Fifth Class have been very busy learning all about the Great Famine. They presented their learning in the form of Powerpoints. Please take time to read them. They will be uploaded in groups onto this page over the next couple of weeks.
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Mid –Term Camp at Avoca N.S.
A Mid –Term Camp will take place at Avoca NS on Thursday, 21st of and Friday 22nd of February. It will run from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Half –day options are also available. This camp is open to all students in the school. It will consist of indoor and outdoor sporting activities, arts and crafts. A nutritious meal and health snacks are also provided. It is being run by KidsInc- the people who provide the afterschool childcare. For more information or to book please phone Natalia on 086 1592141 or email Natalia@kidinc.ie. See attached flyer for further details.
Kids Inc have also included more flexible options in relation to the Sibling and Homework Clubs for the remainder of the year. See fee schedule below.
Fees Payable monthly
Sibling Club 2pm – 3pm
Homework Club 3pm – 4pm
Avoca N.S was full of Christmas cheer during the month of December. Children and teachers were busy preparing for the annual Christmas concert. We had to put on two performances to accommodate the crowds of people who wanted to come and see us. We stated off with a prayer service and then' Ava and Donnacha introduced the Junior Infants who sang two songs: ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’. Next came the Senior Infants who sang’ Here come the presents’ and ‘Baa Baa Bananas’. First Class wanted to wish everybody ‘ A Merry Christmas’ and also requested an elephant off Santa for Christmas. Second class sang ‘We Beseech Thee’ and gave us a great rendition of ‘Shotgun- Santa Style’. Third and Fourth classes joined forces to give us a great rendition of’ The Grinch’, ‘It’s Christmas Time’ and ‘ A Sky Full of Stars’. Fifth gave us a lovely recital of’ When a Child is Born’ and ‘ It’s a Wonderful Time’. 6th class sang ‘She’s the One’ and gave us a lively delivery of their memories of Avoca School. This was followed by the choir who sang O Holy Night in addition other carols. They rounded off what was a great show with their beautiful singing. Well done to all involved for putting on a great show. There are excerpts from the Choir and 6th class performance available on this website. Other classes will be uploaded over the coming weeks as videos become available.
24 children from Avoca N.S, competed at the Wicklow Invitational Schools event in Avondale on Tuesday, 20th of November. Our school was represented by Helen, Niamh,Casey Maya, Prince,Lucas, Sean O’ N, Ryan D,Aimee F,Aimee W, Rebecca, Irene, Rocco, Liam Jack, Michael, Ryan, Josh, Conor, Jack,Keeva, Carrie, Eve and Rebecca N. They had a fantastic day and competed well in their respective races. Well done to Helen who came first in her race.
Maths Week at Avoca N.S. took place from the 15th to the 19th of October inclusive. The school was a hive of activity. Children were seen huddled in groups having passionate debates about solutions to Maths problems which kept ‘cropping up’ in various places around the school environment. Following these hot debates, children put their answers into the solution boxes. At the end of the day, all correct answers were entered into a draw. The lucky winner received a lovely prize. 3rd to 6th took part in a Maths Treasure Trail. They all worked extremely well trying to unearth the clues as they looked for Maths in the school environment. Many thanks to Ms Creaton for organising the activities for this week.
6th class were very busy organising the first ‘End of Month Treat’ of this academic year. They decided to organise and hold ‘A Best Buddy ‘ Competition for the 1st to 6th class children. Roan O’ Neill and Kian Fluskey emerged as overall winners. They treated the Junior and Senior Infants to an novelty Obstacle Course where everyone was a winner!
Pop Up Shop.
Avoca National School will be holding a Pop Up Shop at the school on Thursday, April 12th, 2018. This event will start at 7.p.m. and finish at 10.pm. New and nearly new clothes, shoes and bags for ladies will be on offer at the knockdown price of €5 euro per item. This is an excellent opportunity to rejuvenate your wardrobe for next to nothing. There are also some lovely pieces of jewellery for sale on the night. Maureen, the proprietor of ' Maureen's Accessories' in Gorey will give a demonstration on how to accessorize outfits for special occasions. This demonstration will take place at 8.p.m.
Entry for this event is €5 and this includes a free glass of Prosecco and complimentary raffle tickets. If you are looking for a night out with the girls that won't cost the earth, please drop in to see us. This event is being run to raise funds for an all-weather playing surface at Avoca National School. Your support in helping us to provide a better playing space for our young children would really be appreciated.
Well done to the boys from 5th and 6th classes who emerged as winners of the ‘B’ Final of the Blitz held in Ballinakill on Friday last. Well done to the following; Donnacha, Cormac, Josh, Jack Jake, Paddy, Kian, Joe, Lee, Niall, Noel, Jack, Adam and Liam. Many thanks to Ms Corcoran and Martin Kenny for their great work with this team
We are very proud of our 'We are Writers' publication. Every child from 1st class to 6th have contributed to this publication.It is an achievement to have produced a piece of published work in primary school. There is a huge variety of short stories and poems contained in this publication.
Our school football team took part in the semi-finals of the County Blitz in Ballinakill yesterday. They won 2 out of the three games that they played. They now advance to the County Finals at the end of February. Well done to the following; Donnacha, Cormac, Josh, Jack Jake and Paddy (front row).
Back row- Kyle, Joe, Lee, Niall, Noel, Jack, Adam and Liam. Thanks to Ms. Corcoran and Martin Kenny for working with the team.
On Friday the 26th of January, two Avoca teams went to the Gorey Credit Union Quiz. There was a huge turnout on the night with over fifty teams taking part.
The U11 team of Conor Burke, Donnacha Murphy, Conor Christian and Keeva Kelly came joint 4th. The U13 team of Joe Sinnott, Fiona Daly, Brian O' Hara and Liam Murphy came 2nd. Both teams had done lots of practice all through the week with Ms. Corcoran. The U13 team are now through to the next round which will be held in Wexford. On the night there were 10 rounds with 6 questions in each round for the U11's and 12 rounds of 6 questions for the U13's. A single point was all that separated the winning team and our U13's, the runners up. Well done to both teams for such a great effort. Thank you to all the parents for coming to support on the night.
The teachers have been working really hard with the students at Avoca N.S. marking the celebration of the forthcoming feast of Christmas. They have been producing beautiful art and practising cheery songs. The pupils are looking forward to performing their concerts on Thursday. All the children and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
On December the 8th the children of Avoca N.S. came out in force to witness the battle of the 'A' Talent. The preliminary audition stages had been taking part previous to this date and the finalists from each room had emerged as worthy contenders for the ' A Talent' finals. The finals which were organised, compéred and judged by Ms Van Eesbeck's 6th class were a resounding success. The depth of talent on display was astounding and it was extremely hard to pick a winner as all of the performances were super. Thanks very much to the 6th class for putting on such a well-organised event. Congratulations to all of the winners.
Cool Dudes Cookery Programme.
This programme is a community-based nutrition course delivered by Co. Wicklow Partnership in conjunction with the HSE to primary schools in the area. We are lucky to have been chosen for this programme. Our sixth class, in addition to our Friday Social Group, are taking part in this course. It covers Hygiene and Food Safety, Healthy Food choices, the preparation and cooking of staple every day dishes suitable for light lunches/dinners. The two tutors of this programme come in on Fridays and will guide the children through the ‘ hands-on preparation and cooking of these dishes. The first week the children enjoyed making the fruit salad and smoothies. Last week the children made two varieties of soup and some lovely scones.
Yesterday was the last session of the 'Tin Whistle After School Club' This club will resume at the beginning of February. The children really enjoyed being in Ms Clare's Tin Whisle Club.
The school book week took place from the 23rd to the 27th of October. We had a visit from Robert Marsh, a published children’s author. Thanks to Ms Byrne for orgainising this visit. Dress Up Day took place on Thursday, 26th. The standard was extremely high and all of the costumes truly deserved a prize. However, difficult decisions had to be made and the following emerged as winners from a very stiff competition; Ellen Kennedy, Joe Sinnott,Simon O’ Connor, Ben Kennedy, Maya Coyne,Bláithin Kavanagh, Ciaran Moore, Riain Christian,Abaigh Mableson,Nicole Kavanagh,Alannah Nic Craith,Aimee Fox,Conor Healy,Niamh McGeachan,Cead Hendley-Muller,Alan Byrne, Grace O’ Reilly and Aoibheann Donnelly. Well done to the 6th class who orgainised a fantastic array of games and treats in the hall for all of the other classes. Games such as ‘Name the Skeleton, Shoot the Balloon and others ‘ went down a treat’.
Ms Corocoran's 5th class have been busy working with wool. They made name collages using wool. The 5th class used wool in contrasting colours against some coloured paper. The effect is very colourful and each one is unique.
Congratulations to the U11 Boys and Girls who won the County Football Final at the weekend. They played against Michael Dwyers. A super win. Well done on your achievement.
Everybody at Avoca N.S. would like to wish Brian O' Hara the best of luck tomorrow at the Leinster Finals of the Spelling Bee competition. Brian won the Wicklow Round in a convincing manner and we know he will do us proud in Dublin at tomorrow's event.
On Thursday, June 1st, the 3rd,4th and 5th classes went to visit St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Having had a pleasant bus journey, they arrived at their destination. Some of our group were given a guided tour of this historic building. Another group were given a tour of Marsh's library and the remainder were treated to a stained glass workshop. The groups then alternated. It was an action packed day. Well done to the children who were extremely well-behaved. Thanks to the teachers who accompanied them on the tour. Many thanks to the Heritage and Education Department of St Patrick's Cathedral for funding 50% of the cost of the transport on the day. Some of the children's work from the stained glass workshop is displayed around the school. More photos in the gallery.