Congratulations to our recent Credit Union art winners. We had a number of individual and group winners in the 11 - 13 section and also the 14 - 17 section. Very well done to all participants.
Donation from a very thoughtful lady.
Last week Cissie Jackson visited the school with her daughter Rosaleen. Cissie lives in Maudabawn and recently celebrated her 95th birthday. In lieu of gifts she asked her family and friends to gift her cash which she donated to the school.
Cissie presented Rachel with a cheque for €450.
Promotional video for Music Generation featuring Holy Family School
Today we introduced our 'Drink More Water' campaign in the Holy Family School as part of our Healthy Schools initiative. Each pupil received a customized water bottle with their name and the school crest. These bottles were kindly sponsored by the Cootehill operation transformation group. Fresh drinking water is provided throughout the school for both staff and pupils, Funding for this initiative was also given by the school parents association. Already we can see a notable difference in the amount of water being consumed by both staff and pupils
As part of our 'Healthy School' initiative we launched our Mile a day on Monday, January 20th. This involves each class becoming more active for 15 minutes every day in whichever way suits each room. The pupils in the White Star launched the walk with the help of Lorraine O'Neill (Operation Transformation) who cut the ribbon. The seniors then walked down to the main building where they were greeted by the pupils and staff from the Junior school, Special Care classes and ASD classes. The entire school community then took part in an exercise class given by Tara Duffy. Lorraine was being followed by the RTE cameras and we are all hoping to see some familiar faces on RTE on Operation Transformation on Wednesday night!
Christmas came early for the pupils in the Holy Family school when the Cavan football team came to visit the pupils with bags filled with jerseys, footballs and treats for each pupil in the school. There was a fun filled atmosphere all around throughout the day as the Monaghan supporters tried to catch the players out with a few tricky questions. The players were keeping tactics quiet as P.E teacher Laura tried in vain to get some information from the team and management!!
The Senior School pupils performed a Carol Service in the All Saints Church for parents, family members and invited guests. This was a unique community celebration featuring songs and poems performed by the pupils. The pupils sang a feast of beautiful Carols, old and new for all the family to sing and enjoy with some seasonal poetry.
The pupils also performed the Carol service at the Christmas lunch in the Day Center for the elderly in Cootehill. A wonderful experience for everybody
It was an early start on Monday for a group of young entrepreneurs as the travelled to Dublin for the Junior Entrepreneur showcase in the RDS. Over1600 pupils from around Ireland attended the event to showcase their product. This was a wonderful experience for our pupils. The group displayed their cookery book, chatted to pupils from other primary schools about their product and compared profits made! Our pupils from the Holy Family School were shortlisted for two awards, Financial wizards and Top Teams. This is the first year the school participated and it was a wonderful experience from production, sales to the showcase. Well done to a wonderful bunch of Young Entrepreneurs.
Thanks to the generosity of the Parents' Association and the Board of Management our new school bus arrived in March. It pulled up at the school door to a big welcome from the pupils who were all waiting to climb aboard. Some staff were nervous at the prospect of driving it but it has had its maiden voyage. The addtional bus means that more pupils will have the opportunity to be out and about on educational trips and outings.
The senior pupils working on the Junior Entrepreneur Program met with some 'Dragons' in the White Star! Each pair presented their ideas with some visual props created by themselves. Travis and Marc spoke about their love of comic books and displayed a number of their wonderful art pieces. Dylan also expressed his interest in making a picture illustrated story and answered a number of tricky questions.Toni and Rachel created a game called 'Pop the Poker chip', this was a favorite with the dragons as they showed their competitive edge trying to out-win each other! Daniel and Caelan spoke about their healthy eating board game. Darren and Caelan spoke about their personalized sports bottle. Orlando introduced us to his handmade bird houses. We then had a conference call with Paul who spoke about his idea of a recipe book, he had wanted to call it 'Granny's recipes' as these were already tried and tested.
All pupils showed wonderful interview skills and did remarkably well at introducing us to their ideas,
The pupils are now bringing all their talents together and creating 'The Holy Family' Recipe book which is a combination of all our Holy Family Favorite recipes.