11th September 2013
I hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer break. Welcome back everyone. A special welcome to our new junior infants and new staff member Ms. Stephanie Walsh who is job-sharing as Resource Teacher with Mrs. O’Meara. Also a big welcome to our nine Spanish students and their host families. Our students will be with us until Christmas.
Climb of Torc Mountain: Thank you to the parents who helped 4th 5th and 6th class climb Torc Mountain on Thursday last. A great day was had by all. It was a lovely introduction to the beauty of Killarney for our Spanish students. Photos of same can be viewed on our website soon.
Beginning of school year Mass: The beginning of year school mass will be held in the assembly hall on this Friday 13th September 2013 at 11.15a.m. All are very welcome. Junior infants may go home after mass.
School Contribution Reminder: A meeting of parents, Parents’ Association and Board of Management decided in June 2012 that the school would collect an annual contribution to cover:
- Art and Crafts ( Allocation will be given to class teacher)
- Standardised Tests @€3.80 per pupil
- Insurance @ €8 per pupil
- Photocopying and maintenance of photocopiers
- I.T. Maintenance
- Book Rental €5
French Classes: French Classes will be available for 3rd 4th 5th and 6th classes on a private basis after school. Helene will run a French class for 3rd 4th 5th and 6th classes on Tuesdays 3p.m. to 4p.m. She will be giving first preference to the children who learned French last year.
Irish Dancing: Pupils have already got notes with regard to Mary O’Leary’s dancing classes on Tuesday and details are also up on our website.
Child Attendance: Under the Education Welfare Act, parents have a number of obligations in relation to child attendance. All schools are obliged to report to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) if a child is absent 20 days or more in a year. The parents in such a situation are then contacted by the Education Welfare Officer. Please find enclosed “Explanation of Absence “ notes for Parents of Junior and Senior Infants. Please return one of these notes if your child is absent retaining the left hand side for your own records. These notes are in the back of the Homework Diary supplied by Lee Strand for all other classes. It is important to tick the appropriate reason for the absence. Failure to explain the reason for absence will result in the category of “unexplained “ being forwarded to the Education Welfare Officer.
Roll Call: Roll call in Scoil Bhríde takes place at 9.50a.m. Due to a recent circular from the Department of Education and Skills a pupil will be marked either present or absent at the time of roll call and there will be no provision for adjusting the Roll Book where a pupil subsequently does not complete the full day or arrives after roll call. Further details regarding this are available on The Department of Education and Skills website circular 0028/2013 Appendix 3.3b which will be on our website shortly.
Protect Primary Education: Please support the nationwide campaign to resist any increase in class size in any school by sending the postcards (sent home with the children) to Oireachtas members in Kerry, or directly lobbying T.D.s. One major public meeting will be held in Kerry in The Mount Brandon Hotel on Monday 23rd September 8.00 – 9.30p.m. Teachers and parents are encouraged to attend.
The Quaid Gallery: Photographers will be visiting our school on Wednesday 18th September to take school photographs. Please ensure that children are in full school uniform. The photographs will be on sale later. If you do not want your child photographed please let the school know in writing.
Football : Training recommenced with Vince Cooper on Monday September 9th . Training will be every second Monday until HallowE’en for seniors.
Pupil Personal Accident Insurance:Pupil Personal Accident Insurance will be paid for each pupil in the school. The cost of this is included in the annual contribution.
Aquatics: Aquatics is now part of the curriculum for primary schools. We will be continuing with five sessions each in the Aquila Club, Gleneagle Hotel for 3rd 4th 5th and 6th classes after Christmas.
Recycling: Lenrec Recycling are having a new and used clothing collection in the school on Thursday 3rd October. The school will receive €5.50 per 10kg bag of clothes and €2.00 per each mobile phone collected. Items collected include new and used men’s women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, ties, linens, household textiles, stuffed toys etc. Please place goods for recycling in a black bag and leave in the school assembly hall. Please keep mobile phones separate.
School Calendar: Our school calendar detailing closures for the school year will be issued shortly.
School Rules: I enclose a copy of our school rules. Compliance with the school uniform has never been an issue. We ask parents to ensure that this continues. We are also seeking your assistance in ensuring that your child does not bring the following to school: mobile phone, digital camera, digital media player (MP3/4 etc) glass bottles, fizzy drinks, chewing gum, and crisps. We encourage children to bring healthy lunches and parents are very good in this regard.
If you have any queries on school related matters do not hesitate to make an appointment to see the class teacher or myself.
Again my sincere thanks for your help and co-operation.
I look forward to meeting you in the near future, and we all look forward to a great school year.
Mary O’Sullivan Principal