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June 2023 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter!

Special Class

We are delighted to announce that Martinstown National School is the first school in Limerick to open a special class within mainstream, for children with Moderate General Learning Disability. This class will cater for eight pupils. The pupils will engage in a play-based curriculum which will foster learning in communication, numeracy and literacy. There will be a strong focus on integration and inclusion with fellow pupils in mainstream classes.

Split the Pot

Congratulations to all our Split the Pot winners to date. Thank you for your continued support. Total raised so far: €13,073.00 Works will commence in August on the new Play area.

Anti-Bullying Workshop

Lisa Ryan from “Fearlessly Be Yourself Training” held a whole school 5-week Anti-bullying Workshop entitled ‘Keep in Mind: Time to Be Kind’.

Green Schools Award-Biodiversity Flag 

On Wednesday 17th, May Mr Gilbourne, Claire Whelan, Áine O’ Connor and James Moloney travelled to Cork to collect the latest Green Schools Flag for Biodiversity. We enjoyed a lovely hot lunch and some entertainment. It was a fun day out. As a school we are very proud of this achievement. Well done all in keeping our school so tidy and clean. 

Spelling Bee Competition 23′

Mia McCarthy in Sixth class represented us proudly in this competition in the first round. She succeeded on Day One and became our Limerick Spelling Bee Champion beating 11 other schools on the day. The word she won on was ‘frivolous’. From here she progressed to the Munster Final, in Cork, taking on six other competitors, Mia representing Limerick came second after Tipperary. The word was ‘resuscitate’ in the final two. 

Camogie/Hurling Blitzes May 23′

The girls from 4th-6th played on Monday 29th May at the Stakers Pitch. Knocklong and Effin were in our group. The girls played really well and improved immensely from the first throw in. Outstanding girls and you did us all proud. Robyn Murphy was our excellent captain on the day. Good woman Robyn. 

The boys from 4th-6th class played on Tuesday, 30th May, at the Stakers Pitch. We had the same groupings as the girls. In our first game we beat Knocklong 3 09 to 104. We then played Effin and won 4:06 to 2:02. After topping the group, we awaited Ballyagran for the final. An excellent final that didn’t go our way. It finished 3:07 to 2:06. Conor O’Riordan did a great job on the captaincy. Good man Conor.

FAI Spar Soccer Competition

Both boys and girls represented us in this competition. Great wins and fun was had. As a school we entered three teams. Thanks to all the staff who helped out on the day. 

Primary Skills Competition 

Many thanks to Pat Irwin on taking Ciarán Irwin, Cormac O ‘Farrell, Ava Cleary and Aaron Creed to this competition. The pupils took part in this football skills competition in Kilteely. A great day was had by all. 

6th Class Graduation Mass

The 6th class Graduation Mass was held recently in the church and the students were presented with “End of Year Photo Books” and “Graduation Certificates” as a keepsake for their time in Martinstown National School. The staff and board of management would like to wish the class of 2023 the very best for the future as they embark in the next chapter of their lives. It has been a pleasure to have each one of them in the school.

We would also like to thank our parents Antoinette and Liam, Teresa and John, Gabriella and Jimmy, Ann and Kevin for the support they have given the school down through the years.

School Garden 

We are delighted with our new signage in the school garden which is made of a diabond material and will last the years. The 5th and 6th class gave some of their Junior Entrepreneur Programme money to pay for these signs. 

Staff Allocations 2023/2024

The staff allocations for September 2023 are as follows
Junior/Senior Infants: Mr Simon Malone
1st/ 2nd Class: Ms Ellie Quilty
3rd/ 4th Class: TBC
5th/6th Class: Ms Michelle Griffin
Special Class: Ms Lisa Kirby
SET : Ms Lucy Butler
Shared SET : Ms Róisín Anglim

Acting Principal: Ms Lisa Kirby

Acting Deputy Principal: Ms Michelle Griffin

AP2 Post: Ms Lucy Butler

Parents Association

We would like to thank the Parents Association for fundraising and support throughout the year. Thank you to all who volunteered with the Communion, and all the fundraising events throughout the year. We look forward to working together again in the 2023/24 school year.

We would like to wish you all a peaceful and relaxing summer holiday.

Majella Clarke