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September Newsletter 2015

Junior Infants

We welcome our new Junior Infants who have settled in very well.  The pupils are an energetic happy group and are delighted to join the rest of the school for assembly. The children  look forward to break times when they can go on the playground equipment.  Check the website for photographs of the children.


Board of Management

  • The Board welcomes Ms Anna Larkin as a permanent member of staff and welcome back Ms Louise Hickey for the year.
  • The term of office of the current Board of Management finishes this term.  A new Board must be in place by December 1st 2015.  The parents’ nominees (one mother and one father) will be elected in the coming weeks.


School Self Evaluation

  • Literacy Lift Off has resumed in First Class and will take place in Senior Infants later in the year.
  • First Steps in Writing is a programme that provides the children with an opportunity to engage actively and collaboratively in analysing, interpreting and constructing a variety of genres.  The focus is on seven genres – Recount, Report, Explanation, Procedural, Persuasive, Narrative and Writing to Socialise.  These will be taught in a two year cycle starting this term with Recount.
  • 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.
  • We are undertaking a comprehensive review of the teaching of Gaeilge in the school.  A questionnaire will be sent home to parents in the coming weeks.


School Mass

Our school chaplin Fr Michael Harding came to the school on 29th September to celebrate mass for the beginning of the school year.  The children were delighted when Fr Harding suggested that if the children were good during mass he would encourage Mr Hanamy to go easy on the homework.  A big cheer went up when Mr Hanamy decided the children had behaved excellently and deserved a night off homework.


Internet Safety Talk

The Board of Management have joined with the Parents Association to provide information sessions on Internet Safety aimed at both children and parents on Monday 12th October.  Workshops for children from 3rd to 6th Class will take place during the school day and we invite parents of all children in the school to the hall at 7 30 pm for this information session. The workshops and presentation to parents will be given by John Murray who has 26 years teaching experience in both the primary and post-primary sector, including eight years as the ICT Advisor for Waterford Teachers’ Centre.  John holds a BA Degree, Higher Diploma in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in ICT in Education and an MA in Education.  He is highly regarded in his field.  Light refreshments will be served after the talk and John will be available to chat to anyone who may have questions.  If you know anyone who might be interested in the talk please encourage them to come along – all welcome.


Tullamore to Calais Project

Following a request from the Tullamore to Calais Project for hygiene packs for refugees we were overwhelmed with the response from our pupils and proud of the charitable ethos that prevails in our school.  Over 200 hygiene packs were collected in the school and given to the project for transportation to those less fortunate.  Well done to all!


Culture Night

To celebrate Culture Night recently our 6th Class pupils were invited to sing in Birr.  The children attended 10 00 am mass, following this the pupils sang for the gathered congregation.  Many of the parishioners complimented the group.  Thank you to the parents who travelled too.


Upcoming Events

  • Friendship Week takes place next week.  Each class has organised a number of activities to coincide with this and assembly each morning will incorporate the theme of friendship.
  • Thirty two boys and girls are gone to Tullamore Harriers Stadium today to take part in the Offaly Cross Country Championship.  Good luck to all.
  • Slieve Bloom Storytellers will visit the school on Thursday 8th October for the annual storytelling festival.


Green Schools

Following a very successful Fifth Green Flag programme we are now seeking our Sixth Green Flag.  This flag concentrates on Global Citizenship.  Election of a new committee is taking place in classes from 3rd to 6th at the moment.


School Activities

  • Hughie Hannon has recommenced the GAA coaching with the pupils in 3rd and 4th and 5th Class.
  • Rugby continues in 6th Class under the guidance of Mark Lown.
  • Our footballers played two matches recently against St Rynaghs and Crinkle.  We were thrilled to win both matches. Our match against Birr takes place next week.
  • The pupils are delighted to have gymnastics in school again this year with Ms Mary Wyer.  All the children really enjoying these sessions and eagerly await their turn.  A big thank you to the Parents Association for sponsoring these sessions again this year.


Dates for your Diary

  • Internet Safety Talk with John Murray – Monday 12th October at 7 30 pm
  • Book Fair – Thursday 19th November to Wednesday 25th November
  • Parent / Teacher Meetings – Monday 23rd November
  • First Confession – Wednesday 2nd March at 7 30
  • Confirmation – Saturday 16th April 2015 at 11 00 am
  • First Communion – Saturday 7th May at 11 00 am
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