INTERCULTURAL BOOK LAUNCH “THIS IS AFRICA”: A brilliant night was had by all who attended the Book Launch “This is Africa” by manager of the West End Youth Centre, William Priestly in the Locke bar on Thursday night. Family, friends, celebrities including Johny Sexton, work colleagues and members of the local community packed the area in the bar which was reserved for the signing. William thanked all who had attended and Apprentice Youth Worker; Evan O’Grady paid a glowing tribute to William who is donating all proceeds from the book to the youth apprenticeship project.
Sales were brisk on the night and a limited number of copies can be had from the West End Youth Centre on the Childers Rd., beside Our Lady of Lourdes church.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: At this stage of the year, the children are well involved in the curricular areas, developing their interests and talents. The importance of hands on learning and firsthand experience cannot be overstated. With this in mind 6th class travelled to Limerick Institute of Technology this week to take part in the ‘Discovery Science’ show. Here in Our Lady of Lourdes, we have had a long standing interest in Science education, especially as we have two superb third level colleges in our city that cater for the sciences. Indeed a good number of our past pupils have gone on to third level to study science. Out in LIT, we were very proud of our children who participated in the experiments and asked some very pertinent questions.
6th class wasn’t the only class that got out and about this week. Ms. Cronin accepted a very kind invitation from St. Enda’s School to visit their library with her 3rd class. The community bus was used to travel up to the school where we were welcomed by Ms. Eileen Breen, Home School Community Liaison Coordinator. The third years brought third class to the library where they read the book, ‘Claude in the City’ to the younger kids. There was plenty of time to browse the excellently stocked library. Believe it or not, St. Enda’s has a great stock of pop up books which are of interest to teenagers. All the readers were fascinated by books about the movies, including ones about the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the Incredible Hulk. At the end of the visit, each child from Our Lady of Lourdes School was given a present of ‘Claude in the City’ to take back to school. Thanks to everyone in St. Enda’s for making us so welcome.
Christmas craft class with Colleen is continuing in the parents room for the adults. At the moment, the adults are working on a Snowman themed door decoration. We will be moving on to the Christmas Trees soon.
The Parents Association of Our Lady of Lourdes School is a vibrant and energetic group, working hard to support the school. The current project is the ongoing preparations for the Our Lady of Lourdes Christmas market, which will take place on the 4th of December in the Westend Youth Club. Our stall will be selling handmade Christmas Cards and decorations on the day, all in aid of the school.
LOCAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: The Local Education Committee invites parents in the Community to sit on this group. If interested please contact Karen Ryan on (087) 1952428 or ask for Karen at Garryglass House, 4 Garryglasss Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick
CHRISTMAS MARKET: OLL umbrella group invites local craft groups, schools, youth groups, and individuals with homemade produce to come and sell their products at the market. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 4th at 12-3pm. Stalls cost €10 per stand with proceeds going to OLL Fuel Fund and Milford Hospice. For queries or to book a stall contact Eimear at 083-3807030.
News and Events, Mature Students please note: On Saturday January 18th 2014 the University of Limerick will be holding an Open Day for prospective mature students, (people who are 23 or over on January 1st 2014 can apply for third level as ‘mature students.’)
Please note that the University of Limerick has changed its application procedure for mature students this coming year (2014). All mature applications must now go through the CAO by 1st February and there are some other changes to the procedure – please see www.ul.ie/mso for details and for a copy of the new supplemental form. If you’d like to know more,come to the information evenings about the new procedures on Wednesday 20th November in the Downtown Centre, LIT @George’s Quay (beside Barrington’s Hospital ), repeated on Thursday December 5th 2013 in KBG-16,Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.
All applications for full-time undergraduate (or primary degree) courses in University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College, and Institute of Technology Tralee must go through the CAO(Central Applications Office) and must be made online by 1st February 2014, and the fee for application is €40.
In fact if you make your application by January 20th 2014 you can avail of an ‘early bird’ rate of €25.
Keep up to date with the Mature Students Office in UL by checking out the web site www.ul.ie/mso .