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Saturday, 14th December 2019

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Christmas Preparations 2019

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Christmas preparations are well under way in all classes and in all areas of the Faythe School.

Ms. Conroy’s photos have captured some of the incredible work done so far from poetry, creative writing, all manner of Art activities including Christmas Trees, stockings, Santa, reindeer, polar bears, penguins, Advent Wreaths, winter scenes featuring bare trees and snow-scapes and Santas stuck in chimneys. and lights glittering in the foyer.

Special thanks Maggie from the South End Family Resource Centre who worked with several classes to beautifully decorate the windows in the Sports Hall visible from the Faythe and to the gang who erected and decorated the foyer with glittering light, the Christmas tree, the school Advent Calendar and the Crib.

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Christmas Calm

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Calodagh McCumiskey of 'Spiritual Earth' will deliver a workshop on Tuesday morning, December 17th. Calodagh will share tips on how to slow down and be more productive, how to learn to relax, sleep better and is ideal for anyone who is looking for a better life balance.

Christmas can be a particularly busy and stressful time and this talk will offer advice on how to recharge the batteries by engaging in mindfulness and meditation. Calodagh writes an article in the 'Wexford People' and offers weekly advice on well- being and mental health.

All are welcome to attend this talk. Festive refreshments will be served afterwards.

Date: Tuesday, December 17th Time: 9:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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'Time out during the Christmas Rush'

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Calodagh McCumiskey of 'Spiritual Earth' will deliver a workshop on Tuesday morning, December 17th. Calodagh will share tips on how to slow down and be more productive, how to learn to relax, sleep better and is ideal for anyone who is looking for a better life balance.

Christmas can be a particularly busy and stressful time and this talk will offer advice on how to recharge the batteries by engaging in mindfulness and meditation. Calodagh writes an article in the 'Wexford People' and offers weekly advice on well- being and mental health.

All are welcome to attend this talk. Festive refreshments will be served afterwards.

Date: Tuesday, December 17th Time: 9:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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For the past five years we have asked all children and families to consider taking part in the 1 Card per 1 Child per 1 Class initiative and over both years the feedback was so positive that we have decided to run it again.

Unfortunately Liam Turner scheduled this message for 1st December 2020!!!!! and it only dawned on him when he saw children giving out Christmas Cards last week that he had made a mistake......if cards have been given out....there's no real harm done!!...

but from tomorrow Monday 9th December 2019(!!!!) we are asking all children in the school to try to bring in ONE CHRISTMAS CARD only.....written to their TEACHER AND ALL THEIR FRIENDS IN THE CLASS.

This has 5 positive effects.....

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A huge thanks to everyone who baked, donated, bought, sold or helped at The Parents’ Association Christmas Fair!

A special ‘thank you’ to Tina Fortune’s ‘Laughsalot Art Class’ who raised a whopping €475 between sales of Art and a Raffle. Tina Dwyer’s Face Painting unleashed herds of reindeer, gangs of elves and various other creatures and Christmas characters as well as raising €65.45.

Special thanks to the teachers and SNAs for all their work in the classes with the children who produced an array of fabulous decorations, food, snacks, drinks for humans and reindeer.

The Christmas Fair wouldn’t be the same without the visit from the teachers and pupils from Our Lady of Fatima School who, for the past few years, have come up and brightened up a very happy school day. This year they even sang a few songs in the Hallway which were very much appreciated by Mar and Mr. Turner who were ‘trapped’ in their Offices.

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On Monday 18th November we went to the Dunbrody ship in New Ross and later reurned to Leisure Max.  It was a very fine day but very, very cold. First we went inside a room where we watched a video about how people lived in the olden days.  Next we went on the ship itself.  There was an upstairs and a downstairs.  My favourite part was the downstairs because we saw how the ‘famine people’ slept and ate during the voyage.  Then ‘Mary O’Brien’ came and talked about the journey.  Then we went on the bus back to Wexford.

When we came back we went to Leisure Max.  I played with my friends upstairs.  After that we went downstairs to play bowling  but we ate chicken nuggets and chips before it.  When we went bowling I wasn’t too happy because I’m not the best at bowling but once I started playing for a bit I got a strike.

My favourite part was when we went upstairs in Leisure Max because I played with my friends and I went on the trampoline a lot and it was really fun.

 

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Today while paying a bill in Hanrahan’s, Mrs. Hanrahan handed over the slightly worn plastic tub seen above. Adorned with a pink ‘In Aid of the Faythe School Parents’ Association’ label on the front, it was full to the brim of coins, most likely the small change from locals shopping in Hanrahan's who didn’t give second thought to dropping the coppers / shrapnel / washers / scrap in to the tub.

It is now bagged and ready for the Parents’ Association. The significant amount of €176.78 came from the tub of scrap!!!

Just to put that in perspective….

  • that scrap could pay for another 44 calculators like those the Parents’ Association paid for last year
  • that scrap could nearly match the ‘bus tour subsidies’ for two classes that the Parents’ Association paid to all twelve classes last year
  • that scrap could pay for the licence for online supports for 10 children with additional needs as recommended by the National Council for Special Education and not funded by the Department of Education since the ‘economic downturn.’
  • that scrap could pay for a significant amount of ‘Aistear’ resources for our Infant classes – ‘Aistear’ is the key resource advocated for pre-school and primary school infant education advocated yet never funded by the DES.

So thank you sincerely to everyone who ever dropped as much as a single coin into the tub…..small gestures combine to make significant differences and as usual the money raised by the Parents’ Association is spent in school by them on the children in the school.

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3rd Class review 'Science Day.'

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Today as part of Science Week our science class went down to the Hall to see a scientist perform experiments. My favourite experiment was the one where he used the bottle with  H₂O₂.  

H₂O₂ is different than water because it has an extra bit of oxygen that does not fit in it. Just like a group at school, the oxygen is the new kid that won't fit in immediately.

When this powder called magnesium was poured into the bottle, the extra oxygen became steam and shot out. This became heat and it started to melt when it cooled down and it was shrinking.

One other experiment I really liked was when the Nutty Professor had a bottle of water with a fake fish with an anchor at the bottom and another fake fish floating at the top, and we had to figure out a way to get the ‘top fish’ to the bottom. It sounds easy but it wasn't because there was air in the top of the fish's head, so it was able to float. When he squeezed the bottle it squeezed all the air out of the head and it sank.

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Stationary Shop

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The Faythe School Stationary Shop will open tomorrow morning.

The shop will operate from the breakfast club room and will open from 8.45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. From next week onwards the shop will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings during breakfast club. It will also open on Monday and Wednesday at little break from 10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The purpose of the shop is to allow children, with parental permission, to purchase essential school supplies at a convenient location.

The shop will sell the following items and all prices are clearly displayed at the shop:

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Science Day at the Faythe School 2019

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Over the past six months Alice Doyle - Local Community Development Officer at Wexford has been working very closely with the school and in partnership with SFI, Science Foundation Ireland, I.T. Carlow, WWETB, EPA, BIM, Local Link Wexford, the business sector, community groups, national, regional and local agencies to offer a selection of 'fun science events' throughout the county.
The main event for the Faythe School took place on Wednesday 13th November when Niall a.ka. the Nutty Professor enthralled all 291 pupils and over 100 parents, guardians, minders, grand-parents and members of the wider Faythe community with three different age appropriate shows of fun science where the children learned about air and sound, density, ice, the amazing manufacture and release of various gasses (mostly pleasant) using everything from a plastic bottle to a leaf blower to a home-made hover board.

The guys from Water Technology provided an excellent workshop for the 6th Class pupils on the very practical application of Science and Maths each day on our own door-step out in Drinagh. They were particularly taken with the application of mass spectrometer technology in surgery for the immediate identification of healthy and dangerous tissue and the fact that a few of the pupils parents already work in Waters made it all so real.

With the same 6th Class currently involved in learning to bake with the inimitable Kathleen Fitzpatrick, the CIT Wexford Campus talk on the science of food production is a 'no-brainer' and Mr. Murphy, Kathleen and the children are looking forward to visiting the six stations that deal with the science behind sustainable food production.

The highlight of the festival is the WexSci Science Showcase, an open day for all, which takes place on Saturday 16th of November. The day offers interactive exhibits, demonstrations, stage shows, and opportunities to meet and talk to scientists. The Science Showcase in 2019 comes to you now from three locations, The Street at Wexford County Council, Carricklawn for family fun science events; from the National Opera House where you will find three lectures from renowned scientists; and from Wexford Library for a demonstration and discussion on particles.
Look up the Wexford Science Festival website for more details.

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Parent / Teacher Meetings 2019-20

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Parent Teacher Meetings are due to be held on Tuesday & Thursday 19th & 21st November - starting at 1.50 for Infants and 2.50 for all other classes.

To select a time that suits you CLICK HERE ......then.....

Click on Book Appointments -

Click on Parent Teacher Meeting -

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Spanish Language Class

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Spanish Language Classes

Reminder of Spanish Language Classes starting tomorrow morning at 9:10 a.m. in Room 8 with Gloria.

We are delighted that Gloria, a Spanish parent, will teach Spanish here in the school. Gloria was here two years ago and successfully ran Spanish classes during that time.

So if you would like to learn some Spanish or brush up on some previous Spanish, please come along tomorrow morning.

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New Principal - January 2020

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Apologies for how this information is being sent but 'Komeer' is acting up again!!!

The BOM are pleased to announce the appointment of Marie Rossiter-Gargan as Principal of St. John of God School, The Faythe effective from 6th January 2020.

Marie will join the Faythe from her current position as Principal of Our Lady's Island N.S..

Liam Turner conveyed his intention to retire to the BOM in September but the advertisement and interview process only concluded yesterday. 

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'Hallowe'en 2019' video

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As I said in last Friday evening's post there was great disappointment in the school when the weather wiped out the Hallowe'en Walk for 2019. However the 'Fashion Parade' gave a little compensation and there was a great 'buzz' around the school. It also gave me a great opportunity for a suitably 'cheesey' introduction to the video!!!.

You'll see that the children's outfits were fabulous and repeated thanks to all the adults at home and in school who joined in with their usual flair and imagination on the outfit front.

The generosity and support of the wider Faythe School community continues to astound me and I repeat my five thousand two hundred and thirty four 'thank yous' to all who contributed and collected.

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While there was disappointment today in the school with the weather wiping out the Hallowe'en Walk for 2019 nonetheless there was great excitement in the school for the day.

As usual the childrens' outfits were fabulous and I look forward to posting the videos over the holiday week for you all to enjoy. Particular thanks to all the adults in the school who joined in with their usual flair and imagination although the logic behind some of their outfits defied 'Hallowe'en' or 'Sciencey' logic!!!!

Every year the generosity of the wider Faythe School community astounds me and the very real community support we have always enjoyed here was shown in the magnificent €5,234 collected to date.

On behalf of all in the school I would like to offer five thousand two hundred and thirty four 'thank yous' to all who contributed and collected.

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Room 12 - 4th Class - Futsal 2019

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Well done to Mr. French's 4th Class who proved great ambassadors for the Faythe today at the Futsal tournament in St. Joseph's Community Centre. Not only did they have a great time but they behaved very well and the girls team got to the Final.

Deirdre, Mr. Barden and Mr. French were delighted with the whole class. Thanks too to H.C. who, although injured, took the pictures!!!

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It is true - when it's agin ye....it is agin ye!!

There is a very poor forecast for all day tomorrow and Komeer has been problematic for the past two days.......so even getting this message out will not be easy!!!!

Currently it looks like the Walk will not take place but as in previous years when the weather played havoc with school events we will try our very best to work around it.

So as not to take from the children's fun we will have two 'Hallowe'en Parades' in the Hall so all the children will get to see their outfits. 

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