3 Nov

Board of Management

The Board of Management election of parent nominees is proceeding with the first round completed.  Ballot papers to elect one father/guardian and one mother/guardian will be distributed after the Halloween break.  Each parent is entitled to vote for one mother/guardian and one father/guardian.  Ballot papers should be placed in a sealed envelope in the ballot box in the reception area by 12 noon on Wednesday 11th November.  Postal nominations clearly identified on the envelope as Board of Management Election will be accepted.


School Self Evaluation

Maths for Fun will continue in Fourth Class after the Halloween break.  Any parents/grandparents who would like to help would be most welcome.  Please contact the office if you are available to help.


Visitors to the School

  • Once again in conjunction with the Slieve Bloom Story Telling Festival we were delighted to have Bat the storyteller from Sneem in Kerry visit the school on Thursday 8th October.  Batt had the children from 1st to 6th Class totally enthralled with his stories about “The Boy who had Many Wishes”.
  • Two firemen from the Birr Fire Station visited 3rd Class on Thursday 8th October also to give the pupils a talk on fire safety.  The information given is very important especially at this time of the year.


Sport in School

  • Hurling:  Third, Fourth and Fifth Class really enjoyed the coaching sessions with Hughie Hannon.  Hughie will return to the school in the Spring to coach the younger classes.
  • Gymnastics:  The children are disappointed this years’ gymnastic sessions are coming to an end.  Each year we see an improvement in what the children are able to achieve.  Thanks to the Parents Association for sponsoring the sessions again this year and to Ms Mary Wyer for her expertise.
  • Football:  The boys had a very successful campaign reaching the final on Tuesday last.  However, it was not to be our day as we came up against a stronger Birr team who came out on top in the end.  Well done boys and thanks to Mr Brislane who coached the team .
  • Rugby:  The sessions under the guidance of Mark Lown are coming to an end.  The pupils in Sixth Class really enjoyed the rugby and had great fun participating.
  • Sixth Class took part in the Hurling Blitz organised by Colaiste Phobal on Tuesday 13th October.  The children topped the group but lost out in the semi-final.  All the pupils had a great day.
  • Athletics:  (Update on Cross Country from last newsletter) Well done to Emma from 3rd Class who won a medal for 4th place.  Congratulations to Keisha who finished in 1st place and Ciara who came 4th, the two girls along with Leah and Emma made up the team that won the gold team medal.  Fourth Class boys did very well too.  Rugare was first home leading his team of Marc , Robbie and Conor to bronze medals. Orlagh and Kelsey were 3rd and 4th respectively in the Fifth Class girls race.  The girls accompanied by Niamh and Kellie also got silver medals in the team event. In the Sixth Class boys race Oisin was 2nd and Jamie 4th, they joined with Enda and Stephen to win gold medals in the team competition – a first for the school.

Parents Association

The Outgoing Parents Association would like to:

  • Welcome the incoming committee including Chairperson Ray Kennedy, Joint Secretaries Fiona Dunford and Rachel Doran and Joint Treasurers Caitriona Egan and Aileen Hoyne.
  • Remind parents there will be a bag pack in Dunnes Stores in the near future and support would be greatly appreciated.
  • Like to thank all parents for their support during the last term of office.


Internet Safety and Cyber Harassment Talk by John Murray

  • On Monday 12th October John Murray expert in Internet Safety and Cyber Harassment gave workshops to the boys and girls of 3rd to 6th Class.  The workshops were age appropriate to each class and it is hoped that the children will be more informed in this technological age.
  • That evening John gave an extremely informative talk in the school hall.  The parents found John to be very knowledgeable on the subject and were delighted to have his tips on CD for future reference.


The school choir has recommenced practices on a Thursday afternoon under the guidance of Ms Ailbhe Kelly.  The children will participate in the Peace Proms again this year but the performance will be in the Hub Kilkenny in March.   We will also have a workshop for the Peace Proms in February.  We will be performing carol singing in Roscrea during the Christmas period.


Fred the Magician

Fred the Magician visited the school again today.  He is extremely popular with all the pupils who thoroughly enjoy the show.  A variety of magic, music and singing enthralled the group.


Team Hope

This year we are again participating in the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.  Co-ordinator Marie O Brien asked that we remind people that it would be great if each box could contain something to write with, something to wash with – soap or toothbrush and toothpaste, something to wear and something to play with.  She encourages us to look at home and see what we can donate (please make sure any clothing or soft toys have been washed).  Boxes can be returned to the school on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November.


Class News

In Sixth Class we are debating each week and our topic this week is “Children know how to use the Internet Safely”, we will take part in the All Ireland Primary Debating Competition which will take place in December…………In Fifth Class we did projects on famous explorers.  We are learning “The Time Warp” and “Calling all the Monsters”….In Fourth Class we are learning how to play Countdown – wonder who will have the longest word?………..In Third Class we had lots of fun learning about both explosions and electricity in Science……..In Second Class we have been very busy learning about the history of Halloween and its traditions.  We made our very own creative pumpkins.  We learned a poem called “Halloween is Nearly Here” and a song called “Wicked Witch”…………..  First Class had terrific fun when we visited the Cistercian College Roscrea.  We learned about the different types of trees and berries.    We took lots of photographs and lots of selfies…….  Senior Infants went on a nature walk to Golden Grove woods and found lots of signs of Autumn.  We even found where the fairies live – they left ribbons tied to the tree……………Junior Infants have been very busy learning all about Autumn.   We painted beautiful spikey hedgehogs.  We have been working very hard on our sounds and writing…………In Aoibhneas 1 we planted Spring bulbs and in Aoibhneas Class 2 we dug up potatoes and made wedges.  We are learning some golden words such as Please, Thank you, Excuse me, Sorry and Pardon.


Dates for your Diary

  • Book Fair – Thursday 19th – Wednesday 25th November
  • Parent/Teacher Meetings – Monday 23th November at 3 30 pm
  • Christmas Show in School Hall – Friday 18th December 11 00 am and 7 00 pm

Enjoy the Halloween Break – See you all on 2nd November

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