Askeaton Senior National School

Blue Star Award success once again for Askeaton Senior NS

June 30, 2016 · No Comments

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Congratulations to the pupils and staff of Askeaton Senior NS who have once again been successful in obtaining the Blue Star award for European studies. This year Ms Mary Curtin was the coordinator of the school entry for this project. All classes enjoyed learning about the countries of Europe, doing their “Cool Country Reports” and especially taking part in the European soccer championships. Well done to all concerned.

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Graduation Mass and Ceremony for 6th Class 2016

June 24, 2016 · No Comments

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Thursday 23rd June was a very special one for our 6th class. Preparations were carefully undertaken over the last month under the stewardship of Ms. Grace who consulted with each member of the class as they together prepared for a beautiful meaningful ceremony.  Both the preparations and execution of the event were great examples of democracy in action while the 6th class practised making meaningful decisions and working together as a team.

They arranged to fund-raise with a bake-sale. Through the generosity of parents, staff and other pupils, the funds raised went a long-way towards the purchase of school-designed hoodies which are unique and exclusive.  Sweet singing was regularly heard on the corridor over the past few weeks as the group practised hymns and other songs for the big day.

This Thursday all the planning was worthwhile. In our local church Fr Seán celebrated the Graduation Mass while the 6th class with Ms Grace led the congregation in song, readings and prayers as well as the presentation of symbols and gifts representing the celebration of this class. All the pupils and staff from the Senior NS along with the 1st and 2nd classes from the Junior NS  were happy to participate while the 6th class had invited their parents, guardians and grandparents to attend as their guests.  The pupils were clearly well-prepared by their teacher and a number of packs of Kleenex were required as adults thought about their babies growing up to maturity. The final prayers were for the 6th class. Mr O Connell represented the teachers and prayed that the pupils would grow not just with knowledge but with the ability to make mature decisions. Majella Neville and Mairead Barry represented the parents and prayed likewise that these pupils who once needed a light left on because they were afraid of the dark, would now carry the light of maturity with them and would always know there would be a light for them at home no matter what happened.

The congregation of the church then moved to the school GP room. All present admired the lovely art-work the 6th class had done in preparation for this ceremony. The pupils proudly took the seats of honour wearing their brand new hoodies and entertained the crowd with poems, songs and instrumental music. Ms Grace had surprised the group by purchasing a very special “Red Carpet” on which each 6th class pupil walked  in their turns, as they were presented with Graduation Certs by Mr O Connell and then with lovely pocket-prayers by Fr Seán. With speeches complete the pupils returned to their class where Ms Grace assisted by Ms O Brien supplied them with party food while members of our Parents’ Council came up trumps once again and supplied teas and tasty goodies, (including a very special graduation cake) to the invited guests- parents, guardians and grandparents.  Congratulations to the graduation class of 2016 and best wishes as you move on to the next stage of your education.

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Sport-for-all day 2016 at Askeaton Senior NS

June 17, 2016 · No Comments

The entire school population spent a wonderful day together at the Askeaton GAA grounds today 17th June 2016 as we celebrated Sport-for-all day. As usual we were blessed by the generous help and co-operation of a small group of diligent parents, grandparents and past-pupils without whom this event would not succeed. Thanks a million. The events included obstacle courses, sack races, potato and spoon races, penalty shoot-out, long puck, rounders, pass-the-hoolahoop and football. Everyone who participated today laughed a lot and found fun in simple games.

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5th class visit the Butterfly Meadow at Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition Site

June 16, 2016 · No Comments

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Today 16th June 2016 the 5th class were delighted to visit the Butterfly Meadow at Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition Site in Askeaton. This was a joyful occasion as the pupils were shown the ongoing progress of this wonderful educational resource. They observed the flowers and the insect life and were given educational talks about the “Insect Lodge” and biodiversity.

Last year the previous 5th class had the honour of sowing new seeds for the flower meadow.

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Cake Sale on 10th June- simply delicious

June 13, 2016 · No Comments

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Congratulations to the 6th Class and Ms Grace on such a wonderful display of home baking last Friday. The pupils practised weighing, measuring, decorating, displaying and marketing.  They worked as a team for this fundraiser and were helpful to the younger shoppers.  Other fund-raisers on the day included the sale of books, guess the number of sweets in the various jars and guess the name of the soft toy. A big thank you to the parents, guardians and staff who provided the ingredients, in addition to supervising and demonstrating baking and decorating. It was wonderful to see how proud the 6th class pupils were of their produce and how they co-operated so well together. Well done to all concerned.

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Irish Dancing divas perform well in Oireachtas Rince na Mumhan

June 13, 2016 · No Comments

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Congratulations to pupils from our school who performed so well in the Oireachtas Rince na Mumhan in Cork city over the weekend. Áine, Alison and Kate represented their local Irish dance class, Scoil Uí Nualláin and all did extremely well. Kate’s best event was the hard reel in an Under 11 competition for which she won the beautiful Munster cup. Alison and Áine performed in competitions such as easy reels and 2-hand reel in Under 12 competitions. Participating in such a prestigious event was a huge achievement in itself and these young ladies should be proud of their dedication to Irish Dancing.

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Soccer stars in our school this term

June 13, 2016 · No Comments

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The under 12 girls pictured are all part of the team who won the brand new Desmond Schoolgirls Cup recently. It was a 9-a-side competition. The final was played against Broadford and took place in Newcastle West. The following players from the team representing Askeaton AFC attend Askeaton Senior N.S.: Áine, Aimee, Ann, Chloe, Emma G, Emma H, Kate B, Kate N, Kerrie, Louise, Róisín and Serena. Congratulations on a great season of soccer.

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The boys pictured came in 4th position in their County Under 12 Soccer Community Games competition recently representing Askeaton/ Ballysteen Community Games. The following players from the team attend our school: Cillian, Colm, Conor, Jack B, Jack C, John, Josh, Lee, Luke, Matthew, Mike, Noah and Thomas. Well done boys.

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The players pictured were part of the Girls Under 12 Community Games Soccer team who represented Askeaton/Ballysteen Area recently. The came 2nd in the county 7-a-side competition. Pictured with their silver medals are: Ann, Caoimhe, Chloe, Kate, Kerrie, Lilly, Louise, Rachel and Serena. That was a great performance girls.

Congratulations to one and all.

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Cake Sale this Friday 10th June

June 8, 2016 · No Comments

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6th class in Askeaton Senior NS will hold a Bake Sale this Friday in the school GP room. In addition to delicious cakes and buns they will also have 2nd hand books for sale.

Your support will be greatly appreciated.

 

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Pupils of Askeaton Senior N.S. enjoying Aquatics this term

May 27, 2016 · No Comments

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The Aquatics strand of the PE curriculum is now being enjoyed by our pupils during this Summer term.  We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility as the Coral Leisure Centre in such close proximity to our school, allowing us to walk there without the expense of paying for buses.

The pupils are now about half-way through their 8 week programme with 3rd and 4th classes going on Wednesdays while 5th and 6th classes attend on Thursdays.

All pupils are afforded the opportunity to fulfil the “Primary School Curriculum” strand units of :

*Hygiene,

*Water Safety,

*Entry & exit from the water,

*Buoyancy & propulsion,

*Stroke development

*Water-based ball games and

*Understanding & appreciation of aquatics.

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European Championships in Askeaton Senior NS

May 14, 2016 · No Comments

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Having studied information about the countries of the European Union throughout the week, Friday 13th May was chosen as the date for a soccer tournament in the school, involving many countries who play in the European Championship. Flags and bunting had been carefully manufactured by 4th class while fact-files on various countries were researched with enthusiasm.

While the weather was glorious, Friday will be remembered by many as the day each pupil was a member of a soccer team representing a European country.  All pupils from 3rd to 6th came to school dressed in colours of the national flag of the country they were representing, and they looked so well.

In the tournament of 3rd and 4th classes we saw 9 teams taking part. The final was played by Ireland against Ukraine with the team representing Ukraine declared winners.

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Austria:

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In the tournament of 5th and 6th classes we had 10 teams taking part.

Belgium:

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Czech Republic:

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Slovak Republic:

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Spain:

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Northern Ireland:

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Portugal :

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Turkey:

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Wales:

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Hungary:

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Sweden:

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The games were contested with enthusiasm with Spain and Sweden reaching the final of the 5th and 6th class tournament. It was great to hear the pupils singing Amhrán na bhFiann before the “Final” commenced.  Both teams were evenly matched and the referee declared that a penalty shootout was required to separate the rivals. The team for Sweden was victorious.

All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and many are already looking forward to celebrating European events next year.

Serious concentration during the Penalty Shootout:

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