Pupils enjoying Health and Wellbeing Week 2016

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Pupils enjoying Health and Wellbeing Week 2016

Pupils enjoying Health and Wellbeing Week 2016

Opening of Danny’s Garden

On Wednesday 22nd of June staff and pupils gathered to remember Danny Szalai, our past pupil who died 8 months

Our principal, Mr O Sullivan welcomed Danny’s mother Krisztina, and his younger brother Richie who is a pupil in Ms. McAdoo’s Junior Infants class.

He also welcomed Fr. George O’ Mahony, our Parish Priest, who was so helpful and supportive to the family last October as well as Tom Butler, Chairperson of Ballincollig Tidy Towns Committee.

Danny Szalai was a pupil in Ms. Farrell’s First Class at that time. He had become very sick during the summer of 2014 when he and his family were in Spain on their holidays. His illness was a great shock to his parents Krisztina and Charlie. For the following 14 months they and the medical specialists in Barcelona, Dublin and Cork who treated Danny did everything in their power to help him to get better. Danny fought ever so bravely during those months to cling to life, to his family and friends. But despite the very best efforts of everybody involved, Danny died on the 23rd October last.

Danny was a very loving, happy and endearing child. He remained incredibly positive, brave and resilient throughout his illness. His parents and his younger brother Richie miss him terribly as do all of us in Scoil Barra who knew him and shared our lives with him in this school.

On Wednesday last, we remembered Danny in a special way. We gathered to dedicate our new Sensory Garden to his memory. Danny was a very sensitive boy and it is really fitting that this Sensory Garden which encourages a focus on all five of our senses will forever be associated with such a sensitive and endearing child. We celebrate the love and the happiness that he brought into our lives. The flowers, plants and ornaments in this garden remind us of his bright smile, his happy nature and his love of life.

May he rest in peace.


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Manchester Tour 2016

This year 6th class once again made the trip across the Irish Sea to Manchester. 55 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 and the dressing rooms. We also got to take in the view from the highest point in the Davin Stand! After our stop in Croke Park we set sail for Manchester. On Thursday we had a 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. This year we received a extra special treat as our bus drove very close to a pride of resting lions! We also met two super intelligent sea lions, Roger and Arthur, who entertained us with their tricks and footballing skills. After lunch we returned to Manchester and ‘shopped till we dropped’ in the magnificent Trafford Shopping Centre. After shopping we had plenty of strikes in the bowling lanes of the Trafford Shopping Centre.

Early rise on Friday for Alton Towers, where the pupils enjoyed the fast, the high and the turbulent rides of Galactica, Oblivion, Smiler, Nemesis and Rita. The good 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.

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Family Note No. 37

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Active Week 2016

The children in Scoil Barra are enjoying all the activities so far this Active Week. On Monday, the children took to the field where they played hurling, swing ball and had the unique experience of an on-land canoe!!

Today Tuesday, pupils from 3rd to 6th went Orienteering in the park while 1st and 2nd traveled to the gymnastics hall in Ballincollig for a 40 minute gymnastics lesson.

Tomorrow Wednesday, some dancing is on the cards. Thursday will see the children attempt to run a mile around a grass track on the field. Friday will be the obstacle course. Looking forward to more activities throughout the week!

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Cork City Sports 2016

Cork City Sports 2016

Cork Schools Sports took place on June 1st 2016 in CIT Sports field and Running Track. Scoil Barra’s Girls and Boys Athletics Teams competed in Roinn 1 for the girls and Roinn A for the boys.

After trading class lists, checking birth certs, having class trials, 31 children were selected on the schools athletics team. Preparation and training during lunch break through April/May was well attended. Skills and starts, finishes and baton changes were finely tuned. Flexibilty drills and interval training brought out the best in the young athletes.

The girls team met at 7.30 on Wednesday morning of the sports. A brief warm up set the team up for a good days competition. The sprinters were at the starting blocks at 10am. In the sprint races the girls recorded 2 firsts:  >7 Chidinma Eze

>8 Marisa Weeks

Both relay teams <11 and >11 competed well. They were 4th in both races. The two sprint winners Chidinma Eze and Marissa Weeks competed in the quarter finals of the County Championship. Both ran well but did not qualify for the final. The girls team were happy with the success of the two youngest runners and presented their trophies to the rest of the school on their return.

The Scoil Barra Boys’ Athletics Team competed in the afternoon. The sprinters were at their starting blocks at 3.45pm.

At >11 Ben Heinan came 3rd

>10 Azeeze Eleke came 1st

Dylan Leahy came 2nd

>7   Ezekiel Osabase came 1st

In the relay races the <11 boys team were fourth

The highlight of the day was out >11 Boys Relay Team. The first leg was run by the captain Favour Williams. He gave the opposition nothing and sweetly passed the baton to Dylan Leahy. Dylan, former County Champion 2014 left three heads in the wake, followed by an efficient baton pass in motion to Ben Heinan. Ben, in control ran with style passing the baton in the lead to Azeeze Eleke. Azeeze, County Champion 2015, ran the 4th leg triumphantly to finish with aplomb to win. What joy! The team were presented with An Corn Coigiltis and the four winners trophies.

Immediately, Azeeze Eleke was back on track to contest the quarter final of the >10 sprint. Without his trademark explosive start he had to battle and came through to win, qualifying him to compete in the final. There, in the final he put his County Championship on the line to defend from mostly the same opposition as last year. Azeez Eleke gave it everything, pose for pose to finish for me, a dead heat with the other athlete who got the nod from the adjudicator. Azeeze was second. Azeeze is the County Champion for me, The Pocket Rocket. For the record he is the 11th County Champion of Scoil Barra between 1985-2015.

That >11 relay team will be split next year  <11/>11 But with great sprinting talent in the wings there will be two great relay teams for the boys next year. Roll on 2017.


Ms O’ Connor and I were delighted with the preparation and competition on the day. Thanks also to Mr Leen &Mr Stokes for the transport assist on the day.


Yours in sport,


William Murphy
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