Final newsletter to parents

 

NEWSLETTER

Dear  Parents,

I hope you and your family are well.  Here is a reminder of some upcoming events:

First Holy Communion : Congratulations to all the pupils who received the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion on May 24th. A big thank you to all the staff, parents and past pupils for their help.

Green Flag: We are delighted to announce that the school has been successful in its application for a green School Flag for Biodiversity.  Representatives from the school collected the flag on Tuesday May 21st at An Taisce’s Green School’s ceremony at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork.

Leaf award: On the 3rd of June, the school was presented with a L.E.A.F (learn everything about forests) award at the Wetlands in Tralee in recognition of all their work and efforts in piloting  the new L.E.A.F. Programme. Congratulations and well done to Ms. O’Connell, the staff and pupils.

 

The Kerry Life Education Bus: The Kerry Life Education Busvisited the school on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd May offering age appropriate information to the pupils, covering issues of health and substance abuse awareness.

The Annual Gap Trip: The annual 6th class visit to St. Mary of the Angels School and Gap trip took place on Friday 13th  June.

Junior Sports Day:  The Junior sports day involving pupils from Junior Infants to  1st Class took place on  Friday 24th May.

County Final of the Primary Schools Athletics:   The County Final of the Primary Schools Athletics was held in Castleisland on Saturday  May 24th . We had many pupils representing the school in the various races and relays .

Corpus Christi Procession 19th June: The presbytery have informed us of the annual Parish Corpus Chrsiti Procession which will take place on Thursday 19th June.   The parish would like to invite the children from Scoil Bhríde to take part in this procession. Mass will be celebrated at 6.15pm.  Children should assemble for 6.45p.m. at the Cathedral gates so as to ensure a prompt departure after mass. We will be processing after Tiernaboul School.  . First Holy Communion  children wearing their First Holy Communion outfits are invited to attend the 6.15p.m. mass and participate in the procession with their parents.  All other school children are asked to wear their full school uniform. The route departs St. Mary’s Cathedral- New Street- Main Street –Plunkett Street- College Street concluding at the Friary.

County Final of the Girls Football Skills Competition  took place on   Thursday June 5th a  in   Representing our school  in the final was Ciara Randles who came 4th.  Well done Ciara

 Senior School Tour: The senior school tour took place on Monday 26th May. The pupils went kayaking and orienteering at Ross Castle.

 Junior school tour:  The Junior school tour took place on Friday 16th May.They visited the fire station followed by fun and games at the Playdium in Tralee.

2nd and third class school tour:  Second and Third class tour will take place on  19th June.  They will visit Crag Caves in Castleisland and the Crazy Cave play area.

Senior School Sports Day: The Senior schools sports day involving pupils from 2nd to 6th class will take place on Wednesday 18th June.   6th class have been doing the training programme “from couch potato to 5km” and will be doing the run in Muckross on Thursday 19th June.

 Board of Management Report:

The final Board of Management meeting of the school year took place on June 10th at 8.00p.m. Frank Lewis has stepped aside  as Chairperson of the Board and Fr. Kieran O’Brien has taken his position. Many thanks to Frank for his work as Chairperson of the Board.  He still remains on the Board of Management.

Removal of pre-fab. An almost all weather area and  a track for athletics:  The pre-fab will be removed in early July. (weather permitting)  and we hope to make an” almost all weather area”   around the area that the pre-fab occupied.  We also hope to dig out a track around the small pitch for training /walking especially on damp days.  This would involve digging out a track 4” deep and about 5 ft. wide and covering with stones and woodchip which will be available from Billy Tangney(Tree Surgeon) Ross Road free of charge. Mike Lucey organised Billy Tangney to examine the trees across the road from the school for safety.  He said they are not dangerous but could do with being trimmed. Mike will ask him for a report and will forward it to the Co. Council.

 Roof Leaks.The leaks in the roof ( during extreme weather ) were discussed again we hope to get advice on the best course of action to take.

School Self Evaluation: Curriculum Development –  This year we implemented the Literacy plan and focused on an improvement plan for Numeracy.  We prioritised the area of shape and space. The SSE( School Self Evaluation) Report and SIP( School Improvement Plan) have been emailed to Board members and are available in school.

 Book Rental Scheme: We received a grant to expand our Book Rental Scheme.  We hope to provide the main text books on loan to pupils.  This will result in a major reduction in book bills and savings for parents.

 

Parents’ Association

Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for their hard work throughout the year.

 Fundraising: 

 Hallowe’en dress up/mad hair day, Personalised Christmas cards, Street collection and Carol Singing. Christmas Raffle, Christmas cake sale, Family Fun Quiz.

Organising uniform recycling.    Organising Teas/coffees after Christmas Celebrations , Open Day and Graduation Mass.

We  look forward to a talk on Healthy Lunches in September.  The Parents’ Association are asking people to bring in unwanted uniforms and tracksuits for recycling.

 

Open Day for our new Junior Infants: The open Day for our new Junior Infants took place in the school on 11th  June . Thanks to the Parents’ Association for providing teas.

End of School Year Mass: On Tuesday 24th June our end of year Mass including the 6th class Graduation will take place in the school hall at 11.30a.m.  All are welcome. This will be followed by the raising of our 5th Green Flag.  Michael Lucey a tireless worker on the Board of Management  will do the honours. The Parents’  Association are kindly providing a cup of téa on the morning.

 Pre –Fab Contents: There are some old presses, chairs and teachers’ desks available in the pre-fab if they could be of any use to anyone.  Please collect between 3.00p.m. and 6.00p.m. any day before the pre-fab is demolished and removed.

Summer Holidays: The school will close at 12 noon on Friday 27th June for school holidays and will reopen on 1st September.

 School Magazine: Our annual School Magazine is on sale for €5.00.  Proceeds go to the Killarney Chernobyl Children’s Project. It includes the work and activities of every child in the school.

If you have any queries on school related matters do not hesitate to make an appointment to see the class teacher or myself.

Yours sincerely,

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Mary O’Sullivan  Principal.