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Lisanally recently held a presentation of cheques to 4 charities – Cycle for Suicide, KBRT, Air Ambulance NI & Southern Area Hospice.
All 4 were presented with money raised from a number of events over the course of the term. £534.93 was presented to Cycle for Suicide after staff, parents and pupils held a spin-a-thon at The Mall in Armagh for a full day in November.
£500 was presented to KBRT & Air Ambulance following a sponsored walk/run at the Navan walk on Sunday 13th October and £833.50 was presented the Southern Area Hospice following the sponsored walk and also a coffee morning held in school on the day of our Ecumenical Service. We were delighted to welcome all representatives of the charities, which included one of our former colleagues Cecilia who received the cheque on behalf of the Southern Area Hospice – 4 amazing charities whom we were only too delighted to support! A total of £2368.43 – a super effort, well done all involved!!
This year our Annual Carol Service took place in the Methodist Church, Armagh on Thursday 12th December. The congregation was treated to an array of Christmas music. A beautiful rendition of 'It came upon a midnight clear' was sung by the senior choir. Three pupils played their clarinets and were excellent. 'Child in a manger born' was performed by the staff choir. The drumming groups, Pulse and Beat It, was an exceptional way to conclude the service. As always we were grateful to Hamiltonsbawn Silver Band for accompanying us throughout the night.
This December Classy Crafts held their annual Christmas Craft Fair in school. Parents Staff and friends were invited to visit their stall in school and had the opportunity to buy some wonderful products made by the team in VTU.
Among the items made were our Mobile Phone boxes – designed to promote conversation and reduce screen time for all. They also made a range of Christmas items and cake stands which were made from recycling unused/unwanted plates. We are very grateful to all who supported Classy Crafts and we would also like to congratulate Diane who won our wooden Santa which was raffled as part of the craft fair. A total of £383.30 profit was made!!!! A great start as the group now get ready for the Young Enterprise Trade fair in Rushmere in February.
On Tuesday 10th December, EYP and the Junior School performed ‘One Starry Night’ Nativity for family and friends. EYP and Key Stage One were the ‘stars’ of the Nativity and they were accompanied with a wonderful percussion group from Key Stage Two pupils. The hall was filled with family and friends to watch and they were treated to a spectacular performance. All the pupils were amazing! We had a Christmas Raffle and would like to thank everyone who bought tickets. Hope those who had a lucky ticket enjoyed their nice prizes!
At the end of November a group of parents, staff & pupils cycled from 9am until 3pm in The Mall Shopping centre in Armagh to help raise money for The Cycle for Suicide charity. The charity do super work in spreading the message - "It's ok to not feel ok".
A total of £534.34 was raised and was presented along with fundraising efforts for 3 other charities: KBRT, Southern Area Hospice & Air Ambulance NI. Well done to everyone involved and a huge thank you to all who contributed to the total amount.
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Recently we were delighted to receive 2 tickets to the Cher Concert at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday 3rd November to raffle for school funds.
We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the donation of the tickets, and also by the selling of tickets from parent & friends.
A total of £445.00 was raised and Mrs Eakin was drawn to be the winner!! Congratulations!!!
On Thursday the 30th May Lisanally VTU students hosted the annual 5-Special School Formal in the Armagh City Hotel. We welcomed all of our friends from Sperrinview, Donard, Rathore & Ceara for a night of food, dancing and friendship. We had wonderful music from Jack Kennedy, an amazing photo mirror from Flip Events, we had a 1987 Porsche and a 1954 VW Beach Buggy from our friends Cathal & Malocolm in the room, as well as a 1933 Vintage car at the front of the hotel. Our students also made 3 superb crazy golf holes to entertain everyone. We are extremely grateful to Parkview Carpets Belfast, who kindly sponsored the artificial grass for our golf course.
Thanks also to Phillip Clarke who took amazing portraits of our pupils and also to the Armagh City Hotel for all their help in planning a superb night.
WHAT AN AMAZING DAY!
Today we all had fantastic fun at Port Aventura Theme Park in Salou. When we arrived we divided into groups – with rides to suit everyone’s adventurous tastes….. Then we set off to discover the park. With amazing enthusiasm everyone enjoyed all that the park has to offer. From superb shows and dances to the biggest adrenalin rush rides. Fears were conquered at all levels, with each student achieving so much in their own right. Such a fantastic day!!!
After we returned to the hotel and settled ourselves we had another delicious dinner before having a surprise 18th Birthday Party for Jason!!! He was definitely caught out by the surprise but did great in delivering a speech. Everyone spoke about their highs of the trip, too many to mention now. The young people shared what they loved about the trip, with FUN being the top of everyone’s list. It was an excellent trip planned by Ms Flynn & Mrs Scowcroft and in the words of Christine: “you’re a good girl Ms Flynn & thank you.”
All are having a well-earned sleep tonight before we set off for home tomorrow after a swift visit to Sagrada Familia.
Today we had another super day here in Spain. After an excellent breakfast in our hotel, we headed for a stadium tour of Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC. The tour was spectacular as we got to see so much of the stadium and its grounds. From there we stopped off for a picnic lunch and even managed to spend a short time on the beach. After this we headed of for some more fun at Ten Pin Bowling!! Everyone had great fun, but Ryan was the overall Champion!!
This evening we all got to go for a beautiful walk to the seafront in Salou, we even got to stop off and buy a few gifts for those at home!!!
Tomorrow we have a big day ahead as we head to Port Aventura Theme Park!!! Wish us luck…….
Monday 13th May staff and students headed off to Dublin Airport at 7am. Once we arrived at the airport, our Slanes coach dropped us off and we headed for our terminal. We got checked in and had time to get some breakfast before our 12pm flight to Barcelona.
Our flight went without any problem and we met our driver Oliver and guide, Marija. We then had a wonderful bus tour of the main sites of Barcelona before travelling to our hotel in Salou.
Tomorrow we head to visit Camp Nou, home of the famous Barcelona FC.