March 2014 Newsletter

We warmly welcome both Lorraine Booth and Natalie Hayden to our staff. Lorraine will be teaching Junior and Senior Infants for the duration of Mrs Deane’s maternity leave. Natalie has been with us since September and teaches in resource in a part time capacity. We also welcome Caitríona Gunning, who will be with 3rd and 4th class on Student Placement (teaching practice) for the next number of weeks.

We’ve been in Athy Library a lot recently. 1st and 2nd class attended a storytelling session in the library on 30th January on the theme of friendship and bullying. 3rd and 4th class took part in a KNex challenge workshop on 10thFebruary and 5th and 6th class participated in a Science workshop on 13th February. Thank you to the parents who accompanied the teachers and pupils on all trips. We are very grateful to Athy Library for hosting all these workshops. They are well run and the children always enjoy them.

Garda O’ Shea, the community guard, visited school on 29th January to talk to the older pupils about personal safety.

Pupils from 5th and 6th class took part in the Credit Union Schools Quiz on Friday 31st January. One of the teams came joint fourth with a number of other teams. Well done to all.

September 2014 Enrolment   Applications are now being invited for September 2014 enrolment. Please call to the school for a Notification of intent to apply form if you are interested in your child starting school with us in September.

A number of pupils from 3rd to 6th classes attended the Scripture Union weekend in Ovoca Manor recently. Everyone had a great time and they are already looking forward to next year’s camp.

School will be closed on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th March for Patrick’s Day.

 Please note that a meeting will be held in the school on Monday 7th April at 7 pm to start planning the upcoming Children’s Choral Festival and Sports, which the school is hosting this year on Friday 6th June. This is an important event requiring ‘all hands on deck’ and we urge everyone to attend.  It will be followed by an Internet Safety Parents Talk at 8 o’ clock. The speaker is Paul Hickey from, and the talk is not to be missed by parents of pupils of all ages.