Once again the sixth class students ventured across the Irish Sea to Manchester. 58 pupils and 8 teachers took in the sites of Dublin, Manchester and Liverpool over the course of four days. On Wednesday we headed to Croke Park in Dublin where we were guided through the stadium, taking in the GAA museum and the dressing rooms. We also got to take in the view from the highest point in the Hogan Stand! After our stop in Croke Park we set sail for Manchester. On Thursday we had fascinating trip to Knowsley Safari Park where a bus tour of the park brought us amidst lions, elephants, baboons, giraffes and many other exotic creatures. We also met two super intelligent sea lions, Biffo and Arthur, who entertained us with their tricks. After lunch we headed to the Aerial Extreme high ropes activity course in Knowsley. Here the children got the opportunity to show their skill and calmness while completing challenging activities on the ropes course. Our day was completed with a trip to the magnificent Trafford Shopping Centre.
Early rise on Friday for Alton Towers, where the pupils enjoyed the fast, the high and the turbulent rides of Air, Nemesis and Rita. The beautiful weather ensured the children really enjoyed their day.
Congratulations to our pupils who were impeccably behaved and received the plaudits of all who encountered them. Well done also to the travelling teachers who enjoyed a well deserved rest on their return to Ballincollig on Saturday night.
In the last few weeks, Ms. Lehane’s First Class have been sampling different foods. Firstly, we enjoyed a breakfast-morning together. A mixture of coco-pops and rice-crispies proved to be the winner of the day! Also, we continued to experience ‘Around the World Wenesday’. This involved pupils getting a chance to present information and food from countries, that are linked to their family. Yesterday, we focused on Ireland. ‘Traditional’ Irish fair, such as, cheese and onion crisps, soda bread, raspberries and sparkling water were sampled. When we spoke about Australia, poor ole vegemite didn’t prove to be quite as popular! Enjoy the many ‘bar-bees’ over the Summer everyone!
Scoil Barra’s Bike-a-thon on Saturday last was a resounding success. There was a really enjoyable and entertaining atmosphere in the Ballincollig Shopping Centre on Saturday. The enthusiasm displayed by those various volunteers who ‘hopped on a bike’ was a joy to behold. The pupils and their family members in attendance ‘had a ball’. The response from the school community and from the general public was really positive and uplifting. It was also great to see so many past pupils in attendance on the day.The monies raised will be used to fund the costs of a variety of sports-related equipment.
Great credit is due to the PFA for organising this novel and exciting fund-raising event, a first for Scoil Barra. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of the members of the PFA Committee who also gave of their time and energy to ensure the success of this very exciting project.
The wholesome support of the staff at the Ballincollig Shopping Centre (under the supervision of John Doherty as Manager) was very much appreciated and added greatly to the success of the day.
To everybody involved, in so many different ways: well done, many thanks, take a great big bow.
Credit to our past pupil Ailish Murphy for the wonderful photographs.