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October 2012 Newsletter

posted Oct 4, 2012, 1:27 PM by Simon Lewis   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 3:56 AM ]
Where did September go?
It's difficult to believe that September's already gone and we're getting ready for the longer evenings and getting the heating back on. Thankfully we had a fine September, weather-wise, and the children were able to get outside almost everyday. 

This September was an historical month for Carlow Educate Together as we fielded our first ever GAA team. Coached by Erin, Teresa, Vicky and Sinéad, our team have already shown great signs of progress. I'm really proud of all the boys and girls who have been a wonderful example to all the community of Educate Together. They have tried their best, listened to their coaches, kept their heads up when things were difficult on the pitch and displayed impeccable manners at the end of the games. They truly are ambassadors for the school.

This October we're looking forward to all our after schools' clubs, which have begun this week. So far, we're delighted with the response we have. We have amassed some incredible people from a large variety of activities, all of whom are highly skilled and qualified in their talents. Pictured here is a lovely photo of our very first club with our infants doing arts and crafts. If you have a special talent, let me know if you want to run a club after the winter break.

In this issue of our newsletter, we'll be sharing all the news from the last month and lots of information you won't want to miss!

Until next month, keep happy, safe and learning!


Croke Park Hours
Each year, schools are obliged to inform families of how the staff of their school are utilising Croke Park Hours. Our school is using the Croke Park Hours for almost exactly the same purposes as we did last year. The school opens its doors just before 8:45am each day to allow children to settle in their classrooms before we officially open at 8:50am. Every second Tuesday, there is a staff meeting or staff training from 2:30 to 3:30pm. We would appreciate it if parents made an extra special effort on Tuesdays to collect their children in time so staff can be present at meetings.

Exceptional School Closures
Sometimes the school has to close due to a fault or bad weather. The Board of Management created an Exceptional School Closure policy two years ago after the "Big Snow." This policy dictates that the school will open for a maximum of two days per annum if a situation like this occurs. This year, the school is holding the first two days of the Spring Holidays as days where we may have to open in these (hopefully) unlikely events.

Maths For Fun and Read Together
Marie, our wonderful Home School Liaison Teacher, will be hosting Maths for Fun and Read Together projects every Thursday. Many of you have already met Marie but if you haven't, you should be expecting a call or note from her over the coming weeks to invite you to the school to join in. Maths for Fun will give families the opportunity to play Maths Games together in a safe, fun environment and will start with our 6th class. Read Together gives children the opportunity to share the joy of reading with parents. This will start in Junior Infants.

The Rainbows programme for families who have been affected by loss or bereavement are beginning in Graiguecullen Parish. If you would like an application form, please talk to Simon, The closing date for applications is the 10th October.

As you are probably aware, we will be having a visit to our school from German and UK teachers in November. As part of this event, a training afternoon will take place on the 9th November so children will have a half day.

Update: Aidan's Newspaper Drive
Well done to everyone who helped Aidan's newspaper drive. At the last count, Aidan had collected over 12 bags of newspaper ready to be shredded to make comfortable beds for dogs in the shelter.

Update: Road Crossing Position
The school is waiting for Laois County Council to take ownership of the road where the crossing is to be. It's looking like this is going to take some time. With this in mind, we ask you to please ensure that you keep in mind the safety of our children when driving and parking in the estate in the mornings and afternoons. We ask respectfully that parents ensure that they do not block the road when parking in the morning. There are plenty of parking spaces around the estate so please use them. We have been asked to keep the entrance to the warehouse beside the school clear as morning deliveries are made there. 

Board of Management News
The Board of Management had their first meeting this year. It was decided to use some of the monthly newsletter to share some of the decisions that took place. The following information may be of interest to families in the school:

The Board of Management thanked the Parents' Council for their excellent work last year. They acknowledged that the council had undertaken projects that benefitted the school including fundraising for reading book for all children from 1st to 4th class. They also were highly involved in the school's SPHE policy and supporting the work of the children in the classroom. The Board of Management wishes to express its full support to the Parents Council in the school year.

The BOM acknowledged the response from the Department of Education from the Anti-Bullying Forum and thanked the parents who submitted their proposals to the forum.

The BOM will be meeting again in November.

GAA Report

Carlow ET Gaelic football team had their first outing in the Cuman na mBunscoil Championship last Thursday, 13th September in the GAA grounds in Fenagh. The emerging Carlow side faced the established footballers of Newtown-Dunleckney in what proved to be a game of three halves.

Educate Together defended well in the opening minutes of the match, with some good clearances from Christopher and Adam. However Newtown-Dunleckney found their target 4 minutes in, with the ball sailing over the cross bar to give them their first score of the match.

Some masterful kick-outs from the goalie Zoe Whelan got Carlow back into the game, with the midfield duo of Rory McNulty and Rory Walsh battling hard to win the ball. But Newtown’s experience shone through and they attacked the Carlow defence again, pointing lots of kicks

The second half started well again for Carlow, with the determined side getting stuck in straight away. Carlow passed the ball well, with some great hand-passes between Rhys and the McGee brothers,. Unfortunately for Carlow the tough opposition kept pushing at the goal. Goalie Zoe made some superb saves, forcing Newtown to aim for points instead.

Lauren Nolan Culleton broke the ball down well in midfield and moved play into the Carlow forward line, but the Newtown backs maintained their strength and defended well.

In the 3rd half the Carlow forwards pulled back to midfield to help out, and this provided some well needed relief for the backs. Great encouragement from Rory McNulty kept Carlow’s morale high, despite the growing score line for the opposition. Seamus Keena put on the goalie gloves for the final installment of the game freeing Zoe up to help out in the backs. Natasha McNeill made a great block, denying Newtown a final point.

Full back Christopher made some excellent clearances, and in the final 5 minutes Rory McNulty broke through the Newtown midfield only to be dispossessed by their defenders.
The forwards Nathaniel, Daniel, Lauren and Seamus had good performances but didn’t see much of the ball because of Newtown’s superior play.

Carlow benefitted from having great subs on the bench in the form of Chloe Brennan, Jack and Ryan McGee, Rebecca Mitchell, Jack Nolan, and Sorcha Peters.

Speaking after the game, Newtown Dunleckney coach Muiris Bric commented that “Today, in Fenagh, history was made”, with Carlow Educate Together playing in their first ever football match.

From the Web Site...

3rd and 4th Class
The children in 3rd and 4th class are learning about lines and angles. Today, we went on a parallel line and right angle hunt around our school. 
Click here to view our video!

The children in 3rd and 4th class will also be participating in an Irish project called ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’. The children will have the opportunity to ask scientists questions relating to what we are learning, things we have already learned in class, or just something that’s on their mind! The children will then get to vote for the best scientist! The event will run from Monday 12th – Friday 23rd November. We are already starting to think about questions to ask the scientists. We will keep everyone updated! To find out more information, click here.  

Childline Breakfast Together

Our Cheerios Childline Breakfast will take place on Tuesday the 9th of October. Last year was a great success, this year we are hoping to make even more money! Second class will host the breakfast. The suggested donation is €2. Children and staff members can wear their PJs to make the day even more special. Parents may also buy their breakfast on Tuesday morning. If any parents wish to volunteer to help please contact Clare.

Junior and Senior Infants

In honour of International Talk like a Pirate Day, the Junior and Senior Infants decided to have a Pirate Party. Some children dressed up as pirates. The class made their own treasure maps, and even went on a treasure hunt around the school. Everyone had great fun!
Derek's Class

In our Science lesson, our budding scientists were hard at work today deducing if various classroom objects would float or if they would sink to the bottom of our container of water. We had some great fun guessing which objects would float and which ones would sink. We had even more fun in seeing if the boys guesses were the right ones!

1st Class

We are doing lots of new and more challenging maths now in first class. We have been using cubes and counters and links to help us. We were even human number lines! On Fridays we are going to be doing maths for fun, using board games and other activities to learn new mathematical skills. If any parent/guardian from first class is interested in helping out for maths for fun please let Vicky know!

Senior Infants

Senior Infants have been learning about pointillism or ‘Dotty Art’. Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small dots of paint are used to make an Image. Georges Seurat developed the technique in 1886.They looked at the work of George Seurat and then came up with their own masterpieces using cotton buds ,paint and a lot of patience.Enjoy.

Final Thought
Yesterday was All Ireland Poetry Day. This poem is a lovely one to share with your children:

The Art of Start
Charles Ghigna

Don't search for inspiration when
You have a task to do;
Just start your work and you will see
That it will soon find you.

After School Club Timetable
ClassDate StartingTeacher(s)CostFurther Information
Sacrament PreparationMondays from 8thOctober (2:30pm-3:20pm)Samantha Ryan, Michael Ryan€40 per term (€60 family rate)The Parish Office will be touch to meet parent(s)/guardian(s) over the coming days to organise the various events throughout the year
Arts and CraftsTuesdays (1:30-2:30pm Infants), (2:30 – 3:30 all other classes) from 2nd OctoberPatricia Kinsella (Krafty Kards)€5 per week
Guitar LessonsWednesdays 2:30 – 3:30pm from 3rd OctoberCarlow School of Guitar€50 for 10 lessonsChildren need to bring a guitar.
Speech and DramaThursdays 2:30 to 3:30pm from 4th OctoberElaine Jordan, School of Speech and Drama€90 per term
Typing NinjasThursdays 2:30 to 3:30pm, from 4th OctoberKeith Lennon, Typing Ninjas€50 per ten lesson termNo equipment needed as all is provided.
YogaFridays 2:30 to 3:30pm from 5thOctoberPam Harpur, Yoga FunPrice to be decided (€60-80 per term)
Staying in Touch with the School
There are lots of ways you can stay in touch with the school. If you need a quick word with a teacher, you can do so just before or after classes begin. If you need to arrange to meet a teacher, you can ask your teacher in the morning of a suitable time, drop into the office to make an appointment or you can send an email to the teacher.*
We have a very active Facebook page and you are welcome to comment or "like" anything that comes up. You can see our ICT usage policy if you are unclear about our Social Media practices. We ask you to respect the privacy of our teachers and not ask to "friend" them on social media.

Of course, you can always give us a buzz on 059-9179453 any time or simply drop in and we'll try and help you as best we can.

*Emails should not be used for complaints. Please refer to the Complaints Procedure