The countdown to the festive season is about to begin in Carlow Educate Together where children will be learning all about the various festivals of light that take place around this time of the year - Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Yule, to name 4. As always we like to show a flavour of as many of these festivals in our winter concert every year and we look forward to welcoming you to the school on the 18th and 19th December. Tickets will be on sale very soon. November was a busy month with STEAM Week and Parent Teacher Meetings. You'll see lots of STEAM Week photos around this newsletter and there are loads more on our social media pages. Almost 97% of parents signed up to meetings this year through our Aladdin App and we had about 99% attendance. It's always important to prioritise coming along to Parent Teacher Meetings as it's a good opportunity to see how your child is performing academically in school. If you didn't make it this year, please make sure to get in touch with us. Anyway, enjoy this month's newsletter and keep happy, safe and learning!
Parents' Association AGM
We were delighted to see so many parents and guardians and even some grandparents to our Parents' Association AGM and talk from Sarah Sproule on Sexual Education. The talk from Sarah was brilliantly received. We always try and get the best speakers to come to Carlow and we're delighted that so many of you could come. If you are interested in any particular topic for another evening speaker, please get in touch. Our AGM was the busiest yet and we now have a committee of 12 parents. It is chaired by Rachel Maher and we're thrilled to be working with her and her new team. Even if you are not on the committee, you are automatically a member of the Parents' Association just by being a parent! If you'd like to help out at any time, please let us know and we'll get you in touch with Rachel.
New Board of Management
A new Board of Management will begin its term on December 1st. Parents get to elect two parent representatives who attend Board meetings. This year, we are happy to welcome Liliana Brennan and David Buckley to the school's Board of Management. We also have a new Chairperson, Sarah Reid, who many of you might know. Sarah is a parent of three girls, two of which are in 6th class this year. Sarah has been on our Board for a few years as a parent representative and we're delighted to have her chairing our school's Board of Management. Other board members will include Ally Bunbury (Patron Rep), Simon Lewis (Secretary), Clare Keohane (Teacher Rep), Martha Jane Duggan and Andrea Dalton (Community Reps.)
Aisling and Marlena opened our first ever Language Café as part of STEAM Week where we invited families to come in to teach our pupils a language they speak at home. Overall, we had 11 different languages represented out of the many languages spoken in the school. We were also grateful to have parents and grandparents in to join the children to help them teach words in languages such as Albanian, Turkish, Romanian and many more.
The Winter Concerts will take place on 18th and 19th December. The evening show will be on the 18th December and the morning show will be on on the 19th. Tickets will be on sale next month.
Traffic and Parking
Thanks to our little slip road, we're managing to clear our site at 2:30pm in less than 10 minutes everyday. While space is still at a premium, we really need people to follow our car-parking system and listen to staff members who are trying to keep the flow of traffic going. While we understand that it can be frustrating sitting in traffic, we would ask you to be mindful that the staff are doing their very best and it is unacceptable to verbally abuse them. If you have people collecting your children that don't get this newsletter, please advise them of the traffic system as it can be confusing the first time. As always, we would appreciate it if you had any links to the council to ask them to provide us with extra parking spaces as we have been doing for the last 5 years.
The school has been advised of a closure for staff training on 15th Janaury in the new Primary Language Curriculum. There will be no school on this day. There will be one other day later in the year for another school closure for more training. Date has yet to be confirmed but we will let you know as soon as we know.