A lot of work went into our Christmas concert behind the scenes. From story, script and stage hands to costumes, props and artwork - here are some photos of the team that helped put it together.
St. Joseph's said their goodbyes to Mary today. She is retiring after 40 years of service in St Joseph's Special School, She will be remembered fondly and missed dearly by staff and pupils. This morning at assembly Mary was presented with cards of well wishes from all 12 classes and received a parting gift from the social committee as well. A few tears were shed as Mary did her goodbye lap of the assembly hall. Best of luck Mary in your retirement. A new chapter begins!
We are very lucky to be a city school as we get to enjoy Baboró the International Arts Festival for Children every year. Last week ,many classes attended wonderful shows and exhibitions as part of this festival. The pupils of St. Joseph's were enthralled and in awe of the amazing performances. They loved being a part of an audience. A huge thank you from St. Joseph's to all the staff at the Baboró festival who are always so obliging and accommodating to our pupils.
A huge thank you to Club Connemara and their leader Paul Tannian for coming to St. Joseph's today and giving a wonderful presentation to staff and pupils on the fantastic trip they took to Petersberg Adventure Centre with some of our senior pupils. It was an amazing day out and one the pupils of St. Joseph's will always remember. Club Connemama presented the senior pupils with certificates and t-shirts as well! The senior pupils presented them with a card and one pupil even made a speech! Hopefully we will work together on a new project again soon.
Be sure to watch the video below!
!Pupils from St. Joseph's entered into various art, construction and cookery competitions as part of the Mountbellew Agricultural Show. Many pupils and classes won prizes and the pupils were very happy with their beautiful trophies! Thanks to Siobhán Fallon for co-coordinating the school entries for the past few years, it is wonderful to see the pupils participating in local events and showcasing their many talents.
We were delighted to see the pupils on Thursday last. The school was a buzz of conversation as we all caught up on what on the news of how summer went. Everyone agreed that due to the great weather it had been a memorable one.
A special welcome to the 7 pupils who have joined us this year.
Once we get settled down to work the class pages will be updated with photos of class activities. This provides information on what is going on in school and provides an opportunity for families to chat with the children about their school life. While you are waiting for updates do look back over 2017-2018.
Some lucky pupils from the Senior Classes were chosen to go to Petersberg Adventure and Education Centre. It was co-ordinated by Paul Tannian from Ability West/Foroige. The pupils each had a partner to help, support and encourage them. The pupils and staff alike had a wonderful day in the sun. They did two activities: gorge walking and an obstacle course. The pupils were so brave and tried their very best at everything. Please click on the picture below to view a slideshow of the days events.
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.