5 Nov

School Self Evaluation
First Steps in Writing:
• The genre in the First Steps in Writing programme for this term is Procedural Writing. Examples of the children’s writing are on display in the halla.
• Maths for Fun will begin in Fourth Class after the Halloween break. Any parents/grandparents who would like to help would be most welcome. The sessions will be for the four Wednesdays in November at 11 15 for approximately an hour. Please contact the office if you are available to help.
• Irish club will resume after the Halloween break for the pupils from 1st to 6th Class. It will run for four weeks each Tuesday from 3 00 pm – 4 00 pm. The cost will be €20 for the four weeks and will begin on Tuesday 6th November.
• Tá bord fógraí sa halla agus aon fógraí atá again le tabhairt amach bíonn said ar an mbord. There is an notice board in the hall and all notices are being on the board.
• Gaeilgeoirí na Coicíse Táimíd ag alanúint leis an gcomórtas “Gaeilgeoirí na Coicíse” agus tá a lánranganna ag deánamh sár iarracht an teideal a bhuacaint. We are continuing with our Gaeilgeori na Coicíse competition and all classes are making great efforts to win the title.

PA Survey
There were 98 surveys returned, the results are as follows:
Parent/Teacher Meetings:
• 83/98 – satisfied – 85%
• 15/98 – not satisfied – 15%
• Of the 15 dissatisfied:
o Six wanted 2 Parent/Teacher meetings per year, 7 not happy with time slots, rushed, queues, 2 not happy using the hall for meetings while one parent felt it was a very good idea – time slots to be increased to ten minutes each
• This year’s Parent/Teacher meetings will be held on Monday 26th November 3 30 – 7 30 pm. The time allocated has been increased to 10 minutes per child. Appointment times will be sent out early in November.
• Teachers/parents to arrange another meeting if there is something to be discussed that needs a longer time
• Parents are always welcome to contact class teacher and/or the Principal if they want an update on their child’s progress or if they have any concerns – these meetings/phone contact can be organised for a time convenient to all.

Homework: (1 parent answered “don’t know”)
o 89/98 – correct amount – 92%
o 6/98 – too much – 6%
o 2/98 – too little – 2%
• Parents are advised that if their child is experiencing difficulties with homework or if they have concerns themselves that they should contact the class teacher and/or Principal immediately to discuss these.
• While there are guidelines in our Homework Policy on the length of time a child should spend on homework in the different classes these will not always work out as some children just take longer to complete work. If a parent feels their child is spending too much time at homework please contact the school.
• If any parent has any observations or questions in relation to any of the above please do not hesitate to contact the Principal.

PA AGM and NPC Talk
Many thanks to all the parents that supported our recent talk by the NPC on Tuesday night last. We were delighted with the large turnout and hope that you all enjoyed it and took something of value from it. Our newsletter will be out after the midterm with information on further events for parents. The following are the incoming committee: Fiona Dunford – Chairperson, Aoife Davey – Secretary, Catriona Egan – Treasurer, Committee Members: Shauna Walsh, Sarah Phelan, Roisin Dooley, Anita Dooley, Rosita Murray, Rachel Doran, Ray Kennedy, Kate Connor, Claire Murphy, Mary Mulrooney, Maria Fitzpatrick, Paul Davey, Enda Dooley and Michelle Ryan (BoM Representatives).

Student Council
Our Student Council gathered up the suggestion boxes that were left in each classroom. There were many great suggestions from each class. The top three ideas were Crazy Hair Day, Jersey Day and swimming. The Student Council decided that Crazy Hair Day would be a great way to celebrate our Halloween holidays. A certificate will be presented to a child with the craziest hair from each class. The other suggestions will be discussed after Halloween at our next meeting.

Sixth Class Visit Roscrea Library
On Monday the 15th of October 6th Class went to the Roscrea library to meet the author, Gerard Siggins. He told them all about his book Rugby Spirit and how he came up with the idea to write it. Gerard’s son Billy told him that he should write a book. The book is about a boy who meets the ghost of an old rugby player in the Aviva Stadium and the ghost tells the boy how to be a good rugby player. In each book in the series there is a different ghost and a different little boy. He has written many books and he is now working on a series called Sports Academy. We all found it very interesting to hear an author tell what it’s like to write books. We hope to read some of his books in the future. (Leah 6th Class)

Visitors to the School
Coolderry Senior Hurling Club
• Members of the victorious Coolderry panel visited the school the day after they won the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship. Mr Hanamy welcomed the men along with some of the officers of the club. Team captain Kevin Connolly and forward Brian Carroll spoke to the boys and girls about the commitment and dedication winning a county final takes and both encouraged the pupils to take part in sport – whichever sport each prefers – and the benefits reaped from same. Thank you to the club for providing treats for the pupils – they were very well received.
Green Schools
• On Wednesday 24th Dara Devery from SEAI presented a workshop to the pupils in 2nd and 4th Class. He taught us how we can save energy in school and at home with the help of his friend Guzzler. We were really amazed to see how a bulb can be powered by the energy in a potato.

Sport in School
• Football: The boys took part in the Cumann na mBunscol football competition over the last number of weeks. They played three matches and though unsuccessful in the campaign the boys enjoyed both the training and matches. Thanks Mr Brislane who coached the team.
• The girls participated in the Offaly Cumann na mBunscol Football Championship again this year. They had a mixed campaign winning three matches and losing two meaning they did not qualify for the final. Thank you Ms Hickey and Ms Claffey for training the team – the girls really enjoyed themselves.
• On Friday last there Roscrea Rugby club held a school Blitz. Ten people from Fourth Class made up one team and 11 people from 6th Class formed the other team. When we arrived we got our jerseys on and played Corville in our first match. This resulted in a draw. Fourth Class won their first match. Our second match was against Scoil Eoin which also resulted in a win. Our final game was against Shinrone which we also won. However, disappointingly for our 6th Class team we lost out on a place in the final by score differences. Fourth class got into the final but they lost out by a try. Everyone had a super time at the blitz. Many thanks to Roscrea RFC for organizing a fun day. (Molly 6th Class).
• Athletics: On Wednesday 4th October thirty two pupils from Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class took part in the Offaly Schools Competition in the Harriers in Tullamore. The following children took part. Sixth Class: Emma, Erin, Caragh, Aoibhe, Aaron, Jack, Oisin and Ben . Fifth Class: Emma, Ally, Maeve, Rachael, Daragh, Jack, Aaron and Conor. Fourth Class: Lucy, Emer, Keeva, Hannah, Rami, Darragh, Killian and Darragh. Third Class: Lucy, Lucy, Roisin, Fia, Declan, Adam, Odhrannand Cian. All the children ran their best and enjoyed taking part in the races. Well done to the boys and girls who won individual medals: Declan 10th in the Third Class boys, Lucy 10th in Fourth Class girls, Rami 9th in Fourth Class boys, Darragh 5th in Fifth Class boys and Emma 10th in the Sixth Class girls race. We also won two team medals – the Fourth Class girls team finished third best team in Offaly and the Fifth Class boys team finished second. Well done to all those who ran on the day and also well done to all those who took part in the trials in school but didn’t make a team.
• After Halloween the Offaly Sports Partnership will be running a six weeks indoor athletics programme for all classes in the school hall.

The school choir will resume practices on Monday afternoons with Ms Deirdre Higgins after Halloween. The first session will be on Monday 12th November from 3 00 pm– 3 45 pm. The choir is open to all children in Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class. Please talk to your child in these classes and encourage them to join. The cost per child will be €20 for the year.

Team Hope
This year we are again participating in the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Leaflets have been given out to each child and boxes can be returned to the school on or before Friday 9th November.

Fifth Class (2017/2018) Mini Companies Charity Donation
Parents of last year’s 5th Class will be aware that once the mini companies were completed the pupils pledged to give 10% of the profit to charity. The pupils chose to give the money to Uganda Mission Fund. A total of €43.30 was collected and lodged to the account of Uganda Mission Fund in the Credit Union.

Class News
In Fifth Class we sowed daffodils in the new flower beds and wrote about it in procedural writing. We enjoyed making Aztec shields and learning about the Mexican festival Day of the Dead……………….. Third Class really enjoyed their four weeks of tennis with Nicola. They are busy at the moment doing projects on different counties. This month Second Class did some fantastic artwork as we designed our own model submarines to go with assembly performance of ‘Yellow Submarine’. We also planted a tree on the 4th of October for Tree Day……………… First Class have been learning all about nocturnal animals in SESE! We each read out a fact about bats for the school at assembly. This term in our First Steps in Writing we are focusing on procedural writing. We made some hot chocolate with marshmallows and wrote the procedure for it. It was a lovely treat whilst learning!……………………….. Senior Infants are super excited about Halloween. We are busy practicing for assembly on Friday. We can’t wait to go on stage and perform our little play “Room on the Broom” for the whole school. We learned all about pumpkins and did some Science experiments using pumpkins. We discovered that even though pumpkins are heavy they actually float in water! Try it yourself this Halloween.

Dates for your Diary
• Parent/Teacher Meetings – Monday 26th November 3 30 – 7 30 pm
• Christmas Show – Friday 14th December – two shows – morning and evening – times to be confirmed

Enjoy the Halloween Break – See you all on 5th November 2018

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