17 Dec

Board of Management

  • GDPR

In order to comply with new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) the following GDPR Policies were ratified at our recent meeting:

  • Data Protection Policy
  • CCTV Policy
  • Privacy Notice to Parents/Guardians
  • Fair Processing of Personal Data
  • School Website Privacy Statement
  • Data Retention Periods for Schools
  • Request for a Copy of Personal Data

All of the above are available to view on the school website while each family will be sent a copy of the “Privacy Notice to Parents/Guardians”.


  • School Christmas Show

With the school Christmas show just around the corner the Board of Management would also like to bring the following to your attention:

What are the implications for the school of parents recording their own and other children performing on stage?

A recording of a child, or children, is the collection and storage of data. As with the collection and storage of any data, consent is required. Parents are not required to comply with the Data Protection Act when taking photographs of their children for their own private use at an organised event. As long as the parents have been invited to the event and the subsequent pictures are intended for family or private use, there is no breach of the Act. This changes if the parents subsequently share images of other children in a public forum e.g. Facebook, website etc. The responsibility is firmly on the person who has captured the images not to share them publicly. 

  • The Board of Management would like to extend its condolences to Paul Maher on the death of his father Jeremiah recently.
  • Feedback from the Parents Association has been very positive regarding the changes made to the parent/teacher meetings. We are pleased the changes were successful.


School Self Evaluation

  • Maths for Fun has just finished in Fourth Class.   The sessions were very enjoyable and worthwhile.  Thank you to the parents who kindly volunteered their time and we hope you enjoyed it as much as the pupils did.
  • First Steps in Writing continues in the school.  This term the genre the children are learning is “Writing to Socialise”.  Their work is displayed in the hall and in their classrooms.


Parent Association Calendar

As you all know the calendar photographs have been taken and it is full steam ahead with this venture.  The calendars are currently being printed and it is expected they will be ready towards the end of this week.  There will be a limited number of calendars available – we will reserve one copy for each family.  However, if you would like to pre-order extra copies of this ideal Christmas gift please send in your order to Deirdre in the office.  The cost of the calendar will be €10.  Calendars will be available at our Christmas show if not sold out before hand.


Christmas Sale

The eagerly awaited annual Christmas Sale of Work organised by 6th Class will take place on Thursday 20th December.  This is the only time during the year we make a monetary collection for charity and the funds raised are distributed when we get requests from charities during the year.  The charities that benefitted from last year’s sale were:  Uganda Mission Fund, Barretstown Castle and Roscrea Hospice.  Used toys, books etc in good condition will be accepted on Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th only.  There will be tickets on sale the week before for the usual prizes/competitions – name the doll, how many sweets in the jar and class selection boxes.


Presentation to Roscrea Hospice

Colm Brophy visited Sixth Class last week to tell the pupils about the drop in centre Roscrea Hospice has each week.  Roscrea Hospice are running a competition for Sixth Class pupils in the town to come up a name for the centre.  Pictured is Sixth Class with Colm Brophy after Colm received a cheque for €500 for Roscrea Hospice.


Christmas Show

Preparations are now well underway for our Christmas Show “The Christmas Toy Story” on the 14th of December.  There will be two shows on the day – one at 12 30 pm and the other at 7 00 pm (the show will be approximately 50 minutes in duration).

Active Flag

As part of our Active Schools Flag initiative Emmet Dynan from Offaly Sports Partnership is giving indoor athletics classes in the school hall each week. The children are really enjoying it. Tipperary Sports Partnership have also given us the use of athletics equipment this term. No excuses for not being active in Dromakeenan!


Colouring Competitions:

Credit Union:  We had terrific success at the recent Credit Union Colouring competition with many prize winners coming from our school.  Credit Union Representative Siobhan Moloney visited the school on Thursday 24th to present the prizes.  Winners:  Aoibhe in Fourth Class who won first place and Ciara also in 4th Class who came second place (in the 9-11 age category) and Alicia  in Second Class who came in second place  in the U 7 age category.  Well done girls.

Gurteen Agricultural College:  Congratulations to Kate in Sixth Class who won the Winter Wonderland Colouring Competition in Gurteen Agricultural College.  As her prize Kate has the pleasure of switching on the lights in Winter Wonderland – well done Kate.


Sixth Class Debating

On Thursday October 25th, four Sixth Class students, Alison, Aoibhe, Dayna and Emma as our timekeeper, travelled to Dunkerrin NS to compete in the Debating League.  All three girls worked very hard on writing their speeches with a bit of help from Miss Hogan and Mr Hanamy. Our speeches had to be three minutes long. The captain has to speak first, then the second and third speaker and finally the captain makes a second speech at the end. We only had three days to prepare, but on the day we all felt confident in our debates. Dayna Quinlan spoke first as captain, Aoibhe  Kelly spoke second, Alison Crofton spoke third and Dayna spoke again at the end. Both schools debated really well and the judges had a hard decision. After a lot of thought they decided that the winner was………………DROMAKEENAN!!!!!! We were so happy and we could not wait to come back to school to tell the class the good news.  Dayna, 6th Class


Science Week

To mark Science Week in Sixth Class, we had a Science Fair on Friday the 16th of November. There were all kinds of Science experiments. Each and everyone of them were different. There were volcanoes, diaper dissections, bouncy eggs and so much more. It was great fun and we all had a ball. Our parents came in and from what we’ve heard they all enjoyed it. Kate, 6th Class.

Visitor to Fifth Class

Recently Sarah in Fifth Class’ grandparents Joe and Mary Ryan visited Fifth Class.  Joe’s grandfather was Jack Moyney who fought in WW1 and was presented with the Victoria Cross for his bravery.  Joe passed on a wealth of knowledge to the children and they had many questions for him.  The Ryan’s had pictures of Jack and replicas of his medals.  The children made cards to thank Joe and Mary for taking time out to call to the class.


“Abba” in Colaiste Phobal

On Thursday 29th November, the Sixth Class pupils hopped on a bus and drove to Colaiste Phobal. When we got there, we sat in our seats and waited for the show to begin. The first song was’ I Have A Dream’ sang by the lead Sharon Shanahan. We all had a great time singing and dancing along. A big projector screen had all the lyrics of the songs on them. Watching each one of the actors was like watching the real film. It was full of songs and dances. Then there was a short break.

During the break we caught up with all our friends at the back of the hall. After around fifteen minutes, we all sat down in our seats excitedly waiting for the second half.

When the second half started, we all sat down waiting for the next song to start. Another beautiful performance from Sharon Shanahan when she stepped up on stage to sing ‘Under Attack’. When the show finished we went back to school to have some Heroes that we kindly got from Mr O Connor the Principal in Coláiste Phobal. A big thank you to Colaiste Phobal for a great day and an amazing performance.

By Kate, 6th Class


Class News:

In Fifth Class we are enjoying doing lots of Science experiments.  We are learning lots about the eye at the moment. We also enjoyed making mosaic snowmen in Art. We are busy learning about mountains and how they are formed. We are learning the names of the mountains in Ireland and doing a case study on The Sliabh Bloom Mountains. We enjoyed our writing to socialise lessons. We wrote emails to Mr. Hanamy and Thank you cards to our loved ones………………In Third Class we had great fun last week making carbon dioxide and experimenting with an egg and vinegar! ………………………In First Class we have been learning all about Winter! We wrote acrostic poems and created our very own snow globes. These are on display in our classroom. We went for a ‘Winter Nature Walk’ on the school grounds looking for the signs of Winter. In Math’s class we have been busy learning all about measurement! We measured the length of our class using our Math’s books and used our hand span to measure our desks and windows in the classroom! Literacy Lift Off is finished now, we really enjoyed it……………….Junior infants had great fun entertaining the audience in our very first school assembly. All of the rehearsing paid off!  In Aistear Juniors were learning all about a trip to the restaurant – from being customers to cooking and serving the food.


Dates for your Diary

  • December 14th – Christmas Show at 12 30 pm and 7 00 pm
  • December 20th – 6th Class Christmas Sale
  • December 21st – Christmas Holidays


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