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The boys of 6th class have finished their education in St. Malacahy's BNS this week and were presented with certificates in a final school assembley. They were interviewed by Mr. Stanley about their memories of their time in the Friary. Memories were varied and plentiful.


The Spiral goes Viral

On Thursday, June 15th, Memory Lane Photography from Cavan, gathered all the boys and girls of the Friary schools in the Friary field arouond the school crest in the form of a spiral. The photograph was taken by a drone and should look really well when printed. Keep an eye on the local papers for a preview of the finished photo.

The annual Sponsored Dundalk Walk and the Mountain Walk for the school will take place on Tuesday, June 27th. Sponsorship cards have been distributed and all monies raised will be used to enhance the education of our pupils. Correct footware and suitable clothing are important especially for those taking to the hills. Good socks are essential and raingear if the weather requires it. We thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

In the week before the summer closing, Ms. Halpenny will help organise the second hand sale of school books. You will receive a note home to let you know on which days the boys will need money with them if you wish to purchase good quality second hand books for next year.

An Taisce - National Spring Clean 2017
On a beautiful, sunny Wednesday afternoon, May 9th, the school litter wardens assisted by many of their classmates set out to clean the school grounds and the school locality as our contribution to the An Taisce National Spring Clean 2017. Check out the hard work of the boys and their teachers below.




Mid Term Break
The February mid-term break takes place next week. The school is closed Monday, February 20th to Friday, February 24th inclusive. School reopens on Monday, February 27th. 

All the school, staff and pupils gathered in the Friary Hall to take part in RTE's Operation Transformation 10 at 10 activity on Friday, February 10th. Check out the pictures below. Everyone worked hard for 10 minutes and really enjoyed the exercises to music. Keep up your exercise plan. 



Allianz Division 4 Trophy Visits the Friary
Yesterday, Tuesday, May 17th, the Louth Goalkeeper, Craig Lynch, brought the Allianz Division 4 Football League Cup recently won by Louth when they defeated Antrim in the Division 4 final in Croke Park on Saturday, April 23rd.
Craig was asked many very interesting questions by all the boys and also asked some hard questions in return. 

Last week we received the great news that we had earned our second Green Flag. Fantastic work has taken place over the past year to conserve and monitor our energy usage and areas of improvement. Aisling Sheridan from Louth Co. Co. Environmental Department visited the school and interviewed the Green Schools Committee members checking that we had completed the criteria to earn a second Green Flag. We are looking forward to Ms. Ronan, Mrs. Hughes and some of the committee receiving the Green Flag in the Helix in DCU next month. Well done to everyone.

Eason's Spelling Bee
The boys of 5th and 6th classes have been beavering away learning long lists of difficult and easy spellings in preparation for the Friary Boys   round of the Spelling Bee. Our winner will representing our school in the county final next month in Bryanstown NS. We look forward to have photos to show the final next month.

Archbishop Eamon Martin celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with the boys and girls of the Friary Boys and Girls School on Saturday, March 5th in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Over 60 children were confirmed. The Archbishop praised the sining of the children. 

The National Parents Association Primary (NPC), is holding an Internet Safety Session for parents of primary school children, on Wednesday, March 2nd 2016, in the Crown PLaza Hotel, Dundalk at 7.30 pm.
The event, which is free to attend, is open to all parents of primary school children. For Booking and more information on the event, contact

Dundalk Credit Union Table Quiz 2016
On Monday evening, Februry 8th, a group of four students from both Mr. Conlan's and Ms. Murphy's 6th classes took 
part in the Dundalk Credit Union Quiz. There were over 12 teams present at The Lisdoo for the event, making for some very tough opposition. 

Jack, Oisín, Haseeb and Oisín took on the challenge and after ten rounds, with some well deserved refreshments and a short break, managed a great score. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to secure a place in the next round but a fun time was had by all! Congratulations to the boys and best of luck in any future quizzes!

Paul Woods Oradour-sur-Glane Exhibition, Tain Gallery
The boys of 6th class received a personal invitation from the artist Paul Wood, a Dundalk native, to visit his exhibition of paintings about the June 10th, 1944 massacre of 642 inhabitants of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in the days following the D-Day landings in Normandy by a Waffen SS group of German soldiers, many of whom died in action in the months following the massacre. 

Paul Woods visited the school two years ago to speak on the subject and has now brought his exhibition home to Dundalk. He explained the history of what happened and how he created his paintings. Most of his works take 1-3 months to complete. He had to answer some very interesting and difficult questions. Many thanks Paul and the Tain Gallery for the invitation, talk and the opportunity to meet the artist in person.

Paul Woods is currently studying for a Masters degree in Military History, a subject on which he has produced many works of art. He is busy preparing for an exhibition of his paintings on the 1916 Rising. His exhibition will be on display in Athlone in the summer months. 



Green Schools Energy Flag
Aisling Sheridan of Louth Co Co visited the school last Wednesday, February 3rd to check on our progreess towards our second Green Flag. She was given a detailed tour of the school and our efforts to save energy by members of our Green School's committee led by Miss Ronan and Mrs. Hughes. The boys were quizzed in great detail as to what is being done in each class and they all answered every question in great detail. Mrs. Sheridan was very impressed by the boys and all the fantastic work being done on a daily basis in the school to save energy. We await the next Green Flag

Christmas Wheel of Fortune
The traditional Wheel of Fortune will take place on Friday, December 4th. All items which are donated are raffled on the night in aid of school funds which are used to enhance the quality of service provided to the pupils of the school. All items are gratefully accepted for the raffles. Come along and enjoy a great night's entertainment. If you're not in you can't win.

Ticket Sellers hard at work last Friday night



Boards of Management
A meeting to elect two parents of children enrolled in the school (one being a mother and the other a father) will take place in the school on Thursday 19th November at 7.30 pm. At this meeting
1. nominations will be sought from the parents for persons to stand for election as parent nominees in the Board.
2.  a ballot will be held at the meeting to elect nominees. If there are only one nominee for either panel, the nominees shall be dee,ed to be elceted. If more than one nominee is received for either of the panels, a secret ballot shall be held at the meeting.

Science week
Science week took place from Monday November 9th to Friday November 13th. The boys from 6th class attended a science show in DKIT. We had a very successful hat competition on the theme of science week. Check out the fantastic hats in the gallery pictures below. All classes conducted various experiments during the week's activities. 

Maths Week
A very successful Maths Week took place in the school, with classes taking part in daily maths problem quizzes, puzzles and online activities. 6th class took on the challenge of the Maths Boards on the Maths Week 2015 website and were ranked 2nd in the whole country at the end of the week. Well done to everyone who organised or took part in the maths activities.
Beauty and the Beast
The West Midlands Threatre Co. will present Beauty and the Beast in the Friary school hall on Friday, November 20th at 1.15 pm. 
This is always a much anticipated show whenever the West Midlands Company visit our school. 


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