Apr 27

Kay Flanagan

Reporter:

Kay Flanagan

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: Deirdre from Steps SCP and fourth class from Our Lady of Lourdes School ran a project, in which they had to collect used ink cartridges for the Share A Dream Foundation. There was a huge response from the community as well as agencies outside the community. Following on from this, Shay Kinsella, the C.E.O. from Share A Dream, along with two other representatives, paid a visit to the school on Monday 15th of April, to meet and thank the young people involved in the project. It was good for the young people to hear first hand what the project does, and it inspired them to continue to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. Well done to all who took part! If anyone would like to donate used ink cartridges please contact Deirdre on 085-1751004.

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: Deirdre from Steps SCP and fourth class from Our Lady of Lourdes School ran a project, in which they had to collect used ink cartridges for the Share A Dream Foundation. There was a huge response from the community as well as agencies outside the community. Following on from this, Shay Kinsella, the C.E.O. from Share A Dream, along with two other representatives, paid a visit to the school on Monday 15th of April, to meet and thank the young people involved in the project. It was good for the young people to hear first hand what the project does, and it inspired them to continue to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. Well done to all who took part! If anyone would like to donate used ink cartridges please contact Deirdre on 085-1751004.

STEPS were busy running some Easter Activities during the first week of school holidays. 3rd and 4th class started the week with a variety of activities including soccer, relay races, cooking, learning about healthy eating, computers, as well as a quiz! The winning team of the quiz - Christopher Ryan, Kate Roche and Martin O’Leary - was rewarded with cinema tickets for outwitting the rest of the teams.

5th and 6th class followed on with their day of activities, starting off with some pool and computers at the WestEnd youth centre, soccer and dancing at the Factory and to top it off we had a lovely dip in the swimming pool at the Maldron Hotel.

Last but not least the secondary school group had an exciting visit to Ennis. We headed off on the train bright and early in the morning! After arriving in Ennis we walked to our destination at Clare Leisure World, where we spent a few fun filled hours bowling, playing pool and quasar! Thank you all for participating and making the Easter Programme a success for all!

WEST END NEWS: It was a busy week at the West End Youth Centre with visits from two rugby legends. Jerry Flannery dropped by to meet a group of young people and put them through their paces in a fitness test. Jerry has recently taken up the role as an ambassador for the Limerick Sports Partnership and the visit was part of a photo shoot to promote upcoming sporting events across the city.

We also had a visit from local Garda Niamh Briggs who came by to show us the Women’s Six Nations Trophy. Niamh was the star player on the Irish Women’s Rugby team who completed a record breaking Grand Slam in the 2013 Women’s Six Nations Tournament. The young people were suitably impressed with the trophy and nearly bowled Niamh over with questions.

The community soccer is also back in full swing and will take place every Monday at 5pm on the Astroturf pitch at the back of the Community Centre.

Our latest quarterly leaflet has been delivered around the community which contains our most up to date timetable. Please feel free to drop in to the centre to get a copy or call us on 061 441078 for more information.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: 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.

This week, we were so proud to welcome Community Garda Niamh Briggs to our school. Not only did Niamh come herself, but she brought along a rather impressive cup, which she won as a member of the Irish Women’s rugby team. Niamh’s team won the 2013 Grand Slam Championship and she came to our school to show the cup and hold a ‘questions and answers’ session. We all had a great laugh when she had to admit when questioned, that it was herself that was the highest scoring team member of the championship! Well done, Niamh!

A number of our teachers attended very important training last Wednesday. As most of our readers will know, over the past number of years, Our Lady of Lourdes School has prioritised the teaching of reading and maths. Developing children’s oral language is essential to becoming good, fluent, understanding readers. The teachers attended sessions with Dr. Áine Cregan of Mary Immaculate College, where she taught them some background on children’s language development and also some strategies for helping children to acquire and use language. Dr. Cregan also encouraged the teachers to help parents to help their children’s language. Many parents these days are concerned about their children’s use of computers, internet and social networking. This week 4 th class took part in a workshop on internet safety. There were some very important points made, including that children under 13 years should not be using social media. We, as adults, need to monitor children’s use of the internet, just as we would monitor what a child watches on TV.

Second class will be receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist in Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Saturday the 27th of April at 11am. The class has been prepared for the sacrament by their parents and teacher, Ms. Sarah Hayes. Now that the special date is drawing near, practices are happening every day in the church with Fr. Ryan, who has taken an active role in the preparations.

Our Lady of Lourdes School presents ‘Trouble on the High Seas’, a fun filled, musical extravaganza to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the school. The show is produced by Tony Cusack, of the Limerick Panto Society, and stars children, teachers, parents and past pupils.

Expect a wonderful night’s entertainment, full of jokes, humour and energetic musical numbers. The show takes place on Tuesday the 23rd of April at 7pm. Tickets are available at the box office.

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 are welcome!

ADAPT CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: ADAPT Services work to support women who experience domestic abuse, and their children, across Limerick city and county. They are holding their annual church gate collection in Limerick city on Satrday 25th and Sunday 26th of May and are appealing for colunteers to get involved.

They have received amazing support from local people over the past couple of years and would like to thank those who have given them this support. The church gate collection raises vital funds to keep the service running and as a result volunteers as essential. It only takes one person in the parish to get enthuasiasm going in order to make this fund raising a succcess. Raising as much as €250 would provide the children in the refuge with two weeks activties or allow ADAPT to meet a woman anywhere in the county and offer support.

If you think you could give them an hour on the day or if you know of anyone who would be willing to help out in Limerick County or suburbs please contact Laura Bohan on 061 412354 or email volunteercoordinator@adaptservices.ie.