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Posted by: losullivan6888 | May 16, 2018 | No Comment |

Mrs. Elliott’s Second Class received a lovely surprise last week when each girl was presented with a special momento of her First Holy Communion. The kind ladies of the Crochet Club made magnificent white crochet Rosary Beads for the children. Each set of beads was delicately stitched and placed in an exquisite little bag with a love heart attached to it. We would like to say a very big ‘Thank You’ to the members of the Crochet Club and to Father Murphy who blessed the Rosary Beads for the children. The girls really appreciated this thoughtful gesture and they will treasure their gifts for years to come.

Miss Hegarty’s Senior Infants have been studying the topic of ‘Weather’. They are keeping ‘Weather Diaries’ where they record the different weather conditions for each day of the week. Well done to our little ‘Meteorologists’.

The pre-schoolers have been learning lots about frogs. The boys and girls enjoyed singing songs and playing games about frogs. The staff of the Pre-school would like to invite new parents to their Open Day on May 15th at 4pm. There are still a number of free pre-school places available for September 2018.

We were very sad to say farewell to our student teacher and former pupil, Sinéad Barrett, who has just completed her teaching practice with us. Sinéad did fantastic work in First Class and in the Senior Infant classrooms over the past number of months. She taught lovely lessons and organised great activities for our pupils. The children and staff will miss Sinéad so much. We wish her all the best in her teaching career. Go n-éirí go geal leat i gcónaí, a Shinéad!

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Posted by: losullivan6888 | May 11, 2018 | No Comment |

We would like to congratulate our Sixth Class pupils and the pupils from Morning Star Primary School who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 3rd. The girls and boys were confirmed by Bishop Patrick Harrington in a beautiful ceremony in the parish church. We hope that the children and their families had a great day and that they will have lots of lovely memories of this special time in their lives.

On the evening of Wednesday April 25th a Twilight Procession was organised by the Sisters of the Presentation Congregation to celebrate the birth of their foundress, Venerable Nano Nagle, in 1718. The Twilight Lantern Walk began at the North Cathedral and processed through the city stopping at sites along the route which are central to the life story of Nano Nagle. The walk also served as a reminder of Nano’s countless journeys through the streets of Cork as she visited her schools by day and visited the poor of the city by night.

A group of children from Scoil Maria Assumpta took part in this special commemoration to celebrate Nano Nagle’s immense contribution to the education of girls and boys in the eighteenth century. It is wonderful to see that her legacy continues to the present day. The magnificently restored Nano Nagle Place was the perfect venue to mark   the tricentenary of Nano’s birth.

We are so proud of our girls who gave a sensational and truly moving rendition of ‘Touch the Sky’ in the Goldie Chapel. They later performed two dramatic pieces based on the songs, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘An Irish Blessing,’ which were sung by Anne Dunphy’s superb choir from Presentation Secondary School. We are very grateful to Tara O’Connor, our Speech and Drama teacher, who choreographed the dance routines and prepared the children so well for this most memorable event.

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Posted by: losullivan6888 | May 11, 2018 | No Comment |

On April 16th we were delighted to welcome Emma from Maxi Zoo who came to speak to our pupils about taking good care of their pets. The children were so excited to meet Emma’s companion, Poppy, a beautiful black bunny rabbit and they all wanted to make friends with her. Poppy is only four months old. She is very calm and she loves visiting schools around Cork city and county.

The boys and girls in the Pre-school also thoroughly enjoyed playing with Poppy and her charming little bunny friend, Lily.

As part of their preparation for First Holy Communion, Mrs. Elliott’s girls are taking part in the Faith Friends programme. Transition year students from Presentation Secondary School have been partnered with our Second Class pupils. Every Friday the group meets to discuss what will happen on the day of the Communion and they pray together. The older girls also talk about the memories they have of their own First Holy Communion.

Each child is completing a special booklet with the assistance of her Faith Friend. It is lovely to see everyone working and having fun together. We are very grateful to the senior students for their help, support and kindness towards their little friends.

Well done to all of the classes who decorated the school and cheered us up with their wonderful spring and summer artwork. The girls from Sixth Class also created a very interesting display with their photographs, their Confirmation names and an explanation of the significance of the names which they have chosen for their big day. We would like to thank Fr. Murphy who visits the school regularly to meet with the children who are receiving the sacraments.

 

We also have some pictures of our Easter Draw to enjoy. We thank the parents association for organising this this year.

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Posted by: losullivan6888 | April 23, 2018 | No Comment |

Scoil Maria Assumpta

 

Our Fifth Class pupils had a fantastic time on their recent trip to Fota Wildlife Park. They were treated to a ‘behind the scenes’ view of what life is like for the animals. First, they were brought to the Giraffe House and then they got to meet the lions, the red pandas, the cheetahs and the rhinocerus. The girls also participated in a very interesting workshop on native Irish wildlife.

Well done to Clíona Marshall and Katie O’Leary who won this UCC sponsored trip to Fota for their classmates. It was a day to remember for everyone!

Last month children from First Class to Sixth Class took part in an inter-schools gala in the Mayfield Pool. We were highly impressed by the girls swimming ability and they returned to school with a very fine assortment of gold and silver medals. Scoil Maria Assumpta Abú!

We are currently working towards achieving an Active Schools Flag. Miss Ashley Lovett and her committee have organised a number of initiatives to help us reach our goal. On Music Mondays the children dance and move to music in the yard. On Fitness Fridays everyone spends the first five minutes of the day doing fitness stretches and exercises.

All classes are brought to the camogie pitch each day and encouraged to run or walk laps of the field. One lap is equivalent to one mile and we are counting up the laps until we reach Dublin!

The camogie team have commenced their practice sessions and the players are looking forward to taking part in the Sciath na Scol tournament this term.

The boys and girls in the Pre-school have been studying the topic of Space recently. The teachers were really impressed by the amount of interest their budding astronauts have shown in this topic. The new children who joined the Pre-school got a lovely ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ when they arrived this month and they are settling in very nicely.

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5th Class trip to Fota

Posted by: alovett4585 | April 11, 2018 | No Comment |

On Friday 17th March, 5th class went on a trip to Fota courtesy of Cliona Marshall and Katie O’Leary winning a prize for their entries in the Professor Fluffy competition. The girls got a behind the scenes tour of the Zoo and saw how the animals are fed, what their diets are etc. They got to go inside one of the classrooms in Fota and learn about wild Irish animals and even got to touch and hold stuffed ones! They had such a great day out!

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Posted by: losullivan6888 | March 23, 2018 | No Comment |

We would like to thank the members of our newly formed Parents’ Council who organised a ‘Movie Night’ for the senior pupils on the evening of March 9th. The girls watched the film, ‘Diary of a Whimpy Kid’ and they had a great time with their friends. Earlier in the day, the younger children brought their comfy quilts to the Halla and they enjoyed watching the movie, ‘Ballerina’.

Well done to the pre-school girls and boys who had a Pyjama Day last week in order to raise money for Early Childhood Ireland.

Mrs. Barry’s Fourth Class and Miss O’Neill’s Fourth Class have been very busy recently. On March 9th they went on a tour of UCC and were delighted to be invited to participate in a graduation ceremony. On March 13th they competed in Feis Maitiu where they recited the poems ‘Bye Cat’ and ‘Monday’s Child’. The girls could not wait to return to school to announce that they had won second prize in the Action Verse Competition.

On March 15th Mrs. Elliott’s Second Class went along to the Father Matthew Hall to recite their poem, ‘The Wind’, and they also won second prize! We were thrilled to hear the news of their success. Maith sibh go léir, a chailíní!!

Everyone was treated to some great entertainment when pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class took to the stage for our ‘Scoil Maria Assumpta’s Got Talent’ show. Some children sang, others danced, some did gymnastics, others played a musical instrument while others did magic tricks. Fionnuala Linehan and Melanie Kavanagh kindly volunteered to act as judges for the contest. Every participant received a certificate and a lollipop and the overall winners received prizes which were purchased by the members of the Student Council. We are very lucky to have so many talented young performers in our school!

Just before the holidays we had a special Easter raffle. Many thanks to Clair Healy who generously donated an assortment of beautiful Easter egg hampers for the raffle.

The school closed for the holidays on March 23rd and it will reopen on April 9th 2018. Cáisc shona daoibh go léir!

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Posted by: losullivan6888 | March 22, 2018 | No Comment |

The Scoil Maria Assumpta choir was invited to a special ceremony in Presentation Secondary school on the evening of March 5th. The ceremony was held to mark the tercentenary of Venerable Nano Nagle. The magnificent school theatre was renamed The Nano Nagle Theatre in honour of the founder of the Presentation Congregation. The rededication plagues were unveiled by the former principal, Sr. Sheila and by Micheál Martin T.D.

Ann Dunphy’s wonderful choir performed a beautiful selection of songs for the invited guests.

Our choir director, Aoife O’Donovan, led the children in very sweet renditions of Red is the Rose and The Peace Pilgrim’s Prayer.

Another fantastic choir, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Upper School Madrigal Singers, directed by Kendra Welton-Lipman came all the way from Texas for the event.

Our Fourth and Fifth Class pupils went to the City Hall on March 6th for the official launch of the Cork City Council’s Dog Fouling Awareness Campaign. Congratulations to Aideen Mullins from Fifth Class and to Ploy Pholsak, Alyssa O’Carroll, Emily Walsh and Abigail Dineen from Fourth Class who won prizes in the City Council’s art competition. The girls were thrilled to be presented with 25 euro vouchers for Smyth’s toy shop. All of the children received lovely Responsible Dog Ownership back-packs to take home.

At the beginning of the month, the pre-schoolers were very busy with their preparations for Mothers’ Day. We hope that all of the moms and grannies had a lovely day and we know that they will treasure the delightful gifts that the boys and girls made for them in pre-school.

We are most grateful to the generous ladies of the Crochet Club who made gorgeous clothes and blankets for the little dolls in the Aistear Room. The Junior and Senior Infants cannot wait to dress the ‘babies’ and take them for a stroll in their buggies!

 

 

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Posted by: losullivan6888 | March 15, 2018 | No Comment |

The Ceremony of Light for the Sixth Class pupils took place in the Halla on Wednesday February 21st.

This beautiful ceremony was held to celebrate the passing on of the Faith to the next generation.

Father Murphy took a flame from the Paschal Candle and lit the girls’ Baptismal Candles. Each parent then handed the lighted candle over to their daughter to symbolise the passing on of the Light of Faith to their child. During the ceremony, special prayers were recited and hymns on the theme of light were sung. We would like to congratulate the girls on reaching this important milestone on the road towards receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Junior Infants have been enjoying their Happy Talk sessions on Friday mornings. The Happy Talk Speech and Language therapists have compiled a fantastic set of language development strategies for parents to work on at home with their children.

Mrs. O’Sullivan’s Senior Infants heard the legend of the Children of Lir as well as the story of The Ugly Duckling and afterwards they made delightful paper-plate artwork depicting ducks and swans.

Miss Moroney’s Senior Infants have a new student teacher, Sinéad Barrett, working with them this term. Sinéad is a past pupil and we were delighted to welcome her back to Scoil Maria Assumpta.

The Maths for Fun Programme has commenced in First Class and Bean Uí Chonaill would like to thank all of the parents who have kindly volunteered to assist the children with their maths games.

As part of our Mí na Gaeilge celebrations we will be holding a Céilí Mór in the Halla for the children and their families. Eleanor, our Irish dancing teacher, and the children cannot wait to teach the dance steps to all of the moms, dads and grandparents!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh go léir!!

 

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Fourth Class Trip to UCC

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Posted by: losullivan6888 | March 13, 2018 | No Comment |

The girls from Second Class made their First Confession along with the boys from Morning Star School in the parish church on February 22nd. Mrs. Elliott said that she was very proud of how well her girls had prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They remembered all of their prayers and they sang so sweetly during the lovely service. The children are now looking forward with great anticipation to the day of their First Holy Communion in May.

All of our pupils are currently participating in the Food Dudes Programme. The aim of the programme is to encourage children to eat and enjoy a healthy selection of fruit and vegetables.

Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and by the European Union School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme. Each child will also receive a Home Pack which is full of helpful information on how families can maintain a healthy diet at home.

First Class have been really enjoying their camogie training on Tuesdays as well as their swimming lessons on Thursdays. Bean Uí Chonaill and the girls have also taken on the Operation Transformation 10 @ 10 challenge in an effort to improve their overall level of fitness.

Fifth Class pupils, Clíona Marshall and Katie O’Leary, were invited to UCC on March 1st for the launch of their winning ‘Professor Fluffy’ bookmarks. We are so happy for the girls and everyone was thrilled to hear that Clíona and Katie have earned a trip to Fota for their entire class! Maith sibh, a chailíní!

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