June 2022

June 2022

Wellbeing Quote for June 2022:

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.

– John Steinbeck

June 2022 Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Summer holidays have arrived and I would like to wish all our families a fun-filled summer.

I would like to congratulate our June 2022 graduating class. Many of them have just completed their final exam and all have had a remarkable year! We wish them all the best as they embark on the next leg of their educational journey!

I would also like to welcome all new students to our school and look forward to them joining us in September 2022.

As we leave for the summer, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our staff. Their dedication to student success and the many extras they provide mean a great deal to the students and make this a wonderful place to learn and grow.  Sadly, we say goodbye to Mrs. Katie Elliott, Home Economics teacher, who will be leaving us at the end of the school year. Students and staff will miss your vibrancy and energy. We acknowledge and appreciate the wonderful learning experiences that you have provided for the many students in your care, over the years that you have taught in OLF.

I would also like to thank the students, parents and others in our community for contributing their time, energy and positive efforts that keep the momentum and spirit of OLF alive!
As we cannot publish class lists/name on our website, parents/students have been informed directly.  We will also like to make you aware that class names have been changed for September 2022. This is to reflect changes in the curriculum programmes being offered in our school. All information will be updated on our website (see below also)

We look forward to welcoming all students back on the following dates:
Post-Primary 6 ONLY – 29/08/2022
Post-Primary 5 ONLY – 30/08/2022
All classes EXCEPT PP5 & PP6 – 31/08/2022
ALL CLASSES from 01/09/2022

School will begin at 9 am and dismissal time will be at 2.40pm. Supervision of students begins 5 minutes before our official day begins (8.55am).
 
Please feel free to call/email the office during the holidays if you need assistance in any area.
eMail: info@ladyoffatimaschool.ie
Tel: 053 9123376

Have a safe and enjoyable summer with your family!
 
Best wishes,
Glenda McKeown


School Programmes

Below highlights a description of the school programmes that Our Lady of Fatima School offers and the changes that are being implemented in the new 2022-2023 academic year.

Primary School:
Our Primary School consists of Junior Primary, Middle Primary and Senior Primary Classes.  All subjects of the Irish primary curriculum excluding Irish are taught.  These subjects are broken down into Learning Outcomes and taught at the student’s own pace with Wellbeing and Learning towards Independence at the forefront. Aistear is used in the primary school and learning through play is integral to both teaching and learning. Literacy, Numeracy and SPHE are the 3 main subject areas with great focus on phonics, read along and early numeracy skills. SPHE and life skills are also seen as crucially important.  We provide a broad range of extracurricular activities for our pupils including Forest School, swimming, gymnastics, GAA, Drama Art and horse riding. We also incorporate and encourage Lámh,  coupled by Visual Learning Aids as an important means of communication.

Post-Primary School:
The Post- Primary School includes classes from Post-Primary 1 up to Post-Primary 6 classes. There is also a Vocational Training class.

Junior Certificate level 2, Level 3 and Leaving Certificate Applied are offered to students. Classes are differentiated to ensure an inclusive and accessible educational experience for students at post-primary level.  In addition, Asdan and/or a school leaver’s programme can be provided to students in the Vocational Training class.

Level 2:  Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) and qualification are targeted at students who have general learning disabilities in the higher functioning moderate and low functioning mild categories. There are five Priority Learning Units at the heart of this Level 2 Learning Programme. These prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult and working life and lifelong learning. The five PLUs are communicating and literacy, numeracy, personal care, living in a community and preparing for work. Students must also complete two short courses as part of the JCL2 curriculum.
Further information can be accessed here http://www.jct.ie/l2lp/l2lp


Level 3: This is offered in parallel to the Level 2 programme. Students participate in specific elements of the courses available that best suit their individual educational needs. 
Students are challenged to work to reach their full potential alongside being mindful that the students are enjoying self-paced learning. 
Subjects offered at the Junior Cycle Level 3 are Home Economics, Art, English and Woodwork. These subjects are taken at Common and Ordinary Level. 
PP1 – Junior Cycle Level 2 & 3 (English, Home Economics Theory & Art)
PP2 – Junior Cycle Level 2 & 3 (English, Woodwork Theory, Art, Home Economics)
PP3 – Junior Cycle Level 2 & 3 (English, Woodwork CBA1, Home Economics CBA1, Art CBA1)
PP4 – Junior Cycle Level 3 (English CBA2, Woodwork CBA2, Home Economics CBA2 & Art CBA2) Final Exams will take place in PP4

Further information regarding the curriculum follow the link below

https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/


LCA will be offered to PP5 and PP6 students.
The LCA aims to get young adults ready for work and/or further education. It is a 2 year course. There is a different way of passing your Leaving Cert and this is it. Lots of projects, interviews and tasks as well as exams.
Subjects

  • English and Communications
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Hotel Catering and Tourism
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Horticulture
  • Information Technology
  • Social Education
  • Active Leisure Studies
  • Vocational Preparation
  • Career Guidance
  • Work Experience
  • Drama/Music

For further information regarding the curriculum follow the link below.
https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Senior-cycle/LCA/


School Year 2022-2023

  • Halloween 
    • Closed Mon 31st Oct. — Fri 4th Nov. inclusive.
  • Christmas 
    • School closes Wednesday 21st December @ 12 noon.to Wednesday 4th January 2023 inclusive.                                 
    • Return to school Thursday 5th January.
  • February Bank Holiday
    • Closed Monday 6th February. 
  • Spring Mid Term   
    • Closed Mon 13th — Fri 17th Feb inclusive.
  • St. Patrick’s Day
    •  Thursday 16th & Friday 17th March.
  • Easter 
    • Closed Mon 3rd April to Fri 14th April inclusive.
    • Return to school Monday 17th April. 
  • May Bank Holiday   
    • Closed Monday 1st May.
  • June Bank Holiday
    • Closed Thursday 1st June to Monday 5th June inclusive
  • Summer Holidays  
    • School closes on Thursday 29th June.

NB: Copy of our School Year Calendar can be found here


Mrs Elliott’s  Retirement

Mrs Elliott our Home Economics Teacher made the big decision to retire from her Home Economics teaching post this year. The school all got together to provide Mrs Elliott with a well deserved send off. We had a wonderful Wellbeing Day of treats, dance and fun organised by the Wellbeing Committee. We wish Mrs Elliott all the best in her future adventures. She will be sadly missed at Our Lady of Fatima School but she has promised to visit us regularly. All the best Mrs Elliott.


Sports Day 2022


aladdin connect logo

Please find attached information to connect to Aladdin. Aladdin is the official communication tool between school and home. Teachers use other platforms (seesaw/class dojo/MT for class/homework/ePortfolios. In order to receive important school information, you need to be able to access Aladdin.  

If you are not able to access Aladdin, please contact Ms. Bridget Leacy (Deputy Principal) and she will assist you.  

Email:  bleacy@ladyoffatimaschool.ie 

Tel: 053 9123376 Aladdin Connect allows parents to register.

  • Late/Early Collections
  • Absence Notes
  • Return to School Declaration Form
  • Parent Teacher Meetings
  • Report Cards
  • School calendar
Aladdin signup

School Awards/Prizes 2021 – 2022

Junior Student of Year: Daisy Mae Whitty

Middle Student of Year: Lauren Pettit

Senior Student of Year: David Brown

Overall Student of Year: Mia Dixon

Sportsman: Eric Woods

Sportswoman: Jenny Keeling

Spirit of Leon: David Moran

Tyler Murphy Attendance Award: Jason Hartigan

Home Economics: Lee Kelly

ASD: Gerard Reck

Literacy Resource: Stephen Furlong

Numeracy Resource: Gabriella Whelan

Art: Oona Keevey

Outstanding Student (Leaver): Sean Nolan

Well done to all our wonderful students! We are very proud of each and everyone of you!


Junior 4

Junior 4 had a great year! We had a lot of fun, but we also worked really hard!
We enjoyed swimming, forest school and lots of fun activities! We went to Clara Lara with Junior 3 for our school tour. It was a blast! As you can see from our class pictures! We also went on a lot of fun day trips such as, Ballycross Apple Farm, Min Ryan Park, Redmond Park and Wexford Fire Station. We went to Clara Lara with Junior 3 for our school tour.


Chris, Mary-Ann, Caroline and Miss Ryan would like to say a huge well done to all the students of Junior 4. Enjoy your Summer holidays and we will see each other again in September.

Senior 1

The students were very busy in Senior 1. The exam students undertook their Home Economics Junior Certificate Examination on the 15th of June. The students incredible work and dedication paid off and they all were delighted with how the examination went.       
 
The students were assessed for their Art Examination. The examiner was very impressed with the work that the students produced. Some of this artwork is now on display along the school corridors and can be seen below under the art work section.
 
The class went on its school tour with S2, S3 and S4 to Tayto Park. We had a lovely day and so much fun together.
 
Senior 1 had great fun at our annual Sports Day and competed in all the events.
 
Senior 1 visited Forth Mountain to view the Carrigfoyle Lake. They learnt about the formation of the lake and the local wildlife that thrive due to it.
 
Have a lovely summer everyone from S1.

Senior 2

Senior 2 had a busy month. We completed our marathon and received our medals. This was 26 miles in total.

Senior 2 had a wonderful action packed day at Tayto park for their school tour. The students really enjoyed Dino dash, Rotator, Viking splash and flight school.

On Friday the 24th of June we took a history tour of the town. We learned about the many historical wonders in Wexford town. We saw John Redmond tomb, a highly celebrated historical figure in Wexford’s past which we studied.

Senior 2 students had an awesome day at the school sports day. They all won individual medals in the various races. Sporting superstars 

Senior 3

Senior 3 had a very busy and fun last few weeks in Our Lady of Fatima.
We enjoyed lunch out 2 afternoons in Rob’s Ranch and The pantry.
We had an amazing day in Tayto Park and even dragged Ms Murphy onto a Roller coaster and the Viking Voyage.
We went bowling and had another turn at Forest Schools. We really enjoyed Sports day and the end of Year School Picnic.


The class had great success at this Year’s Awards
Well done to:
• Richard Duggan: S3 Student of the Term
• Matthew Cleary: S3 Student of the Year
• Sean Nolan: Overall Student of the Year
 
We would like to wish Matthew, Sean and Ella (School Leavers) all the best with the next Chapter in their lives. You will be greatly missed.


 

Home Economics

See below all the latest work from the Home Economics classes!!


Junior Certificate Artwork

Take a look below at some of the incredible artwork created by students in M4 and S1. Great work and lots of compliments from the Art Examiner. Ms Gallagher would like to remind staff to look out for the works on the walls!!


The Parents Association are organising coffee morning’s/ play dates🥳 for families of our Lady of Fatima School to come along have a chat & a cuppa ☕🧁while our kids have fun in the playground together 💖🤩

We have a WhatsApp group & a Facebook page.

Michelle Cogley’s no is 0872065433 if anyone would like to be added to the group thanks 😊

May 2022

May 2022

Wellbeing Quote for May

No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.


Dear Parents/Guardians, 


Welcome to our newsletter!
The summer term has got off to a great start. Read below about the activities that have already taken place, and you will appreciate the energy and industriousness of staff and students in our school.  From participating in Wexford’s Fittest Schools (staff and student teams) to teacher training in Finland (Erasmus + KA1 project), it is evident that our school embraces and is very much involved in activities at Local, National and European level.  This term we have a had a visit from an MEP (Grace O’Sullivan), who advised our Green School Committee on their latest venture – Water Flag; our Junior students have returned to the swimming pool and our soccer teams have represented the school at an interschools tournament in Waterford. Well done to everyone involved. 

An Important date in our annual school calendar is Fatima Day (13th May) and this year it will also be Confirmation Day.   We wish all candidates our best wishes on this very special occasion in their lives.  

Other events that will take place this term include Sports Day, Graduation and Prize-giving.  I would also like to draw your attention to the section under School Uniform.  A link is provided for parents to pre-order/purchase the new school sports wear. It offers style and comfort, and is provided by a local company. We hope you like it! 

Let’s hope for a sunny summer term! 

Best Wishes, 

Glenda McKeown 

(Principal) 



Junior 2

J2 started forest school this term and are loving it so far! We have been looking for tadpoles, making a fire, toasting marshmallows and doing lots more cool stuff in the outdoors. A big thank you to our forest school teacher Austin for having us.
 
We made some yummy cornflake nests as a special Easter treat. We melted chocolate, mixed in the cornflakes and decorated with chocolate eggs. We were delighted with how they turned out!
 
We had an Easter egg hunt around the school, we got a chance to practice our rhyming words while solving the clues!! Thankfully we found the treasure at the end!


Middle 2

Since January, Middle 2 have been very busy. We completed 4 weeks in Forest school, an experience that was enjoyed by all and hope there will be a new adventure to experience next year.
Middle 2 completed a Sketchnoting webinar. Sketchnoting, also commonly referred to as visual notetaking, is the creative and graphic process through which individuals can record their thoughts with the use of illustrations, symbols, structures, and texts. This webinar was enjoyable and showed us how to draw our feelings, emotions and a variety of adjectives which also really encouraged the students to build on extending their vocabulary.
We also were in attendance for a live interview webinar with the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Chris has a wonderful and positive mindset; his interview was both inspiring and informative. We learnt lots of interesting facts about living in Space, the complexities of adapting to life on earth after spending a significant amount of time in Space was something we had not thought about before the interview.
Our dancing shoes were dusted off and strapped on with enthusiasm when we heard we were being given the fantastic opportunity of dance classes with Jonny. It has been so much fun. All the students have embraced the dance routines with gusto! It has also the closest Ms. Harney has been to a nightclub in many years! We are also participating in Soccer training, and it has been going well. We have some very talented soccer players in our class.
We have started horticulture as a project with Ms. Leonard and we have started planting seeds. We are very grateful to Ms. Leonard for her kindness and offering her time to assist us with this. Next term we will be able to update you on our progress.


Middle 3

The class visited Johnstown Castle and had a great day walking around the lake.  Another great place to visit in Wexford. See below some of our excellent work. Ms Carter and SNA Gavin and Patricia also enjoyed the day.


Senior 1

Senior 1 begun a very busy term by completing their CBA’s (Classroom Based Assessments) for both Home Economics and Art.

The students then undertook their cookery assessment on the 3rd of May and received excellent feedback on their delicious meals. We definitely have some budding Michelin Star Chefs in Fatima. With fifty percent of the subject completed the students are now studying hard for the written examination, the morning of June 15th. Best of luck!!
 
The students completed their art assessment and the work is amazing in terms of creativity and individuality. We are eagerly and confidently awaiting the art examiner and wish these students the best of luck.

Following this effort and dedication Mrs Mckeown spoke of how proud she was of the class and surprised the students with a class visit to the Talbot Hotel to celebrate their exams. The students relaxed and enjoyed a hot chocolate and biscuits.

The students took part in the first aid and defib training which they really enjoyed. A massive thanks to Terry Whitty and Michelle Cogley for their time and efforts in teaching the students life saving techniques.


Senior 2

Senior 2 had a busy month. We took part in a 6 week digital leadership programme. The course covered exciting topics including computational thinking, coding, pixel art and game creation. The students thoroughly enjoyed their experience and gained a wealth of new skills. 

We also went to see the exhibition in the County Council which was inspired by the famous wexford artist Eileen Gray. This exhibition was curated by a local wexford man, Richard Malone. The students loved seeing the wonderful creations such as pottery, sculptures, iron works and spectacular rugs. 


Senior 3

Senior 3 enjoyed lot of activities this term (Forest Schools, tennis, GAA and dancing)

Forest Schools

Forest School was the highlight of this term for all students. We really enjoyed our block at Forest Schools. We found frog spawn and kept an eye on how the tadpoles were developing from week to week. We researched the life cycle of a frog. Each week we set up a campfire and toasted marshmallows/ made popcorn or made hot chocolate. We also made pendants, log cabins and a raft.

Tennis

Senior 3 are continuing to improve our tennis skills from week to week. All the students are very good at serving the ball now. Keep practicing Senior 3.

GAA

Senior 3 also enjoyed GAA the last few weeks. The leaned how to hand pass and to kick the ball correctly. They had great fun participating in the fun warm up and cool down drills.

Dancing

Dancing was another popular activity this term. Senior 3 liked learning lots of new dance moves from Johnny.

Senior 3 won the St Patrick’s Day class award. Well Done

This term the school learners also began to get more prepared for moving on to the next chapter in our lives. They have been working on communication/passport booklet with Amy. We have started to visit some of the places our school leavers will be attending next year, and we will continue to do this after Easter.


Senior 4

 Senior 4 have been having fun planting their vegetables for their Incredible Edibles Project.

 All students had great fun dressing up for World Book Day 3rd March.

Senior 4 organised the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations which were held outside in the basketball court. Each class performed their party piece. Senior 4 students danced “The Walls of Limerick”.

They coupled this up with a fundraiser for Ukraine. Students made Ukrainian badges and sold them to everyone. They raised €200.00 for the cause.

On 21st and 22nd March, the Senior classes attend a First Course facilitated by Terry Whitty and Michelle Cogley from our Parents Association.

Some students from Senior 4 have been attending Work Experience at Rehab Care, NLN and the Railway Gallops.

Tuesday 5th April the school quiz team travelled to Portlaoise Parish Centre for the Regional Quiz. The came second and have made it into the All Ireland final, which will be held in Portlaoise in May.


Home Economics Class – Preparation for the Practical Examination

Senior 1 students undertook their Cooking Practical Assessment on Tuesday May 3rd. It went very well for all students thanks to their hard work.

Middle 4 – Craft Work for their Home Economics CBA – See Below


School Uniform: From September 2022

Sports Uniform: New Official School sports wear can be purchased using the link below. Portal closes 22nd May 2023. Parents can do this directly.

  • Official sports top (order using link) or Navy school jumper/sweatshirt with crest
  • Blue Polo shirt
  • Official School sports bottoms (order using link) or plain navy bottoms

No other sports wear to be worn please.School Uniform (No Changes)

  • Blue Polo Shirt
  • Navy trousers/skirt
  • Black shoes or all black runners
  • Navy jumper (with crest) only available from Hore’s Stores).
  • School Badge available in the office for €3 each

Soccer Blitz

Our girls took part in a soccer blitz in Waterford WIT on Thursday 28th April. They played 3 matches and won 3 matches winning the tournament. They scored lots of great goals, showed great skills and conducted themselves perfectly on and off the pitch. They made us very proud!


Parents Association – News

Terry Whitty message to our school community.

The Parents Association would like to thank the volunteers for the church gate collection, it covers the Wexford district. Thank you for giving up you time any raising much need funds to help support Our Lady of Fatima.

The Parents Association would like to congratulate the senior classes on the completion of Basic life support which include CPR and Defib training. Great to have these life saving skills well done all.

The Parents Association would like to thank Kilmore Quay savings club who kindly donated €500 to the Lady of Fatima school. The club was discontinued this year and surplus monies donated to different charities. 


Erasmus KA1 Mobility

Three teachers undertook an exciting and rewarding trip to Helsinki in Finland as part of training required under our Erasmus+ KAI. Ms Sinnott, Ms Ryan and Ms Shannon went for a week to train within the Finnish education system which has been proven to be one of the best in the world, scoring consistently at the top of different international studies (PISA, The UN Education Index, etc.). They were given a chance to discover, discuss, share knowledge, exchange ideas and experience everyday Finnish schools. They learnt first-hand how the Finnish education system operates at all levels.

Ms McCormack is undertaking an exciting visit to Spain this week as she was successful in securing a place on the KAI course also, which will complete all our mobilities. We wish her good luck on her trip and look forward to hearing from her when she returns.


Wellbeing – First Aid and Defib Training

Both Terry Whitty and Michelle Cogley spent two days in school undertaking first aid and defib training with the senior classes. It was a very valuable experience and possibly life saving. A huge thanks you to Terry and Michelle for their time. Some pictures of students in action during their training….


Ms Harpur organised Food Dudes which started after Easter on April 25th. 

It was very successful in supporting healthy eating and lifestyles.

What is the Food Dudes Programme? 

In Ireland, the EU School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme is delivered through the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme. It works by changing children’s attitudes towards healthy eating, allowing them to cultivate a liking for fresh fruit and vegetables. Built and developed on three pillars of scientific merit, (1) repeated tastings, (2) rewards and (3) role modelling, Food Dudes has proven itself as an effective evidence-based school-based healthy eating programme.


Take a moment to read through examples and see how much time you give to the actions each day. Life can be hectic at times, but taking time to incorporate one or more of the Five Ways to Wellbeing can improve wellbeing.

Wexford’s Fittest School

For the second year Our Lady of Fatima has entered a team for ‘Wexford’s Fittest school competition’. This is a fundraiser to raise money for GAA coaching in schools and is a fitness competition based around the popular TV programme ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’. This has been organised by the Wexford GAA with first prize being €5000 worth of O’Neill’s sports equipment for the winning school. 

The four team members representing our school include, teachers Mr. Lehane and Mrs. Sheehan and SNA Chris and new to the school this year SNA Lyn.  On Monday 5th of May, two student school teams competed in a student event and both our teams were just amazing. The entire school shouted and roared in support of our students in Wexford Park. Inspired by the students the staff team put in a mammoth effort as they battled it out against other schools in the county, in timed trial events to see if they can make it through to the semi-final. They deserve a good rest!!


Confirmation

We had a double celebration on May 13th with Fatima Day and Confirmation. Students enjoyed a wonderful  time that included a visit from the Ice Cream Van. Pictures to follow in next edition.


The Schools Sports Day will take place on Thursday 23rd of June. We look forward to another fun packed day for the students to enjoy. All parents are welcome to attend the sports day at St Marys GAA pitch.


Class Platforms
Remember to check the Class Platforms for updates on the events and dates until the end of the school year!!!!


Remember IMPORTANT Upcoming Dates No School
OFF – 01/06/2022 TO 06/06/2022
Return to school on Tuesday 7th of June.
Have a lovely/safe break to all!!!
Spring 2022

Spring 2022

Wellbeing Quote for February –
 

Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there’s footprints on the moon.

 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Welcome to our Spring Newsletter. We have had a busy and productive time in school, since our return following the Christmas holidays.  As you are aware, the Covid-19 guidelines have stayed the same for special schools and we await an update from the DES at the end of the month. We will inform you of any changes but for now, we thank you for your cooperation in ensuring OLF remains safe and operational.   Below you will read of the many activities that have been happening: Green schools initiative; Student Council elections; eTwinning promotional video; Erasmus KA1 mobility, planting in the garden etc. None of this would happen without the input and dedication of our very committed staff.   We hope to continue and add to the variety of activities offered by the school in the term ahead, so keep an eye on Aladdin and/or your child’s class platform.
I wish everyone from the entire school community, a relaxing and enjoyable mid-term break.


Kind regards
Glenda




 

Junior 2

We have been having a super time learning how to dance with Johnny. We look forward to our class with him each Wednesday and are so excited to learn more moves for our dance.

We took a trip to Min Ryan park as a treat for working so hard in school. We had a great day playing and got lots of fresh air.

We have done lots of artwork for Spring and Valentine’s Day. We hope you all like it. 


Junior 4


Middle 3

Middle 3 class are in the middle of Horse-riding and they are having a great time.  They are learning all about how the horse is minded and what food the horses eat.  Everyone of the students adore horse-riding and you never know they might make great Jockeys!!!!!

Ms Murtagh was away for a few weeks and Ms Carter did fantastic work in the class when she was away.  They finished a project on The Oceans of the World which is up on the board for all to see.  They presented their projects on video and Ms Murtagh was very very impressed with their work.  Ms Carter did a Valentine Box for all the students, which will be given to each student on Valentines day to share the love amongst each other.  Each box is full of treats and surprises for all in the class. 

The class took part in an art competition for the Green Schools which Ms Kent is running.  The Theme of the Competition was “Ground Water, Our Hidden Treasure”,  they really enjoyed that also.  Dancing classes has commenced as well as soccer.  The students are really looking forward to their Mid-Term as they all need a well deserved break and Patricia the class SNA is about to fall down after all the work they did over the last term.


Senior 1

Senior 1, returned to school after a well deserved break and continued working at pace particularly now that they are heading towards accomplishing their learning goals in their Junior Certificate Art and Home Economics subjects.

In Art, the students completed their portfolios, with their artistic talents really coming to fruition in the amazing work they are producing.

In Home Economics, the students made the difficult decision with regards the choice of meal to cook for their practical element of their examinations. They showed great maturity and decision making in deciding on their meals.

The students researched the dietary needs and nutritional requirements of their task and matched them to the meal they are cooking. See pictures of Lee’s, Eddie’s and Abigail’s macaroni and cheese meals.

The student’s decided as part of Wellbeing within the school they are going to choose a student or staff member to cook their meal for and provide them with a first class service. Fingers crossed they pick you!!

Senior 1 read different genres of books when they visited the local library.

The students tennis skills continued to develop and particularly their timing was getting better each week, as they undertook their tennis lessons at the local club.


Senior 3


Senior 4

Senior 4 Newsletter Items Jan/Feb

  • Senior 4 have been preparing for when they leave school by visiting different further education centre’s in Wexford.
  • On Tuesday 8th February students travelled to Intuition in Enniscorthy for a presentation.
  • Student Council: The Student Council Virtual Election took place 14th January 2022.
  • A suggestion box has been placed in the hall for staff and students to put in their suggestions.

David Brown, Chantelle Campbell and Muireann Hore were successful Candidates.

  • Senior 4 took part in a Live Wellbeing Webinar.
  • Senior 4 are attending Soccer in North End and Tennis every week.
  • Students in Senior 4 have been enjoying a little bit of freedom by going out to An Boker Nua for lunch every Friday.


Numeracy Support

Since Christmas all the children in the Junior classes have been having extra support for Numeracy with Ms Shannon. The children are withdrawn individually or in pairs. The work they cover is the same topic as they are doing with their teacher that week. They have extra time for hands on activities when concepts are revised and consolidated.

Here are some pictures of the children engaged in their work. 


Green Schools


Parents Association – News

Terry Whitty message to our school community.


We have an upcoming parents association meeting on the 9th March @ the Maldron hotel at 11am, all are welcome.

We will also be looking for as many volunteers as possible to assist at  the Church Gate collections this year. The collections will go on throughout the County from early March to Easter and any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Monies raised going towards supplementing activities within the school.


The Parents Association would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the raffle at Christmas which was a great success.

Over 8 thousand euro was raised for the refurbishment of the playground.


The Parents Association would like to thank Corrina Ormonde for all her hard work as secretary over the last few years, as she steps down from the position. 


Safer Internet Day

A big welcome back to Ms. Harpur who resumed teaching in Middle 4. Thanks Ms. Harpur for organising the Safer Internet Day and arranging for  Garda David Fitzgerald to visit the school and support the student’s online knowledge and awareness. The students learnt a lot of valuable tips on how to stay safe online.


Erasmus KA1 Mobility

Ms McCormack is going to undertake an exciting visit to the Netherlands in April as she has been successful in securing a place on the KAI course on Innovation in Dutch Education. 


The School was awarded an eTwinning National Thematic Prize (Apple Store Gift of €500) for the entry of Mrs McKeown and her students into the competition. Well done!!!!

The school has been offered to part-take in a promotional video for eTwinning later in the next term. We will get a visit from Leargas and present our schools long history of success in promoting and learning from eTwinning.


Wellbeing Committee

The school had its Whole Staff Meeting on the 16th of February. A big thanks to Ms Leacy and Ms Harney for organising such a lovely Wellbeing Treat of delicious foods for all staff. 


Student of the Term – February

Well done to the following students who received the student of the term award at the February Mid-term Prizegiving Ceremony:
 
Junior 2: Aoife Leacy

Junior 3: Kacie Meyler

Junior 4 : Sophie Saunders

Middle 1: Lauren Pettitt

Middle 2: Clodagh Darcy
 
Middle 3: Sinead Martin

Middle 4: John Doyle Flood

Senior 1: Katie Webster

Senior 2: Jenny Keeling

Senior 3: Ella Bates

Senior 4: Nicky Kemp



 

December 2021 Newsletter

December 2021 Newsletter

Our Lady of Fatima School – Newsletter December 2021
Principal’s Message,  
As the festive season is just around the corner, I want to take a moment to thank the entire school community for your support and dedication in giving our students the best educational experience. We are very grateful for the wonderful contribution from the PA in organising a very successful Christmas raffle, coordinated to obtain funds to refurbish the junior school play area.   In addition, they created a magical Grotto for Santa’s visit.  A special mention to the Cogley family who presented each student in the school with a Christmas annual! Thank you for such a generous gift! As usual, the dedicated and hardworking staff of OLF have continued to adapt to the ever-changing covid-19 situation and have made Christmas a special time for us all.  Our Christmas Wellbeing Committee worked tirelessly in ensuring we had fun filled activities and treats during the month of December. Thank you to the team, led by Mr. Bridges. As you will see below, the annual Lámh video is a sincere effort that displays a great sense of collaboration and fun amongst all staff in OLF. A big thank you to Emily and John for creating and directing another masterpiece! I would in particular like to thank our students, who come to school every day, happy and eager to participate, with little or no complaining of current restrictions!  Have a wonderful holiday, and come back to school, refreshed and ready to take on 2022!  We think of both The Murphy and The Kehoe family this Christmas. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We think of Leon, Tyler and Mikey and how lucky we feel, that they were part of our family in OLF.  On a personal note, I wish to thank most sincerely our Board of Management, Parents’ Association, Ms Leacy (Deputy Principal) & ISM, Teachers, Special Needs Assistants, Secretaries, Caretaking, Cleaning Staff and LWR team who have all worked hard throughout this term to keep school life enjoyable, safe and happy for all our students.  I wish all of you a very happy and restful Christmas holiday and look forward to the New Year ahead in Our Lady of Fatima School. 

Warmest Regards, Glenda McKeown  Sensory Garden – Mikey
 
On the 17th of December the school community remembered our beloved Mikey Kehoe. Students and Staff took time out for some valuable reflection within our new sensory garden that was dedicated to Mikey. The day was marked with a visit from Mikeys parents and sister who gathered with Father Billy Swan, other BOM members and Mikeys previous teachers and SNA’s. Below are some images and the prayer that all classes took time to respectfully reflect upon, for our dear Mikey…..
Christmas Activities at Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima School has been very busy this Christmas with lots of fun activities to celebrate the season of goodwill. A Christmas Wellbeing Committee was set up and worked on organising and coordinating the Christmas activities. A big thanks to the Committee for their ideas, efforts and dedication. Thanks to all the staff that contributed to providing a wonder 2021 Christmas experience for everyone. 

Christmas Door Competition
 
The Christmas Wellbeing Committee ran a Christmas Door Competition. Students had to design a Christmas themed door for all the school community to enjoy. The entries were all amazing. The Parents Council kindly took time out to view each classes entry. They were delighted with the effort and found it very challenging to choose a winner. They voted and the result is:
 
Winner Middle 2
 
Well Done Middle 2
  

Hot Chocolate
 
As part of her role on the School’s Christmas Wellbeing Committee our new teacher Ms Harney treated the school to some delicious hot chocolate. Both students and staff were delighted and all needs were catered for, thanks Ms Harney.

 
Christmas Tree

A huge thank you to the Parents Association for arranging for our beautiful Christmas Tree to be delivered to the school. It was an amazing Christmas Tree and we are very grateful to Killeen’s Garage for their donation to our school. If parents are shopping in Killeens please give a big thank you from Our Lady of Fatima school for their generosity. It is very much appreciated. See below that Junior 2 did a wonderful job decorating the huge Christmas Tree for the entire school to enjoy on entering the building.

Community Involvement by our Students

Christmas Cards were designed throughout the school and collected by Ms Weld again this year. They were then delivered to the local nursing home residents by the students. Well done for making the elderly experience of Christmas nicer and it is a real thoughtful way to give back to our community.
 
The Nativity
 Junior Two had great fun rehearsing and performing the Nativity this Christmas. They really enjoyed learning the story about the birth of Jesus and loved wearing the costumes and acting. They provided great entertainment with their creative performances. We are so proud of them! Definitely some stars in the making.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus 
Mr. and Mrs. Claus dropped into Our Lady of Fatima on Monday 20th of December. They were a big hit with all the students. A big thanks to the Parents Council who built the wonderful Grotto and donated all the extras such as the tree, stove, lights etc. It was a delighted experience for all and well-done Gavin and Mary for all your effort.
 For the month of December, Fatima FM became Fatima Christmas FM.  We have been greatly entertained by our resident DJ Ms Sheehan. During each show, there have been numerous birthday and song requests. In addition we had a return of the, “Just a minute quiz”, where staff members have attempted to answer correctly as many questions as possible, within the 60 second time limit. Ms Sheehan with the help of Ms Leacy (Camerawomen) provided the school with an experience of all the Classroom Doors for our competition.

Thanks Ms Sheehan

Junior 2 
 
Junior 2 had a fantastic time meeting Santa Claus and Mrs Claus. Santa told us we have all been very good this year and we are all definitely on the nice list!

 
We had a very special time remembering our friend Mikey in the sensory garden. We blew bubbles and watched them float up to the clouds.
 
We worked very hard practicing for our Nativity. We did a super job remembering our lines and are excited for everyone to see it!
 
We did lots of artwork in December, each piece of cotton wool was carefully stuck to create Santa’s fabulous beard. We really enjoyed decorating our classroom door.
 
Junior 2 decorated the beautiful Christmas tree in the foyer of the school. We picked lots of beautiful red and blue baubles for the tree.
 

Junior 2 would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas!
 
Middle 1
 What a busy term we are after having. Hard work & great achievements were made from all the boys & girls in Middle 1.This term we worked on various topics ranging from  beginning our new school year, planting, drama, art, science week & zoom assemblies. 
Congratulations for the fantastic handwriting we have in Middle 1 keep up the great work.
Wishing you all a very Happy, Safe & Healthy Christmas & New year.

 
 
Middle 3

 Middle 3 class got a great gift from Grace Cogley’s parents of a lovely album to keep everyone busy over Christmas.  All the students in the WHOLE school got one as well.  Thank you so so much from all the students.
 
Middle 3 were busy making Christmas Cards for residents of a nursing home.  Just a little bit of cheer for Christmas.
Middle 4

Middle 4 have thoroughly enjoyed their 4 week block of Forest School. They made beautiful crafts including a mini raft – which they then raced in the stream -, a medallion, a wand and a gorgeous Rudolph face! They popped pop corn kernels over the camp fire, heated milk and made hot chocolate and melted marshmallows for smores. They played games in the forest and overall they had great fun. Also, this month we enjoyed creating our Christmas Door and admiring the other lovely Christmas doors around the school. We contributed to the decoration of the whole school by decorating one of the trees in front of the school. We enjoyed our Lámh Christmas song and we’re looking forward to seeing the full production of “Lámh Factor” very soon, where we will get to see all the other classes in action. We had a very interesting History Tour of Wexford where we learned more about the Vikings. We stood on the spot where the remains of 11 Viking houses had been discovered and we saw the remains of a church they build. We learned that Oyster Lane in Wexford was so called because it was an area plentiful in oysters and we learned that “Keyser” means “Way down to the sea” – which is where “Kaysers Lane” got it’s name. Middle 4 would like to wish our family and friends and very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and we look forward to welcoming Ms Harpur back in January.

Senior 1
 Senior 1 had a very busy term. The students continued their learning in depth of their Junior Certificate subjects, particularly the examination subjects of Home Economics and Art. Above and below are some of their lovely Christmas puddings they made with Mrs Elliot, highlighting their cooking skills.   The students completed their Classroom Based Assessments CBA’s and produced some lovely craft pieces with the support of Ms Leonard. Students enjoyed continuing their tennis lessons at the local tennis club throughout the term. They created Christmas Cards for the residents of a local nursing home. Senior 1 took part in the Christmas Lamh Factor competition by learning the signs for the song Santa Claus is coming to town. Students decided on the decoration of the classroom door for the Christmas Door Competition and put a lot of effort into decorating their door. Students visited the local library and took part in a live webinar with an author.

 



Senior 2
Senior 2 and senior 4 took part in the heritage schools visit. This involved a full day of workshops on Geography activities including a study of Geology, map reading and creating a map. A fun filled educational day outdoors for all! Lili O Brien, Darragh Moran and James Tompkins won prizes in the Credit union art competition. Senior 2 also took part in science week. They firstly took part in a murder mystery involving star wars characters and we WON. We got a shout out on the Science Week TV show. The second activity was a interactive chat with the weather lady Joanna Donnelly. We found out about the role of a meteorologist and how they forecast the weather. An exciting morning was had.


Senior 3
 This term senior 3 have enjoyed going to horse- riding every Monday. The students have made great progress and some of them are now riding solo. Well done guys.
We have concentrated a lot on life skills this term especially grocery shopping and cooking.
Senior 3 really got in the Christmas mode this month and did tremendous work helping to decorate our school both inside and out to make it look extra Christmassy.
Well done to Matthew (student of the term)

Senior 4

Senior 4  
Senior 4 started Tennis at Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club at the beginning of November. We attend every Friday and the students absolutely love it. Senior 4 Parent – Teacher Meetings took place on the 8th November. Senior 2 & Senior 4 took part in a Geography Project with the “Heritage in Schools” on Monday 15th November. The students explored Rocks and Climate Change. A very enjoyable day was had by all. Some students in Senior 4 received their Flu Vaccine on the 11th November. Students from the Senior classes have been taking part in RACE in preparation for their Junior Cycle Exams. HSE Profiling Interviews took place online on the 7th & 8th December. Senior 4 students have completed their CBA2 in English & Woodwork. Senior 4 have been very actively doing their Fyffes Fitness every morning!!Students in Senior 4 have been creative with their Christmas art for the Christmas Door Competition and with their window display. The Student Council Candidates have been preparing their speeches for the upcoming Student Council Election on January 14th 2022 . Their campaign will take place online via MS Teams and Ballot Sheets will be distributed via MS Forms.

Literacy Resource Update

This year we have for the first time we decided to have a Literacy Resource Position for Reading.  I have had the very pleasant job of setting up this position and have engaged in some much-needed Literacy Initiatives along the way.  With the help and support of all the staff and our Parents Association we have engaged in the following:


Readathon – MS Readathon 11 students and 2 staff members completed reading tasks for the month of November, earning a combined total of reading tasks for the month of November, earning a combined total of €610.
Well done all.

New Class Readers and ebooks for the Middle Classrooms PM Readers.
Children’s Book Festival – Wexford Library.  We had Virtual Zooms by authors Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan.
David Walliams Virtual Assembly (based on ‘Ganster Granny’)
All classes are reading novel’s and some have acquired a bulk loan from Wexford Library.

The school has decided to participate in the National Wellread Award.  We will be promoting Reading for Leisure and Pleasure.  To receive the plaque and award we need to promote Reading and compile a Portfolio of our efforts.  If we are successful, we will gain the Award and a plaque for our school.  It is also a fun, interactive and positive way for us all to engage in the wonderful joy of Reading and its many benefits for our independence and wellbeing.  The Committee will comprise of Staff, parents and Student volunteers, lead by Miss Sinnott.  We will have activities throughout this year and next to promote this so all support and help will be needed and most importantly appreciated. 

Finally, I want to wish the boys and girls that have worked so hard and diligently on the reading with me over the last term a very Merry Christmas.  You have been amazing!!! Don’t forget you can read some ebooks over Christmas on
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/user/sign_up.html
or
https://www.getepic.com/.   
I hope Santa is very good to you all.
Melissa Sinnott, Resource Teacher For Literacy.
                                                                     
Home Economics

Middle 4 were busy providing Christmas Puddings for their families this Christmas.


Christmas Student of the Term 

Well done to the following students who received a certificate and prize at the Christmas Prizegiving Ceremony:


Junior 2: Gabby Whelan

Junior 3: David Moran

Junior 4: Leighton Kennedy

Middle 1: Dominic McCarthy

Middle 2: Tadhg O’Shaughnessy

Middle 3: Mia Sutton

Middle 4: Adam Sinnott

Senior 1: Shane McGrath

Senior 2: Darragh Moran

Senior 3: Mathew Cleary

Senior 4: Chantelle Campbell
 
 

Parents Association/Fundraising
 
 
A massive thanks to our Parents Association who organised a Christmas Raffle in the School. The prizes were extremely good, see below. It was a great success and will provide much needed support for our school throughout the academic year. Thanks for your backing and a big thanks to all the businesses and people that donated so kindly to the Christmas Raffle.
 

We would like to wish the pupils and all the staff of Our Lady Of Fatima school a happy Christmas with good health for the coming New Year. 

  The Parents Association.




LÁMH – Christmas Songs 

Students took part in our Lamh Factor Christmas Songs competition organised by the Christmas Wellbeing Committee. After each class was viewed via Teams then each class proceeded to cast their vote. The winning class with the most votes and after a very close race Junior 3 won our Lamh Factor Christmas song competition.




Fatima Facebook Video Links
 
A big thank you to Ms Murphy for keeping the online school community updated with the links to the videos and happenings within the school. Check out and enjoy the below link to see the students Lamh videos…..



And finally…..A Tribute to all the wonderful students in Our Lady of Fatima School from all the staff.  Have a wonderful Christmas, we are so proud of you all!  
A big thank you to both John and Emily for their hard work, putting this together! 


Click the Link here to view the videos:


Return to school – Thursday 6th January 2021
Halloween Newsletter

Halloween Newsletter

Our Lady of Fatima School – Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the first edition of our Newsletter for the academic year 2021/2022. This year the newsletter will be sent to you on a half-termly basis. Also, I would like to let you know that our new  website is up and running (Click on the link at the bottom of the newsletter).

We have had a very successful return to school. A term filled with positive learning experiences for the entire school community. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We wish you a enjoyable mid-term break!!

Happy Halloween!!

Glenda McKeown Principal


 


Halloween Student of the Term 

Junior 2: Jason Hartigan

Well done to the following students who received a certificate and prize at the Halloween Prizegiving Ceremony:

Junior 3: Stephen Furlong

Junior 4: Mia Dixon

Middle 1: Pearce Barry

Middle 2: Chloe Wilburn

Middle 3: Sean Furlong

Middle 4: Oona Keevey

Senior 1: Ella Doyle

Senior 2: Kevin Kinsella

Senior 3: Jennie O’Brien

Senior 4: Debbie Pitcher


Junior 2


Junior 2 have been very busy and have been working so hard in school this year! 

Our first Aistear theme was Myself/My home, the children enjoyed role playing the different members of the family in the kitchen. We did some sensory play while bathing the babies in the warm, soapy, scented water. We also made some dinner using playdoh as part of our creative play. 
 
We had a film crew visit us in school on the 8th of October to film an episode of Dizzy Deliveries. The children were very excited and enjoyed filming with the camera crew. Delivery man Joe made the day particularly enjoyable by doing lots of silly things to entertain us. The show will be out next year and we will inform you of a date nearer the time. 
 
As a special treat we went to Ballycross Apple Farm to see all the pumpkins that we have been learning about in school. We picked a pumpkin to bring back to school with us to carve.

Junior 4

Junior 4 had a great start to the new school year! We were honoured to do the very first live virtual assembly! We all introduced ourselves, we said the poem ‘Back to school’ by Kenn Nesbit. Amy informed us on the Covid rules and then we finished with some funny jokes!
GAA coaches were in teaching us some key skills, such as catching and throwing a ball, kicking a ball and running. It was loads of fun.
We went to Ballycross Apple Farm last Friday. It was a lot of fun! We seen lamas, goats, geese and an emu! We went on a bouncy castle and we went go- carting! We even walked to a village where we saw houses and shops belong to witches!! We then walked to through the pumpkin field, where we picked out our class pumpkin. We walked by an apple orchard where we seen all of the apples ready to be picked.






Senior 1

Senior 1 have been very busy this term. They have put a lot of effort into their Home Economics and Art lessons. Students have begun their CBA’s (Classroom Based Assessments). The class went to the local tennis club and really enjoyed their lessons with some pictures below.



Senior 2

Senior 2 – Opera Festival Art Tour

Senior 2 took time out of their busy schedule to appreciate some art that was on display for the festival. Below are some pictures of the event.




Maths Week Junior 2

School Donations

A big thank you to Gavin Blake our school’s former Speech and Language Therapist for donating some of his tennis rackets to the school tennis programme and also some new replacement grips. Much appreciated Gavin.

Our Lady of Fatima Schools Tennis

The school’s tennis coaching restarted in September. Classes Middle 4, Senior 1 and Senior 3 visited the local tennis club for coaching and lots of fun tennis. A big thank you to Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club for providing court access and facilities to our school. Also a big thank you to the Club for their donation of tennis balls for our students.

Senior 3 and Senior 1 below enjoying School Tennis!!

Parents Association

The Parents Association would like to thank everyone who attended the recent PA AGM, and would like to extend an invitation to the next Parents Association meeting on Tuesday the 2nd of November at the Maldron hotel located at the Barntown round about. The meeting will start at 11am to allow parents that can not get to evening meetings.
 
Ms Sinnott will do a presentation on the literacy program. If any parents would like to get involved in the Parents Association contact details:
 
0852334494 Terry, 
0857126589 Corrina.
 
The Parents Association would also like to invite parents to upcoming coffee morning at the Cowhouse Cafe, Courtown Rd, Gorey, Thursday the 21st at 11am all welcome. 
 
Kind regards
 
Terry Whitty


Digital Technology News

New Promethean Interactive white boards have been installed in the Senior classes 1-4. They are a fantastic development and aid in helping the delivery of the Junior Certificate Level 3 programme.

Activities and Sports

It is wonderful to see many activities back up and running for our students to enjoy. We now have horse riding, GAA coaching, tennis, drama and forest school up and running and over the coming weeks we are hoping to have tag rugby and dance sessions going on too.

Ms Sheehan


Wonderful ART Work with Ms Gallagher

Home Economics

Students in Senior 1 and Middle 4 have been very busy in the kitchen with Ms Elliot passing on her skills. Look at those delicious cupcakes!!!! 

Middle 4😉 


Return to school – Monday 1ST November 2021
June Newsletter 2021

June Newsletter 2021

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As school draws to an end we look back on another most unusual and difficult year.

Our staff and students are to be commended on how well they have adapted and coped with the changes that have had to be put in place…their resilience is amazing!

On behalf of School Management, I wish everyone an enjoyable, relaxing and safe summer.

I thank all of you, Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff for your cooperation, support and understanding in this year and in the past and wish you all a fond farewell.

I would also like to take this opportunity to send Mrs. McKeown every best wish and success for the future as your new Principal.

For everything, thank you!

Most sincerely,
Mrs. Waters

 

The students of Our Lady of Fatima School were asked to describe what you mean to them…. these words say it all!
Our collaborative Wordcloud.

 

Tributes from all the classes to Mrs. Waters

A Tribute to Mrs. Waters from ALL the Staff at Our Lady of Fatima School – We will miss you! Thank you for all the kindness and support you have shown to each and every one of us!

IMPORTANT IMFORMATION


  • CONFIRMATION 2021: Wednesday 22nd September @11am, Bride St. Church.
  • We are launching our new school website – 30/06/2021. Click on the button below! You will find all information required for the new school year, including a calendar  for 2021-2022.
     Updates will be made to website information before return to school on 31st September 2021 (all school community).

As from September 2021 Aladdin Connect will be the main platform for communication between Parents and Staff in Our Lady of Fatima School.
Class Platforms e.g. Class Dojo, Seesaw Microsoft Teams will continue be a form of communication between staff and students.
 

The ALADDIN CONNECT App is available to download on your phone: 
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THIS DOWNLODADED BEFORE OUR RETURN TO SCHOOL.
YOUR LOGIN IN DETAILS WILL BE SENT TO YOU IN SEPTEMBER.

Aladdin Connect is used by Irish primary schools to securely communicate and share information with parents/guardians. As well as messages from the school, you can view details that the school shares about your child’s attendance, test results, report cards, homework, and library books. You can also enter reasons for your child’s absences from the Aladdin Connect app.
Aladdin Connect is accessed via a secure login. You sign in securely to Aladdin Connect from your computer, laptop or smartphone. Once your school is using Aladdin Connect, they will send you an access code so you can register with Aladdin Connect. Then you can download the Aladdin Schools Connect app to receive instant notifications from the school and to have convenient and secure access to your child’s information from your mobile device.
From a data protection point of view, Aladdin Connect aids in a school’s compliance with data protection law (GDPR)
Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school’s communication with its parents and helps you to stay connected and informed about your child’s education. 

Aladdin Connect allows parents to register.

  • Late/Early Collections
  • Absence Notes
  • Return to School Declaration Form
  • Parent Teacher Meetings
  • Report Cards
  • School calendar

 

School Awards 2020 – 2021

Junior Student: Gabby Whelan
Middle Student: Ava Rutka
Senior Student: Matthew Cleary
Overall:Student of The Year: Finn Keegan
Sportsman: Greg Whelan
Sportswoman: Tia Callery
Spirit of Leon: Mick Cash
Tyler Murphy Attendance Award: Sinéad Martin
Special Award: Reece Holden
Home Economics: Jenny Keeling
ASD: Chloe Harmon Brown
Resource: David Stewart
Art: Abigail Little

Well done to all our wonderful students! We are very proud of each and everyone of you!

 

Student of Year
J1 – Helenmaria Steenson Pedro
J2 – Daisy Mae Whitty
J3 – James Farrell
J4 – Pierce Barry
M1 – Clodagh Darcy
M2 – Conor Black
M3 – Oona Keevey
M4 – Katie Webster
S1 –  Eric Woods
S2 – Muireann Hore
S3 – Shanice O’Connor Moorehouse

Student of Term
J1 – Jason Hartigan
J2 – Ben O’Connor
J3 – Cathal Wheelock
J4 – Isaac Mackey
M1 – Gerard Reck
M2 – Gerard Tonge
M3 – Daniel O’Brien
M4 – Sorcha Donnelly
S1 – David Brown
S2 – Dylan Cullen
S3 – Ella Bates

CLASSROOM NEWS

Junior 1

Our theme this month is Summer and The Seaside! We’ve been using our 4 senses to notice signs of summer. We’re comparing summer clothes to winter clothes. We’ve studied the starfish and were fascinated to learn that it cannot swim, it has two stomachs and several eyes at the end of each arm! We’ve been noticing and tracing our shadows on sunny days. Our Father’s Day art also reflected our theme.
We enjoyed our Sports Day and our School Tour this month too! We’ve had great fun.

 

Middle 1

June was a month of creativity in M1. We completed lots of different art projects.
We did a project on our star signs and characteristics of our personalities!
We completed our bottle top art, a huge project for M1.
We did a project on Wassily Kandinsky, very impressive artwork!
We also created a goodbye board for Mrs Waters with M2, we did portraits of Mrs Waters, they are beautiful drawings.
We did lots of outdoor activities including gardening, walks, sports day and our amazing school tour in the IOAC!
The students in M1 this year have been absolutely amazing in school and with online learning! A tough year for all. Well done M1
M1 wishes Mrs. W
aters the very best
Mrs. Kent

 

Senior 4

  • Senior 4 have had an industrious and enjoyable month, marking the end of their education in OLF. We wish them every success as they embark on new adventures!
  • Senior 4 attended work experience in Nova, National Learning Network and Cúmas.
  • They enjoyed a wonderful Sports Day at St. Mary’s pitch, June 11th 2021.
  • In-house exams were completed 14th – 17th June 2021.
  • The class of 2021 had their Graduation Ceremony Thursday 17th June 2021. This ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Billy Swan in the beautiful sunshine in the school Courtyard.
  • Senior 4 went on their school tour to IOAC in Tagoat. The students enjoyed Archery, Berserker and Kayaking.
  • Finn Keegan received the “Noelle Dunphy” Plaque for the Overall Student of the School – congratulations Finn!

Home Economics – Senior 1 Celebrations – The colours of the Rainbow!

Student of the Year: Jenny Keeling – for her outstanding worth ethic in all areas of Home Economics. Cookery, theory and textile craft!
S1 Student of the Term. For their team work skills, their willingness to ‘TRY’ everything and their enthusiasm in the Home Economics program. Shared equally between Lili O’Brien Dobbs, Kevin Kinsella and Darragh Moran.

 

Senior 3 – Home Economics

Senior 3 class have enjoyed learning new cookery skills. They made the following of their favourite foods: Traditional brown bread, floury Soda Scones, French Toast, homemade burgers and Stuffed Omelette.

 

Salad Days with Middle 4 Home Economics Class

The M4 Home Economics Student of the Year is Lee Kelly, who has given his best effort in both Cookery and Textile Craft. His genuine curiosity and skills will serve him well in life.
M4 Student of the term. Glenn Molloy. Glenn has developed excellent culinary skills, has a good work ethic and he is learning to enjoy different foods.

 

Senior 2

It has been a challenging year for all students and Senior 2 have shown great resilience, always having a smile and a kind word for each other. I look forward to hearing about your summer adventures in September. You have all matured considerably and should be very proud of what you have achieved during the year. Wishing you all a happy and safe summer. Enjoy it, you have earned it!. A big thank you to all parents for their continued support.
Ms Maloney

 

Junior Certificate Artwork

Take a look below at some of the incredible artwork created by students in M4, S1 & S2. Well done to both the studnets and their teacher Ms. Gallagher.

 

Junior 2

Junior 2 have had a very busy month!
We had great fun on sports day. Everyone tried really hard and were very good sports on the day. We had one outright winner; Gabby, while Ben and Kacie were runners up. Everyone was delighted with their certificate of participation.
We have also been busy with the bottle top project. Junior 2 worked very hard painting and sticking bottle tops onto their snail. We are very happy with the result.
We went on our school tour to Blackwater Open Farm with Junior 1. It was a super day, we played in the playground, on the go-karts and we even got to hold some animals after our tour on the farm. We’d like to say a big thank you to the fantastic staff at the farm for helping us to make some lovely memories.

 

Senior 1

Take a look at the article in a recent edition of the Wexford People – all about Senior 1
Senior 1 class put a lot of work into researching the ill effects of dog fouling and they hope that people will learn something from all their research.

 

Senior 3

Senior 3 had a fantastic year! We completed a lot of fun and exciting activities, while engaging with the Junior Cert level 2 curriculum and the life skills programme-ASDAN.
We received Gold in the Incredible Edibles Programme, we really enjoyed doing it.
Senior 3 students also started to create their ‘Outdoor classroom.’ We put a lot of work into this, we had to tidy up all the leaves, power wash the walls, glue old CDs onto the wall, design and paint our chairs, plant flowers and fix the fence! Our wonderful caretaker Richie helped us with this! We also created fairy doors for our ‘Outdoor Classroom.’
On Wednesday, the 23rd of June we went on our school to IOAC. We had a lot of fun!
We celebrated Seán’s, Ella’s, Matthew’s, and Shanice’s 18th birthdays throughout the year as well! We ate slice upon slice of cake!
Shanice graduated from Our Lady of Fatima last week. She starting a new and exciting chapter in her life. We will miss Shanice, as she is a wonderful young lady! Best of luck Shanice!
Well done Senior 3!!

Middle 2

Middle 2 completed their Junior Certificate Level 2 project work and presented their work by taking part in group PowerPoint presentations to the class. The class went on their school tour to Carrigfoyle Lake and despite the bad weather made the most of the day. Here is a class picture at the lake.
The students also visited Min Ryan Park and enjoyed all the different activities.
A fun day was enjoyed by all. The students were delighted to return to their coaching lessons at the local tennis club. Students had a great day and lots of fun on Sports Day see below.
The students went on a shopping trip for their Managing Money section of their JCL2 curriculum.

Junior 4

Junior 4 had a great day at Blackwater Farm. We found out lots of facts about lots of different animals.
Junior 4 engaged in all activities on Sports Days. Everyone tried their best and we had lots of fun. Well done to Tadhg, Adam, Alex and Amy who won prizes in the day.

Junior 4 have been taking advantage of the sun and have gone for lots of walks. We treated ourselves to ice cream 1 or 2 of the days.

Middle 3

Middle 3 have been busy this month learning about capacity and weight. Each student also did a short interview as part of their Preparing for Work Module. They have also been working on their own Acrostic Poem and Short Story.
It was not all work and no play, as they had a day out at Rosslare Strand and Johnstown Castle as part of their school tour.
A fun day out was had by all at our Sports Day.
The winners on the day were;
Niamh 1st, Oona 2nd and Aaron 3rd. The other students that participated received a certificate.

Incredible Edibles: OLF – A Gold Incredible Edible School.

Ms. Leacy received wonderful news this month from Agri-Aware, that our school is now a Gold Incredible Edible School -“We are delighted to tell you that you have achieved your accreditation to be a Healthy Eating School”, the message continued. We will receive a plaque and rosette as recognition of this achievement.
Well done to all classes that participated in this wonderful initiative!


 

PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWS

Well done to all or our students and staff on completing another year through these difficult circumstances. We know a lot of hard work has been put in by staff and students alike and we want to thank you all for your efforts. So, take the summer holidays to recharge, have fun and enjoy time with your families. You all deserve a great holiday.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our wonderful Principal Rita Waters all the best on her retirement and express our appreciation for all the amazing hard work she has dedicated to our children, running this excellent school to such a high standard. Our heartfelt thanks to you on behalf of all the parents and children.

We would also like to congratulate Glenda McKeown on her new position as principal and look forward to working with you.

On return to school next term, we will be urgently appealing to ALL parents to consider joining the Parent Association as our numbers are so low, we might not have a P.A going into 2022. Throughout the previous years the P.A. has done phenomenal work benefitting our children immensely and it would be very sad to see this fade away due to lack of numbers.    If you would like to help, call me, Corrina on 085 7126589. Thank you

Enjoy your summer

 


IN ADDITION…………………….

Welcome to all the new families joining our amazing school in September. We have a Facebook group called ‘Parents of children attending Our Lady of Fatima School’ which is private and for parents only. Please take the time to answer the entry questions.
We would also like to extend an invitation to you and your children to an informal socially distanced coffee morning/playdate at Min Ryan park on Thursday 15th July at 11.30 and another on Wednesday 18th August at 11am weather permitting of course. Please join the Facebook group for any updates or changes and everybody is welcome.


Michelle O’ Neill

CONGRATULATIONS!
A huge cheer of congratulations to Michelle O’Neill, our incredibly talented swimming coach who is travelling to the Olympics in Tokyo this summer as a soccer referee!!!
Well done and much deserved!
Have a wonderful time Michelle!