History has been made in Drumconrath N.S. as we have not just one team, but two teams, who have qualified for the Credit Union Quiz National Finals. These were held last Sunday 2nd April in the R.D.S in Dublin. Our teams are as follows:
U-11: Oisín Reilly (Captain), Sophie Clarke, Muireann Mc Mahon, Shauna Carolan.
U-13: Peter Griffin (Captain), Aaron Tighe, Adam Mc Gahan, Oran Mc Mahon. These two teams came 1st in the local Ardee C.U. Quiz competition in January. They represented this area at Chapters Final Level in Nuremore a few weeks ago. The U-11s came 1st, and the U-13s came 2nd. It was an amazing achievement as there were twenty-one teams in each competition. We in Drumconrath N.S. are extremely proud of our two teams. Their photos were in the Meath Chronicle and Ardee Credit Union have congratulated us on our success and sponsored a bus to bring the teams and family members to the R.D.S. We wish to thank them for their support!! We had a wonderful day at the National Finals and are so proud that our Under 13 team came 4th in Ireland and our Under 11’s came 9th.
The Book Fair was held in the school recently. We just love when this annual event happens and we can choose from a wide variety and selection of books if we wish to make a purchase. Also each class benefits from the sales and a total of €106 worth of books were presented to each class group. On World Book Day, 5th and 6th Class pupils read stories to the Infants. Both the Senior and Junior pupils enjoyed this. It was a lovely experience to work with the younger pupils and encourage them to read for fun. Fifth Class pupils performed at the Peace Proms Concert in February. They learned a varied selection of songs and thoroughly enjoyed the day!
We, in 6th Class, have completed our Assessment Tests for Secondary School and are now preparing for our Confirmation. We attend morning Mass, as a class group once a week and participate in Adoration Reflection on a rota basis. The “Be My Witness” programme began last week and we thank Fr. Connaughton and Mrs Carolan, who organise this and also our parent volunteers, who run the programme and encourage us to become involved in group discussion and guide us through our preparation for the Sacrament. Our Confirmation Day is the 25th of May in Drumconrath Church at 11.00am.
Daffodil Day was held on Friday 24th March. We had a Non-Uniform Day and some pupils dressed up in fancy dress costumes. We raised €250 for the Irish Cancer Society. It’s a long running custom in our school and supporting this great cause is so worthwhile.
Three past pupils, Chelsea Farrell and Naomi Daly and Darragh Dunne were on work experience in our school and were a great help to all classes. Rugby coaching is underway for 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Liam is our coach and we hope to participate in a Rugby Competition later on in the year. Swimming lessons are completed and pupils were awarded with their certificates. The grades get higher each year. Congratulations to all!
We had a lovely Mass for Grandparents Day and some of our Grandparents were involved in the Church Ceremony. For St. Brigid’s Day we made crosses for the Sick of the Parish. On Pancake Tuesday, each child in the school got a pancake for lunch.
We participated in F.A.I’s 5 a-side soccer competition for Girls and Boys at the M.D.L in Navan during March. The Gaelic League is in progress. We are enjoying all these sports. The R.S.E Programme has begun and we are learning so much about the Human Body and Ourselves.
6th Class had a Development Day recently. Pupils from 6th Class in Meath Hill joined us for this. We learned so much about the transition to Secondary School and the challenges that awaits us in as we grow up into young adults. We thoroughly enjoyed this day!
Our teachers are so proud of all our work and they organised a big surprise for us last month. During Lunch Time, we received sausages, chicken goujons, wedges and chicken chunks – a total surprise! None of the pupils knew about it beforehand. The food was delicious! Thank you teachers!
We have been busy in our Art classes during this past term and for St. Patricks Day everyone had colourful Art items to bring home. Then we had Mother’s Day. We, as children, really appreciate everything they do for us. Mrs Patterson, who lives in this community, became a Centenarian – 100 years old – a few weeks ago. We designed a card for her birthday and Katie and Kerrie presented this to her the day before her birthday. She was delighted to receive it! Easter Art lessons are in progress now as we look forward to our holidays.
Hope you all kept your Lenten Promises. Enjoy the Easter Eggs!
See below for some photos of the activities in our room!!!