Christmas Shoe box appeal

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This year, why not share your Christmas with a child living on the margins of society, amongst the poorest children in the world? – Many of whose families have to survive on less than 1 Euro a day.

This was the question that was put to all the families of Scoil Bhríde, Loreto National School in November and did they answer!!

Pupils and staff, along with their families put together Christmas Boxes filling them with toys and everyday goods which we sometimes take for granted.  The response was amazing and everybody got on-board. We received over 80 boxes. We really appreciate the huge effort that everybody made. These gifts will be transported to countries like Kosovo over the coming weeks just in time for Christmas. Thanks to everybody for making this wonderful project possible.

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.                              

 

 

 

 

Newsletter

24th October 2016

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to have lots of good news to report.

 Update on Staffing: We were successful in our appeal to retain our fifth class teacher. Ms. Michelle O’Brien will remain teaching in this school for the academic year 2016/2017.

Reading Eggs: We have decided to use some of the money raised by the Guess the Score Raffle to purchase the Reading Eggs Programme for all the children in the school for this year. Reading Eggs is an online programme designed to improve your child’s reading skills.  Your child can access Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress at home where parents can view their progress on line.  Each pupil will be given a Login Name and Password to access the programme. If pupils benefit from this programme we will consider adding the cost (approx €7 per child) to the school bill in the future.

 Cumann na mBunscoil Football:  Congratulations to our football team who have reached  the county semi-final of the Cumann na mBuncsoil Football Competition and will play Ahatubrid N.S. on this Wednesday at 1p.m. in Killorglin.  We will be leaving school at 12 noon sharp to travel to Killorglin.  We would appreciate help with lifts.  We wish the very best of luck to our team.  Go n-éirí leo.

I.T update: We are in the process of updating our computer room to have fourteen working computers with headphones.  These will be very useful for the Reading Eggs Programme.  We are also purchasing six iPads and hope to have wireless internet.

Hallow  E’en  Dress up:  All  classes  are invited to dress up in their Hallow E’en costumes on Friday 28th  October and bring in €2.  Money raised will be divided between Temple Street Hospital and Brú Columbanus – a small independent charity that provides” home from home “ accommodation for the relatives of sick children in Cork Hospitals and Hospice.   Many thanks to Trish Quigley from the 223 Club who is organising this collection. Please ensure all children are warm enough in their costumes for break times and that they can move safely.   No implements or sharp  objects are allowed for safety reasons.

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 this contribution may be difficult for some families.  Please let me know in the strictest confidence if paying is a problem.

  • 1 child €55 2 children €105          3 children  €140           4 children €170

This  bill includes Standardised Tests, Book Rental, Spelling Booklet, Pupil Personal Accident Insurance 24 hour cover, Art/Craft 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.

Book Fair:  With the help of the Parents’ Association we are having a Book Fair in the school from 24th November to the 28th 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 24th 25th and 28th 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.

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.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Team Hope: This year we will again be participating in Team Hope Shoe box appeal. The school are waiting to receive the flyers to hand out to pupils giving all the information regarding the Shoe Box Appeal.  As soon as they are delivered to the school we will distribute them.                                                                                                                                                                                                     The organisers have asked us to mention that it is not suitable to include chocolate in the boxes.  The boxes will be collected from the school on 11th November.

Christmas Cards: The school is organising the Christmas Card fundraiser for the school again this year.  Each child will design their own personal Christmas Card and receive a sample card to show at home before there is any obligation to buy.  If you are interested in finding out more please check on www.christmas cardsforschools.ie.  Please don’t buy your Christmas cards until you see your child’s masterpiece.

Parent Teacher Meetings: Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Friday 11th November beginning at 3.00p.m. Children will go home at 2.30p.m. If children in Junior and Senior Infants are being collected at 1.50p.m. older siblings can also go at this time. The school cannot accept responsibility for children on the school premises during the meetings. Please make an arrangement to have your children looked after.

Mid Term Break: School will close at normal school times (1.50p.m. and 2.50p.m.) this Friday 28th October for midterm break and will re-open on Monday 7th November.

Date for your diary: Whole school Christmas Celebration will take place Friday 16th December at 11.30a.m. All are welcome

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 hope you enjoy the Hallow  E’en   break  and  look forward to meeting you in the near future.

Kind Regards,

______________

Mary O’Sullivan   Principal

Farewell to our Friend

 

Retirement of Mrs. Mary Moynihan Deputy Principal of Scoil Bhride, Loreto.

A large crowd gathered in Scoil Bhríde, Loreto on Friday 24th June to pay tribute to  Mrs. Mary Moynihan who is retiring this year after thirty eight years of dedicated service to the school and to bid her a fond farewell.

Mass involving the whole school, was celebrated by Fr. Kieran O’Brien Chairperson of the Board of Management. Presentations were made from the Board of Management, Parents’ Association, past pupils and the children.

A tree was planted in the school grounds to remind the children of Mrs. Moynihan every day.  After tributes to Mrs. Moynihan in prose verse and song Mrs. O’Sullivan thanked every child, past pupil, every parent and Board of Management member who helped to organise the celebration

Mrs. Moynihan started school in Loreto at four years of age.  She progressed through Loreto Secondary School and on to Carysfort College.

Mrs. Moynihan began her teaching career in 1978.  She embraced all new advances in technology, moving with ease from the blackboard and chalk of 1978 to the interactive whiteboard today.

At the same time she encouraged the children to keep up the traditional skills of knitting and gardening and to appreciate the beauty of nature and the local history of Killarney. She continuously upskilled herself but always remained unassuming, approachable and willing to share her expertise.

Mrs. Moynihan is a true team player who was always loyal to Loreto. As Deputy Principal since 1998 Mrs. Moynihan was greatly involved with all developments in the school including the new building extension.  She was always available with her warmth, her wisdom and her wealth of experience. This was greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Moynihan is a gifted teacher and a true professional who brought out the best in every child. She has been a wise, kind and supportive friend to the whole school community. She has a wealth of knowledge of local history and a love of nature which she shared generously with the children.  They will always remember her love for them and her kindness towards them.

We thank Mrs. Moynihan for her kindness and friendship and thirty eight years of hard work and dedication to the children and the school.

We are sad that Mrs. Moynihan is leaving Loreto. We will miss her presence in school everyday, her sense of fun, her empathy, her friendship and kindness, her wisdom and experience, her laughter and common sense.

We wish Mrs. Moynihan every health, happiness and fulfilment as she enters a new stage in her life.  We hope she enjoys many new adventures as well as taking a well deserved rest, no longer having to watch the clock.

Guímid gach rath ort Máire san todhchaí agus gura fada buan tú.