November 2009

Our Halloween day at School.
Rang a Trí welcomes our new teacher Ms Burke.
We worked really hard to make our classroom look scary.  We made hanging spiders and ghost lanters.
We had a big party on Friday the 23rd of October.  We dressed up as Devils, Ghosts, Witches, Ghouls and Goblins.  We even had a Pat Shortt in our midst.   The teachers dressed up.  We had a great day frightening Ms Burke.  In the afternoon, we put on a production.  We learned a song and an Irish poem.  This was recorded on the video camera.
Here are some pictures from the day.
Making our ghost lanterns
Making our ghost lanterns

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Everyone dressed up in assembly
Everyone dressed up in assembly

The teachers dressed up too The teachers dressed up too

This is Rang a Trí dressed up.

Grupa Dearg agus Grupa Glas
Grupa Dearg agus Grupa Glas
Grupa Oráiste
Grupa Oráiste
Grupa Glas

Grupa Glas

Fifth and sixth class started up the Friendship squad again.There are 29 of us doing it.The Friendship squad last year were a huge succsess and this year we hope to be just as good.We bought new equipment such as new colourful bibs to show that we are the Friendship squad new foam frisbies and lots of other fun stuff to play.With the help of  mrs Clarke,ms Rooney andMrs ó Rourke we hope to make a more enjoyable lunch time  for everyone.

Sean C








Dear Parents,


I hope this note finds you all well and looking forward to the mid- term break.

School will close at 3pm this Friday and re-open on Monday November 2nd .


Winter BBQ

The Winter Barbeque was a great success as always, and a wonderful sociable night was had by all with delicious food and entertainment. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Paula and Elmer for organising this night and producing such delicious food for us all. This night has raised over €1,000 euro for our school. We look forward to discussions with Parents Association, Board of Management and staff as to the further development of our school into the future. Sincere thanks to the large number of parents who supported the event by purchasing raffle tickets and coming along on the night. Ní neart go chur le chéile!


Staff Meeting

We are beginning the process of reviewing and updating our Code of Behaviour here in the school. A facilitator from the Primary Professional Development Service will facilitate a staff meeting on code of behaviour on Friday 13th November. The school will be closed to children at 12.30 on this day to facilitate this meeting. We will also be interested to gather some feedback from parents shortly in relation to this review.


Clothes Collection

We will be having a collection of unwanted clothing on Thursday 5th November here in the school. This collection always earns funds for the school. Please bring bags of clothing to the school by Wednesday 4th Nov as they may come to collect the clothes early on Thursday.


Do This In Memory

As many parents are aware, this parish based programme is a preparation programme for the First Holy Communion. It will involve some special Masses throughout the year for the children preparing for First Eucharist and their families. Eileen Sheirdan, a valued member of our Parish Council will hold an initial meeting for parents of First Holy Communion children, here in the school on Wednesday 4th November at 7.30. It is vitally important that each child id represented by at least one parent at this meeting. This programme is very special for the children, and we also involve the school choir in the special Masses. I look forward to meeting you on this night, and Eileen will explain the programme and how you can get involved.





Course for Parents

Sligo Education Centre are putting on s course for school staff and parents on Monday 9th November from 7pm-10pm. The title of the course is: Managing conflict management with teenagers. All parents are very welcome to attend, just phone the centre on 9138700 to reserve a place.


Hallowe’en Fancy Dress

We are inviting all children to come to school in fancy dress costume on Friday! They might have a difficulty recognising some of the teachers also!! We will have an assembly also to show off our costumes!! This will be good fun for all, however if any child feels anxious about dressing up, they do not have to.




Wishing you all a restful break and look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 2nd!!




Siobhan Clarke

The first Mass of this parish based programme for the preparation of the First Holy Communion class will take place on Sunday, 29th November at 11am in Ransboro Church. Our school choir will sing at the Mass and we invite all children to attend.

We are beginning work this week on our christmas cards, which we hope to have printed and back in the school by early December. We will inform you of the price and details shortly, and an order from for the cards will be going home with the children next week, so you can pre-book your cards. These were beautiful last year, so we appeal to parents to buy your cards through the school this year, all funds raised go towards the school.

The annual appeal for shoe boxes is happening again! Please have your shoe boxes back to school by Monday next, as they will be collected. This is a lovely carity involving children helping children.

We learned about the brass instruments in the orchestra – the tuba, the trumpet, the trombone and the French horn. We listened to the instruments on these websites:

The New York Philharmonic Kidzone: HERE>>>>>

The San Francisco Symphony Kids HERE>>>>>

Today we used a programme called Spelling Bee to help learn spellings. You can look at the programme and use it at home HERE>>>>>

 Starfish on Lissadell Beach


Starfish on the rocks at Lissadell

Starfish on the rocks at Lissadell

 A freak storm washed between 30,000-50,000 starfish on to Lissadell Beach in Sligo last Thursday. We had really strong winds over the past couple of days which could have caused it. 


Scientists have said that the storm force winds could have caused a tsunami-like monster wave which lifted the starfish from the seabed, as they were feeding on mussels, and left them on the beach. They are all adult starfish. They are all believed to be dead now. It is very sad.


Someone wrote their name in starfish on the beach!

Someone wrote their name in starfish on the beach!

By 4th Class





What are Starfish?



Starfish are a sea animal with spiny skin in the shape of a star. They are not really a fish. They are crustaceans. They cannot swim, they crawl and climb.


Most have 5 arms. If a fish bites off one, it can grow a new one! A starfish can survive with only their centre part and one arm! Each arm has a foot at the end with a ‘sucker’ that helps the starfish stick to rocks and catch their food.


A starfish has no eyes. They have special eye spots that sense if it is light or dark. They breathe through their feet. Their mouth is underneath and they eat shellfish. Their skin is not tasty to other fish.


By 4th Class

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