October Newsletter
Published on October 27, 2023

October Newsletter

Friday 27th October, 2023

 

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Halloween Sponsored Witch Walk: Thank you to all who dressed up to take part in our annual Witch Walk this morning. Thanks also to all parents and children who contributed. With your help a whopping €1,992 was raised for the school. Your support is very much appreciated. We will have photos on our website shortly. There was a huge effort put in by all the children with their costumes and well done to the prize winners in each class who won a McDonald’s voucher. Prize winner on the staff was Ms. Lalor.

Cumann na mBunscol: Our boys and girls recently concluded their Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic football games. The boys team defeated Hacketstown NS and Leighlinbridge NS, while coming up just a couple of points short against Newtown NS and Ballinkillen NS. The girls team defeated Leighlinbridge NS, drew with Ballinkillen NS and lost out to Hacketstown NS and Newtown NS. Although the teams didn’t qualify for the finals this year, there was great skill and determination on show from all players. We have seen a huge improvement in many of our players this year and look forward to next year’s competition, as the school have many fine footballers coming up through the classes (submitted by Mr. Browne) Thank you to Mr. Browne and Ms. Kealy for giving of their time after school to train our two teams. I know the boys and girls really do appreciate the guidance.

Green Schools: Green Schools: Ways to save water – Alena Thornton 3rd Class

· Don’t leave the tap on while you are brushing your teeth.

· Fix dripping taps, they waste a lot of water.

· Have a shower instead of a bath.

· Only put on the dishwasher and the washing machine when you have a full load.

· Use left over water for watering plants.

 

Student Council: Our student council is well up and running at this stage of the year. The student council gives the pupils of our school a voice and creates a link between the students, staff and management of the school. They organise many events and look after the wellbeing of our school community. This year they have already organised a very successful Halloween colouring/ poster competition. All the students in the school took part and it is very evident that we have a lot of artistic talent in our school. Well done to all the

winners and the pupils who worked so hard on their finished piece. The student council also have ‘Wellbeing Checks’ in place where they check in with all the pupils in our school on a regular basis. A readathon is in the pipework for November so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Our student council members for 2023/2024 are Padraig Hogan, Emma Bergin, Muireann Cole, Kitty Dowling, Séan Keating, Sophie Cunningham, Ethan Finnegan, Ciara O’ Brien, Maisie O Connor, Lucy McDonald, Amber Lyons, James Kealy, Liam Rooney, Aoibhinn Cole and Ruby Shannon. These pupils are very hardworking and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. A huge thank you to Ms. Amy O’ Brien for helping us out this year. Ms O’Brien has many lovely ideas that we are so excited to put in place (submitted by Ms. Kealy). We look forward to working with our Student Council this year.

 

Maths Week: From Monday 16th to Friday 20th October our school took part in Maths Week. This is a week where each class aims to take part in additional mathematical activities. This is always a successful week and the children really enjoy it. This year was a particularly busy week which saw classes taking part in Maths trails, Maths games, creating art using a maths topic and challenging themselves to various Maths riddles and jokes. There was also Maths Champions picked from each class. This award went to the children who made a particular effort with their Maths throughout Maths week (submitted by Ms. Kealy) Thank you to Ms. Kealy for coordinating the week.

 

Assembly: 5th Class presented Assembly this month and did a fantastic job with it. Well done Rang a Cúig and thank you to Ms Kealy for her hard work behind the scenes in putting it all together.

Head Lice has been raised as an issue again in classes. In order to deal with it, we are asking all families to help in a blitz of the problem during the week, before we return to school.

Allergies: There are a number of pupils in the school who have serious allergic reactions to nuts. Please try to ensure that no nut-containing products are put in lunchboxes when you are putting the lunches together each day. If your child has allergies, please inform the school of this as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Thank you.

School uniform: Please see below a reminder of our school uniform. To reduce competition and increase pride in their school uniform we expect children to wear their COMPLETE uniform everyday.

Boys Grey Trousers

Grey Polo T-Shirt

Navy Jumper with school emblem

Girls Grey Skirt/Pinafore

Grey Polo T-Shirt

Navy Jumper with school emblem

Tracksuits Navy Top with school emblem and plain navy bottoms

Parents Association News: Split the Pot continues to bring great excitement each Friday. Thank you to all parents for their continued support. Today saw the biggest jackpot by far this year. Congratulations to Danny Carty-Hunt who took home a massive €99. We also had a fantastic Halloween hamper on offer this week. Congratulations to Beth Flynn for winning the delicious goodies.

The Parents Association AGM was held on the 4th of October. The following are the Officers and committee members for the school year 2023/2024.

Chairperson: María de Arriba

Secretary: Caroline O’Toole

Treasurer: Ray Murphy

Committee members: William Rooney, Jim Byrne, Paul Rooney, Bobbie Doyle, Mary Byrne, Fiona Kinsella, Audrey Kieran and Deirdre Curry.

If you would like to become a committee member or help out with any of the PA activities, you can make contact with the school or any member of the Parents Association including Chairperson, María (087 6226622).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank once again the outgoing committee for their involvement with supporting the school in any way necessary, such as refreshments for sacraments, hoodies for 6th Class pupils and support with information evenings for parents along with subsidising the cost of bus transport for swimming and school tours. The efforts of their fundraising activities have helped our school tremendously. We now have a music programme, Dabbledoo, for all classes that the children are enjoying. We were able to purchase six devices to add to our growing IT resources for the children. There have also been additional learning boards purchased for both inside and outside the school along with support given to Aistear, which is part of the junior end curriculum, to aid the children’s learning. Thank you to Gina Haskins, our former Chairperson and her team for the amazing work throughout last year.

Internet Safety Talk: The postponed Internet Safety Talk will now take place at the school on Tuesday 14th of November at 7pm. There will be light refreshments on the night. We would be very grateful for high attendance to this talk. It is very informative and very much an area that all families are affected by in some way. We hope to see as many as possible on the night.

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal: Reminder that the closing date for bringing in the Christmas shoe boxes is Wednesday 8th November. The pupils can bring them to their classrooms and Aileen will then collect them.

Science Week, November 13th to 17th: This year the children have being busy working through their activities with experiments of all sorts taking place. We are delighted to be able to welcome families into the school for our famous Science Fair. This will take place on Thursday 16th November. The fair will be open to parents from 1.30pm until 2.30pm.

Parent Teacher Meetings: your child’s teacher will be in touch after mid-term with appointment times for meetings. The meetings will take place on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd November.

New Primary Maths Curriculum: This year we see the introduction of the New Primary Maths Curriculum. There will be a whole school closure on Thursday, 14th December to facilitate off site training for staff. Attached is information regarding the new Maths curriculum for parents.

To our Board of Management and Parents Association, thank you for your valuable time that is all done on a voluntary basis. It is reassuring to know that the school has such support behind it. Thank you to both outgoing groups and I welcome our new Board of Management which will come into effect on the 1st of December and the new Parents Association who are mentioned above.

Finally, I would like to thank our fantastic staff who put such dedication into ensuring that your child has the best experience possible in school. Thank you for the great team effort.

Dates for your diary

 

8th November: Last date for Shoebox Appeal boxes to be sent into school

14th November, 7pm: Internet Safety Talk

16th November: Science for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm

14th December: full school day closure

 

Wishing everyone a safe and Spooktacular Halloween!

Le meas,

Erika Murphy

Principal