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Staff and pupils from Loughfouder NS pictured at their end of year celebrations last week with Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Dairmuid O'Connor.

Staff and pupils from Loughfouder NS pictured at their end of year celebrations last week with Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Dairmuid O'Connor.

Pupils and staff from Loughfouder NS with Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O'Connor pictured showing off their 'Discover Primary Science Badge of Excellence' which is a third level of achievement in STEM awards focused on increasing the usage of ICT in STEM activities by both pupils and teachers and raising awareness and interest among parents.

Pupils and staff from Loughfouder NS with Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O'Connor pictured showing off their 'Discover Primary Science Badge of Excellence' which is a third level of achievement in STEM awards focused on increasing the usage of ICT in STEM activities by both pupils and teachers and raising awareness and interest among parents.

Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O'Connor pictured with staff and pupils from Loughfouder NS as the school celebrated gettings its 3rd Blue Star Flag for European studies which included a visit from MEP Seán Kelly for a classroom Q & A session earlier in the year.

Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O'Connor pictured with staff and pupils from Loughfouder NS as the school celebrated gettings its 3rd Blue Star Flag for European studies which included a visit from MEP Seán Kelly for a classroom Q & A session earlier in the year.

Pupils from Loughfouder NS pictured with Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O’ Connor as the school celebrated getting their 8th Green Flag for focusing on Global Citizenship and Travel.

Pupils from Loughfouder NS pictured with Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O’ Connor as the school celebrated getting their 8th Green Flag for focusing on Global Citizenship and Travel.

Artist Mike O'Donnell pictured here with Kerry footballer Lorraine Scanlon and pupils from Loughfouder NS last week as Mike unveiled a new mural he'd painted in the playground.

Artist Mike O'Donnell pictured here with Kerry footballer Lorraine Scanlon and pupils from Loughfouder NS last week as Mike unveiled a new mural he'd painted in the playground.

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Staff and pupils from Loughfouder NS pictured at their end of year celebrations last week with Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Dairmuid O'Connor.

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Staff and pupils at Loughfouder NS brought to an end another hugely successful school year last week and they did it in style as they celebrated the culmination of the many school projects that they had undertaken during the year, celebrations that they were assisted in marking on the day by Kerry football stars Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O'Connor

The saw the school celebrate getting their eighth Green Flag – which this year focused on Global Citizenship and Travel – which saw the pupils learning about sustainable travel. In the course of this, a travel to school survey was carried out in both classes showing which showed high numbers cycling to school and a number of families car-pooling.

The school’s green code is ‘keep our climate cool and watch your ride to school’ and this saw Angela Wall from Green Schools coming in to do workshops on the safe use of bikes and scooters. The children brought in their own bikes and scooters for the day and it was described as a great learning experience for them all.

For the school’s third Blue Star Flag for European Studies, the highlight of the year was the visit of MEP Seán Kelly to the school. He took part in a lengthy Q&A session with the senior classes on a variety of topics including the job of an MEP, the working of the European Parliament as well as more local issues like the GAA.

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The children also celebrated Europe Day on May 9 by putting on a display for the staff and pupils of their chosen European country.

Finally, this year saw science co-ordinator, Miss O’Shea, apply for the Badge of Excellence Award - of which they were one of only two schools in Kerry to be awarded one this year – of the Discovery Primary Science Awards Programme and they were one of 50 schools chosen.

Previously, the school has participated in the Science Plaque Award with a total of 15 plaques been awarded to our school. The school’s Badge outcomes were to focus on increasing the usage of ICT in STEM activities by both pupils and teachers and enable parents to be become more aware and involved in the role of ICT in the teaching and learning of STEM.

The children took part in a range of activities throughout the year and these were collated into a logbook by Ms. O’Shea and submitted to Science Foundation Ireland who runs the project.

The senior class hosted a science show for the junior classes displaying experiments involving volcanoes, windmills and rockets.

Speaking to The Kerryman about the day, Principal Elizabeth Lane said it was a fantastic day for all involved.

"It was a really good day. We had Lorraine Scanlon and Diarmuid O’ Connor there on the day and we were delighted to have them. There was a lot of excitement among the children to have them there and there was plenty of questions for the pair of them and they were only delighted to pose for photos too,” she said.

"The children gave an account of all the different projects that they had been working on over the year and what had been involved in them and it was a nice culmination of months and months of hard work,” she continued.


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