Back to school we came on Friday last, the first of September, with a spring in our step after the lovely rest we enjoyed over the Summer holidays.
We were delighted to welcome everybody back and particularly happy to welcome our nineteen new Junior Infant pupils and their parents to the school community.
We are busy this month working hard on all our lovely new school books.
We are training for the Cross Country Running event in Ballinrobe on September 14th and our second annual Gaelic Football League will kick off this month too. We are all looking forward to that.
On April 26th a Girls’ and a Boys’ team represented the school at the Division 3 local area blitz in Kilmaine. The girls reached the final with a great win over Ballintubber but were beaten by a very strong Kilmaine side in the final. The boys beat Shrule and Ballintubber on the way to the final where they overcame Kilmaine. They now progress to the County Semi Finals in May. Well done to both teams who played extremely well and did themselves and the school proud!
On Thursday, April 7th the Girls’ 5-a-Side soccer team took part in the Mayo Schools’ competition. The girls drew one match but unfortunately lost their other two matches and went out at the group stage. Well done to the girls for representing the school and putting in some great performances!
On Thursday, April 21st the Boys’ 5-a-Side soccer team took part in the Mayo Schools’ competition. The boys won two matches but lost one and went out at the group stage. Well done to the boys for doing both themselves and the school proud!
Aoife and Rachel brought their pet lamb, 'Lucky', to school to show to all the classes. Lucky got his name because when he was born he was very weak and had to be fed through a tube and was lucky to survive. Aoife had to feed Lucky every day and take special care of him. Thankfully Lucky got much stronger and now he can be fed by the bottle. Thank you to Maria for bringing Lucky into the school to visit us.
On March 15th, we celebrated Proclamation Day in the school. On this day, we raised the National Flag, sang the National Anthem, read from the 1916 Proclamation and read a Proclamation composed by pupils of the school for a New Generation. All classes commemorated this special day in various ways, such as artwork, music and projects. The day was marked in primary schools across the country as part of the Ireland 2016 Commemorative Programme.
David Swift visited the school on February 16th to give a presentation on the 1916 Rising. Junior Infants to Second Class got a chance to look at artefacts from the Rising and 3rd to 6th Classes engaged in workshops with David. There were over 100 artefacts associated with the Rising on display and the older children got a chance to handle and ask about many of them. David gave a presentation on the background of the Rising and on the timeline of Easter Week 1916. It gave the children a great insight into this part of our history and a greater understanding of why we are commemorating the 1916 Rising.
This visit was in preparation for 'Proclamation Day', which will take place on March 15th, 2016. On this day, the school will raise the Irish flag that was presented to the school in September and read aloud both the 1916 Proclamation and the Proclamation devised by pupils for Ireland for the next 100 years. In the run-up to Proclamation Day all classes will be engaging in various activities to commemorate the 1916 Rising.
We celebrated Friendship Week from November 30th to December 4th. During this week the whole school took part in many different activities and had lots of fun with friendship. We drew pictures and wrote poems to show how important friendship is to us all. We had an assembly on Friday where the hall was decorated with our pictures and we listened to some of the poems we wrote. Mr. Maher presented a student from each class with a special Friendship Week award. The whole school learned the song "Count on me." It was very special when we could all sing it together. We learned a lot about friendship during this week, but the most important thing we learned is that we are all friends here in the Neale National School. We also worked together to paint a beautiful mural in the hall, with a lot of help from the wonderfully talented Marie, that helps to reminds us that we can count on everyone in the school.