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 of 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!
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!
The school went for a ramble in Lee’s Road last June as part of our Active Week. The sunshine was out and we explored the forest paths looking for native trees and their leaves. We came across a poetry forest and enjoyed playing on the obstacle course. After, we deserved a rest and enjoyed our picnic. A game of soccer and frisbee fun finished off our great trip.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caherea N.S. is very proud to have an active Student Council that lead much of what is great about the school. After an open discussion with the pupils it was decided that the Student Council would be be the Sixth Class each year so that every child would get the opportunity to be on the council. They have a suggestion box to ensure everyone has a voice and a wonderful noticeboard to communicate their actions and plans. Here are some of the activities that they have led in the school:
The school has made a tremendous effort at completing their active homework supplied by the Clare Sports Partnership. It has been wonderful to see the children getting more than the 60 minutes of exercise everyday! Well done to all and to the Active Committee for demonstrating the exercises each day.
Every Tuesday the pupils speak as much Irish as they can during sos time. Pupils from the junior yard are allowed on to the senior yard to speak with the older boys and girls. It is a great initiative and it is increasing the amount of Irish been spoken about the school.
In order to keep our school environmentally friendly, the Student Council have introduced Litter Pickers and Light Monitors to ensure that we recycle properly and reduce our electricity usage. The are also going to implement the Climate Action Plan that was created by the Senior Room.
Active Yard Leaders
Each day during the months of March and April, pupils from the senior class prepare games and activities for the junior class at lunch time. It is great to teach the children fun games and to see everyone being active together. The Student Council have also purchased an outdoor bluetooth speaker so that music can be played at break times for the pupils to dance to.
The Student Council decide on theme days for certain Fridays of the year. Days such as Crazy Hair Day and Odd Socks Day help to raise money for charity and also to contribute to changes they would like to see in the school.
Below you will find the newsletters from throughout the school year. The newsletters are a chance for us to share the great work being done by everyone in the school, congratulate all those who have participated in the various school events and thank those who have helped us throughout the year.