Parting Words from Principal Mrs. Mary O’Sullivan on the occasion of her retirement.
It has been a privilege for me to serve as Principal of Scoil Bhríde, Loreto since 1996. I am delighted to say that over the years I have enjoyed wonderful support from the Boards of Management, Staff, Parents’ Associations and all Parents and Pupils of Loreto whom I had the pleasure of working with. I am very grateful for your kindness and friendship. I will miss everyone in Loreto and will have many happy memories of my time with you all. I wish my successor Mr. Brian O’Sullivan every happiness in Loreto and I know you will give him the same generous support and encouragement that you gave me.
Slán go fóill,
13th June 2018
Welcome to our final term. This term is a very busy term. Here is an update of recent activities and a reminder of some upcoming events.
End of year Graduation and Retirement Mass: The end of year Graduation and my retirement mass will take place on Monday 25th June at 11.30a.m. in the school hall followed by refreshments. All are very welcome. You might let anyone associated with Loreto School in any way, past and present, know they are very welcome to attend also. A huge thank you to all who are helping to organise this.
Congratulations: Congratulations to the children who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 12th May. Well done to them on contributing to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust who send Sick Children and young people to Lourdes.
Thank You: A huge thank you to all the staff and children, especially the choir, who helped to make this day so special, to those who cut the grass, power washed the school and supplied the lovely flower displays. A big thank you to the Parents who organised the reception for First Holy Communion children and their families in school after the ceremony and to those who organised parking on the day. This was a wonderful occasion for the school.
Staff: We are losing Mrs. Gráinne Lenihan (nee MacGillicuddy) who served as a Special Needs Assistant from 2005 to 2018. We thank Gráinne for her great contribution to Loreto over those years. We congratulate her on her new baby and we wish her every health and happiness in her future career. A presentation on behalf of the Board of Management will be made to Grainne on Friday 29th June.
An Taisce Clean up: We took part in the An Taisce Spring Clean up during April.
Visit to St. Francis’ School, Beaufort and Gap Trip for 6th class: The annual visit to St. Francis ‘School and Gap Trip for 6th class took place on Wednesday 31st May. A wonderful day was had by all. Well done to the Children who contributed some of their Confirmation Money to the school.
Killarney Primary School Sports: The Killarney Primary School Sports took place recently. Well done to all those who participated representing the school.
Open Day for New Junior Infants: The open day for new Junior Infants took place on 25th May and was a great success.
School Prayer Service for May: The School Prayer Service for May took place on 23rd May in the school led by Mrs. O’Meara and her class.
Internet Safety: We invited a speaker from Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (K.D.Y.S) on Internet Safety, Social Media and Cyber Bullying for 5th and 6th class pupils and at night for all Parents. The 5th and 6th class talk took place on 24th April and the talk for parents took place on 15th May. There was very positive feedback on this Internet Safety talk.
Football Blitz: Third and fourth class took part in a football blitz organised by Brian Fitzgerald in Dr. Crokes Pitch on 24th May.
Girls Cumann na mBunscoil East Kerry League: The Girls Cumann na mBunscoil East Kerry Football League took place on Tuesday 9th May in Spa Pitch. Our team were very strong contenders and were runners up after four great games.
Primary Games; Congratulation to Clodagh Lucey and Jack O’Sullivan who represented the school in the Primary Games Competition.
Football Skills Competition: Congratulations to Jack O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan and Cillian O’Connor who won the East Kerry Football Skills Competition and to Clodagh Lucey, Ali O’Donoghue and Jessica Fuller who represented us in the Girls’ Competition.
School Magazine: The School Magazine will be available for sale shortly for €5. You can secure your copy by dropping €5 into the school office.
Corpus Christi Procession: A big thank you to the children, teachers and parents who participated in the Corpus Christi Procession which took place on Thursday 31st May.
Standardised Testing: took place in school over the past few weeks and results are included in the school report.
School Tours: Teachers are busy organising school tours. Senior Classes will visit/have visited the Eclipse Activity Centre and junior classes will visit Crag Cave.
Primary School Debating: We participated in the County semi-final of the Primary Debating on Tuesday 1st May. Our debating team gave a magnificent performance. Unfortunately they were not successful on this occasion. Huge credit is due to our girls and also to all 5th and 6th class pupils who provided opposition for them in the practices for the five gruelling debates.
Junior Entrepreneur Project: The 5th and 6th class Project “Tick Kits” has been very successful and has potential as a fundraiser for the school. Parents’ Association are getting involved to market and sell the product locally. The children presented their project to Muckross Community Council’s public Meeting on Lyme Disease and now travel to Dublin to present their project in the RDS on Monday 18th June.
Congratulations : We congratulate Fr. Kieran O’Brien on 25 years of priesthood. We thank him for his dedication to our school and his kindness and consideration to staff, pupils and parents always. Mass to celebrate this great achievement will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 6 .15p.m. on Friday 22nd June.
Congratulations: Congratulations to Jessica O’Connor Uchytil who received 3rd prize in the Dan Keane Poetry Competition in the Listowel Writers Literary Week.
The Gleneagle Brass Band: The Gleneagle Brass Band visited the school and performed for children on Tuesday 12th June. They also explained the instruments they play.
Sports Days: Sports Days will be happening in the next week or two. You will get a text about same.
Garda Mini-Sevens: The Garda Mini-Sevens Football Competition will take place on Wednesday 20th June.
Board of Management Report: from meeting 9th May 2018
Legislative Checklist: The Legislative Checklist which ensures all school procedures are followed correctly, last reviewed in June 2017, was reviewed again at our meeting of 9th May.
The following policies were reviewed by Staff, Board of Management and Parents’ Association. They were ratified at the meeting.
- Critical Incident Management Policy
- Safety Statement
- Sexual Harassment – Adult Anti-Bullying Policy
- Dignity at work Policy
- Policy on placement of Student Teachers.
In school Management Team: Ms. O’Reilly Deputy Principal and Mr. Looney Assistant Principal 11 presented their end of year reports to the Board of Management.
Continuous Professional Development: This term staff attended Continuous Professional Development on Child Protection, iPad Training and First Aid Training.
See Saw Programme: Teachers are engaging in the See Saw Programme on a free trial basis to compile folders of children’s work and display them. We have a positive reaction from parents. There may be a cost to pupils if we decide to continue.
Enrolments: If you have any family member, or know of any child intending to start school in Scoil Bhríde, Loreto in September 2018 please ask them to complete a registration and an enrolment form immediately. Forms available in school or on line.
Sixth Class: We send our best wishes with sixth class as they go on to secondary school. Go dté sibh slán.
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 this year and always.
It has been a privilege for me to serve as Principal of Scoil Bhríde, Loreto since 1996. I am delighted to say that over the years I have enjoyed wonderful support from the Boards of Management, Staff, Parents’ Associations, and all Parents and Pupils of Loreto whom I had the pleasure of working with. I am very grateful for your kindness and friendship. Everything good that happened in Scoil Bhríde Loreto was achieved through that team effort. I will miss everyone in Loreto and will have many happy memories of my time with you all.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir agus slán go fóill,
Wishing everybody an enjoyable and safe summer.
Mary O’Sullivan Principal
First Holy Communion 2018
Woodlands Equestrian Centre Pony Spring League final prizes presented by Liam O Connor Musician – Loreto NS Killarney competitors & prize winners from left; Ellie Greene, Leah Clarke, Jessica Fuller with their siblings Ruby Greene & Nick Clarke standing.
Junior and senior Infants enjoy the sunshine.
Spring Clean April 2018
Debating team 2018
Our debating team 2018
Loreto Girls Soccer Team 2018
Junior Entrepreneur Project 2018
5th and 6th class pupils displaying their Junior Entrepreneur project “Tick Kits” with Principal Mary O’Sullivan and class teacher Edward Looney.
Pupils from Loreto School give a talk to Muckross Community Association on their Junior Entrepreneur Project “Tick Kits”
Confirmation Class 2018
Seachtain na Gaelige 2018
Thanks to our hard working Parents’ Association for organising our Cake Sale Fundraiser and to all the parents who took time to bake.
Snowy Days in Loreto.
Pupils from 5th and 6th class visit St. Columbanus’ Home and Killarney Community Hospital to entertain the patients on Saturday 23rd December 2017
Tim O’Shea and Dan Twomey St. Vincent de Paul members are delighted to accept hampers donated by the pupils of Loreto School.
Children’s Christmas art work