A very warm welcome to our first newsletter of the 2019-20 school year. I hope you're all settling into the school by now and things are going well. I'm writing this just after our Junior Infants' Teddy Bear Picnic. It was lovely to meet lots of parents and have a chat about how their kids are settling in and I'm delighted how happy they are. September has been a very busy month and there's lots of news to share. Please make sure that you read our newsletter every month because it contains very important information about what is happening in the school. For example, I am including our school calendar at the bottom of this newsletter in case some of you missed it during last year. We will use the newsletter to give you updates about events happening in school throughout the year. If you'd like to help us out in the school, please let me know. We have a panel of parent volunteers for our school library and we're very grateful to them for their support. As the year goes on, we'll be giving opportunities to parents/guardians to come to the school to take part in some fun activities. That's about it from me this month - read on and until next time, keep happy, safe and learning!
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. During the Ploughing Championships, we asked people to be more mindful about following the system and we thank you all for this. We actually cleared the site in record time on the Wednesday - less than 7 minutes! 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.
School Lunches and Zero Waste
We were delighted to take part in a Climate Change Protest outside Carlow County Council this month. However, we also have to do our bit! We are delighted to be the first primary school in the country to offer a free school lunch with zero plastic waste. This is as a result of a 2-year Erasmus+ project and we are thrilled with this achievement. The project was led by Clare and Mark and supported by all of us. A tasting day will take place in October for parents/guardians.
Our football team have started their season off and we're delighted with their commitment. We also have started training in cross country and look forward to some orienteering later next month. Despite having to remove our permanent basketball hoops, we have bought some portable ones in order to continue offering basketball to the pupils. The children are also receiving rugby training every week.
The Student Council will be meeting the School Food Company to give their thoughts on our free school lunches on Monday.
Board of Management News
Our current Board of Management will be ending their term in November and a new Board will be formed. Information about parent representatives will be issued shortly.
Our very popular Book Fair will be back on 8th and 9th October. Invites will be sent out soon to come in and buy some books at highly reduced prices. The school also benefits by getting a cut of the sales, which we use to replenish our library with books that children choose.