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Fáilte to our Christmas Newsletter! It’s the time of year for looking back and for looking forward. With this newsletter we are taking the opportunity to review the school term to date to focus on our plans for a great 2018.

It’s been a great term on the sporting front.
Our hurling team showed spark and promise in reaching the Meath Mini-7s League Finals, beating stalwarts Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin along the way.  Early morning coaching sessions with Mr Arthur and Mr Ryan paid off.
With an eye on Cumann na mBunscol, 8a.m. GAA football sessions have already started under the direction of Mr. Arthur and Mr. Duffy.
Cormac took home gold from Bellewstown CC, and in the Drogheda and District CC Davin and Aidan took 1st and 2nd place. We came first in the team event.
A big part of our sporting philosophy is to introduce boys to a broad range of sport and so, Gaelic football training, Tag Rugby, Yoga, swimming and tennis are offered throughout the year alongside weekly PE lessons. This could not be done without the financial support of our parents and the BOM along with coaches and support from Leinster Rugby, Laytown/Bettystown Tennis club and Colmcille’s GAA club.

Lunch time coding classes with Ms Mullen have been enthusiastically received by boys from 3rd and 4th class and are set to continue into the New Year.

With an eye to honing our boys’ interest in the European Union, politics, culture and history, we are involved in the Blue Star Programme this year. Ms Carragher is spearheading this initiative, alongside other members of our Erasmus committee who are also collaborating with other schools on Etwinning and Erasmus projects for 2018.

Pat Scanlon and Ms Brennan wrapped up the winter league of our chess club with their own Awards ceremony. Some tightly contested games resulted in David and Davin coming top of their respective competitions.

Our November Healthy Eating Initiative bore some interesting fruit! Co-ordinated by Ms. Campbell, it led to a newly revised Healthy Eating Policy, a greater awareness of our sugar laden snacks and an increase in the consumption of fruit and vegetables in school. Let’s keep the good work going through 2018!

We have targeted literacy improvement this year. Our scores are consistently above the national average but we’re aiming to improve on that too.
Funded by our BOM, we have purchased a series of graded readers for Literacy Lift Off in both First Classes. We are grateful for parents for supporting this work by encouraging their children to read EVERY day.
Next term, the project will be rolled out to Senior Infants.
Our Library Committee are targeting all classes. They are encouraging the borrowing and reading of books from our fantastic library along with encouraging the care and respect for this important resource. DEAR time(Drop Everything And Read) takes place in all classes every day.

Faith formation is part and parcel of every day in our school. Living the faith by being kind, respectful, tolerant, forgiving and inclusive are core values which we teach our children every day.
Our Communion Classes have had three Masses from the parish-based Do This In Memory program, while Sixth Class have celebrated monthly Masses in preparation for their Confirmation on April **
Fourth and Fifth Classes have come together for Prayer Services in our courtyard and in February it will be the turn of Third Class to join together for their prayer service.

The Parents’ Association AGM welcomed incoming Chairperson Eimear Donnelly and Treasurer Ruth Sherry. Michelle Thorne has, once more, accepted the role of Secretary. We wish them well and look forward to collaborating with them in shaping school improvements.

We enjoy hosting visitors in our magnificent school hall and none more so than this Christmas where we hosted seven class shows in December! These were in addition to the school choir annual Singing on the Stairs event on December 8th and our Christmas Show in Mornington Church on December 21st! It’s a great opportunity for us to meet parents and for our pupils to perform for family and friends.

Our boys in Ms Walsh’s class in Gliondar Mara hosted their parents in a very special Christmas concert on December 19th.

Our recent Coffee Morning, and Hamper Raffle proved a winning success with over €3,000 raised for the school. This money is being ploughed in to developing our library, and building our stock of Science, Literacy, and Maths resources in our school. We are especially grateful for your support and for the generous support of companies, parents and friends who donated hampers, and sponsored our calendar.

Our lovely 2018 Calendar is a huge hit. Mrs Byrne will sell the remaining calendars at our upcoming concerts and also via our school office.

• Credit Union Quiz DIFE Jan 26th
• Rás na hÉireann Oldbridge 18th Feb
• Staff Training Day March 5th  School Closed
• First Confession 13th March Mornington Church.

Wishing all our families a joyful, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year! See you on January 8th!

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