June 2016 Newsletter

The author and historian, James Durney, visited our school on 29th April and gave a fascinating presentation on the role of Kildare people in the Easter Rising. He brought along some old weaponry and uniforms which many of the children got to handle and try on.

Darkness into Light 13 of our pupils, along with their parents, took part in the Darkness into Light Walk on Sat 7th May. Well done to you all!

We had a visit from the dental nurse on 13th May. She gave the children lots of important advice to do with brushing teeth and good oral hygiene, as well as foods to avoid.

 3rd and 4th class enjoyed their visit to Athy Library on Monday 25th April to learn all about beekeeping.

Five members of the Board of Management attended training in Dublin on Mon 23rd May. A big thank you to Karl Colton for driving us there.

Reminder to parents: School will be closed for pupils on Monday 6th June (Bank Holiday) and on Tuesday 7th June (the day after the bank holiday) in order to facilitate a whole staff workshop on the new language curriculum (Irish and English).

We are looking forward to David Day of Jabba Jabba Jemba fame, returning on Thurs 9th June, to inspire the pupils in the art of drumming.

1st and 2nd class are off to Athy Library on Weds 8th June for a Science Workshop. This workshop will introduce children to the wonders of nature and the marine environment. Children will get to examine marine creatures in small groups!

We are making the most of the fine weather at the moment and are busy practising for the West Glendalough Children’s Festival and Sports Day in Blessington on Fri 10th June. Please remember that all pupils are expected to attend this service and sports day. It is probably the highlight of our summer term so is not to be missed!

All new pupils should have received their invitations to our induction afternoon for new pupils and parents which takes place on Monday 13th June, from 1.20 to 2.20 pm.


The Junior School Tour for infants, 1st and 2nd class will take place this year on Tuesday 14th June. We are off to the Castlecomer Discovery Park for fun and frolics involving a junior assault course and water ecology. The Senior School Tour for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class is to the Jump Zone in Sandyford, a first time for all, and takes place on Wednesday 15th June.

Our End of Year service takes place on Sunday 19th June, at 11 am, in St. Michael’s Church. This is where we say goodbye to our 6th class pupils and the William Ashmore Plaque, the Scripture Prize and the Loftus Warren Cup are awarded, along with full attendance prizes. We will also be saying a sad farewell to our SNA, Concepta Davidson, at this service. Concepta has been a valued member of staff with us for eighteen years. All families are asked to attend this service.


The 6th Class Sale takes place on Friday 24th June this year from 10 am until 12 noon. As usual, there will be lots going on, including a bric-a-brac stall, a cake sale, raffles as well as teas and coffees. The senior pupils have decided on the West Wicklow and Kildare ISPCA as their chosen charity to which most of the funds will go. Everyone’s support is most welcome.

A big thank you from Mrs Cole and all the junior and senior infants to Brendan-Fredric and Felix Lynch’s mum, Kristina, who made a special type of play dough for the Aistear Room. Thank you so much!