June 1

Kay Flanagan

Reporter:

Kay Flanagan

TREATY GAELS CAMOGIE: Treaty Gaels camogie club, based in the southside of Limerick city, cater for girls age 6 to 16 who want to play camogie. It was founded in June 2008 following work by the Camogie Association Games Development Officer Deirdre Murphy in city schools. Over 130 girls attended an initial Fun Day held at Old Christians GAA Club and since then more than 100 have registered as members of the club.

TREATY GAELS CAMOGIE: Treaty Gaels camogie club, based in the southside of Limerick city, cater for girls age 6 to 16 who want to play camogie. It was founded in June 2008 following work by the Camogie Association Games Development Officer Deirdre Murphy in city schools. Over 130 girls attended an initial Fun Day held at Old Christians GAA Club and since then more than 100 have registered as members of the club.

We are having a ‘Come and try camogie’ fun night in Ballinacurra Gaels GAA pitch on Monday May 27th at 7pm. We would love to see new girls turning up to try something new.

Helmets and hurleys will be available

There will be training with top coaches in a fun environment

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: Summer Programmes 2013. Secondary school programme in liaison with Coisceim Education Centre. Duration: 2 weeks. Dates: Monday June 17th - Thursday June 20th

Monday June 24th - Thursday June 27th

Time: 9:30am – 4pm

Venue: West End Youth Centre

All SCP’s target group of young people will be invited to take part in the programme.

Primary school programme

Dates: Monday July 1st - Wednesday July 3rd (3rd and 4th class)

Monday to Wednesday 8th – 10th July (5th and 6th class)

Time: 9:30am – 3pm

Venue: West End Youth Centre

All SCP’s target group of young people will be invited to take part in the programme.

Consent forms will be available from SCP staff at Garryglass House, 3 Ballinacurra Weston. If you have any queries regarding the summer programme, please get in touch with SCP staff on 061 – 609 603.

COMMUNITY BINGO: Bingo takes place in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Please come along and enjoy a fun filled night! All Welcome!

LIMERICK SENIORS FORUM UPCOMING MEETING: The next LSF meeting will take place on Tuesday 28th May in the Southside Regeneration Office , LEDP, Roxboro Rd @ 11:30am.

FOREVER YOUNG!: A Forever Young event will take place on Thursday June 6th from 11am – 1:30pm in 4 Garryglass House, Garryglass Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston. There will be many activities for both young and old to take part in from beauty treatments and allergy testing to coulouring and face painting. There is a free bus available to take you to the event as well as a free raffle on the day. All are welcome! Any queries contact 061 609603.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: The Early Start Class went on their very first school tour on Friday the 24th of May. One of the lovely traditions in our school is around the school tour. Once the children met their teachers in the classroom, the adults went to the school gate. When all the children were safely strapped into their seats on the bus, the adults waved the children off to Buttercup Farm. It was quite emotional for many parents. Yet another milestone in the children’s development had been reached.

Buttercup Farm was an absolute treat for the kids. While learning in school about animals and the farmyard is fun, there is nothing like the hands on experience of seeing and touching the animals in real life. The farm was full of horses, cats, dogs, sheep, goats and even baby lambs. Every child got an opportunity to stroke some animals and even to feed them. The highlight of the tour was, when everyone including Mrs. Rickard, Pauline and Mrs. Keane were taken on a horse and cart around the farm by Paddy the Farmer. It was great fun and a wonderful experience!

A number of teachers had to attend training this week with Dr. Áine Cregan of Mary Immaculate College. Dr. Cregan’s area of expertise is the development of children’s oral language. She has been working with the staff for the last number of weeks on ways in which teachers and parents can work with children to develop these absolutely crucial skills.

Our multi talented past pupil, Brian Mitchell, has been working with the adults this week. This week, the parent’s room was rocking to the sound of drumming, as he worked on a Community Music project with the adults.

The Parents Association of Our Lady of Lourdes School will be holding a cake sale in the school in June. It will be an opportunity for every child to buy a delicious bun or two.

The school will be holding an anti bullying/friendship week, beginning on the 4th of June. It is important that children are guided in how to create and maintain healthy friendships and relationships. Every class will take part in this project which will include an opportunity to communicate confidentially with the teachers.

Applications are now being accepted for places in the early Start class for September 2013. The early Start is a Department of Education preschool that is staffed by a fully qualified primary school teachers and a fully qualified childcare worker. The aim of the preschool is to give your child the best possible start to their school life, developing the skills that will lead to high achievement and success in school. Children need to be older than 3 years and 2 months on the 1st of September to avail of this free preschool. If you would like to learn more about the Early Start, please ring Mrs. Rickard on 086 2726636.