We are running a fundraising project for Powerstown National School's Learning Support and "Succeeding at Reading", Early Intervention Provision. In an effort to raise funds we have organised a scratch card fundraiser which we hope you will support.
We are distributing 20 scratch cards per family and we hope you and your family can buy/sell these for €2 each. The scratch cards are for the England v Ireland 6 Nations Rugby match on March 17th. We would be grateful if you could return monies and any unsold scratch cards to school on Wednesday March 7th. If you could please write your eldest child’s name and the number of cards sold on the bag provided. We really appreciate your support with this fundraising drive.
NB PLEASE RETURN ANY UNSOLD CARDS AS OUR INTENTION IS TO SELL ALL TICKETS.
If anyone finds themselves able to sell more cards, we expect they will come available from March 7th. Please drop a note to the school or to any of the Draw Committee.
The Parents Council
Eimer O'Keeffe, Barbara O'Reilly, Rachel Downey, Ruth Healy-Lucey, Sarah Toomey, Helena Wade, Nicole O'Gorman, Fionnuala Gavigan.
We left the school at 9.45am and after a quick journey, we were at Fethard School. We warmed up quickly as it wasn't that cold. We played Fethard first and sadly lost but we were happy as the new member of the team, Kate Moore scored a goal and a point. Our second match went much better as Eabha Dolan, Lauren Duggan and Margueritte Buckley scored some goals and a good few points. We would like to thank Ms. Dempsey for coaching us and Fethard for hosting the blitz. We look forward to having more matches.
Our first match was played as part of a blitz, organised by John O' Keeffe. Once all of us got off the bus, we were very nervous. Powerstown and St. Oliver's played first. This game was our first match and counted towards our result in the league. Powerstown won the game, which was a good start. Our next game in the blitz was against St. Mary's, which was a tough one but we all played with pure heart and courage, but we lost. We then played Ss. Peter and Paul's, another tough game. A great goal from a free by Paddy O' Keeffe saved us. We then had to play St. Mary's again and although we played much better this time and showed great desire for the ball, we unfortunately ended the game with a loss. As this was the final, we watched the presentation of the Garda Siochana Cup to St. Mary's. We then ended the day with burgers before making our way back to the school. The lovely day was made possible by John O' Keeffe and a special thanks to our coaches, Mr. Burke and Mr. Hewitt for giving their time to train us for this day.
The boys second game of the league was against Cahir Boys School, which was played in Munroe. The past was against us as we had lost many of the previous games against Cahir but there was a feeling around the dressing room that we had a chance this year. The game started with Cahir on top, with their two midfielders popping over a few scores but slowly and surely, Powerstown came back into the game with scores of their own. Half way through the first half, Cahir's midfielder ran straight through and put the ball into the back of the net. Straight away, after the goal, Cathal Cullinan won the puckout but put the sliotar into the side-netting. Half time came and Cahir were up by two points but we still had belief that we could win. We went out in the second half with a bit more drive but we still couldn't get on top and at one point were 8 points down. Our goal was under pressure but a few good saves from Jack Egan kept us in it. We started to win the puckouts and a hat trick of goals from Jake Forristal and a few more points got us a draw at the end of the game.
All the subs got to play for ten minutes at the end of the game, which was a bit of fun. We were happy with the result and with the match itself. We finished joint top of the division with Cahir Boy's School.
Knitting classes have been going on after school every Tuesday since October for 4th & 5th class. The girls decided to do a nativity project for Christmas. They worked really hard on this project and as you can see from the picture it was well worth the effort!
The girls were very proud of their nativity. One of the girls made the stable with a little help from her family. It was put on display in the school until the Christmas holidays. Then ‘Tangled Yarns’ kindly agreed to put it on display in the window of the shop for Christmas. Well done girls, great job!!
They have now been joined by some of the children in 3rd class who are just starting to learn how to knit.
In mid-November, Mr. Burke’s and Miss Wall’s 6th Class started an Enterprise Module entitled Mini Companies: a Sixth Class tradition, where all of the 6th Class make or buy food and products to sell in the school to raise money for charity. Although everyone from the school was invited on the ‘Big Day’, only from 1st to 5th Class had the opportunity to buy beforehand.
First of all, 6th Class were divided into eight groups, with five in each group. For each product we were selling, we did a survey which told us how much we needed to buy or make! Each group went into a class, selling stationery and non-food products for the first two weeks. Following that, we went on to selling both non-food and food products. Some people gave out free food samples, which allowed the customer to have a taste of what we were selling.
Each of the groups had an accounts book, where each night, the chosen accountant from each group would count the money and keep track of what money was coming in and going out.
On the 16th of December, we held what is called the ‘Big Day’. This is when we sold everything to the whole school and also did a few games. Things such as cakes, buns, cookies, themed stationery, popcorn, drinks, wrist bands and key rings were sold. There was money coming in every second! The kids really enjoyed it, especially the younger ones. Parents and teachers also came in to buy. At the end of the day, we were all sold out!
The next day, we counted the money. Altogether, we raised €2333! We did a vote and the three chosen charities to receive money were The Order Of Malta, South Tipperary Hospice and Trócaire.
We, 6th Class, really enjoyed Mini Companies. It has helped us a lot with money, change and managing a business. 6th Class put a lot of effort into making and selling these goods. Mini Companies would not be possible without the help of our parents. We would like to thank all of the parents of Powerstown School, all the people who donated money and also the people who bought things too!!!
By: Róise Flaherty and Sarah O Keeffe
John Morrisson was the winner of the Supermacs art competition and the children of his class were brought to the local Papa John's Pizza Restaurant in November to try their hand at pizza making. Picture shows an enthusiastic bunch of pizza makers and pizza eaters with their teacher Ms. O' Callaghan.
Engineers’ Week 2015 by Eoin McLoughlin.
On 11th February, 4th Class went to LIT Thurles to watch a science show to celebrate Engineers’ Week. A very interesting man, named Paul, showed us some really cool experiments including inflating marshmallows by putting them in a tub and then taking all the air out of the tub with a pump. He also showed us how incredibly strong paper is by taking two children from the audience and getting them to play tug of war with two books joined together. They could not be pulled apart. He explained that friction stopped the paper from tearing. He also showed us an imploding flask. He put water into the flask, then took all the air out by heating the water until it turned to steam. But the most interesting item there was the home-made hovercraft which he had made from wood and plastic. Joseph, in Ms. O’ Mahony’s class, was lucky enough to be picked to ride on this. It was powered by a leaf blower and he kept going around and around until he turned off the leaf blower. Everyone thought the show was really educational and fun.
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