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  • Reminder

School will be closed for February midterm break from Monday 18th- Friday 22nd February 2019. School will reopen Monday 25th February at 9.20am

  • Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week got off to a wonderful start with Ms. Colgan's and Ms. Linden's classes leading the parents in prayer and song. The focus for Monday was the special things that make our Catholic school what it is.
On Tuesday we celebrated whole school mass with Fr. Noel in the hall. The focus was 'welcoming diversity'.
Wednesday was Grandparents' Day and we welcomed parents and grandparents to a beautiful prayer service led by Fr. Noel and 3rd Class. Everyone enjoyed the chat and the cup of tea afterwards.
Many classes had their own service in the classroom and some classes made St. Bridget's crosses on Friday.
What blessings bestowed on our school this week! Thank you God.

Merry Christmas
We had a festive week this week. The Carol Service for 1st-6th Class in the church was wonderful and got us in the Christmas spirit. Junior and Senior Infants took to the stage for their fantastic Christmas plays.
Merry Christmas to all and may you all have a happy and safe Christmas. Best wishes for 2019 and we will see you in the New Year!

Riverdance in Réalt Na Mara
It may not quite be Riverdance but the young dancers were very impressive stepping out in their Irish dance class.  Teacher Ann McFadden has worked wonders with the children already and their aon,do trí are shaping up nicely.  They’ll be all ready to join in on the streets of Drogheda at the Fleadh 2019.

Christmas Fun Day
The children and staff arrived in all sorts of festive attire on Friday for our Christmas Fun Day.  There were reindeers and elves, glitter and glitz, hats and hairbands, and even Christmas trees all lit up.  At ten am a thud was heard in McCullion’s field and low and behold who should appear at the front door, only Santa Claus himself.  Ms. Trench and Ms Mc Quaid were practising their Christmas songs with the Junior Infants in the hall when suddenly the children spotted the red suit of Santa passing in the distance and I’m afraid they couldn’t contain their utter excitement and delight.  Their cheers and shouts resounded through the corridors.
Santa was patient and kind talking to all the children and listening to their requests.  He assured us that all the Donacarney girls and boys were on his good list.  What a relief that was!!.
He got quite a surprise in 6th  where the girls in Ms Brodigan’s class were preparing for their trip to the RDS and decided to include Santa in their “Brain Power” experiment.  Believe it or not Santa got all the answers correct. ( He may have had a little help!)
It was a wonderful day and we may have raised a tidy sum of money for the school funds.  Thanks to the Parents’ Association for their help with organising the day.

St Vincent De Paul hampers
'Tis the season to be caring!  A big thank you to everyone for your kindness and generosity with the St Vincent De Paul hampers.  The student council help to load the van.

December Assembly
The whole school gathered today to pray and prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  Frances lit the first candle on the Advent wreath.  Mrs McCloughan told the children about how Advent is a time to love, to forgive, to pray and to think about others.  The greatest gift that we can give at Christmas is love, given freely to us through Jesus and we should also give it freely to others.  Aoife, Taylor, Ava and Kayla lead the readings and prayers about the Wise Men.  We thought about all these things as we sang Silent Night.
Cloistear Gaeilge an mhaith sa scoil mar tá na páistí ag cleachtadh ar dteanga gach lá sna ranganna agus thart ar an scoil.  Thug Bean Uí Raghaillgh teastas do na cailíní atá ag déanadh iarracht mhór an teanga a labhairt gach lá.  Mar a deir an seanfhocal “Is é cleachtadh a dhéanann máistreacht”.
Handwriter of the month prizes were given to a large group of children by Mrs. McCartan and finally we had very good news from both 6th classes in that both entries for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition were accepted.  Excited cheers from the girls conveyed their delight as they can’t wait to get started!  Well done everyone.

Visit to Duleek library
Mrs Campbell's 5th Class visited Duleek library with novelist Shane Hegarty as they come to the end of The Writer in Residence Programme.

Gaelic Football Training
Some of the girls from 5th and 6th Class took part in football training in Colmcilles before school during September and October. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their training with Ms Byrne and Niall. Training is taking place in the school hall for the Winter and will return to Piltown after the Winter.

School Book Fair
It was wonderful to see that in this the age of screens, children and parents can still appreciate the value in reading a good book. The book fair was organised by Ms Trench and we are extremely grateful to her for the enormous amount of work she put into ordering, collecting money and delivering a fantastic number of books to excited children.  A mammoth task, but well worth the effort.  Míle buíochas to the parents who came in and gave their time each day also.  The Book Fair was very successful this year and it means that the school benefits by getting more books for our classes.  

Science Week in Réalt na Mara GNS 2018
All of the girls in Réalt na Mara have been budding little Einsteins during Science Week 2018! Junior infants, senior infants and first class were given the opportunity to discover kinetic energy through looking at roller-coasters and go-karts with Scott Ziglinsky (Mr. Z) from Elementary Engineering.  The girls were treated to a fun and exciting workshop in the school hall where they were actively involved in their own learning and the girls thoroughly enjoyed it!
We continued our Science Week activities with a scientist visit from Niamh who was from the company Anyone 4 Science. She did workshops with second, third and fourth classes based on the topic ‘fun with forces’. The girls investigated the strength of jelly sweets. They girls had some ‘hands-on’ fun while learning and using their scientific skills at the same time!
Fifth class girls were busy working on solids and liquids and investigating their properties. They worked in groups to create a substance that is both solid and liquid! Some of the predictions didn’t always work out but that is what science is all about – experimenting!
In sixth class some of the girls were busy working on their electricity skills, making electronic circuits and designing electronic quizzes. The girls are also busy finalising applications for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which takes place in January in the RDS in Dublin.
All of the girls received a special Science Week pencil or ruler to keep, in recognition of their hard work. What a fantastic week we had during Science Week 2018 in Réalt na Mara!

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal
We would like to say a very sincere thank you to all the girls who brought in a shoebox and to their parents who helped to fill the boxes. The girls were very generous and we collected a grand total of 201 shoeboxes! These will be given to boys and girls in various countries, who are not as privileged as we are. It is so important to share what we have with those less fortunate, especially in the run up to Christmas. Thank you to the Student Council, Ms Sorensen and Mrs Roulstone for organising the Shoebox Appeal this year.

Beach Walk
What a fantastic day and what an amazing turn out for the annual sponsored walk on Bettystown beach.  Spirits were high as pupils set off in pursuit of that elusive “homework pass”.  Mums, Dads, sisters and brothers along with a barking array of dogs participated in a delightful community effort to raise funds for our schools.  Comhghairdeas do gach duine agus buíochas mór daoibh go léir.  
A special word of thanks to the Parents’ Association for their hard work in organising the event so well!

Garda Band visit
We were treated to a very special performance from the Garda Band on the 24th October. We got to sing along to Ed Sheeran, Baby Shark, Frozen, Ghostbusters and many more. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone enjoyed it. Even the teachers got up to perform Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

September Assembly
Mrs McCloughan welcomed our new Junior Infants and the new students that haved joined throughout the school. She also welcomed new teachers Ms Duffy, Ms. Lynch and Ms. Smith. Mrs. Campbell's 5th class did a drama based on the bible story 'The Wedding of Cana'.

Dates for your diary
Parent/ Teacher meetings: Junior and Senior Infants will take place on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February.
First Confession will take place on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30pm in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington for the children taking part in the First Holy Communion Sacrament.
Confirmation will take place on Wednesday 27th March at 3pm in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington.
First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday 11th May at 10am in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington.

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