Archive for October, 2021

Halloween Note

Halloween Note

The mid-term break is upon us and we hope all enjoy a deserved rest. The school will close this Friday, 22nd October at 2/3pm for pupils and re-open on Monday, 1st November.

We anticipate that there will be some works taking place in the school grounds during the Halloween Break; this is to facilitate prefabs for our ASD units later this year. In advance of this, the Board of Management has already provided a new tarmacadam play area over the summer months. While this has been fully paid for, it has placed somewhat of a strain on Board of Management funds for pupil resources. As we have not requested a Voluntary Contribution in recent years, we enclose Sponsored Walk cards for each family and ask for your co-operation with fundraising in this regard. A permit has been granted for this to take place. We propose to hold class walks/ nature walks when we return after the Halloween break. The cards can be returned to the school after the Halloween break.

Please refresh your child’s name on school jumpers, coats etc over the break. I also wish to restress the importance of keeping the school car park for bus and staff parking only.  I wish to remind you that the school does not accept responsibility for the supervision of pupils before the opening of the School Gates at 9 am. Pupils are free to dress up in Halloween costume on Friday of this week, if they so wish (otherwise please wear school uniform). Finally, I wish to thank you all for your co-operation in relation to Covid issues over the term. It has been greatly appreciated and has contributed greatly to the wellbeing of all.

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

October Newsletter

October Newsletter
We’ve survived September and our pupils and staff are adapting well to the new norms. The pupils have settled quickly into school routine and even seem to be enjoying themselves reasonably well.

We appreciate your support and co-operation to date in these challenging Covid times. While the rules on close contacts etc have changed somewhat in the last week, we will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with any developments. We also appreciate that many of you are keeping your children off school if they have minor coughs, head colds and Covid symptoms and we are grateful to you for this. We hope that you appreciate that we are unable to meet with parents in face-to-face meetings as before but we remain available to chat to you if you have any concerns or queries. The best way to do this is to phone the School Office in advance and, to avoid disruption to teaching time, the class teacher or Principal Teacher will return a call at a later stage. We also request that the School Office is contacted if you are to collect your child early for an appointment and we will bring your child to the gate. We are unfortunately not accepting unplanned School Visitors at this stage.

We discontinued the practice of collecting an Annual School Contribution a number of years ago but we propose to hold a School Sponsored Walk this year before the Halloween Break.

Fr Dunne will host a further First Communion Day on Saturday, October 9th at 12 noon for those pupils who were unable to attend at the recent communion. Each family is allowed up to six people in their allocated pew (this number includes the communicant). We wish all a lovely day.

We will, as part of our Friendship/ Anti-Bullying Code, be covering Online Safety and Cyber-Bullying in classes this month. If your child has an online presence, this is an opportune time to refresh online safety rules with your child.

We kindly request that any outstanding fees owed for the School Book Rental are paid as soon as possible. We provide all School Books for Junior and Senior Infants at a cost of €60 per child and we operate a School Book Rental system for Third to Sixth Classes at a cost of €35 per child (family maximum of €60). This fee includes art and photocopying expenses etc.We request that names are refreshed regularly on all school items such as lunchboxes, school jumpers, coats and stationery and, in fairness to
all, that pupils maintain Healthy Lunches. We request that you do not provide sweets, crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks, glass bottles etc. Please let us know also if you have updated your mobile contact numbers.

We wish to remind you that the School Car-Park is for Staff and School Buses only. The car-park is somewhat busier as we now have a second school bus on the school grounds each day and we request your co-operation in this regard.

Please feel to contact me if you have any queries,

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.