Basketball

The pupils of Caherea National School love playing basketball. Maureen has done amazing work training the children and promoting basketball throughout the community.

We recently took part in the Marion Keane tournament that was held in Ballyea community hall. Our girls’ team won their three matches and have qualified for the next stages of the competition. The boys’ team won two of their three games but lost out on qualifying for the next round. Well done to all and they represented with the school superbly as always.

Gaelic Football

The school is very proud of all those who represented us in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions. The boys and girls teams did very well and we had a large participation from all the children. It was wonderful to see them all enjoying being active and playing as a team.

Cusack Park Cumann na mBunscol Finals

A huge congratulations to the girls’ football team who represented Caherea and Clondrinagh in the finals at Cusack Park. It was a fantastic day and the whole school went in to support the team. The girls played wonderfully and tried their hearts out but were on the wrong end of the result on the day. We are extremely proud of them all.

Boys’ Football Blitz

On Friday the 26th of September the boys had their football blitz in Doonbeg. The boys did really well and represented the school with pride. The boys lost all their matches but they did great. It was great to see the boys play so well as a team. 

Josh & Lee

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Girls’ Football Blitz

On Monday the 7th of October the girls played in Doonbeg. The girls played very well. They won four and lost one. The girls represented the school with great pride. The girls worked great together as a team. They will play their semi-final next week.

Josh, Lee & Chloe

FAI Futsal

The FAI organised a brilliant Futsal blitz for the children from third to fifth class. We had a boys and a girls team who showed off their dazzling skills. As this was a non-competitive blitz, we were delighted to see all the children take part and get lots of time on the pitch. The teams showed great as they cheered each other on. Well done to all.

Thank you to the parents that came to lend their support also. It was great to have you at the games.

Lee & Leah

 

 

Initiatives

Science Blast 2019

The Senior Room took on the Science Blast challenge and took on a scientific investigation to answer a question that was puzzling them. They wanted to figure out why exactly the older part of the school was so much colder than the newer extension. They hypothesised possible solutions, undertook investigations and came up with results and conclusion that were all presented in May at the Science Blast exhibition in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. It was a tremendous event to be involved in and we will be back again in the future!!

 

JEP 2018

In 2018, we took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. The pupils came up with their own business proposals, met local entrepreneurs, decided on a product and, ultimately, created their own business. The business involved the creation, marketing and selling of their chosen product, Room Signs. These wonderfully designed signs were a great success. The pupils really enjoyed the whole process of the JEP programme and learnt a great deal from the process.

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Special Weeks

Maths Week

We had a fantastic time during Maths Week this year. The children really applied themselves and enjoyed all the puzzles and challenges that they were tasked with. We did morning challenges, maths relays in PE, puzzle sessions and a fun maths trail. The children also went all out taking very creative photographs for our Extreme Maths competition.

Well done to all our young mathematicians!!

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge gave us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our Irish culture and use our Gaeilge throughout the week. We had a lively Céilí with lots of singing and dancing, and a tense Tráth na gCeist that separated the teams by a single point. Bhaineamar an-taitneamh as!

 

Active Week

The school becomes alive during our annual Active Week held in June. We have running and skipping challenges, lots of dancing, extra games on yard and, the highlight, Sports Day. The novelty races are always a joy to watch while the competitive team challenges make sure that everyone works up a great sweat. The day finishes with the staff/parents v sixth class basketball match.

We are very fortunate to have such an active community in Caherea and this week is a celebration of all that!

School Walks

Easter Stroll

The whole school were blessed with the weather and enjoyed a lovely stroll through the Lissycasey Duck Pond. We encountered a wide variety of plant life and animal life with wild garlic and the ducks being a big hit. After our walk, some fun and challenging team activities tested the pupils skills. Finally, when we arrived back to school, the Easter Bunny had come and gone and the pupils were thrilled with what was left behind!

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Witches’ Walk

Just before Halloween, we had a wonderful school outing to the cascades in Lissycasey. The children were decked out in an impressive array of costumes and really enjoyed the stroll through the spooky forest and down to the cascades where we had a lovely picnic.

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the walk and hopefully we can make it an annual outing. Thank also to all who sponsored the children. The school raised €500 to be spent on improving the PE equipment in the school.

Charity Work

Down Syndrome Ireland

Well done to our Student Council who held a Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland. Thanks to very generous donations from the pupils of the school, €118 was raised for the worthy cause.

Clare Haven Christmas Appeal

There was a massive response to our Clare Haven Christmas Appeal. The Caherea community showed their true festive generosity by donating a huge variety of non-perishable goods and household items that will be invaluable to those who benefit from the tremendous work that Clare Haven do.

Missionvale 

A Colours Day was held in the school in October to raise money for three local transition year pupils who will be travelling to Missionvale. The will be volunteering in many of the projects that were established there by Sr. Ethel Normoyle. Find our more about the wonderful work being done in Missionvale here – http://www.missionvaleireland.org/

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is a wonderful opportunity for us to help bring hope and kindness to those who need it most. The shoebox gifts go right into the hands of some of the world’s most vulnerable children; many of whom will receive no other gift for Christmas. For some it’s the first gift they’ve ever received.

It’s hope, it’s God’s love, it’s joy and excitement – It’s the whole of Christmas wrapped up in a Shoebox !

Thank you for sharing your Christmas with children who have so little – It means so much to them.

Learn more about the Christmas Shoebox Appeal here.

 

Athletics

In late September most of the pupils took part in the West Clare Cross-Country races. It was a wet, cold and rainy day. They competed in U8s, U10s and over 10s. Five people got through to the Clare cross-country finals in Lees Road. Nicole Griffin won her race in the U8s. The U10 girls came third in the team event. The over tens did very well with only 3 runners. Well done to all of the runners.

A huge congratulations to all those who took part and represented the school with great spirit and enthusiasm. Well done to those who won medals and trophies.

Thank you to all the parents who helped out on both occasions. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Megan and Emma

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