Scoil an Chroí Ró-Naofa

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Proclamation Day 2016

Along with every other school in the country, Urlingford NS will be celebrating Proclamation Day next Tuesday March 15th. At 12 noon we will raise our National Flag and have a ceremony of celebration. All parents, family and friends who are available on Tuesday are welcome to join us for the celebration. Hopefully the weather will be kind and we will hold the ceremony to the front of the school at the school flagpoles!

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Thomas McDonagh, 1916 leader from Cloghjordan, Co Tipperary. Taught in St Kieran's Kilkenny. McDonagh Railway Station, Kilkenny is named in his memory.

Super Day at Peace Proms

The CBOI Peace Proms took place in The Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny last Saturday and Sunday with four concerts and over 3000 children taking part. Children from all over the South East, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford were involved. Forty Seven pupils from Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class represented Urlingford NS at the Sunday Matinee from 2pm. A great concert included the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, four soloists, a top Irish Violinist, an uilleann piper, a pipe major from Belfast, a pipe band from Derry, some Scottish dancers and characters from Star Wars!! Yes, Chewee made an appearance! Classics from the movies, the pop charts and more were played and sung. At the matinee show, there were over 800 children present. Our singers were brilliant, singing, bopping and belting out the dance moves with smiles on their faces. Congrats to them on a super show and a big thanks to Ms Teehan who prepared the choir so well. Thanks also to Mrs Brennan, Ms Phelan and Mrs Costello who cared for the children at the concert and showed off some moves also! The photograph below gives an idea of the sheer size of the whole concert. Our thanks to David Hyde for the image.

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Peace Proms 2016

The school choir is taking part in Peace Proms on Sunday March 6th at 2pm in the Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny. Lots of practice is ongoing and on Feb 10th sees the children head into the Hub for a workshop with Greg Beardsell, the new conductor of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. See www.peaceproms.com for details on the concert on March 6th and how to attend if you wish!

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Health Promoting School

The Health Promoting School Committee are also continuing on with their work. Food Dudes is ongoing in the classrooms and after a very successful Phase 1 where fruit and veg was delivered to the school, the children are continuing with Phase 2 where they bring in their own fruit and veg. Quite a number of gold, silver and bronze certs have already been given out and a special delivery of fruit and veg is due on February 10th from the Food Dudes themselves!

The committee have also launched a new ‘Quiet Area’ in the yard where children who wish to have a little quiet time can go during break time. This was one of the requests from the children in the initial HPS Survey. Mr Doyle has added a nice picture if Mr Quiet and Henry has marked the area clearly with paint and spruced up the seat. The committee also bring out cushions so as well as quietness, there is a bit of comfort!

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Green Schools

The Green Schools’ Committee is hard at work at the moment as the school prepares to apply for the Fifth Green Flag for Biodiversity. On a number of occasions since September Mark Nolan from Green Bee Education has called to the senior classes to discuss the issue with them. The wild flower garden is in its winter sleep but will hopefully be back in bloom come the end of the year while the committee will be restructuring the ‘bug hotel’ when the weather improves a little. Right now the committee’s energy is all going into paperwork as the application for renewal of the flag is due on March 11th.

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As a follow up to the travel theme the senior classes have started a Cycling Safety Course with Jason Morrissey of South East Cycling Safety. For five Mondays in February, Jason is spending the day in Urlingford and Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes are all getting comprehensive training in how to cycle safely and the rules of the road. An enjoyable experience for all involved but also very valuable knowledge for our children to know!

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Contact Details

School:   Scoil an Chroi Ro – Naofa
Urlingford National School
Address: Urlingford, 
Co. Kilkenny, via Thurles 
Eircode: E41 A567
Principal: Dermot Dunphy
Deputy Principal: Betty Teehan
Phone:  056 8831512
Email:   urlingfordns.ias@eircom.net

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