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School Tours

Junior and Senior Infants will be going to the Woodlands and Stonehall Farm on Thursday 13th June. The bus will leave school at 9.45 and return at 3.45. The cost per pupil is €24.

What to bring: Swimming togs and towel, plastic bag for wet gear, wet shoes/old shoes, warm outdoor clothes, waterproof sun block, packed lunch (small lunch and fruit break) and drinks.

1st and 2nd Class will be going to UL Adventure World on the Thursday 13th June. The cost per pupil will be €28. The bus will leave the school at 8.30 and return at 3.45.

What to bring: Old clothes for kayaking and towel, plastic bag for wet gear, wet shoes/old shoes, warm outdoor clothes, waterproof sun block, packed lunch and drinks.

3rd to 6th classes will be going to Ballyhass Lakes on the Wednesday 12th of June. Please complete the permission slip below and return to the school along with payment. The cost per pupil is €45. The bus will leave school at 8.15 and return at 4.45.

What to bring: Swimming togs and towel, plastic bag for wet gear, wet shoes/old shoes, warm outdoor clothes, waterproof sun block, packed lunch and drinks, money for tuck shop.

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    mailto:michael.donegan@limerick.ie

Noel Gleeson tel0860718626 mailto:noel.gleeson@limerick.ie

Gerard Mitchell  tel: 0862618866   mailto:gerald.mitchell@limerick.ie

William O Donnell tel: 0868381425    mailto:william.odonnell@limerick.ie

Eddie Ryan tel:0879139145  mailto:eddie.ryan@limerick.ie

Brigid Teefy tel:0878430603   mailto:brigid.teefy@limerick.ie

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.

Green Schools Fashion Show

There was a wonderful display of creative costumes on the catwalk in Mr. Gilbournes classroom  as part of the Green School assessment for our 4th Green Flag. Thank you to the parents for their support at home to help make the day such a great success! Well done to all!!

Newsletter February 2019

JEP: 5th and 6th class pupils completed their 2019 JEP project “Limerick Beanies and Keyrings”. A total of €1277 profit was raised, well done to all involved.

First Aid Training: The Community Defibrillator Group has organised first aid training for all pupils in the school on Friday 1st March and Monday 4th March.

FAI: Pupils from 4th-6th class will take part in the FAI soccer tournament in Corbally on Monday 4th March.

World Book Day: World Book Day takes place on Thursday 7th March. To celebrate this day pupils can dress up as a character from their favourite book. Be as creative as you like!

Language Day: The school will close be closed on Friday 8th March to facilitate a Language Curriculum Day for the staff.

Student Council: Congratulations to the elected Student Council representatives:

1st class: Sarah O Riordan and Jack Ryan. 2nd class: Conor O Riordan and Daithí Lawless. 3rd class: Laoise Keogh and Darragh O Leary. 4th class: Caoimhe O Farrell and Anthony Lawless. 5th class: Oran Crowley and Meábh Leahy. 6th class: Seán Leahy and Michael Barrett.

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 months if they wish.

-Junior and Senior Infants will be going to Woody’s Fun Club at the Woodland 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.

Website: The school website is updated on a regular basis. Keep an eye on it for updates on activities in each class. www.martinstownns.com

Aldi Stickers: The school is collecting stickers to enter the Aldi Play Rugby competition. Any stickers collected while shopping in Aldi can be added to our poster in school. Full posters will be entered into a draw for €50,000 toward school’s playing facilities.

Garden Clean Up & Team Limerick Cleanup: Thank you to the volunteers who came to help for the Spring Clean of our school garden. Team Limerick Clean-up will take place on Friday 19th April. More detail closer to the time

School Musical: Save the Date: The School Musical “Hoodwinked” will take place on Wednesday 19th June.

Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to our quiz teams who took part in the annual Credit Union Quiz last Saturday. The above team, Michael Barrett, Meabh Leahy, Sean Leahy and Tara Leahy, finished in 3rd place. Well done to our junior quiz team, Ruby Farrell, Katie Cosgrove, Conor Mulcahy and Anthony Lawless who also took part.

 

Newsletter January 2019

Grandparents Day: As part of Catholic Schools Week, our school will celebrate Grandparents Day on Tuesday 29th of January. A special mass for grandparents will take place at 10.30am in Martinstown Church. We would grateful if you could contact the grandparents of our pupils. Parents and family members are also welcome to attend. There will be tea/coffee after mass in the school. Following this, our senior classes will perform their Science Day experiments in the classrooms.

 Science Day (3rd to 6th classes): As mentioned above, our annual Science Day experiments will take place on Tuesday 29th of January at 11.30am.

School Garden Clean Up: We are looking for volunteers to help clean up the school garden on Saturday 26th January, at 10.30am. Tidy-up will involve removal of old pallets and posts. All support appreciated.

Enrolment 2019/20: Enrolment for the 2019/20 school year is now open. Enrolment forms are available with Claire at reception.

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 months if they wish.

-Junior and Senior Infants will be going to Woody’s Fun Club at the Woodland 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.

London Marathon: As some of you may be aware Mr. Gilbourne is running in the London Marathon for the Irish Cancer Society. There is a sponsorship card at reception and he has a Facebook fundraising page set up “Barra’s London Marathon Fundraiser for Irish Cancer Society” if anyone wishes to make a donation. We wish him the best of luck.

A Visit from Olive Mooney

Author Olive Mooney came to visit the senior pupils and read three chapters of her first book, ‘The Book of Ornis’. She answered questions about the story and how she became an author.The children thoroughly enjoyed Olives visit, and her creative writing tips will no doubt help inspire our budding authors.

Olive graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1994, with an Honours degree in History and Classical Civilization. She also has a Master’s Degree (by research) in History. She lives in Tipperary, Ireland. The Chronicles of Cadaver College series is her first publication.

“A Ghostly Fantasy Story…..”