The PE Hall was transformed into a colourful art exhibition last week! Well done to all of the boys and girls who produced such wonderful pictures! There was lots of variety in the pictures, ranging from unicorns to flowers to football matches to portraits to animals and much more! The children, staff and parents really enjoyed the opportunity to come and visit the PE hall and view everyone’s art work! Thank you to our Parents’ Association for providing tea and coffee on the Wednesday night.
On Wednesday 24th January, St Paul’s NS competed against Mullaghbuoy NS, Dundalk to debate the motion “Ireland is the best country to live”. The children of St Paul’s NS proposed the motion while the visiting team opposed it. Both schools were represented by six students from 5th and 6th classes. The six students who represented St Paul’s were Cormac as Captain, Hannah as second speaker, Oscar as third speaker while Shaun, Sarah and Isabel acted as time keepers on the day. As Captain, Cormac introduced the other speakers and outlined what they would be talking about. He himself spoke passionately about the culture, mythology and importance of the Irish language. The second speaker, Hannah, referred to the advantages of our climate, our geographical location and the validity of having English. She also highlighted the OECD results on how happy Irish people are in the world. The third speaker, Oscar, presented facts on the tourist industry and the success of the Irish food industry and how many Irish products are being sold world-wide. There was a lot of whip lashing from the opposition team as facts about the health crisis, employment figures, crime rates and the impact of the recession on Ireland were emphasised. However, after a long conference, the adjudicators announced St Paul’s NS as the winners. The proposition arguments carried the motion that “Ireland is the best country in the world to live”. The debating team will take part in the semi-final of the competition on Tuesday, February 27th against St Kevin’s GNS, Kilnamanagh, Dublin. They will be debating the motion “Boys’ or Girls’ schools are better than Mixed Schools”. Fingers crossed they will succeed in the next round.
All four of our Olympic Handball Teams qualified for the Meath County Finals in Gormanstown College last Tuesday 13th February. The teams have been working hard, training twice a week in preparation for these games. Their hard work and dedication paid off with each team winning a Meath County Medal. Each team had to play a semi-final match in Gormanstown College to make it to the Finals.
The U11 Girls got the school off to a winning start playing a fantastic semi-final and beating Yellow Furze NS to secure their place in the final. A thrilling encounter followed in the final against Skryne NS where after full time it was a drawn match which resulted in extra time. Both teams gave it everything which saw both sides score wonderful goals and extra time ended level again. It was then decided that both team would play for Golden Goal and St. Paul’s were lucky to get The Golden Goal and be crowned Champions of Meath.
The U11 Boys continued the winning steak by sealing their place in the final by a win over Skryne NS in the semi -final. The boys had a tough task ahead of them meeting Yellow Furze NS in the final. However, the boys team showed great determination and skill to win the match and be crowned Champions of Meath.
The U13 Girls Team played a fantastic, high energy semi-final against Yellow Furze NS displaying great skills but were unlucky to lose 3-2 in the last minute of the match. However, the girls picked themselves up and played excellently against Robinstown to win and come 3rd place in Meath-a great result.
The U13 Boys Team played a fantastic semi-final against Wilkinstown NS to secure a place in the final. The boys then had to take on Yellow Furze NS in the final. The boys showed great skill and determination but were unsuccessful against a very strong Yellow Furze Team. The boys finished 2nd in Meath- Well done Boys!
The U11 Boys and Girls Olympic Handball Teams and the Senior Boys Olympic Handball Team have all made it through to the Leinster Finals coming up on the 26th February at the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown. We are all very proud of the children of St. Paul’s NS for how they perform and represent the school at all the events. A very big ‘Thank You’ to all the teachers who give up their time to train the teams throughout the year. We wish all three teams continued success as they continue on their Olympic Handball Jouney.
The Health Promoting School Team had our first ‘Funky Fruit Friday’ last Friday on January 12th. We are encouraging everyone in the school to bring in some fruit on a Friday that they wouldn’t normally eat. It’s all about trying something new, different and a little bit funky. On Friday we saw so many different types of fruit such as coconut, pineapple, blueberries, figs, kiwi and cherries. Some people even funked up their fruit by cutting it into unusual shapes, we even had a Mexican apple!
There are so many different ways of making fruit fun and funky, we are so excited about ‘Funky Fruit Friday’ and we can’t wait to see more every Friday in St. Paul’s.
The Health Promoting Schools Committee.
The children in Second, Third and Fourth Class were very lucky to have a visit from Nurse Kerry Wardick, who spoke to them about the importance of hand washing. Kerry had some very interesting facts for the children and we were shocked to hear that 50% of males and 25% of females don’t wash their hands after going to the toilet! Kerry reminded the children of when we should be washing our hands and how we should be doing it. The children used a UV box to compare how clean their hands were before and after washing – the results were amazing! As a result of Kerry’s visit the children and staff are on a mission to keep our hands clean and stop any germs from spreading. Thank you for the visit Kerry!