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Middletown Training Programme
We are delighted to let you know that we have finalised our training programme with Middletown Centre for Autism. There are two training options: 1) For Parents/Guardians 2) Educational Professionals Middletown is one of the best educational organisations in Ireland and provides training of a really high standard. It would be of benefit to anyone who has neurodiverse children or family members or for those who would like to understand how we all learn differently. You can register for all 5 training modules or register for individual modules. This training is free of charge. It is a wonderful opportunity for the Community of Firhouse as Together, We Grow and Learn. Please spread the word, all are welcome to attend. You can register using the below link. https://www.middletownautism.com/package/parents/autism-and-the-primary-programme-scoil-carmel-junior-national-school-tallaght-co-dublin-for-parents
New School Sign
As part of the review of the Code of Behaviour policy, it was agreed to undertake the initiative of brightening up the physical school environment. Replacing the school sign at the front of the school was one part of the project. The new sign was installed today. It is absolutely fabulous. Ms Jones and Ms Fitzmaurice designed the new crest, incorporating the school motto: "Together We Grow and Learn" which was chosen last year as part of the review of the Code of Behaviour. The new crest is very vibrant and sharp. They also designed the layout for the new school sign incorporating both the school crest and motto. Ms Fitzmaurice created a digital version of the design for the school sign which was sent to the professionals for production. I think you will all agree that the new sign is fantastic. It helps brighten up the school grounds. A photograph was taken today of the Second Classes with the new school sign.
First Holy Communion
Fr. Peter has set up a Google Form for parents/ guardians of students in 2nd Class to fill out if they would like to register their child to recieve the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Please read the letter from Fr. Peter in the attached PDF document before completing the form and submit the the "Registration & Request" Google Form before Friday 15th September 2023. Thank you. https://forms.gle/qDsg1PkCBoKytcoK7
Our New Classroom - Room 28
After a lot of building work, planning and preparation, we were delighted to open the doors to our new classroom this week. It is a state of the art modular build, that has been a labour of love from eveyone involved in Scoil Carmel. On Thursday morning, Ms. Fitzmaurice, Brian, Caoline and Sinead welcomed their students into Room 28. It was a pleasure to see the children skipping in the door and waving happily to their parents as they began their journey in their new classroom! Our new ASD classroom is a wonderful asset to our entire school community. We are so proud of what has been achieved by teamwork and perseverance over the past year to get this classroom up and running. Thank you to our principal Ms. Quinn who oversaw the building project from day one and supported and collaborated with Ms. Jones and Ms. Fitzmaurice over the summer to get this room ready for the new school year. We are grateful to the parents of the students in Room 28, teachers, SNAs, and entire school community for their patience, support and enthusiasm throughout the building process. It was worth the wait - here are a few photos to show you inside!
Welcome Back To School
Hello everyone, Welcome back to school! It was wonderful to see all the boys and girls back to school this morning after the long summer break. We extend a very special welcome to our new pupils and we wish the boys and girls in our new class in Room 28 the very best of everything. It was a busy Summer in Scoil Carmel as our school was turned into a much brighter space. We are indebted to Brian our caretaker for painting our hall and long corridor. This was a very big project and required many layers of paint to cover the old colour. We wanted to show you a snapshot of our new furniture, mats, and display boards. The new tables for pupils will arrive in October and our new sign at the front of the school will be erected mid September. We have more exciting changes to make to the physical environment of the school this year so watch this space! We would like to thank COE Office Supplies for their incredible support and help in removing all of our old furniture and providing us with our new furniture. They are kindly sponsoring us some notice boards, new white boards and sensory equipment for Room 28. It was a huge team effort to get all of these changes over the line in a short space of time so a big thanks to the school community for their support. Best of luck to all of our pupils as they begin the new school year with us. The Scoil Carmel Team
Slideshow - Active Week 2023
Active Schools Week 2023 We had a great time in April during our Active Schools Week. The children had many opportunities to try out lots of different sports and be physically active. A huge thank you to the parents who gave freely of their time and expertise to help out. We had Angela Callaghan for dance, Linda Joyce for basketball, Paraic Mc Donald, Louise Magharan and Ashling Kennedy for Gaa (football and hurling), Paul O’Connor for soccer and Darran Conway from Tallaght Rugby Club for rugby. We also had playball, hip hop dancing and more Gaa from Séan Boyce in Ballyboden. Ms. Tynan did skipping sessions with the classes. The first classes took a walk down to the weir in Firhouse. The Junior and Senior Infants had fun stations over in Scoil Treasa with the help of fifth classes and their teachers. Our second classes all completed the Mayor’s Mile in Old Bawn, again along with the help and support from Scoil Treasa’s great fifth classes Emma Murphy mayor of South Dublin came along on the day and walked with our children. She complemented them all on their taking part in her initiative. She gave each child a lovely bag with cycling accessories as a gift. Thank you ! We had a lovely visit from our local hero Niamh Coyne who is a past pupil. She is an elite swimmer on the Irish squad and we were very honoured that she came back to see us! Well done to all the children and teachers on a lovely active week.
We had a lovely start to our Wellness Week with "Mindful Monday". Edel Cummins from "Zen Yoga" came in to do yoga with the children. Everyone really enjoyed it! Ms. Tynan and Ms. Griffin visited classes to do mindful meditation activities with some classes and Katy Kelly came in to do a singing lesson with the school choir this afternoon. A huge thank you to Edel and Katy for their time and expertise. We must also thank Super Valu in Firhouse for their very generous donation of fresh fruit in advance of "Taste The Rainbow Tuesday" tomorrow. Thank you to Ms. Tynan and Ms. Jones for meeting with the staff in Super Valu this evening.
Wellness Week 2023 Hello everyone, We are looking forward to celebrating Wellness Week in our school from the 22nd – 26th May. The daily themes for this year’s Wellness Week are: -Mindful Monday -Taste a Rainbow Tuesday -Whacky Wednesday -Thankful Thursday -Friendship Friday Lots of surprise activities that promote wellbeing have been organised for the boys and girls and we look forward to a relaxing and mindful week with an emphasis on being grateful and showing gratitude. On Whacky Wednesday pupils and staff are invited to wear colourful clothing, hair accessories etc. of their choice. Our aim is to promote a sense of fun, joy and a feel good factor on this day! Staff will greet the boys and girls at the front of the school on Wednesday morning. Parents/guardians are also invited to join in on the fun with their choice of outfits. Kind regards, Maria Jones and the Wellness Team (Irene Quinn, Sheela Tynan, Maureen Soffe, Orla Ryan, Eimear Griffin, Tara Fairbrother, Niamh Foley and Lisa Costello)
Easter Arts, Crafts & Writing Activities
The boys and girls in Scoil Carmel were very busy with Easter themed arts, crafts and writing activities over the past couple of weeks. The school was decorated with bright and colourful art to celebrate this very special time of year. Art from Junior Infants to 2nd Class included lots of Easter eggs, Easter baskets and Easter chicks. Some of the other projects included Easter flower baskets by Ms. Wilson's class, made with with help from Susan after they went foraging on a nature walk. While students from Ms. Murphy's class did Easter themed story writing. Well done to all the artists and writers on their wonderful work!
Coaching With Tallaght Rubgy Club
A huge thanks to Darren and Tom from Tallaght Rugby Club for taking the time out to coach our 2nd Classes in regby recently. The children all had great fun and learned lots of skills. Tallaght Rugby Club are open to welcoming new members to the club. They train on Sunday mornings at 10am opposite Firhouse Community College. You can find out more information by sending them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by logging onto their website using the following link: https://tallaghtrugby.com/
An Nuacht - Seachtain Na Gaeilge
Bhain gach duine an-taitneamh as Seachtain Na Gaeilge. Everyone really enjoyed Seachtain Na Gaeilge. Seachtain iontach a bhí ann. Bhí sé lán le go leor gníomhaíochtaí chun Seachtain Na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh. Labhair muid as Gaeilge, léigh muid as Gaeilge, d'imir muid cluichí as Gaeilge agus bhaineamar taitneamh as damhsa Gaelach freisin. It was a great week. It was full of lots of activities to celebrate Seachtain Na Gaeilge. We spoke in Irish, we read in Irish, we played games in Irish and we also enjoyed Irish dancing. Míle buíochas do na páistí sa Choiste Gaeilge as an dtuairisc nuachta. Thank you to the children in the Coiste Gaeilge for the news report: