March

March for Climate Change

I was very proud that Carlow Educate Together were central to the march for Climate Change in Carlow Town earlier in the month. Almost 100 of our pupils walked from school to the town hall with placards demanding action on climate change. We were joined by a number of other schools in the town and the children were addressed by a number of local representatives, including the mayor of Carlow Town. Events like this are public showpieces of what our pupils learn about in Carlow Educate Together every day. Two of the strands of our Learn Together curriculum are Equality and Justice , and Ethics and the Environment. Children learn about the importance of looking after our environment, from simple things like learning about recycling to more advanced things such as the need for sustainability. The students are very aware of the implications of using single-use plastics and our Green School Committee work hard every day to ensure that classrooms keep their waste down. However, learning about the environment isn't enough on its own. Unfortunately, they have to fight for it. This generation, in many ways, need to fight for their lives because many of the adults in the world are still harming the planet and are denying that there is anything wrong. Protests are an excellent way to highlight any injustices in the world and this is why it was so important for the children to get out on the street and let their representatives know that they won't tolerate inaction. I want to take the opportunity to thank parents also for their overwhelming support of the day for Climate Change and it was great to see a number of you come along to support the pupils. Carlow Educate Together were one of dozens of Educate Together schools to be represented around the country at these protests. We can be very proud that we are part of a network that encourages student voice. Until next month, keep happy, safe and learning.

Things you need to know...

Seachtain na Gaeilge

A big thank you to the teachers and staff and pupils for an excellent Seachtain na Gaeilge this month. There were loads of activities, including a Céilí Mór in the hall. We had visitors to the school from Pescara in Italy and they also joined in with the events. It was also nice to see some of our pupils represented in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Carlow and Graiguecullen this year.

Lunch Tips

The school offers a free lunch to all pupils every day in school. If you haven't signed up, it's not too late. Please call the office. However, if you wish to send in lunch for your child, please make sure that it is healthy and please make sure that there is minimal waste. We will compost any fruit and vegetable scraps and skins and use it in our school garden.

Student Council

The Student Council met and decided to use the money they earned for the school at the winter concert to invite an artist to the school to do some workshops with all the children. These workshops started taking place this month and you can see the photos on our Facebook page and on the screen at the front of the school.

Board of Management

The Board of Management will publish its agreed report on this newsletter in the future. Until now, the agreed report was available in paper form on request. The next Board Meeting will take place in April and the agreed report will be published at the end of the April newsletter.

Congratulations

Congratulations to 4th class on their Science Blast award. The class had a great day out n the RDS in Dublin with their project. Thanks to John and Susanne for their work with the children.

Calendar 2019-20

The calendar for 2019-20 will be published on our next school newsletter. We are currently finalising dates to come back to school.

Upcoming Dates For Your Diary

April/early May:

  • Spring Break: 15th-26th April - School Closed
  • Bank Holiday: 6th May - School Closed


Regular Updates

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club is open for all children from 8:30am Monday to Friday. Come and join Gary and Laura for a slice of toast, juice and a chat before starting the day. There's no need to sign up - simply show up in the morning,

Reminder: Irish Language Opportunities for Families

Our new Home School Community Liaison Teacher, Lorraine, has started in our school. We are delighted to have her! Lorraine has taught Irish in secondary school and is a great resource for our school to have. In light of this we are setting up a help group, “Ciorcal Gaeilge” (Irish Circle) for parents who want help with their child's Irish homework or just to practice or improve their Irish. We are offering a drop in service that will operate from the Parents’ Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1.45- 2.30

Cake Fridays

Join the Parents’ Group for their weekly Cake Fridays in the Parent Room after drop off.

Homework Club

If you wish to join the homework club, please contact Clare (clare@carloweducatetogether.ie).

Attendance and Lateness

We are monitoring attendance carefully this year.

Attendance this month is 94.5%. This is a big improvement on this time last year. We are getting really close to a 95% average.

Please ensure that your child is in school on time. The school opens at 8:30am for breakfast club and 8:35am for morning supervision. Classes start at 8:50am and all children must be in school by then. There are a number of children coming to school after 9am and classes are well underway by then. Our attendance team will be in touch to talk to families of children where this is proving to be a persistent issue.

Collecting Children from other families

if you are collecting a child other than your own at any time, please make sure to speak to Siobhan first. If it is a case that you are picking up someone else's child at the end of the day, please let the class teacher know that you are doing so.

Second Level Campaign

Please register your interest if you’d like Carlow to have a second level Educate Together school. https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/52224353965962. The group also has a Facebook Page, which we’d recommend you to join.

Volunteer

We’re always thrilled to have parents and families volunteering in the school. We have already had over 100 parents in school this year and we’d love to see more of you.

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.

Social Media

You can find us on various social media platforms:

YouTube – Search for Carlow Educate Together

Facebook – http://facebook/com/carlowetns

Twitter – http://twitter.com/carlowetns