Daffodil Day 2017

Daffodil Day 2017

Daffodil Day was a huge success this year and we are delighted to report that we raised €1,557 for the Irish Cancer Society. This would not have been possible without our wonderful Student Council who were very busy all day selling daffodils, pins and raffle tickets! Thank you also to Ms. Swanton’s Fifth Class who made the beautiful sign for the table.

Well done to our raffle prize winners: Ms. O’Connor, Cara O’Sullivan and Séona Cunningham.

Olympic Handball Update

Olympic Handball Update

Our boys and girls’ Olympic handball teams have been busy competing in the Meath Championships. Our four teams have competing very successfully in the group stages of the competition. All four teams have qualified for the finals day which will take place in Gormonston on Monday April 3rd. Best of luck to all involved!

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

Bhí seachtain íontach againn in the lead up to St. Patrick’s day with lots of activities taking place ar scoil for Seachtain na Gaeilge.  There was plenty craic agus ceol i rith na seachtaine.

Children in Junior and Senior Infants and rooms 25 and 26 enjoyed some ceol tradisiúnta played by some of our talented múinteoirí . The páistí from 1st and 2nd classes were treated to a visit from an Irish Author Treasa Ní Ailpín who read a scéal and kindly gave the school a bronntanas of three books she has written.  A huge quiz took place in the halla for the páistí ó rang a trí go dtí rang a sé which generated great excitement and resulted in a tie for first place for three teams!

The week was rounded off nicely on lá glas where each class gave a wonderful performance as Gaeilge at assembly to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge. Afterwards the páistí showed off their dancing skills at the céilí mór.

Many thanks to all of the múinteoirí for their help throughout the week and a special go raibh maith agaibh to the páistí from the Coiste Gaeilge who produced some lovely artwork and who have been very busy encouraging all of the páistí scoile to use their Gaeilge more often.

Credit Union Quiz

Credit Union Quiz

St. Paul’s u-11 and u-13 quiz teams recently participated in the Credit Union Quiz organised by Ashbourne Credit Union. Our two teams performed excellently. Our U-11 team finished in third place, while our U-13 team claimed second prize. The boys and girls were delighted when Caroline from Ashbourne Credit Union visited the school to present the children with their certificates!

Coin Trail for Ratoath GAA

Coin Trail for Ratoath GAA

Last Friday was a busy day in St. Paul’s as we had a GAA day in order to help Ratoath GAA Club with their fundraising campaign to build a Multi Use Games Area with a Ball Wall and also floodlit astro pitches. The children all wore Ratoath GAA colours on the day and Fourth Class put on a special GAA Assembly showing off all their wonderful skills! Thank you to everyone who brought in some small change on the day for our Coin Trail – all that small change added up to an impressive €1356!

Green Schools Update

Green Schools Update

The Green School committee are hard at work on the travel theme and we will be applying for our fourth green flag in the coming months. We are monitoring the modes of transport that are being used by our pupils when travelling to and from school.

Fit Feet Friday had its relaunch in December and we are delighted with the uptake. 84% of children are participating by using a green travel mode on Fridays. This is wonderful and we would love to see this increase even more by the end of the year!!

Golden Boot
As part of our Fit Feet Fridays we are running a Golden Boot competition. One of our committee members, Fionn, kindly donated an old football boot and this was blinged up by Shane, Fionn and Isabel. The class with the most children travelling in a green way every week gets to keep the Golden Boot and they also get extra yard time- even more opportunity to get fit and healthy! Ms. Smyth’s 3rd class were our first Golden boot winners with 28 children in the class travelling to school in a green way – Wow, fantastic statistics!!!

Workshops

Karen from Green Schools will be visiting the school over the coming months and will facilitate a variety of workshops for different class levels. These proved very successful and enjoyable last year so we are delighted that we can look forward to more scooter workshops, bike rodeos, nature walks and climate change talks before the year is out!

Green School Big Travel Challenge 2017

Green Schools run a national competition every February in order to promote sustainable modes of travel on the school run. Every school participating chooses an area to focus on and promotes this over a ten day period. While analysing our Fit Feet Friday statistics we have been delighted with the increased numbers of children walking to and from school but the numbers cycling have dropped significantly. So, our travel challenge is to get more of our pupils out on their bikes. We want to see those bike sheds full!! There will be raffle prizes up for grabs as teachers monitor the number of cyclists in their class during the weeks pre and post midterm. Remember, two bicycle wheels are better than four car wheels so now that Spring has arrived dust off the cobwebs on your rothar and travel to school in a fun and healthy way!! More information on the Big Travel challenge can be found here:

Join the BIG TRAVEL Challenge this February!