This is Spring Clean week in St Joseph's and on the left you can see pupils from Junior 3 getting ready for action. The school grounds look really well at the moment especially since the cherry blossom came into bloom. Have a look at Aran's blog for some great pictures of the school natural environment.
Nine athletes represented the school at the Regional Special Olympics Swimming competitions in Leisureland last Wednesday. Maria Hannon from Senior 3 was also there competing with Headford Special Olympics swimming club. Our pupils competed very well and we came home with our fair share of medals. Thanks to staff who worked hard throughout the day and to families and friends who came to cheer on the team. Congratulations to Frances Daly and her team for organising the event. There were over 120 competitors taking part and this obviously required some planning and organisation. Thanks also to the TY students from the Jes who helped out in various areas.
Five pupils and three staff were in Shop Street last Friday afternoon collecting money for Special Olympics. This was part of the nationwide annual collection. The public gave generously to the collection and it is heartening to see how much support there is out there for the Special Olympic movement.
The next event is in Sligo on May 15th when we will be competing in Track & Field events. Karen is busy training the athletes at the moment and is availing of any opportunity when it is dry to go to Dangan for practice. Check out the Special Olympic page for photos.
You may remember that last year we had an artist Lol Hardiman come to the school to do an art project with the pupils. He completed two lovely murals in the space of a week. Have a look at the video on our home page to see the work we did and to get a sense of the enjoyment everyone got out of the activity. We were delighted to welcome Lol back this week for another project.
He continued on the theme developed last year and this time the mural is in the dining room. It brightens up the room and has a cheering effect on us all.
Thanks to the Medtronic Foundation and to Bernard Kirk in the Galway Education Centre for making the project possible.
We hope everyone enjoyed the Easter despite the very cold weather. The first week of the last term is over and it looks like we are going to have a busy time here until the end of June if the past week is anything to go on. Mary Loughman and Mary Lillis are collating examples of work done in Science and Maths this year as the closing date for submission for a Primary Science and Maths Award is approaching. Just before the Easter break we had three Transition Year students from Colaiste Iognaid give a demonstration to our senior pupils of scientific experiments. Check out the Senior 3 homepage to see more on this.
Pupils and teachers involved in FETAC programmes were delighted to hear positive remarks from the external authenticator who visited the school on Tuesday April 9th. Her job is to come to examine the programmes the pupils have completed and look at evidence of learning. She praised the work highly. The results have been submitted and we will be waiting for certificates which should arrive around June.
Congratulations to Donnacha Moriarty who won a national prize in the INTO /EBS handwriting competition. He and Maria Hannon have already won prizes at regional level.
We are applying for a renewal of the Green Flag this term. A lot of work has been done by the Green School Committee. We have lovely displays around the theme of bio-diversity throughout the school. Go to the Green School Page for up to date information.
There are two Special Olympic events coming up soon. On April 24th. We will be going to Leisureland with 9 athletes who will be competing in 25m and 50m competitions. On May 15th 7 athletes have been selected to compete in track and field events in Sligo. We have already participated in the Gymnastic competition which was held in Athlone in March. We had great success at that event. Photos of the day can be seen on the Special Olympic page
St Joseph’s is a special school under the patronage of the voluntary organisation Ability West. Education in all aspects of the primary school curriculum is provided for pupils between the ages 4- 18 who have moderate general learning disabilities. Programmes are designed to meet individual needs so as to enable pupils to reach their full potential.