Friday 17 August 2018

Serious work at day of fun

Emmanuel, Kameel, and Pearl and their Mums enjoying the Scoil Íosagáin Mallow Family Day. Photos by Sheila Fitzgerald
Emmanuel, Kameel, and Pearl and their Mums enjoying the Scoil Íosagáin Mallow Family Day. Photos by Sheila Fitzgerald
Conor O’ Keeffe and Lucas Arnold with Garda Philip O’Neill at the Scoil Íosagáin Family Day

Sheila Fitzgerald

The Parents Association of Scoil Íosagáin Infant NS in Mallow hosted a great community 'Fun Day' last Sunday at the school grounds as a fundraiser for the setup of a Sensory Room for pupils with Special Educational Needs.

The sunshine came out to complement all of the wonderful activities on offer such as face painting, bouncy castle, hook a duck, watermelon eating competition and best dressed Teddy bear!  

'Spiderman' and a 'Raphael the Turtle' entertained the children for the afternoon. The Gardaí were present to talk to the children about their work in the community while the kids Yoga session proved hugely popular. Many families brought a picnic and relaxed in the sunshine to music from the 'disco dome'. 

Principal Linda Dennehy remarked how the occasion mirrored the work that is currently taking place in the school.

"We see ourselves as a family where we support one another, Scoil Íosagáin has a proud tradition of providing infant education at the heart of the Mallow community. We are privileged to serve a wide variety of nationalities and we hold a deep appreciation for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The sensory room that will come from today's funds will be vital in supporting our pupils" Linda said.  

"We view parents and guardians as our partners in education and work together with them for the betterment of all pupils. We support our parents through our Parenting Course which is run in the school in conjunction with Le Chéile Family Resource Centre" Linda added. 

The school is currently endeavouring to further it's work in autism and SEN through the development of specialised units and is looking to refit the building in the near future to enhance pupils' learning experience. 

Linda Dennehy thanked Kevin O'Keeffe TD who she said has been a great advocate to the school in recent times.

"Huge credit is due to Parents Association Chairperson Susan O'Riordan and Elaine Kiely for all their efforts in organising the entire day with the help of the other members and a big thank you to all the sponsors and parents and staff members who volunteered on the day," Linda added.