Monday 18th October was to be an exciting day in Piercestown N.S. The boys and girls (and staff) has 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!!)
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.
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.
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 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.
Dust off those hurleys and helmets as we welcome coach and GPO for St. Martin’s, Séamus Casey back this week. Séamus will be backthis 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.
Piercestown National school would like to send the best of luck to our past pupils, Lisa Firman, Ella O’Connor and Lettie Whelan and the whole Wexford Camogie team as they line out to face Armagh in Croke Park tomorrow in an All Ireland camogie final.
Friday 10th September saw the whole school turn purple and gold and maroon to show their support for this momentous occasion.
6th class in their pods, recorded special messages of support to Lisa, Lettie, Ella and their team mates for Sunday 12pm. If you haven’t travelled the road to Croker be sure to tune into the television at 12pm on RTE2.
Fingers crossed for bringing the cup home. We are so proud of you! Loch Garman Abú!
It’s time to dust off the school bags and fill up those pencil cases as Piercestown National School gets ready to re-open our doors to you on Tuesday 31st August. We have had a facelift over the summer too so we are excited for you to see our fresh, upgraded summer works almost complete! With just two more sleeps to go we can’t wait to see you back.
As per our email last week, please remember to complete your child’s Return to School Declaration form on your Aladdin Connect app.If you have any difficulty with the app, please call the school on 053-9158854 on Monday.
The Dept of Education and Skills have prepared a document ‘ Advice for parents during COVID-19- Back to School September 2021’. Please see document below.
Similar to last year, the video below shows you where your entrance is and where your waiting area is for your class/bubble. Unfortunately, parents are not permitted onto the grounds with the exception of Junior infant parents. Senior infant parents are permitted onto the grounds also for the 2pm pick up. We will however, allow senior infant parents on the grounds for the first few days until the children know where their new entrance is. Many thanks for your co-operation.
We can’t wait to hear how your summer went and look forward to creating more memories and learning experiences throughout the year ahead.
Let’s see what 2021-2022 has in store for us! Enjoy the last few days of sunshine. Let the countdown begin.
As part of their preparation for Confirmation, 6th class children attended a retreat with Fr. Marken in his garden on the afternoon of Friday 18th June. They were joined on the day by Ms. Walsh and Mrs. Corrigan. Luckily the sun was shining as the children gathered round in a circle for some co-operative games and activities. They feasted on tasty meals from McDonald’s and afterwards Fr. Marken hosted a table quiz for the class. There was an official unveiling of a Buddy Bench, handmade and painted by Dylan Devereux and his father Bobby – a kind donation to the school which we will treasure always. Then the children participated in a most beautiful Ceremony of Light, led by Fr. Marken in the church. All in all, it was a very memorable occasion which we hope will live on in the minds of the children for many years to come.
The children in 3rd, 4th and 5th classes thoroughly enjoyed their Senior School Fun Day. They had an outdoor, hands-on workshop with Gordan Rocheford in the Scout Recreation Area across form the school. Here they learned about various different skills used by scouts, such as starting a campfire safely without matches and tying ropes together to make a secure shelter out of wood. They were also shown some of the tools and equipment used by Scouting Ireland when camping out and they learned about some basic first aid. Great emphasis was placed on how to hike or camp while “Leaving No Trace”, an important lesson for all of us. These classes also went up the St. Martin’s pitch for sports and activities and 3rd class had the opportunity to practice their tennis skills. The day would not have been complete without their own special delivery from McDonald’s, which was rapidly devoured!
The Junior classes had their School Fun Day on Thursday 17th June, followed by the Senior classes School Fun Day on Friday 18th. These days were organised in lieu of the usual school tour day, which did not take place this year due to Covid-19.
There was great excitement in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class, 2nd class and Ms. Sinnott’s class of VIPs on that Thursday morning as puppeteer, Julie-Rose set up her booth in preparation for her show, which had all the traditional theatrics necessary to thrill and delight young children. Junior and Senior Infants brought their teddies on a big adventure up to the St. Martin’s pitch where they had lots of fun and games and a Teddy Bear Picnic! Meanwhile, 1st and 2nd class enjoyed dancing, bubble blowing, building blocks, air hockey, hula hooping and playing giant Snakes and Ladders outdoors while the sun shone! After all that activity, the Junior classes were eager to tuck into their food – a special delivery from McDonald’s. At the end of the day they all went home, tired and happy!
Today saw the pupils of Piercestown NS enjoying their sports day. There was tremendous excitement and enthusiasm all day from both pupils and staff. Mrs. Sinnott and Mr. Murphy again began the day with our ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’ to get the hearts racing before the festivities began. Pupils got the chance to dance to a DJ, stretch & grow, take penalties, take part in an obstacle course, fun races and play some Canadian kickball, basketball, tag rugby and no-mans land. After a very tough year it was great to see all the happy faces on both the pupils and staff faces. It is days like today that are so truly important in the school year.