent Wednesday morning learning about sound as part of their science work. Part of the project involved making didgeridoos - at one time there were 13 didgeridoos playing together! Just a little noisy...
In the afternoon, all of the children were treated to a show. We explored the different sounds made by a variety of pitched and unpitched instruments. One of the performers also treated us to lots of balancing and juggling tricks. It was very entertaining...make sure to look in the Gallery at the photos. The children's faces say it all.
We thank Georgina for coming into us on Thursday morning to teach us some Highland Dancing.
The children in the Senior Room are nearing the end of their workshops. Last week we were visited by Tony who came all the way from Co. Down to talk to the children about wind instruments. We had fun looking at flutes, fifes and even an enormous tinwhistle.
We thank Nan Leslie for organising this year's Quiz Sheets. We have sent home a number of sheets for each family to sell. Completed sheets may be returned to school or directly to Nan. This year's Quiz will be held on Saturday 7th November at 7 p.m.
The children may dress in costume or in their own clothes on Friday 23rd October for a donation of €2 to school funds. Friday 23rd October will be our last day before our half-term break. School will close at 3 p.m. and will open again at 9.20 a.m. on Monday 2nd November. We hope to organise a 'Spooky Walk to School' on Friday as part of our Green Flag work. We will confirm this later in the week.
We were delighted to have Mrs Gourley and Eli visit us on Friday and we are glad to see they are both happy and well.
On Wednesday this week, we will be taking part in an interactive drama workshop based on the life of Fionn MacCumhaill.
The provisional date for this year's Carol Service is Thursday 17th December. We will confirm this as soon as possible.
Thank you to Mr Barnett for all his work in the garden. Lots of lovely vegetables were used to decorate the church for the Harvest Thanksgiving Service and many more were sent home. This week the older children are planting onions.
Thank you to Muriel and Ezra for all the time, work and expense that went into organising this year's Unihoc night. Thank you also to everyone who helped out on the evening and made it such fun and such a success. There are more photographs in the Gallery.
Ballintra Community Centre Whist Drive
We would like to thank most sincerely the players in the Community Centre for donating €500 to our school funds. This was raised at a recent Whist Drive.
Work experience and volunteers
We would like to welcome Leah who is undertaking work experience this term and also thank Geraldine for helping us out on a regular basis.
The total raised for our Breakfast Morning was approximately €120. Thank you all very much.
The children in the Senior Room will take part in a Science based sound workshop on Wednesday this week. All children will be treated to a sound performance on Wednesday afternoon.
This is MATHS WEEK! Spend some time trying to use mathematics at home...go shopping, count steps, bake, spot shapes…
We had such a busy day today. We were visited by Lisa McDaniels who spoke to the children in the Senior Room about climate change and the effects of CO2 on the environment.
Brian was back with his guitar and lively Bible stories.
Ruth came to work with the children in the Senior Room. She taught two very lively and energetic set dances...see the results in the video.
...and it was National Tree Day. We planted a lovely weeping crabapple tree this year and as you can see from the pictures, for once we could not have asked for better weather.
Cheerios Breakfast Morning
Although we are always trying hard to raise funds for ourselves, we believe that it is important to support other causes from time to time. We will be holding our 'Cheerios Breakfast Together' morning on Wednesday 7th October. Cereal and milk will be provided for the children in return for a donation of €2 (or whatever you would like to donate). Money raised will be donated to Childline. The children will need to bring their own bowls and spoons!
This year's Tree Day is Thursday 8th October. We hope to add to the trees we planted last year.
We look forward to seeing everyone in the Community Centre at 6 p.m. on Friday 9th October.
We are delighted to have Brian Donaghy from C.E.F. rejoining us on Thursdays. We have missed his lively guitar and fun stories.
Parent Teacher Meetings
We hope to hold our Parent Teacher Meetings on Tuesday 13th October. Please be aware that some teachers may see parents before and after school on other days.
The children may dress in costume or in their own clothes on Friday 23rd October for a donation of €2 to school funds. Friday 23rd October will be our last day before our half-term break. School will close at 3 p.m. and will open again at 9.20 a.m. on Monday 2nd November.
The children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class enjoyed a trip in the sunshine to Murvagh forest last Thursday morning. They were accompanied by Shailagh Healy who helped them find all sorts of lovely treasures in the woods. They later used these for their art work this week. Thank you to Cathrena, Francess and Jenny for accompanying Miss Browne and the children.
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