Archbishop Dermot Farrell sent this message to parents of pupils who are to make their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. He hopes that this gives some clarity and detail on how this might happen this year.
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Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the day before Lent begins. It is the most wonderful Tuesday of all, for we are given free rein to pile our plates high with pancakes thick and thin, slathering them with a selection of sweet and savoury spreads and toppings. Our boys have spoken and their favourite toppings include chocolate spread, lemon and sugar, banana, strawberries and some of you like pancakes just the way they are – without any toppings. By the volume of photos and videos of ‘flipping good fun’ we know you all had a great day. Hope the tummies were not too full going to bed!
Here’s a very tasty photo of a pancake creation – worthy of any food magazine sent in by one of our sixth class pupils. Well done indeed.
Who receives the most Valentine’s Day cards?
Well rumour has it – teachers do!
Just look at the fabulous digital artwork by our infants above. Below see the beautiful roses and chocolate brownies made by our 5th class boys for their loved ones!
Thank you boys for all the lovely cards, kind words and pictures – we send you all our sweetest, happiest wishes.
The 1st of February is the feast day of St Brigid and many of our boys learned about Brigid’s life, how she acquired her saint title through helping the sick and poor. Some classes created story boards with illustrations, and others made Saint Brigid’s crosses to hang in their homes. It’s believed these crosses will keep us safe and well – a note of hope for us all in 2021!
How to Make a St Brigid’s Cross
4 small rubber bands, to tie up ends
Hold one of the reeds vertically and fold a second reed in half.
Place the first vertical reed in the centre of the folded second reed.
Hold the centre overlap tightly between thumb and forefinger.
Turn the two reeds held together 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the second reed are projecting vertically upwards.
Fold a third reed in half and over both parts of the second reed to lie horizontally from left to right against the first reed. While holding the centre tightly, turn the three reeds 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the third reed are pointing upwards.
Fold a new reed in half over and across all the reeds pointing upwards.
Repeat the process of rotating all the reeds 90 degrees anti-clockwise, adding a new folded reed each time until all nine reeds have been used up to make the cross.(Add to the right, turn to the left)
Secure the arms of the cross with elastic bands. Trim the ends to make them all the same length. The St Brigid’s Cross is now ready to hang.
The boys in Senior Infants completed their very first project – it was about their Grandparents. They found out about their grandparents lives when they were little. They discovered what their favourite treats were and then made them. Here is one of our families making and delivering handmade brownies in hand-decorated packaging to their grandparents.
On Tuesday evening we bade farewell to the Class of 2020. It was strange not to be able to say goodbye in person, but we’ll hopefully see you all again when it’s safe to do so!
During Catholic Schools’ week (26th Jan – 2nd Feb) we learned and talked about Living in Harmony with God, our Neighbours, all Generations, the Earth and in our Catholic school.
At our prayer service on Wednesday, we reflected on how being kind, being a good friend, caring for our families, and caring for the environment are all ways to help us live in harmony with each other. Thursday was a very exciting day as we welcomed our Grandparents to the school. Lots of fun was had by all.