newsletter - november 2018
Please note the following:
Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals
1:30 pm Longwood Girls v Slane NS
2:30 pm Longwood Boys v Scoil Naomh Eoin, Navan
Maigh Dearmhaí Abú !!
With just two days to go, all roads will lead to Páirc Tailteann, Navan, on Friday where our school’s girls team and and our school’s boys team will contest their respective Division 2/3 finals. We are all so proud and excited that the hard working, talented and determined team panels have earned a well deserved opportunity to display their skills in a final. We are also delighted that these players have an opportunity to enjoy the experience of a lifetime representing St. Nicholas’ school community.
Hopefully, the finals will showcase all that is special and magical about children's sport, and on all our behalf I would like to wish both teams and their respective opponents, Slane NS and Scoil Naomh Eoin the very best for a memorable sporting occasion!
Special mention to the respective team coaches and mentors, Ms. Moynihan, Ms. King, Darragh Maguire and Mr. Byrne for all their hard work over the past couple of years. The manner in which the players have responded so positively to your advice and encouragement is a testament to the high regard in which you are held by the players.
Longwood GAA, Longwood Juvenile GAA and Longwood LGFA have also contributed enormously to the promotion and enjoyment of Gaelic Games for our pupils, and their support and input is very much appreciated and valued at St. Nicholas’ School.
It was lovely to witness the visit to our school on Monday last of past pupil (Longwood and Meath star) Mickey Burke, as he took time out to speak to both panels of players and offer some valuable advice on how best to prepare for the challenge ahead, and most importantly he also gave some great advice on the importance of savouring this special occasion.
The entry fee for adults at Páirc Tailteann on Friday will be €3.00, with children and secondary school pupils being admitted free of charge. Also, entry to the stadium is only permitted via The Commons Rd. Entrance.
Please note that pupils travelling on the Supporters Buses have been asked not to bring flags on sticks/poles due to health and safety concerns.
A special word of thanks to Derek Fitzsimons Bus Hire who has kindly provided bus transport for the teams free of charge.
When the teams return to the school following the finals, there will be a short assembly in the school hall to acknowledge the teams’ efforts and (fingers crossed!) this will also be an opportunity to show off some silverware!!
Win or lose on Friday, we are all going to enjoy the excitement of being part of two long awaited finals in one day!!
Parent Teacher Meetings
You are all very welcome to the school over the coming days for your child’s parent teacher meeting.
Please be reminded that pupils from 1st to 6th classes will be going home at 2:20 pm today Nov 21st and tomorrow Nov 22nd. The magnet on the inside double door will be switched off and there will be no need to wait for somebody to open it.
If your children will be accompanying you to the meetings, please ensure that they remain under your supervision at all times and please remind them that they are not allowed to wander off while in the school building.
Schools Cross Country Running
Congratulations to all thirty two runners from our senior classes who represented our school at the Cumann na mBunscol Cross Country Championships at Bellewstown Racecourse recently. All representatives did both themselves and their school proud and though not among the prizewinners this year, we still managed some very creditable placings.
Intel Mini Scientist Competition
Ms. Loughrey’s and Mr. Byrne’s sixth classes recently organised an INTEL science project fair in our school hall, for the purpose of sharing their entries in this year’s INTEL Mini Scientist Competition with the wider school community. All the projects on display proved fascinating for the visiting classes and no doubt inspired their young minds to become more inquisitive about science in our everyday lives and in our wider environment.
Congratulations to Eve Mooney on having her project with its catchy title ”Today’s Bread Today....But What About Bold Mould!”, which was selected to be entered in the regional final which will be taking place on Dec. 5th. Her project will now go forward to the regional competition on Dec. 5th , and we all wish her continued success.
Congratulations to all entries, but special mention to the entries that were highly recommended by the judging panel.
Many thanks also to Claire Rowley (mother of Killian and Lochlan) and representative of INTEL, for judging the projects and for giving very insightful and encouraging feedback to all participating pupils.
Claire is an integral part of this annual school science initiative and her input is greatly appreciated.
Please view photos here.
For those of you who enjoy a table quiz, the Parents' Assoc. is organising a fun Table Quiz in the school Hall for Thursday Nov. 29th at 7pm. There is a slight variation in how the teams are made up, and teams must comprise of both adults and students.
Further details on this aspect and other information will be given to pupils from 3rd to 6th classes in coming days.
Bus Bay Morning Drop-Off Reminder
Please be reminded that the Bus Bay located on your left hand side as you drive into the school grounds is for set down only during morning drop-off.
You are reminded that you are not to leave your car unattended for the purpose of walking your child to the playground or to front door, as the drivers behind you who are waiting to use the Bus Bay, are then sometimes forced to drop off children while double parking. This is an extremely hazardous and dangerous practice for the pupils, and causes much annoyance and frustration to those parents.
This issue arises most often arises on wet mornings.
If you wish to leave your car when dropping of in the morning, please avail of the parking spaces provided in the remaining car parking area.
‘An Nuadha Players’ will present Jack and The Beanstalk in the Aula Maxima Theatre in St. Patrick's College Maynooth from Nov. 29th to Dec. 2nd (see An Nuadha Panto 2018 for details). They have kindly donated prizes and tickets to be raffled among the students.
The raffle will take place in the school tomorrow and all pupils will be entered free of charge.
I am pleased to inform you that Ms. Duignan gave birth to a baby girl yesterday and I would like to congratulate Ms. Duignan and Brendan.