Written by Michelle Pemberton
It is hard to believe that after nearly five months the Scoil Thomáis Chess tournament of 2018 is coming to an end with what promises to be an extremely tense final between Arnas Birbalas and Iestyn Hadfield. The two boys have fought in many battles in order to secure their places in the grand final. Because we had so many people sign up for the competition this year, we must say a huge well done to each of the year class group champions:
2nd class: Elias Petruiacob
3rd class: Iestyn Hadfield
4th class: Zayd Hussain
5th class: Patrick Langan
6th class: Arnas Birbalas
Special thanks to chess master Úna O’Boyle for offering to referee and for agreeing to host a masterclass for all the finalists. A big thanks to teacher Ms Steen for organising the event and also to students Michelle, Ryan, Dara, Jamie, Conor, Jack and Ryan for helping out and for keeping the tournament running smoothly. We are really looking forward to the grand final on Wednesday, May 23rd.
Interview with the finalists
Arnas: I don’t know. Chess just kind of came to me at the age of six.
Iestyn: I started a year ago.
Arnas: My dad taught me and I paly against him. He always helped me with the hard decisions and moves.
Iestyn: I actually go to a chess club and I play against my mum, dad and brother.
Arnas: It would be a big achievement for me to win twice in a row!
Iestyn: It would mean a lot to me.
Arnas: Never think too fast. There is always time!
The boys and girls in Rooms 1, 2, 15 and 16 received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Laurel Lodge on Saturday the 19th of May.
We hope that all of the pupils and their families had a lovely, special day.
Well done to all of the pupils, their parents, Faith Friends, Father Brendan, Mr Gurhy, Ms Galligan, Ms Moran, Mr Bracken as well as Marie and Ger, two of our Special Needs Assistants, for all of the hard work and preparation that they have put in over the last few weeks.
Thank you also to the Parents Association who organised the reception in the hall.
The Scoil Thomáis Library is getting a makeover! Thousands of shiny new books have arrived and are currently being processed for the library. This is a huge job. Firstly teachers, students and parents were consulted so that a list of books that everybody would enjoy could be made. Then Ms Steen and Ms Lenihan went to BookHaven in Ashbourne to order all the books. Siobhán, Kryshna and Chris have been sorting through old books and writing them out of the library. When the new books arrived, they had to be unpacked, counted and labelled. Jakub, Rimas, Elisei and Younis from Fourth Class did an enormous amount of work. Now the books are being inputted to the library software system. They will be available to borrow very soon.
Welcome back to all students and staff! We hope everyone has had a lovely week off and is ready for the next few busy weeks ahead!