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Tractor and Truck Run – An Epic Success – In aid of Ms. Sinnott’s Class

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, together we can do great things!” – Mother Teresa

Rathangan was the place to be last Sunday October 24th as a ‘Tractor and Truck’ run had been organised by two of our families from Ms. Sinnott’s Class. What had started out as a mere chat between two people, turned into a roaring success.

There were tractors and trucks galore on a glorious day of sunshine, fun and laughter and above all AMAZING GENEROSITY.

From a the tractor and truck run to a funfilled auction including the sale of a goat, a puppy, a lamb as well as a plough and some bales of hay the fundraiser itself was a roaring success.

Such events don’t just happen and while it is impossible to name everyone for fear of leaving anyone out, the following people deserve a special mention:

Jenny and Colm (Lauryn’s parents)

Mairéad and Richie (Callum’s parents)

Billy Bates – the owner of Rathangan Bar

Chris the Manager of Rathangan bar

All the boys and girls in Ms. Sinnott’s class

and everyone who entered the run on the day. The generosity of the community on Sunday last will ensure that Ms Sinnott, Bryan and Fiona and Ms. Walsh can continue to plan ahead and buy resources and plan trips that otherwise would not be possible.

Having only opened our Class in 2019, mere months before the pandemic changed the landscape of our world, we had yet to be in a position to organise any big event.

As the saying on the boxes on Sunday said ‘Little by little, little becomes a lot’. This was surely the case on Sunday last.

Check out some of the photos from the day

Camán Everybody! – Official Launch

Piercestown N.S. were delighted to welcome some very special guests today, Tuesday 20th October, for the official launch of Camán Everybody – a programme aimed at introducing the fundamental skills of hurling from a young age. Among those present were Chairperson of Coiste na Nóg, Mick O’Connell, John O’Connor, Coaching Officer, Séamus Casey, Games Promotion Officer and Willie Clancy who made the hurls.

Ms. Walsh also extended a warm welcome to Vanessa and Becky, members of the Kirby Family, who are generously making an annual donation towards the cost of the hurls for the programme. This very kind gesture is to honour the memory of Vanessa’s brother, Michael Kirby, who was a past pupil of our school and an avid hurler.

Two pods of children, one from Junior Infants and one from Senior Infants, were invited up to the socially distant gathering in the PE hall, to receive their hurls on behalf of their classes. The children were delighted to be chosen and proudly received their hurls presented to them by Vanessa and Becky.

We are very fortunate in our school to have such a wonderful relationship with our local club, St. Martin’s and we would like to thank all involved in bringing this latest initiative to our school. Special word of thanks also to the Kirby family. No doubt their generosity will lead to many boys and girls growing up to share the same passion for our national game as Michael did.

Please see below for more information on how the Camán Everybody programme will work in our school.

Camán Everybody!!!!
October sees the launch of Camán Everybody.

What is the Camán Programme? Camán Everybody is a programme aimed at introducing the fundamental skills of hurling from a young age. All children are provided with a small hurley. Special attention is given to the children personalising their own hurley and identifying the names of the hurley. The aim is to introduce the basic fundamental skills of hurling in the early years. It also aims to create a positive and FUN learning experience through FUN activities and simple coaching techniques.  

What classes will take part? In our school community, it has been agreed that this initiative will be introduced to Junior Infants each year. However, as this was supposed to being last year, under the guidance of our GPO Séamus Casey, 2021-2022 will see Junior AND Senior infants involved. Every year after this, Junior infants will be the class taking part thus seeing the initiative run from Junior infants to 1st class from 2022.

Is there a cost? The normal cost of the hurley would be €5. ***Subsidised cost will be €3 thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Kirby family.

Sponsorship We are honoured that the Kirby family is part sponsoring this initiative and subsidising the cost of the hurleys in a tribute to her late brother, Michael Kirby, who was a past pupil of Piercestown National School and had a particular passion for hurling. Michael played many a match donning the maroon and white colours and was even Captain during his time playing with the school team.  It too is fitting, that Michael’s nephew, will be in the cohort of children to be the first pupils to experience the ‘Camán Everybody’ programme. The Kirby family have committed to make this an annual contribution to our school. Huge thanks to the Kirby family for this most generous contribution to our school.   Tuesday 19th October, in collaboration with our GPO Séamus and members of our local club St. Martin’s we will have an official launch of the programme. Keep an eye on the school blog to see how this event unfolded.

For more information please go to https://leinstergaa.ie/caman-everybody/  

Mystery Gifts make it a Magical Monday!


Monday 18th October was to be an exciting day in Piercestown N.S. The boys and girls (and staff) have been counting down the days to the arrival of the ‘mystery gift’ for our classes by our amazing Parents’ Association. Even the poor weather conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits of all in our school.

At 12 noon, the wait was no more. Over the intercom, Ms. Walsh announced the arrival of Suzanne and Amanda to hand over the much eyed up mystery boxes! Each teacher had randomly selected two children from their class to receive the box on behalf of the class and return it for the grand reveal.

And so Ms. Sinnott’s class were the first to collect. Once, they had safely returned to their room (ensuring all COVID safety procedures were still in tact), Ms. Taylor’s representatives were called up, followed by Mrs. Ryan’s, Mrs. Larkin’s, and so on all the way up to 6th class. As each gift was collected cheers and screams of excitement could be heard all around the corridors! The representatives from each class were so excited and appreciative. While we wish you could have shared the moment with us, Ms. Walsh was on hand to gather the photographic evidence.

And just when we thought all of the mystery boxes had been revealed, there was one more left? Who could it be for? Surely, there was nobody else left?! Our wonderful Parents’ Association are so kind they included a box of treats for the staff too. Thanks to Mrs. Corrigan who collected this on the staff behalf…….and handed it over to the rest of the staff too (phew!!)

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Huge thanks to our creative Parents’ Association who turned a dreary Monday into a magical Monday. The cheers from all the classes could be heard in the reception area as the Parents’ Association were leaving our school. It was a moment to be savoured.

Keep your eyes posted for an updated post of the list of ‘Mystery gifts’ on the blog tomorrow

Special Delivery from our Parents’ Association

Ms. Walsh received a lovely surprise today from our Parents’ Association. Suzanne was at our school bright and early to deliver some of the ‘Mystery Gifts’ in anticipation of next Monday’s surprise presentation. It is literally like the ‘Late Late Show’ as there is literally a ‘mystery box’ for EVERY class in the school sponsored by the Parents’ Association. While we can’t all see them in the hall way, as we might have done pre-covid, Ms. Walsh was on hand to take the photographic evidence and will spread the word on the blog, via Aladdin and into the classrooms. Check out Suzanne making the first of the drop off. How many class gifts arrived? How many more boxes are to come? Five more sleeps until the boxes are opened by a lucky member for each class? What will each box have in store for their class? Keep tuned in for more updates.

Countdown to Halloween 2021

Senior Infants were hot on the heels of 1st class today with their Halloween art. From dark skies with nocturnal bats to orange glowing sunsets, with silhouettes of bats and cats!

Check out the lovely paint and cutting skills by Mrs. Ryan’s Senior infants boys and girls.

The question is what class will make the blog for the next showing of Halloween art?!!!

Dark skies with nocturnal bats decorated the walls outside 1st class today, as Piercestown begins the countdown to one of our favourite times of the year.

Don’t forget that our ‘Freaky Friday’ Halloween fancy dress will take place on Fri 22nd October. As always, for fun there is a ‘token’ prize for best dressed.

I wonder will there be any spooky staff around this year?!

Mystery Gifts from our Parents’ Association

With just two weeks to go to midterm, there is a buzz of excitement around the walls of Piercestown National School, even more so, among the teachers. Our innovative and creative Piercestown Parents’ Association have come up with a new initiative to give a little something to all classes before we break for midterm! This will be a class gift, something that the teacher will get to use with all of the children, that they wouldn’t ordinarily have had in their classroom!

We will be kept guessing over the next ten days as the countdown to the presentation of the Mystery Gift begins! Some classes may be hoping for something musical, others might be hoping for something in the visual arts category, other classes may be hoping for some more equipment to keep them active!

Whatever the gift, our teachers and classes will be so excited and grateful to be the recipients!

So let the guessing and the countdown begin!

Many thanks to our Parents’ Association for always keeping the teachers and the children at the heart of their ideas! This is the first time the ‘Mystery Gift’ has taken place on our school. We can’t wait to watch it unfold!

Updates for the week beginning 27th Sept. 2021

As September draws to a close, take a look at what the week has in store for us:

  • Tuesday – No GAA coaching for this week. It will return next week as usual.
  • Wednesday – The 6th class of 2021 return for Confirmation rehearsal in the church at 6:30pm.
  • Friday – Rugby coaching continues with a second session for all classes. The children really enjoyed their first session this week with coach Graham Barry!
  • Saturday – The long awaited Confirmation ceremony will take place at 11am in St. Martin’s Church. Fingers crossed the sun will shine as it did last week for our First Holy Communion class!

FUN BINGO! – One more sleep!

With prizes galore to be won, the excitement has been building all week here in school as the children look forward to our Fun Bingo. This event will take place on Thursday and Friday of this week and promises to be one of the highlights of this first term in school.

Many thanks to all parents who purchased cards to raise money for the school team, who are participating in the St. Martin’s Walkathon Fundraiser. Proceeds from the Walkathon will go towards the running of the club and the purchase of sports equipment for our school.

Next Saturday 25th will see team members from our staff taking their turn to walk for an hour. It will be an early start as we are booked in for the 7am slot. Hopefully the morning sun will shine, putting a smile on everyone’s face!

FUN BINGO!

St. Martin’s Walkathon Club Fundraiser

Our local club is fundraising money to maintain their much loved and much used facilities. While doing so, they intend also to give sports equipment to the value of €2500  (for each school) to both Murrintown NS and Piercestown NS.

Here in Piercestown, we are crying out to upgrade our sports equipment for the children – with a long wish list! This would enhance our physical activity two-fold.

St. Martin’s Club have organised a ‘Walkathon’ and have invited the school to enter a team. Each team must fundraise for the cause, prior to the event. This is where we need a little help from our best team members, the children!

Having successfully raised funds for the event, a team of staff have committed to getting their ‘walking’ shoes on and pounding the track for their hour time slot!!!!! Watch this space!

At Piercestown N.S., we have decided to organise a fun Bingo for the children to help towards our  fundraising.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Children from Junior and Senior infants will play their games as separate classes. To participate and support the fundraiser the Bingo costs €5.
  • Children in 1st and 2nd class will play two games. To participate and support the fundraiser the Bingo costs €5.
  • Children from 3rd to 6th class will play two games. They can have an option to purchase one bingo card for €5 or two cards for €8.
  • There will be an array of prizes for one full line, two lines and of course the FULL house.
  • There will also be spot prizes up for grabs.
  • Payment for bingo cards will be taken via our electronic payment system Aladdin.
  • All families will receive an option to purchase from Fri 17th Sept – Wednesday 22nd Sept.
  • The purchasing of cards closes next Wed. 22nd  with the fun event taking place on Thursday 23rd/ Friday 24th.

Prizes on the day include the following:

  • Vouchers for the Omniplex Cinema
  • Vouchers for Waffel house
  • Vouchers for bowling in Leisure Max
  • Family pass for Footgolf
  • Smyths toyshop vouchers
  • And much more to be announced this week

Spot prizes include:

  • Homework passes
  • Golden time passes
  • Stationery/ games
  • Treats galore

Many thanks to all businesses who have sponsored prizes to date.

So, is your luck in? Bingo cards at the ready? Will it be ‘Rise and Shine’ with number 29! Knock at the door, with number 4! Or number 17 the ‘Dancing Queen’ that will see a lucky winner get a full house! We will have to wait and see!!!

Updates for the week starting 13th Sept.

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK 2021!!!

National Bike Week 2021 kicked off on Sunday 12th September. As a GREEN and ACTIVE school, we have been learning all about bike safety, road safety and the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling on our bikes. Some classes have discussed the benefits of cycling as a mode of transport in the fight against climate change. Some classes have discussed road safety and the safe cross code. Other classes have held ‘Bike Week’ themed colouring competitions too. Here is a little peep at some of the photos coming into Ms. Taylor this week… If you have any you would like to add to our school blog this week – send them to Ms. Taylor at gtaylor@piercestownns.com

Have a lovely week everyone!! Happy cycling!!

FYI:

There will be a Bike Maintenance Workshop with The Bike Shop Wexford at The Bike Shop, 9 Selskar St, Wexford from 5-6pm on Thursday 15th September for all interested. You must register by email before hand. See: https://www.nationaltransport.ie/smarter-travel-workplaces/cycle-challenge-ie/bikeweek/wexford/sportsactive@wexfordcoco.ie/sportsactive@wexfordcoco.ie/

Saturday 18th September: Balance Bike Come and Try Festival at Min Ryan Park

1.30pm-3.30pm3-5yr oldsMin Ryan Park, Wexford

Bikes and Helmets provided. For more information visit: http://www.wexfordcoco.ie/BikeWeek

Well done to all who took part in National Bike Week 2021. There was a lovely buzz about Piercestown NS with talk of bikes, favourite cycling tracks and trails, bike safety, helmet design, keeping active and raising awareness about climate change and looking after our planet – take a look at the photos below to see some of our very own pupils out and about during the week…

Huge congratulations to the Wexford Camogie team especially our past pupils Lisa, Ella and Lettie on their win in Croke Park today. It was a nail-biting match but one that Wexford fully deserved. What an occasion to see the cup being lifted in Croke Park – an inspiration for all the young girls in Wexford for the years ahead! Hopefully, we will get to see the Kay Mills cup at some stage in the school! Enjoy the celebrations ladies. Loch Garman Abú!

Junior Infants begin their full days!

Junior infants take another big step in their school journey today, as they begin their full infant days until 2pm starting tomorrow September 13th. Well done to Junior infants on such a successful start to their primary school journey. We are so proud of them all.

Hurling Coaching / Camán Everybody!

Dust off those hurleys and helmets as we welcome coach and GPO for St. Martin’s, Séamus Casey back this week. Séamus will be back this Tuesday and every Tuesday putting his hurling skills to the best use with our boys and girls. Junior and Senior infants are not required to have hurleys and helmets yet and they will be starting a new initiative soon called ‘Camán Everybody’ – we will have more information on this soon. But any child from 1st-6th class with hurleys and helmets, leave them at the door on Monday nights so you don’t forget them on Tuesday morning.

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK 2021

Sunday the 12th of September marks the beginning of National Bike Week across Ireland. Piercestown N.S., as both an ACTIVE and GREEN school, are looking to get involved in the fun!! To celebrate Bike Week 2021, we want you to send in your photos from your bike rides far and wide next week – whether it is to school, the local shop, or a weekend adventure with the family. Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and it is also a good means of transport when it comes to the environment and combating climate change. Why not dust off your helmet and head out for a cycle? And don’t forget to send your snaps in to gtaylor@piercestownns.com

Interested in finding out more?? Take a look at the link below…

https://www.nationaltransport.ie/smarter-travel-workplaces/cycle-challenge-ie/bikeweek/