Scoil Ghobnatan was honoured to receive the Water Awareness Flag from Cork County Council in recognition of the work being done by the school, staff, pupils, parents and guardians as well as various community organisations who assist in our Water Awareness Program.
Our Swimming Program has been in operation for going on 20 years and we are delighted with the support we receive from our local pool – Mallow Public Swimming Pool. Every class from 1st class to 6th class receive swimming lessons every year and this activity provides a valuable life skill which gives confidence when swimming and also water awareness skills to our pupils.
The local swimming club – Mallow Swans Swimming Club – provide great encouragement to all our pupils. Also, Mallow Library as well as providing us with fantastic reading material provide schools throughout Mallow a great public area to display our art and we will be displaying our Water Safety Art in Mallow Library shortly.
Throughout the school our program provides information regarding a number of water safety areas. These include:
- Our homes
- The farm
- Inland waterways
- Swimming pool
Our 5th Class pupils performed a musical tribute to water safety in the form of a rap and our band and choir performed some great tunes/songs with great distinction as always.
We were delighted to welcome some very specials guests also to our award ceremony – fantastic swimmers and members of the Cope Foundation who have had great success at the Olympics and World Games. They were:
- Lee Griffin
- Yvonne O’Driscoll
- Ann Burn
- Timmy Horgan
Others guests on the day were:
- Eoin O’Mahony – Manager – Mallow Swimming Pool
- John Ferris – Chairperson Mallow Swans Swimming Club
- Rory Bunce – Mallow Library
- Cllr Timmy Collins – Deputy Mayor (representing Cork County Council)
Our star guest on the day was Caroline Casey, who is Cork County Council Water Safety Officer. Caroline has helped our school so much with our Water Safety Program and provides every assistance at all times.
Caroline brought fantastic news with her aswell as she announced that Scoil Ghobnatan would be the first school in which the Jotter Club would be launched. The Jotter Club will focus on the importance and use of ring-buoys and we are delighted to be the first school to become part of this club.
A special thanks to Mrs. Ryan who is our Water Safety co-ordinator and who has worked closely with Caroline Casey to promote water safety in our school and to all staff and pupils for their commitment in promoting water safety in our school.