“June brings the school’s annul Annual Sports Day on Friday 22nd, outdoor activities and a Treasure Hunt on the beach. The Parents of St. Francis NS will once again take part in the Blackrock Tidy Towns Raft Race!’
As the school year draws to a close Oreena can look back on a fruitful year which included a new addition to the teaching staff,
“Last September St. Francis NS welcomed new staff member - Deirdre Clarke and later in the month, the Children celebrated the raising of their Yellow Flag as a Health Promoting School’.
“In October St. Francis Feast Day was marked in style yet again with a terrific visit from Newgrange Falconry, and Halloween brought ghosts and ghouls as the children participated in our annual fancy dress day’.
“November saw the pupils of St. Francis NS begin tennis coaching, with the ever good-humoured Gus Kresa and his team. Science Week was great fun as usual with bubbles and bangs galore’.
“At the Louth Co. Council Environmental competition awards in December Leah Arrowsmith (1st Class) proudly took third place for designing and making Christmas decorations using recycled materials, Christmas Plays went off without a hitch and €200 was raised for local charity – Cross Cause’.
“In January St. Francis NS and St. Oliver Plunkett’s NS pupils came together as part of the Blackrock Parish children’s choir under the guidance of Úna Feagan and February saw the start of the Greenwave project – monitoring the roll out of Spring across the country by noting the arrival of frogspawn, primroses, swallows and leaves on Ash and Chestnut trees. As part of the school’s traffic management initiates, bicycle parking racks have been installed and are being put to good use.
“In March the school celebrated World Book Day with creative costumes and art & craft activities. Carmel Connolly led the School Céilí and The Armagh Rhymers entertained the children bi-lingually with tales of turnips during Seachtain na Gaeilge! Second Class had a very informative visit to the Wind Turbine at DKIT as part school’s Discovery Science Programme. Third Class met local Gardaí in Dundalk Garda Station. No arrests were made!
“In April the children participated in National Spring Clean. They followed the growth of flowers and vegetables they had planted sown in the Incredible Edibles Programme. The Parent’s Association organised our annual Easter Egg Hunt and our 3rd fantastic annual Intercultural Day. We all really enjoyed tasting wonderful dishes from around the world’.
“In May Second Class received their First Holy Communion with the support of the Blackrock Parish Children’s Choir. Míle Buíochas to Miss Carolan, Miss Clarke and Úna Feagan. The School’s fantastic Parents Association decorated The Community Centre and baked and catered for family and friends on the day’.