Category Archives: School News

September Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The staff and Board of Management would like to welcome all our pupils back after the long break.  We would like to extend a special warm welcome to our new Junior Infants: Will, Maia, Jack, Hana, Haidi, Ellie Mae, Diarmuid, Chloe and Aoife, and to Stefan who has also joined our 6th class. We hope you will be very happy in our school. 

Thank you to everyone for your support and cooperation over the last week, as we introduced new protocols to ensure a safe reopening for all, the kind words of encouragement were much appreciated. If at any stage you are unsure of anything don’t hesitate to contact us, via the options outlined below.

Aladdin Connect: We are delighted to have Aladdin Connect set up in the school. This system has many benefits including:

– Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages.

– Allows parents to directly message class teachers about appointments/early collections etc.

–Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information

– Allows parents to quickly and efficiently select preferred slots for parent teacher meetings (date to be confirmed)
– Keeping parents apprised of their child’s attendance

– Allowing parents view their child’s approved report card

Contacting the school: Any information regarding early collection/change to collection arrangements for children can be directly sent to class teachers on Aladdin Connect.

The school reception is available in the morning from 8.15-8.30 and the afternoon from 2.30-3.30. In case of emergency during the school day parents can contact the school mobile on 086-4106238.

Church 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.

Holy Communion and Confirmation: Congratulations to all who received First Holy Communion and Confirmation over the last few weeks. Thank you to Fr. Chris, Fr. Casey, Ms. Butler, Ms. Anglim and all the parents who helped make these celebrations possible during this difficult time.

E-payments: There is a high volume of schools signing up for e-payments this year, as a result there is a slight delay and our payment facility won’t be available on Aladdin Connect until early October, we will notify parents when this is available. The following payments can be made when this is ready: Book Rental:  That cost of Book Rental will remain the same again this year, €50 per child. Photocopying: Every year we try to keep our book list costs as low as possible. To be able to continue to do this, there will be a cost of €25 per family for photocopying. Pupil Insurance: If families wish to purchase Allianz Pupil Personal insurance the cost is: €6 – School Activities only or €9 – 24 hour cover.

First Holy Communion 2021: As guidelines continue to change during these uncertain times the advice from the Diocesan Office is that no date should be set at this time for First Holy Communion 2021. We will keep you updated as we know more.

Jersey Day: We will have a Jersey Day in school on Friday 25th September to support the Rise4Daithí campaign. Donations of €2 per child will be collected on the day. We wish Daithi well on his road to recover and are delighted to hear of his progress so far.

Covid-19: If children display any Covid-19 symptoms, they must be kept home, and parents should contact their GP. If you are unsure whether to send your child to school any morning, please contact reception before sending them to school and we will help to clarify. Keep an eye on the Parent Info section of the school website where we have the most up to date information on recommended guidelines.

June Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We hope you are all healthy and keeping well, as we now approach the end of a memorable school year. Since our closure in March we have engaged with families via SeeSaw, Padlet, Text-A-Parent and the school website. Thank you to, staff, pupils and parents for their continued engagement and positive feedback as we all adapted to this this new way of learning.

Ms. Crowe: As Ms. Crowe comes to the end of her time with us we wish her every success in her future career. She was a wonderful addition to the school during Mrs. Kirby’s maternity leave. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Kirby back for the final week of the school term.

Communion & Confirmation: Bishop Leahy hopes to begin First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies in August. We encourage parents of Communion and Confirmation recipients to register at the following link, as requested by Bishop Leahy. http://www.martinstownns.com/2020/06/sacramental-registration/

Graduation: Graduation ceremony for 6th class pupils will be held on Monday 22nd at 11am on Zoom. A link will be sent to all 6th class parents.

Teacher Allocation: The following is the teacher class allocations for school year 2020/21:

  • Juniors/Seniors – Mrs. Kirby
  • 1st/2nd class – Ms. Anglim
  • 3rd/4th class – Ms. Butler
  • 5th/6th class – Mr. Gilbourne
  • Resource – Ms. Clarke
  • Learning Support – Ms. Thornton

Book Rental and Photocopying: The cost of Book Rental remains that same at €50 per child and photocopying charge will be €25 per family. Payments can be made when school reopens in September.

Refunds: Refunds for swimming and school tours have been issued. If you requested a refund and have not yet received it please email the school.

Clár Funding: We are in the process of submitting another application to resurface the church car park. As we were second on the list of applications last year, we would hope to be successful this year. We are also submitting an application for a school playground and all-weather surface play area. We will keep you updated on these applications.

Amber Flag.: We are delighted to announce that our Amber Flag has arrived. Well done to Ms. Butler and 5th and 6th class for all the hard work they’ve put in this year. We look forward to raising it when school reopens.

School Opening: School will reopen on Friday 28th August, this date is subject to change when the Government issues new guidelines.

New Entrants: We look forward to welcoming our 8 new Junior Infants when we reopen on Friday 28th August. Mrs. Kirby will be in contact with infant parents shortly.

Afterschool: Afterschool service is available from Sunshine Kids Kilfinane, homework time, home cooked warm snack, activities available each day.  Funding available for parents through National Childcare Scheme Contact Melissa for more information 0872726627.

Thank you to the Board of Management for their support throughout the year. Policies which were reviewed and updated this year include: Admissions Policy, Whistle-blower Policy, Substance Abuse Policy and Code of Behaviour.

We continue to pray for Daithi and his family every day, we wish him well on his road to recovery.

Best wishes to our 6th class, we wish them every success in secondary school. We look forward to their traditional return visit in September.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer, we look forward to welcoming you all back to school on the 28th August.

Majella Clarke, Principal.

Sacramental Registration

Please see the attached letter from Bishop Leahy with information on how children who wish to receive Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation must register online as soon as possible. Parents can opt-in for their child’s sacraments by completing the simple form on the Diocese of Limerick website www.limerickdiocese.org  or by calling the Limerick Diocesan office on specified days. 

Full details attached:

Home Learning Week 10

Dear Parents,

As June would usually be a time for revision and lots of fun activities in schools, with school tours and sports days, we have decided to implement to following plan of work with all classes for the coming month.

English and Maths revision for all classes each week. (additional formal class work available from class teachers on request)

Week 1: Science, see link below. (Thank you to Ms. Crowe!)

Week 2: Art

Week 3: PE

Week 4: Monday 22nd – Zoom Graduation (6th class only)

In the coming weeks we will contact you with a time and date when you can drop off school books and collect any items left in school belonging to your child/children. School reports will be available for collection on that day also.

Enjoy the long weekend, stay safe!

Newsletter May 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope you are all healthy and keeping well. I would like to thank you all for the fantastic work you are doing in supporting your children with their learning at home. We appreciate the effort that you continue to make in helping us to deliver a remote learning programme our pupils. We miss seeing them all so much and look forward to returning to school.

Thank you to all who completed the online survey on Home Learning. The feedback we received was very positive and encouraging, we are glad to see the continued level of engagement from children and parents, thank you for your support. Teachers will continue to engage with children online via Seesaw and we are looking at ways to increase our interaction with pupils and parents, we’ll keep you updated on this.

Thank you to Ms Anglim, Ms. Butler and Fr. Chris for arranging online masses for First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes. While it’s not how children would have imagined their special day, it is certainly a new unique part of history! We look forward to celebrating these sacraments together in the future when permitted.

We will be starting a Transition Programme for 6th class pupils in the coming weeks. I have been in contact with secondary school principals, and can reassure our 6th class pupils that they are working hard to ensure a smooth transition for incoming 1st years into secondary school.

Following the announcement that schools will not reopen until September, we must now begin planning from the 2020/21 school year.

In the coming weeks we will be updating parents on the following:

  • Teacher/Class allocations for 2020/21
  • End of Year Graduation for 6th class
  • Refunds of School Tour/Swimming monies paid
  • School photos taken by Chantal prior to closure
  • 2020/21 School Calendar
  • 2020/21 Book Rental
  • Items needed for September

The Department of Education has not yet issued guidelines on what measures schools need to implement to ensure the safe reopening of schools in September, we will keep families updated as we receive information. In the meantime stay healthy and stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Majella Clarke,

Principal