The hotly anticipated extravaganza that is TaneyVision took place in the Robert Smyth Hall this Tuesday. The excitement had been building for several weeks as 6th class conducted auditions – children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes eligible to enter. An enthusiastic audience of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class children and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed the show! The standard was exceptional and the judges had an incredibly difficult task in choosing the winners. Our worthy winners were a 6th class musical trio who played piano, french horn and glockenspiel, and second place went to a 4th class boy who sang so beautifully that the audience gave him a spontaneous standing ovation!
During an accreditation visit on 12th June, the Junior Active School Committee, spearheaded by Ms. Audrey Coe, delivered a powerpoint presentation about the team effort from pupils, parents and staff along with the numerous events organised to promote activity in the school. The inspector visited the PE hall and store room, Active Display Board and several classrooms, where she was delighted to observe a 1st Class orienteering lesson, 2nd Class bouncing tables and Irish games and the 3rd Class “well done wall”. She also commented positively about the volume of activity on view at break time and the impressive playground markings. At this week’s senior assembly, Ms. Coe revealed that the concerted effort over the past three years has earned Taney the Active School Flag. She and the Committee received a very warm and well-deserved round of applause for this fantastic achievement and well done to everyone who contributed to this endeavour.
Credit Union took in its final lodgments for the school year last week. We had a visit from Pauline from Dundrum CU, who gave 6th class tellers lots of goodies for all their help this year. They also presented Joan with a gift of thanks. Finally the winner of the bike draw was presented with her token also. Well done to all our super savers and fantastic 6th class helpers this year!
A presentation of a plate each was made to our two soccer Players of the Year in Assembly this week. Well done!
A massive well done to all the boys and girls who have been working so hard at piano with Mrs. Farrell this year. A large number of pupils sat exams and achieved fantastic results. Mrs. Farrell spoke to assembly about the huge amount of time spent to master a craft and praised the dedication of the pupils. A big congratulations to our talented 5th Class winner of the Taney Primary School Conboy Perpetual Cup For Piano!
The annual Taney Parish Fête took place on one of the sunniest days of the year and there were plenty of smiles all round as the children and parents tried their luck at the games, giggled at the clown, browsed the various stalls, listened to the band, and snacked on fresh strawberries. In keeping with tradition, the PTA was in charge of running the tea and coffee stall; thanks to them and to the parents that volunteered to help on the other stalls. The event raised in excess of €20,000 so a great effort all round!
Our Irish Dancing Display was held on Thursday evening last week and the children from 1st to 6th classes gave us a great show of all the wonderful dances they have learned this year. We had a special presentation at the end of the evening for Mrs. Meadhbh McEvoy who is retiring after 40 years teaching dancing here in Taney…..thank you Mrs. McEvoy!
Active School Week culminated with our annual Sports Day which took place in Marlay Park on Friday morning. A big thank you to the dozens of parents and teachers who helped to organise and coordinate the event, and to Paul Finlay, Liam Neary, Nigel Macken and Manfred Davies who helped with set-up and transport. We were lucky to have the bulk of the races take place in dry weather and sunshine. The brave boys and girls of 3rd to 6th classes ran their relay races in a tropical downpour which was a wet end to an otherwise lovely day!! Special thanks to all teachers and PTA members who helped with a very wet tidy up at the end of the day.