Our Friend Tadgh
It has been a very sad time for our school after learning of the sudden loss of our First Class student and friend Tadgh Kenny.
It is extremely difficult for us all to face the death of a child and it makes it even harder that we are not together at school to help and support each other.
Our school community extends its heartfelt condolences to all of Tadgh’s family and friends.
An online page has been set up for our school community to offer condolences to Tadgh’s family, you can click the link below if you wish to add your own message.
Credit Union Quiz Teams
Well done to our 5th and 6th Class pupils who recently took part in the Credit Union Schools Quiz. Congratulations to the 5th Class team who came 3rd in their category.
The boys and girls of 3rd Class have been learning all about “Egypt” across a variety of subjects recently. To celebrate this they hosted “Egyptian Day” in their classroom. The pupils dressed up in Egyptian style clothing, had an exhibition of their artwork and samples of traditional cuisine which was enjoyed by all!
5th Class Bridge Exhibition
To celebrate Science Week 2019 5th Class had to construct different bridges with various materials.
5th Class got their inspiration from real life bridges, their imagination, research online and books…
We hope enjoy scrolling through our creations.
4th Class Science Project
For our project we used recycled materials to make wind powered vehicles. Some had lots of friction and some had very little friction. We made reports about our projects and we did an exhibition to show the other classes what we did. Mr. Daly brought a hair drier in to test our projects. Most of them used bottle caps for wheels and a couple used old wheels from toy cars and trucks. Some used straws and skewers for their axels.
By Ria and Conor
Be A Winner - Attend School Every Day!
Our school will be taking part in the Tusla Educational Welfare Services (EWS) ‘Every School Day Counts’ attendance campaign commencing during the month of November. The primary aim of this campaign is to highlight the importance of school attendance, and to focus on improved attendance, in order that students can attain the best possible outcome from their time in education.
There are 20 school days this November. Our 20 Day Attendance Challenge will run from Monday, November 4th – Friday, November 29th. Every student who has perfect attendance between these dates will be entered into a prize draw. There are homework vouchers to be won!
In addition to this, we are running a 20 Day Challenge Art Competition. We would encourage every family to take part. The closing date for entries is October, 22nd 2019.
Healthy Handout – October
We hope you enjoy making our pumpkin soup and chocolate apples as much as we enjoyed putting the recipes together.
We wish everyone has a happy, health and safe Halloween midterm break.
Munster Schools Swimming
4th and 5th Class swim team.
Third Class did Portrait Drawing during Art recently.
The pupils traced over photographs onto acetate (laminating pouches) using black sharpies. Next, they’ll apply colour with paint!
We can’t wait to see the result!
Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of the Anti-Bullying Policy
The Board of Management of Waterpark National School wishes to inform you that:
* The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s anti-bullying policy and its implementation was completed at the Board meeting of October 2nd, 2019.
* This review was conducted in accordance with the checklist set out in Appendix 4 of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.
The school’s Wellbeing Committee prepared a healthy handout in September.
It contains some healthy tips and healthy recipes for you to try out at home.
We hope you enjoy!
Friendship Week took place across the school from Monday 23rd September – Friday 27th September. Students were encouraged to make a special effort to be a good friend. In class students took part in a variety of activities and talked about what it means to be a good friend. Students were encouraged to write friendship slogans to promote positive interactions. Pictured are the 5 winners of the slogan competition. Well done to all students who took part.
Senior Infants leading the way!
Well done to the students in Senior Infants who were the best class in the month of September to follow the yard rules. Students lined up in their designated area and walked carefully in the line to and from the yard. They have earned a class prize for their efforts. Well done Senior Infants!
Summer Stars Reading Adventure
Well done to the students in our school who took part in the Summer Stars Reading Adventure in their local library. We were thrilled to welcome Jennifer Loughran, from Ardkeen Library, to our school to present the participants with their Summer Stars Reading Certificates and medals.
Students from 1st Class to 6th Class took part in the Waterford Primary Schools ross Country Athletics event in the RSC on Tuesday, September 17th 2019. We were thrilled with all our students efforts. They had a wonderful day.
Heart in the Park!
Students took part in the Heart In The Park on Thursday, September 19th 2019. They wore red and stood together in the shape of a heart. This was part of an awareness campaign of Waterford’s ongoing cardiac situation. Students heard some short information on the initiation of emergency CPR and were each given a handout to take home.
Visit to Dunmore East
Sixth class attended a sailing school in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club, Dunmore East for 3 lessons in June. Students were introduced to a variety of sailboats and powerboats. They engaged in and learned teambuilding skills, water safety skills, sailing terms and experienced at first hand the amazing local coastline features, such as sea stacks, caves, cliffs and rock strata. They had an incredible experience. Thank you to Waterford Harbour Sailing Club for facilitating these lessons. Also huge credit goes to our Parents Association who contributed to the funding of the lessons.
Visit to Tramore Beach
During Active Week the entire school took our buckets and spades to Tramore beach to play in the sand. Older students worked alongside our younger students to create sandcastle villages using the natural materials found on the beach. Creativity was in the air! We enjoyed lunch together at the beach. A great day out was hadn’t all with thanks to fundraising by the Parents Association.
6th Class visit to Arkeen Library talk with Aoife Hearne
Sixth class pupils visited the Ardkeen Library on June 21st for a Healthy Ireland talk with dietician Aoife Hearne. It was a very informative, enjoyable talk filled with lots of practical, healthy eating tips.
Trócaire Poetry Competition
Congratulations to our 6th class pupil Seán, who is the overall category winner in the Primary Senior Category of the Trócaire Poetry Competition 2019 with his poem Beo’. Seán collected his prize in the National Library of Ireland on Wednesday, 22nd May. We are very proud of his great achievement.
Well done to our 4th class students who won ‘BEST INNOVATIVE IDEA’ at the LEAP Showcase Event in Waterford Institute of Technology. All our students did an amazing job of pitching their business ideas. They worked really hard and produced impressive business plans under the guidance of Peter, their Junior Achievement mentor.
Best of luck to our talented students who will perform in the Theatre Box production of the musical ANNIE in the Theatre Royal this week.
May 21st 2019
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to our 26 boys and girls in 2nd class who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 11th. We are very proud of them all. Thank you to all involved on ensuring it was a very special occasion.
May 11th, 2019
We have installed an outdoor classroom to enable us to have outdoor learning as part of the children’s school life. In this picture 4th class children are enjoying our new space. We look forward to using it more and more in the weeks and months ahead.
May 10th, 2019
Congratulations to our school tennis team who competed in the Munster Schools Tennis Shield recently in St. Anne’s Tennis Club. A great day playing tennis was had in the sun.
May 3rd, 2019
School Incubator Project
In early February, an incubator with seven eggs was delivered to the school by Nore Valley Park. Each class was given an educational talk about the development and life cycle of a chicken and the hatching process. For 21 days we watched our eggs in the incubator and waited with egg-citement for something to happen.
On day 21, the eggs beagn to hatch. Once each chick hatched we left it in the incubator for a few hours to rest and dry out. After this time, and when it was strong enough it was placed into the brood box which had a heat pad in it to keep it warm.
We held a competition to name our adorable new arrivals.There was much excitement as we welcomed Martha, Jerry, The Yoker and Oreo to our school.
February 28th, 2019
Indoor Camogie Blitz
Well done to the 4th and 5th class camogie team who took part in the Indoor Camogie Tournament on Wednesday, 30th January. Great fun was had on the day.
Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of the Child Safeguarding Statement
The Board of Management of Waterpark National School wishes to inform you that:
• The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement was completed at the Board meeting of February 6th, 2019.
• This review was conducted in accordance with the “Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement” published on the Department’s website www.education.ie
Indoor Hurling Blitz
Congratulations to the 4th class hurling team who won the Indoor Hurling Tournament on Tuesday, 29th January. Well done to all on an excellent team performance.
Munster Primary School's Tennis Final
Well done to our boys and girls who competed in the Munster Tennis Primary School’s Competition on Monday, May 21st in Bishopstown Tennis Club, Cork. Both our Mixed team and Boy’s team did the school proud on the day.
First Holy Communion - 12th May 2018
Huge congratulations to all the boys and girls in Rang a Dó on receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday the 12th May in St. John’s Church. It was a fantastic day, from a beautiful ceremony to wonderful weather. We are very proud of them all. Our sincere thanks to Fr. Murphy.
A special “Thank You” to the children in the school choir who gave up their Saturday morning to sing in the church. It is very much appreciated.
Scooting School Of the Year 2018
We are very proud to announce that we were awarded the ‘Scooting School of the Year 2018’ at the Big Travel Challenge Awards on Tuesday, April 24th 2018. Well done to all the children in the school for this fantastic achievement!