June 15

Kay Flanagan

Reporter:

Kay Flanagan

FEELING FOREVER YOUNG IN OLOL COMMUNITY: On Thursday 6th June members of the community from the very young to the very old gathered in Garry glass house for a health and fun morning. The theme of the morning was FOREVER YOUNG. This health morning was organized by 3 local women Stacie Browne – Kelly McCarthy and Rose o Brien who as part of their student placement from the adapt NOW programme were provided with the opportunity to plan and deliver a community activity that would attract young and old and give them an opportunity to take time out and nurture themselves . Quote - from the students “it was great to be given the opportunity to give back to the community what we have grown up with – we all know that times are currently tough and it is great to bring the community together”. The placement was with Limerick City CDP Our Lady of Lourdes Office who on a regular basis provides opportunities and supports to local students. A great day was had by all it is great to see young women in the local community show their initiative by organizing and facilitating this day. Well done to all.

FEELING FOREVER YOUNG IN OLOL COMMUNITY: On Thursday 6th June members of the community from the very young to the very old gathered in Garry glass house for a health and fun morning. The theme of the morning was FOREVER YOUNG. This health morning was organized by 3 local women Stacie Browne – Kelly McCarthy and Rose o Brien who as part of their student placement from the adapt NOW programme were provided with the opportunity to plan and deliver a community activity that would attract young and old and give them an opportunity to take time out and nurture themselves . Quote - from the students “it was great to be given the opportunity to give back to the community what we have grown up with – we all know that times are currently tough and it is great to bring the community together”. The placement was with Limerick City CDP Our Lady of Lourdes Office who on a regular basis provides opportunities and supports to local students. A great day was had by all it is great to see young women in the local community show their initiative by organizing and facilitating this day. Well done to all.

LIMERICK COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDITATION CENTRE: the dates for Our Lady of Lourdes Legal Advice Clinics for June are as follows: The Clinic will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2013 between 10 -12.30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre. For further information contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536 100

FARMERS MARKET: Our Lady of Lourdes Fair Trade Committee are hosting a Farmers Market In Our Lady of Lourdes Community Garden On Thursday 13th June 2013 From 11 am—1 pm Produce will be on sale from the Clonlara Farmers, The Brothers of Charity, St Augustine’s and our own Community Centre. All Welcome.

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME’s: Secondary School Summer Programme 2013 will kick off on Monday 17th June with registration at 9.30am in the WestEnd Youth centre. Places are available to the project’s target group young people. If you haven’t got your consent form yet, drop in and get one from our office at 3 Garryglass Avenue. If you have any queries regarding the Summer Programme, ring us on 061 – 609 603.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES NATIONAL SCHOOL: Like everyone in Ireland, the children, parents and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes School have welcomed the recent spell of fine weather. It allows us to enjoy the wonderful outdoor facilities of our school. Not alone do we have an award winning school garden, but we have a fully equipped playground, all within the campus. We also have an abundance of green areas within the school, where the children are able to run and play freely and safely.

SCHOOL SPORTS DAY: As the saying goes, ‘make hay while the sun shines’, so we held our school sports days while the sun shone. In recent years, our school sports days have taken the form of a fun sports day. In accordance with the primary school curriculum, we teach SPHE and PE. Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Physical Education (PE) must be taught at primary level, and these subjects together with Home Economics at second level, cover the areas of healthy eating and the food pyramid, healthy lifestyle, physical health, body care, exercise, relaxation and diet. To involve every child in the school in activity, we have sports days down to a fine art!

Each class is divided into a group of ten children, led by a teacher. Following a strict timetable, the leader leads his/her group through a series of up to ten activities, including bouncy castle, athletics, egg and spoon race, obstacle course, sandpit and playground. First class built their swimming session into the sports day. Needless to say, there were alot of very tired, exhausted but happy children going home to their parents this week after school.

OTHER SCHOOL NEWS: In conjunction with the sports days, and following a theme of safe, happy play and healthy relationships, A designated anti bullying week was held in the school. We are very conscious of the fact that many children are hesitant to report issues and problems that they experience. All children were given the opportunity to report in confidence any incidents they may be experiencing of bullying through a private and confidential survey. Every class is conducted lessons on the theme of bullying, along with the Walk Tall lessons on good decision making and friendship skills. The ‘Stay Safe’ programme is also being run in every class as part of the SPHE programme.

SENIOR INFANTS: went on their school tour to The Old Rectory, Croom this week. It was a day out that was jam packed with fun activities. Next week will see more classes take to the road on what has to be one of the highlights of the school year.

EARLY START: You may not be aware that there is a free, Department of Education, preschool service in your community. This is the Early Start, in Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. This is a free preschool, taught by a fully qualified primary school teacher, Mrs. Rickard B. Ed, who has over 24 years teaching experience. She is assisted by a childcare worker, Pauline Kelly, trained in Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha St.Pauline has worked in the unit for the last 18 years.

This is an excellent service, inspected regularly by the Department of Education Inspectors, ensuring excellent standards of teaching and learning. Because the class is taught by a primary school teacher, the development of pre reading and pre maths skills are prioritised in the learning. There are some places available for September 2013, enquiries to Mrs. Rickard at 086 2726636.