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'Nurture Africa' Table Quiz

A charity table quiz will take place in Lock 13 on Wednesday 27th April at 7pm in aid of 'Nurture Africa'. 'Nurture Africa' is an Irish charity which runs a number of schools and medical centres in the region of Wakiso, Uganda, Africa. The charity provides quality medical facilities and access to a good education for hundreds of children who live in very difficult conditions.

Mr David O'Neill, a teacher in our school, will be spending 6 weeks in Uganda this summer as part of the
'Nurture Africa: School Volunteering Programme'.
He will be working alongside local teachers during this period.

The quiz promises to be a great night's entertainment. There will also be a raffle on the night with some lovely prizes. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
So don't forget Lock 13 on Wednesday 27th April at 7pm!
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Proclamation Day: Raising the Flag in Sallins on 15th March 2016

On this lovely sunny spring morning over 700 children, the wider school community of St Laurence's National School along with all the other primary schools in the country gathered to raise the national flag and honour 'The Proclamation'. All the children from junior infants to sixth class participated in our ceremony. Children from third to sixth classes composed and read their 'Proclamation for a New Generation'. Two fifth class children told us the story of the Irish flag. As noon approached, Retired  Lieutenant General Colm Mangan, aided by his grandson, Ciarán, stepped forward to raise the national flag on this historical occasion. Beneath the flag four members of staff read 'The Proclamation of the Republic' just as Patrick Pearse did on the steps of the G.P.O. on Easter Monday, April 24th 1916. Our ceremony drew to a close with all those congregated singing 'Amhrán na bhFiann'.

Please click here to see more photos of the day.
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Hockey Blitz
Congratulations to our hockey players who won the Shield sponsored by Café Grange yesterday at the hockey blitz.
Click here to view more photos.
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Seachtain na Gaeilge arís!

Bhí na páistí an-ghnóthach inniu. This year 'Seachtain na Gaeilge', the commemoration of the 1916 Rising and celebration of Irish culture were simultaneously highlighted and celebrated.  The junior and senior infants with their 'Seachtain na Gaeilge' hats sang enthusiastically this morning. After that, the first and second classes sang songs with great actions. The children also played their tin whistles really well. Finally, after little break the third to sixth classes sang songs, played instruments and  dramatised events of 100 years ago to celebrate Ireland as it was 100 years ago and as it is now.
Thanks and congratulations to all the pupils and staff who worked so hard to make it a very special and memorable occasion.

Click on the photos to view the slideshow.
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Celebrating 1916 in 2016 artistically!
Mrs Scott and some 6th class pupils constructed the G.P.O. from recycled materials! Mr McDonnell's class produced beautifully framed pictures commemorating the Rising of 1916.
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Seachtain na Gaeilge
In keeping with tradition musicians from Alexandra College visited us once again to help us celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge. This annual event brings together the students from our 4th, 5th and 6th classes along with the secondary school musicians for a festival of traditional and modern Irish music. The central theme this year was commemorating 1916 in 2016 style! And we certainly did that with the musicians from Alexandra College playing if front of our very own G.P.O.!!
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To see how our pupils got on during Engineers' Week: click here.
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Sallins N.S. Sports Fund

Reilly’s SuperValu Sallins is enabling us to raise up to €5,000 for our ‘Sallins NS Sports Fund’.

We continue to need your support in helping us to raise as many points as possible in Reilly's SuperValu Sallins for our 'Sports Fund’. Sign-up forms are available from the school and need to be returned to the school. Our aim is to get 250,000 points by the 10th April 2016!

So DON'T FORGET TO SWIPE WHILE YOU SHOP for 'SALLINS NS SPORTS FUND'!
Your help is very much appreciated.


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W.O.W.!!!!
W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) continues every Wednesday, so please try to walk to school.  
Don't forget "
Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!!"
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Sallins National School - A blog by students.. for students!
Active again in 2016, pupils continue to be involved in our school blog. Remember to keep an eye on all the activities posted and to help you..... click on the link below:
http://sallinsns.edublogs.org

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Commemorating the Centenary of the 1916 Rising

On the morning of Monday 28th September 2015, two members of Óglaigh na hÉireann (the Irish Defence Forces) came to our school to present us with an Irish Flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. All the children from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes were in the hall to await this special presentation. Also some of our musicians were there to help enrich proceedings. The children were asked about the Irish Flag and the significance of the tricolour. They answered all the questions about the flag really well. The significance of the 1916 Proclamation was explained to the children. The children were told that the 1916 Proclamation was a very important document at a time in Irish history which led to the birth of an independent Ireland. They were told that the 7 signatories of the Proclamation played a large part in the 1916 Easter Rising.  After being informed of the protocols of the national flag, one of the children was presented with the Irish Flag. We were asked to raise this flag on 15th March 2016 - when all schools will raise the Irish Flag. A second child read some of the Proclamation aloud. Then another pupil was presented with a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. At the end of the presentation the music group introduced 'Amhrán na bFhiann' and all those gathered sang our national anthem together.

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Retirements

On the 29th June, the whole school came together for a special concert to say goodbye to Mrs Murphy and Mrs Ennis, who are retiring. The concert was a fitting tribute to the two ladies who have been so dedicated to our school and pupils. Each class group sang a song or songs introduced by class representatives. At each stage two children put a flower into vases for both Mrs Murphy and Mrs Ennis. Also on the day the Tuesday choir sang, the trad group played some tunes and the Wednesday musical group also performed for the two retirees and the whole school community. At the end of our gathering Mrs Murphy and Mrs Ennis were both presented with a bouquet of flowers by pupils and received a warm and heartfelt round of applause in acknowledgment of their service to the school. We wish Mrs Murphy and Mrs Ennis a healthy and happy retirement.

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Here are some websites which may inspire you in your bid to get more active and healthier!

Outdoor Activities in Kildare:
www.familyfun.ie/kids-activities-in-kildare
www.fundays.ie/things-to-do-kildare
Running:
www.runireland.com
www.popupraces.ie
Pop up 5km run (Naas) Wednesday of every month €5
Jog for Jockeys 10km fun run
Healthy Eating:
www.fooddudes.ie
Healthy eating plans and tip for all the family.
www.hse.ie/healthyeating
Important information for a healthy family lifestyle.

These are some photos from our Active School Week back in April. All children loved taking part and are still talking about the fun they had!!




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Our Active School Continues!!
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Click here to learn more about the CraftEd experience in 4th class.
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There are four steps in our quest for Excellence in Science and Maths. Click here to see some of our Science and Maths in Step 1 and check out steps 2 to 4 as well.
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Aquaponics Project Opening

On Friday 17th April 2015
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Click HERE to follow our healthy recipies with herbs and salads

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Active
School Week
ran in the school from Monday April 20th to Friday April 24th.


The active school committee organised a myriad of activities for the 'Active School Week'. These activities included a basketball challenge, a skipathon, tennis coaching, zumba dancing, dodgeball challenges, relay races, walk a mile, fitness classes, yoga and dancing. It seemed they even ordered the good weather for all the activities!!!!! The children all enjoyed being especially active and even homework was given an 'active twist'. Well done to everyone for taking part so enthusiastically.
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On Tuesday 3rd February over 700 pupils and staff came out to the senior yard to perform together the four dances that we have been practising for weeks. This impressive display of dance was recorded and even featured in the programme 'Operation Transformation' on 12th February.

Our 'Walk to School Campaign' has been such a success that it is to continue. Children and parents are encouraged to walk to school where possible.
Remember
'Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!'

 

INTEL MINI-SCIENTIST GRAND FINAL 2015
"AQUAPONICS"


On January 23rd, Cameron Ogiugo-McKency and Euan Custerson and their project "Aquaponics" took part in the Intel Mini-Scientist Grand Final.
The event was help in the Science Gallery at Trinity College. The boys displayed their project which attracted much attention.
They were visited by three different sets of judges, and the Minister of State at Dept of Education & Skills and Jobs,
Enterprise & Innovation, Damian English. The boys received the award for the 'Most Innovative Idea!' Congratulations and very well done to the boys.

 



Retirement!

Our caretaker, Kevin Connolly, retired on 19th December. We thank him for his commitment and dedication to the school. We wish Kevin a long, healthy and happy retirement.
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Heritage in Schools

Many thanks to our Board of Management for funding this science event. Click the picture to read and view our photos and activity reports. Also click HERE to view our ongoing "Bog Art Work" and "Reflections on the Lullymore Day!"

 


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To see the Report issued by the Board of Management click on the Noticeboard page.
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Safety Travelling To and From School
Remember to cross the road safely with the lollipop lady, on your way to and from school.
Please use the pedestrian gates to enter and exit safely.
For those travelling by bike remember to protect your head by wearing a helmet.  

 


Green Flag Day, 21st June 2013

On an overcast Friday morning pupils, past-pupils, staff, parents and friends of the school all gathered for a very special occasion, the raising of our very first green flag. Everyone was reminded of and thanked for the huge effort necessary in getting the green flag. We were also reminded that it is just the start of our combined effort to improve our environment.  Please click here to read and see more about our special occasion. And don't forget........

'WIPE OUT WASTE, HAVE GOOD TASTE.'

 





'
One Small Step, One Giant Leap' was officially launched on 12/12/12.
Opposite are some photographs which give a flavour as to how the launch was celebrated.
Click here to find out more about this project.
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The Olympic Torch visits Sallins N.S.!

We were among the lucky few who got to see and hold one of the London 2012 Olympic torches.


Click here for some more photos.

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The Altar Cloth designed by Ms. Celine Kennedy, for the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress.


Check out our page on Altar Cloth


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