02 July 2009

Farran School Bulletin (No.3 2008-2009)

Ø    The children in the junior classes finished off their Speech and Drama session with a very enjoyable play, just before the Easter break. They made the most of the good weather we had at the time and performed out of doors in the sunshine.
Ø    The swimming for the senior classes started on the first day back to school after the holidays. These will continue until June.
Ø    One of our parents, Noel Lynch, who is also a past pupil, visited the school and spoke to the children about dairy farming, and specifically about the lifecycle of a calf. This forms part of our Discover Primary Science Programme.
Ø    Roger O’Sullivan interviewed the children who recently received Confirmation. This was for the D.V.D. which Roger makes each year of the Confirmation ceremony.
Ø    The judging of the school garden competition, sponsored by 4Homes took place on May 13th. Unfortunately we were not placed this year. However, we’re sure everyone involved gained from the experience.
Ø    Sr. Geraldine visited the school and examined the children in their religious education.
Ø    On Friday May 15th like all other schools we observed a minutes silence to commemorate all those who died in the famine.
Ø    The Parents Association ran a fund raising bag – packing venture in Quish’s Super Valu in Ballincollig.
Ø    We received our third Award of Science Excellence this year. Well done to all involved.
Ø    Ten children received their First Holy Communion in May.
Ø    Roger O’Sullivan also makes a D.V.D. of this ceremony and interviewed the children one morning in the school.
Ø    The Parents Association hosted a lovely reception in the school hall for the children who received First Communion, their families and the school staff.
Ø    The 5th & 6th classes paid a very interesting visit to the Lifetime Lab on the Lee Road.
Ø    Having won the Sciath na Scol final last year, we competed at a higher level this year. We were absolutely delighted to reach the final again, but were unfortunately beaten on the day. We are very grateful to all our mentors and supporters throughout the year. Our thanks too to the Éire Óg club who treated the players to refreshments in the Kilumney Inn after the game.
Ø    The school nurse came to the school for the health screening of the children in Junior Infants, 1st class and 6th class.
Ø    We took part in a recycling project run by W.E.E.E. Ireland, and collected a bin full of small electrical items no longer in use. In return the school received a computer.
Ø    The Parents Association ran a fundraising golf classic for the school in June in the Lee Valley Golf Course.
Ø    We collected old mobile phones for the Meningitis Research Foundation. We received great support for this venture. For every 100 phones collected we hope to get a laptop computer. In all we collected 300 old phones.
Ø    The school tours this year included  visits to Kennedy’s Open Farm (Junior & Senior Infants), Tralee (1st & 2nd), Bunratty Castle and Craggaunowen (3rd – 6th).
Ø    The children in the junior classes had an afternoon of sport in the Mardyke sports centre in early June. We are very grateful to Helen Ryan for organising this.
Ø    The Cork U.21 football team visited the school with their All Ireland cup.
Ø     Representatives of the U.12 camogie team also visited the school with their cup.
Ø    The Parents Association held their annual book sale in the school hall on Wed. June 10th   at 7.00p.m.
Ø    The Cork City Sports unfortunately were cancelled because of weather conditions.
Ø    The school sports were held in the field adjoining the school. A great day was had by all and it was wonderful to see so many past pupils returning to give assistance on the day.
Ø    Past pupil Brian O’Donovan returned to the school to present our third Award of Science Excellence. Brian is the Finance Correspondent for T.V.3, and has won an award for his documentary “Lawless Ireland” on that channel. We thank him for taking time out for this presentation.
Ø    We wish the 6th class children well as they embark on their journey into second level education.
Ø    The school year 2009/2010 begins on Mon. Aug.31st. We look forward to seeing you all on that day, especially our new Junior Infants.