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Summer Newsletter 2013

We were very busy back in the Spring, planting daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths that were provided to the school courtesy of John McNamara of Woodies. They really brightened up the bank at the back of the school and children were delighted to bring home their own beautiful blooms in plant pots.

Congratulations to the 16 6th class pupils who were confirmed by Bishop Buckley on 3rd of May in Goggins Hill. Congratulations also to the 29 2nd class pupils who made their First Holy Communion on 11th May.

This has been a busy sporting term in Goggins Hill. Classes from Junior Infants to 3rd class took part in the Fundamentals of Movement with Kevin and Conor. Children benefited from practicing the fundamental gross physical activities of walking, running, jumping, throwing catching and balancing which were incorporated into a fast paced 30 minute session for each class.

6th class pupils went swimming in Leisureworld in Ballincollig where they learned front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke, ‘dolphin’, skulling water, threading water, and the pencil and straddle jumps. Thanks to the Parents Association for contributing to both of these activities.

Both boys and girls soccer teams competed in various soccer tournaments organised by the F.A.I.. A big thank you to Ballinhassig soccer club for helping us with coaching, the children greatly enjoyed the sessions with Chris and Denise.

This year’s Sciath na Scol saw us playing against Belgooly, Gaelscoil na Duglaise and  Gaelscoil an Ghort Álainn in hurling and camogie. Both teams acquitted themselves very well but unfortunately we did not qualify for the finals. Thanks to Ballinhassig GAA for their support and to coaches Deirdre, Donal, Shane and Kevin.

Last week our 6th class pupils along with Student Council members organised the annual Sports for All Day. Children got to try their hand at an obstacle course, potato and spoon race, penalty shoot-out, water race, hula-hooping and orienteering. Many thanks to the Parents Association who organised an ice-cream van in the afternoon.

Goggins Hill were once again well represented in the Cork Sports, and this year came back with 6 medal winners. Diarmuid O Connor came 2nd in the U-11 80m, Seán Lombard placed 3rd in the U-8 60m, Rebecca Cullinane won the U-9 80m, with her sister Faye coming 2nd.Rebecca then went on to the County Final where she finished 5th. Millie O’Rourke came second in the U-7 60m race. Well done to Áine Finnan, Rachel Mellerick, Niamh Mulcahy and Laura McSweeney who were medal winners in the U-11 relay, as well as to all of our athletes who ran to the best of their ability on the day.

Our recent school tour saw Junior Infants to 5th class visiting the Mardyke, where they had great fun taking part in water activities, ball games, rock climbing amongst other activities. 6th class went further afield to Ballyhass Lakes where they did kayaking, Leap of Faith and water activities

Congratulations to Evelyn Collins, who was selected for the Cork Camogie Primary Game team. Evelyn will line out at half time in the Munster Hurling Final between Cork and Limerick on 14th July.

Well done to our past pupil David Cussen who has been selected to compete in World Youth Championships in Ukraine in July, where he will take part in the High Jump.  Another past pupil Patrick Collins has been selected for both Cork Minor and U-21 Hurling teams. Well done also to Eimear O Sullivan and Deirdre Coomey who were on the Cork Senior Camogie team that won the Munster Final against Tipperary. We are very proud of all of these achievements, and wish David, Patrick, Eimear and Deirdre continued success in their chosen sports.

Once again Daffodil Day was well supported in Goggins Hill NS. Thanks to all who made the effort to dress up in yellow for the day and to all who contributed to this worthy cause. Pupils who won the Lucky Yellow Lollipop in their classes were rewarded with a day out and lunch in Brinny, while the ‘Best Dressed’ in each class won an Easter Egg.

We recently held a School Performance in the Marian Hall to showcase all of the hard work and talent in Goggins Hill. Pupils displayed their singing, dancing, poetry, music and acting abilities on the night. Thank you to all who attended and well done to all pupils for putting on such an entertaining display. A special thanks to Matt, who prepared the hall and looked after lighting and sound on the night, as well as for the rehearsals.

The Choir have been very busy this year. As well as the end of year performance, they sang at the Chernobyl Commeration in Bishop Lucey Park in April. Well done to MS. Deasy, Ms. Breen, and all of the children who have put in many hours of hard work preparing the songs. Thanks also to SoHo who provided refreshments for the choir on the day.


Last Thursday, the Student Council organised cake sale was a great success. All items were sold for 50c and a total of €300.15 was raised. This money will be donated to the School Development Fund to finance the new all-weather pitch at the back of the school. Many thanks to all who provided baked goods or bought them!

We are currently in the process of building 3 new classrooms to accommodate our growing numbers. We are hopeful that it will be completed by November as the builders are making great progress at the moment.

The School Development Committee was formed in May and so far €1879.49 has been raised. The aim of the school Development Committee is to raise funds for on-going capital projects plus minor works and maintenance.

We have had a fantastic support from parents and pupils – past and present. We have organised 2 non uniform days, a vintage to new clothes night and 6th class bake sale. We are organising a family hill walking event in September and a Christmas night for parents and friends.

The committee consist of chairperson – Donal O’ Donavan (BOM), Secretary – Fiona Meehan (Principal), Treasurer  - Rosie Linham (PA), Ian Brooks (BOM),Des Mellerick (Staff), Miriam Collins, Majella  Corcoran, Mary Daly, Richard Deasy, Christine Coleman (Parents).

Our targets include improving our pitch, which is practically unusable as it is uneven, stone ridden and the grass is in a poor state. This will need addressing at the earliest opportunity to allow for a suitable PE space. We also have outstanding items such as improving the access to the school and maintenance items including new gutters.

We are also targeting corporate sponsorship so if you have any connections we would be delighted to hear from you – fiona@gogginshillschool.com