20th June 2016
I hope you and your family are well.  We are having a very busy final term.  Here is a reminder of some upcoming events:Dear  Parents,

Our Deputy Principal Mrs. Mary Moynihan is retiring after thirty eight years of service in our school.  The Board of Management and school are very grateful to Mary for her long years of service and dedication to the school and wish her every health and happiness for the future.

End of Year school Mass: The mass to celebrate the retirement of Mrs. Moynihan and 6th class graduation will be on Friday 24th June at 11.30a.m. Presentations will be made and photographs taken afterwards.  All parents, former parents and past pupils are most welcome.  Spread the word please.

Recycling: We are recycling a number of 21inch  TV’s/ video combi.  If anybody is interested in them they are here in the school for collection.

“Patrick”:  4th 5th and 6th classes  attended  the 1916 musical drama “Patrick” written and directed by Rathmore journalist and writer, Aidan O’Connor in the I.NE.C on Thursday 26th May.

Corpus Christi Procession:  The annual Corpus Christi Procession took place on Thursday 26th May after 6.15p.m. Mass. Our First Holy Communion class and pupils throughout the school took part.

 May Prayer Service: The School Prayer Service for May took place on Friday 27th May.

Senior School Sports Day: We availed of the fine weather on the 2nd June to have our senior sports day.

County Final of the Primary Schools Athletics :   The County Finals of the Primary Schools’ Athletics were held in   an Ríocht Track on Saturday 4th June. We had many pupils representing the school in the various races and we also had a 3rd and 4th class girls’ relay team.  Well done to all.

The Annual Gap Trip: The annual 6th class visit to St. Francis Special School, St. Mary of the Angels Beaufort  and Gap Trip took place on Thursday 9th June.

Junior Sports Day:  The Juniors classes are eagerly awaiting their Sports Day which will take place on June 21st.

Junior School Tour:  The Junior school Tour took place on Thursday 19th May .

 Senior School Tour: The senior school tour will take place on Tuesday 21st June.

Open Day for our new Junior Infants:  We had a very successful Open Day for our new Junior Infants in the school on 16th June.  Thanks to the Parents’ Association for providing teas.  We are also having an open day for future pupils and parents to view the school on 22nd June between 2p.m.  and 3 p.m.

Garda Blitz:  We participated in the Garda Football Blitz on Thursday 16th June in Fitzgerald’s Football Stadium.

Book Rental Scheme:  The Book rental Scheme is still ongoing in the school .This will result in a major reduction in book bills and savings for parents.                Please ensure all rented books are returned in good condition to the school.

Board of Management Report

Appeal: We were successful in our appeal to retain a 5th teacher.  A teacher has been appointed provisionally – subject to having 123 pupils on roll on September 30th 2016.

Sympathies : We would like to extend sympathies to the families of Fr. Pat Horgan (former School Chaplain) and Sr. Pauline Boyle  and Sr. Margaret Doherty ( former chairpersons of the Board of Management).  May they rest in peace. There will be Mass for Sr. Pauline and Sr. Margaret on Tuesday 28th June at 7.30p.m. in Muckross Church.

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

 Fundraising:   Street collection, Christmas Raffle, Coffee Morning, Book Fair and Cake sale.

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

Deputy Principal: the position of Deputy Principal was advertised. The interview Board recommended the appointment of Ms. Evelyn O’Reilly

School Closure: school will be closed on Wednesday 22nd June to facilitate an Inservice Training Day on the New Language Curriculum.

A big thank you to the members of the B.O.M. who help to run our school and to the parents who help to maintain it and cut the grass.

6th Class: Best wishes to 6th class as they go on to secondary school.

Summer Holidays: The school will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 29th June for school holidays and will reopen on 1st September.

 School Magazine: Our annual School Magazine will be on sale shortly for €5.00.  You can secure your copy by dropping €5 into the school office.

Wishing everybody an enjoyable and safe summer.

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,


Mary O’Sullivan  Principal.