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May / June 2009

Archives > News Archive > 2008-2009

Cystic Fibrosis

Mr McGovern's 6th class collected over €500 for Cystic Fibrosis from their Confirmation money.

Guests from China

On Wednesday 6th May, St Cronan's welcomed guests from Guangming School in Beijing.

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Plant Sale

On Friday 8th May, St Cronan's held it's annual Summer Bedding Plant Sale. It was a great success and many thanks to Mrs Noreen Dodd and all the pupils who helped in growing the plants in our Polytunnel.

European Day

On Friday 8th May, all the boys in 6th Class were invited to the Bray Town Council Chamber in the Town Hall to learn about Europe Day. Cllr David Grant spoke to the boys about the European Union, and they took a quiz about the countries in Europe. There were also two actors who played the roles of major figures from European history.

Bray Lions Club - Clean Sweep of Bray '09

On Saturday 9th May, 50 pupils from St Cronan's and St Patrick's joined forces with the Bray Lions Club to help make Bray a cleaner place and raise funds for their schools. The annual event, now in it's 5th year, is sponsored by Greenstar.

The volunteers and a number of parents helped to litter from the Main Street, Vevay Road, Church Road, Southern Cross Road to name but a few areas. This project links in with St Cronan's Green School Project. Some of the boys from St Cronan's also took part in Bray Coastcare's clean-up on the same day.

Many thanks John Nolan (Greenstar), Moira Byrne (Wicklow Co. Council) and Frank Corr (President of Bray Lions Club), and also to Mr Karl Ó Broin for organising the event this year.

Learn more about Bray Lions Club's association with St Cronan's

Bray Endeavour Awards

St Cronan's pupil, Seán Kavanagh, scooped the "Young Achiever Award" in the Bray Endeavour Awards 2009. The Awards Ceremony took place in the Baracuda on the Seafront on Friday 15th May. Bray Coastcare Group (some of whom are pupils in St Cronan's) were also honoured at the event.

Communion Classes 2009

On the 10th and 17th of May, the boys from Ms Lloyd's, Ms Wilson's and Ms O'Callaghan's class made their First Holy Communion.

The ceremonies were held in Holy Redeemer Church on the Main Street, and the newly refurbished Queen of Peace Church on the Vevay Road.

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Inauguration of the Delgany Schools Cup

Friday 29th May saw the inauguration of the Delgany Schools Cup for Wicklow Primary school golfers. Brilliantly sponsored by Hilary Hayden & Co., the competition was hosted by Delgany Golf club which saw budding Pádraig Harringtons from several local schools, including St. Cronans arrive at 7.30 am for the competition.

Our two school teams were chosen from an initial group of 40 enthusiastic golfers with the honour of representing us falling to Jack Reynolds, Daniel Treanor, Cathal Martin and Garreth Byrne, all in 6th class.

They acquitted themselves very well in the 9 hole competition but they had to give way to an excellent team from Delgany National School, the overall Boys Winners. St. Brigid’s in Greystones won the Girls’ competition.

Our 5th class team came out tops in the skills coaching with Niall Martin, Jack Nolan, Conor Prendergast and Eoin Keenan representing the school.

This is going to be an annual event so with holidays approaching there will be plenty of time for interested golf-hopefuls to get down to work and improve their handicap!

We are most grateful to Susanne and Dominic Martin who not only spent time coaching the boys prior to the competition but they took time off work to accompany them through the competitions. Thanks also to Mr Hammill and his committee in Delgany GC

Well done to all and congratulations to our representatives and to the Delgany NS and St. Brigid’s winning teams. It was wonderful day.

Filipino Independence Celebration

On Wednesday 3rd June the Filipino Community in St Cronan's hosted a night of celebration to mark the Independence Day of the Philippines. The evening was a fantastic success.

National Children's Choir

On Monday 8th June, 23 boys from 5th and 6th Class represented St Cronan's School in the National Children's Choir Performance in the National Concert Hall.

Into the West - Westport School Tour

On Friday June 5th, a party of 34 boys from 2nd - 6th class headed to Mayo for a weekend of adventure sports. They were accompanied by 13 of their parents and Mr Dodd.

Luckily for them the dreadful weather experienced on the east coast remained there, as the sun shone throughout the weekend. Reflecting on the weekend, one boy said that it was his ‘best fun time ...ever!’

An exhausted, merry band of adventurers arrived safely back in Bray on Sunday evening, now skilled in quad biking, archery, rock climbing, canoeing, raft building, surfing, fencing, ‘aeroball’ trampoline....and pool!

Most impressive was the spirit and cohesion of the group with the older boys supporting and caring for the younger ones. It was a weekend they will remember, even if few enough of them managed to catch much sleep. Despite the mountain of clothes needing to be washed, I’m sure they would all like to experience it again. Next year perhaps!

Thanks to all the Dads for helping out, to Tom Groarke and Vanessa for organising the trip and to Horizon Adventure Centre.

6th Class School Tour

On the 9th and 10th of June, the boys from Mr Ó Broin's, Ms Walsh's and Mr McGovern's 6th classes headed for Tralee, Co. Kerry for an action-packed two days.

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Family Fun Quiz '09

The Annual Family Fun Quiz was held this year in St Cronan's on Friday 12th June. There were over 30 tables participating on the night. Mr Ó Broin was the quiz-master on the night, and at the end of the 8 rounds, two teams were levle on points and a tie-breaker round decided the winner. Congratulations to Conor O'Doherty, Daniel Treanor, Ross Whyte and Ivan Walsh all from 6th Class. This is the first year that the quiz has been won by a team made up of 4 children with no adult !

Many thanks to all teams who took part, and to the hard-working organising team of 6th class pupils, and of course the Parents' Committee volunteers lead by Gaye Finn. Over €1000 was raised for the school.

Ice Cream on the Beach

On Monday 15th June, the boys from 6th class took some of the 1st class boys on a trip the Seafront in Bray for Ice-Cream as a summer-time treat.

Staff vs 6th Class - Fun Soccer Match

On the 16th June, St Cronan's held their Annual Staff vs 6th Class Fun Soccer Match after the Senior Sports Day. The weather was absolutely magnificent on the day.

There were three teams of 6th Class pupils from Ms Walsh's, Mr Ó Broin's and Mr McGovern's classes. The match was a very tightly contested affair with the teachers winning in the end 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mr McGovern.

Many thanks to the boys in 6th class who played the game in a marvellous spirit and to the spectators from all classes who cheered on the teams from the side-lines. Thanks also to all the staff who took part.

St Cronan's Golf Classic

A number of our budding young golfers took part in the St Cronan's Golf Classic in Bray Golf Club on Monday 22nd July.

The event finished with Cathal Martin (6th class) scooping the 1st prize and Alan Fahy (5th class) in 2nd place. Jack Nolan and Niall Martin, both from 5th class finished in 3rd and 4th place respectively. The winner of the putting competition was Corey Downer from 5th class.

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