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Funday Sunday 10th June 2012

What a busy weekend! On Sunday the 10th June we had our annual school ‘Funday’. This year the Funday coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi. The ‘Funday’ is the main event of the parents’ association calendar. Planning for the day itself begins soon after Christmas and culminates in a day of fun and activities for the whole school community.

The many activities have been planned for weeks past with parents taking responsibility for running stalls, sourcing prizes, getting sponsorship, encouraging volunteers etc. Individual parents run stalls and organize a small team of helpers who take it in turn to run the stall. Every year prizes are donated, banners are hung and there is always an air of excitement as the day approaches.

On Saturday evening (9th June) a group of volunteers gathered to make sure that the grounds were litter free and clean. They swept and cleaned for about an hour to prepare the school and the Church ground for the following day’s events. Sunday was a beautiful day and we started to set up for the day at about 9.30a.m. Tables and chairs were carried outside to use for the catering area and gazebos were erected over each stall in case of showers.

A large group of parents from the parents’ association spent the morning setting up all the prizes, sound systems, barbeque, stalls and generally preparing for the day ahead.

We had lots of different types of activities including face painting, pluck-a-duck, a magic show, spin and win, penalty shootouts, mini formula one racing cars, a hamster run and bouncy castles. On the catering side we had teas/coffees, beautiful home made cakes and buns, tasty burgers and hotdogs(courtesy of Macaris) and a variety of candy floss, popcorn, strawberries and ice-cream.

A special dog handling demonstration from the staff of Customs and Excise proved a huge draw for those attending. Music was kindly provided by Melanie McCabe, Finbar O ‘Connor and the girls from Ms. Colfer’s tin whistle group. As many of the girls are involved in the local dance group, they also demonstrated some dance moves for us.

Before the afternoon’s events started, the girls and boys who made their First Holy Communion and those who received the sacrament of Confirmation joined Fr. William King and their parents in a short procession to attend the family mass. They looked beautiful and it was the final mass in the parish Communion and Confirmation programmes for this year.

In the afternoon, parents and children returned in large numbers for the events. This year we had a huge attendance and everybody had a great day. Our master of ceremonies for the day was Sean Drumm and Seamus Keating provided the sound system.

The ‘Funday’ helps to build a great sense of community and raises funds for the school every year. This year all monies raised will go towards a building project for the school. The parents’ association committee, their Chairperson Dave Adie and their many helpers put an enormous amount into making the day so successful. We also had a large number of sponsors, particularly local businesses who donated prizes, and who are very loyal supporters of the school. We are very grateful to all of them for their ongoing support.

Fun Day Photos

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