Newsletter

27th September 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the families who supported “Guess the Score” Fundraiser.  A total of €1140 was collected for the school.  There was no winner.

Congratulations: Congratulations and well done to our past pupil Cian Gammell on his fantastic performance in the All Ireland Minor Football Final.

Recycling: Lenrec  Recycling  are having a new and used clothing collection in the school on  tomorrow Thursday 28th September.  Items collected include new and used men’s women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, ties, linens, household textiles etc. Please place goods for recycling in a black bag and leave in the school assembly hall.

Beginning of Year Mass: Beginning of Year Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Kieran O’Brien on Friday 29th September at 9.30a.m.  Please note new time.  All are very welcome.

Climb of Torc:  The climb of Torc Mountain for 4th, 5th and 6th classes is still on the agenda.  We are waiting for a suitable day weather-wise.

The Quaid Gallery: Photographers will be visiting our school on Tuesday 17th October 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.

23rd October 2017: School will be closed on Monday 23rd October to facilitate an in-service training day for staff.

Book Fair:  With the help of the Parents’ Association we are having a Book Fair in the school from 15th November to the 22nd  November.  During this time books will be displayed and pupils given an opportunity to browse and choose some books.  The Parents’ Association will sell these books  to parents on Friday 17th , Monday 20th , and Tuesday 21st November from 2p.m  to 3p.m. If older classes want to choose and buy the books themselves they can bring in the money. If any books are sold out they can be ordered and delivery is 48 hours approx. The Book Fair is also very beneficial to the school as we can choose books for the school library to the value of 60% of sales.

School  Reminder: Thank you to all the parents who have paid their annual school bill and a gentle reminder to those who have not yet paid. In these tough times we are aware that any contribution may be difficult for some families.  Please let me know in the strictest confidence if paying is a problem.

  • 1 child €60 2 children €110  3 children  €150  4 children €180  5 children €200

 

The above bill includes Standardised Tests, Book Rental, Pupil Personal Accident Insurance 24 hour cover, Art/Craft materials and Photocopying.

Pupil Personal Accident Insurance:  The cost of this is included in the school bill. Unfortunately pupils who have not paid the contribution will not be included in the Personal Accident Insurance.

Local History Trail: 5th and 6th class went on a short local history tour incorporating the old Loreto Convent on Thursday 21st September.

In Class Support: In this school we operate a team teaching approach.  This means that from time to time another teacher including the Special Education Teachers(S.E.Ts) will come into the classroom and work with  the class teacher. We are aiming to provide In Class Support in this way in all classes this year.

Confirmation: Confirmation Day is Friday 9th March in St. Mary’s Cathedral at 3p.m.   School will close at 12 noon on that day.

First Holy Communion: First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 12th May at 10.30a.m. in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Muckross.

The Student Council: The Student Council is up and running again this year.  The Student Council will meet with myself and Ms O’Reilly Deputy Principal once a month.  The  Student Council will be the voice of the students and will help to run the school.  The following are the members for this year: Stephen Walsh, Clodagh Doolan, Clodagh Lucey, Ellen McSweeney, Jessica Fuller, Meabh O’Sullivan Darcy, Ali O’Donoghue, Craig Leggate, Zhuoyi Chen, Sarah Cooper, David O’Brien Mac Sweeney, Ella Barrett, Dara O’Sullivan, Grace Browne Murphy, Luke Doolan, Molly Reidy, Jenny Lucey, Laura Healy, Grace O’Shea, Jessica O’Connor and Paddy Moore.

Aistear:  Aistear is a new curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland and is being introduced in Loreto.  This Early Childhood Curriculum Framework celebrates early childhood as a time of being, and of enjoying and learning from experiences as they unfold. This early learning also lays important foundations for later learning, because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys. For more information on Aistear  visit http://www.ncca.ie/earlylearning. When you visit the website, click on the Aistear logo to go to the Framework

Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: We will be participating in the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal again this year.  A leaflet with details of same will be distributed to pupils over the next few weeks.

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Award: The Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Award will be presented on Saturday 4th November.  The recipient of the award this year is Sr.  Orla Treacy from Co Wicklow –  a Loreto sister  and Principal of   the Girls school in Rumbek, South Sudan. Coincidentally, every year we donate the proceeds of our Easter Raffle to this school – our sister school in Rumbek.  We will do so again this year, and the Board of Management have agreed to donate the money in advance of the Easter Raffle (rather than have another fundraiser) .

Garda Vetting:  Garda Vetting of volunteers, parents etc is now coming under a new system which is partly processed on line and partly processed via an application form.   Application forms are available in the school office.  We appeal to parents to become vetted if they are helping with transport, or assisting the school.

** Parent Teacher Meeting:   Friday 24th November.  Please note change of date from calendar.

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.

Kind Regards,

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Mary O’Sullivan   Principal.