In order to raise funds to pay for the Astro Turf surface on the infant yard, the school, in conjunction with the Parents’ Association, ran a “readathon”. The pupils read as many books as they could through the month of February and sought sponsorship from family and friends. We raised a total of €11,120.75, which included sponsorship money and donations. This sum was beyond our wildest expectations! Just the sort of thing Mary Poppins might have pulled out of her bag!!
The readathon ended on March 7th, World Book Day. The school and PA organised a Fancy Dress Competition with fun, games and great prizes. There were finalists chosen from all the classes and during the afternoon they had to walk the Catwalk for our panel of judges. The children put a huge effort into their costumes and it was very difficult to pick the overall winners. There was fantastic buzz in the school on the day. As I walked about I met the most unusual characters in the corridor. I said hello to Ms Trunchbull and Pippy Longstocking. I drank tea with Alice in Wonderland and I lunched with The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
There were 19 finalists in both categories but the overall winners in the Junior category were:
1st: Katelyn as The Queen of Hearts
2nd: Ava as Dust Bin Baby
3rd: Annabel as The Most Beautiful Letter.
The Winners in the Senior category were:
1st: Kate as Wolf
2nd: Rebecca as The Tin Man
3rd: Meg as Mrs Trunchbull
3rd: Maria as Alice in the Book
On behalf of the Board of Management, the staff and the pupils, I, Miriam Marron (aka. Mary Poppins) would like to thank the parents most sincerely for supporting our fundraising readathon. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Parents’ Association for the support and assistance they gave the school with the planning and organising of the event.