As per the holiday schedule the school will close for the Christmas break on Friday, December 19th at 12 noon and reopen on January 5th 2015 at 9.00 a.m.
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who helped to ensure that yet again another very successful Christmas Fair was held. The Fair is a fantastic community event without which much of the additional resources and equipment we have would not be in our school. Final figures will issue after Christmas when they are to hand. Once again our sincerest thanks to all our dedicated, hardworking helpers, everyone who attended the Fair, people and businesses who very generously donated items/prizes and those who supported the Fair in any way. The winners of the raffle are as follows:-
School Raffle Luxury Raffle
1st prize – Aidan Dunne – Seller Josh Camacho Emer Mc Keever
2nd prize – Sam Byrne – Seller Finn Byrne Maria Barrett
3rd prize – Ella Byrne – Seller Finn Byrne Angela Boylan
4th prize – Vanessa Greenwood – Justin Lowry – Seller Annabel Greenwood P.J. Mears
5th prize – Rong Ji – Seller John Ding Redmond O’Leary
Congratulations to the prizewinners.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent teacher meetings were held recently and were very well attended. At this stage all parents have been seen. It is important that recommendations made at these meetings are followed through.
Follow up meetings will be arranged where necessary at a future date.
Board of Management Update
The Board of Management has met on a monthly basis since September. There has also been one meeting of the Joint Boards. The following policies have been reviewed and updated.
(i) Child Protection
(ii) The Enrolment and Participation Policy
(iii) Social, Personal and Health Education
Work carried out under the Summer Works Scheme is almost complete and the lack of flooding during heavy rain is a great relief. School security and parking in the Staff Car Park are issues to be tackled in the New Year.
Garda vetting of all new volunteers has been carried out and we thank the volunteers for their cooperation in this matter.
Guided reading has continued in 2nd class this term and will be in action in the first classes in the new term. In-class numeracy was trialled in 3rd class and worked extremely well. It is now operating in 1st class.
Arising from the School Self-evaluation process specific work is continuing on Oral Language, Comprehension and Writing in all classes. An evaluation of Maths will be undertaken in the New Year with a focus on Problem Solving. Ongoing work on policy review will take place.
The Board extends its thanks to all the parents who have paid this year’s Voluntary Contribution to date. While we realise the time of year, we recognise that the end of the tax year also looms. If there are people who are in a position to pay by the end of December who paid the 2013/2014 contribution during 2014, then it would bring the combined payment made in 2014 to €250, thereby entitling the school to a tax rebate on your contribution. If you are in a position to assist, it would be a tremendous help.
Sincere thanks to everyone for their ongoing support for this venture. When staff commenced fundraising for the refurbishment of the adventure playground it seemed that it would take a long time to see the fruition of all the fundraising from different events. The fantastic news is that we are now ready to roll out Phase 1 which should see construction work commence at the end of January, weather permitting. The playground can be added to in time and will prove to be a fantastic amenity for all the children. A special thanks to the steering committee for their ongoing efforts and to everyone who has contributed to the success of the fundraising to date. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and recognised.
Attendance to date is at 97.2%. Congratulations to the 171 boys who have full attendance so far this year. 40 pupils have missed in excess of 5 days. Notwithstanding that there has been a bug doing the rounds and in some cases there have been exceptional reasons for some absences, we trust that those who have been absent frequently will improve their attendance next term. Good attendance is essential if children are to make progress. A written note of explanation is always required when an absence has occurred.
Parish Carol Service
Congratulations to the boys in the School Choir who performed excellently at the Parish Carol Service on Sunday night. As always, they were by far the best.!!! Thank you to Mrs. de Barra, Mr. Clancy and Ms. Ryan for all their work with the choir.
St Vincent de Paul annual food appeal
The annual St. Vincent de Paul food collection will be collected tomorrow Thursday. We thank people who have already sent in food items which will be distributed as food hampers in the local community.
Mr. Charlie Mc Govern R.I.P.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Mc Govern’s family on his recent passing. Mr. Mc Govern worked as a substitute teacher in our school for many years. An absolute gentleman he was loved by pupils and staff alike. Leaba í measc na naomh go raibh aige.
Christmas Presents for Staff
As Christmas approaches in the current financial climate, we are well aware, as a staff, of the pressures that many families may be under. While we recognise the generosity and gratitude of parents to staff members, presents are unnecessary while there are so many people in need.
Congratulations to the boys on their generosity in sending their shoeboxes. A total of 250 boxes were supplied which is a fantastic number and no doubt will make so many other children very happy this Christmas. Well done to all.
Finally, we take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their ongoing support of the school and wishing you and your family a happy, peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.
Guímid Nollaig faoi shéan agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
Beir bua is beannacht.