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Scoil Barra’s Tag Rugby Blitz is a Winner!!

Fifth and Sixth class pupils thoroughly enjoyed their Annual Tag Rugby Blitz held on the school field today. The tagging was superb and the games were both exciting and very sporting. Munster Rugby School Development Officer, Matt McGrath and his volunteer officials from Ballincollig Community School Transition Year Programme (including past pupil Shane Seaman) ensured that everything ran smoothly on the day. Great fun was had by all and everyone was a winner! Our thanks to Ms. Doherty and Mr. Stokes for helping out on the day with the organisation of this hugely popular event! Who knows we may have even found some stylish and talented budding stars for the Munster Rugby Squad!

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Fifth Class go Kayaking on the River Lee!

Fifth Class thoroughly enjoyed their first kayaking session on the River Lee this morning at the Inishleena recreation amenity area on the Lee Valley Reservoir, Inniscarra. There may have been a little apprehension detected earlier on the bus trip out to the beautiful Lee Valley but the nerves were quickly forgotten! Screams of laughter and fun and faces that beamed with a great sense of pride and accomplishment were the order of the day. Ms. Murphy and Mr. Stokes’ students embraced their exciting new challenge with great zest and positivity. This alternative experience of the aquatics strand from the current P.E. curricular programme was a most certainly a definite winner! This positive experience for all got the thumbs up all round. Sincere thanks to Mr. Murphy and Jim Kennedy and his very experienced team from Atlantic Sea Kayaking Company for making our day such a fulfilling and exciting outing. The adventure rolls on! We simply can’t wait for our next session!

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Scoil Barra Fleadh Cheoil Success!!

Sincere Congratulations to our Fifth Class students Jake O ‘Brien, Clodagh O’Sullivan and Martha Kelly who recently won first, second and third place prizes for their humorous ‘Limerick Poems’ composed to celebrate the hosting of the Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2015 competition in Ballincollig from May 7th-10th. The three students were presented with their prizes at a Gala Evening in the Oriel House Hotel on Thursday 7th of May. The award winning ‘Limericks’ were published in the official Comhaltas Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí Programme 2015 and who knows it could be the start of a writing career for our young budding poets! Comhghairdeas arís le Jake, Clodagh agus Martha! Rinne sibh gaisce mór!!

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Treasured Memories of First Holy Communion Day!

We all remember our First Holy Communion Day with genuine fondness! It is the most special of family days and the memories live long with us through life. Today, it was the turn of Scoil Barra’s second class students to make their First Holy Communion day in the Church of Christ Our Light at 11 a.m. And what a special day that turned out to be! The rain stopped, the clouds rolled back and the sun shone! A touchingly beautiful, simple ceremony celebrated with family and friends, who could ask for anything more…! Congratulations to all our First Communicants and their families! We would like to express a particular word of thanks to Our Parish Priest, Fr. George O’Mahony who concelebrated the mass and to class teachers, Theresa O’Mahony and Kieran Dwyer for their incredible dedication and attention to detail which made the ceremony so special. Many thanks also to Áine Whelan for her beautiful musical accompaniment and to the Scoil Barra School Choir under the direction of Kara Woods, Keely Sheehan and Maria Healy whose contribution greatly added to the occasion. “This is the Day the Lord has made, We will Rejoice and be glad in it….”

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