The children from Sixth Class have been very busy reestablishing the Play Buddy Programme in the school. A new rota has been set up by the Play Buddy Team with the help of Ms. Mc Guinness. They have all been out on yard each day since returning to school to play with the Junior and Senior Infant children. This helps ease the younger children’s transition back into school. The Play Buddies have also been provided with a wealth of new toys (balls, hoops, cones, Connect 4, Giant Jenga, blocks, toy trucks etc.) by the Parents Association. These toys are being brought out into the yard on a phased basis and will entertain the children greatly.
We had great fun this week for Active School Week (20th – 24th June). We engaged with the following activities throughout the week:
PAWS Water Safety Program
Dance Workshop with Ms. Duffy
Pupils vs. Teachers Penalty Shootout
School Soccer Yard League
The Daily Mile
The Parents Association organised a Shorts and Shades Disco for the whole school on Thursday 23rd June 2022. Mr. Dullaghan our inhouse DJ provided the music at the event. The sun shone on the evening and the disco could be held outdoors in the playground. The children had a marvellous time. A huge thank you to the Parents Association for the work they did to ensure the event was such a resounding success!
6th Class visited Skypark in Carlingford on Friday June 24th for their final school tour. It was a wonderful day and the sun came out to make it even more special and enjoyable! We were so busy all day participating in the various activities and attempting the aeriel tour that we only got photographs at lunch time!!
The children from 5th and 6th class really enjoyed participating in their Sports Day activities organised by Ms. Higgins. They were wonderful captains for the team events and participated with enthusiasm! The children from 5th and 6th class also got to participate in sprint races, sack races and three legged races. They were presented with their medals at school on Wednesday 22nd June!
Sixth class were brought on a school tour to the Dundalk Guard Station where they were given some insights into the challenging and rewarding work that our Guards do to keep us safe and protected. Our local Community Guard Damian Welby helped organise this wonderful tour. The children really enjoyed the experience meeting representatives from the Armed Force Unit, The Traffic Corps and the Community Guards. They also got to meet some Detectives and the Superintendent.
The children from Saint Fursey’s N.S were treated to three days of great fun to promote Wellbeing Week in the school. This was organised by the 6th class Wellbeing committee with the help of Ms. Mc Guinness. The week was split into the following days:
Wellbeing Wednesday – The children in each class chatted about Wellbeing and the activities that we can do to promote our Mental Health and Wellbeing. The sixth class children organised a colouring competition for this day where all classes in the school were invited to complete a “Selfie Colouring Page”. The children were encouraged to illustrate pictures of themselves involved in activities that they enjoy. Winners of this competition will be announced in the coming days!
Thoughtful Thursday – All children were encouraged to participate in meditation and minfulness activities during this day. Some classes listened to mindfulness podcasts while others engaged in guided meditation and engaged in some relaxing mindfulness colouring activities.
Fitness Friday – All children in the school were encouraged to participate in additional PE lesson today. The children from 6th class organised a Yard disco for lunchtime. The whole school were also treated to a game of Teachers Versus 6th class Rounders. This was an enjoyable afternoon. The teachers defeated 6th class by one point!!!
The children from 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class had a wonderful day on their school tour which was held at Gormanston College. The sun was shining and everyone was in great form heading off. The children enjoyed participating in a range of fun team building activities – wall climbing, wrecking ball, zorbing, archery, inflatable assault courses, KMX carting and team building relays. The tour was well deserved by all pupils after two years with no school tour due to Covid-19!
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022 was celebrated in Scoil Fhursa. Lots of fun activities were organised in the school by Ms. Sloane. The children participated in a Tráth na gCéist. They wore Green clothes to school for Lá Glas and the Sixth Class children organised a playground disco and danced to lots of popular Irish tunes by TG Lurgan. All classes participated in a Ceolchoirm in Geraldine’s Hall. There were amazing performances by all classes which varied from songs, poetry and dance. This was a great celebration as it was the first time that the whole school came together since the beginning of the Covid Pandemic. Well done to everyone involved. Bain sult as Lá le Pádraig!
World Book Day was celebrated in the school at the beginning of March. The children enjoyed a range of Literacy activities and lessons to promote a love and enthusiasm for reading. The World Book Day celebrations marked the opening of the Annual School Book Fair. The Book Fair was organised by 6th class students this year with the help of Ms. Mc Guinness. Lots of money was spent at the Fair which means that we have over €1200 of rewards to spend on books for the school. Thanks to everyone for their hard work, support and generosity.
WATCH THIS SPACE!! IT IS ALMOST THE TIME OF YEAR FOR OUR ANNUAL BOOK FAIR TO RETURN!!
Each year to celebrate World Book Day
on the 1st of March Ms. Mc Guinness organises the annual Book Fair. This is held for a week in the school Hall. With the help and assistance of the parents committee the fair is open each morning and afternoon where children and parents are invited to browse and purchase a selection of popular and classic much loved and educational books.
With strict covid cleaning procedures in place the Book Fair was able to go ahead in 2021. Over €1000 commission was raised through the book fair. This money will be spent wisely. We purchased books that are used during Literacy Stations and by class teachers at all class levels in our school throughout the year. Thanks to all those who helped and bought at the fair.
During World Book Day week the teachers are also encouraged to undertake a selection of reading activities with the children to promote reading for pleasure. This can include DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time, Reading buddies, dressing up as book characters, writing book reviews etc. It is an enjoyable and worthwhile week in the school year.
Ms. Patricia Reynolds, the author of Trish the Witch and renowned drama teacher, works alongside the class teachers in our school. Together they present a broad and comprehensive drama programme to the children in our school. A School Showcase of Drama is held for parents every second year. Also, throughout the year we take part in School talent shows, Christmas Nativity Play, the Blackrock Raft Race Talent Show and Feis Dhun Dealgan. We go to the local secondary schools, Town Hall, Local Library and sometimes even to big venues in Dublin to watch different performances. We are a very talented school!
Last Tuesday we held some special covid compliant celebrations in the school to show Mrs. Vallely exactly how much we appreciate her dedication to the school for over thirty years. She was treated to a variety of performances from each class. She enjoyed watching a farewell video from the children. We held a live presentation via Zoom with all of the classes which was attended by representatives from the Board of Management and Parents Association. She was delighted to be presented with an array of beautiful gifts from the children and parents in the school. The children enjoyed an afternoon of party celebrations too and were treated to drinks and crisps on behalf of the Board of Management. It was a very special day for a very special person. Enjoy browsing through the photographs and watching the videos which give a snap shot of the enjoyable performances and celebrations from the day!
Farewell Video from the Children:
Junior Infants – Let Her Go:
Féileacáin Class Bid Farewell:
Class Performances Senior Infants – 6th Class:
“Maths Week Ireland is an all-island initiative and a partnership of institutions and groups promoting positive attitudes towards maths and highlighting the importance of maths in our lives since 2006.” This year the activities have been running from the 16th of October to 24th October. Here at St. Fursey’s N.S we aim to promote a positive attitude among children towards Math. All classes in the school participated in a myriad of mathematical activities that promoted a hands-on constructivist approach to learning Math. The children were encouraged to develop their mathematical skills through investigation and problem solving tasks. Here are some examples of activities the children engaged in during this time.
Live Zoom lessons with Mathematicians
Maths TV shows hosted by Maths Week Ireland
Online mathemaical games on school chromebooks
Math Games e.g. Bingo, Math Board Games…
Problem Solving Activities – e.g. Find the Odd One Out/ What’s the Question/ Math News Headlines
Math Station Activities
Enjoy browsing through some photographs of the work and activities that we undertook throughout the week.
This year the children dressed up in their Halloween attire on the final day before the Mid-Term Break as part of the “TRICK OR TREAT FOR TEMPLE STREET” charity which is a very worthy cause. The children, with the help of their parents and guardians, put huge effort into their costumes and looked amazing. Thanks to everyone for their kind donations and to Mrs. Hamill who organised the event in our school. Hopefully the children enjoyed the day of school and have a marvellous mid-term break!
The School choir are under the direction of Ms. Aisling Brennan. The choir normally enjoy taking part in the Peace Proms Concert in Dublin with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. They also sing at our School Opening Mass in October, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. At Christmas they also performed at Blackrock Abbey and the School Nativity Mass in St. Fursey’s Church, Haggardstown.
For the past year it has been unfortunate that the choir have been unable to engage in these activities due to the Covid-19 protocols that are in place in the school to ensure the safety of all. Hopefully they will be able to resume again soon!
St.Fursey’s N.S celebrated ‘Catholic Schools Week’ from 23rd to 30th of January 2022 . The theme was ‘ Living life to the Full’. Deacon Dermot celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a Prayer Service. We reflected on the things that give our lives meaning and celebrated the gifts and talents we have in following God’s teaching.
We also celebrated our Grandparents on Wednesday. The children prayed for their grandparents, sang songs, wrote poems, letters and created beautiful artwork for them too. Catholic Schools Week was a great success.
We hope and pray that our grandparents will be able to once again, visit our school for Grandparents Day 2023.
Quizzes – Each year children are chosen to represent the school on Quiz teams for a variety of competitions held locally. The team is chosen by the 5th and 6th class teachers. Ms. Mulholland and Mr. Smith works with the quiz teams during the school year.
School Choir – The school Choir is under the direction of Ms. Aisling Brennan. They sing for various events throughout the school year such as First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Christmas School Concert, Local Nursing Homes, Community Alert Christmas Party for local senior citizens and many other concerts during the academic year.
Spelling Bee – Our school has taken part in the National Spelling Bee competition run by 2fm on the Ryan Tubridy Show.
St. Brigids Day – Mrs. Gallagher, a retired teacher from our school comes in to teach the children in the senior classes how to make St. Brigids crosses each year.
BasketBall – Mrs. Smith started up the first ever Basketball team within the school for boys and girls in 5th and 6th class. The children were extremely interested. The teams were very successful and enjoyed participating in competitions held in Dundalk Sports Centre. We hope for continued success in the coming school year. WATCH THIS SPACE!!
Gaelic – The boys and girls in the senior classes are taken for coaching in gaelic and take part in a range of matches and blitz tournaments throughout the school year. The Coaches for GAA in the school are Ms. Sloane, Mr. Smith and Mr. O Donoghue.
Our school values the uniqueness of each and every child. We understand that in the current busy, modern and fast paced world that we live in that children’s mental health and wellbeing must be nurtured. Over the past few years the school undertook some initiatives to ensure that the wellbeing needs of the children were being met.
Some of these initiatives included:
Growth Mindset Lessons – these were provided to the children by Sharon Fenelly.
Yoga – After School Yoga sessions were available for all children to participate in.
Mindfulness Meditation – Every Tuesday and Thursday all classes took part in meditation for 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Wednesday – Homework on Wednesdays is to engage in a simple family activity at home in order to promote healthy and happy families.
As the Schools have been closed due to Covid-19, Ms. Mc Guinness and Ms. Higgins worked together to organise a Virtual Programme of activities to promote Mental Health and Wellbeing. These planned activities took place during the week leading up to the Mid-Term Break. All the children in the school were informed that there would be activities spread out over the three days to promote:
1) Mindful Monday
2) Thankful Tuesday
3) Wellbeing Wednesday
To fundraise for Pieta House, the children were encouraged to send in videos of themselves doing the Jerusalema Dance. This has been put together by Ms. Higgins and turned out FABULOUS. You can enjoy watching it below.
Please remember that you can still donate to PIETA HOUSE by clicking the link below. Pieta House is a very worth charity that provides services to support Mental Health and Wellbeing.