OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Even though September is a month when a lot of formal learning takes place in a school, we also made time this week for a bit of fun. We took part in the 95 Stop Tour and ‘Welly Wednesday’ which was run by Limerick Live 95fm. All the children went home and rooted down the backs of sofas, searched under beds and raided their money boxes to bring spare coins to school to try to fill a welly boot with coins. We can confirm that we did indeed fill the welly with money! All proceeds went to the Children’s Ark in University Hospital Limerick and CARI.
Combating bullying is very high on our list of priorities in Our Lady of Lourdes School. In June, we ran a very successful campaign, promoting good friendship and self regulation skills. Many of our teachers attended courses over the summer months to educate themselves about bullying and what we can do to deal with it. Our Parents Association is a member of the National Parents Council and will be availing of training for parents in October. We have a large stock of outdoor toys and games for use during playtimes and we actively encourage children to bring them out to play with on breaks.
Limerick City Community Safety workers have been coming into 4th, 5th and 6th class this month teaching the children about bullying and what they can do to prevent it. There has been a lot of work done by the teachers around the issue of cyber bullying. The advice we give to children is to guard your personal information online. Even private profiles are not fully secure. People should always think before they publish – information and photos online are there forever, and can be used against people at a later time. It is also important to remember that friends aren’t always friends – internet users should be cautious when communicating online with people they don’t know and trust in the real world.
Last year, we had a very productive relationship with the FAI and our local coach, Jason O’Connor. We are glad to report that the training sessions will resume this coming week with Jason. Our children’s soccer skills developed wonderfully during the year and we are looking forward to bringing home some trophies and medals thia season!
Our Parents Association held its first meeting of the school year this week. They made lots of plans for fundraising for the coming few months, including the ever popular cake sales and colours days. We welcomed some new faces to our group and we welcomed a few back who had been away studying.
There are still one or two places available in our Early Start Unit. 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. Enquiries to Mrs. Rickard at 086 2726636.
STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: The Doodle Den club has successfully kicked off again in Our Lady of Lourdes NS. This year the club started off with a parents’ session, in which all that Doodle Den has to offer was explained to interested parents. On the day the parents got to sample some of the activities the children will be doing during the club, as well as meet facilitators that will be working with their children. Each parent also left kitted with a set of magnetic alphabets that can be used to continue reading and writing at home. A week later thirteen eager senior infant class pupils signed up for the club and have now finished with their first week of activities. The first week saw the book “Farmer Duck” introduced to the group, and some lovely art work, including hand print rainbow and painted autumn leaves completed. Children also got to try out a new game called Builders and Bulldozers! We are delighted to see that all of the senior infants class pupils signed up for the club, and look forward to having great fun throughout the year!
3rd and 4th class also started back with their homework club. We welcomed our third class pupils who are all new to the club, and were glad to see our 4th class pupils back from last year. We also welcome our volunteers, Janet Moody, Rita Ryan, Maureen Hassett and Nuala O’Mara, who join SCP staff to help children with their homework.
GOING FOR GOLD AWARDS: Congratulations to Teresa and Gerry Ryan, Greenfields, Rosbrien, who won first prize in the garden competition category and to Kevin O Dwyer, Garryglass Ballinacurra Weston who won an individual merit award. This award was given in recognition of individuals who contribute to environment initiatives in their local community. Well done to all.
CHARITY WALK: Many thanks to all who turned up on Saturday to take part in the Charity walk to support CDKL5. CDKL5 is a rare neurological disorder that begins in infancy and affects children all around the world. Children with CDKL5 require intensive speech, vision, physical and occupational therapies. On the return journey the group was greeted by some members of the CSB pipeband who entertained all. 522 was raised by the event. Many thanks to all who participated, your support was greatly appreciated.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES COMMUNITY CHOIR: If you are interested in getting involved in this new initiative in olol please come along on Tuesday 1st October 2013 at 2pm in OLOL Primary school Hall. If you would like further information on this new project and or would like to get involved but cannot make Tuesday please contact Ann in Garryglass house or Eimear at 083 3807030.
WEST END YOUTH CENTRE: All our programmes are back in full swing and are currently open to new members. Call to the centre to find out more about our exciting new timetable. In a redesign of our evening Drop-In’s we are now open four late nights to cater for the young people in our community. Monday and Wednesday nights are for boys while Tuesday and Thursday are for girls. We are open from 7pm-9pm each night, with the first hour exclusively for 10 to 14 year olds. Please feel free to drop by and say hello if you would like to find out any more information or if you are interested in volunteering.