Our Lady of Lourdes Oct 12

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: One of the most important things a parent can do for their child is to send them to school regularly. This is especially important when the children are very young. It may seem as if the children are ‘only’ learning nursery rhymes, playing around and learning simple tasks such as counting to five. In actuality, the children are learning very complex concepts and skills through the medium of play. There is also a huge emphasis in our school in developing the children’s sight vocabulary for reading from the very first day of Junior Infants.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: One of the most important things a parent can do for their child is to send them to school regularly. This is especially important when the children are very young. It may seem as if the children are ‘only’ learning nursery rhymes, playing around and learning simple tasks such as counting to five. In actuality, the children are learning very complex concepts and skills through the medium of play. There is also a huge emphasis in our school in developing the children’s sight vocabulary for reading from the very first day of Junior Infants.

As such, it is very important that children do not have any gaps in their learning because the work of each class is built upon the work of the previous year. Think of it – if you had never learned to add numbers, how could you ever understand what multiplication is?

Our school attendance has been absolutely excellent this September. At the end of every month, an assembly is held and every child who has full attendance for the month is called on stage to be presented with a certificate by Mrs. Gallagher, our principal. As a treat, every child with full attendance is entered into a raffle for prizes such as twistables and colouring books. For September 2013, we are glad to report that we had attendance of 97%. Well done to all the children and especially the parents for investing in your child’s education.

Our school Fairtrade committee is strongly represented on the parish committee. We not only have reached Fairtrade status as a school, but it looks like OLL parish will be the first fair-trade parish in the whole country. We are very proud of the achievements of our school and our parish.

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: STEPS SCP is starting with a new after school programme that is delivered by Centre for Talented Youth Ireland. It is an exciting 6 week programme that will take place at the University of Limerick. Pupils can choose a course of workshops of their liking – ranging from How to Make a Computer App to Horrible Histories or CSI Forensics! The first lucky group to try out this new programme comes from 4th class in OLL School. The children will be taken by bus out to UL, accompanied by SCP staff. There they will get to experience and learn new and exciting things and meet pupils from other Limerick schools taking part in the programme. We can’t wait to see what this programme has to offer us!

It is also time to start back with secondary school homework club and grinds for exam year students on Tuesday 8th October. The first block of 6 weeks introduces Maths, Irish and English grinds and all places are booked currently. However, the next block will start on the 26th November and there are still some places available. The grinds are free, and the criteria for applying for a place in the grinds tutorials are as follows: Students living in Our Lady of Lourdes Community Students in exam year – Junior Certificate or Leaving certificate

If you would like some more details about any of the above, contact SCP staff at 061 – 609 603 or 085 – 175 1005.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES FAIRTRADE GROUP: We cordially invite you to celebrate with us the official awarding of Fairtrade Status to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Limerick’s first fairtrade parish!

This event, which coincides with World Food Day, takes place on Wednesday October 16th at the Sit n’ Sip Café on Childers Road at 2pm. Fairtrade tea, coffee and refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Monday October 14th to Eimear Purcell by emailing eimear.purcell@lssc.ie

COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDIATION SERVICE: The Free Legal Advice Clinic in OLOL for October is Wednesday the 16th from 10am – 12.30 pm. Any queries contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536100

CHRISTMAS FARMERS 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.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES COMMUNITY CHOIR: All are welcome from the young in years to the young at heart! Practice on Tuesdays 2-3pm in Our Lady of Lourdes School. For further information, please contact Ann Bourke or Eimear Purcell at Garryglass House or phone 083-380730.

LIMERICK WOMEN’S NETWORK AND LIMERICK CITY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: We invite you to participate in three training sessions: Community Development (principles to guide work in communities), Human Rights (rights based approaches in community work), and Organising for Action (effective campaign planning). The sessions will take place on the 7th, 14th and 21st November at 10-1pm in Moyross Library. For further information, please contact Liz Price at 061 275970/087 328374, email lplplink7@gmail.com