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INTO Handwriting Competition ( April 2002)

School Newsletter

Book Fair ( Feb. 2002)

Credit Union Quiz ( Jan 2002)

Mental Health Quiz ( Nov 2001)

Best Actress Award

Competition Winner ( Nov. 2001)

Irish Independant Regional Winners ( Oct 2001)

Sherkin Island Winners 2001

New Appointments ( July 2001)

Green School News

Tidy Schools Award

Aiste Gaeilge

Iverk Show

Retirement of Mrs. Galvin

Sherkin Island

Environmental school's Project


Latest News ( June 2002)
Thank you to everyone who helped us to reach our target in the Irish Independant token collection.  We received great help from a lot of people many of whom did not have children in the school.  A big Thank You to everyone.
We held our end of school mass on Thursday June 20th.  This was a very special mass as we remembered Sr. Philomena who died recently in Tralee.
Sr. Philomena taught in the convent school for many years and after her retirement she taught tin whistle to the pupils of Portlaw N.S.
Well done to the under-11 club hurlers who won the city league final when they defeated the favourites Tramore in an exciting final.  All the team are pupils in the school.
World cup fever hit the school when Ireland played Germany and Saudi Arabia.  Televisions appeared in classrooms and the pupils wore their green. 

INTO Handwriting Competition ( April 2002)
Congratulations to four of our pupils who were prize winners in the INTO handwriting competition.  The standard in the school was very high and our entries went on to the Waterford area.  The following are the prize winners
Category 1:  3rd place  Shannen Cullinane ( Senior Infants )
Category 2:  1st place   Lauren Scanlon   ( Second Class )
Category 4:  1st place   Ruth Kelleher  ( Fifth Class )
                   2nd place  Dervla Walsh  ( Sixth Class )

Presentations were held in the Tower Hotel, Waterford.
Thanks to Miss McCarthy who organised the school handwriting competition.

School Newsletter
Well done to the pupils of sixth class who produced the school newsletter.  Catch up on all the news by clicking on the link Newsletter 

Book Fair ( Feb. 2002) 
We held our annual Book Fair from February 1-8th.  Once again it proved very successful.  This year €1152.25 worth of books were added to the class libraries.  Thanks to Sinéad Fitzgerald who deputised for Martina for this years Book fair

Credit Union Quiz ( Jan 2002)
We held the annual Credit Union quiz on Friday January 22nd.  After some very difficult questions we had  U-11 winners and U-13 winners who will represent Portlaw Credit Union in the regional final in Clonmel.

Mental Health Quiz ( Nov 2001)
Congratulations to Patrick Kearns, Ruth Howley, Dervla Walsh and Dean Galvin who finished second in the Mental health quiz.  They were defeated in a tie breaker but received a lovely cup.  Well done to their teacher Miss Cotter.

Best Actress Award

Congratulations to Miss Cotter who recently made her stage debut as a member of Fr. O'Byrne's "Dawn Players" in the production of "Shorten Curlies".  She played the part of an apprentice hair stylist. 
The players participated in the Kilmockbridge drama Festival and despite stiff opposition from as far afield as Cork and Dublin, the adjudicator Biddy White Lennon awarded Bríd the Festival's best Actress award.  Well done Bríd. 
The following week the group participated in the Ferns festival and Bríd once again won the Best Actress award to complete a memorable double.


Competition Winner ( Nov. 2001)

Well done to Freya Little, second class who was a winner in the recent Waterford chamber of Commerce colouring competition.  This competition was associated with the arrival of the hot air balloons to Waterford.  Freya will receive her prize and one of the balloon teams came to the school to show the children their balloon.

Freya being lifted into the basket






Irish Independant Regional Winners ( Oct 2001)

The Irish Independant has notified the school that our project was the Waterford Regional winner in this national competition.  We will receive a cheque for £2000 and our project returned to be kept in the school on Monday October 1st.  Congratulations to all involved, especially to Mrs. Hally.  
We will also receive a camcorder from the Independant which will be very useful to record special events in the school. 

A big Thank You to everyone who helped us reach our target by collecting tokens for us. 


Sherkin Island Winners 2001

Congratulations to the following prize winners in the Sherkin Island Environmental competition.  The children submitted some really lovely and informative work to the competition.

Fishing rod: Walter Murphy
Camera: Ruth Howley

Ireland's Marine Life (Book)
Nadine Cullen Leanne Cullinane Aaron Duggan
Kerrie Fitzek Patrick Kearns Thomas King
Craig Lennon Emmet Long Laura Morrissey
Julie O'Hara Dervla Walsh
Ireland's Birdlife (Book)
Stephanie Cowman Denise Cuddihy Eoin Fitzgerald
William Kelly Aimee Nolan
Seashore Guide (Book) Dean Galvin

New Appointments ( July 2001)

Congratulations to Mrs. Maureen Hally who been appointed deputy principal of Portlaw N.S, following the retirement of Mrs. Galvin. We wish Mrs. Hally every success in her new position in the school.
Welcome to Ms. Bríd Cotter who has been appointed as a permanent assistant teacher.  Bríd is a native of West Cork and has completed her studies at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.  Ms. Cotter will teach sixth class
Mrs. Siobhán Boylan has also been appointed to the staff this Summer.  She replaces Mr. Cashin who has joined the staff of Butlerstown N.S..  Siobhán is a native of Portlaw and has been teaching in Curraghbaha N.S..  Mrs. Boylan will teach first class.  
A very warm welcome to both new teachers and I'm certain they will be excellent additions to the staff.



A special thanks to all the people who contributed to our token appeal. We reached our target for Irish Independent tokens so we will have a camcorder in the school next year.

We had enough Tesco tokens to get another PC this year and we have now received possession of our new PC.  The new PC is now in Miss McCarthy's classroom.

Extra library books were got from the Walker Crisps promotion.  the books arrived in September and were distributed to the classes.



A very special word of thanks to Ms. Sinéad Fitzgerald and Mrs. Orin Little for all their work in the school yard. Helped by the sixth class pupils the ladies painted beautiful games in the yard. Hopscotch, snakes and ladders, and basketball markings have been added for the benefit of the pupils. Be warned footprints have appeared in strange places in the school.

Tidy Schools Award

On the 14th of October 2001 our Green School Committee had the honour of  winning the Tidy Schools competition  which was organised by Waterford County Council. We also got a cash prize and a plaque. We went to receive the prize in the Park Hotel Dungarvan. Special mention to Mr. John Murphy for all the work he put into our school grounds.
This plaque is now proudly on display in the school underneath our Tidiest School award which we won in 1999 and our Environmental project award from last year



Green School News ( Jan 2000)

We applied for the Green Flag. Inspectors came and inspected the school to see if the school should win the Green Flag. Soon after they came we got a letter to say that we won the Green Flag. We did many things to achieve this award such as: improving the appearance of the school gardens, we also did many recycling projects such as: paper pressing, cans, hi-cone rings and compost heap. We wrote to the Credit Union to ask for sponsorship for the flag poles and they are going to sponsor us. We are also going to get a bird-table sponsored for the school garden. We have started a new recycling project with Boots Chemist collecting old Christmas cards and Boots Chemist recycle them. We are going to plant more bedding-plants in the gardens.


Tidy Schools Award (Oct. '99)

On the 14th of October 1999 our first Green School Committee got the honour of winning the tidiest School in East Waterford. We also got a cash prize and a plaque. We went to receive the prize in the Park Hotel Dungarvan. We also have a girl from Sixth class who has recently come to our school and is now a new member of the new Green School Committee. Our plaque is now hung in the school for viewing. We are proud of our school and we hope to keep the school tidy for years to come.
(Oct. '99)


Aiste Gaeilge (May 2000)

Congratulations to Jenny Larkin, fifth class who was a winner in the Cúpla focail essay competition
(May 2000)


Iverk Show (Sept. '2000)

Well done to the following pupils who won prizes in the Poetry section of the Iverk show
Jenny Larkin...........Sounds
Darren Loftus.........The Man from Leeds
Leanne Fogarty.........Mr Tom Narrow
Gary Riordan.........Sense of Sounds
(Sept. '2000)


Retirement of Mrs. Galvin (Oct. 2000)

Mrs. Esther Galvin our Deputy Principal retired from teaching on October 6th 2000 after 29 years teaching in Portlaw. She previously taught in Clonea N.S. and came to Portlaw Convent school in 1971.  Mrs. Galvin was vice-principal in the girls school when the boys and girls schools amalgamated in 1991, and she became vice-principal in the new school.
Mrs. Galvin was a very dedicated teacher and was very involved in all aspects of school life.  She was responsible for the girls football and camogie teams and spent many lunchtimes and evenings with her teams.  Mrs. Galvin was a member of the Green school committee and oversaw the implementation of the green school project. 

To mark her retirement a special mass was concelebrated in the Premier hall following which presentations were made to Mrs. Galvin by the staff, Board of management, Parents council, Parish council and camogie club.

We wish Mrs. Galvin every happiness in her retirement and thank her for her contribution to the education of the children of Portlaw.  She will be greatly missed in the school. 
(Oct. 2000)


Sherkin Island ( Nov. 2001)

The following pupils were prize winners in the Sherkin Island Local Environmental Awareness Project. 

Ciara Curran........Air
Emma Larkin..........The Robin
Lesley-Ann Power..........Sea Life
Ailish Dunphy........Recycling
Donna O' Neill........ The Cuckoo


Environmental school's Project

On the 4th of October 2000 our Green School Committee had the honour of winning the Environmental school Project in County Waterford which was organised by Waterford County Council. We also got a cash prize and a plaque. We went to receive the prize in the Park Hotel Dungarvan. 
This plaque is now proudly on display in the school underneath our Tidiest School award which we won last year.


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