February Newsletter

February 2015 Newsletter

It is hard to believe that winter is now officially over (though the weather remains very wintry!)- the school year is really flying by!

We have lots to look forward to here in school this term;  1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th classes will be starting tin whistle lessons with Melanie Butler on Weds 4th February. These will take place every Wednesday for eight weeks.

All classes from 1st to 6th have started Tag Rugby with Joey Carbury which will continue every Monday until Easter. The children really enjoy Joey’s instruction and get lots of exercise and fresh air during this time. We are very fortunate to have the use of the campus Astro turf pitch which is a lovely surface for the children to play on and a great facility for our school.

Please note in your diaries that the West Glendalough Children’s Choral Festival and Sports Day will take place this year in Donoughmore on Friday 5th June. As is usual, there will be a church service in the morning, followed by refreshments in the parish hall. Races for pupils from the following schools: Blessington, Athy, Donoughmore and Dunlavin, will then be held in the adjoining field. Further details for parents will follow closer to the time.

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Liz Deane and the Pearson family on their recent bereavement.

We also extend our sincere sympathy to Walter Craig, a member of our Board of Management, on his recent bereavement.

The school will be closed on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th February for midterm break.

Y. Griffin

Green Schools

We have compiled our results for November and December. In November we had 8 bags of recyclable materials compared to 4 bags of non-recyclable materials. In December we had 6 bags of recyclable materials compared to 2 bags of non-recyclable materials.

We are currently running a competition for the best ‘Green Clean Classroom’. The class to produce the least amount of waste and to use the bins correctly will win a ‘green’ prize. The winners will be announced in next month’s newsletter.

Finally, we are preparing for the arrival of Dara Wyer. Dara is coming to examine our school’s waste and to see if we are worthy of our first green flag. We have been working very hard for the past 2 years to achieve this so keep up the good work and let’s get our first green flag.

By Owen Dowling and Hugh Perry

Coffee Morning

Liz and Geoff Deane wish to thank everyone for supporting their recent coffee morning in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. €2250 was raised towards the purchase of an incubator in the neonatal unit.