October 16, 2014

How time flies when you’re having fun! I can’t believe we are at the Halloween Midterm point. I feel like there is not enough time in the day to get around to all the activities that we have had going on over the past two months.
First off I want to mention our ‘Magic Garden’. It is now back to its magical status simply because we have had a fantastic bunch of Dad’s working tirelessly to get it that way. I want to give a big thank you on behalf of the students and staff at St. Brendan’s to: David Lynskey, Liam Hanlon, Ivan Lynskey, Joe Bennett and Mick Hansbury. This bunch of Dads have given us back our wonderful garden. We hope that different classes will take on different projects in the garden. There are a number of raised beds, flowers and piece de resistance…our Polytunnel!! Green fingers…here we come.
There is another group of volunteers here who’s work often goes unnoticed. They are all the Mammies who do our fruit every single morning. They come in, the wash, the chop, the de-seed and they deliver the fruit to our classrooms. I am personally so grateful to them all. I didn’t have to beg…the offered their help as they do every year. We as a school owe them a huge THANK YOU!! There is too many to mention individually but I will get round to thanking you all properly soon.
Baking is back…and I for one am so excited. I was overwhelmed with interest old and new for this class. Gráinne is so excited to be back in the kitchen also and has loads of yummy recipes up her sleeve. It’s never too late to get involved. Drop me a line if you have any interest in eating delicious goodies!!
We had a fantastic response to our numeracy survey and would like to thank you all for taking part. The results were very interesting and have given us a lot of food for thought. Maths for Fun arose as an area of interest to parents and staff alike…..great minds…as they say. So, with that in mind I am looking for volunteers. I will be sending out a note before Halloween and hope to get going after midterm . We might start with 1st class and see how we go from there. I am looking for a team of parents to get involved. We hope to run the games for 4 weeks and I know each and every boy in 1st class would love to see their Mammy, Daddy, Granny or Granddad’s coming in to their class and getting involved in their learning. I will show all the volunteers the different games and challenges we have and go through them thoroughly. C’mon…..get involved!!
I have been around to so many different houses introducing myself and drinking countless cups of tea!! I just want to thank you all so much for making me feel more than welcome in your homes. It is an absolute honour to be welcomed so openly. I hope to build on these relationships over the coming years and hope that you all know you can call on me anytime for advice, input or just a chat.
Richelle Treacy H.S.C.L
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