A big thank you to all the visitors who came to join us today.
Judging by the tired bodies on Friday evening our 2017 Active School Week was a great success – and that was just the teachers!
A big thank you to all our volunteers – Oscar Malone at St Laurence’s Badminton Club, Sinéad Ryan at Larrie Birds Basketball Club, Pamela Sage for yoga, John Joe and Vincent for gaelic football, Aisling Nolan for hurling/camogie, Joe Carbury and Aidan for tag rugby, our parent’s council for providing drinks and snacks at the Sports Day, to our past pupils for leading our students at Sports Day, to all the staff and teachers in our school and a special thank you to all students for giving so many new challenges a right go!
Here’s a few snaps from our week!
Wellness Day recently organised by the Amber Flag Committe and fifth class. The children enjoyed the relaxing experiences of yoga, mindfulness colouring, self esteem cards, hand massage and meditation.
As part of Ms O’ Neill’s and Mr Murray’s First Holy Communion celebrations we held an ice-cream part to raise funds for Down Syndrome Ireland.
Many of our students from 1st to 5th class have chosen to take on the 60 minute 4-week challenge!
A big thank you to the Irish Heart Foundation for providing the individual pocket planner for each student to record the time they spent getting their hearts pumping.
Congratulations to our girls and boys chess teams who competed in the national ChessZ tournament final in Limerick on May 26th. Both teams qualified for the national finals having won the midlands sections of their respective competitions.
Our girls team took 2nd prize and our boys finished 5th! An amazing achievement for our school. Special mention goes to Katelyn who finished in 2nd place in the individual girls competition also.
Thanks also to the parents who gave up their day to chaperone the players to Limerick.
Our lunch time soccer league for the senior students began this week. We have had some great exhibitions of football skills in the opening games.
Our Credit Union Slogan Competition winner Kathy from 5th Class with Mrs. Costello and Bill Mackey from The Narraghmore Credit Union Branch.
Great excitement in Ms Wards class as the eggs begin to hatch. They now receive daily visits from all the classes in the school to monitor the progress of the chicks.
We have been awarded the Primary Science and Maths Award !
Well done Ms O Hanlon for your great work on the science blog!
A big thank you to our Parents Council who are organising for students who are usually driven to school to be dropped at Crookstown Industrial Park every morning from May 15th to 19th so that students can get in some extra steps before school.
Our hall has some very special new floor markings. The hall is now lined for badminton and basketball. Should fit perfectly with the new badminton equipment we purchased recently too! #activeschoolflag
On Friday 28th April MEP Mairéad McGuinness visited our school to speak to and listen to 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Our Mental Health Awareness committee even put MEP McGuinness through a mindfulness session to give her a break from her hectic schedule!
We hope to see her soon again!
Congratulations to Iulia in 2nd class who recently competed in a Green Schools Poster Competition. The Poster Competition asked students to create an A3 sized poster of what their community might look like in 2040.
Iulia’s interpretation was selected from thousands of entries as the best in the Junior Primary East/Midlands Section. On Wednesday 3rd May Iulia and her family traveled to Custom House to be awarded with her prize of an iPad and her entry framed.
The awards didn’t stop there as Minister Coveney announced our Iulia as the National Junior Primary Award winner! The national award included a trophy for Iulia and a cheque for €500 for St Laurence’s NS. Well done Iulia!
A big thank you also to Ms Hoban, Green Schools Co-ordinator, who organised the poster competition.
Congratulations to our 6th class girls and 6th class boys teams who both finished 1st in their respective competitions in Tullamore on Wednesday 26th April. Both teams are now invited to compete at the national ChessZ finals which will be held in Limerick on Friday May 26th. Scott, Jamie F, Jamie W, Rory, Laura, Katie, Katelyn and Emma have already done us proud but we wish them the best of luck in Limerick!
Special mention to Katelyn who finished 3rd in the individual girls section, Jamie F who finished 2nd in the boys individual section and Scott who finished 1st in the boys individual section with an amazing 6 wins from 6 games.
A big thank you to the parents who gave us their time to chaperone the two teams to Tullamore.
The Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme begins today and will run for 16 school days in total. Every day students will be provided with a portion of fruit and a portion of vegetables. Students are rewarded for trying the fruit and veg with stickers, rewards and certificates.
Grapes and carrot sticks went down a treat today!
St Laurence’s NS has been selected as one of only 4 schools in Kildare to work with DCU and the Kildare GAA Development coaches to study how the development of fundamental movement skills can be improved.
We are delighted for our infant classes to be involved in such a innovative study and we’re sure it will put them on the right path to develop to their full physical potential.
This week all classes are taking on the Easter Bunny Challenge. We are trying to skip our way to the top of the tallest mountains in each country in Europe!
One skip equals one metre climbed!
We have decided on our active school slogan:
Jump around and keep fit, everyday do a little bit!
March will see all classes choose a destination to run to. Each day classes will clock up laps of the astro/green area (250m each lap) to reach their goal. Four laps is a kilometre.
How far can our students run away from the school?
Well done to our sixth class girls who won the South Kildare soccer competition today. Our boys were unlucky not to make it to their final on the day.
A big thank you to our Parent’s Council who very kindly funded and organised the purchase of a giant chess set for our chess room and a table tennis table to give all classes extra options during rainy days.
Each class has been given a time to make use of the new resources and a lunch-time table tennis league has been promised for March. Rumour has it that the table tennis table was previously rented out by the Irish soccer team and Robbie Brady made a scratch on the side of the table!!!
Congratulations to Katie, Luke, Dylan, Liam and Benjamin who won the final of their respective lunch-time chess leagues recently.
110 students from 1st to 6th class entered the Autumn/Winter Chess Leagues which ran from October to January with the knock-out stages completed in early February.
A big thank you to the 8 5th and 6th class students who refereed the leagues.