OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: After the creepy goings on in the school before the mid term break, we have returned to the more ordinary school activities this week. As a school, we are dedicated to promoting education and to supporting our children get the most out of the opportunity of going to school. We have invested heavily in books and materials to help our children and families read better. This week, another load of new books have arrived in the school. Thousands of euro have been spent on books of all kinds since the beginning of this school year alone. Not alone do we have a vast array of storybooks and novels, but we also boast a broad library of fact and reference books.
While the teachers and children are working hard at improving their reading, so too have the parents been doing their very best to get their children started on the road to reading. We have a lovely friendly group of mums who have begun the ‘Storysacks’ course in the parents room with Ber Bourke. Each parent chooses a story book which he/she believes their child would be interested in and over the course of a number of weeks, builds a collection of games, toys etc. which will support the child in getting the most from the learning experience. It is a wonderful way for the parents to build the love of reading and learning in their child.
In the parents room, a Christmas Craft course has begun. We are full to the rafters and we are making plenty of plans for the next few weeks. The course is led by Colleen Collins. It is lovely to have a local lady coming in to lead the course. Colleen is always full of ideas and patience with our stitching!
The Parents Association is getting ready for the Christmas Market which will take place in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre on the 4th of December next. The Parents Association will be selling handmade Christmas cards, crafts and buns. All funds from the sale will be used to support Our Lady of Lourdes School.
We are still collecting old mobile phones. If we manage to collect 300 old phones, we hope to get a defibrillator for the school. If you have any old phones lying in a drawer, please drop them in to the school.
Food Dudes: All our kids and families have started the ‘Food Dudes’ programme this week in school. It is a project designed to promote healthy eating in a fun way. Every day, the kids learn a lesson about making healthy choices, even watching a fun dvd in class. Each day they get a chance to taste a piece of fruit and a piece of fresh vegetable. This week the children have eaten cucumber, tomato, carrots, peppers, apple, oranges and pears. Every tasting success is celebrated and rewarded. All or families are enjoying the experience and hopefully, the next generation will be making healthy choices going forward.
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
STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: Just a couple of notes that we have started work for the Christmas market, we started making our decoupage pictures during the mid term break with the primary children from fifth and sixth class, and we will be starting to make them next week with some of the girls in St. Augustine’s and also some of the girls in Presentation. So we will have great arts and crafts for sale at the Christmas Market.
COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDIATION SERVICE: The Free Legal Advice Clinics in OLOL for November is Wednesday the 20th from 10am – 12.30 pm. Any queries contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536100
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.
LIMERICK CITY FAIRTRADE MEETING: As Limerick’s first and only Fairtrade parish, people from Our Lady of Lourdes are very welcome! Venue: Tuesday 19th November at 7pm in Mary Immaculate College. For further information contact Eimear at 083 3807030
MILFORD CARE CENTRE AND COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES: launched the ‘Lets Talk Film’ (5 short films) aimed at encouraging people to talk about death, dying, loss and care. They aim to help make it easier to talk and to take positive action by supporting communites, groups and individuals. Their films and other info can be accessed on their website: www.compassionatecommunities.ie. For further information or if you are interested in getting involved with this initiative contact Eimear @083 3807030.
CENTERING PRAYER: Start @ 4.30pm each Tuesday in Bethany at No. 1 Greenfields, Rosbrien. Please note change of time. All are welcome. Enquiries to Catherine Ryan 0874167095.