Today 5th and 6th classes went to Monaghan County Museum at 10am on the bus. The exhibition was called World Within Walls. We learned about St Davnets. John Mc Gurdy designed the building. It held 300 people. 130 people from Armagh were the first to go to the asylum. One of the reasons you could be committed was for excessive drinking of tea! You could also be taken in for disabilities or being an orphan. We saw three uniforms that the staff would have worn. The hospital owned their own firetruck and they had a fireman as well. The patients had to help do jobs like laundry and gardening. The hospital owned 240 pigs, 4 horses and 2 donkeys. The nurses lived on the campus. Work was like therapy to patients. Peader O Donnell got better working conditions for the staff. We learned all this and more from Pauline at the museum. The tour lasted for two and a half hours. We all found it very interesting and fun. Report by Eimear Treanor 6th Class
As part of the Geography Curriculum, Mrs Meehan's class had a visit from Pauline Tilson to teach them about the Rocks of Monaghan. It was a very interesting talk. The children are pictured with samples of our local stone.
Our gardeners were hard at work with Mrs Finnegan digging out the fruits of our labour!
The student council had their first meeting last week, ably chaired by Dylan our president and the notes were taken by Eimear our vice president. We look forward to seeing some of their ideas coming to fruition. They have huge amounts of enthusiasm and lots of ideas... stay tuned to see which they choose to go with!
Last week the boys from 5th and 6th classes were at a blitz in Kilmore. They won one of their matches on the day. Many thanks to all who have helped the team- to Mrs Finnegan and the parents who provided lifts and support on the team, to Gary for setting up the pitches for the blitz and to Mrs Coll, Gary, Donal and the Scotstown coaches for the training before the blitz. St Dympna's Abú!
The staff of St Dympna's NS would like to welcome all the new pupils to our school. Paul, Ashlee, Dara, Connie, Sorcha, Cameron, Nicole, Amy, Frank, Billy, Rhys, Dillon, Niamh, Louisa Mae, Shea and Fiachra we hope you are as happy here as we are!
Well done to all the pupils who received certificates from Mrs Coll at our first assembly this year. It is so important to come to school every day. You know what to do if you want a certificate next year! If you're not in you can't win!
Last week we elected our newly formed Student Council. There was a hard fought campaign which would have given Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a run for their money! Votes were cast and 8 children from 3rd-6th classes were chosen to represent the student body. We can't wait to see what they come up with! Well done to all who took part.