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May Newsletter

May Newsletter

The last term of the school year is underway at present and the pupils are busy on a number of fronts. The First Holy Communion is scheduled for this Saturday at 11am and we wish Mrs Neely’s Second Class all the best on the day. There will be tea and light refreshments in the School Hall after the ceremony and the Parents’ Association (in conjunction with the parents of First Class) invite the communicants and their families along on the day.

Our recent Kilmacrennan NS 5k was a great success and we wish to thank all those who organised the event, notwithstanding the participants, sponsors, Parents’ Association, volunteers and An Garda Síochána. Your help was greatly appreciated.

Individual class teachers are organising events such as Sports Days and School Tours. Classes will be notified individually of information pertaining to their events. We are continuing with class-based running for 5-10 mins on a daily basis (First to Sixth Classes). We also had a number of pupils participating in an athletics event in Letterkenny this week and we had numerous winners on the day. Well done to all.

Pupils from First to Sixth Classes will undergo standardised testing in English, Irish and Mathematics, starting from the week of Monday 22 May onwards. The results will issue to parents as part of the end-of-year pupil reports in June.

The next Parents’ Association meeting will be held in the school on the 8th June @8pm. They ask parents to keep an eye on their Facebook Page (Kilmacrennan PA) for the agenda. They also hope to have an ice-cream treat for the pupils during June.

We are experiencing an increase in enrolment applications recently. We have welcomed several new pupils to our school recently but have not been in a position to accommodate all applicants. Please inform the school at the earliest opportunity of any changes in pupil enrolment plans here as it may facilitate the needs of other families.

The government has announced a new Free Books Scheme for all pupils for the next school year. This is to be warmly welcomed but we will be in touch later regarding the details of how it will work for us.

Anne O’ Donnell, our School Secretary, has informed us that she intends to retire from her position at the end of the school year. Anne has been an invaluable member of staff since 1999 and we wish her well. We are planning an in-school celebration of her time here in the school on the afternoon of Thursday 15 June (tbc). All are invited along and we will be in touch regarding the event at a later date.

The Sixth Class end-of-year barbeque is provisionally scheduled for June 14th but we will confirm this later.

We hold an in-school ‘Kilmac Got’s Talent’ competition each year in which pupils are encouraged to showcase individual/ group talent. The event will be held shortly and we encourage all to participate. It’s a bit like the Eurovision and such was the interest last year that we held auditions.

Without wanting to be too repetitive, I again ask all to pay particular attention to road safety issues and parking in the vicinity of the school. It can get quite busy at times but it is absolutely critical that the vision lines of the pupils at the crossing points are not obscured by cars that park too close by (or by cars parking on the footpath). If feasible, we request that you accompany your child to and from the gate.      

The school will close on Friday 23 June for the summer recess. We will re-open for pupils on Wed 30 August. The 2023/24 School Calendar will be posted on the website in the coming days.

Finally, we seem to be making progress on the proposed permanent ASD two-classroom/ resource extension to the main building. Following a meeting earlier this week, it seems that the builders are planning to be on site towards the end of June. We certainly are looking forward to this.

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

Easter Newsletter

The Parents’ Association are holding a meeting in the School Hall tonight, Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

We recently installed the final two Interactive Screens in our classroom. This is the tenth new screen installed in the last two years and has been funded via the School Digital grant, the ongoing sponsored walk fundraiser and a generous recent donation of €1650 by the Parents Association. We thank you for your support with the sponsored walk fundraiser and ask for any remaining cards to be returned this week. We hope to hold class led walks around the village this week.

The pupils have been busy on a number of fronts, including Wellbeing week activities, gymnastic lessons, Seachtain na Gaeilge, a visits to a Windmill Farm, sporting competitions and quizzes. We particularly congratulate our quiz teams on winning two separate quizzes last week. There was great excitement in winning the County Donegal Garda School Quiz competition (which started with 80 schools) on Tuesday last. This was followed by winning the Ulster Primary School’s Quiz title in Cavan on Thursday (which started out with around 300 teams). Well done to all.

We will host a visiting Science & Music performer in the school on Thursday 30 March (no charge involved).

The Kilmacrennan NS 5K Walk and Run will take place this year on Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm. We hope many of you will be able to participate or assist in organising the event. Feel free to spread news of the event to family, friends, neighbours etc and we will be in touch after the Easter Break.

We will close for the Easter holidays on Friday 31 March at 12 noon. We will hold an Easter Draw for a hamper and Easter Eggs on the day. Tickets are €2, or three for €5.

We will reopen on Monday 17 April.

School Transport Process

School_transport@education.gov.ie

www.gov.ie/schooltransport

9 March 2023

Dear Principal,

Please see information note below regarding the School Transport Application Process for 2023/24 School Year

I would be grateful if you could circulate to families who may use school transport for their information.

Bus Éireann will contact all existing applicants via email directly, and a wider media campaign will commence this week. Further information is available on www.gov.ie/schooltransport andbuseireann.ie/schooltransport.

Information for families regarding School Transport Application Process for 2023/24 School Year

Families are asked to note that the closing date for payment/registering medical cards has been brought forward so that Bus Éireann can process applications, arrange transport and issue tickets to families as soon as possible for the 2023/24 school year.

1. New Applicants – Apply By 28TH APRIL 2023

The Bus Éireann family portal is now open for new applications for school transport services for the 2023/24 school year. New applications are considered as:  pupils who will be attending junior infants in primary school or first year in post-primary school for the first time in 2023.  pupils that may move home address or will be attending a new school in the 2023/24 school year Applications can be made by visiting www.buseireann.ie/schooltransport

The closing date for new applications is Friday 28 April 2023.

Any new applications made after the closing date are considered late applications and families are not guaranteed a seat.

2. All Applicants- payment/enter medical card details – closing date 9 June 2023

The Bus Éireann family portal will be open to accept payments/medical card details from the 3 April 2023 until the 9 June 2023. Payments made after the deadline date will be deemed late and families are not guaranteed a seat at that stage. Payments/medical card details must be submitted for:

 new applicants, and;

 pupils who have previously applied/availed of school transport and require a seat on a service for the 23/24 school year. …..

2 Children (who are eligible for school transport) and who possess valid medical cards (GMS Scheme) are exempt from paying the annual charge however, their medical card details must be submitted to Bus Éireann.

Bus Éireann will accept medical card details from 3 April 2023 until 9 June 2023.

Medical card details received after 9 of June deadline are considered late.

Families are strongly urged to make sure that they pay/enter valid medical card details on or before the deadline of 9 of June 2023.

The Annual Charge for School Transport Services for the 2023/24 school year is set out below:

Category of pupil

Annual Charge Primary Eligible/ Concessionary pupil €50 Post-primary Eligible/ Concessionary pupil €75

Maximum annual charge for families €125

3. Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for School Transport for the 2023/24 school year is as follows:

 Children are eligible for transport at primary level where they reside not less than 3.2 kilometres from and are attending their nearest national school, and at post-primary level where they reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest post-primary school/education centre as determined by the department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language

.  Children who are eligible for school transport and who have completed the application and payment process on time will be accommodated on school transport services where such services are in operation.

 Children who are not eligible for school transport, but who complete the application and payment process on time, will be considered for spare seats that may exist after eligible children have been facilitated; such seats are referred to as concessionary seats

.  Because of the nature of concessionary transport for non-eligible children and the priority of providing places for eligible children, there may be an excess of demand over supply for concessionary places, in these cases Bus Éireann will allocate tickets for spare seats using an agreed selection process. …..

3  In addition, temporary alleviation measures will continue for the 2023/24 school year, pending completion of the school transport scheme review.

This means that transport will be provided where such services are in operation for post-primary pupils who are eligible for transport to their nearest school and are attending their second nearest school and who apply and pay on time.

4. Pupils from Ukraine

Pupils from Ukraine who require school transport should not apply on the Bus Éireann family portal but should visit gov.ie/ukraine for details on how to apply. Please note that any pupils from Ukraine who are currently on school transport do not need to re-apply for the 2023/24 school year unless they have changed address or school.

Chillaxing in Glenveagh

March Newsletter

The Sacrament of Confirmation was held last Sunday. A most enjoyable day was had by all and we wish to thank parents, pupils, teachers, Fr Dunne and Bishop McGuckian for their help in making it a special event for the confirmandi. Many thanks too to all who helped with the refreshments in the School Hall afterwards.

The pupils are busy on a number of fronts. We will celebrate World Book Day in the school this Friday 3 March with pupils free to dress in literary/ film/ character style if they wish (Normal school dress for those don’t wish to participate). We wish to congratulate our pupils on participating in Feis Loreto, Letterkenny recently with over fifty children participating in poetry, music and song on the day. It was a most enjoyable event. We also congratulate our quiz team on winning the Garda Divisional quiz recently and wish them well in the County Final in the Mount Errigal hotel on Thursday 9 March.  Finally, there was great excitement as a large number of athletes from third to sixth classes represented the school in the Sportshall event in the Aura this week.

Seachtain na Gaeilge – where we all make a special effort to speak Irish – takes place in the days before St Patrick’s Day. We hope to have an in-school ceolchoirm or concert that week where pupils will showcase their talents to other classes.

Gymnastics is a part of our PE curriculum but staff feel that pupils best learn from the experience and expertise of qualified personnel. Accordingly, we hope to facilitate three workshops hosted by Citadel for all classes in the School Hall on Wednesday 15, 22, 29 March and we respectfully ask for a €5 contribution per child to cover the cost of the three lessons (family max payment of €10).

The Board of Management committed to the replacement of ten interactive whiteboards (in place since we opened the new school fifteen years ago on 31 March 2008) and with eight upgraded screens now purchased through fundraising and the Digital Schools Grant over the past eighteen months, we hope to purchase the final two this school year. For this purpose, we will host a Sponsored Walk for each class level during Wellbeing Week (beginning on 21 March). We will distribute a card to each family and ask for your support.

Teachers are scheduled to participate in curricular training regarding school literacy and the school will close for pupils on Monday 20 March 2023.

Finally, we recently asked for your support in keeping the school grounds and environs as safe as possible for children. We thank you for your support thus far and, as pupil and parent vision lines have been restricted in recent times, we reiterate that that YOU DO NOT PARK ON FOOTPATHS and that YOU DO NOT PARK NEAR THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING POINT.

Go raibh maith agaibh

February Newsletter

February Newsletter

We hope all are well rested after the mid-term break and we are looking forward to the remainder of term. The children are busy on a number of fronts, participating in a range of events across different classes, including Scríobh Leabhar Gaeilge, Feis Loreto, GAA Indoor competitions, quizzes, Sportshall, World Book Dayetc over the coming weeks. Pancake Tuesday was also a huge success in the school and we thank Anne, our School Secretary, for her endeavours in flipping over four hundred pancakes.

Many Sixth Class pupils are looking forward to their Confirmation on Sunday 26 February at 12.30pm. There will be light refreshments in the School Hall afterwards. As per tradition, parents of Fifth Class pupils are invited to host the refreshments and a separate note has issued to the class.

The Board of Management conducted its Annual Child Protection Review at a Board of Management meeting on 21 February 2023. Copies of the school’s Child Protection policy and guidelines are available from the School Office upon request.

School Parking

A number of parents have expressed concern over current car parking practices along the Main Road outside of the school. The concerns relate mainly to the blocking of vision lines for pupils and parents as they attempt to cross the pedestrian path, with the issue caused by cars parking too close to the crossing and on the footpath.

From a school perspective, and with regard to pupil, parent and staff safety, we reiterate that no cars etc should be in the carpark immediately outside the school gates as this is for bus and staff parking only.

News from the Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association wish to thank you all for your generosity in contributing to a most successful Valentine’s Bake Sale which raised a most generous €618 in total. They have also set up a new Facebook page under Kilmacrennan PA.

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

St Brigid’s Day photoshoot

January Newsletter

Please note that we will host Grandparents’ Day on 1 February in the School Hall from 10am until 12 noon. We hope to do some St Brigid Cross Making on the day too. Tea will be served and all are welcome (parents/ guardians too).

The school will enter teams in the annual Credit Union Quiz, scheduled for Monday 30 January at 7pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel (registration by 6.30pm). Other forthcoming events include the Vex School’s Robot tournament in the ATU, Sportshall, Indoor Football, Internet Safety Day, Loreto Feis (Irish poetry and music) and round three of the Concern National Debating competition.

We are in the process of gradually replacing our Interactive whiteboards throughout the school with new updated Smart Screens. With a further two installations in place this week, we are delighted to now have this technology in eight of our ten classrooms. We hope to be in a position to replace the final two screens over the next few months.

Please note that the Confirmation of Sixth Class pupils is scheduled for Sunday 26 February at 12.30pm. The First Communion is scheduled for Saturday 13 May at 11 o’clock.

Please note that we are currently accepting Enrolment Applications for mainstream and ASD classes for the 2023-24 school year. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31 January 2023 at 3pm.

Please note our amended school calendar to include an extra day off on the May Bank Holiday (Tuesday 2nd May) and the Summer closing date of 23 June 2023. It is anticipated that there will also be a School Planning Day (with the date yet to be confirmed).

Pupils and staff in our Solas Rooms were quite busy yesterday (as you may see from our wonderful snowperson) !

Admission Policy and Application Form

Admission Policy and Application Form

A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2023/24 school year is available as follows: 

On request: By contacting the School Office, by emailing kilmacrennanschool@eircom.net, or by writing to: Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan, County Donegal.

PART 1 – Admissions to the 2023/2024 school year

Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2023/2024 school year

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants

1.       The school will commence accepting applications for admission on Monday January 9th 2023 @ 8.00am
2.       The school shall cease accepting
applications for admission on 
Tuesday 31st January 2023
at 12pm
3.       The date by which successful applicants will be notified of the decision on their
application is    
Friday, 10th February 2023
4.       The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission isBetween 10 February 2023 and 24th February 2023 at 12pm.

Note: applications made after the 31st January 2023 will be processed as late applications, the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

Failure of an applicant to accept an offer by the 24nd February 2023 may result in the offer being withdrawn


Special Class Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2023/2024 school year

The following are the dates applicable for admission to the school’s Special Class which caters for children with Autism.

Note: The figures set out below in relation to the Special Class are subject to change dependent on whether current students in the Special Classes retain their place in the school and whether a student/students transfers into the school after the publication of this Notice.

Note: Applicants must meet the specified criteria and have a professional recommendation for an ASD Class.


Note: applications made after the 31st January 2023 will be processed as late applications, the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy. Failure of an applicant to accept an offer by the 22nd February 2023 may result in the offer being withdrawn
1.     The school will commence accepting applications for admission to the special class on  Mon January 9th 2023 @ 8.00am

Jan 9th
2023
@
8.00am
2.     The school shall cease accepting applications for admission to the special class on

Tuesday 31 January 2023 at 12pm

Jan 31st
2023 at 12pm
3.     The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application for admission to the special class is

Friday 10th February 2023

Feb 10th

2023
4.     The period within which applicants must confirm
acceptance of an offer of admission is

Between 10th February 2023 and 24th February 2023 at 12pm

Feb10th
2023
and
Feb 24
at12pm


Other Year Groups Application and Decision Dates for admission to the 2023/2024 school year

The following are the dates applicable for admission to other year groups (SI to 6th class)

1.       The school will commence accepting applications for admission to other year groups on
Monday January 9th 2023 @ 8.00am
2.       The school shall cease accepting applications for admission to other year groups on 
Tuesday 31st January 2023
at 12pm
3.       The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is    
Friday, 10th February 2023
4.       The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is
Between 10 February 2023 and 24th February 2023 at 12pm


Note: applications made after the 31st January 2023 will be processed as late applications, the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

Failure of an applicant to accept an offer by the 22nd February 2023 may result in the offer being withdrawn


Number of places being made available in 2023/2024

The figures set out below in relation to the Special Classes are subject to change; dependent on whether current students in the Special Classes retain their place in the school and whether a student(s) transfers into the school, or from within the school, after the publication of this Notice

The number of places being made available in Junior infants
is
30
The number of places being made available in the special class* catering for children with Autism is1 (at present)

December Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Christmas is upon us and it is the season to be merry. The children have been practicing Christmas plays, tunes and songs recently and we will host our Christmas Concerts next Tuesday, 20 December. Classes from Junior Infants to Second inclusive will run from 10am until 11.30am. The Parents’ Association will provide teas from 11.30 until 11.45am. All help is welcome, with donations of food greatly appreciated. The Third to Sixth Class concert will start at 12 noon, running until 2.30pm approximately. We will hold a Christmas draw in the school on the day. Tickets are €2 each/three for €5. Prizes include a hamper, a cake etc.

On Friday of this week, as part of our wellbeing Amber initiative, pupils are free to wear Christmas jumpers; an optional €2 donation per pupil would be appreciated with proceeds in aid of Pieta House. Santa is due to call to the school on Mon 19th December; we also hope to have a dress rehearsal of our concerts for all classes that day too.

In other school news, we wish to congratulate our U 9 Girls Athletic team on winning the County Donegal Large Schools Cross-Country Championship recently; to all who performed brilliantly at the Irish poetry festival in Downings (winning some medals too), to our School Debating Team on winning the second round of the All Ireland Concern National Debating Championship. The next meeting of the Parent’s Association is scheduled for Wed 18 January 2023 at 8pm.

We are scheduled to close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 21st December and to re-open on Thursday, 5th January 2022.

Finally, I wish to thank you all for your co-operation over the last term. It has been greatly appreciated.

Take care,

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

  • School Holidays

    • Enrolment News
       

      We will accept applications for the 2024/25 school year from 8 January until 29 January 2024..

       

      Use the first link for Applications to our Mainstream Junior Infant class & for applications to other Mainstream Classes

      New Enrolments

      Enrolment Application Form  school year

      Please attach a copy of the child's Birth Certificate with the application.

      Please contact the School Office for Information regarding Applications for our ASD Class.

      Forms for Special Class Applications are listed below.

      NCSE-Application-Form-1-Application-for-access-to-SNA-support (9)

      SEN-School-Transport-Application-Form (22)

       
    • 2024/25 School Year
      We will reopen for pupils on Wed 28 August 2024