Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Goodbye Mrs. Greaney.

 For the school year 2021-2022, Mr. Downey's classroom have had Mrs. Greaney to teach them every Friday. The children have loved having her especially when it came to the beautiful singing and music they did every week. 

Mrs. Greaney is a gifted musician and the children really reaped the benefits of this . By the end of the year, several are playing various instruments including guitars, tin whistles and drums. They have learned a huge repertoire of songs with harmonies in many of them.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Greaney will not be available to teach with us next year so we said a tearful goodbye to her yesterday. Goodbye and thank you, Mrs. Greaney.

Teddy Bears' Picnic

 Today, the junior room had a fabulous Teddy Bears' Picnic. All the teddies of Lusmagh received an invitation to the school today to join in the fun. From the reports we have heard back from the teddies, they had a super day and can't wait to be invited back again next year!!

School Tours 2022

ay 2022 brought 2 long awaited events for the children of Lusmagh NS- the return of our school tours! Last year, due to Covid restrictions, we were limited to local tours. This year, we could finally return to a big day out complete with bus trip!

The junior end of the school (junior infants to 2nd class) went to Turoe Pet Farm and had a fantastic day on the bouncing castles, play areas and on the pet farm.

3rd to 6th class went to Bay Sports, Athlone to enjoy the huge water- based bouncing play areas.

Sports Day 2022

 On Monday June 20th, we held our annual sports day in Lusmagh NS. The sun shone all day and it was a super day for everyone.

 Thanks to Mrs. Carney who organised the teams and activities with the help of 6th class and some past pupils and other helpers.

There were 8 teams of children from all across the school for the morning activities. In the afternoon we had our usual races which caused great excitement! To end the day on a high note, we had our very own ice-cream van . Thanks to Mrs. Carney for the lovely treat of an ice-cream for everyone- young and old!


Painting our gate and fence

 Over the past couple of weeks, we've been very busy painting our front gate and railing, and also the wooden fence beside the playground. 6th class started the work and did a great job. Thanks also to the parents , grandparents and community members who helped out.  Everyone agrees the school is a much brighter, cheerier place. Well done everyone!

Best of luck to Offaly Minor hurler and past pupil Ruairí Kelly

We recently had past pupils Kayleigh Killeen and
Ruairí Kelly in St Cronan's NS on work experience. The pupils were very excited as Ruairi had just qualified for the All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final. Since then, Offaly beat Clare in that semi final and now Ruairí and his teammates play Tipperary in the All-Ireland Final. 

We want to wish them the very best of luck and we hope Ruairí will be back to visit us with some silverware in the new school year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Stem Vex Robotics Competition

 On Friday last, May 6th, the pupils in the senior classroom attended the Vex Robotic Competition in O'Connor Park , Tullamore. Not only did they represent the school so well in their participation and behaviour ,  they brought home a trophy for their excellent work! They won joint first place in the Skills competition with Tubber NS.

Well done to Mr. Brennan, Mary and all the 4th,5th and 6th class pupils on this great achievement! Here's to more silverware next year.

The following is taken from the Offaly County Council Facebook page.

Official Offaly GAA Bord na Móna OConnor Park was the venue for our 

Offaly Stem VEX Robotics Competition held last Friday May 6th. 

Rain most definitely didn't stop play and with students from 63 schools in attendance 
there was plenty to keep them entertained in between their battles on the robotics field.

We had Microsoft Dream Space who engaged students about microbits, programming
-using minecraft, StarDome Planetarium Dome which let students experience 
STEM Lessons from Space, and and a gaming area including virtual reality for 
students.  Our colleagues in Offaly Fire & Rescue Service were also on hand to to 
showcase the wonderful work they do.

This event was in collaboration with Munster Technological University, 
Offaly Local Development Company, Local Enterprise Office Offaly and the 
Government of Ireland

Our winners on the day represented their schools with pride and we say well done 
and thank you to all who came along.  See separate posts on our winners across 
all events

Thanks to Paul Moore Photography for capturing the day so well.

The Winners of the Offaly STEM VEX Robotics Competition for 2022.

Offaly Robotics VEX IQ Primary Competition were:

• Excellence Award - Tubber National School - The Excellence Award is the highest 
award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. This award is presented to the team that 
exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program. 
This team is a strong contender in numerous award categories and 
Tubber National School were worthy winners

• Teamwork Champion Award (2 teams) – Tubber National School and Lusmagh 
National School - The Teamwork Champions Award is presented to each of the 
two teams on the winning alliance. 
1st Place Finals Match Alliance (Robot Performance). 
Well done to Tubber and Lusmagh NS who worked together to win this trophy.

• Robot Skills Champion Award – Tubber National School – This award is presented 
to the team with the highest Driving Skills Challenge score and again Tubber NS were
worthy winners

• Programming Skills Challenge Award - Saint Mels Ardagh Co Longford – This award 
is presented to the team with the highest Programming Skills score.

Well done to all our worthy winners

Goodbye Mrs. Greaney.

  For the school year 2021-2022, Mr. Downey's classroom have had Mrs. Greaney to teach them every Friday. The children have loved having...