Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa – November 2020

Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa

I am now into my sixth year as Principal of this thriving school and am so happy to be communicating with you all from my office with the sounds of children’s laughter and learning emanating from the classrooms. There is no replacement for the joy in watching the pupils progress in real time. Since we returned to school, we have put great efforts into settling our pupils and have been delighted to watch them re-familiarise themselves/become familiar with the school routines with ease. Maria White


School Garden

Whilst our Autumn harvest is certainly not as bountiful as previous years it is still fantastic for the children to see the fruit and vegetables (pumpkins, squash, courgette, beetroot, leeks, apples, raspberries) growing in the school garden. This year I got the chance to work in the garden as a result of the school closure and enjoyed it immensely. It helped me have hope for the future. As I planted seeds, I reminded myself that the children and school community would return to a beautiful productive school garden and an interesting engaging outdoor space. Thank you to Noel who planted and cared for sunflowers so that these majestic flowers would be here for the children on their return. My husband Mark developed the ‘maze’ as the children call it, cutting pathways through the long grass. This area has proved to be extremely popular with the children, thank you Mark! A big thank you to members of the PA who undertook a big clean-up of the garden in August in preparation for the return to school, much appreciated. Thank you.


Fundraising-

During the school closure I was delighted to receive news we had been put forward as a recipient for the Tesco token fundraiser for local charities and that we would receive a cheque for €333.33. Thank you to Carmel Deegan for putting our school forward. We will put this with the monies towards the yoga classes. A big thank you to the local businesses who contributed to our Halloween celebrations. Pat’s Centra Bettystown, Aldi Laytown, Tesco Bettystown, Blacks Julianstown.
Thank you also to the parents who donated Halloween decorations.
A big thank you to the Nigro family and PA volunteers for decorating the garden. §

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