Tomorrow is a day that the children in 1st to 6th Class have been eagerly awaiting for some time. It will see us departing Dualla at 9am as we embark on our 2012 School Tour.
First port of call will be The Chocolate Garden in Carlow, where the children will learn all about the chocolate making process and maybe even get to sample some of it!!
We will then make our way to Roll ‘n Bowl in Portlaoise where the children will sample such activities as bowling, Play Area & Lazer Quest.
The day will conclude with some shopping in Portlaoise Shopping Centre!
We expect to return to Dualla very very late!!
With our Official Opening fast approaching, we have spent recent weeks reflecting back on our school’s glorious past. Below are some of the Principals and Teachers who have worked in the school down through the years!
FORMER PRINCIPALS OF DUALLA N.S
EDMUND HACKETT (His daughters Anna and Mary were his Assistants)
WILLIAM HACKETT (Edmund’s son)
ANDREW FINN 1905 – 1945
BRIDGET O’DWYER 1945 –
JAMES SHERIDAN 1951 – 1976
LIAM O’DWYER 1976 – 2009
JOHN MANLEY 2009 – Present
FULLY APPOINTED TEACHERS OF DUALLA N.S
KATIE O’ CONNOR 1907
MARGARET FINN 1915
MARGARET M. DELANEY 1938
AGNES NÍ EAGNAIGH 1946
EILEEN TALBOT 1947
LAOISE NIC AN MHILIDH 1951
MARY MOLONEY 1953
AILEEN COLTON 1973 – 1999
MARY MCELLIGOTT 1999 – PRESENT
Just a brief reminder that there will be no school this Thursday 31st May as our premises is to be used as a polling station.
On Friday1st June, the children in First to Sixth Class embark on their school tour. We will depart for our school tour at 9.00a.m. sharp, so all pupils should be in the church car park at 8.50a.m. If any parent wishes to contact us during the day, you can ring us on the school mobile. On our journey home, we will text parents when we are one hour away from Dualla. Our estimated time of arrival home should be approximately 7:30p.m. Parents will be able to keep up to date with what is happening on our School Tour this Friday by visiting our school website homepage. We will be putting posts and photos up during the Tour so that parents can share in the enjoyment the children are experiencing on School Tour. Please visit the website on the day if you can and post a comment if you have the time.
Preparations for Official Opening
On Tuesday 12th June we are looking for assistance with transportation of chairs from Boherlahan Hall to the school, putting up bunting, seating layout, etc. We would estimate that we would need volunteers to help us between 7.30pm and 9pm approximately on this night. Please contact the school mobile if you can assist us with this. We thank all the people in the parish and on the Official Opening Committee for their help to date in preparation for the big day. Special thanks also to Ann Hughes and Joan Kennedy for all their hard word with the singers & Irish Dancers.
Cumann na mBunscol
Well done to our wonderful Camogie Team on reaching this year’s County Semi Final. Thanks to Sean Moloughney and John O’ Dwyer for all their help with coaching this year. After School Training on Fridays is now finished for the year.
June Mid Term
The School is closed for all of next week (June 4th – 8th) for Mid-Term. We will reopen on Monday, 11th June. Our School Opening Times will remain the same next year.
Finally, we hope to see all of you at the Official Opening on June 15th if you are available to attend. The Official Opening will run from 12:30 to 3.00pm in the school on this day. There will also be a gathering in the School Hall on the evening of June 15th from 7pm to 10pm. This will consist of a barbeque and some light entertainment. All families are welcome.
Hard Luck to our wonderful camogie team who lost out to a fine Clonoulty NS Team in today’s County Semi Final. Our girls played with a tremendous spirit from beginning to end. Katie performed very well in goals. Chloe & Caoimhe defended heroically from beginning to end. Sinéad and Sarah covered every blade of grass on the field. Their energy was nothing short of astounding. Our forwards Aisling and Leah battled gamely throughout while 2nd class pupil Ciara had a starring role in the second half.
Well done to other panel members Hannah, Nicole, Ava, Caitlin, Orla, Leanne, Caoimhe H & Rachel who all received ‘game time’ in the ‘five minute game’ which followed the main event.
Special thanks to John O’ Dwyer for all his help with the team this year. We would also like to thank parent Sean Moloughney for all his help with ‘after school’ training this school year.
Finally, we wish Clonoulty NS well in the final.
All at Dualla NS would like to wish our former pupil Denis Leamy well on his immediate retirement from the game of professional rugby. Denis is held in the highest of esteem by all at Dualla NS both as an outstanding sportsman and as a person. He is idolised by the children in our school who recall with great fondness the days he returned to the school with Heineken Cups, Triple Crown & Grand Slam trophies.
Denis won the first of his 144 Munster caps in September 2001 and played in both the 2006 and 2008 Heineken Cup finals. Capped 57 times by Ireland, he played in two World Cups, was twice a Triple Crown winner and was a member of the 2009 Grand Slam winning side.
Commenting on the news Denis said, “I find it hard to put into words how much it has meant to me to play for Munster and Ireland. It was a dream come true and I was very lucky to play with some of the greatest players ever to wear the jerseys and feel blessed that I was part of winning teams. “I’ve had a great career, wish it had gone on a little longer but I’d like to thank all the coaches, players, medical staff and management who have helped me over the past decade. It’s been a great honour to be involved with such an outstanding group of people.
“I’d also like to thank the fans most sincerely. I fully appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made, spending their hard earned cash to cheer us on, be it Munster or Ireland, at home games and all over Europe. Their support has been truly fantastic and a memory I’ll carry forever.”
Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.
We are currently working on the Booklet for the Official Opening. One of our parents; Gary Hughes has produced a superb sketch/graphic design of our School front. This will appear in our Official Opening Booklet. Sincere thanks to Gary for all the time he devoted to this. The end product looks great.
With our Official Opening only weeks away, we would urge any of you who have any old school photos to drop them into the office. Please put your name and date photo was taken on the back of any photos you’re sending in to the school. Míle buíochas.
Well done to our wonderful 2nd Class children who made their First Holy Communion today. It was a beautiful, simple ceremony. Well done to Ms. McElligott too.
All the children excelled and they can be very proud of themselves.
We hope great fun was had by all at the post Communion gathering in the Parish Hall.
Pam & Ira arrived at 1.50p.m. First of all they told us what they work at and then they told us where they were from. Ira showed us his watch. It is made from parts of the Titanic. Lake Michigan makes up 20% of the world’s water. They have visited seven schools in Ireland. 2nd Class were telling them what they learned during their project on Spain. 4th and 6th class told them about their Titanic projects. Jack was telling them about the history of the school. Sinéad and Caoimhe told them about past principals. They really enjoyed learning about the past principals. Second class preformed one of their songs that they will sing for their First Holy Communion. The Senior Room sang Were You There. Cormac told them all about the G.A.A. Declan showed them his photo story on Noel McGrath. We taught them a bit of Irish! Katie and Eoin showed them their Animotos. Hannah showed them a dance. Hannah also taught Pam a bit of Irish Dancing! We finished with a game of hurling!!
Yesterday at CoderDojo one of our pupils Aisling learned how to make her own game.
Using the Scratch software, Aisling produced her own game. She called it ‘Underwater Maze’.
It took her about 5 classes to produce her own game. Pretty impressive or what?!
This morning 4th Class used the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire App. We learned plenty!
The ‘Magic Flute’ is the name of an opera – Aisling
There are glaciers in Greenland-Aisling
Starbucks are best known for selling what ? coffee – Páraic
In Japan what is a futon? a bed- Ava
What is not a US TV network ? PDQ- Ava
Which 20th century barrier divided Europe ? The Iron Curtain – Brendan.
Who is James Bond ? an actress-Brendan.
Which country uses a different alphabet? Hannah.
Elton John is a singer and pianist – Hannah.
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor – Eoin.
Mother Theresa is associated with India – Eoin.
A futon is a bed in Japan – Nicole.
PDQ is not a US Television Network! – Nicole.