St. Paul’s Bug Hotels open for business!

St. Paul’s Bug Hotels open for business!

St. Paul’s Bug Hotels open for business!!

 

The St. Paul’s Green Team have been working extremely hard for the renewal of our green flag on the theme of biodiversity. We have been very lucky to have welcomed the Ratoath Men’s Shed on board and they have constructed two fantastic bug hotels which have been placed beside the school garden. We are now going to spend the next few weeks filling the nooks and crannies with the following  lots of natural materials to create some lovely hidey holes for creatures galore to come and visit! We are looking for the following:

  • red bricks (preferably with holes)
  • old earthenware flower pots
  • wood chips
  • bark
  • hollow bamboo canes
  • moss
  • sand
  • logs
  • sticks/twigs and kindling
  • pine cones

We are extremely grateful to the members of Ratoath Men’s Shed for coming on board to help us out and are very fortunate to have such a talented group at work in our community. A huge thank you from all of the pupils and staff of St. Paul’s!

 

Santa Run

Santa Run

On Friday 21st December, the children of St. Paul’s took part in a Santa Run on the school grounds. All children wore their school tracksuits and something festive. The children turned up very excited wearing Christmas Jumpers, Christmas Hairbands, Santa Hats and all looked very festive.

The Active Committee co-ordinated a fantastic Santa Run. They called two year groups to the yard and then paired a Senior Class child with a Junior Class child prior to taking on the run and each pair were to complete two laps of the yard together chatting, singing Christmas Carols and Songs.

The class pairing were as follows: Sixth Class with Second Class, Fifth Class with First Class and Room 26, Fourth Class with Senior Infants and Room 25 and Third Class with Junior Infants. Have a look at some of our pictures from the day thanks to Ms O’Toole.

Santa’s Visit!

Santa’s Visit!

Have a look below of some of the photographs from Santa’s visit to school on Thursday.

Christmas Fair 2018

Christmas Fair 2018

As always, our wonderful Parents’ Association organised another fantastic Christmas Fair in the school on the 2nd of December. There were lots of things to do there including our selfie mirror, face painting and a visit to Santa’s Grotto. There were a range of stalls with various items to buy which included the White Elephant stall, cake stall, book stall, flower stall, sweet stall, jewelry and accessories stall and a toy stall. We ended the day with our bumper raffle with over 50 prizes! The following week the students were given the opportunity to buy tickets for the children’s raffle. There was great excitement in the lead up to the raffle and at the fair! It helped get everyone into the Christmas spirit!
Many thanks to everyone who helped make our Fair so successful. Have a look here for a full list of sponsors to the school who donated very generously to our Christmas Raffle.

Our ‘Spirit of the Final’ Hero!

Our ‘Spirit of the Final’ Hero!

Following the fantastic win  by the boys’ Gaelic Football Team in Páirc Tailteann a few weeks ago, we were delighted to hear that one of our players was chosen by the reporters of the Meath Chronicle for a special award. This award is called ‘The Spirit of the Final’ Award and Seán Twyford-our captain, was chosen. As part of this award Seán and some of teammates, James Kelly, Gerard Leavy and Oscar Glynn were invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Dunganny G.A.A. Centre today, Wednesday 12th December. The ‘Spirit of the Final’ Award was presented to each player by Meath Captain Mickey Burke. In total, 14 players were awarded this award following the finals.

St. Paul’s Boys win the Meath Primary School’s Division 1 Shield final!

St. Paul’s Boys win the Meath Primary School’s Division 1 Shield final!

St. Paul’s are still on a high after the fantastic achievement of our boys’ team winning the Meath Primary School’s Division 1 Shield final against Duleek. We are incredibly proud of the boys and their coaches Ms. Dennehy, Mr. Duffy and Ms. O’Reilly. Have a read below of reports on the match from our team Captain, Seán, and one of our devoted Sixth Class fans, Erin.

A CAPTAIN’S POINT OF VIEW

The team and I got onto the bus with all of sixth class. We were all so nervous on the way to Páirc Tailteann. We finally got to Páirc Tailteann, got out of the bus and made our way to the dressing room where Ms. Dennehy told us what drills we would do to warm up. When she was finished talking we all ran out onto the back pitch to warm up. We warmed up for about 20 minutes and then jogged back into the dressing rooms. Then we put our gum shields in, tied up all our laces and ran out onto the pitch. All we could hear was cheers and screaming from all of our supporters. We went out and started kicking points over the bar. Then the referee blew his whistle and we all got into position. He threw the ball up and James Kelly caught it and kicked it up to the forwards and we scored a goal. Then they scored a goal. It was back and forth for a lot of the match. In the middle of the second half we scored a lot of goals and points and established a big lead. Then they started to come back and by the end of the second half we were winning by a point. The referee blew his whistle and it was all over. St Paul`s had won the finals by a single point. I felt delighted to go up to collect shield, but a bit nervous to making my speech!                                                                                                               Written by Seán Twyford

A FAN’S POINT OF VIEW:

The Gaelic team and all of 6th class got on the bus and we drove to Páirc Tailteann in Navan. When we arrived the team got off the bus first and they went to the dressing rooms while the rest of us went up to the stands to wait. When the boys ran onto the field all of St. Paul’s cheered and screamed. Both teams spread out on the field to start the match. The referee threw the ball up and St. Paul’s got the ball. St. Paul’s scored again and again, but Duleek kept up. They scored again, but St. Paul’s wouldn’t give up. We got the ball back and the boys ran to the other goal and scored and scored again. We were in the lead. Everyone from St. Paul’s was shouted and chanting, watching the match eagerly. St. Paul’s scored more and more, but towards the end of the match Duleek got the ball, they weren’t going to give up without a fight. They scored again. We were still in the lead by two points. Duleek scored another point. Everyone from St. Paul’s watched wishing for St. Paul’s to win. Only a minute left….Duleek had the ball….They were charging towards our goal with the ball….Then the whistle blew. The match was over and we had won! We all felt overjoyed. St. Paul’s went wild. We all screamed and chanted as the boys ran across the pitch, victory theirs! The boys received the trophy as we all cheered and waved our flags and jumped with joy. We left the pitch chanting, all of us proud of St. Paul’s.                                               Written by Erin Leeson