First Aid

Each member of staff recently completed a Basic Life Support Course which was run in our school. Thanks to James McLoughlin from Absolute Safety and Environmental Services for facilitating this course and upskilling staff in such a vital area.

Sports Update

We have mainly concentrated on the Athletics and Games Strands from September to December. The Aquatics Strand continues from September to March with each class from 2nd – 6th classes inclusive in a five week block session. Land aquatics will be taught from Junior Infants to 1st class. As well as the three strands above a certain amount of activity, be it integrated or stand alone, has taken place with the Dance, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventure Activities Strands.

ATHLETICS

On the 24th September our school cross country team competed at Moyne Community School. Seven of our athletes qualified for the Connaught final, our 3rd/4th class boys team came 1st in the team event with 3 of our boys coming in 1st, 3rd and 7th in the 800m race. One of our girls came 2nd in the 1000m race which qualified her for the Connaught finals also.

Seven of our athletes competed in the Connaught Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at the IT Sligo on the 14th October. All seven bought home a medal and our 3rd/4th class boys’ team won the 1000m category, with two of our boys finishing in the top 10. Our senior girl finished in the top 10 in the 1200m race.

GAELIC FOOTBALL, HURLING/CAMÓGIE

Our mixed and girls’ teams reached their respective finals in the Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic Football Leagues. Our mixed team defeated Edgeworthstown in the Division 2 final while our girls’ team were defeated by Colmcille.

We continue to have Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camógie coaching from September to November with GAA coaches, James Moran, a past pupil of the school and a member of Grattan Óg GAA club and Kathlyn Quinn of Coaching and Games Development. 

Hurling/Camógie blitzs were organised in Edgeworthstown for 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes.

Gaelic Football blitzs for 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes took place at Grattan Óg’s Dunbeggan Park.

ACTIVE SCHOOL FLAG

We decided to renew of Active School Flag status despite the ongoing building works. It is almost 3 years since we were granted our first Active School Flag.

OTHER NEWS

We plan to introduce 3 types of Rounders after Easter. (small ball, big ball and cluster of balls)

Bizzy Break! and Bizzy Break! For Rainy Days have been purchased from the Irish Heart Foundation so as to be incorporated into our P.E. programme.

We have also registered with Super Troopers which promotes physical activity, nutrition and well-being. This will be rolled out in January. A lot of the yard games are currently being played.

The next competitive  item on the sports calendar will be our senior team’s participation in the annual volleyball/spikeball blitz in Roscommon in January.

New School Building

Sammon Builders from Aughnasheelin, Co. Leitrim are currently building a 10 classroom extension to our school. Work is progressing at a steady pace and the project is expected to be completed by October 2017. The oldest part of the school, built in 1893, has been retained and will be refurbished in the project. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during construction and look forward to our new state of the art school building.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Grattan Óg GFC for allowing us the use of their facilities and accommodating us so kindly  during the building of our new school.

‘We are busy building children’s minds as Sammon Builders build our school’

 

Ms. O’ Reilly’s Retirement

On Friday,  21st October we celebrated Ms. O’ Reilly’s 39 years of service to our school.

Fr. Michael McGrath celebrated mass in the Drama Room for Marian, her family and friends, her colleagues (past and present) and the pupils of Stonepark N.S. Children from each class and family and friends  participated in the mass with readings, responsorial psalm, prayers of the faithful, the offertory procession, communion reflection and the choir conducted by Ms. Leavy. The Drama Room was beautifully decorated with bunting designed and made by each and every pupil. Marian was presented with gifts from the Board of Management, the Parents’ Association and the staff and pupils of the school. Photographs followed in the school yard that were published in the Longford Leader. Refreshments were then served in the staffroom. The celebrations were testament to the high regard and respect that Ms. O’ Reilly has earned during her time in Stonepark N.S.

39 years of teaching…

100s of students taught…

Many staff meetings!

Over 1000 cups of coffee…

And countless hours dedicated

to 1 lucky school!

A colleague, mentor and friend,

Ms. Marian O’ Reilly

 

 

School Calendar 2016/2017

Start Term: Tuesday, 30th August 2016 9.20a.m.

October Mid-term break

Friday, 28th October 3p.m. – Monday, 7th November 2016 9.20a.m. (1 week)

Christmas Holidays

Thursday, 22nd December 2016 12.30p.m. – Monday, 9th January 2017 9.20a.m.

February Mid-term break

Thursday, 23rd and Friday, 24th February 2017

St Patrick’s Day

Friday, 17th March 2017

Easter Holidays

Friday April 7th 2017 12:30pm to Monday April 24th 9.20a.m.

May Bank Holiday

Monday, 1st May 2017

 June-Bank Holiday

Monday, 5th June 2017

Summer Holidays

Friday, 23rd June 2017 at 12.30p.m.

 

Note

Under The Education (Welfare) Act, every school must notify TUSLA (Child and Family Agency) if a child has missed a total of 20 days in the school year.

Under the Act, every absence of a child from school must be accounted for, by giving the child a note to explain his/her absence on his/her return to school.  Please note that the roll is called every morning at 9.30a.m.

 

Other Dates for your diary 

Confirmation Day - Sunday, 21st May at 3p.m. in St. Mel’s Cathedral

First Holy Communion – Saturday, 6th May at 11a.m. in St. Mel’s Cathedral

First Confession – Tuesday, 7th March at 6.15p.m. in St. Anne’s Church, Curry

 

School Day

Infants 9.20a.m. – 2.00p.m. All other classes 9.20a.m. – 3p.m.

Break – 11.00-11.15a.m.

Infants – 2nd – Lunch (12.30p.m. – 1p.m.): 3rd – 6th Lunch (1p.m. – 1.30p.m.)

Young Einsteins

Every class in the school were treated to a fabulous morning of Science experiments recently, with a scientist from the Young Einsteins. A big thank you again to the Parents’ Association for sponsoring the event.

 

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6th Class News

6th class had a very busy couple of weeks getting ready to leave primary school. They had a great day at the Garda Sports Day in Slashers, where they took part in lots of fun events. That same day they played the annual basketball game against the teachers. For only the third time in fifteen years 6th class beat the teachers, with Callum McCormack’s winning basket bringing the final score to 12-10. Well done to all the girls and boys who took part.

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We would like to wish all the children from 6th class the very best of luck as they move on to secondary school.

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The Michelle Glancy Poetry Memorial

The annual Michelle Glancy Poetry Memorial was held in 4th class and the children produced some beautiful poems. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Michael Smith.

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Sporting News

As always we had a very busy year with sport in our school. The following are some of the children’s sporting achievements throughout the year:

  • The girls were runners-up in the County Longford Primary Schools Plate basketball final 2016.
  • The boys were also runners-up in the County Longford Primary Schools Cup basketball final 2016.
  • We also took part in the Mixed Hurling Championships (in which we got to the finals) and the FAI 5 a-side Schools’ Soccer.
  • We are very proud to call ourselves the Division 2A Gaelic Football Champions of 2016! We were serious underdogs going into this final, with St. Michael’s having beaten us significantly in the round stages in March. We came from a point behind at half time to win the match by four points. This was a huge team effort with a huge team attitude. Well done to the boys. You did yourselves, your families and your school proud.

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Finally, a huge thank you to Master Leen for all his hard work with all of the sporting events this year.

 

Walk to School Week!

This week was Walk to School Week. Wednesday was WOW Day and we would like to thank all the girls and boys for making such a huge effort to park’n’ stride. Our slogan was ‘be cool and walk to school’  and 162 very cool dudes walked to school on Wednesday!

 

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