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November / December 2008

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It has been a very busy time for us in St Cronan's since we have come back after the Halloween Break

Scholastic Book Fair

We had a very successful Book Fair in the school hall from the 17th to the 19th of November. Mrs O'Doherty organised the whole event and there were a large number of parents who volunteered to help. Each of the classes had a chance to visit the fair on more than one occassion. It was a great opportunity for parents and children alike to get some of their Christmas shopping done.

Over €5700 of books were sold and each classroom benefited from the €3450 worth of free books for the class libraries.

A huge thank you to Mrs O'Doherty for all the work she put into the event and also to all the generous parents who volunteered their time, and of course to all the boys in every class who bought books at the fair !

National Children's Choir Rehearsal

On Monday 24th November, we welcomed Delgany National School and Newtownmountkennedy National School to rehearse with our senior 5th and 6th class pupils for the National Children's Choir.

Ms Healy was the musical director and conductor for the rehearsal, with our principal Mr Dodd working very hard playing the piano for the day. It was a long day from 9.30am-1.30pm and we practised 8 songs in great detail. There were three singing groups; firsts (melody), seconds (harmony), and descant singers (high harmony). The day went really well and we all sounded fantastic.

We now look forward to the next two rehearsals, and of course the big concert in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght at the end of April.

(Find out more about the National Children's Choir - click here !)

Operation Christmas Child : Shoebox Appeal

Once again, Ms Mc Closkey's 5th Class organised the Shoebox Appeal this year. There was a great response through out the school. Lots of shoeboxes were collected from every class. These brightly wrapped shoeboxes contain small toys, picture books, writing tools and notebooks, as well as toothbrushes, toothpaste, stickers and all sorts of other things.

The gifts are sent to various countries around the world and bring joy to children, who might otherwise never receive a gift at Christmas.

The charity, that organises the event, Samaritan's Purse went back to visit one of the orphanages where gift boxes had been given. The boxes (now five years old) were still on proud display on their shelves. Not only were the contents important, but even the boxes themselves meant so much to the boys and girls !

We all agree it's a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas spirit. Over
380 shoeboxes were brought in by the pupils in St Cronan's ! Well done to Ms McCloskey and her class for organising the appeal !

School Plays

It's that time of year again, and many of the junior classes, and some of the seniors have been rehearsing very hard for their Christmas Plays.

You can see pictures of these performances by clicking on the icon on the left of the page marked "School Activities".

Christmas Carol Singing

Every year, the 5th & 6th class pupils dedicate some of their time over the Christmas period. Yet again this year, Mr Barry has organised this very successful event, and Ms Healy lead the singing.

The boys sang (in the rain) outside the Holy Redeemer Church on the 18th December and raised funds for Ikanga (the Kenyan Twin-Parish of Holy Redeemer) and Bugisi (the Tansanian Twin-Parish of Queen of Peace). This event was coupled with a No-Uniform Day in the school for all classes.

Both events together raised a total of
€823.96. A big thank you to all the 5th and 6th class boys !

Concern Christmas Fast

Over the last 6 years, Mr Ó Broin has organised the Concern Christmas Fast with his class. Over that time, they have raised over €11,000 !

This year, Mr Ó Broin and the boys in 6th class fasted on the 9th December, and they were joined by Mr Ó Murchú. It was a tough day, but they got through it !
So far this year, they have raised
€1887.50. Thanks to all who sponsored !

(You can read more about our Christmas Fast by clicking here !)

Gaelic Football League

Over the last few weeks, Mr Barry has been running a Gaelic Football league with the boys from 5th and 6th class.

The participants were split into 6 teams, and the matches took place after school on Thursdays from 2.30-3.30pm.

A massive thank you to Mr Barry for running the event !

Fire Brigade Visit

On Monday 8th December, members of the Bray Fire Service came in to meet the boys in 3rd class. They talked to the boys about fire safety, and what we should be careful of over the Christmas season.

The Hallelujah Concert

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RTÉ Visits 1st Class

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