St. Colman’s Conahy N.S. Opposite the Church in Conahy “Together we learn and grow—Ní neart go cur le chéile” Important Dates October Mobile Library Volume 2, Issue 2 t:@conahyns Well Done Kilkenny Cats www.conahyns.com Tree-mendous Times Ahead! Barnstorm Theatre 8th National Tree Day 9th Barnstorm Theatre 16th Visit to Dunmore Recycling Centre 24th Mid-Term 27th— 31st October 2014 The junior classes will visit Barnstorm Theatre on the 16th of October to see a production of ‘Monday’s Child’. This is a simple poetic story of the unique bond between an old woman and a little girl. It is sure to be a nice treat for all, but especially for the new infants who have been working so hard since they arrived here!! The 9th of October is National Tree Day. As a green school, we understand the of importance trees in our environment, from biodiversity to climate. On the 9th of October, we are booked in for a tour of the grounds of Kilkenny Castle to learn more and to view the trees. This is the perfect way to spend National Tree Day. We might even be lucky enough to spot some red squirrels! From A to Zen! Following the very successful introduction of yoga to the children in St. Colman’s last year, the school is now engaging in ‘Mindfulness Moments’. This is a programme developed in Mayo by Derval Dunford and Ann Caulfield. The children are asked to visualise certain things . For example, they might start with belly breathing. They imagine a balloon in their stomach and then they breath out. The school has purchased the CDs for this programme and will begin rolling it out this month. Mindfulness is seen by many as an escape from our frenzied lifestyles, buzzing phones, social media and hectic schedules. Research suggests that it is effective for reducing anxiety and stress. Every month in the newsletter we will have a ‘Mindful Moment Mantra’. This month it is: “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of Happiness” - Ralph Waldo Emerson F.Y.I. We are planning for our 6th Green Flag on Global Citizenship St. Colman’s Riddle of the Month: In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower– everything was pink! What color were the stairs? Birthdays– October 5th—Michael Morpurgo 24th—Wayne Rooney!! Welcome to our School We give a hearty welcome to Ms. Caitriona Murphy to our school, who is our support teacher this school year. This year the school is using team-teaching a lot—variety is the spice of life! We are also blessed and de lighted to have Joan with us again this year. Pun of the Month! The roundest knight at King Arthur’s table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from far too much pi !! Recommended Reads Sophie’s Lucky by Dick KingSmith The Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up by Jill Thomlinson Small Steps by Louis Sachar Awful Auntie by David Walliams This term we are “Predicting” . Why not use this strategy when looking at the cover of these books? Beginning of Year Mass The beginning of year mass on September the 10th marked the beginning of our school year. All children participated in the mass. The readings and gospel had a particular emphasis on working hard, caring for each other and asking God for help. Thanks to the children, Fr. O’ Gorman and staff for contributing to the mass. Proud of Our County Stars The month of September has been a wash of black and amber in St. Colman’s N.S. In true style we supported all Kilkenny teams in the various finals and replays. This is reflected on the windows and doors of the school and in our temporary uniform! No matter what happens we are proud of all the effort these ‘amateur’ sports stars put in. You lose more than you win, but when you keep going back for more, you show what a sport you are.
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