Christmas celebrations at the school got off to a great start with the Parents Association annual Christmas Fair on Friday 7th. The halla looked fantastic as each class contributed Christmas decorations. This fundraising event is very popular with the children and this year was no exception. The hot chocolate and cookies went down a treat. Prizes were won with Homework Off vouchers being the more sought after prize. Sixth class pupils were excellent stall managers on the day. Thanks to the PA, staff members and pupils who were involved in the organisation of the Fair. A great day was had by all.
Our Nativity celebration in St. Mary’s Church was presented to us, as usual, by First Classes, supported by beautiful singing from all classes. A special mention to 5th and 6th classes for their superb carol singing and presence on the altar. First class looked splendid in their costumes. They were word perfect and didn’t miss a cue. Míle buíochas for all the preparation for this beautiful celebration to all staff and pupils but especially First Class teachers – Mr. Ray Dowling and Ms. Úna Kenefick.
6th Class pupils and their teachers, Mrs. Geraldine Conroy and Ms. Áine Corrigan, went carol singing for charity outside the local Post Office in Passage West. Their nominated charity this year is Marymount Hospice. Their singing was well received by locals and customers of the Post Office. They succeed in raising €500 on the day and this money was added to the proceeds of the cake sale held earlier in the term and in total over a €1,000 was donated to Marymount. A fantastic achievement and well done to all.
Our Junior Infants, under the guidance of their teachers, Mrs. Claire Lester and Ms. Trish Cunningham, performed for their parents and extended families. Looking splendid in their Santa hats, they sang and recited all their songs, nursery rhymes, rannta, poems and Christmas songs learned since they began school in Sept. They deservedly received a tremendous round of applause from their captive audience. The PA, once again, provided the very welcome refreshments for parents.
Next it was the turn of the Senior Infant classes to perform their Christmas play ‘The Christmas Toy Story’ for their families. They were superb. Dressed in the most beautiful of costumes, they were word perfect and didn’t miss a cue. It was a great show and enjoyed by everyone. A big thank you to class teachers Ms. Liadh Good and Ms. Ciara Sheehan and to drama teacher, Mrs. Tara Ellis.
Christmas Jumper Day was marked by the arrival of a very special visitor to Star of the Sea. SANTA came laden with selection boxes for all the pupils. Despite being very busy at this time of year, he patiently stayed in his grotto all day until he had met every child in every classroom. Thank you Santa. We loved having you. Thank you too Elves for visiting our school and helping Santa.