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May 2015 Newsletter

posted May 29, 2015, 3:52 AM by Simon Lewis   [ updated May 29, 2015, 3:53 AM ]

It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the final month of the school year. It’s been such a busy time and we’ve had great fun. May has been an especially busy month with loads of different activities going on and we’ll share all the news with you in this newsletter. We’re also going to share news about next year so please make sure to read this carefully. You’ll be receiving your packs by email this year but before that, we’ll include next year’s calendar in this newsletter as well as the latest information on staff. Thanks also to Ada for sending us information on an upcoming fundraiser for Sama, which I hope you’ll support. If you have any news you’d like to see in the newsletter, please email the school and we’d be delighted to feature it. Until the last newsletter of the year, keep happy, safe and learning!

Latest News

Official Opening

Our school was officially opened by the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan this month. Thank you to Paul Rowe, Thomas Farrell and Rhonda Smith for speaking at the event. Big thanks too to all our parents who helped with catering and tidying. Thanks to our students for all their help and wonderful singing at the ceremony. Finally, thanks to the staff for all their fantastic work. Without them, there would have been no event.

Work Experience

We’ve really enjoyed having Branka, Collette, Róisín and Martha for work experience in our school this term and wish them well with the rest of their studies. We also welcome Fatima who is working with Siobhán in the office for a few weeks as part of some work experience. If you meet her when you come to school, please make her feel welcome.

School Band

The school band is going from strength to strength and you’ll be hearing their first performance before the year is out. However, please note that the school cannot take responsibility for children’s instruments if they are lost or damaged. Children need to ensure their instruments are kept safe.


Data entry for POD is now completed. The deadline has now passed for written refusals for this term.

Baha’i Assembly

Big thanks to Atiyeh, Joe and Clare for coming to the school to talk to the children about the Baha’i faith.


 Siobhán, Erin, Sive and Vicky represented the school on our Erasmus+ project in Poland. In September, the countries involved in the project will be visiting us in Carlow. The project is about music and we are learning about how it is taught in the various countries, including the UK, Turkey, Poland and Italy. 

Educate Together AGM

The Educate Together AGM took place this month. Our school had a motion presented by Simon where he has asked Educate Together National Office to have an awareness campaign about Educate Together nationally. The motion was passed. Two other motions of interest for us included that Educate Together are in the process of dropping the term “multi-denominational” and replacing it with “equality-based” to describe our schools. Also, the motion to increase the fee for membership to Educate Together was passed. It is now €15 per pupil per year. In our school, we will absorb this cost so it does not affect families.


Congratulations to pupils in our school who made their sacraments.

Classes for 2015-16

Class allocation is almost complete but the following teachers are in place:

·         Junior Infants: Róisín

·         Jun/Sen Infants: Susanne

·         Senior Infants: tbc

·         1st Class: Sive

·         2nd Class: Edel

·         3rd Class: Sinéad

·         4th Class: Clare

·         5th/6th Class: Erin

·         Integrated Classes: Vicky and Emer

·         Support Team: Adrian, Aisling, Teresa, Eimear/Caroline, Marita

The SNA allocation is generally not confirmed until late summer.

Sports’ Day

Sports’ Day will take place on 5th June. We need as many parents to come along to help us out. It’s always a fun day and we’d love to see you in school.

Nut Allergy

We have two pupils in our school with nut allergies. It is vital that no nuts ever come into our school. We cannot police every lunchbox so we are relying on you to cooperate with our nut ban.

Standardised Testing

Standardised tests are complete and results will be shared in reports. For children in 1st class upwards, a STEN score out of ten is given. One should expect a child who is achieving the national average attainment would receive a score of 5. Scores are explained fully on the Department of Education web site.

July Provision

The school’s July Programme should be sanctioned in early June and information will be sent out to relevant parents as soon as possible.

Book Fair

Thank you for all your support for the Book Fair. We raised over €600 which will go straight into buying books for our library.

School Garden

Huge thanks to our parents for all their work on the school garden over the last number of weeks. Ably led by Annette Flynn and supported by Adrian, we have a wonderful looking garden at the front of the school. A special thanks to Ian Pelly who has even managed to install a tap for our garden as well as a number of wooden structures for growing fruits. Also thanks to Jenny, James and Joanna for all their work too. We have also had two budding gardeners in 5th class and a big thanks to Emily and Fai who have been keeping our plants watered every morning. We really need volunteers to help us maintain the garden as we are growing all sorts of fruits and vegetables, which need lots of care.

News from Around the Classes


Junior Infants had a great Active Week. Here is Susanne’s class busy with orienteering.


1st/2nd Classes

Here are some photos of D.E.A.D (Drop Everything and Dance) in 1st class. We really enjoyed Active Week.

1st class entered a Glenisk Bookmark Design Competition last week and they received lovely certificates, stickers and yogurt vouchers today, for their hard work.

We had a great time during Active Week in Second Class.  We had the chance to try lots of different activities including Irish Dancing, Circuits, Penalty Shootout, Playball and Orienteering. We were all very tired by Friday but we enjoyed every day. Thanks to Vicky for organising such a successful week!

3rd/4th Classes

Third class started off each morning with exercises in the line with Vicky, we ran laps of the yard and collectively ran over 80 kilometres during the week!

We learned all about why we need muscles and wrote about it during explanation writing. We looked at capacity in maths and had great fun estimating and measuring how much liquid was in a range of containers.

5th / 6th Classes

Congratulations to our fantastic 5th and 6th Class for reaching the regional finals of the Irish Aids Awards. Pictured are three pupils who represented the school in Dublin yesterday. We're all very proud of you. Well done to Teresa and Trish for all their work with the class.

Vicky and Emer’s Classes

Vicky’s class were enjoying horse riding out in the lovely weather! The boys were also busy painting pictures!

Emer’s Class enjoyed Zumba classes with 1st, 2nd and 3rd class.

Simon Lewis,
May 29, 2015, 3:53 AM
Simon Lewis,
May 29, 2015, 3:53 AM