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Newsletter December 2019

Maternity Leave: We are delighted to welcome Ms. Crowe to the staff, she has received a very warm welcome from pupils and parents. We hope she enjoys her time teaching in Martinstown NS. Mr. Gilbourne has been appointed as Acting Deputy Principal for the duration of Mrs. Kirby’s maternity leave.

Bag Packing: A sincere thank you to all who helped and supported the bag packing fundraiser earlier in the month. A total of €2502.60 was collected for the school. We are aware this is a busy time of year for all families and your support was greatly appreciated.

Debate Team: Congratulations to our school debate team who were successful in the first round of the Concern Primary School Debate. They will take part in the second round in January.

Basketball: 5th and 6th class enjoyed a basketball training and blitz in Kilmallock secondary school recently, arranged by Thomas Mulvey from the Morning Star Basketball Club. Well done to all who took part.

School Performances: Following wonderful in-school performances from all classes this term – Infant room “Greatest Showman” music performance, 2nd class enactment of “The Teachers of Martinstown” and 3rd-6th class “Martinstown’s Got Talent” we can safely say Martinstown HAS Got Talent!! We are very proud of all our pupils who entertained us with their amazing talents, well done everyone.

Christmas Nativity and Carol Service: We enjoyed a lovely evening in the church for our Christmas Nativity and Carol Service. A huge amount of work goes into preparing for this event every year. I would like to thank Ms. Crowe, Ms. Anglim, Louise and all our pupils and staff for their efforts in making this such a wonderful evening for our school community. A big thank you to Colette, Ann and Noreen who shared their time and musical talents to support us this year.

Charitable Donations: We were overwhelmed with the support from all families this term, who were so generous in their donations to Adapt House, Senior Citizen Christmas Hampers and St. Vincent de Paul (a total of €462.50 was collected for SVP at our Christmas Carol Service). In particular, we were delighted to see the kind donations of old toys from our 5th and 6th class pupils to St. Vincent de Paul this week. Thank you to all for your support.

Staff Meeting: A staff meeting will take place on Thursday 9th January, the school will close at 1.30.

Parent Teacher Meetings: Parent teacher meetings will take place the last week in January (27th– 31st). Parents can contact the school after the 9th January to arrange appointments with class teachers.

Re-opening: School will reopen Monday 6th January. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year.

Digital Framework Parents Survey

The Digital Framework for Primary Schools is designed to help schools manage the transformation with Digital Technologies.

The framework was published to help schools and teachers to up skill in order to effectively apply digital technologies to the learning process. It will also guide school leaders and education providers in creating a shared vision for how technology can meet the needs of all learners.

As a school we are committed to effectively embed digital technologies into our practice. We are in the process of drawing up Digital Learning Plan, in consultation with staff, pupils and parents.

As part of the process, we are collecting information regarding Digital Technology in our school and we would appreciate parental input on this. Please could you take 5 minutes to complete this online survey. All answers are anonymous, and we would greatly appreciate parental feedback.

Newsletter September 2019

On behalf of the teachers and Board of Management we would like to welcome all of our pupils back after the summer holidays.  A special warm welcome to our new Junior Infants: Josh, Dawn, Isabel, Cormac, Ollie and Sophia, the new pupils who have joined us Abigail and Mia, and to our new teacher Ms. Butler. We hope you will be very happy in our school. 

Points to remember

  • School starts at 8.50am and ends at 1.30pm for Junior and Senior Infants and at 2.30pm for all other students. Pupils may only enter the school from 8.30am onwards. 
  • The school has adopted the Aladdin school administration system. If a student is absent for any reason we ask that parents please send in a note, stating the dates and reason for absence upon return. The school is legally obliged to notify TUSLA (Child and Family Agency) if a child is absent for 20+ days during the school year.
  • Attendance Rolla is called every morning at 10am.
  • Only in exceptional circumstances should children be collected early from school. This must be recorded at reception on the sign in/sign out sheet and may be notified to the Department of Education.
  • Standardised Tests will take place during the last 2 weeks of May.

Contact Details: If you have changed phone numbers recently or change number during the school year please inform the school immediately so we can update our text-a-parent.

Book Rental: The school operates a book rental scheme. Please pay 2019/20 book rental by Friday 13th September if you have not already done so.

Voluntary Contribution: Contribution towards Art/ Photocopying. (€25 per family). Every year we try to keep our book list costs as low as possible. As there is a shortfall in Department of Education grants we must however ask for a contribution towards art / photocopying etc. We are grateful for the many contributions which have been made already. 

Homework Club: Homework club will be available for 1st to 6th class pupils from 2.30pm to 3.30pm Monday to Thursday. The cost is €3 per day. Please send payment in each Friday for the number of days attended that week. (Please ensure money is in an envelope with child’s name on it.)

Pupil Insurance: If you wish to purchase Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance please complete and return the slip attached and return in an envelope with the correct amount enclosed. Cost: €6 School Activities only or €9 24hour cover.

School Car Park: There is a “drop and go system” in operation in the car park. Please enter at the end and exit at the top of the car park. If parents need to park for any reason, please park at the end of the car park and walk up using the footpath. Please do not park or drop off at the top of the car park as we ask for this area to be kept free for staff to park in the morning. Please ensure that childminders/anyone collecting children are made aware of this arrangement. If you are unsure of this system please contact Ms. Clarke.

Office Times: Reception will be open every morning from 8.15-8.45 and every evening from 2.40-3.40. If you need to inform teachers of appointments or changes to collection arrangements please do so during this time.

Contacting Teachers: If you need to meet with class teachers/Principal at any time during the school year, please contact reception to arrange an appointment.

Holy Communion Date: 2nd class will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday 9th May.

School Website and Facebook: The school website and Facebook page will be updated with school activities during the school year.

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

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.

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.

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.