Newsletter

Newsletter09/01/2020

 

09/01/20

 

Dear Parents

We welcome you all back and wish you a Happy New Year. 

Quiztime

Our school have entered teams for the Kilchreest School Quiz which is being held in St. Brigids  Vocational school on Wednesday 22nd January – registration  at 7.30p.m.

 

We have also entered teams for Gort Credit Union Quiz on Friday 31st January in Sullivans Hotel Gort.  Please be there at 7.30 for registration.  Thanks to Michelle Leyden and Bridget O’Neill  for their ongoing work preparing  the teams.  All parents welcome to attend both Quiz nights.  

 

Write a book

Work on our Write a book are in full swing.  They need to be ready for submission on Thursday 30th January.  

 

Áitbheo Primary

 

We are delighted to have members of Burren Beo Trust deliver their place-based education programme  (9 sessions) for primary schools to our senior room.  Place based education offers a vast array of opportunities for students to learn concepts in geography, history, science,  and maths in a hands-on, real-world learning experience.

 

Peace Proms

 

Peace Proms Concert  will take place in the Kingfisher N.U.I.G. on Sunday 26th January at 1.00p.m.  Tickets can be purchased on line – there are still some left.  There is a rehearsal at 11.00a.m. so we have booked a bus to bring children in to Galway.  Bus will leave the school at 10.00a.m. sharp.  Please note children must be collected  by parents after concert.  There is no transport arranged back to school.

 

Bus will depart from school at 10.00a.m.

Please ensure your child brings a lunch and drinks

Children must be collected after concert at 3.20p.m.

Dress Code: white polo shirt and dark trousers –  no logos

 

 

R.S.E. Programme

 

Growing and Changing/Taking care of my body will begin next week for 6 weeks.  All the relevant topics which are age appropriate are available on line on the Relationships and Sexuality Education

 

https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/Primary-/Resource-Material-for-Relationship-and-Sexuality-Education

 

 

Thank You

 

A big Thank You to Pat Heffernan for his time and expertise in recording both our Nativity and Carol Service.  These videos can be viewed on You Tube.  We are so grateful to Pat for preserving these lovely moments for us to have in years to come. 

 

Dancing

 

Dancing continues with Louise Curran on  Wednesdays – cost as follows:-

 

1 child  –   €30                                 2 children  –  €55                                3 children  – €70  

 

Creative Writing

 

On Thursday 23rd January we welcome Denise Blake – a successful poet and writer to the school.  She will be doing Creative Writing Workshops with the children.

 

Weekly Draw

 

Our first Weekly Draw of 2020 is today.  Thanks to the Parents Council for all the great prizes they had for the very successful Monster Draw at Christmas.  Anyone wishing to pay in full up to the end of June can do so by sending in €40 to the office or any member of the Parents Council.  Please also send in any unused envelopes.

 

Willow Sculpture

 

On Thursday next at 3.00p.m. we will be planting a Willow Sculpture with our  artist in residence  Veronika.  We will need a few adults to help with the planting on that day.  If you can help for about 20 minutes please let me know. 

 

Headlice

 

Parents please be vigilant and check you childs hair on a regular basis as there is an outbreak of headlice in the school.  Please deal with the situation promptly in order to minimise the spread in the school community.

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

 

Newsletter29/11/2019

November 29th 2019

Dear Grandparents,

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to our Grandparents’ afternoon on Friday 29th November from 1-3 pm. You may know that our school is involved in a project entitled ‘Bee Loud Glade-Buzzing’ as part of Galway 2020. It is a yearlong project focusing on Bees, Pollination and their importance to our existence and the food we all eat. With that in mind our Grandparents afternoon will run along the same theme.

Ahead of your visit you can help in the following ways:

  1. Help your grandchild fill out the interview he/she has created to get an insight into your life. (1-6th class)
  2. Bring in any artefact you may have hidden away loosely based on the theme of food, kitchen, garden, flowers to show to the children e.g. old iron, mixers, wooden spoon, etc.
  3. Bring some examples of food from your childhood/early life e.g.-homemade bread, jam, pies etc. for the children to taste
  4. This time of year is a good time to plant bulbs which will be pollinator friendly in the spring and help the bees pollinate. I have sourced irish organic bulbs. If you like, you can bring a small pot ready for planting with clay/compost. We will then plant crocus, bluebells & frutillaria in it with your grandchild at school on the day. They can then look after it in the school grounds throughout early Spring. It will be a lovely reminder to them of your special visit to school and help the bees too!
  5. Finally we invite you to bring in a leaf/twig/branch of a tree that might be in your garden that has special importance to you or has a good story behind it. We all love a good story and this is a great day to share them. We will collect the leaves/twigs and store them together in a large pot..

We do understand that not everybody has grandparents available to come so please feel free to bring somebody special along.

If any of the above do not suit you don’t worry -they are just suggestions and the most important thing is that we all get the pleasure of meeting you on what is a highlight in our school calendar.  Refreshments will be served.

As we need to have an idea of numbers please let us know if you can attend

Regards,

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter05/09/2019

 

5th Sept 2019

 

 

Fáilte Romhaibh

We welcome you all back to a new school year in Kiltiernan.   Welcome in a special way the new pupils who have joined us – in Junior Infants Heidi Casserly, Thomas Heffernan, Fionnuala McGuire,  Lorna Murphy, in Senior infants Caleb McCracken and in 2nd class William Aleksa Meadow.

Our 6th class pupils are now settled in to secondary school life.  We wish them all the best in this new chapter of their educational journey.

 

Enrolment Forms (New pupils)/Consent Forms /My Child is Good at Form

These forms need to be returned immediately. Please ensure that your emergency numbers are up to date and in use at all times so that we can contact you in the event of an emergency. Parents of Junior Infants need to submit birth certs and forms already sent out.

We will be shortly be compiling a list of parent’s names and phone numbers to distribute to all the families in the school. This is a useful list for parents who wish to contact another parent to arrange pickups/drops to school or other activities. It can also be used to contact parents regarding birthday party invitations. Please note we do not allow birthday invitations to be distributed through the school. Please contact Helena if you do not wish to have your name and contact details on this list.

 

Book Rental/Expenses/Personal Accident Insurance

These are now being collected in the office and prompt payment would be appreciated (details on the booklists or available from the office). Allianz provide schools with a Pupil Personal Accident policy for primary schools. The cover is payable in respect of any pupil sustaining actual bodily injury caused by accident that may result in medical/dental expenses. The cover is 24 hour/365 day and cost is included in annual payment detailed on booklist.

 

Just to clarify the following are the total amounts payable per child

Junior Infants Senior Infants 1st Class 2nd Class
€39 €39 €50 €55
3rd  Class 4th  Class 5th  Class 6th Class
€75 €75 €75 €75

 

Irish Dancing

Louise Curran our dancing teacher returns on Wednesday 25th  September for 11 weeks. Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish/do not wish your child to attend. The cost is as follows.

1 child – €30                                      2 Children – €55                                       3 children – €65            

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policies

Homework will resume in most classes this week. We would like to draw your attention to our homework policies for the various classes on the website.

 

A meeting with the parents of Junior Infants about homework will take place on Friday 27th  September at 2p.m.  in the Halla.

 

Our Code of Conduct and Bullying Policies are discussed in all classrooms and at assemblies at this time of year.

 

As part of our SPHE programme we will be implementing the Our Bodies Growing and Changing module this term in January. Classes to be divided for age appropriate material as always.  More information will be available nearer the time.

 

Healthy  Lunches

We ask everybody to strictly adhere to our Healthy Lunch Policy. Please do not send in any foods containing nuts/nut traces. Be especially vigilant on treat Fridays (last Friday of every month) and talk to your child about the importance of not sharing lunches at school.

Please familiarise yourself with all the above policies available on our website www.kiltiernanschool.ie  and also all relevant calendar dates and news of what’s happening in our school community.

 

Absences

 Roll call is digital at 10.45am each morning.  If a child is marked absent it cannot be reversed so please let us know in advance if your child will be late arriving to school. 

Please fill in the absence notes at the back of the homework diary whenever your child is absent, stating the reason for the absence. If your child has an appointment, please send in a note in advance to your class teacher.  We ask parents to call to the door to collect your child if they are going home early as the door will be locked.

Absences totalling 20 days or over are notified to TULSA formally known as the National Educational Welfare board.

 

Opening/Closing times

No responsibility will be accepted for pupils arriving before 9.10a.m. Classes for older children finish at 3p.m and we ask pupils to be collected no later than 3.20p.m. Infant pupils finish at 2p.m. and should be collected no later than 2.05p.m.

Parents using the Breakfast Club and Afterschool service please use the back entrance.

As the preschool is temporarily in the building, in the interests of safety for young children the front door of the school will be closed after the buzzer at 9.20am. Please buzz for access after that time.

 

School Calendar

Attached please find copy of School Calendar with provisional closings included.  Any changes/amendments will be notified as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Weekly Raffle

The Parents’ Council have organised a WEEKLY RAFFLE here in the school which will kick off on  Thursday 3rd October – €2 per envelope and anybody can support it.  We hope that by having a well-supported Weekly Draw we can minimise the fundraising activities for the year. 

 

 

Grandparents’ Day    

 Grandparents Day will be celebrated  on Friday 29th November between 1.00p.m. and 3.00p.m.  The pupils will be working on some projects in preparation for this special afternoon.  Make sure you get all the grandparents to keep the date free.

 

 Peace Proms 

We are delighted our school has been chosen to participate in this years Peace Proms which will take place on Sunday 26th  January 2020 in the Kingfisher Galway.  The Choir will consist of pupils from 2nd – 6th classes.  Our first rehearsal will be in Leisureland Galway on Friday 22nd November.  Please let us know if you do not wish your child to participate as spaces are limited and we have to forward names etc. before end September.

 

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday October 22nd and Wednesday October 23rd .   More information will be issued nearer this date.

 

Photographer

School photographer will be visiting on Wednesday 16th October Parents are under no obligation to take or buy photos.

 

Staff Meeting

A termly staff meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday 24th  September. School will close for all pupils at 2pm on that day.  Please note Staff meeting dates of term 2 and 3 on calendar coloured yellow.

 

GAA Coaches

Hurling coaching for 1st  to 6th classes (boys and girls) will resume on Tuesday 10th September with David Huban.  Please ensure your child brings hurling gear/helmet.

 

Blas na Mara

‘Blas na Mara’, as part of the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival have invited our senior pupils to their interactive educational exhibition on Thursday 12th September in the festival marquee.This will be a interactive marine education space with the aim of increasing students’ awareness of the value and opportunities of our oceans. Bus transport is being provided by the committee.

 

 

Home school Communication

Helena will be in the office Mondays and Thursdays  from 9.00a.m. – 2 .00p.m.

If you need to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss an issue, please make an appointment (by email if you wish) as it is very difficult to facilitate unplanned meetings at drop off and collection times.

The class teachers and support staff are looking forward to working closely with you and your child during this school year. As always if you have any concerns regarding your child at school please contact us and we can arrange a meeting. Formal parent teacher meetings are scheduled for the end of October to review progress during the first term and plan for the rest of the school year.

Ms. Fenlon will complete a Post Graduate in Special Education during this school year.  She will be absent on inservice for various blocks during the school terms.  Substitute cover is provided for this course.  We wish Ms Fenlon all the best and  having a teacher with this qualification will benefit all the pupils in our school.

 

Labels

Please put name labels on all belongings-especially school jumpers.

 

Food Dudes

Our school is participating in the Food Dudes Scheme which is managed by Bord Bia.  The aim is to increase children’s consumption of fruit and vegetables.  There will be a variety of fruits and vegetables delivered to the school in individual portions for the children to sample on designated days during this term.

 

Kiltiernan Montessori/Afterschool

We welcome Samantha, Angelina and Breege to our school services this year.  They are providing Breakfast Club and afterschool care between 7.30a.m. and 6.30p.m. daily.  Please contact them on 087 1985141 for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

  

Edel Leech

Principal  

Exciting News 

 

We are delighted to inform you that our school has been successful in our applications for two grants. The first grant was for an Artist in School Scheme which will fund a partnership with the artist Veronika Straberger from September to Christmas. Through our initial meeting with her it was decided that the theme of our work would be on bees…their importance environmentally, their life cycle and work as pollinators, stories about bees, the history of beekeeping and creating visual art based upon this theme. We decided to call this project “Buzzing”…aptly hinting at the excitement we hope this project generates for our school community!

 

 

 

 

As we discussed the idea Veronika suggested that we apply for a second grant from a scheme funded by the Galway 2020 City of Culture, called ‘Small Towns Big Ideas’. This took considerable effort, as it involved enlisting the support of local businesses, seeking quotes and detailing a programme which would secure the interest of Galway County Council in competition for limited funding with many other deserving applicants.  We were awarded half of the amount we applied for, €7,000, which we will use to continue working with Veronika, to invite speakers expert in the area of bees, pollination and on planting for pollinating insects. We also hope to plant parts of the playground and the verges to create a supportive habitat for bees, which are declining in population.

 

 

 

We will be able, through the funding from this grant, to extend our project and our partnership with Veronika for most of the year. We have planned to have events which will be open to parents and the wider community throughout the year. It is a very exciting and rich learning experience for all our pupils as it extends across the curriculum from SESE to the Arts (Visual Art, Music and Dance in particular).

 

Veronika will work with the Senior and Middle Room before Christmas and will involve the Junior Room once the project is up and buzzing! Every pupil will create work to be displayed in hexagonal boxes, as part of the exhibition phase of the project in May 2020. We will be included in the Galway 2020  programme and our project will be launched by entymologist, botanist, author and RTÉ panellist Éanna Ní Lamhna on October 17th 2019.

 

We hope your child will enjoy and benefit from the many exciting opportunities this project will bring. We also want to sincerely thank all those who helped in making this grant application a success and we will acknowledge them individually throughout the year’s events.

Newsletter10/06/2019

10/06/2019

 

Dear Parents,

We have been invited to sing at Blake Manor on Thursday next at 11.30a.m.  to  celebrate Nursing Home Week.  As this weeks Swimming Class has had to be rescheduled to Thursday next at 1.00p.m., we will go straight from the Nursing Home to Swimming Pool. Please remember to include an old tshirt and pyjama bottoms this week as the children will be doing some water safety.

School will finish for all classes at 2.00p.m. on Friday 14h June as new parents will be coming in for induction meeting.

We will be welcoming our new Junior Infants to the school on Monday 17th June from 9.20a.m. to 11.30a.m..  On Monday also we will also have Maria Courtney, a facilitator with the National Parents Council visit us to give a talk to the 5th and 6th class pupils on the ‘Transition from Primary to Secondary School’

Our Graduation Ceremony this year takes place on Thursday 20th June at 6.30p.m.  All children from 1st  to 6th class arerequested to attend for choir.

This year the Attendance Certificates will be given out at our assembly in the school and not at the Graduation Ceremony as in previous years.

We have arranged our school tours this year for Tuesday 18th June. Juniors to 1st classes will be visiting Turoe Pet Farm and 2nd to 6th will be travelling to County Mayo. Please see attached letters with details.  Please note children are not allowed bring any electronic devices on the tours.

We are delighted to announce that the school has achieved an SFI Discover Science and Maths Award for the 2018/2019 academic year.  This was as a result of an initiative by Deirdre Forde who helped the children in all the classes  to reach the standard required for this competition.  Many thanks to Deirdre for putting it all together.  Please see overleaf email received.

As you all probably know by now our childcare service, before and afterschool is being restructured.  Although this change is welcome and exciting this does mean that Teresa James, Sunflower Montessori will be leaving us.  For the past 12 years Teresa has provided a stimulating, caring and creative environment for preschoolers – most of whom enrolled with us.  Any child who was fortunate enough to benefit from her care will have fond memories and we as a staff and  as a whole school community wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to her and wish her good fortune, health and happiness in the future.

The Parents Council are organising a Fun afternoon here in the school on Mondayay 24th June from 1.00p.m. – 6.00p.m.  There will be bouncy castles, ice cream and treats for everyone.  There will also be a Bumper Raffle with lots of lovely prizes.  On that day they will be making a presentation to Teresa.  If you would like to donate to her gift, money can be given to Mona MacAdam or Susan Kilduff.  Your name will be on the card accompanying the gift.

Yours sincerely,                                                        

Edel  Leech        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 13th June Visit to Blake Manor Nursing Home/Swimming
Friday 14th June New parents induction (all children home at 2.00p.m.)
Monday 17th June New Junior Infants in today

Transition from Primary to Secondary School talk (5th/6th classes)

Tuesday 18th June School Tours
Wednesday 19th June County sports in Dangan @ 9.30 (lifts required)
Thursday 20th June 6th class Graduation at 6.30p.m.

Hurling Blitz in Loughgeorge (lifts required)  (3rd/4th boys only)

Friday 21st June Sports Day
Monday 24th June Fun afternoon  –  presentations to Teresa James
Wednesday 26th June Summer Holidays @ 12.30p.m.

 

Email from Discover Primary Science and Maths team

 

Congratulations – your school has achieved an SFI Discover Science and Maths Award for the 2018/2019 academic year.  We have evaluated your Log of Evidence and we are satisfied that you have met all the criteria for the Plaque of STEM.

Your school has provided evidence of children’s engagement with STEM in the following areas:

  1. Science,  Engineering, Maths and the STEM Showcase
  2. Technology
  3. Engineering

Here is some feedback on your Log of Evidence

Great log, clearly laid out, focussed on children’s work and colourful with lots of photos.  Your towers, wells and wind farm looked fantastic.

Congratulations on your Award and keep up the good work!

                                                                                                                                                                         

Newsletter01/05/2019

 

 

01/05/2019

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

 

 

Confirmation     

 

The 6th Class pupils from our school are receiving The Rite of Confirmation tomorrow Thursday 2nd May in Ardrahan Church at 3.00p.m.  All children from 1st to 5th are singing in the Choir.  A bus has been booked to take the children to the Church at 2.30.  Parents please pick up your child/ren at 4.00p.m.  from  Ardrahan Church.

 

 

 

Swimming

 

Please ensure you have returned signed Swimming Permission for your child/ren and that you have read  the school’s Swimming Policy on our website.

 

 

 

 

Transition from Primary to Secondary School Talk

 

Helen Butler, a life coach and  facilitator with the National Parents Council will give a presentation on Transitioning from Primary School to Secondary school  on Thursday 9th May at 7.00p.m. in Ballyglass National School.  All parents of 6th class children are invited to attend.

 

 

 

 

Ardrahan Community Games

 

Ardrahan Community Games (athletics) on this Friday 3rd of May in the Ardrahan GAA grounds. Registration starts at 5.30pm, with the games commencing at 6pm.  Any children living in the parish of Ardrahan are welcome to come and participate.

 

First Holy Communion  

 

First Holy Communion for 2nd class children takes place on Saturday 18th May at 12noon in Ardrahan Church.  All  our choir members which is  all children from 1st to 6th class are requested to come and sing in the choir for this special Ceremony.

 

 

 

 

M.M.R. Vaccinations

 

The H.S.E. staff will administer the M.M.R. vaccinations to Junior Infants on Wednesday 15th May.    Parents are requested to attend.  Information will be forwarded to parents when we receive it from the H.S.E.

 

 

 

 

Staff Meeting    

 

School will be closing at 2.00p.m. for all classes on Tuesday 14th May  for Staff Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Edel  Leech

 

Principal

 

 

Newsletter11/03/2019

 

11/03/2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

Bookweek

We had an amazing Bookweek.  Thanks to our visiting storyteller Rab Fulton who enthralled us with folk tales and engaging Scottish charm.  Many thanks also to the parents who came in to read to the children. We had a very exciting trip to the Library and lots of fun reading and competitions here in the school.  Our Scholastic book Fair netted a total of €885.00.  We will now receive new books for the Libraries from Scholastic as our commission for selling this amount of books.

Weekly Draw

The Parents Council have organised a Bumper Raffle for Thursday next.  There are lots of lovely prizes.  Your support is much appreciated.

School Dentist Visit

School Dental Screening for 2nd , 4th and 6th classes will take place on Thursday next 14th March.  Please ensure that you have your signed consent form returned to the school.

Mobile Library Visit

Galway County Libraries Mobile Library will visit the school on Wednesday 27th March.

Kiltiernan Montessori and Afterschool Service

Samantha Geaghan Ward who will be running  Kiltiernan Montessori and Afterschool service,  is holding an information evening in the school hall on Wednesday 27th March at 8.00p.m.  Information will be available on Preschool, Breakfast Club, afterschool services and Government Childcare subsidies that will be available from September 2019.  All families are invited to attend.

Down Syndrome Ireland

We will be having a Dress Down Day for Down Syndrome Ireland on Thursday 21st March.  We will request that each child bring a donation of €2.

Please see overleaf important dates for your Diary.  As always these are subject to change and if we have to change we will notify you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, 

 

Edel Leech    

Principal

 

 

 

Dates for the Diary

 

 

 

Thursday 14th March Dentist visit 2nd, 4th & 6th classes  
Wed 27th March Montessori & Afterschool Service Meeting in Halla 8.00p.m.
Monday 1st April Confession practice – 2nd class – Labane Church 9.30a.m.
Tuesday 9th April Confirmation practice – 6th class only – Labane Church 9.30a.m.
Tuesday 9th April First confession 7.30p.m,
Saturday 6th April Gort School Evaluation – 6th class 1.00p.m.
Tuesday 9th April Early Literacy testing Senior Infants
Wednesday 10th April Drumcondra Spellings tests 1st – 6th classes
Tuesday 30th April Choir & confirmation class in church 9.30a.m.
Thursday 2nd May Confirmation – all pupils in Choir to attend 3.00p.m.
Friday 10th May Communion practice – 2nd class only 9.30a.m.
Wednesday 15th May Communion and Choir practice 9.30a.m.
Saturday 18th May First Communion 12pm

 

Newsletter04/03/2019

                                                                                                                       

 

Dear Parents,

 

It’s all about books in Kiltiernan NS at the moment! Having recently completed our Write-A-Book Projects for February we are embarking on a celebration of reading books. Book Week begins on March 4th and I want to let you know about some of the activities your children will enjoy. You are invited to call in during the week and participate in all the excitement! We are currently training our senior reading buddies to read to and with our junior reading buddies from Jnr. Infants to Second. Please find attached a Reading Buddy Guide which could prove useful at home. We will display the timetable for Book Week on the noticeboard for March, so check out each day’s events.

 

World Book Day is on the Thursday, 7th of March and every child will receive a Book Token which can be used to avail of one of a selection of titles in our Book Fair/ listed booksellers in participating book shops. Only One Token can be used PER TRANSACTION.

Every day we will have Buddy Reading and Drop Everything and Read! (DEAR) for 15 mins. respectively.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be hosting our Annual Book Fair which runs from the 4th-8th of March. Please come in and browse through the selection of books which will be on display each day from 9.10am to 3.30pm each day (4.oopm on Tuesday). 50% of the sales will be refunded to the school to increase our stock of books.

Our special guest author this year will be story teller Rab Fulton. He will explain his work and approach as a storyteller and will lead workshops in each room to develop the children’s understanding of his craft and develop their interest and appreciation in story telling. Please feel free to come in and watch him perform on Wednesday 6th of March.

One of the most warmly anticipated activities of Book Week every year are the visits we get from parents/ relatives to share a book by reading it aloud to a class. The children love to hear a new voice, to be introduced to a favourite book chosen by the visiting reader and to share the joy of reading. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would be interested in reading an extract from your favourite book and what it means to you. We will gratefully timetable you into our week. The staff will also share their favourite children’s literature with other classes.

We will visit the Public Library in Oranmore on Tuesday 5th March.

We will run a Whole School Quiz, art, writing and reading competitions throughout the week and will award prizes at an assembly on the following week.

 

We will hopefully also fit in a Surprise Movie based on a children’s book, with popcorn provided, on the last day to wind down…!

 

We would be delighted to see you at one or more of the events during Book Week and really hope that our focus on books is both rewarding and enjoyable for everyone in our school,

 

Best wishes,

 

_____________________

 

Bríd Fenlon (Book Week Co-Ordinator)

 

    

 

 

Newsletter 07/02/2019

 

Dear Parents,                                                                                                            07/02/2018

 

                                                                                             

 

CHRISTMAS FAIR                         

 

Our Christmas Fair was a great success this year and we would like to say well done to our Parents Council for their huge effort and to all who helped out. We raised a total of €11,887 for our school. Our raffle netted €5,295 and our Christmas Fair on the day netted €6,592. We are so grateful to all who contributed to make this an outstanding success.

 

PARENTS COUNCIL    

 

We are delighted that our current Parents Council have agreed to stay on for another year. They greatly appreciate the support of all parents with the weekly raffle, which eliminates the need for any other need for fundraisers during the year. There will be special prizes in next week’s raffle for Valentine’s Day. Please support.                                                                           

 

BOOKWEEK

 

We are looking forward to our annual Book Week – a celebration of books and the pleasure of reading.  It takes place from 4th – 8th March.  As part of our activities we have planned a trip to Oranmre Library where John and Kay and all the staff are ready to welcome us.  They have provided the school with application cards for any child who isn’t currently a member.  Please fill in and return to class teacher.  Alternativley log on to www.galway.ie and click Joining the library.

 

IRISH DANCING

 

Irish dancing money is now due for this term.  Thanks to all who have already send in money.      

 

1 child   €35     2 children    €55       3 children   €70  

 

 

 

HURLING

 

Hurling training has resumed every Tuesday for 8 weeks for 1st -6th Class. Please ensure your child has a hurl and helmet on this day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREDIT UNION QUIZ

 

Well done to our Senior and Junior quiz teams who came 2nd respectively in the recent Credit Union Quiz in Gort.  We thank Bridget O’Neill and Michelle Leydon for all their help in preparing the teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PANTO NIGHT

 

Our Panto rehearsal takes place in Labane Hall on Friday 15th of February. All children are to be dropped to Labane Hall at 9.20 with their school bags and lunches. We have buses arranged to take the children back to school after rehearsal.

 

Panto night is Tuesday 19th of February and the show kicks off at 6.30pm.  Children need to be at the Hall in costume at 6.10p.m.  Entry to the Panto is €5 per adult and children are free. There will be complimentary refreshments served to both adults and children. The Parents Council have also organised a raffle. Funds raised on the night will go towards the cost of hall rental and sound system for the night.

 

 

 

ACTIVE SCHOOL

 

Kiltiernan NS recognises the importance of keeping fit and being fit for both physical and mental wellbeing. In conjunction with the three local schools, we are engaged in a programme during school hours that has been designed by Aoife Lynskey from Ardrahan who is a PE teacher in Gort Community School. Gort CS have received an award for being the fittest school in Ireland last year, and we are delighted to be working with Aoife to promote an active and fun programme. Aoife conducted beep tests for students from 3rd-6th Classes and each child is aiming to beat their results over the next 4 weeks – so keep moving everyone!

 

 

 

 

SAFETY IN THE CARPARK

 

We would like to remind parents about the importance of being vigilant when using the school car park. We had a near incident recently on the pedestrian crossing and would like to emphasise the importance of taking care in the car park especially around the pedestrian crossing. Under no circumstances can any car reverse back onto the pedestrian crossing in order to move out of a parking space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech

 

Principal

 

 

Newsletter 14/01/2019

 

14/01/2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

We welcome you all back and wish you a Happy New Year.  We have 2 student teachers on Teaching Practice at the moment, Rebecca Forkan in the middle room and Amy Quirke in the senior room.  They will be with us for 10 weeks.

 

Write a book     

 

The deadline for Write a Book is Friday 25th  January.  All books need to be completed and ready for printing by this date.   

 

 

 

Dancing

 

Dancing continues with Louise Curran on  Fridays – cost as follows:-

 

 

 

 

1 child  –   €35                                 2 children  –  €55                                3 children  – €70 

 

 

 

Quiztime

 

Our school have entered teams for the Kilchreest School Quiz which is being held in St. Brigids  Vocational school on Wednesday 23rd January – registration  at 7.30p.m.

 

We have also entered teams for Gort Credit Union Quiz on Friday 1st in Sullivans Hotel Gort.  Please be there at 7.30 for registration.  Thanks to Michelle Leyden and Bridget O’Neill  who have devoted so much of their time to help out with our quiz teams

 

 

 

 

Sunflower Montessori

 

Breakfast Club continues each morning at 8.00a.m.  The afterschool service is discontinued due to insufficient numbers.

 

 

 

 

Flooding update

 

The Board received an update before Christmas from Galway County Council regarding flooding works in the area.

 

The Kiltiernan section of these works has stalled as agreement has not been reached with all the required landowners in the Kiltiernan section.  This leaves our school at risk of flooding.  The Board have contacted Kevin Moran, the relevant minister to request his intervention in the situation.

 

 

 

Childcare Facilities for K.N.S.

 

Tenders are invited for a daily childcare service to include ECCE provision at Kiltiernan N.S. Kilcolgan from Sept 2019.This service is required from 8am-6pm daily, subject to meeting all eligibility requirements by relevant supervisory bodies. Please contact Edel Leech Principal on 091 635000 for additional information.   Closing Date Friday 25th January 2019

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Edel  Leech

 

Principal