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Here Comes Summer!

At the time of writing, the rain is pouring down and it looks very unlike summer weather but hopefully…. The holidays begin on Friday for teachers and pupils of St. Patrick's alike and we hope everyone has a very enjoyable and safe summer and all arrive back to school in September safe and sound and refreshed after a good break. We feel we deserve it!
Since Christmas we have had a major inspection of every aspect of school life at St. Patrick's--we received particular praise from the inspector for the atmosphere in the school of care for every pupil.
We have taken part in St. Patrick's day parade, Europeade Festival and also had Confirmation and Communion ceremonies.
On the sports front we have had an excellent year capturing the Division 1 titles in both hurling and football,

John Cotter receives the Cumann na mBunscol Division 1 Football Trophy in McHale Park on Saturday 12th June after a successful  battle with St. Aiden's, Kiltimagh. This was a great team victory.

During the year we went to the Linenhall. On the first occasion we did charcoal drawings we also saw work of professional artists. Then we had a go at it ourselves most people did landscape and mountain drawings some of our drawings were put in an exhibition but unfortunately none were bought. On the second occasion we went to an exhibition called 'Food for Thought'. We saw some brilliant pictures. Some looked tastier than a Mac Chicken sandwich. Then we had a try ourselves, and we had to try and make people think of food. In our case it was difficult to stop thinking about it! On the two occasions we had great fun. By: Shane Moran and Darragh Mugan

We are currently in the process of upgrading our classroom libraries. If you have any old books, toys or jigsaws (in good condition) we would be most grateful to receive them. They may be dropped in to Mr. Geraghty in Room 20. 

We visited Derrinumera recycling centre to see what happens to our waste. Some things cost money to recycle! Fridges, freezers, televisions and computers cost € 10 to recycle. Other large electrical goods cost  €5 to recycle. Small electrical goods cost €2 to recycle. Tyres €2-€7. All other items are free. Plastic bottles with HDPE or PE symbols on the bottom of bottle are recyclable.

There was a Harris Hawk there to help keep away the rats and mice or they would spread diseases. Mike showed us the hawk. He wore a leather glove to stop the Harris Hawk from scratching his hand. The Harris Hawks name was Waterford. He flew around the dump catching rats and mice. 
By Ronan Sheridan.   

Third Class (Mrs. McManamon's) listen carefully at
Derrinumera Recycling Centre