Sports Day in Gorey Show Grounds

We had a wonderful day in Gorey Show Grounds for our 2018 Sports Day. The sky was blue and spirits were high, with not a cloud to be seen. Well done to all of the boys and girls for their great efforts on the day!!

Green School Energy Week

As part of our Green School’s campaign, we had a Green School Energy Week. This took place from Monday April 30th to Friday May 4th, ending in Green Day when pupils were asked to wear green to school.

We had a Green Schools slogan competition with one senior winner and one junior winner. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in both categories will get a prize sponsored by the Parents’ Council. Winners announced shortly.

Classes also learned about renewable and non-renewable energy and ways of saving energy. Some classes played a game available from Wexford County Council and provided by SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) to further consolidate this.

As part of our policy, two energy wardens from each class fill out an Energy Warden Checklist daily.

Pupils were also made aware of an energy talk in Gorey Library on May 15th. This talk was given by Three Counties Energy Agency. A link to their website can be found here.

The pupils learned an energy kit can be borrowed from Gorey Library. This kit helps with saving energy in the home. It is sponsored by SEAI.

Well done to everyone for their hard work.

Chess Jamboree ( Co Wexford Primary Chess Challenge ) in St Joseph’s PS

What a night ! Over 230 children from all over the county had great fun playing three rounds of chess each . 19 teams of six in the senior section {5th /6th classes – aged 11 and 12 approx. ) and the same entry in the junior section!

Parents suggested to the organisers that it should be called The Co Wexford Primary Chess Jamboree! It certainly was a large gathering of enthusiastic children from Duncannon up to Kilanerin , having funplaying chess,socialising & having refreshments organised bythe amazing, St Joseph’s PS Parents’ Council!
(… sandwiches/ biscuits/ tea/coffeeand juice for players and their families and friends.)
And thanks to Deirdre who keeps the whole event running smoothly!

There was a big welcome for our new entrant : Loreto Gorey who entered four teams. Arklow also entered for the first time. If Galway can play in the Leinster GAA final , we can welcome our near neighbours in Arklow to play chess with us!

We were lucky to have Manuel Gardenes as one of our arbitrators and also Eamonn Barrett, who founded the chess challenge 26 years ago in Piercestown NS.

Gorey Chess Club have been supervising the 300 games plus for the last five years in St Joseph’s PS. A big thank you to Club chairman, Seamas Halpenny, and also to Steven, Remy, Mel & Robbie .

We could not run this celebration of chess without the help of our secretary Geraldine and our caretakers, Jackie and Alan .

So the results : Seniors – 1. Duncannon NS; 14 & 1/2 points. 2. Kilanerin 14 pts. New Ross 14 pts. 5. St Joseph’s 1. 13 & 1/2 pts. 6. St Joseph’s 2. 13 pts
Juniors – 1. Kilanerin 2. Piercestown 3. New Ross

The event was presented by Eamonn Barrett, retired principal of Piercestown, and Bríd Cleary, St Joseph’s PS.