STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: Eight eager pupils from OLL NS went to UL with SCP last Wednesday to take part in a new programme delivered by the Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland. The pupils got a bus ride with other pupils from Southill schools, and when they landed at UL, they met even more pupils from schools in the north side of Limerick City. For the programme all pupils were divided into three groups according to their preference. One group were learning How to Make a Computer App, the second group were being initiated with the secrets of Forensics in CSI style and the third group were being historians learning Horrible History. The pupils were all very eager to learn about their respective subjects and the tutors kept all young minds busy and occupied with their activities. This group will continue their studies at UL each Wednesday after school for the next five more weeks. At the end there will be a graduation ceremony to which all parents will be invited also. This will be an ongoing programme for the year, and once 4th class pupils have finished their course at the end of November, pupils from 6th and 5th classes from Limerick schools with School Completion Programmes will get a chance to trial the programme out too.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Reading is such a wonderful gift to give any child. There is nothing like the bond that develops between a parent and his/her child during the bedtime story. It develops the child’s imagination and understanding of their own and other people’s emotions. A child or an adult who reads is never bored and can escape to another world through reading.
That is why we spend so much time and effort on reading in our school. We encourage the parents to develop their own skills in helping their children’s reading. Our short Incredible Years programme, School Readiness is drawing to a close. During the last month or so, we covered such topics as praising your child, playing with your child in a way that helps him/her to learn and reading with your child. It has been a wonderful success, and our parents had hands on practice of reading with their own children. This coming week, parents and children are going on a field trip to the library in Dooradoyle as part of the programme. Well done to everyone who took part.
Junior Infants went to the Library too this week. These are the children who only started school a few weeks ago. They have already begun to really enjoy their books and reading so the trip was a great chance for them to look at all the books in the library.
The Parents Association held a cake sale this Friday. Every child loves the opportunity to buy rice crispie buns and rocky road in school. The parents had made hundreds of buns, cakes and treats. All the classes came to the cookery room in turn. Many heartfelt thanks to the parents who gave up their time to bake on Thursday, who baked at home and brought in their buns, and all the parents who came in to sell the buns. It was a great success. The children were so proud to see their mums working for the benefit of the school. Each of those mums has given a very strong message to their children that school and learning is important.
A number of the children in 6th class are members of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish Fairtrade Steering Committee. Wednesday the 16th of October is International Food Day. On that day the parish will be formally presented with its Fairtrade status. As a mark of ‘fairness’, the kids presented €100 worth of Fairtrade food to the charity to help the homeless, ‘Novas’. On behalf of Novas, Sinead Carey came to the school to speak to the children about her organisation and the work they do. She thanked them for their very generous gifts, which would be distributed on the nightly service in Limerick City centre.
THE CENTERING PRAYER GROUP: The Centering Prayer Group will meet in “Bethany”, No.1 Greenfields, Rosbrien, on Tuesday, October 22nd, at 4pm to 5pm. This prayer time consists of meditation for twenty minutes, where one chooses a Sacred Word and repeats it silently as one consents to God’s Presence and action within one’s life.The group also reflects on a text from Scripture and provides space for sharing on one’s experience within the meditation time.New members are welcome. Contact Catherine Ryan, 0874167095
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 firstname.lastname@example.org