November 2015 newsletter

School Calendar A big thank you to the Parents Association committee and to all who helped them for their work in organising the school calendar which will be on sale from mid November. They managed the recent setting up of photos in the school with the minimum of disruption to the school day and the children had a great time taking part. We strongly encourage everyone to support this fundraiser.

Swimming will resume for Infants, 3rd and 4th classes for six weeks after the Halloween midterm break. Please note there will be no swimming on Mon 30th November due to the senior Christmas trip. Pupils will swim instead on Mon 21st December.

 The Parents Association AGM took place on Monday 12th October. The guest speaker on the night was Kildare Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh. Despite a small turnout of parents on the night, there was a constructive and lively discussion about general road safety on the campus and in the town. We welcome the following new members onto the committee: Tara Stacey, Marie Kenny, Ashley Cole and Sarah Cullen, and look forward to working together. We wish to thank the outgoing members:  Adele Rowan, (committee) Jane Burns and Karl Colton (Parents’ Nominees) for their hard work, commitment and support during their term on the P.A.

A big thank you to Richard Daly and his staff for welcoming 5th and 6th class to their Open Day in Athy College on 25th September. The pupils had a very interesting morning being shown around the school.

6th class attended the annual Diocesan Schools Service in Christchurch Cathedral on Thurs 15th Oct. Our pupils behaved exceptionally well on the day. Special praise goes to Ellen Burns and Dearbhla Bradshaw, who read so well in front of a very large congregation. Well done, all!

We had a Dress Up Day on Friday 24th October in support of the Kildare Hospice on the Curragh. Well done to everyone who dressed up and supported this; the school was a riot of colour and activity on the day.

Our classrooms are full of bookworms at the moment, most of whom are taking part in the MS Readathon. Keep up the reading, everyone!

A huge thank you to Teresa Fitzpatrick, Frances Worthley and Barbara Cole for their year round assistance in setting up and working with the infants during weekly Art sessions.

Our Guided Reading sessions have finished until February. We sincerely thank the parishioners and parents who gave up their time to listen to our pupils reading in small groups. We really appreciate your input.

Word Wasp sessions are continuing in the mornings. Again, thank you to the volunteers who work with the children on this. We are very fortunate to have so many people willing to give their time and assistance to our pupils. If you are interested in helping with knitting in Mrs. Deane’s classroom (3rd & 4th class) in January or with Guided Reading in February, please let us know.

Our pupils (2nd class upwards) have been invited to sing at the Songs of Praise service in the Dominican Church on Sunday 1st November, at 3.30 pm. Other schools in the town will also be represented there. This should be a lovely service, and we encourage families to attend if possible.

Parent teacher meetings will take place in the afternoons, after school, straight after midterm break.

The Christmas Trips organised by the P.A. this year are as follows:

3rd to 6th classes will be going to hear and see the RTE Symphony Orchestra performing ‘Musical Adventures’ on 30th Nov.  in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Infants, 1st and 2nd classes are attending ‘Snow Play’ in the Riverbank theatre in Newbridge on Mon 14th December. Many thanks to Dolores Delaney, P.A. secretary, for organising these trips which promise to be very enjoyable.

Please note that our School Carol Service will take place on Sunday 20th December in St. Michael’s Church at 11 am.