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November / December 2009

Archives > News Archive > 2009-2010

Back after the Halloween Break and back to work !
Here are just some of the things we have been up to ...





Drumming Workshop

On Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th November, we were visited by a proffesional percussionist who took every class in the school for a workshop on drumming and percussion. It was great fun and very noisy !!




World War I - Remembrance

Some of the senior classes visited Christchurch on Church Road in Bray in the second week of November to visit a remembrance exhibition related to those who fought in World War I. There was a display of photographs and memorabilia from The Great War, and two gentlemen guided the children through the exhibition, telling them stories from families affected by the war.






Book Fair

Our Annual Book Fair took place between 16th - 20th November, and once again it was a great success. Sincere thanks to all the parents who helped out and to the boys who purchased books. Thank you to all the teachers too - they had to deal with a little disruption and a lot of excitement !

This year, we sold books to the value of €5,000 during the week.
This means that our school receives books to the value of €3000. This is particularly important to us this year, as our annual library grant was wiped out in last year's budget.

A massive thank you to Ms Alice O'Donnell who did a magnificent job co-ordinating the Book Fair. Some orders are still outstanding and they will be distributed as soon as they arrive. Happy reading!


International Peace Poster Competition

On Wednesday 11th November '09, Bray Lions Club hosted a prize-giving in St. Cronan's for the winners of their Peace Poster Competition. The boys from 5th and 6th class have been working hard on their entries over the last number of weeks. St. Cronan's was one of three schools taking part this year, along with Bray School Project and Ravenswell.

The Overall Winner from St. Cronan's was Joven Sagrado. His poster will go on to the next level of this international competition.

Click here to see pictures from the prize-giving
and to view the winning posters





Ireland Involved Award

In November, a pupil from Mr Ó Broin's 5th Class received an award from President Mary McAleese for his efforts in raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.


Sean Kavanagh and his father Joe did a sponsored tandem cycle from Bray to Cork (176 miles!) in aid of Cystic Fibrosis (CF), raising an incredible €28,767 in the process.

You can read more about this amazing achievement by clicking here



Dublin Bus Calendar

On 23rd November, Joven Sagrado from Mr Ó Broin's 5th Class attended the launch of the Dublin Bus Calendar 2010. Joven was a winner in the Art Competition among primary schools all across the Greater Dublin Area, and his artwork was selected for inclusion in this year's calendar.

Joven was greated on the day by Sunderland FC Chairman and former Irish international Niall Quinn.



Print Workshops

From Tuesday 8th until Thursday 10th December three different artists came to our school to work with nine different classes in the area of print. The artists were Niamh Flanagan, Sharon Lee and Katherine Van Uytrecht from Graphic Print Studios in Dublin. Osgar O'Neill was the facilitator over the three days and he showed the children how the etching press worked. The children learnt about monoprinting and made their own monoprints on a Christmas theme.

Parents may be getting some very different Christmas cards this year! We all learnt a lot over the three days and thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope to visit the exhibition of the artists' work in Mermaid Arts Centre in January. Many thanks to the three artists, to Osgar and to Jackie Ryan for organising the workshops.




6th Class Mini-Company

Mr McGovern's 6th class formed a mini company during the months of November and December, and with the help of a parent volunteer, Mrs McGrath, they planted and grew Spider Plants. These plants were intended to be for sale at the Christmas Craft Fair, but the boys liked them so much that they bought all the plants themselves.

They raised almost €100 and donated the money to St. Vincent De Paul

For more photos from our Christmas Craft Fair, Click Here



Reeling In The Decades


On the 16th and 17th December, the boys from 5th and 6th class performed songs from the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's for pupils and parents. The procedes from the ticket sales, €1760, were donated to the local St. Vincent De Paul.

Click here to learn more about our concert


Eircom Junior Spider Award

On Friday 18th December St. Cronan's was awarded an Eircom Junior Spider Award for the school website. The award was for the Best Educational Primary School Website, and was presented to Mr Ó Broin and some of the boys from his class in Eircom Headquarters.

The judges commended the school website for its up to date news on school activities, its Class Websites and its links to educational learning tasks and games on its Edulinks subdomain.



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