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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Girls' Football 9-a-Side County Champions

The girls football team from St. Joseph's N.S., Woodford took part in the 9-a-side County Finals on the 1st of June 2016. They travelled to Lough George to the Galway GAA Centre of Excellence to face Aughrim National School at 12:00. It was a beautiful day but extremely hot at 23 degrees. The team lined out as follows: Emily Power in goals, the three backs of Jade McNamara, Ciara Hickey and Catherine Hanley, in midfield was Katie-Anna Porter and Captain Ruth Hanbury and three forwards were Lucy Tierney, Caoimhe Hickey and Mollie Starr. The first five minutes were very tight as neither team got any score, however we got on top as the excellent corner forwards Caoimhe Hickey and Lucy Tierney got two great scores from play. Two minutes later the industrious centre forward Mollie Starr tucked away a great goal to extend the lead. Following this in the last 5 minutes of the first half we added 3 points from the boots of dominant midfielder Katie-Anna Porter, Lucy Tierney and Caoimhe Hickey and sandwiched between these scores was a sensational goal by Captain Ruth Hanbury who had just recovered from a bad collision with the Aughrim midfielder. At the half time whistle the score stood at 2-5 to 0-0, with some great defensive performance by tight marking corner back Jade McNamara and the safe hands of goalkeeper Emily Power. The second half was a much cagier affair with scores at a premium, however Woodford managed to outscore Aughrim by 0-5 to 0-2 with excellent scores from Ruth Hanbury, Katie-Anna Porter, Caoimhe Hickey and a great score by tireless corner back Catherine Hanley. In the final 10 minutes Sarah Fahy, Amy Shiel and Sinéad O'Byrne came off the bench and performed admirably. It was a hard fought 40 minutes of football but the girls kept up their performance and by the final whistle were crowned COUNTY CHAMPIONS 2016 on a score line of 2-10 to 0-2. It was a superb performance by all the girls on the panel and a very proud day for the school on winning their first ever Girls' Gaelic Football Title.




SPAR FAI GIRLS' 5-A-SIDE SOCCER ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP

On May 11th 2016, St. Joseph's N.S.'s girls' soccer team traveled to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to represent Connacht in the Spar FAI Girls' 5-a-side All-Ireland Championship. This was an historic occasion for our school, and so the majority of the school also traveled to Dublin to support the girls. The girls were announced onto the field and paraded out in front of a large crowd of over 3,500 spectators. The first opponents up were Leinster Champions Ardnagrath NS from Athlone, Co. Westmeath. It was an extremely tight match. Woodford took the lead through Lucy Tierney in the first half. The girls put in a huge performance and held out until the last minute before conceding to a goal to the Ardnagrath striker. It was disappointing to concede so late in the game but it was a good start to our campaign. In our second game, we took on Thomastown NS from Tipperary. This proved to be a tougher assignment and we conceded early in the first half but brought it back level just before half time with a goal from Lucy Tierney. We dominated the first five minutes of the second half and with three minutes to go we were awarded a penalty. However, unfortunately we missed and thirty seconds later conceded an own goal. The whole outcome of the tournament swung on these thirty seconds, and although the girls battled hard to get back level, they conceded a third with the last kick of the game. In our last game, we took on Scoil Mhuire Lacken in Co. Cavan, the Ulster Champions in a game that the girls produced their best performance of the day. We led 2-0 at half time thanks to two goals from Lucy Tierney and the girls really took over the second half, scoring two goals from Lucy Tierney and two goals from Ruth Hanbury, with Scoil Mhuire getting a final minute consolation goal. This result ensured we finished in third place and took home the All-Ireland Bronze Medals.
There were great displays on the day from our outstanding goalkeeper Katie-Anna Porter who made some brilliant saves on the day, and her distribution of the ball was second to none, In front of her was a solid defence of the Hickey sisters, Caoimhe, whose passing of the ball was a joy to watch, while Ciara was tough in the tackle and had a no-nonsense attitude to the opposing teams' strikers. In midfield the industrious and hardworking Catherine Hanley covered every blade of grass, while up front finishing with a personal tally of six goals, prolific Lucy Tierney finished top scorer in the group. It was a great occasion for pupils, teachers and parents to witness the school representing Connacht in the Aviva Stadium. Unfortunately, luck deserted us on the day, but with four of the team available next year, we are hoping to give it another shot!









IRISH DANCING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

In March 2016, 6th Class student in St. Joseph's N.S. Caitlin Page performed in the the Irish Dancing World Championships in Glasgow. She came 31st out of 200 dancers in the Under-13s category, and took home a World Medal. Everyone in St. Joseph's N.S. is extremely proud of her. Well done Caitlin!!!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Green School Newsletter
St. Joseph’s N.S. Woodford
May/June 2016

Hi Everyone,
The Green School’s Committee is back with our last newsletter of this school year. We were pleased to announce our school has recently been awarded with our 6th Green Flag for ‘Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste’. 

Four representatives from our Green Schools Committee were presented with the flag in a special ceremony in Galway on Thursday 19th May.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this great achievement and a special thanks to all the members of the Committee for all their hard work.



In September we will commence work on getting our 7th Green Flag for ‘Global Citizenship – Energy’.  We hope everyone will participate in this task.

Remember:
We continue to use the hazardous boxes in school, so please continue to bring in your used batteries.
Remember not to throw litter around because we want to keep the school grounds clean. Remember also to use the correct bins for your rubbish.
Along with keeping the school clean we must also keep in mind our most recent themes of ‘Energy Conservation’ and ‘Water Conservation’. Remember to turn of taps, lights and any other electrical appliances when not in use.

In other news!
Congratulations to the children in 2nd class who recently received their First Holy Communion.

Congratulations to the children in 5th & 6th class who recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Our school tour to Dublin is taking place on Friday 17th June. We hope to have a great day!


Remember our motto:
Look After Your Environment and Provide Enjoyment


A huge thank you to Declan Walsh of Walsh's Bar and Restaurant, Woodford who sponsored new tops for our girls' soccer team's trip to the Aviva Stadium to compete in the Spar FAI 5-a-Side Soccer All-Ireland Final.



Back Row L-R: Emily Power, Ruth Hanbury, Katie-Anna Porter, Jade McNamara, Mr Alan Dervan, Mr Declan Walsh
Front Row L-R: Amy Shiel, Catherine Hanley, Caoimhe Hickey, Ciara Hickey.

CONNACHT CHAMPIONS!!!


The girls 5-a-side soccer team from St. Joseph's N.S., Woodford took part in the Spar FAI 5-a-side Soccer Connacht Finals in Castlebar on the 27th of April. The team arrived at the school at 7:25 and were on the road at 7:30. They stopped in a shop/deli and got a bite to eat in Ballindine, and arrived at Milebush, Castlebar at 10:30 for registration.
Our first match was against Kilmovee, Co. Mayo and our team won 4-1. In our second game, we played against Mullaghmore from Co. Sligo and we defeated them 8-0. In our third game we played against Scoil Mhuire from Co. Leitrim and came out 9-1 winners in the end despite very bad hail stone showers. In our final game against Brideswell from Co. Roscommon it was a hard fought game in which the team put in a great performance to claim victory of a score line 3-0! The team were presented with medals and a trophy and we were crowned Connacht champions!!!
It was a great occasion for the team of girls who represented the school brilliantly on the day.
There was a great welcome for the team when they came home with the cup to Woodford. There were bonfires around the village and a big crowd greeted the team at Tommie Larkins GAA pitch. 
The team will now represent Connacht in the All-Ireland Final in the Aviva Stadium next month. We wish them the very best of luck!!!




Back Row L-R: Mr Alan Dervan, Jade McNamara, Katie-Anna Porter, Emily Power, Ruth Hanbury, Mr John Morris Burke
Front Row L-R: Amy Shiel, Caoimhe Hickey, Ciara Hickey, Catherine Hanley, Lucy Tierney

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Mini Sevens Camogie Final


On the 3rd of April 2016, St. Joseph's N.S. took part in the Mini Sevens Camogie Final in Carrabane. The first match we played was against Kilnadeema  N.S.; we lost to them by one point, which they scored in the last minute. The final score was 3-0 to 2-4, but we still had a chance of winning the cup. Next we played Newcastle and we beat them by 3 points. Finally it was Newcastle vs Kilnadeema. If Newcastle won by six points or more they would win the cup but if they won by only one point we would win. Unfortunately Newcastle won by more than six points so they won on score difference. It was a super effort by the girls but they were unfortunate on the day.

Back row: Mollie Star, Emily Power, Jade MacNamara, Katie-Anna Porter {Captain} and Ciara Hickey

Front Row: Amy Shiel, Lucy Tierney, Catherine Hanley, Caoimhe Hickey and Fionnuala Hanley


Thursday, April 28, 2016

     Girls Mini Sevens Gaelic Football Finals

The St. Joseph's National School Woodford girls took part in a 7-a-side girls Gaelic football tournament finals for the first time ever in Annaghdown on the 19th of April. In our first match we played Ballaghlea and we won 4-3 to 1-0. In our second game we played Corrandulla and we lost 2-2 to 2-1. In our last group game we played Belclare and we won 3-1 to 2-1. We were waiting to find out who had won out of their groups so that we would know who we were playing against. After about 10 minutes we had our semi-final against Lisheenkyle who we beat 2-6 to 3-2. Next we played Gaelscoil Mhic Amlaigh in the final, they were very strong. We tried our hardest but in the end we lost 5-0 to 2-7. We were disappointed but then again it was our first time to ever enter the 7-a-side girls Gaelic football tournament.
Back Row L-R: Mollie Starr, Katie-Anna Porter, Emily Power, Jade McNamara, Sinéad O'Byrne
Front Row L-R: Ciara Hickey, Catherine Hanley, Lucy Tierney, Caoimhe Hickey, Amy Shiel


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Galway 5-a-Side Girls' Soccer Champions                                                       



              Back Row L-R: Ciara Hickey, Jade McNamara, Katie-Anna Porter, Emily Power
              Front Row L-R: Caoimhe Hickey, Catherine Hanley, Lucy Tierney and Amy Shiel
              Absent: Ruth Hanbury



                                
       Back Row L-R: Ciara Hickey, Jade McNamara, Katie-Anna Porter, Emily Power
       Front Row L-R: Caoimhe Hickey, Catherine Hanley, Lucy Tierney and Amy Shiel
      Absent: Ruth Hanbury 


The St. Joseph's N.S. girls’ soccer team took part in the Spar FAI Soccer 5- a- side County A Final. Ciara Hickey was our captain. Katie-Anna Porter was our goalie. Ciara Hickey was our strong defender in backs. Catherine Hanley and Caoimhe Hickey were our skilful midfielders who both scored an equal amount of goals. Lucy Tierney was our talented forward. In our first match we played Gardenfields. We won that match 2-1. Scorers were Catherine Hanley and Caoimhe Hickey. In our second group game we played against Esker National School. We won 4-0. Scorers were Catherine Hanley, Lucy Tierney and Caoimhe Hickey [2]. In the semi-final we defeated Carnmore National School (scorer Catherine Hanley). In the final we met Kilkerrin. It was a tough game but in the end we were victorious, by 3-0 (scorer Lucy Tierney [3]).
The team now go on to represent Galway in the Connacht Final in Castlebar on the 27th of April.

All of Woodford National School wish the girls all the best of luck!!!


Monday, March 07, 2016

Green School Newsletter
St. Joseph’s N.S. Woodford
March 2016

Hi Everyone,
The Green School’s Committee is back with our first newsletter of 2016. We are making progress with our latest theme ‘Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste’.

Mark Molloy from Galway County Council called to the school on Thursday 28th January to discuss how we are all global citizens. Therefore, as global citizens we have both rights and responsibilities. One of our most important responsibilities is to protect the environment. He will continue working with us during the year to help us progress towards our 6th Green flag.

In order to really promote the ‘Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste’ theme within the school, we recently took part in Fairtrade Fortnight. On Thursday 3rd March 2016 the Green Schools committee organized a Fair Trade Day. The committee made a special presentation to the whole school to inform the children of the event during Assembly. We set up a stand and organized lots of fun activities to inform and promote awareness children and parents about Fair Trade.

Fair Trade Day








We hope to organize a CLEAN UP Day in the coming months in collaboration with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean. The children will organize a clean-up around the school. Parents will also be welcome to help with this day. It would be hoped that having a CLEAN UP Day during the school year will encourage more people to dispose of their waste correctly. We will let you know more about this day closer to the time!


Our School’s Green Code
 
 





Be aware and take care of our planet.
Litter and waste:                                                 Energy:
In our school,                                                       In our school,
If you want to be cool,                                         If you want to be cool,
Reduce, reuse, and recycle.                                   Turn off the lights when not in use.

Water:                                                                 Travel:
In our school,                                                       In our school,
If you want to be cool,                                         If you want to be cool,
Water is precious, don’t waste a drop.                Walk, cycle or car pool to school.
Biodiversity:                                                        Global Citizenship:
In our school,                                                       In our school,
If you want to be cool,                                         If you want to be cool,
Take care of all the creatures.                               Be fair to the planet.
Remember:
We continue to use the hazardous boxes in school, so please continue to bring in your used batteries.
Remember not to throw litter around because we want to keep the school grounds clean. Remember also to use the correct bins for your rubbish.
Along with keeping the school clean we must also keep in mind our most recent themes of ‘Energy Conservation’ and ‘Water Conservation’. Remember to turn of taps, lights and any other electrical appliances when not in use.

In other news!
Some children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class took part in the Credit Union table quiz in Loughrea on Saturday 30th January. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

In order to promote awareness of water conservation, we held a Poster competition in the school. Students had to design a poster on the theme ‘Be Water Smart’.

Remember our motto:

Look After Your Environment and Provide Enjoyment.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Fair Trade Day

   Fair Trade Day

On the 3rd of March 2016, St. Joseph's N.S. held an event called Fair Trade Day. Fair trade is when farmers grow their crops e.g. cocoa, tea leaves and coffee beans using the natural organic environment in an environmentally friendly way without using pesticides. Most fair trade products are not processed in factories. During this event the Green School Team teaches other pupils about this. We had a great day and we raffled a fair trade Easter egg. Thomas Gorman won it.



Green School Newsletter
St. Joseph’s N.S. Woodford
November 2015

Hi Everyone,
The Green School’s Campaign is back. Our Green School’s coordinator this year is Miss Gaffey. To date we have been awarded six Green Flags. This new school year brings a new theme in order to obtain a 6th Green Flag for our school. This year our theme is Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste. We will be in touch with you during the year to let you know how you can help us with our most recent challenge.


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After voting in our classes, our new Green Flag Committee is as follows:

6th Class
5th Class
4th Class
3rd Class
Ciarán Mc Mahon

Helena O’ Keeffe
Harry Gaffey




Ben Touhy


Cara Leonard
Marty Gaffey

2nd Class
1st Class
Senior Infants
Junior Infants
Hannah Touhy

Caitlín Starr
Clodagh Mc Cole
Jack Bows


We continue to use the hazardous boxes in school, so please continue to bring in your used batteries.

Remember not to throw litter around because we want to keep the school grounds clean. Remember also to use the correct bins for your rubbish.

Along with keeping the school clean we must also keep in mind our most recent themes of ‘Energy Conservation’ and ‘Water Conservation’. Remember to turn off lights and any other electrical appliances when not in use. Turn off taps fully and report any dripping/leaking taps




In other news!!!
Congratulations to all our students who participated in The Manning Cup in Loughrea. Our 5th & 6th class girls finished 3rd in the Cross Country Competition. Congratulations also to Caoimhe Farrell who won her race.

Congratulations to those 4th/5th/6th class students who were recently awarded certificates for participating in The Shorelines Festival. Samantha Stanley finished 2nd and Clíona Page finished 4th in the Story competition. Caitlín Page finished 4th in the Poetry competition.







We will start practising for our Christmas play soon and are looking forward to performing for you in a few weeks!

Remember our message:
Look After Your Environment and Provide Enjoyment