FAI SOCCER SISTERS CAMP: The camp is being run in Our Lady of Lourdes on 27th & 28th of March. It is open to girls aged 7 to 12. The cost is €10 for two days which includes 4 hours coaching & small sided games run by qualified garda vetted FAI coaches. It also includes an exclusive Soccer Sisters Jersey. If interested, contact, Development officer Jason O’Connor on 0831226859 for registration. First 10 girls to register will be at a cost of €5!
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!
READ 1,000!: The Read 1,000 initiative has finally begun! It was launched by Deputy Mayor Maria Byrne on February 19th in Our Lady of Lourdes School. Many members of the community have already starting reading to ensure that the challenge will be completed. All are welcome to take part and any support in achieving this aim would be greatly appreciated! If you or any member of your family has read a book, magazine or newspaper please tick it of on one of the number charts with are located around the community. For further information please contact Tracy Fitzgerald, Home School Liaison Coordinator, on 085 7290048.
EDUCATION UPDATE: The AONTAS Adult Learners Festival kicks off from Monday February 25th - Saturday March 2Nd. Local events include: 11:30am Wednesday Feb 27th - Coffee Morning in LIT, Moylish Park Campus. 2pm Thursday Feb 28th - Open Afternoon at An tIonad Glas Organic College, Dromcollogher, Limerick
Friday March 1st - Leargas European study viits for Education and Vocational Training specialists, Decision-makers Information and Application Procedures meeting at Limerick Education Centre. For further information visit www.adultlearnersfestival.com
AL WOMENS DAY: Following on from the success of last year’s International Women’s Day celebration, Limerick City Community Arts Group have organised another event for this year’s International Women’s Day on the 8th of March which will be held in Daghda, St John’s Square from 10am – 1pm. This event is being organised by Limerick City Community Arts Group in the city and is being supported by Limerick City Community Development Project Ltd, Limerick Women’s Network and PAUL Partnership Ltd. The morning will consist of music and dance featuring various cultures and nationalities. There will be a display of arts and crafts which have been produced by women’s groups from all over the City. Women throughout the city are invited to attend, admission is free and refreshments will be served during the event.
STEPS: The young men’s group that runs on Tuesday evenings is currently making wooden dog boxes with Brian Mitchell. It’s proving very popular with the group! We will be engaging with a number of young people over Easter with activities such as swimming, soccer, cooking and a trip to Ennis fun world. More information to follow over the next few weeks!
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: The school is a very busy place and the children and adults have embraced the READ 1,000 project that was launched this week by the Local Education Committee. Every class is making a special effort to leave the computer games and the TV alone and to make time to read books. Diane Judge, parent on the Local Education Committee, visited classes and delivered special raffle tickets to the teachers. Every time a child reads a book, their name is put on a special raffle ticket. A raffle will be held at the end of the project and we hear that there are some very good prizes to be won.
It’s all systems go as we rehearse for the celebratory concert in April. Our Lady of Lourdes School is 50 years old this year, and we intend to celebrate in style! Tony Cusack and Mr. Doyle are putting the actors through their paces and the corridors are filled with the sounds of sea shanties as the children practice their songs. The theme of the show is ‘Trouble on the High Seas’ and it is a musical story that is full of pirates, angry natives and even Blackbeard himself! Tony has met with a number of fully grown up past pupils who will be acting in the show, including some of the people who were the very first children to attend the school in 1963.
The Parents Room has been very busy this week too. The Storysacks programme has kicked off once more, led by Ber Bourke. On the first morning, the mums picked a story book that they felt their child would love. Every mum will work on the book, creating a special sack that is full of interesting and educational items based on the theme of the story book. It is a very worthwhile and enjoyable ten week programme, and the children really love the finished product.
Incredible Years this week explored the area of ‘emotion coaching’. We teach children academic and practical skills, but we also need to teach them how to identify and regulate their own emotions, so as to lead to positive feelings and behaviours. The discussions led very naturally to how we can help our children with their feelings and the parents came up with a great deal of strategies to help their children. The value of praising children for positive behaviours cannot be overemphasised.
Spring has sprung in senior infants, and already they are getting ready for gardening. Every child has planted seeds in the classroom. Third class has also dusted off the propagator in preparation for the growing season.
FAIRTRADE QUIZ: Our Lady of Lourdes is well on its way to achieving Fairtrade status. There will be a quiz on Wednesday March 6th at 8pm in Punches Bar, Punches Cross. It costs €20 per table or €5 per person. It would be great to have a few tables from Our Lady of Lourdes area in attendance!