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3 Oct

Junior Infants
We extend a warm welcome to the new Junior Infants who have joined us this year. The pupils are an energetic happy group and the remainder of the school were delighted to welcome the boys and girls to assembly. The children have adapted to school life seamlessly and are making friends and having lots of fun in Junior Infants. As usual the playground equipment is a big hit with the children.

Board of Management
• We wish to advise parents that the WSE Report from our recent inspection is available at the following link https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Inspection-Reports-Publications/Whole-School-Evaluation-Reports-List/17523D_WSEMLLP_6951_20180525.pdf.
• We wish to remind parents that school policies are available to view on our school website www.dromakeenanns.ie – we ask you to be particularly aware of our Child Protection Policy, Code of Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy.
• The Board welcomes Ms Mary Wyer and Ms Bríd Claffey who are both back with us for the year. We welcome Mrs Margaret Tomlinson as SNA who is job sharing with Mrs Teresa Ryan. We wish Teresa a speedy recovery following her recent surgery. We congratulate Mrs Louise Gleeson and her husband David on their recent wedding.
• We also welcome Ms Deirdre Higgins who comes from the Music Generation programme. Deirdre replaces Ailbhe Kelly who finished with us in June after teaching Music here for six years.
• We remind parents that there is a private bus service from town servicing the school. Anyone interested in using the bus can contact Robert Ryan on 087 2120644.

School Self Evaluation
A Three Year Improvement Plan for Gaeilge has been put in place with the emphasis in the first year on promoting and using spoken Irish more in the school. Gaeilgeoirí na Coicíse continues with each class competing to win this title every fortnight. An Irish notice board has been placed in the halla reminding children of events taking place as Gaeilge. We also plan to have more notices and fógraí placed around the school.

As part of the SSE process the following initiatives will continue:
• Literacy Lift Off has resumed in First Class and will take place in Senior Infants later in the year
• The genre in the First Steps in Writing programme this term is Procedural Writing. Examples of the children’s writing will be on display in the halla.
• As part of our Numeracy strategy we will continue with a “Problem of the Week” board in the school halla. Two different problems will be introduced each week at assembly – one for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class, and another for 4th, 5th and 6th Class. The problems will be discussed on a Monday with the problems being solved on Thursday morning.
• The Maths for Fun initiative will continue again this year. Details will follow in our next newsletter.

School Mass
Fr Michael Harding joined the children and parents on Tuesday last 25th September for our school mass. It was a lovely ceremony and wonderful to have so many parents take time out from their busy schedules to join us.

Friendship Week
Last week was Friendship Week in our school. Each class organised a number of activities to coincide with this and assembly each morning incorporated the theme of friendship. On Friday Fourth Class sang “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman and the lyrics were very appropriate for the week that it was. Children read their Friendship poems while the younger pupils showed off their Friendship pictures.
The “Random Act of Kindness” nomination box is in the school reception. Those nominated for their acts of kindness are in with a chance of winning a prize over the coming weeks.

Student Council
This year we have decided to form a student council in the school. The aims for our student council are:
• To give a voice to the student body
• To make positive changes to our school
• To promote the Irish language
• To help at school events
Elections have taken place for our new School Council committee. There was great interest shown among our students and each candidate gave a speech outlining why they would make a good school councillor. The following students were voted by their class on to the committee: 6th Class: Kate and Ben, 5th Class: Emma and Luke, 4th Class: Lucy and Ronan, 3rd Class: Nicole and Ryan. Well done to everyone – interesting times ahead. Our inaugural meeting is scheduled for the coming week.

Rusty and Ruby
Let us introduce our two new turtles Rusty and Ruby. These two little turtles arrived two weeks ago. A competition was held to name the turtles and Ellie in Junior Infants came up with the winning names – Rusty and Ruby. Ellie won a Lifestyle voucher. Well done Ellie!

School Activities
• Thirty two boys and girls will go to Tullamore Harriers Stadium on Wednesday next to take part in the Offaly Cross Country Championship. Good luck to all.
• Tennis coaching with Nicola Keeshan has commenced for the pupils of 3rd and 5th Class. The children will have 4 sessions in total and we would like to thank the two parents who have sponsored these sessions.
• Our footballers have played two matches in the Offaly Cumann na mBunscol Championship. We were defeated by a stronger Birr team and put in a great battling performance against St Rynaghs and were unlucky to lose by a few points. Our next game sees us up against Gaelscoil Tullach Mhór and this will be played next week.
• The girls are taking part in the Offaly Cumann na mBunscol Football Championship once again this year. They have had an excellent start to their campaign with victories over Kinnitty/Roscomroe, Rath and Carrig. Next week they travel to play Clonmacnoise and hopefully the girls can keep up their winning ways.
• Choir will start next week – choir will now be on a Monday instead of Thursday. Children from 3rd to 6th Class are encouraged to join. More information will follow during the week.

Class News
First class have been very busy on their return to school. We have been learning all about our bodies in Science. We learned the names of body parts and a song called Ceann, gualainn, glúin is cos sa rang Gaeilge. We also have learned about the importance of brushing our teeth and even used this topic for our procedural writing! Literacy Lift Off has started and we are really enjoying all the stations!…… What a busy month it’s been in Senior Infants! Our theme this month is Autumn and we have been very busy learning all about Autumn. Our classroom is filled with signs of Autumn. We worked in groups to design posters about friendship for Friendship Week. It was fun working together………Junior Infants have been learning about the doctor for the last few weeks. We have been role playing going to the doctor’s surgery and playing with the hospital. We have also learned how to use a stethoscope, a thermometer and how to check someone’s reflex!

Dates for your Diary
• Parent/Teacher meetings – date to be confirmed
• Confirmation Enrolment Ceremony – Wednesday 3rd October at 7 30 pm in Scoil Eoin, Golden Grove
• First Communion Enrolment Mass – Saturday 6th October at 6 30 pm in St Cronan’s Church, Roscrea
• First Confession – Tuesday 26th February at 7 00 pm
• Confirmation –Saturday 16th March at 3 00 pm
• First Communion – Saturday 18th May at 2 00 pm

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