November Newsletter 2018

November 2018 Newsletter

It’s been a busy couple of months since we started back to school at the end of August and already the year is flying by. Swimming is now over for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th  classes. They all made very good progress during their six weeks.  Infants, 5th and 6th  class will begin Wednesday 7th November for six weeks from 12pm-1pm. Infant children may be collected at the pool and 5th  and 6th will be returning to school on the bus.

Junior and Senior infants planted some daffodil and snowdrop bulbs in the new flower bed and it will be very exciting (and a long wait) to see the blooms that will emerge in the spring. Thank you to Barbara Cole for doing this with the children.

The Parents Association AGM took place on Tuesday  9th October. Paul Hickey from e Safety spoke to the parents who attended on the topic of keeping your child safe on line. It was a very informative presentation and thank you to the PA for organising and paying for these workshops.  Stephen from e Safety spoke to the children in 1st to 6th class about internet safety earlier in the day. We welcome Claire Hutchinson and Joanna Woodhouse  to the committee  .

6th class attended the annual Diocesan Schools Service in Christchurch Cathedral on Thursday  18th October . They visited Dublinia the Viking exhibition, as well as a stopping at Mc Donald’s on the way home afterwards. Our pupils had a lovely day. Well done, all. We would like to thank the Board of Management who paid for the bus to Dublin.

Una Halpin from Heritage in Schools visited the school on Friday 19th October. All classes had an opportunity to explore nature and soils in the school grounds. It was very enjoyable and very well organised.

Well done to Mya McAleenan who came in first place in the 11-13 yrs category and Cerys Moody who came 2nd in the 8-10yrs category of the Credit Union Art Competition.

We had a Dress Up Day on Friday 26th October in support of the Jack and Jill Foundation. Well done to everyone who dressed up and supported this.

Our Guided Reading sessions are starting on Thursday 8th November and we would love to have some more volunteers. If any parents, parishioners, or  grandparents are available to volunteer on Tuesday or Thursday mornings for about 30 minutes for 6 weeks we would really love to have you listen to our pupils reading in small groups. We really appreciate your input.

Parent teacher meetings will take place in the afternoons, after school, beginning the week of Monday 19th November

The Christmas Trips organised by the P.A. this year are as follows: The Junior Christmas trip will take place on Tuesday 18th December to the Dunamaise Theatre in Portlaoise  while the Senior trip will be on Wednesday 19th  December to The Gaeity Theatre  in Dublin. Many thanks to Marie Kenny , for organising these trips which promise to be very enjoyable.

Please note that our School Carol Service will take place on Sunday 16th December in St. Michael’s Church at 11 am.

School is closed from Monday  29th October  to Friday 2nd  November for midterm break. We wish everyone a well-earned rest!