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Newsletter 22.01.13

Dear Parents,

I hope this letter finds you are all well. The following are some notices which may be of interest to you.

In Sympathy

We wish to offer our sincere sympathy to Ms. Rolf and her family at the loss of her Dad.

We also extend our sympathy to the staff of Strandhill School and the family of Mrs. Laura O Grady who passed away last week. Laura taught in our neighbouring school for many years.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam Dílis.

Grandparents Day

As part of Catholic Schools Week, we are holding a special afternoon service in thanksgiving for our grandparents. This will take place on Wednesday, Jan 30th in the school hall at 1.15pm. We invite all grandparents and any parents who wish to attend. We will provide refreshments afterwards for the grandparents in the school hall. The children will decorate our front hall noticeboard with thoughts and prayers for their grandparents, both alive and deceased. We hope many of you will be able to make it.

Digital Schools Award

Our award has arrived and we are delighted with it. Congratulations to all staff and children involved. Only a small number of schools nationwide have achieved this award. We will unveil our plaque after our service for grandparents and we will have a small celebration for the children to mark the achievement in the school hall on the afternoon of Friday, 1st Feb.

School Website

Please continue looking at our site. Many classes put up very interesting blog posts about their work.

Questionnaires and School Self Evaluation

We spent significant time at our last Staff Meeting discussing the feedback from the questionnaires and we will respond in due course. The feedback, which will also be considered by the Board of Management, is providing very useful and helpful data to inform our School Improvement Plan as part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. Thank you all.

Do This In Memory

The next Mass for the 2nd class children will take place this Sunday. Unfortunately I will be unavailable to have a choir at this Mass.

Mid Term Break

Reminder: the school will be closed for the mid-term break on 14th and 15th February.

Sligo Credit Union

The Credit Union come to school on the first Wednesday of every month and children can go to the “bank” and lodge their savings, however small. It encourages the habit of saving, which is a useful habit for children to learn. Any parents wishing to open a new account can contact Mrs. Hampson. We will remind the children the day before the Credit Union staff come.


Our school library is open to parents and children every Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30 and thanks to our 6th class pupils who are providing this facility. It is disappointing that some weeks, they may not even have one visitor to the library! We will monitor over the coming weeks, as it is unfair to the children to re-arrange transport home for the later time and have no visitors!! If you are collecting your child and have time available, please drop in!


We are holding our enrolment day for new pupils on Tuesday, 12th February from 11.15 to 12.15. If you know anyone who wishes to send their child to our school, please inform them of this and ask them to give the school a call for an enrolment form or download a form from our school website and send it in to us. We have a large number of children already on the file to start next September. Please also inform others who may wish to start a child here in the subsequent years to notify us, as I will be submitting an application to The Department of Education and Skills for building works in the very near future as we will be requiring an additional classroom, and I will need to send future projections with the application.

Swimming Competition

Well done to Adam Higgins, Daragh Sweeney, Jack Molloy and Anthony Maher, who represented our school in the Connacht Schools Swim Minor Championships over the Christmas Holidays, and congratulations to Adam Higgins and Patrick Maher who have qualified for the National Schools Final in March. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh!!

Novel Work

In some of the classes, we are studying a novel in smaller groups with the children. This happened in 3/4th class last term and is currently underway in 2/3rd class at the moment. The small groups allow for in depth discussion and allows more individual time for the children. Mrs. O Rourke, Mrs. Redican and Mrs. Clarke are all working with a group 3 afternoons per week. The children may be assigned some homework based on their novel!

In the event of frosty/snowy weather, please take care entering and exiting the school grounds.

With every good wish,

Siobhán Clarke



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