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Events & Activities Review 

Fun/Sponsored Walk

Swapping snow boots for shades, 272 pupils along with their parents, younger siblings, grandparents and canine companions participated in the Fun/Sponsored Walk at Marlay Park on a sunny 19th April. Such was the positive vibe that it was impossible to judge best class spirit, so all of the children received homework passes, much to their delight! The event raised  €2,788 and we’re very thankful for the generous donations, and to the parent and teacher volunteers who helped with registrations and ensured that everyone was kept in tow and on track along the route.

Active School

Active School Week took place from 28th May to 1st June, with coaches from Olympian Gymnastics and Irish Ultimate Frisbee providing taster sessions for all classes, as well as 10@10 movement breaks, active diaries, county colours day, the macarena en masse, and active homework. In the ‘Run Around Europe’ initiative, where a destination is chosen and the whole school runs the distance to the target, the children covered over 4,700 kms or the equivalent of Dublin to Nicosia.
 
During an accreditation visit on 12th June, the Junior Active School Committee, spearheaded by Ms. Audrey Coe, delivered a powerpoint presentation about the team effort from pupils, parents and staff along with the numerous events organised to promote activity in the school. The inspector visited the PE hall and store room, Active Display Board and several classrooms, where she was delighted to observe a 1st Class orienteering lesson, 2nd Class bouncing tables and Irish games and the 3rd Class ‘well done wall’. She also commented positively about the volume of activity on view at break time and the impressive playground markings. At this week’s senior assembly, Ms. Coe revealed that the concerted effort over the past three years has earned Taney the Active School Flag. She and the Committee received a very warm and well-deserved round of applause for this fantastic achievement and well done to everyone who contributed to this endeavour.   

Sports Day 2018
Sports Day, the culmination of Active Week, saw the children participating in various challenges, including old favourites like the sack, three-legged and cup’n’ball races. Their enthusiastic efforts were rewarded with a surprise treat courtesy of O’Briens ice-cream van. The brave boys and girls from 3rd to 6th Classes ran their relay races in a tropical downpour, which was a damp end to an otherwise lovely day. Our gratitude extends to all those who volunteered, especially the teachers and the PTA who assisted with the rather wet tidy-up.
 
Green School
The planned mini-assessment and workshops on the theme of water didn’t take place in May due to Garda vetting disclosures not being in place so these and a survey on home water usage are pending. A special shout-out to Mrs. Roslyn Christie, who has deftly directed the significant Green School efforts over the past several years in attaining our Flags for litter and waste as well as energy. 

Credit Union
The winner of the automated draw for the €150 bike voucher was announced at assembly as Beth Flynn from 6th Class, a very worthy recipient given that she both regularly saves and helps out at CU. The 6th Class tellers who volunteered during the year were rewarded with lots of goodies from Capital Credit Union at the last session. Thanks to these pupils, the parent volunteers and Joan Sherlock Robertson for running the scheme like clockwork. 
 
This term is typically packed with activities to demonstrate what the children have learnt over the past school year and 2018 is no exception. We‘ve held displays for junior and senior swimming along with Irish dancing, while the annual school concert showcased the incredible musical talent within the student body.
 
PTA News  
The PTA ran the refreshments stall at the Parish Fête on 9th June and held its AGM the following Wednesday, where Deirdre Culbert, Marion Murray, Joan Sherlock Robertson and Kara Sheppard were welcomed onto the association. We’re thrilled that Deirdre and Marion will assume the roles of Chairperson and Treasurer respectively from 30th June, and wish the newly elected committee our congratulations and all the best for the next school year.
 
On a personal note, as outgoing Chairperson, I’d like to highlight how today’s PTA members are typically working either full- or part-time, and as a result, we’re looking at ways to streamline activities and lighten the load going forward. While we appreciate that everyone’s lives are increasingly busy, we hope to re-engage the wider parent body to volunteer for events given that we regularly receive as few as 10 offers of help at first call. We’re confident that the superb community spirit at Taney can be translated into action with a little extra willingness to get involved.
Sports Update
 
 
Summer Sports
The Summer Sports programme has been in full flow with cricket and athletics being enjoyed by the senior classes. 36 boys and girls from 6th Class were coached by Ms. Sarah Warren and Ms. Rachel Dolan in Sandyford Cricket Club at Marlay Park. With support from Diarmuid of Leinster Cricket for the matches, the team got full marks in their first test of the Leinster Leprechaun Cup against St. Joseph’s School in Clondalkin but lost the next encounter against St. Matthews School in a close contest.
 
Hockey
Having triumphed in their respective junior leagues, the two eight-a-side teams played in the Leinster Schoolboys hockey cup finals 
in Wesley College at the end of March. Our 5th Class team beat St. Kilian's convincingly to lift the U12 trophy. The 6th Class contest against St. Andrew's went to penalty flicks after 2-2 at full-time. The final score left St. Andrew’s victorious but our boys should be very proud of their performance. In a fitting finish to this strong season, a mix of 5th and 6th Class boys earned gold medals in the U13s C League final, overcoming both Headfort School and Wesley College.
 
 


Morton Cup
110 boys and 71 girls from 2nd Class upwards enjoyed the annual Morton Cup soccer tournament on 23rd May, where Spain and Serbia were the conquering countries. Football star and former pupil, Abbie Clarke, came to assembly to present the winners’ medals. Deserving particular mention is Ms. Leahy who organised the competition so well, as always. 
 
Junior Soccer
The 100 children signed up for junior soccer mimicked the real competition that has just kicked off, by playing in a mini World Cup last week to close out their season.
 
We’ve very appreciative of the trojan work of the Sports Committee in organising all of the extra-curricular sports, and we owe outgoing Chairperson Kate Collins a large debt of gratitude and her successor, Carley Minchin Byrne, our congratulations and future support.

 
Staff News
 
After dedicating their entire teaching careers to the most junior and senior children of Taney Parish Primary School, we’re bidding fond farewells to Mrs. Roslyn Christie and Mrs. Betty Martin at the end of this school year. We wish them the very best in their well-earned retirements and would like to sincerely thank them for their incredible care and commitment shown to our pupils over the past four decades. There will be a special soirée in the Autumn to mark their departures.
 
In other staff news, we would like to congratulate Ms. Rachel Riordan on the birth of her baby girl, Isla, on 11th June and convey our best wishes to Ms. Sarah Warren for her upcoming wedding. Also, Ms. Rachel Dolan is engaged to be married later this year.
Website
The website is now a key communications tool for the school and a lot of work is being done to keep it constantly updated with news, information and events, especially through the newsflash feature that contains time-sensitive information. We would urge you to use this resource as your first port-of-call when you have any queries.
 
Summer Holidays
The school will close for the Summer holidays at 12 noon on Thursday, 28th June and reopen at 8.30 a.m. on Thursday, 30th August.
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