On the 18th and 19th of January 2014 I had my third and final Funky Kids show. It was the end of the line for 5th and 6th class but I know that I will remember Funky Kids for the rest of my life. First we were practicing for 10 weeks. The second Denis and Olivia walked in for the third time we all went mad. They told us we were performing an ABBA medley, Face off ( Face off is when we put masks on we no eye holes and we sing and dance), Rockin Robin, One Fine Face ( We do this with the Juniors and Seniors) and the Salley Gardens. But on the night of the show the Juniors and Seniors went first and they sang a song called Mr. Rhino. After that they sang Ants in your Pants and their last song was One Fine Face which we helped out with. Then it was the middle room’s turn and they sang Moonshadow, I don’t want to live on the Moon, Teddy Bear, Love me Tender and Jailhouse Rock. After that we had a raffle and when that was over Denis dressed up as a fairy and went to the audience to find a replacement and the person chosen on the first night was Dima’s dad and on the second night it was my Dad. I was so proud of him. He was very funny! After that it was our turn in the spotlight. I really enjoyed face off. I was dancing to Can’t Touch This in it. But you can’t beat ABBA. We all gave it our all and it turned out to be exceptional. After it was over Denis and Olivia and Mr. Duggan gave a speech. After it was all over we helped Denis and Olivia clean up. When we left we said a big goodbye to Denis and Olivia. From day one to my last day it has been an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. It was the best day of my life and I will never forget it.
Jack M 5th class
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School was closed today following the advice from the local gardaí and Kilkenny Co. Council. As the bad weather continues and the roads and school grounds are particularly dangerous, we will remain closed again tomorrow Tuesday 30th Nov. We would welcome any comments from pupils, past or present, or parents, on how you are enjoying this unexpected break.
Update : Tuesday Nov 30th
As the roads are still very dangerous we will remain closed again tomorrow Wed 1st Dec. We will review the situation on a daily basis.
Update Wed. Dec. 1st
As the weather continues to deteriorate we will remain closed again tomorrow Thursday 2nd Dec.
Update Thurs. Dec 2:
Due to the continued icy conditions school will be closed again tomorrow Fri. Dec 3rd .
Update Sun Dec.5th 17.05
For those who can safely get here school will reopen tomorrow Mon. Great care is needed on the roads and especially around the school. Bus will try to collect all pupils.
Here are some links to good educational websites with Christmas content:
http://www.northpole.com A great site for younger children
http://www.scoilnet.ie/Christmas_theme.shtm contains links to many educational website with loads of activities
http://www.christmas.seomraranga.com/links.htm also contains many useful links to Christmas websites
Find out about Christmas all around the world on this Virtual Christmas Field Trip: http://www.tramline.com/tours/cross/xmas/_tourlaunch1.htm
http://allthingschristmas.com/ another great selection of interesting activities
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Xmas/calendar/index.html excellent website from an English school with interactive Advent calendar.
Nelly Kelly (nee Hearne) visited our school on the 24th of October. Nelly is 91 years old and is a former student of our school and of the old school in Newmarket. Our school was built in 1925 and all the students from the old school moved to the new school. She clearly remembers moving from the old school into the new school and how excited they all were. Nelly told us all about her school days in Newmarket in the 1920’s. There were 120 pupils in the school. The school only consisted of one classroom, which we’re in now, but the partition divided it in two. Mr and Mrs O’Sullivan were the teachers. At lunch time they were allowed go to the shop in the village, and if you forgot your lunch you could get a slice of bread buttered for a penny. Water had to be carried from the well down the road because there was no tap. If the children were being bold they’d get smacked with the cane. When the inspector came the cane would be hidden. The boys used to play hurling in the field across the road called the Faiche. Once a boy got a belt in the eye and had to be brought to the hospital. That finished hurling for a while. There was a 7th and 8th class because there was no secondary school. The school was very cold in the winter because there was no heating. The original slates are still on the school to this day. The toilets were outside the school. Nelly’s dad Jack Hearne worked on the Castlemorres estate and Nelly helped him sometimes. She said that she had been in every room of Castlemorres house. The house was knocked in 1979. Some children came to school on a donkey cart. In the summer Nelly used to walk home in her bare feet. Nelly said that school days were the best days of her life. She loved school and she loved Irish. We all enjoyed listening to Nelly telling us about her school days in the 1920’s. Nelly has a remarkable memory of her school days. She was able to name all the people in the picture of the pupils in the school. She also told us that we are in Paradise now compared to school in her days.