Newsletter May 2019

Holy Communion Volunteers: First Holy Communion for 2nd class takes place on Sunday 12th May. We are seeking volunteers to help out on the morning. This is a really lovely tradition in the school, it would be a shame to lose it due to lack of volunteers. Parents from any class can volunteer to help, all support would be appreciated. If parents can’t help out on the day donations of items such as biscuits, Taytos, jellies, buns or minerals would be appreciated. Please let Melissa Barron know if you are available. 087-6550359

Holy Communion 2020:Can parents of the current 1st class please text the school mobile with your preference for First Holy Communion to take place on either Saturday or Sunday for May 2020. School mobile: 086-4106238. Going forward First Holy Communion for classes larger than 10 pupils will take place on the 2nd Saturday in May, for classes with less than 10 pupils Holy Communion will take place on the 2nd Sunday in May.

Spelling Programme:The school is piloting a new programme in spelling which focuses more on individual spelling based on each child’s needs. Greater focus will be placed on dictation pieces, individual spelling errors in written tasks and targeted spelling patterns. The school will be using Words Their Way programme which will identify the specific spelling needs of each pupil. Pupils have been given a new spelling hardback copy to write in spellings which they commonly misspell or are currently unable to spell. As they progress through the class levels, this copy will become an active, individual-based resource to support their spelling.

Hurling Training:Hurling training for 1st to 6th class boys and girls will be on Fridays at 3pm for the next 6 weeks.

Hurling and Camogie:Our south hurling blitz will take place on 22nd May at 10am in Kilbreedy. Our south camogie blitz will take place on 29th May at 10am in Kilbreedy,

School Tours:3rd to 6th classes will be going to Ballyhass Lakes on the 12th of June. This year’s tour is working out more expensive than previous trips. The cost per pupil will be €45. Parents have the option of paying for this in stages over the coming weeks if they wish. Junior and Senior Infants will be going to Woody’s Fun Club at the Woodlands Hotel on the 13th June. The cost per pupil will be €24. 1st and 2nd class will be going to UL Adventure World on the 13th June. The cost per pupil will be €28.P

School Musical:Our school musical Hoodwinked will take place in Ballinvreena on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th at 6.30pm. Tickets will go on sale in the school shortly.

New Junior Infants:A “Welcome Day” for infants enrolling in September will take place at on Friday 21st June.

Facebook Page

The school is creating a Facebook page as a means of keeping parents informed of school activities.

School Garden:We are currently renovating the school garden and we are looking for any unwanted items that families can donate to the project. New additions to the garden and items sought include:

  • Fairy garden: homemade fairy houses/accessories
  • Mud kitchen: old pots and pans/utensils/dinky diggers and trucks
  • Relaxation area: outdoor seating/bird houses/bird feeders/wind chimes/outdoor seating/outdoor ornaments
  • Plants and containers: slips of plants for ground cover/bulbs (daffodil/tulips)/fruit trees/old bath tub/old bikes to spray paint/ceramic pots/old tyres/garden slabs/railway sleepers or ESB poles

If anyone has anything they can donate please contact Mr. Gilbourne. All donations appreciated.

Local Elections:Can you please canvas local elected councillors to support the application submitted by school to get the following funding approved for the safety of our children:

1. Speed safety signs with digital display of car speed

2. Upgrade car parking facilities to school and church

3. Provision of public lighting

4. Purchase of replacement amber flashing lights

Please ask Councillors on the campaign trail to support our application.

Michael Donegan – tel: 0868735625

Noel Gleeson tel0860718626

Gerard Mitchell  tel: 0862618866

William O Donnell tel: 0868381425

Eddie Ryan tel:0879139145

Brigid Teefy tel:0878430603

Election:The school will be closed Friday 24th May for local and European elections..

September Opening:The school will reopen after the summer holidays on Thursday 29th August.