Newsletter

Newsletter 05/11/13

Dear Parents

Welcome back to all.   We hope you all had a good rest after our night in Bradleys.  The costumes were brilliant and we all had a great time.  Thanks to Parents Council for all their hard work in making the night so enjoyable for everyone.

Tomorrow Wednesday we will require parents to bring children to Go Games.  Please let your child know who he/she is travelling with.  Please pack appropriate gear – hurdle, helmets, boots, socks and shin guards.

Go Games Ardrahan Pitch Classes
Wednesday 6th November 12.45 – 1.45 1st & 2nd boys and girls
Wednesday 13th November 9.30 – 10.30 3rd & 4th boys and girls
Wednesday 20th November 9.30 – 10.30 5th & 6th boys and girls
 

On Tuesday 12th November at 7,00p.m, we have an Information Session ‘Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships

This session supports what RSE means to you as a parent.  It looks at the aims of the RSE Programme and outlines the SPHE Curriculum and how the child is taught in school.  The session runs for two and a half hours and is open to all parents and guardians of primary school children. A representative from each family is requested to attend.  This is planned to coincide with RSE Lessons in the classrooms which begin next week.

We have an outbreak of head lice in the school.  Please check your child’s head thoroughly on a regular basis and take action immediately if necessary.  Attached please find €1 discount voucher for the purchase of treatment.  Please be vigilant and advise teacher immediately if your child has head lice.  It is imperative that every single family co-operates in order that we can eradicate head lice completely  from the school.  Your co-operation is appreciated.

Please find attached Setanta Book Clubs Christmas Magazine.  Please have orders in by Thursday 21st November in order that we will have them before holidays.

On Wednesday 20th November from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m., we are opening our doors and having an informal Open Evening for any new people  who wish  to come in – have a look around  – chat to the teachers  or  Parents Council and have a cup of tea.   We will shortly be issuing invitations to any new parents in the area so if you know of anybody with small children please let us know and we will send them an invite.

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech

Principal

Newsletter 09/01/14

9th January 2014

Dear Parents,
Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to you all to another busy term at school.
Dancing has resumed today with Louise and will continue for 6 weeks until the mid-term break. This will finish Irish dancing for this school year. The costs are as follows- 1 child €12, 2 children €24 and 3 children €35. This can be sent in to your class teacher please.
In the middle room we have a student teacher from Mary Immaculate College. She will be with us for ten days and will be visited and assessed during that time by the college. Her name is Maeve Quinn.
We also have Roisin Rodgers our student teacher of music back with us for 12 weeks. She will be taking 1st class and 4th class on Wednesday mornings.
January means ‘Write a book’ throughout our school. It is now time to discuss ideas regarding what book your child might write. Planning and formal work on this project will begin shortly. Our annual BOOK WEEK takes place from 4th – 8th March. This will be a fun week for all with lots of fun activities for all.
Our new website www.kiltiernanschool.ie is up and running and ready for an official launch shortly. I would like to thank the Parents’ Council for their support in funding this website and being willing to be involved in the maintenance/updating of the site going forward. Training is ongoing with our I.T. adviser, staff and Parent Council representatives.
Term 2 brings Table Quizzes in our locality. We are busy preparing at school. The first one is in the Meadow Court Hotel on Friday 24th January at 7.15pm. These will be followed by the annual Gort and Kinvara District Credit Union Quizzes held locally in the last week of January and first week of February. We
presently have Gort details as follows: Friday 31/1/2014 in Gort Community Centre with registration at 7.30p.m. Should your child be selected to represent the school U 11 or U13 in these quizzes please let us know if they are available to attend. A panel of substitutes will be on standby should anyone be unavailable.
The staff continue their work on the Literacy & Numeracy strategy this term which will involve school visits from the PDST for in school support.
Confirmation preparation begins with a meeting on Tuesday 14th January. This will be followed by an Enrolment Mass on Saturday February 1st. The children will then partake in ‘You shall be my Witness’ programme over 4 weeks in February. These are the provisional dates that were indicated before Christmas. Unfortunately Fr. Roche is away at present so we are unable to confirm these dates today but will do so next week.
We have been notified by Gort Community School that the Open Day for current 6th Class students and their parents will take place on Friday 24h January at 1.00p.m.
Our next break is Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February.
Lenrec Recycling will collect from the school on Thursday 16th January. Please bring along all your used clothing, shoes, curtains or bed linen. Mobile phones also welcome. All proceeds will go to school funds. Please leave bags at gate on Thursday morning.

Yours sincerely,

Edel Leech
Principal

Newsletter 18/02/14

18/02/2014

Dear Parents,

We wish Ardrahan Senior Girls Camogie Club the best of luck in their exciting All Ireland Final on Sunday March 2nd.
Next weekend is the Festival Weekend and from Friday night there are a number of Fundraising events taking place in over the weekend. All support is greatly appreciated. Please check posters for detailed information of events – Quiz in Joyces and Tarpeys, Dancing in Bradleys – Auction and Card Game.
Tickets and bus to the match can be pre booked at Ardrahan Clubhouse from 6.30 – 7.30 this Tuesday evening 18th Feb.

 

Cake Sale after 10.30 Mass next Sunday 23rd Feb. in Labane Hall.

 

Dates for the diary

Photographer Ik Mellick will be calling to take childrens photos on Thursday 27th February
Book Week commences Monday 3rd |March. – more details to follow
New Website Launch with guest Ciaran Cannon Friday 7th March at 10.00am all welcome
Ms. O’Doherty will be on an EPV day on Friday 28th Feb.

Newsletter 28/02/14

Dear Parents,

Next week, from March 3rd-7th we are celebrating Book Week in our school. The main aim is to encourage reading for pleasure, to associate reading with creativity, fun and excitement and to celebrate the skills we have learned at each level. We are also celebrating the 16th World Book Day in Ireland on Thursday 6th March 2014 during our Book Week. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own with a World book Day Token for €1.50 for every pupil. See worldbookdayireland@gmail.com for more information and terms and conditions. Our annual Book Fair, organized this year by Tara Book Club in Kilcolgan, will run throughout the week and you are welcome to come in and purchase books. A percentage of sales will be given to the school to increase our stock of class library books.

Book Week follows the phenomenal achievement of each child, in our annual Write-a-Book Project, supported in school and at home in becoming authors themselves. Thanks to you all for your interest and support in developing your child’s confidence in expressing him/herself as a writer. There were many heartfelt dedications recorded to parents and family members which were thoroughly deserved!

One of our most anticipated initiatives during Book Week is our Buddy Reading Programme, launched every year in Book Week. This is an opportunity for the older pupils, mainly from 3rd-6th classes to share their skills, enthusiasm and experience in reading with our Junior pupils. Older pupils come to realise the length of road they have travelled themselves as readers. It is a huge confidence boost to recall a time when a particular book was challenging and to have ‘permission’ to return to it with a sense of nostalgia and pleasure as he/she works with a Junior Reading Buddy. Not only does Buddy Reading have a huge impact on our younger readers but it also is so beneficial socially within our school. For ten minutes or so a day, Junior Buddies meet, share and read with guidance and support from a Senior Reading Buddy. It is always a great success and we have an award for Best Buddy, chosen by pupils and staff. We will also have our annual library visit to Oranmore, on Wednesday, where we are made feel so welcome by John, Kay and all the staff. Our public libraries are a wonderful resource and a great place to spend time with children.

Finally, we would like to invite any parent or grandparent, aunt/ uncle or past pupil to come in and share a favourite book from childhood, explaining the book’s importance to you as a reader and then sharing an extract from the book with a class. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like to come in. You would be so welcome. See the enclosed timetable to see our scheduled events. We also have three other special guests: Jonathon Gunning, story teller on Tuesday, children’s author Patricia Forde on Thursday and Ciarán Cannon TD who will officially launch our new website on Friday 7th, our last day of Book Week, when everyone is welcome to drop in for a look and a chat. He will also hand out the awards for competitions and activities during the week (see end of Timetable for listings)…Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you at some stage during the week.

Newsletter 18/03/14

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                       18/03/2014

Our Bookweek this year was truly memorable.  Thanks to all the people who contributed  to its success –  our special guests  – the man with the many hats –  storyteller  Jonathan Gunning, an amazing woman of many talents author Patricia Forde and all the parents who came in to read or lend a hand.  Congratulations to all the children for their efforts in the various writing and art competitions. From the sale of books that week the school has earned a total of €225 worth of  free books for our class  libraries.  The week passed so quickly and before we knew it we had another special  guest  –  Ciaran Cannon Minister of State in the Dept. of Education, here to launch our new Website.  We sincerely thank our Parents Council for their commitment to this project and we now have a super website  www.kiltiernanschool.ie  where you will find all the  diary dates and what is happening in our school along with some beautiful photos in the photo gallery.

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leeech

Principal

Wednesday 19th March
Girls 3rd – 6th classes
Mini 7’s Camogie
Bring hurl, helmet, shin guards
and appropriate clothing
Drop off at Kinvara Pitch at 11.00am.
Lifts required to and from
Thursday 20th March Vision Screening  for 6th Class pupils  
Sunday 23rd March Holy  Communion  Mass Labane Church 10.30a.m.
Tuesday  25th March Middle Infant Screening  Tests Senior Infants
Friday 28th March (rescheduled)
Boys 3rd – 6th classes
Mini 7’s Hurling
Bring hurl, helmet, shin guards and appropriate clothing
Drop off at Clarinbridge Pitch at 11.00a.m.
Lifts required to and from
Saturday  29th March Confirmation Service of Light Labane Church 6.00p.m.
Thursday 3rd April First Confession Labane Church @ 7.00p.m.
Thursday 3rd April Deadline for photo order  
Sunday 6th April Holy Communion Mass and Labane Church 10.30a.m.
Sunday 13th April  Cake Sale  –  Labane Hall 11.00a.m. – 3.00p.m.
Tuesday 8th April
Thursday 10th April
 Non reading intelligence test 1st & 4th classes 1st & 4th classes

Newsletter 07/04/14

April 7th 2014

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to 2nd class who received the Sacrament of Penance on Thursday evening in Labane church. It is an exciting time for them as they prepare for their First Holy Communion in the coming weeks. Congratulations also to Erica Shiel  6th class who received her confirmation yesterday.

Swimming will take place in the third term for children from 1st -6th class. This will run for six Fridays 12-1p.m  beginning on May 2nd. There will be no swimming on May23th as the school is closed due to the local elections. The cost of the 6 weeks is €30 per child which included bus, swimming teachers and rental of the pool at Kilcornan.

The girls will have their camogie blitz on Wednesday 30th April at 11a.m in Ardrahan pitch. Transport will be required to and from the venue.

GAA training with official coaches has resumed in hurling and will resume in Football after Easter. Hurling is on Wednesday mornings at 9.20a.m. and Football is on Fridays at 2.15p.m. Football will be for the Senior room for the first four weeks and for the middle room for the second four weeks.

Lenrec will have a clothes collection at the school on May 9th

The annual NRIT (Non reading Intelligence Test) for 1st and 4th class will take place this week on Tuesday and Thursday. It will be carried out by our Learning support teacher Ms Cummins.

Roisin Rodgers BA Honours in Music, Song and Dance and MA in Community music, from the University of Limerick is available to teach music privately to children in their own homes in the following: Tin whistle, concertina, harp, traditional singing-English and Irish language with sean-nós dancing. Contact 085 7258634 or 091 633119

The parent’s council are holding a fundraising cake sale on April 13th 11-3p.m in Labane Hall. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

 

Kiltiernan N.S. will host its first Friendship week from 9th-13th June. Details of planned events will follow after Easter.

The school will close for the Easter holidays at 12.30p.m on Friday 11th and reopen on April 28th at 9.20a.m.

 

 

 

 

Mise le Meas,

 

Edel Leech

Priomh- Oide

 

Newsletter 29/04/14

29/04/2014

Tomorrow Wednesday 30th May we have a Camogie Blitz in Ardrahan Pitch starting at 11.00a.m.  This is for 3rd to 6th classes inclusive.  Lifts will be required to and from the pitch.  Please let teacher know in the morning if you are available.    Please ensure your child has gear required –  helmet, shinguards , hurdle and the usual sports clothing  and sunscreen  or rain gear depending on the weather.

There will be 3 practice sessions for First Holy Communion.  Dates and times as follows.  It is necessary all children making First Holy Communion attend the practices.

Thursday 1st May 1.30 – 3.00p.m.        Labane Church Lifts and pick up required
Thursday 8th May 9.30 – 11.00a.m.      Labane Church Lifts and pick up required
Friday 9th May 9.30 – 11.00a.m.      Labane Church Lifts and pick up required

 

Our series of 6 Swimming classes will be starting on Friday next.  Please ensure that  you have sent in the consent  form and €30 to cover cost of bus and swimming classes.  Please refer back to Swimming Policy issued before Easter break  for  full details and conditions.

We have a clothes collection on Friday 9th May.  Please leave you bags of used clothing, curtains, bedlinen, shoes, bags, belts etc.  at the gate on that morning.  We are also collecting old mobile phones.  These can be left in reception.

Ardrahan Community Games Sports Day is on Monday next the 5th of May.  Registration is at 1.00p.m.  All Ardrahan children are invited to participate.  A fun day guaranteed for all.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech

Principal

Newsletter 15/05/14

 

15/05/2014

Dear Parents,

Congratulation to our 2nd  class  children who made their  First Holy on Saturday last : Emma Bruen, Adam Cahill, Diarmuid Callanan,  Adam Carr, Sean Cunningham,Timmy Cunningham, Paul Glynn,  Luke Hughes , Patrick Nestor, David Mannion,  Stephen Mannion , Toby MacAdam , Grace McKermitt  & Sean Slevin. Thanks to the parents, in particular Martina Glynn and Martina Carr who helped with the ‘Do This In Memory’ Programme and also the First Class parents who organised the party in Labane Hall.

 

We now look forward to the 6th Class Confirmation Day on Tuesday 20th May at 11a.m.  Our good wishes go to   Laura Cafferkey, Sean Costello,  Alannah Glynn,  Dervla James, Robert Meehan, Padraig Murphy,  Ben O’Connor &  Aine O’Rourke.  We thank  Katrina Cafferky and Ger Costello for their help with the ‘You Shall Be my Wittness’ programme for Confirmation.

Confirmation practice for 6th Class in St. Teresa’s Church  9.30 – 11.00 on Monday 19th May.

 

Go Games for 3rd & 4th classes are in Ardrahan Pitch on Wednesday 21st May at 9.30a.m.

Please drop children at pitch.  Lifts will be required back to school after games.

 

On Wednesday 21st May Anne Dolan – a lecturer in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick will be visiting us.  She is doing research on Literacy and S.E.S.E. and will be discussing a project done over Easter with 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes.

 

School will be closed on Friday 23rd May due to local elections.

 

Drumcondra English Testing is scheduled for Tuesday 27th May and Drumcondra Maths Testing Thursday June 5th.

 

Go Games for 5th & 6th classes  are in Ardrahan Pitch on Wednesday 28th May  9.30a.m.   Please drop children at pitch.  Lifts will be required back to school after games.

Congratulations to Diarmuid Callanan  who won 2nd Prize in  the I.C.A. Junior Essay Competition.

 

Swimming lessons continue on Friday mornings in Kilcornan Pool.  Please send in money if you have not already done so (€30).

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech (Principal)

 

Newsletter 06/06/14

 

5/06/2014

Dear Junior and Senior Infant Parents,

As our school year is quickly coming to an end its Tour Time again.  This year on Monday 23rd June  Ms. O’Doherty’s classes and also all of 1st class will be going to Athenry Heritage Centre – maybe for some medieval dress up and  games and then finishing up in Busy Bees in Oranmore for more fun.  Bus will depart from school at 9.15a.m. and we expect them back at  school at 3.15p.m.  The total cost for the day is €25.  This includes bus, entry to Heritage Centre and fun and games in Busy Bees.  There will be no food supplied so children will need to bring plenty of drinks and food for the day.  Treats allowed – no fizzy drinks or chewing gum.

2nd class to 6th class inclusive take off on their tour on Friday 20th June.  This is for a super funday in Baysports Recreational and Educational Centre at Hodson Bay Athlone, Co. Westmeath (www.baysports.ie).  This Tour involves some waterbased and landbased activities eg raftbuilding, currach rowing, pedal boating and lots more and is suitable for all levels so it is important that each child brings suitable clothing ie swimwear etc., sunscreen,  towels and also a pair of old runners that can be used in the water.  Please ensure your child brings a change of clothing. Please also include a morning snack to have on arrival in Athlone.  The programme also includes a meal in Supermacs in the afternoon and shopping at the Golden Island Shopping Centre and also a snack before departing Athlone. The total cost for all of above is  €40.  As food is already included in cost the only pocket money needed is for our stop at the Shopping Centre before we depart for home.  We recommend a maximum of €10 per child. Bus will depart school at 8.50a.m. and will be returning to school at 5.30p.m. 

All First Class children will be in Ms. O’Doherty’s classroom on Friday 20th June.

As is school policy there is no obligation on any child to go on school tour but there will be no school for that child on the day.

On Friday next 13th June we have our ‘Induction Talk’ for new parents at 2.00p.m, so school will be closing at 2.00pm. for all pupils.

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech

Principal

Newsletter 06/06/14

For the parents of Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First class

 

In Athenry Castle, we will dress up in medieval costume, have a tour of the castle and weather permitting, spend time outside on activities such as archery and partake in a maze treasure hunt.  After, we will eat lunch and head to Busy Bees for more fun.  You can collect your child at 3.15 at the school.

 

Suitable clothes

All children are asked to wear socks as they will have to take off their shoes in the indoor play area.  Please provide a raincoat for your child if there is any chance of rain on the day, and also sun screen in case we see the sun at any stage!

 

Lunch

The children can bring a packed lunch which we will eat there.  They will have small break and big break.  It wouldn’t be a tour if treats weren’t allowed but please don’t bring fizzy drinks or chewing gum as normal on treat Friday.  As we will be doing lots of running around, an extra drink in the lunchbox might be a good idea.

Newsletter 18/06/14

 

June 18th  2014

Dear Parents,

Thank you all for your support of ice-cream day yesterday in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. We raised €150  for the charity.

 

School Grants    

The school has received seed capital from the Department of Education to fund the initial set up of a School Book rental scheme. It is envisaged that most books from 3rd– 6th class will be available on this scheme for the coming school year. Details will follow on the booklists next week. We are pricing the books at the moment and then will be in a position to set the rental cost for September. The Parents’ Council will help us cover, number and distribute the books.

As you can see on the Board of Management Annual Report, the board applied for and was successful in getting a grant to upgrade our septic tank. The work will involve installing a pureflo system. We are purchasing 900m2 approx.  from John Costello at the back of the school ground for the installation of this system. Planning permission notices have been submitted this week but the works will not commence until late September until planning has been granted.

Graduation    

The graduation ceremony takes place tomorrow evening at 6p.m. All children from 1st-6th are requested to attend for the choir. Certificates of excellence in attendance will also be presented for the school year 2013-2014.  All families are welcome to attend this special celebration.

Sports Day

Sports day has been provisionally set for Tuesday 24th at the school. We will commence at 11 and finish at 2p.m approx. All are welcome to join the fun (and help out!). Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, spuds, spoons, sacks. Label everything if you hope to see them again!

Parents’ Council     

The Parents’ Council would like to thank you for your support of the school levy. Any outstanding monies can be left into the office before Friday 27th June.

 

Uniform Exchange

 

Parents ’Council have also requested that anybody that has unwanted school uniforms for exchange  please bring them in on sports Day.

School Uniforms

We  are currently in discussion with the Schoolwear Centre regarding the girls’ uniform.  Could any parent interested in buying a pinafore for September please let us know before we close so that they will have sufficient stocks during the holidays.

Testing results

Our annual Testing in Reading and Maths has been completed from 1st – 6th class.  These results have been graphed to create a whole school profile in comparison to National Norms.  We are delighted to report that we have increased the percentage of children performing in the 8-10 range in both Literacy and Numeracy hear on hear since 2012.  Our numbers in the Sten 1-3 range is decreasing.  These graphs are available from the office for any parents who would like to see them.

Board of Management

Gerry Meehan, your Parents’ Rep on the B.O.M. will need to be replaced in September as he will no longer have a child attending school.  A by election for his replacement on the board will take place in early September.  We thank him for his commitment to the job over the past 3 years.

 

Thank You!

This year we will be saying goodbye to Ms. Linda Cummins.  She has been a learning support teacher here and is going back to teach in the classroom in her base school  in Scoil  Eòin in Gort.  We thank her for her dedication to the children of Kiltiernan over the years.  We will miss her greatly but wish her well in her new job.  Her position will now be filled by Ms. Brid Tuohy who will take up the Learning Support Role in September.

 

Thanks to Mary Shaughnessy and Paul Conneely for their invaluable assistance throughout the year.  No job was too big or too small.  We greatly appreciate their efforts and wish them the best of luck in the future.  Thanks to Peter Glynn and Mary Kearns for the maintenance of our school both inside and out.

 

Thank you to Brid, Emer, Martina Blackwell, Joe Corry and Bridget Keane for their diligent work throughout the year.  The education of all our children is a team effort and we are very lucky to have such a hardworking crew.

Finally thank you to Helena for her continuous efficiency in the office all year.  The administration workload is continually growing in primary schools and it would be impossible for me to deal with it all without her excellent office skills and her cool head.

 

We wish you all a safe, sunny and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 1st September 2014.

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leeech

Principal

Newsletter 08/09/14

 

08/09/2014

 

Dear Parents,

 

 

Fáilte Romhaibh

I extend a warm welcome back to you all to a new school year. We welcome in Matthew Quinn, Marlon Mandaya, Grace Creedon, Sophia D’Arcy, Sheila Gately, Emily Mc Tigue, Eoghan Phelan, Matthew Heffernan and Sarah Divilly.

We also welcome Brid Tuohy, our new learning support teacher based in Scoil Eoin in Gort.

 

Registration Forms

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 for the roll books. These will be copied and returned to you.

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.

 

Board of Management election

Nominations are being sought to replace our father’s representative on the Board of Management .  Gerry Meehan has to step down as he no longer has a child attending the school.  Each parent may make one nomination from the list of fathers you receive later this week. We ask you to establish that the person you nominate is willing to stand for election. If there is only one nominee the nominee shall be deemed elected. If more than one nomination is received, a secret ballot will follow and all parents may vote. The duration of this post is one year as we are due to re-elect a new board in Autumn 2015. Nominations should be sent into the office by 3p.m on September 25th.

 

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 insurance at a cost of 7 euro per child. Claims for injuries/accidents can be made through the school during the year.

 

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

Junior Infants Senior Infants 1st Class 2nd Class
€32 €32 €37 €52
3rd  Class 4th  Class 5th  Class 6th Class
€72 €72 €72 €72

 

Irish Dancing

Louise Curran our dancing teacher returns on Wednesday 17th September for 10 weeks until Wednesday 10th December. Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish/do not wish your child to attend. The cost is as follows

1 child – €24                        2 Children – €45                              3 children – €65

 

Policies

Homework will be resuming 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 Tuesday 23rd September at 2p.m.  in the Junior classroom.

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 ‘Stay Safe’ module this term beginning on Monday 15th September. Classes to be divided for age appropriate material as always. The topics for each class level are available through a link on the website.

 

As notified last week we ask you 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 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 whats happening in our school community.

 

Absences

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.

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 3.10p.m. Infant pupils finish at 2p.m. and should be collected no later than 2.05p.m.  as their teacher has another class to return immediately.

 

School Calendar

Attached please copy of School Calendar. Any changes/additions will be notified to you as soon as they present and this is also updated regularly on our website.

 

Green Schools

As part of our module on Biodiversity, classes from the Senior room and the Green Schools’ Committee will take a trip to a biodiversity workshop at Irish Seed savers in Feakle Co Clare on Thursday 25th September.

Dog’s Trust Talk

Dawn from the Dog’s trust will talk to all the children on Friday 19th September about responsible pet ownership and taking care of your dogs.

 

Artist in School Scheme

We have been very lucky to secure funding through Galway County Council in an application we submitted before the holidays.

A number of years ago our school applied for a grant for an  ‘Artists in Schools Scheme’. We worked with Tommy Baker, puppeteer on a project culminating in the children creating their own puppets and performing with them in shows they had created themselves with Tommy’s guidance.  We have been successful in receiving another grant worth €1,200.  Tommy, as artist in residence, will work with us for 10 weeks.   He will co-ordinate the production of two performances from the Middle Room and Senior Room to be staged in December.  He will also work with Story in the Junior Room with the aim of producing an installation based on the story for exhibition on the night of the performance.  We are delighted to work in partnership with Tommy and Galway County Council.  The project begins in the third week of September and ends on the 10th December.  Keep an eye on our website for updates and hopefully everyone involved will enjoy the opportunity.  Special thanks to the parents who brought the scheme to our attention this year.

 

Cross Country Championship

The 2014 Galway All Primary Schools Cross Country Championship will be held in Renmore on Tuesday 23rd September commencing at 11.30p.m sharp. There will be 800m races for boys/girls in 3rd/4th class and 1000m races for boys/girls in 5th/6th classes. Please inform your teacher if your child is interested in competing.  Parents, transport will be required to and from the event.

 

GAA Coaches

We expect hurling to resume on Wednesdays with Joe Quinn later this month. This is for pupils in 1st class upwards only. Your child will need the usual hurling gear/helmet on Wednesdays for this. As soon as we have confirmation of a starting date I will let you know.

 

Alive O Books buy back

We are still buying back any Alive O readers 4,5,6,7 &8. Any outstanding monies owed will be paid in due course.

 

Home school Communication

Helena will be in the office Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 9.00a.m. – 12.00p.m. from Monday 22nd September.   She can deal with any administrative queries. When she is not working please don’t assume that messages will be checked during the school day as I will be teaching. If it is urgent it is best to contact the school in person. Unfortunately we have not as yet  been lucky to secure any extra office help through Rural Development but I will keep asking .

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.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

 

 

Please detach 2 Nomination  Forms below and return completed to the school.

(Please ensure that the person is agreeable to be nominated by you)

_________________________________________________________________________________

NOMINATION   FORM  1 (one for each parent)

 

I wish to nominate     _______________________________________   for position on Kiltiernan National School  Board of Management for the coming year.

 

 

Signed  ____________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

NOMINATION   FORM  2

 

I wish to nominate     _______________________________________   for position on Kiltiernan National School  Board of Management for the coming year.

 

 

Signed  ____________________________________________

Newsletter 24/09/14

 

September 24th 2014

 

Dear Parents,

The girls in 3rd-6th class together with the pupils in 2nd class and those not involved in the Boys’ mini sevens in Clarinbridge at 11a.m will travel to Feakle tomorrow to visit the Irish Seed savers for a workshop on Biodiversity. This ties in with our ongoing work for the renewal of our green flag. The workshop begins at 10.a.m so the bus will depart from the school at 9.a.m. The workshop finishes at 1p.m so all pupils will be back at school before 3p.m. We are asking for €3 contribution towards the bus and the balance will be paid by the school. Ms Fenlon and Bridget Keane will travel to this seminar with the children and Ms Leech will travel with the hurling boys to Clarinbridge. Transport will be required for the hurling.

Mini Sevens Camogie for girls 3-6th class will take place next Tuesday 30th September in Kinvara at 11a.m. Transport will also be required for this event.

Hurling with Joe Quinn has now resumed on Wednesdays for all pupils from 1st-6th class. Suitable gear, hurl and helmet are required as always.

Reminder -Nominations for the position of Father’s Representative on the Board of Management close at 3p.m tomorrow Thursday.

 

 

 

Kind Regards

Edel

Newsletter 11/11/14

 

 

 

November 11th 2014

 

Dear Parents,

Feedback from Parent teacher meetings

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Parent-Teacher meetings before the mid-term break. They are a very valuable element of the home/school partnership and critical to our support of your child’s academic, social and emotional progress at school.

We appreciate that you had to take time out of your working day to attend. We remind you that outside these annual formal meetings you can contact your child’s teacher through correspondence in the homework journal, by making appointments by email/phone through the office. If your child has any difficulties academically, emotionally or socially early intervention is always best and waiting for Parent /Teacher meetings is not  always the most effective way to a speedy resolution.

Timely feedback on important elements such as homework (much, too little, too hard too easy!), social relations, emotional  difficulties etc. are vital to a healthy happy child to perform to the best of their ability. They also aid us in the ongoing process of self-evaluation in all areas of the Curriculum.

For those of you who enquired about various Music/Drama classes for your child, please find below a selection available in our local area.

 

www.coole-music.com   —   www.kinvaramusic.com    —    www.ballinderreen.com   – www.banjo.ie  —    www.tommykeane.com   – –  www.mykidstime.com 

Siobhan Burke (Piano and Flute) Tyrone  Kilcolgan  Ph:  0857079795

 

A note has already been sent home re Christmas annuals.  Please note order must be in before Friday next 14th November.

 

As part of our work on Numeracy for this school year, PDST will provide inservice on Friday 14th November for Ms.  Leech and Ms.  Fenlon.  Substitute cover is provided by the Department.

To celebrate Science week we will have a group of scientists visit our school on Friday 21st November to present two workshops on kitchen chemistry.

Debating workshops with Margaret Martin for the Senior pupils will continue on a date yet to be fixed later this month.

Following our visit from Kay Synnott  we will be continuing our work on our next Green Flag-Biodiversity.

Our application for additional secretarial support has been accepted through the Tùs Programme with Galway Rural Development. This support will begin on Monday 24th November.

Our Christmas Concert is scheduled to take place in Labane Hall on Tuesday December 16th at 7.00p.m.     We have decided to stage the Junior Room Christmas  production in the school on Friday 12th December at 2p.m (Junior Infants, Senior Infants & 1st Class). This will shorten the length of the concert for December 16th and eliminate stage fright in unfamiliar surroundings for our younger pupils. The 1st Class pupils will be also joining in the singing at the Labane Hall Concert.

The total amount raised from Bingo Night and Calendar sponsorship is €2,115.00.  A big thank you to the Parents Council and all who supported.  Sponsors are listed on our website.

Events in December:  Calendar Launch &  Bag Pack Supervalu Oranmore  Saturday Dec 6th.  More info to follow shortly….

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

 

 

Dates for your diary  –   November/December

Sr Breda will make her annual school visit this Wednesday 12th November

Tommy Baker will visit on Friday 14th and Monday 17th November to further develop our ongoing projects.

Junior Room Christmas Concert in school :        Friday 12th December    at 2.00p.m.

Christmas concert                                          :     Tuesday 16th December    at    7.00p.m.

Christmas Holidays                                       Friday  19th December  12.30  (apologies for error in letter)

Newsletter 02/12/14

 

 

2nd December 2014

 

Dear Parents,

Primary Online Database

Please find attached information about the new Primary Online Database (POD), which the Department of Education and Skills are setting up over the coming months. While some of this data is mandatory, your consent is required for some of it to be uploaded onto their system (Category 2). Please read the attached information and return the signed forms on or before Friday December 12th.

Drama workshops with Tommy Baker

We are due to finish our 10 week workshop with Tommy Baker next week. News 2day is an Irish children’s television news programme, broadcast weekdays at 4.25pm on RTÉ Two.  They have expressed an interest in this unique and interesting  project and have set a provisional date of Tuesday December 9th to come to talk to the pupils and teachers  about the experience and possibly film parts of it. They may then broadcast it on their News 2day programme later that week. If you do not want your child to be filmed for possible national broadcasting please let us know before the end of the week.

Thank you

We would like to thank Mairéad Garry for her very informative talk on Oral Hygiene in all classrooms last Friday. On Wednesday 17th December we welcome another parent-Matthew Cunningham to talk to the children on the topic of Electricity, its dangers and uses in our lives.

Local Garda Phillip Gleeson will also visit our school to talk to the children on Monday 8th December. Topics to be discussed include Road Safety and the role of Gardaí in our community.

School Self Evaluation

We had a school visit for our Departmental inspector Gerry Carney on Tuesday last, November 25th to support and guide us in the ongoing process of SSE. We have been gathering our data over the past few months in the area of Numeracy and this will be our focus over the coming months.

 

 

Go Games

Weather permitting, the rearranged Go Games for 3rd and 4th class will take place this Wednesday December 3rd at 9.30a.m in Ardrahan pitch. Pick up will be at 10.50 a.m. for return to the school.

Debating with Margaret Martyn

Margaret is due back to guide us through two more motions on Thursday 11th December at 1p.m. If you have children in 5th/6th class and would like to see these two debates, you are welcome to join us at 1.15p.m on the day.

Christmas Concerts/Nursing homes visits

As previously notified, the Junior, Senior and First class will stage the Nativity in the school halla on Friday 12th December at 2p.m.

The performances for the older classes will be on Tuesday 16th December at 7p.m in Labane Hall. First class will also be involved in singing with the choir on that night.

We plan to bring some Christmas cheer to the local nursing homes on Thursday 18th December. The bus to bring us is kindly sponsored by Donoghues Clarinbridge.

Parents’ Council

The Bag pack being organised by the Parents’ Council to help fundraise for the upgrade of the school sewerage system is going ahead in Super Valu in Oranmore on Saturday 6th December. People are needed to fill slots from 2pm to 4pm and 4pm to 5pm on this day.  Please contact a member of the parents’ council as soon as possible if you could make yourself available

 

Finally, the school closes for the Christmas holidays at 12.30pm on Friday 19th December. The school will reopen on Monday 5th January at 9.20a.m.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Edel Leech

Newsletter 08/01/15

 

Dear Parents,                                                                                                      08/01/2015

Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to all our students.

Thanks to all who helped make our Christmas Concert  such a success and also to the Parents’ Council for the refreshments and the raffle.  Profit from the raffle was €500.

County Photos will be calling to the school on Monday next  12th January (please note this new date) to photograph the children. They will deliver proof photos to the school which will be sent home to each family and then photos can be purchased through the school.  There is no obligation to buy.

 

Dancing with Louise Curran will resume on Wednesday 14th Jan.   There will be 5 lessons and this will finish dancing for the school  year at the Mid Term Break.  The costs are as follows and can be sent in to class teacher.     1 child  :  €10          2 children €20  :             3 children :  €30              4 children  : €40

In the middle room we have a student teacher from Mary Immaculate College.  He will be with us for ten days and will be visited and assessed during that time by the college.  His name is Sean Kilduff.

Term 2  brings the usual Table Quizzes – dates below.  Should your child be selected to represent the school  U11 or U13 in these quizzes please let us know if they are available to attend.  A panel of substitutes will be on standby should anyone be unavailable.

Thanks to all who have completed  P.O.D. Forms to the school.  Any remaining should be forwarded to the school on or before Friday 9th January.

The children will begin work on their Write A Book projects in the coming weeks.  The closing date of completed book is 23rd February 2015.

I will be attending a Child Protection Seminar on Friday 23rd January.  A substitute teacher will be taking my classes for that day.

The 2 year term for our Parents’ Council is coming to an end shortly and a new committee will be elected.  If there are any parents who would be interested in being involved please give your name to any Parents’ Council member or leave message in the office.

Monday 12th January  Photographer  calling to school at 9.30a.m.
Wednesday 14th January Dancing with Louise Curran
Sunday 18th Jan @ 10.30 Do This In Memory 1st Holy Communion Mass – Labane Church
Thursday 22nd January Quiz – Meadowcourt Hotel
Friday 30th January Credit Union Quizzes – Gort & Kinvara
Thursday 30th April First Confession  –  Labane Church
Saturday 23rd May First Holy Communion  –  Labane Church
Thursday 14th May Confirmation  –  Labane Church

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech

Principal

Newsletter 28/01/15

 

 

28th January 2015

Dear Parents,

Book Week 

Book week will be taking place in our school from Monday 23rd February to Friday 27th February.  This will involve a visit to the school by Author Roisìn Meaney on Tuesday 24th February, a visit to Oranmore Library on Thursday 26th February,  a Book Fair organised by Scholastic Books and many other in class activities for the week.  More info will follow near the date.

                                                                 

Food Dudes

The children will be participating in the Food Dudes programme which will be running in the school from Thursday next 29th February.  This programme is designed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home.  It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting and rewards.  If for any reason you do not wish your child to partake please inform the school as soon as possible.

County Photos

If you wish to order school photographs please return any order forms by Monday February 9th .

Confirmation

Confirmation preparation begins with a meeting for parents in Labane Church on Monday 2nd February at 7.30p.m.

 

Gort Credit Union Quiz        will take place this            Friday 30th January at 7.15pm in Sullivan’s Hotel Gort.                         Kinvara Credit Union Quiz  will take place this      Friday 30th January at 7pm in Kinvara Community Centre.

Communion

The next “Do This In Memory Of Me” Communion Mass will take place in Labane Church on Sunday 8th February.

LENREC Recycling will collect from the school on Friday 13th February.  Please bring along used clothing, shoes, curtains or bed linen.  Mobile phones also welcome.  All proceeds will go to school funds.  Please leave bags at gate on Friday morning.

We have now registered with WEE Ireland for the ‘battery recycle challenge’.  There are blue collection boxes in reception and we want to collect as many batteries as we can over the next  2 months.

Please continue to visit our website  www.kiltiernanschool.ie   for all school events, updates and news.

Yours sincerely,

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter 09/02/15

Kiltiernan National School Newsletter 9th February 2015

Dear Parents,

Engineers Week

Engineers week is taking place in our school this week from Monday 9th February to Friday 13th.  The theme for this is ‘Engineering is for Everyone’, and is used as an opportunity to promote engineering and how it impacts all our lives.  If any parent wishes to come into the school to talk to pupils about any aspect of Engineering we would be delighted to facilitate you.  Please contact the school to set up a time that would suit.                                                                 

Lenrac Clothing Collection

Lenrac clothing collection will take place this Friday 13th February so please bring any unused clothes, linen, shoes, mobile phone’s etc. (no soft toys, pillow’s or duvet’s)  All proceeds will go to school funds so all donations greatly appreciated.  Please leave bags at gate on Friday morning.

County Photos

If you wish to order school photographs last date for return of order forms is Friday next 13th February .

Confirmation

Confirmation preparation begins with the first meeting for children in the confirmation programme “You Shall Be My Witness” which will be held on Tuesday 17th February, location to be determined.

Communion

The next “Do This In Memory Of Me” Communion Mass will take place in Labane Church on Sunday 1st March.

Write a Book

To celebrate the publication of the children’s creative writing efforts, and your support of this work we invite you to join us in our celebrations on Wednesday 18th February anytime from 2pm to 3pm to browse/chat with the children about their books. There are some very interesting publications and we are very proud of all our students and the huge effort they put into writing and putting them together.

 

Debating

The school debating team will partake in the debating contest which will be held in Oranmore Library on

Wednesday 11th February, all pupils in 5th and 6th class are welcome to attend.

 

Consent

After our successful ‘Artist in School’ in partnership with Tommy Baker we have been approached by Galway Co. Council who wish to use some of the footage and photographs in publicising their ‘Artist in School’ grant scheme.  If you have any objection to your child being used in promotional material regarding this project please contact the school by Wednesday 11th February.  If we do not hear from you we will assume consent and permit Galway Co. Co. to use photographs etc. in their promotion of this scheme for the coming year to other schools and agencies.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to all our school quiz teams who represented our school so well in the recent Kilchreest and Credit Union Quiz.  Thank you to the parents who helped the students to prepare for the quiz.

 

General

Ms Leech and Ms Fenlon will be attending a Numeracy seminar on Tuesday 3rd of March.  Substitute teachers will be provided.  Please continue to visit our website  www.kiltiernanschool.ie   for all school events, updates and news.

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter 10/03/15

 

 

 

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                         10/03/2015

 

Bookweek

Thank you to everyone who took part and contributed to book week. It was a very successful week all round and our scholastic bookfair  accumulated €370 worth of free books for our school.  The children really enjoyed celebrating their book week activities and celebrating the end of the ‘Write a Book’ project. The Author Ròisìn Meaney visited the school and was delighted with the musical reception she received from the senior classes.

 

Open Evening

We will be welcoming three new pupils after St Patrick’s weekend in Junior Infants, First class and Third class as the Connolly family living in Carnane join our school. We are holding an Open Evening in the school on Thursday March 26th at 7.30pm.  Our projected enrolment number for September 2015 is 84, which is 2 short for a fourth teacher.  Please let neighbours, friends or new families in your neighbourhood know about our open evening in the hope of reaching the magic number of 86.

 

Parents Council

Thank You to our outgoing Parents’ Council – Patricia Fordham, Mona MacAdam, Michelle Leyden, Siobhán O’Sullivan, Elizabeth Conneely and Rhona Burke.  We greatly appreciate and acknowledge their contribution to the overall school experience here in Kiltiernan over the past two years.

We have a Parents’ Council in place for over ten years now in our school.  We consider it a vital link in providing much needed support for various activities – sports day, various school concerts, grandparents day, supplying  treats and prizes for the children when requested and fundraising for activities from which every child in our school benefits. The Council provides a liaison with teachers and staff and we as staff value their feedback on school matters. There are a few outstanding positions on the new Council yet to be filled. The ideal situation is that we would have representation from each class room.  Rest assured no Parents’ Council member works alone and support is always available from the teaching and administration staff. Please give this your consideration, at the end of the day your child will greatly benefit from having an active, involved Parents’ Council in our school.

 

Confirmation

Confirmation Mass “Ceremony of Light” for this Saturday 14th March, has been cancelled.

 

Communion

The next “Do This In Memory Of Me” Communion Mass will take place in Labane Church on Sunday 19th April.

 

Community Games Quiz

Practice for the Community Games Quiz will take place in Labane Hall on Saturday 14th March at 7pm. This is for any interested pupils in the Senior Classes living in the parish of Ardrahan.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter 15/04/15

15th April 2015

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school after the Easter break. We are all refreshed and ready for what is going to be a very busy 3rd term. We welcome Hugo, Gabriel, and Erin Proańo-Connolly to our school and hope they will be very happy here.

 

Thank you to all our pupils and parents who supported our open night before the holidays. We are still actively seeking new enrolments so that we could be in a position to appoint a fourth teacher with 86 pupils on roll on September 30th next year.

 

Parents’ Council Sponsored Walk

The sponsored walk, organised by our new Parents’ Council will take place this Sunday 19th April at 2.30pm in Coole Park.  All sponsorship funds will go towards I.T upgrades and the replacement of the hard drive for the CCTV system which broke down before the holidays.  Everyone, young and old is welcome to join in the walk. The weather forecast is looking good so we hope to see a good turnout on the day. All walkers are asked to meet at the walled garden at 2.30p.m. As there is a lot of grounds work taking place in Coole at the moment, we will be walking part of the blue trail this year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tracey O ‘Neill, Paula Greaney, Tina Cunningham and Mairéad Garry for their support in taking up positions in the new council. We still have two additional places to fill on this council. It is in all our interests to have a fully functional council with six members to represent the entire parent body democratically. We have only one other event planned for this school year so the workload will be light. Please, if you can help these four members out with your support for our school council, please contact me. It would be greatly appreciated.

 

Swimming

Swimming lessons for first through to sixth class will commence this Friday April 17th for 5 weeks at a cost of €23 per student. This includes bus, pool rental and swimming instructors.

The bus will leave the school at 11.30am and return to school again at 1.15pm approx.  You can view the school Swimming Policy on our website www.kiltiernanschool.ie which includes a list of items needed for swimming.

Please ensure you have signed and returned the consent form by Friday.

 

N.R.I.T

NRIT Testing (Non reading intelligence test) for 1st and 4th class will take place on Tuesday April 18th.  Please ensure your child is well rested on this day. No other special preparation is needed.

 

Heritage in Schools

Kay Synott will visit our school on Monday next April 20th as part of the Heritage in Schools programme.  Kay will speak to children from 2nd to 6th class about planning a science trail for the school grounds, encompassing the Green Flag Theme of biodiversity. We aim to Increase children’s awareness of biodiversity in our environment and how they can support/promote it in their everyday lives.

 

First Communion Mass

The next “Do This In Memory Of Me” Communion Mass will take place in Labane Church on Sunday 19th April.  First confession will take place on Thursday April 30th @ 7pm.

Vison & Hearing

Vison and Hearing tests for Junior Infants and 6th Class will take place on Thursday 23rd April.

Early Closing

The school will close early on Monday next April 20th at 2.40pm, to facilitate PDST teacher training in the area of Numeracy for teachers from Kiltiernan and Ballyglass National Schools. We are hosting the seminar in our school from 3-5pm. Please make arrangements to have your children collected at 2.40pm on this day.

 

Gort Community School Evaluation Day

Evaluation for 6th class pupils enrolling in Gort will take place on Saturday 25th April at 9.15am.

 

ESB Interruption

We have been notified of an Electricity Supply Interruption on this Friday 17th of April from 9am until 5pm. The school will remain open as normal.  Children should dress suitably in the event of the day being cold.

 

Parking Bay

Concerns have been raised by parents of pupils in Sunflower Montessori that it is sometimes difficult to drop off their children safely in the morning due to lack of space and parents gathering at the entrance. We urge all parents to drop off pupils and leave promptly to ensure adequate space and safe drop off for all pupils- especially the younger ones.

 

 

Please continue to visit our website www.kiltiernanschool.ie   for all school events, updates and news.

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter 03/06/15

 

 

 

 

 

03/06/2015

Dear Parents,

 

LENREC Clothing Collection

LENREC clothing collection will take place this Thursday 4th June so please bring any unused clothes, linen, shoes, mobile phones etc. (no soft toys, pillows or duvets)  All proceeds will go to school funds so all donations greatly appreciated.  Please leave bags at gate on Thursday morning.

W.B. Yeats 150th Birthday Celebration

Parents and pupils from 4th to 6th class are invited  to the Lady Gregory Hotel on Tuesday 9th June from   10am to 12pm for a performance by internationally renowned storyteller Niall DeBurca to celebrate     W.B. Yeats 150th Birthday. The winners of the 3D art competition will be announced and students can view a display of all the entries for the 3D Art competition. Parents please let me know if you are free to attend.

 

Hurling

Local hurling interschools competition will take place in Kinvara Pitch at 9.45am sharp on Wednesday 10th JuneTeams from Kinvara, Ballyglass, Kiltiernan and Ardrahan will be taking part.  9 a side plus two subs so 11 boys from each school will travel, the competition is scheduled to finish at 11am. Please drop children at pitch for 9.45 and pick up at 11.00a.m. for return journey to school.

 

Induction Day

Friday 12th June is Induction Day for new parents (2pm to 3pm). School will finish at 1.45p.m. on this day for all pupils to facilitate this meeting.  We will welcome our new pupils to the school on Monday 15th June from 9.30am to 11.30am to see the school, meet their teacher Ms. O’Doherty  the staff and other students and get a sense of what “Big” school will be like.

 

Sports Day

Sports day will take place on Wednesday 24th or Thursday 25th depending on the weather.

 

Friendship Week

Friendship week will take place from Monday June 15th to Friday June 19th. A range of activities are planned for the week details to follow.

 

Graduation Day

Monday 22nd June is Graduation day for 6th class students. All students from 1st to 6th class are required to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSA Presentation

Catherine O’Flaherty from the Road Safety Association will give a presentation to the school tomorrow on Road Safety.

 

School Tour 2nd to 6th Class

The school tour for 2nd to 6th class pupils will be on Tuesday 23rd June.  The Tour will be to UL Sport Adventure Centre in Killaloe, Co. Clare.   The cost  is €50 per child which includes transport to and from the school. The bus will depart from school at 8.30a.m.  and return to the school at approximately 6pm. Please forward money for the school tour by Monday 22nd of June. There is no obligation to go on the school tour but the school will be closed on this day.  As the day will consist of two land and two water activities, children should bring the following

Swimming gear/Wetsuits if they have them,  towel, rain gear/sun protection is advisable  (for sun and wind) depending on weather conditions full change of clothes, old pair of runners to be worn in the water.

Please also bring a good packed lunch and drinks.  Treats are allowed – however, we would ask that children not bring chewing gum, nuts or fizzy drinks.

Spending money is limited to €10 per student.

 

We hope to return to the school at approximately 6.00p.m.  Parents will be notified by text of the return time on the day if there is a significant change from the estimated time.

 

Junior to First Class School Tour

The School Tour for Junior/Senior Infants and first class will take place on Tuesday 23rd June to Turoe Pet Farm.  The cost of the tour will be €20p.p. which will include transport to and from the school on the day. The bus will depart from the school at 9.30am and return to the school at 2.30pm.  Please forward  money for the school tour by Monday 22nd of June. There is no obligation to go on the school tour but the school will be closed on this day.

A good packed lunch, treats are allowed however we would ask that children not bring chewing gum, nuts or nut products or fizzy drinks.

Dress for the weather, rain gear/sun cream and long pants for the slides/bouncy castle.

No spending money necessary.

 

Summer Holidays

The school will close at 12.30pm on Friday June 26th for the summer holidays.

 

Parents Council

The Parents’ Council would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all the €30 voluntary contributions received over the last few weeks.  We would like to remind the families who have yet to make this contribution that they can do so via any parents’ council member or to the school office.

Book Rental books will be gathered before the end of term to be kept for redistribution in September.  This will be organised by the Parents’ Council.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter 09/09/15

 

09/09/2015

Fáilte Romhaibh

We welcome you all back to a new school year in Kiltiernan,  We welcome in a special way the new pupils who have joined us in Junior Infants – Daniel Curley, Nathan D’Arcy, Jack Dempsey, Mary Divilly, Emma Keane, Liam Murray, Conor O’Neill, Ultan O’Neill and Ella Ward.

Registration Forms

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 for the roll books.

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 insurance at a cost of 7 euro per child. Claims for injuries/accidents can be made through the school during the year.

 

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

Junior Infants Senior Infants 1st Class 2nd Class
€32 €32 €42 €42
3rd  Class 4th  Class 5th  Class 6th Class
€72 €72 €72 €72

 

Irish Dancing

Louise Curran our dancing teacher returned on Wednesday 9th September for 13 weeks until Wednesday 9th December. Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish/do not wish your child to attend. The cost is as follows.

1 child – €26              2 Children – €45                   3 children – €70             4 children  –  €90

 

Policies

Homework has resumed 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 25th  September at 2p.m.  in the Junior classroom.

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 November. Classes to be divided for age appropriate material as always.  More information will be available nearer the time,

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 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 whats happening in our school community.

 

Absences

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.

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.  as their teacher has another class to return immediately.

 

School Calendar

Attached please find copy of School Calendar. Any changes/additions will be notified to you as soon as they present and this is also updated regularly on our website.

 

Weekly Raffle

The Parents’ Council have organised a WEEKLY RAFFLE here in the school on Thursdays at 1.00p.m. €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.  Our Big Event this year will be the Christmas Fair in Labane Hall on Sunday December 13th.  More info will follow shortly on this………..

 

Grandparents’ Day

Our annual Grandparents’ Day will be on Friday 9th October 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

The school will be entering a choir in the Peace Proms Concert scheduled to take place in Galway in January.  The Choir will consist of pupils from 2nd – 6th classes.  Rehearsals of the repertoire will begin this month.

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday October 20th and Wednesday October 21st.   More information will be issued nearer this date.

 

Hospice Coffee Morning

We are hosting a Hospice Coffee Morning on Thursday next 17th September from 8.30 a.m. Coffee-to-go will be available for all you workers.  All are welcome so please bring along your neighbours and friends to support this very worthy cause.  Baked goods would be very welcome and can be dropped to school on Wednesday or Thursday morning.

We will also have treats for the children.  A donation of €2 would be appreciated.

 

Cross Country Championship

The 2015 Galway All Primary Schools Cross Country Championship will be held in Renmore on Tuesday 22rd September commencing at 11.30p.m sharp. There will be 800m races for boys/girls in 3rd/4th class and 1000m races for boys/girls in 5th/6th classes.   The Finals will be in Renmore also on Tuesday 29th September at 12 noon. Please inform your teacher if your child is interested in competing.  Parental  transport will be required to and from the event.

GAA Coaches

We expect hurling to resume with Joe Quinn but as of now he has not got any news on this. This is for pupils in 1st class upwards only. Your child will need the usual hurling gear/helmet. As soon as I have confirmation of a starting date I will let you know.

 

Home school Communication

Helena or Brìd  will be in the office every morning  from 9.00a.m. – 12.00p.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.

 

Parking Bay Safety

Approval has just been granted for the removal of the telecom pole on the hard shoulder outside the school.  This should mean safer entry for all cars.  Please exercise extreme caution entering and exiting the parking bay.  Please continue to fill the middle lane to get cars off the hard shoulder as fast as possible.    Please do not sit on the wall.  Under no circumstances should a child be brought out onto the main road to enter a car.

The school will remain open until 3.20 to facilitate safer collection of pupils.

Please be patient and stay safe

 

Yours sincerely,

LENREC Clothes Collection Thurs. 24th Sept.  Please leave unwanted clothes in bags at gate before 11am on 24th

 

Edel Leech

Newsletter 01/10/15

 

01/10/2015

 

Dear Parents,

We had a great response for our ‘Hospice Coffee Morning’ and a total of €964 was collected.  Thanks to all who supported this including all the Lagan workers across the road who generously donated. A Hospice Representative will visit us on Monday when the cheque will be presented.

We are now looking forward to our next big occasion which is ‘Grandparents Day’ on Friday 9th October from 1.00p.m. – 3.00p.m.  We trust all invitations have been delivered and we look forward to meeting them all on Friday 9th.  Due to the ongoing roadworks outside our school, it has been decided to open up the schoolyard for car parking on that day.  The gates will be open and carpark will be manned so that cars are parked in an orderly fashion.

Parent/Teacher Meetings are being held on Tuesday 20th  and Wednesday 21st October.  Please complete  attached letter and return to us no later than Monday 12th October.

Our Weekly Raffle is going very well.  Thanks to all supporters.  Please remember to send in your envelopes before 1.00p.m. on Thursdays. Any envelopes that have been received in advance are put in on a weekly basis.  The Parents Council will let you know when all your credits have been used up.

There is hurling with Joe Quinn for all pupils from 1st – 6th Class each Wednesday.  On Fridays there will be Gaelic football for all pupils from 3rd to 6th class . Beginning this week with 3rd and 4th classes and next Friday 5th and 6th classes.   Please ensure your child/ren bring hurl/helmet/suitable outdoor gear on the days they have sport training..

Kiltiernan School are hosting the Labane Christmas Fair this year on Sunday December 13th.  We know from experience that forward planning for this event is necessary.  We are looking for people to set up a special committee to help with the organisation and maybe come up with some good ideas.  We  will be holding a meeting  on Monday 12th October at 8.00p.m.  here in the school and everybody interested please come along. In the meantime leave your name  with Brid or Helena in the office and we will compile a list of volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Mini 7’s Camogie will take place on Thursday 8th October at 10.30 a.m. in   Kinvara Pitch for

girls from    3rd to 6th class.  Lifts will be required to and from  Kinvara.

Hurling Mini 7’s will take place on Thursday 15th October  at 10.30a.m.  in Clarinbridge for

Boys from  3rd to 6th class.  Lifts required to and from Clarinbridge

 

2016 Memorial Garden

We applied for a grant of €2,500 for a Memorial Garden marking the 2016 Centenary Celebrations.  We have received a grant from Galway Council of €600 to make the garden, celebrating the spirit of 2016.  It will be positioned near the sheds and will be just 20 feet in diameter, circled by a laurel hedge with seven standing structures, symbolising the 7 signatories of the Proclamation and fulfilling the remit of the grant.

We will have planting which will be of interest from Autumn to June and seating.  We will be looking for sponsorship and labour from you the parent body to help this project which will enhance our school site for many years to come.

We are grateful for the help of Keanes Garden Centre who helped us with the initial quote and for helping us with the design and planting – which will be done by the Spring.  Lagan Construction have agreed to remove the sod and  will give us some help with digging and also supplying some topsoil for planting.

We have approached other businesses including Galway Stone and Frank Mc Cormack and are grateful for their expertise and generosity.

We will welcome any help and look forward to having our garden ready for January 2016.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

 

 

Open days for 5th/6th Class Pupils

Seamount College Kinvara                   Monday             5th October at  4.00p.m.

Gort Community School                        Saturday         10th October      10 – 2.00

Athenry Vocational School                   Wednesday    14th October        7.30p.m.

Presentation College Athenry              Tuesday          20th October         7.30p.m.

Newsletter 03/11/2015

03/11/2015

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after a well deserved break.  We are now on the countdown to Christmas but we have a lot to pack into this half  term.  Please see below list of upcoming dates.  Transport will be required for all activities and all children must come togged in appropriate gear on the day.

Green Schools Flag renewal    

I am looking for a parent or two to help with our Green School Flag renewal and join our newly formed green schools’ committee.  It would involve a meeting every 2 weeks or so for about half an hour with our Green  Schools’ committee here in the school.  If you have the time to spare time on your hands I would really appreciate the help. The renewal process takes place in February/March.

Christmas Cards     

Please return all Christmas card monies and orders  by tomorrow Thursday 3rd Nov.

Christmas Fair  –  Sunday 13th December 2015  –  Meeting in School tomorrow Thursday @ 8.00p.m.

Board of Management Elections

Thanks to all who returned their nomination papers

As only one father  – Tom Creedon accepted the nomination  for the Father’s Representative on the Board of Management , he is deemed elected.

As 2 Mothers were nominated and accepted  their  nominations  –  Elizabeth Conneely and Michelle Leyden, a ballot will now be held.  Please find attached Ballot Paper which must be returned to the school before 3p.m. on Thursday 19th November 2015.

Miss O ‘Doherty will be doing a Child Protection Course on Friday 13th  November.  Sub cover will be provided on that day for her class.

P.D.S.T. Inservice       

The P.D.S.T.  inservice support for staff  will visit the school on Wednesday 18th November , 3-5p.m for staff inservice on Numeracy. This is part of our ongoing School Self Evaluation process.

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

Thursday 5th Nov. @8p.m. Christmas Fair  Meeting in school
Monday 9th Nov. @ 7.45p.m. Confirmation Meeting  in   Labane  Church
Tuesday 10th Nov. Camogie Play Off in Thomas Pitch, Peterswell  (time t.b.c.)
Wednesday 11th Nov. Go Games Ardrahan Pitch 3rd & 4th Classes  @ 9.45a.m.
Thursday 12th Nov. Athletics in Renmore Pitch
Wednesday 18th Nov. Go Games Ardrahan Pitch 5th & 6th Classes @ 9.45a.m. (may be changed – or will be confirmed next week)
Sunday 22nd Nov @ 10.30am Communion Mass

Newsletter 15/12/2015

Dear Parents,

Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed and supported our very successful Christmas Fair especially our Parents’ Council. Both current and former members have given so much energy and enthusiasm to this venture. We have a wonderful school community, envied by many and it is at events like this that our unique school spirit and teamwork is so tangible. Thanks also to Fr. Roche and to everyone who helped in organising for our rehearsal in the church yesterday. We really hope that you will enjoy Wednesday evening’s Carol Service.

The arrangements for Wednesday are as follows:

  • Be at the church at 6.45 pm
  • Infants to First come in costume and assemble in the side chapel

beside organ, supervised by Edel & Brid…Bridget (SNA) will be on the altar with the angels, Emer will be in the side chapel…

  • Seats will be unreserved, (except for the first hymn in the gallery, beside the organ) so please fill up the seats from the front– especially Junior Room parents for those precious moments on film!

We will be presented with our national flag by a member of the armed forces on Thursday, time subject to their other responsibilities with flood relief work.

Our newly elected Parents’ Representatives are Tom Creedon and Michelle Leyden. We thank all the nominees for their interest and support.

Our choir will also be singing on Monday in their annual visit to local nursing homes. We thank Donoghue’s Bus Company who will be sponsoring us so it will be at no cost to us but hopefully spread some Christmas cheer where it’s welcomed by patients and staff.

Our holidays begin on Tuesday 22nd, closing at 12.30pm. We will reopen on January 6th. Thank you all for your amazing support during the year and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow night,

Edel Leech  _____________________

Newsletter 14/01/2016

 

 

14/01/2016

 

Dear Parents,

Just a few notes re upcoming events and dates

  • Dancing for this term with Louise Curran started yesterday.  Fee for term                (10 weeks)  as  follows:

              1 child:  €20         2 children:  €37             3 children:  €55                4 children      €70

  • There will be a Communion Mass in Ardrahan Church on Sunday 17th January at 10.30a.m.
  • Our Peace Proms Concert is on Sunday 31st January in Kingfisher Hall, Galway at 2.00p.m. Proms tickets are available to purchase  at peaceproms.com

We are hard at work brushing up on our general knowledge with our teams for the following Quizzes.

  • Quiz in Meadowcourt Hotel on Thursday 21st January at 7.15p.m.
  • Credit Union Quiz in Sullivan’s Hotel Gort on Friday 29th January. Registration at 7.30p.m.
  • Our Write a Book programme is still in place but we have got a deferral on the deadline date. We will be sending more information regarding this shortly.
  • LENREC Recycling are calling to the school on Thursday next 19th January. Please leave bags of unwanted clothes/curtains/bedlinen  at the gate up to m. on 19th Jan.

 

‘A Remembering Mark ‘ Memorial Ceremony for pupils and staff  is planned for 2.00p.m. tomorrow  in the school. We  are expecting Donal and Patricia to attend and  in order to facilitate this  sensitively we would like the Junior Infants and Senior Infants collected at 1.45p.m.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Edel  Leech

Principal

Newsletter 29/02/2016

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.20-10.30 Visit Displays for Book FairTara Book Club Class visits Class visits to Book Fair Class visits to Bookfair Our Special Guest Rory Conway:Animator with twice Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon will give workshops from 10.00-2.15pm
10.30-11.00 Buddy Reading
11.20-12.30     Visit Public Library by busin OranmoreInfants-First 10.30-11.30amSecond-Sixth 11.45-12.45pm    
1.00-2.45pm ‘Song of the Sea’Cartoon Saloon Visitors/ Parents’ Reading   Prize Giving from 2.15pmSponsored by Parents CouncilBook Fair Closes
2.45-3.00pm DEAR: Drop Everything And Read!

Competitions and Other Activities

  • Alternative Book Cover, bookmarks, artwork inspired by books…
  • Book Reviews
  • Reader’s Theatre
  • Writing to your favourite author

Dear Parents,

We are celebrating Book Week in our school this week, 29th– 4th March. The main aim is to encourage reading for pleasure, to associate reading with creativity, fun and excitement and to celebrate the skills we have learned at each level. We are also celebrating the 17th World Book Day in Ireland on Thursday 3rd March 2016 during our Book Week. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own with a World Book Day Token for €1.50 for every pupil. See worldbookday.com/books for more information and terms and conditions. Our annual Book Fair, organized this year by Tara Book Club in Kilcolgan, will run throughout the week and you are welcome to come in and purchase books anytime until 3.30pm each day. A percentage of our sales will be given back to the school to increase our stock of class library books.

One of our most anticipated initiatives during Book Week is our Buddy Reading Programme, launched every year in Book Week. This is an opportunity for the older pupils, mainly from 3rd-6th classes to share their skills, enthusiasm and experience in reading with our Junior pupils. Older pupils come to realise the length of road they have travelled themselves as readers. It is a huge confidence boost to recall a time when a particular book was challenging and to have ‘permission’ to return to it with a sense of nostalgia and pleasure as he/she works with a Junior Reading Buddy. Not only does Buddy Reading have a huge impact on our younger readers but it also is so beneficial socially within our school. For ten minutes or so a day, Junior Buddies meet, share and read with guidance and support from a Senior Reading Buddy. It is always a great success and we have an award for Best Buddy, chosen by pupils and staff. We will also have our annual library visit to Oranmore, on Wednesday, where we are made feel so welcome by John, Kay and all the staff. Our public libraries are a wonderful resource and a great place to spend time with children.

Finally, we would like to invite any parent or grandparent, aunt/ uncle or past pupil to come in and share a favourite book from childhood, explaining the book’s importance to you as a reader and then sharing an extract from the book with a class. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like to come in. You would be so welcome. See the enclosed timetable to see our scheduled events. We also have a special guest on Friday, animator Rory Conway from Kilkenny-based animation company Cartoon Saloon. This company made The Book of Kells and Song of the Sea which were both nominated for Oscars. We hope your child will be inspired and excited by this year’s programme.

Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you at some stage during the week.

Newsletter 11/02/2016

 

 

 

 

11/02/2016

 

Dear Parents,

Next Monday morning we will be welcoming the  All Ireland Community Games Camogie Under 14 Champions to the school.  We have of course some members  of the team here in the school – Abbie Callanan and Chloe Glynn  and also some past students Alannah Glynn and Chloe Fahey.  Well done to all.

We are busy working on our 1916 Commemorative Garden and hope to have the official opening on  Friday 11th March.  We will be honoured to have Mr. David Ceannt  cutting  the ribbon.  He is a grandnephew of Èamonn  Ceannt who was a member of the provisional government leading up to the 1916 rebellion.  More details regarding the opening  will follow shortly.

We have an outbreak of Headlice in the school.  Please check your childs head regularly and treat as necessary.

We have been advised that the electricity supply will be interrupted in the school on Tuesday next from 10a.m. to 5p.m.  School will be open as normal.

We look forward to BOOKWEEK starting Monday 29th February

 

Please see important dates below.

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

Confirmation Meeting Labane School Tuesday  16th February at 7.30p.m.
Midterm Break  –  school closed Thursday / Friday  18/19th February
First Communion Mass Labane Church Sunday 212st February 10.30a.m.
Confirmation Meeting Labane School Tuesday 23rd February at 7.30p.m.
School closed due to Election Friday 26th February

 

Newsletter 07/04/2016

 

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07/04/2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school after the Easter break. We are all refreshed and ready for  our  final term of this year.

S.C.C.U.L

The school choir (2nd – 6th class) will be participating in the inaugural S.C.C.U.L. Galway Choral Festival on Friday 6th May in GMIT Galway.  Transport by bus wll be provided.

 

Testing

NRIT Testing (1st-4thclass)        Thursday April 14th..

Senior Infant Testing                 Tuesday  April 12th

Drumcondra Reading Test         (1st – 6th Class)         19th – 21st April

Drumcondra Maths Test            (1st – 6th Class)         23rd –  27th May  

Drumcondra Spelling Test          (1st – 6th Class)            30th May   –  3rd  June   

Swimming

A series of 6 swimming classes will begin on Friday 15th April at 12noon in Kilcornan Swimming Pool.

Children will travel to and from the pool by bus.  The total cost of €30 per child covers the cost of bus hire, pool hire and the services of 3 instructors.  Please see attached note and return permission slip to the school on or before Thursday 14th April.

 

R.S.E.

The Relationships and Sexuality Module of the S.P.H.E. Curriculum will begin for all classes next Monday 11th April and will continue on Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoons for 2-3 weeks.  Please familiarise yourself with the topics covered for each class grouping on our website.

 

LENREC Recycling

LENREC are calling to the school on Thursday 21st April.  Please drop off bags of used clothing, bedlinen, curtains, shoes, bags at the gate on Thursday morning.  Mobile phones can be dropped in at reception.

 

Science Project

4th – 6th class will be involved in an Explorer’s Programme organised by the Marine Institute which will begin next Wednesday with the first visit at 9.30a.m.

Confirmation/Communion

Confirmation Pledge Mass will take place at 6p.m. on Saturday 16th April.

Confirmation will take place on Thursday 12th May at 11a.m.

 

Sunday next 10th April is the final Communion Mass in St. Teresas Church Ardrahan at 10.30a.m.

First Holy Communion takes place on Sunday 28th May

 

New Primary Language Curricular Seminar

A new Primary Language Curriculum is being launched.  Ms. Leech/Ms. Fenlon will attend inservice for it on Thursday 28th April in the Education Centre Galway.

 

Teaching Practice

Gearoid Kelly, a student teacher will begin teaching practice with the Junior Classes on Friday 22nd April for 3 weeks.

 

Hurling/Camogie Training

Joe Quinn will resume training on Wednesdays for 3rd – 6th Class commencing  Wednesday  27th April.  Ardrahan G.A.A. are going to provide training for 1st and 2nd classes on another day to be confirmed.

 

Internet Safety Talk

There will be an internet safety talk in Kiltiernan School on Tuesday 26th April at 7.30p.m.  It is a number of years since we have an internet talk and we would like a representative from each family to attend.  The event has being organised through the National Parents Council and will deal with your child’s use of the internet and social media.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Principal

REMINDERS

 

Sunday 10th April Communion Mass Ardrahan Church 10.30a.m.
Friday 15th April Swimming Classes start Kilcornan Pool
Saturday 16th April Confirmation Pledge Mass Ardrahan Church 6p.m.
Thursday 21st April LENREC recycling Please drop bags at gate on Thursday morning
Tuesday 26th April Internet Safety  Talk 7.30p.m. in school
Friday 6th May Galway Choral FestivalGMIT Galway  
Thursday 12th May Confirmation 11.a.m.
Sunday 28th May First Holy Communion 12.00noon

Newsletter 09/05/2016

 

Dear Parents,                                                                                                              09/05/2016

 

Next Thursday  morning,  2nd to 6th classes will travel to and from  Labane Church by bus  for our 6th Classl Confirmation – John Murphy, Molly Hallinan, Chloe Glynn, Aoibhe Creedon, Jake Carr, Abbie Callanan, Ellie Cafferky,  and James Brady will all receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Our school choir have been practicing and will be singing at the Ceremony to make this a special occasion for all.

Football training continues on Friday – this week it will be for 3rd and 4th classes  

We are now collecting any outstanding swimming money (€30).  Please send in before Friday 13th May if you have not already done so.

School will be closed  Thursday 2nd June for teachers inservice day on the new Primary Language Curriculum.

Road Update     

There will be 3 days of pipelaying  on the northside of the school (Kilcolgan side) beginning today.

Work on the hard shoulders  bothsides  of the school will begin in 2 weeks.   Expect delays.

The new bridge is scheduled to come on line at the end of  May.

Please ensure you leave extra time for getting to school in the mornings  for drop-offs and  for pickups.  As always safety for everyone is a priority.

 

Fr. Joe Roche has requested that in advance of Confirmation or Communion it is necessary that every parent  gives signed permission for videos to be taken.   If you plan to take a video please contact the school.

Dates  for  the Diary

1. Camogie Blitz  Ardrahan Pitch  12.00p.m.Lifts needed Wednesday  18th  May
2. Walk a Mile for Mark Sunday 22nd May Ballindereen Pitch  2p.m.
3. Hurling Blitz Gort   –  time to be confirmedLifts needed Monday 23rd May
4. Drumcondra Maths Test    1st to 6th Classes Wednesday 25th May
5. First Holy Communion  Labane ChurchAll choir members  needed Saturday 28th May
6. Drumcondra Spelling Test Tuesday 31st May
7. School closed today.  Inservice day for teachers Thursday 2nd June
8. School closed Friday 3rd June

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Principal

 

 

Newsletter 07/06/2016

7th June 2016.

Dear Parents,

The following are the events for a busy June.

9th Thurs Swimming 11am-12pm –Please note change of day this week to THURSDAY. Kieran’s group will be doing life -saving and will need to bring pyjama. Please send in any outstanding monies as this is our last class.2pm-3pm Camogie Training
10th Fri Sports Day 11.30-2pm. Please bring spuds,/spoons, sack, sun cream, extra drinks, hurleys [senior pupils], tie for 3 legged race. Label everything you want returned!Parents welcome.
14th Tue Camogie blitz final in Loughgeorge Claregalway. Times to be confirmed.
15th Wed Paul Curley, Paramedic will visit this morning to talk to the pupils about his work and show ambulance
16th Thurs Lenrec, clothes collection today.
17th Fri Induction meeting from 2pm -3pm for new parents.Note all pupils go home at 2pm today to facilitate this meeting.
20th Mon New infants first morning at school. 9.30am-11.30am.
22nd Wed Graduation ceremony for 6th class at 6pm. All pupils from 2nd-6th class are requested to attend.
23rd Thurs

Ice Cream Day for Downs Syndrome Irl. A donation of €2 is appreciated

28th Tue School tours— Infants-1st Loughwell Farm2nd-6th Pure Skills, see letter attached.
29th Wed 12.30pm- Holidays for a long hot summer.

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Ms Leech

 

Newsletter 07/06/2016

7th June 2016.

 

 

Dear Parents,

Our annual school tour for 2nd to 6th class takes place on Tuesday 28th June, to Pure Skills, Knocknacarra and Galway City Museum with shopping afterwards in Galway Shopping Centre.

The bus will depart from our school at 8.45am  sharp for arrival at Pure Skills , Knocknacarra at 9.30.

Departure for Galway Museum to arrive at 12.30 until 2pm, and Galway Shopping Centre 2pm until 3.30pm

Approx. return to school at 4pm. If we are delayed text-a-parent will be sent.

Clothing: Tracksuits, t-shirts, and runners.

Food: Provided by Domino’s is served at 11.30am and is included in the price.

Packed lunch is optional with the opportunity to eat in Shopping Centre in the afternoon

Cost: €25 per pupil for bus and tours.

Spending Money: We ask you to keep spending money to a maximum of €20 for shopping in the afternoon.

Regards

Edel.

Newsletter 22/06/2016

 

22/06/2016

 

Dear Parents,

As our school holidays are fast approaching (12.30p.m. on Wednesday 29th June) we  highlight the final activities and give you a breakdown of classes for the coming school year.

We bid our goodbyes to our 6th class pupils

 John Murphy, Molly Hallinan, Chloe Glynn,   Aoibhe Creedon, Jake Carr, Abbie Callanan,             Ellie Cafferky and James Brady.

We have our Graduation Ceremony tonight to wish them well and send them on their way to the next chapter of their education  journey.

 

We also say Goodbye to Oisìn and Tara Keane who are leaving our school in June giving them our best wishes for the future.

 

Class Groups   

In September  we will have our usual 3 classrooms with the classes as follows:

 

 

Emer Doherty’s Room

Junior Infants                   Senior Infants                             First Class

9                                              9                                            10

Brìd  Fenlon’s  Room

Second Class                        Third Class                       Fourth Class

4                                          13                                         11

Edel  Leech’s Room

Fifth Class                             Sixth Class

16                                             8

 

 

School Tours

On Tuesday 28th June we will be going on our School Tours.  Emer’s Room are going to Loughwell Farm Park in Moycullen.  Bus leaving the school at 9.30a.m. and returning to school at 3.00p.m.  Details of tour sent previously.

The remaining classes are travelling to Pure Skill in Knocknacarra, Galway , Galway city Museum and a little shoppping afterwards  – details already sent home.  Bus will be departing the school at 8.45a.m. and returning at 4.00p.m. approx.

Please send in any outstanding  tour money on or before Friday 24th June.

 

Tomorrow Thursday 23rd has some fun events  —  we have our annual Downs Syndrome Ice Cream Day –donation of €2 for this very worthy charity is appreciated.

We have our last Raffle of the year  tomorrow  with extra prizes added in.  Thanks to all for the great support for the Raffle throughout the year.

We are delighted to welcome Louise Taylor to the school from 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m.  She is going to spend the day playing Rounders with the children.  We thank her for sharing her knowledge with us.

We welcome back Jerry O’Sullivan who is going to have a chat with us about Archaeology at 1.00p.m

 

Hurling

We will have our final session of Hurling Training with Bosco on Monday 27th June.  This is for 3rd to 6th classes inclusive.

 

Parents Council

This year’s  Christmas Fair and Weekly Raffles have been a great success.  Sincere thanks  to the Parents Council for all your  hard work throughout the year.  We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and supportive Parents Council  who make themselves  so readily available at all times.  This is much appreciated by all the staff in Kiltiernan National School.

 

Finally thanks to all parents and the school community as we bid farewell to a difficult school year. We wish you a safe and happy summer.

 

School will re-open on Thursday 1st September.

 

 

Enjoy the holidays everyone.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

Newsletter 05/09/2016

 

5/09/2016

 

Dear Parents,

Car Park update

Over the next four weeks we will be having disruption in our car park for necessary drainage works.  There will be changes to the layout of the car park each day but the area being dug will be safely fenced off and all works will be fenced  off.   Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

As always safety for everyone is paramount.

 

Weekly  Raffle

The Parents’ Council have organised a WEEKLY RAFFLE here in the school on Thursdays at 1.00p.m. €2 per envelope and anybody can support it.  There is a supply of envelopes given to your child today.  Please check schoolbag for same.  The first raffle will be on Thursday next at 1.00p.m.  We thank you for your support.

 

Cross Country Championship

The 2015 Galway All Primary Schools Cross Country Championship will be held in Renmore on Tuesday 20th September commencing at 11.30p.m sharp. There will be 1000m races for boys/girls in 3rd/4th class and 1200m races for boys/girls in 5th/6th classes.   The Finals will be in Renmore also on Tuesday 27th September at 12 noon. Please inform your teacher  on or before Friday next 9th September if your child is interested in competing.  Parental  transport will be required to and from the event.

 

Irish Dancing

Louise Curran our dancing teacher will be returning on Wednesday 14th September for 13 weeks until Wednesday 14th  December. Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish/do not wish your child to attend. The cost is as follows.

1 child – €26              2 Children – €48                   3 children – €72            4 children  –  €90

 

Consent Forms/Enrolment Forms

Thanks to all who have returned the relevant forms to us.  Please send in any outstanding forms by return as the school needs to have the most up to date information on file.

 

Book Rental/Monies due 

We hope to have all outstanding monies collected by Friday 23rd Sept.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Brìd Fenlon

Acting Principal

Newsletter 09/09/2016

 

09/09/2016

Fáilte Romhaibh

We welcome you all back to a new school year in Kiltiernan,  We welcome in a special way the new pupils who have joined us in Junior Infants –  Lily Carr, Adele Casserly, Killian Connolly, Sophia Proano Connolly, Siofra Greene, Amelia Kilduff, Martha MacAdam, Keelyn O’Sullivan, Cian Phelan and Melanie O’Donovan who is joining us in 5th Class.

 

Attached please find relevant Forms that need to be completed. 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 P.P.S. numbers.  Thanks to all who have already sent this info in to school.

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 insurance at a cost of 7 euro per child. Claims for injuries/accidents can be made through the school during the year.

 

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

Junior Infants Senior Infants 1st Class 2nd Class
€37 €37 €42 €52
3rd  Class 4th  Class 5th  Class 6th Class
€77 €77 €72 €72

 

Irish Dancing

Louise Curran our dancing teacher returned on Wednesday 9th September for 13 weeks until Wednesday 9th December. Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish/do not wish your child to attend. The cost is as follows.

1 child – €26              2 Children – €45                   3 children – €70             4 children  –  €90

 

Policies

Homework has resumed 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 25th  September at 2p.m.  in the Junior classroom.

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 November. Classes to be divided for age appropriate material as always.  More information will be available nearer the time,

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 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 whats happening in our school community.

 

Absences

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.

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.  as their teacher has another class to return immediately.

 

School Calendar

Attached please find copy of School Calendar. Any changes/additions will be notified to you as soon as they present and this is also updated regularly on our website.

 

Weekly Raffle

The Parents’ Council have organised a WEEKLY RAFFLE here in the school on Thursdays at 1.00p.m. €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.  Our first draw will take place on Thursday next 8th September.  Envelopes are being distributed to each family and can be returned to the school on or before each Thursday.  We thank you for supporting this venture as it minimises the amount of fundraising the school has to do in the course of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday October 20th and Wednesday October 21st.   More information will be issued nearer this date.

 

 

 

Home school Communication

Helena or Phil  will be in the office every morning  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.

 

Parking Bay Safety

Please exercise extreme caution entering and exiting the new parking bay.  Unfortunately it was not possible to have it completed in time for school opening and some works are scheduled to be completed in the coming weeks.

Please be patient and stay safe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel Leech

Newsletter 12/09/2016

12/09/2016

 

Dear Parents,

Hospice Coffee Morning

We are hosting a Hospice Coffee Morning on Tuesday 20th September from  drop off time to 12noon.  Coffee-to-go will be available for all you workers.  All are welcome so please bring along your neighbours and friends to support this very worthy cause.  Baked goods would be very welcome and can be dropped to school on Monday or Tuesday morning.

We will also have treats for the children.  A donation of €2 from the children would be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

Headlice Alert

We have been notified of an outbreak of headlice in the school.  Please keep checking your childs hair on a regular basis and treat at the first sign of an infestation. In order to minimise the risk of contracting headlice please have your childs hair securely tied up coming to school each day. Your local pharmacy will advise on the best products available.

 

We welcome back for this term Sean Kilduff on Teaching Practice from Mary Immaculate College , Lana Gohery  and Sarah  Phelan TY students from St. Raphaels Loughrea and Seamount College Kinvara.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Brid Fenlon

Acting Principal

Newsletter 26/09/2016

26/09/2016

 

Dear Parents,

As the end of the month of September draws closer we have lots of progress to reflect on and plans to make for the rest of the term.

Junior Infants…The story so far!     

What a wonderful group of children we have to get to know…Our Junior Infant classes have settled in so quickly, becoming a happy, confident group within our school. Very special thanks must be extended to all who have helped make the transition from Montessori to the ‘Big School’ so smooth – Ms. O’Doherty, supported by our staff and some really kind, helpful pupils from the Middle and Senior Rooms who engage them in play and adventures on the yard every day. Ms. O’ Doherty met with parents from Junior Infants on Friday afternoon and explained our homework policy. Please use your child’s Homework Journal to communicate any difficulties about the content or length of homework. We welcome the feedback. Forms re. Vision and Hearing Screening have been distributed to Junior Infants and need to be returned asap. I also want to issue a gentle ‘back to school’ caution about being vigilant about checking your child’s hair for unwanted guests! If you find your child has head lice please let your class teacher know and we issue a warning so that everyone has a chance to treat the problem promptly and at the same time.

Staffing    

Our thoughts are with Ms. Leech and her family at this time. We want to thank Ms. Broderick for so ably holding the fort in her absence. Mr. Seán Kilduff, student teacher, has been working with all the classes and is sharing his expertise in hurling with the children in advance of the Mini 7s competitions on Wednesday 28th & Friday 30th of September. Dancing has resumed for all our pupils on Wednesdays with Louise Curran. Please forward outstanding payments to the office. Ms. Claire Mullins our new Learning Support teacher and Ms. Orla Keely our Resource Teacher have been getting to know the pupils and parents. We have two Transition Year placements, Sara Phelan (on Wednesdays) and Lana Gohery (on Fridays) here for work experience until the Mid Term Break or so. We welcome a new member of staff, Mrs. Bernie Higgins who will be here on work experience through the Rural Development Scheme, 3 days a week for the rest of the school year, supporting staff in our work. I want to express my deep gratitude to all these new members of staff for the contribution they have made already and for the gifts, talents and support they are providing to our pupils and staff.

 

Car Park Update   

We appreciate your patience and care in the car park as it has been undergoing necessary improvements. The work by Folan Construction was finished ahead of the projected 4th of October deadline. The drainage work is completed and the surface has been swept. All that remains is the resurfacing work, which is planned for completion during the Mid Term Break.  Sincere thanks are due to Tom Creedon and Peter Glynn for their help in the process.

Thursday Raffle   

Each Thursday, the Parents’ Council run a raffle to generate funds to help meet the expenses of running the school. It is €2 and is a fun, voluntary way of helping the school. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far and we wish everyone luck in the weekly draw! The winners to date for the raffle were:

Week 1st Prize 2nd Prize
1 Emily McTigue Patrick Nestor
2 Alastair I’Sullivan Bridget & Emer
3 Killian O’Neill Alex Fahy

 

Coffee Morning for the Galway Hospice

We enjoyed another successful coffee morning in the school which always creates a special atmosphere in the school. The team of organisers have been amazing as always, making our humble Halla look like the marquee in The Great British Bake Off! The total money raised by your donations, added to on Thursday by the staff at Lagan Construction amounts to €1,000 and there are still more donations coming in. We want to thank the organising team, the bakers, our visitors on the day and Kate and the staff at Lagan for this wonderful contribution to such a deserving cause.

Athletics

Congratulations to all the pupils who qualified to represent our school recently in the Cross Country competition. I want to thank the parents who provided lifts and a watchful eye to our athletes. Special congratulations go to Katie Scully, Orlaith, David and Stephen Mannion who will compete in the finals tomorrow, in Renmore, on Tuesday. Good luck!

 

Mini 7s  (2nd to 6th Class inclusive)

Ms. Broderick and Mr. Kilduff will be accompanying our teams for the Mini 7 competitions. Camogie – Wednesday in Kinvara pitch at 11.00a.m and on Friday Hurling in Clarinbridge pitch at 10.30a.m.   Please ensure your child has  hurl, helmet, shin guards and appropriate gear.  Lifts will be required to and from these events.

          

 

 

Special Days in October

On Friday October 7th, Mark Fordham would have celebrated his 9th birthday. We, as a staff, thought it would be important to mark this day in a joyful way so we are designating it as an extra ‘Treat Friday’ in the month.  In the afternoon,  from 1-3p.m we would like to invite the children to dress up as wizards or witches or fairies…characters which thrilled Mark.  Parents are welcome.  We will reopen the Book of Condolence  for messages,  have face painting and a bouncy castle, weather permitting.

 

G.A.A.  Football Coaching    

Football Coaching with Darren Connolly starts Friday next at 2.00p.m. for 2nd to 6th classes inclusive.  Please wear appropriate gear for training session.

Goal Jersey Day  

Friday 14th October  –  Bring in a donation and wear your favourite jersey to support this cause.

 

Parent Teacher Meetings           

Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th of October. We look forward to meeting you all for our annual PTMs to hear from you, review your child’s progress to date and plan for the year ahead.

School Closing will be on Friday 28th with our usual Fancy Dress Extravaganza at 1p.m.…so get planning and cutting and sticking!   School reopens after Halloween  on Monday 7th November.

School Uniform  

Please check that your child’s name is on uniform and if somebodys  jumper has been accidentally  brought home please drop it back to school.  Thanks for your co-operation.

 

Gort  Community  School     

Gort Community School is holding its annual Open Morning for 6th class pupils and their parents on Saturday 8th October 2016. There will be displays, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances and an address from the Principal, Mr. Denis Corry in the school from 10.00 a.m. onwards.

Yours sincerely,

 

Brid Fenlon

Acting Principal

Newsletter 13/10/2016

13/10/2016

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

HOSPICE  COFFEE  MORNING

A big Thank You to all who supported our Hospice Coffee Morning recently.  A total of €1,045 was collected in our school and this included generous  donations from our neighbours across the road  –  the Lagan employees.  A Hospice Representative will visit us shortly when the cheque will be presented.

GOAL  JERSEY  DAY   

Children can wear a jersey of their choice  tomorrow  Friday 14th October.   A small donation to the charity GOAL is appreciated.

 

GREEN  SCHOOLS  COMMITTEE    

In our efforts to secure our next Green Flag,  on the theme of BIODIVERSITY we have a new Green Schools Committee as follows:      

6th  Class             Ava  Leyden                                   5th Class              Melanie O’Donovan

4th Class              Katie Scully                                     3rd Class              Orlaith Mannion

2nd Class              Iarla Callanan                                1st Class              Eoghan Phelan

 

WELLBEING  WORKSHOP    

A facilitator from PDST will conduct workshops in each classroom tomorrow Friday 14th  –  inspiring  us to use meditation and self esteem building strategies to enhance our SPHE teaching.

 

ARDRAHAN  UNDER  9  CAMOGIE

We wish our under 9 girls the best of luck in their final on Sunday against Gort.

 

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS

Parent/Teacher Meetings are being held on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October for all but the Senior Room.   Ms. Leech will organise  her meetings when she returns after Mid Term Break.  Appointments will be issued shortly to each family.

CODE  WEEK

Code Week 15th to 23rd October is an initative which aims to deliver coding and digital in a fun and engaging way. We will have various  fun activities in the school for all.

 

WEEKLY  RAFFLE

Weekly Raffle is going very well.  Emily and Sophia are our most recent winners.

ATHLETICS

Best of Luck to David Mannion who will be competing in the Connaught Athletics Final in Sligo on Saturday next 15th October .

SCHOOL  UNIFORM     

A number of parents have contacted us looking for their childs jumper.  We have searched the school and there are none lying around.  Please check your childs supply and see if you have any that do not belong to him/her.  Please ensure that your child’s garments are clearly labelled.  There 1 items here in reception – a blue jacket.  We would love to find the owner!

 

HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS PARADE

Our Fancy Dress Parade will take place on Friday 28th October at 1.30p.m.  Parents are welcome to come.

 

 

We will be closing for Halloween Mid Term at  usual times on Friday 20th October and school reopens on Monday 7th November

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Brid Fenlon

Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

I wish to thank everyone who attended our Special day for Mark last Friday.  The playground was transformed by the costumes, the atmosphere of fun and make believe capturing perfectly the way Mark played.

We offer our sincere condolences to the Leech Family this morning on the passing of Tilly Leech.  May she Rest in Peace.

 

Newsletter 11/01/2017

11/01/2017

Dear Parents,

A Happy New Year to you all and welcome back for what promises to be a very busy term.   We all enjoyed the Christmas Break after our lovely Carol Service in Labane.  Thanks to all who helped to make it  so enjoyable and also to Pat Heffernan who has once again done the videoing at the Carol Service.  He has  shared this link for anybody wishing  to view the Carol Service on line:   http://tinyurl.com/j72e22p

We are busy preparing our Books for the Write a Book deadline 31st January 2017  which is earlier than usual this year.  We  appreciate the support of the parents in this venture as class time is limited and we have 2 weeks to get them to printing stage.

Our Quizmasters, Michelle Leyden and Bridget O’Neill are working with the children in preparation for the forthcoming Quizzes in the Meadowcourt Hotel. on Thursday 19th January at 7.15p.m and Sullivans Hotel Gort on Friday 27th January at 7.15p.m.  We thank Michelle and Bridget for giving so generously of their time.

Dancing for this term has commenced with Louise Curran for all classes.  Cost as follows:

1 child 2children` 3 children 4 children
€24

€45

€65 €85

 

Thanks to everyone for your continued support and to the Parents Council for running the  weekly Raffle.  We are now in a position to significantly invest in new  I.T. equipment for the school – a huge benefit to both pupils and staff.

 

Keeping Children Safe Online

Every parent has a duty to ensure that they are aware of the data their children are viewing online.  It has come to our attention recently that some inappropriate sites are being visited by children at home.  Please be vigilant and spot check their viewing on a regular basis.  Visit cybersafeireland.org for more info and tips

 

Yours sincerely

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 18th Jan. Talk on Order of Malta presented by Maura Lyons
Thursday 19th Jan. E.S.B. interruption of service  9a.m. to 5p.m.

Transition to Secondary School for 5th & 6th Classes talk  by Helen Butler

Quiz in Meadowcourt Hotel. Teams register at 7.15p.m.

 

Friday 20th Jan. Larry Morgan photographer calling to take school photos
Sunday 22nd Jan Enrolment Mass @ 10.30a.m.  For First Holy Communion
Monday 23rd Jan Dentist 2nd & 6th only.  Please ensure you have returned  consent forms

 

 Enrolment Sunday 22 January 2017 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Sunday, 12 Feb Do This In Memory  –  First Communion Masses

22/1, 12/2, 19/3, 30/4

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Sunday, 19 March 2017 3rd Sunday in Lent

 Sunday, 30 April 2017 3rd Sunday of Easter

 Enrolment Sunday 22 January 2017 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Sunday, 12 February 2017 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Sunday, 19 March 2017 3rd Sunday in Lent

 Sunday, 30 April 2017 3rd Sunday of Easter

Newsletter 02/03/2017

02/03/2017

 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone got to enjoy last week’s short break. The second half of this term is shaping up to be another busy few weeks so here goes…..

Engineers’ Week   

6th-10th of March is Engineers week and we will celebrate this at school with science lessons and class visits. Thank you to Rory Divilly, Gerry Fahy and Mat Cunningham who will join us during the week to talk to us about their job as various types of engineers.

Charity Walk      

Carmel Murphy, a member of our Board of Management will host a Coffee/Tea morning with a cake sale in her house in Coolfin on Saturday 11th March 11a.m. – 4p.m. in Aid of Self Help Africa and Camino Walk  in memory of her late husband John.  Your support would be appreciated.

Book Week.    

Today is World Book Day and we have distributed book tokens to all the children. Our annual Book Week takes place from 13t h– 16th of March.  Scholastic Books are hosting the Book Fair which will be open each morning before class and each afternoon from 2 – 3.30pm. Your support is appreciated as a percentage of our sales, goes to restocking our class libraries. We are delighted to welcome local author and board member Pauline Bermingham to talk to the children,  along with her daughter Meghan, a blogger and D.J. with Spin South West. We will also have a drumming/percussion workshop on Thursday 16th March with John Bowker for all to enjoy. The week will be filled with our usual activities including Buddy reading and book related competitions.

Quiz time     

We wish the best of luck to Aly, Ava, David & Stephen who will represent our school in the next stage of the Credit Union quiz competition next Sunday 5th March in Galway.  Thanks to Bridget and Michelle for all their coaching.

Confirmation    

You shall be my Wittness Programme commences on Tuesday 7th March in Ardrahan National School, Labane.  Please drop children at the door at 6.45p.m. and parents are requested to return at 7.45p.m. for prayers.  Children must bring their Confirmation Workbooks with them. 

 

 

Ballinderreen Community Games

Ballinderreen Community Games organising committee are planning to enter a team in this year’s quiz section. A preliminary quiz for all interested pupils u14 and living in the parish of Ballinderreen will take place in Ballinderreen School on Friday March 10th at 3pm. A team of 6 is required.

Go Games   

Go games will return this Spring with a Blitz for boys and girls of  5th& 6th class with coach  Michael Gallagher  at Ballinderreen pitch on Wednesday 15th March @ 11am. Lifts will be required to and from the pitch.

FAI Soccer        

The FAI  run a 5 a side soccer competition,  each year and Jerry O’ Sullivan and Rory Mc Adam are taking charge of a school team for this event.  Any boys in 5th/6th class interested in being involved are asked to attend for training at Ardrahan pitch on Sunday 5th  next 11.30am-12.30pm. A squad of 8 is required for the blitz day which takes place on Tuesday 21st March at Salthill Devon pitches at 10am.  Lifts will be required for this event also.

First Confession

First Penance for our children takes place on Monday 20th March @ 7pm.

Seachtain na Gaeilge   

Our school will celebrate all things Gaeilge from March 21st-March 24th for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Biodiversity Workshop     

Mary Dillon’s postponed workshop with the children will take place on Thursday 23rd March.

Panto Night approaches!!      

Rehearsals are in full swing in the middle and senior rooms for our productions on Friday 7th April at 6.30pm. There will be a rehearsal for these classes in Labane Hall on Wednesday 5th April 9.30-12.30pm. The children who attend dancing classes with Louise in these classes will also perform on the night. It promises to be a memorable night.

Finally please find attached copy of Parent Contact numbers we didn’t send out in the first term.

Reminder: School closed on Friday 17th March and Monday 20th March. Easter Holidays on Friday 7th April @12.30pm

Slan go fóill,

Ms. Leech     

Principal

Newsletter 24/04/2017

24//04/2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back to school after the Easter break. We are all refreshed and ready for  our  final term of this year.

 

Swimming     

A series of 6 swimming classes will begin on Friday 28th  April at 12noon in Kilcornan Swimming Pool.  Children will travel to and from the pool by bus.  The total cost of €32 per child covers the cost of bus hire, pool hire and the services of 3 instructors.  Please see attached note and return permission slip to the school on or before Thursday 27th April.

Please also log on to our website www.kiltiernanschool.ie  to view our Swimming Policy.  Here you will find all relevant information about what children need  to bring etc.

 

 

LENREC Recycling

LENREC are calling to the school on Wednesday 10th May.  Please drop off bags of used clothing, bedlinen, curtains, shoes, bags at the gate on Thursday morning.  Mobile phones can be dropped in at reception.

 

Confirmation/Communion

Confirmation will take place on Monday  15h May.  11am

On Thursday next 27th April the 6th class children will travel to Galway Cathedral as part of their preparation for Confirmation.

 

Any Communion Masses left

First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday 20th May

 

Go Games

Go Games training with Bosco will commence on Tuesday 2nd May for 8 weeks.  Please ensure your child brings hurl, helmet and appropriate gear.

 

Internet Safety Talk

Ballyglass National School are holding an Internet Safety Talk  in the school on Tuesday 2nd May at 7.30p.m.   All parents welcome to attend

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Principal

 

REMINDERS

 

 

Thursday 27th April

 

Trip to Galway Cathedral

 

6th Class children

 

Friday 28th April

 

Swimming Classes – Kilcornan Pool

 

28/04, 5/05, 12/05, 19/05, 26/05, 9/06

Monday 1st May School closed Bank Holiday
Thursday 4th May

Thursday 11th  May

Choir practice 4th, 5th, 6th,  classes

 

Drop off at Ardrahan Church at 9.30a.m.

Bus booked for return to school

 

Tuesday 2nd May

 

Go Games training

 

3rd – 6th class inclusive

 

 

Monday 8th May

 

Confirmation children only  practice

 

2 – 3pm

 

Tuesday 9th May

 

Internet Safety  Talk

M.E.P. Mairead McGuinness visiting school

 

7.30p.m. Ballyglass School

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 10th May

 

Drumcondra Reading Test

 

LENREC collection

 

1st – 6th classes

 

Drop bags at gate on Wednesday morning

 

Monday 15th May

 

Confirmation

 

11.00a.m.  Bus booked for choir

 

Saturday  20 May

 

First Holy Communion

 

12.00noon

 

Wednesday 24th May

 

Seashore Safari with

 

Brendan Allard

 

Thursday 25th May

 

Hurling Blitz

 

Venue and time tbc

 

Wednesday 31st May

 

School closed

 

 

P.D.S.T. training

 

Thursday 1st June

 

7 a side camogie

 

Castledaly Pitch ( time tbc)

 

Friday 2nd /Monday 5th June

 

School Closed

 
 

Thursday  8th June

 

Drumcondra Maths Test

 

1st – 6th  class

 

Thursday 22nd June

 

Graduation Day

 
 

Friday 23rd June

 

Summer Holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT – KINVARA, morning of  6th May 2017 at 4.15am

 On Saturday morning the 6th May 2017 Kinvara, will host its third Darkness into Light 5k walk/run at 4.15 am from St Joseph’s N.S. for Pieta House, the Centre for Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm. This is a national and international symbolic fundraising event for Pieta House; walking or running from darkness to light to give HOPE.
Regiser at Londis, Kinvara on the 29th April 12noon to 2pm or anytime online at  www.pieta.ie. More details: dilkinvara@kinvara.com . Check Darkness into Light Kinvara on Facebook or follow us on twitter @DILKinvara.

 

Newsletter 15/05/2017

15/05/2017                                          

Dear Parents

On a lovely sunny Tuesday 9th May we welcomed our MEP Mairead McGuinness to our school.   The much anticipated visit went off without a hitch.  She complimented us on our participation in the Blue Star Programme, inspected all our projects and listened intently to what the children’s views on various topical issues.  It was a great occasion.  Well done to all.

Congratulation to our 6  class pupils, Tara Scully, Alastair O’Sullivan, Ross O’Donnell, Ava Leyden, Hannah James, Sean Greancy and Colman Gately who were recently Confirmed.   Thanks to the parents, who assisted with the ‘You Shall Be My Witness’ Programme.

 

We now look forward to the 2nd Class First Holy Communion on Saturday next 20th May at 12.00 noon in Ardrahan church. We have a beautiful choir organised to sing for this occasion and would appreciate all your support in having your child at the church at 11.50a.m. on Saturday morning. Please pick up your child straight after Mass.  They will not be going to Labane Hall as will be giving each of them a Goody Bag to take home.

 

We welcome our new Parents Council on board and wish them well in their new roles.   They are as follows:

Martha McTigue   :  Chairperson            Niamh Ganly  :  Secretary

Norma O’Neill       :   Treasurer                 Elaine Ward   :  Ass. Treasurer

Committee:  Winnie O’Neill, Marie Higgins & Aoife Curley

 

Please continue to support their weekly draw as it eliminates the need for Fundraisers during the year.

 

Swimming lessons continue on Friday mornings in Kilcornan Pool.  Please send in money if you have not already done so (€32).

 

Sports Day in Dangan Pitch, Galway starts at 9.30a.m. on Tuesday 23rd May.  All children taking part need to be togged and ready by 9.15a.m.  Lifts needed and also 2 parents to be present to help on the day.  Please let me know if you can come and if you have available space in your car.

 

Hurling Blitz in Gort G.A.A. pitch on Thursday 25th May at 11.00a.m. 3rd to 6th class inclusive.  Lifts needed to and from pitch.  Please let us know if you are available.

 

School will be closed on Wednesday 31st May for teachers in service day.

 

Induction Talk for new parents is Friday 16th June at 2.00p.m.  New Infants coming to school on Monday 19th June 9.30 – 11.00.

 

Newsletter 22/05/2017

22/05/2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

On Wednesday next classes 2nd to 6th inclusive will be going to Tracht Beach to participate in a Seashore Safari with Brendan Allard – an outreach officer with the national aquarium.  This Safari is funded by the Marine Institute but we are asking each child to bring €3 tomorrow Tuesday  towards the cost of the bus – the balance will be paid by the Parents Council..

The Seashore Safari will involve an exploration of marine habitats and living things as well as learning games on the seashore.  School uniform is not required for this trip.  Please see below recommendations:

 

 

  • Wellies are the recommended footwear as children will be walking on rocks
  • Sunscreen should be applied at home and brought along
  • Hats are required as Wednesday is promised sunny
  • Please also bring a light jacket
  • Please bring a packed lunch and drink. We will have lunch at the seashore weather permitting
  • Children come to school dressed for Seashore Safari
  • Bring along buckets, spades or nets if you have them

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech 

Principal

Newsletter 13/06/2017

 

13/06/2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

As we have the Induction Meeting on Friday 16th June for new parents, school will be finishing at 2.00p.m. for all classes.

Our Graduation Ceremony this year takes place on Thursday 22nd June at 6.30p.m.  All children from 2nd to 6th class  are expected to attend.

 

We have arranged our school tour this year for Tuesday 27th June.  We will be travelling to the AvLab Aviation Centre in Shannon for  a hands on  introduction to aviation discovery and the world of airplanes, cockpits and a chat with a real pilot.  We will have lunch in Supermacs in Shannon,  and we will finish our tour in Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.  We expect to be back at the school at approx. 5.00p.m.  We will text our exact arrival time on the day.

The total cost of the trip including Supermacs Lunch is €30 per child.  We would appreciate if all monies could be collected by Thursday 22nd June.  

 

School uniform not required on the trip.  Please ensure your child has the following:-

  • a small amount of pocket money  –  max  €10
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Sunscreen if required on the day
  • Rain jacket in case of rain in Bunratty
  • Please ensure your child does not bring any electronic devices as they are difficult to monitor/keep safe on a day out.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech   

Principal

Newsletter 29/07/2017

June 29th 2017

Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of another busy school year. We had two great school tours in the last week and said our goodbyes at Graduation. We would all like to wish the best of luck to our 6th class pupils – Hannah, Ava, Sean, Aly, Colman Meadbh, Tara & Ross as they embark on the exciting transition to secondary school. We also wish the best of luck to the Gately family as they open a new chapter in their lives in their move to America (Please find letter attached).

School Sport Jerseys      

We are missing 2 school jerseys numbers 15 and 20.  Could you please ensure that you do not have these at home as you will appreciate that we need to have our full set available for September.

Teacher Allocation 2017/2018          

We welcome Ms Deirdre Forde to our teaching staff in September. This appointment affords us the opportunity to look at class allocations within our school. The following will be our class allocation for the 2016/2017 school year:

 

 

 

 

 

Standardised School Holidays 2017            

Parents are asked to use the standardised breaks for their own holidays to avoid taking children out of school. The full school calendar will be issued in September but the following are the standardised breaks.

School Reopening on Friday 1st September 2017      

Halloween Break:            Close Friday 27th Oct & Reopen Monday 6th November 2017

Christmas Break:             Close Friday 22nd September & Reopen Monday 8th January 2018

February Mid-Term:       Definitely Closed Thursday 15th/16th February 2018

Easter Break:                   Closed Friday 23rd March Reopen Monday 9th April

 

 

Booklists        

Booklists are being distributed in all classes today and will also be available on the website.  Book rental is also in operation from 2n – 6th class. In order for the scheme to be successful books must be minded very carefully and come back in good condition for future use. Thank you for co-operation with this.

Fundraising Events     

Our parents’ Council organised a fantastic fundraising walk/picnic last weekend. Thank you all for your support of this and all their fundraising endeavours. The total figure raised last week is coming in around €1,000. This money is used to supplement transport costs and provide resources for the children of the school that would not otherwise be possible.

Our ‘Nurture Africa’ uniform free day raised €180 and our total in support of ‘Down Syndrome Ireland’ was €200.

Thank you     

An effective school has its basis in good home school communication & co-operation and respect amongst all parties. As principal I would like to thank you all for your support of your child’s learning this year.

We wish you all a wonderful, restful summer break and look forward to welcoming you back on 1st September.

Kinds Regards

Edel Leech      

Principal

Newsletter 12/10/2017

October 12th 2017

 

Dear Parents,

PT Meetings

We are well settled by now into the term and look forward to meeting you all before the mid-term for Parent teacher meetings. Please ensure your yellow sheet indicating your preferred day is returned by this Friday as we will then be organising the timetable then.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents’ day was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone who made the afternoon so special. The catering was amazing  – a big thank you to our wonderful Parents Council. There are some trays in reception waiting for collection.   Your continued support of their Weekly Raffle is much appreciated.

In-service day

There will be SPHE in service for myself and Ms.  ODoherty on Monday next 16th in Galway Education Centre. Substitute cover will be provided for our classes.

Hospice Coffee Morning

Once again our Hospice Coffee Morning was a great success.  A total of €800 was collected and a representative from the Hospice will visit the school shortly to accept our donation.  Thanks to all who supported this worthy cause.

 

Mc Carthy Cup visit

The Mc Carthy cup will make its way to the school next Tuesday 17th . The time is yet to be confirmed but you are all welcome to attend and the kids can wear their colours and bring their flags to celebrate once more.

National Parents’ Council Talk

The Parents’ Council have organised a talk on Health & Well Being for the parents of our school next Wednesday 7-9pm. A representative from each family is asked to attend this worthwhile talk.

Photographer visit

County Photos pay us a visit on Tuesday 24th. As always you can get photos taken with no obligation to buy when you get the proofs.

Dates for your diary

Confirmation for 6th class will take place on Thursday May 3rd at 3pm. Pupils from 2-5th class will also be required on that day for the choir.

First Communion will take place on Saturday 19th May at 12 noon. Choir from 3rd-6th class will be required on that day.

First Confession will take place on March 15th at 7.30

Puppet show

Tommy Baker from ‘Yourmanspuppets’will bring a show to the school on Friday 20th October. We ask you for €3 per child and the balance will be supplemented by the Parents’ Council.

Sports at Kiltiernan

Well done to our boys and girls who performed so well at the recent camogie/hurling Mini-Seven’s. Thank you to Adrian Phelan who helped out with the boys’ team on the day. Hurling/Camogie coaching continues on Tuesdays, Soccer on Mondays and Gaelic football on Fridays – all weather permitting of course! Your child will know which weeks they are scheduled for the various sports. If you have school jerseys at home can you please return them before the mid term break.

Best of luck to Stephen, David & Orlaith Mannion who will represent our school at the Connaught schools cross country finals in Kiltoom in Co Roscommon on Saturday 21st October.

 

Thank you

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bernie Higgins  for all her hard work in our school over the past year. We now only have secretarial help on Mondays/Thursdays for the foreseeable future so I would appreciate if you could contact Helena on those days. I am hoping going forward to get extra support from the rural development scheme as we have done in the past.

 

Halloween Fancy Dress

As is tradition the children are invited to dress up to celebrate Halloween on Friday27th October.  Our parade will take place around 1pm on the day. Please label any bags you are sending in for the kids to dress up-especially for the junior room.

 

Yours sincerely

Edel Leech

Principal

 

 

p.s.  Halloween  Break  30/10/2017  –  3/11/2017

Newsletter 13/11/2017

Dear Parents,                                                                                                           13/11/2017

Grease

The pupils from 2nd– 6th classes will travel to Kilcornan Hall this Thursday to see Seamount’s production of Grease. We will travel by bus kindly paid for by the Parents’ Council. The cost of the show itself is €4 per child. Please bring in on or before  next Thursday.

Science Week

To celebrate all things Science this week we will be doing lots of science experiments in the classrooms and will finish the week with a visit from Tom Cuffe on Friday for an Origami workshop.

Kiltiernan N.S. Open Evening

Our school will host an Open Evening on Thursday 23rd November from 7 – 8pm. If you know of any new families living in your area that would in interested in visiting the school and meeting the staff please spread the word.

Liam McCarthy Cup Visit

The Liam Mc Carthy will finally visit our school on Tuesday 21st November at 1pm approx. Children are welcome to wear their maroon and white and bring their flags etc.

School carpark

The school carpark will be locked at weekends going forward. Please be mindful of our one way system on entering the carpark. The road outside the wall is two way for landowners only who need access. Please be mindful of this.

School Photographs

Photograph proofs have been distributed to all pupils. Please return orders by Tuesday 21st November. If any parent has photographs from the Halloween dress up from Ms  ODoherty’s room can they email them to the school as we don’t have any school copies from this group.

Primary Language Curriculum

The PDST will visit the school and provide inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum on Wednesday 29th November .

Helen Butler talk

The postponed talk organised by the National Parents Council ‘Your child and their emotional wellbeing’  will take place in the school on Monday 20th November from 7-9pm. Each family is requested to send a representative.

Confirmation

A meeting for confirmation parents will take place in Labane Church on Monday 20th November at 7.30pm.

Yours sincerely,

Newsletter 11/01/2018

 

 

                                                                                                                                                              11/01/2018

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to another busy term at school. We welcome Emily Flynn 4th year student from Marino who will be doing her teaching practice with us during the term.

As part of our SPHE Curriculum, we will be covering the strand unit ‘Growing & Changing’ in the Relationships and Sexuality Education programme.

RSE teaches children about relationships, sexuality and their own growth and development. The lessons give children the opportunity to reflect on their lives and their relationships in a social, moral and spiritual framework. RSE is taught in the context of a wider subject called Social Personal and Health Education.

The topics are covered in an age appropriate way and the classes will be divided accordingly. These classes will take place each Thursday beginning on Thursday 18th January and run until February 22nd.

Your child may ask questions based on the work we have covered. We encourage you to talk to your child and discuss any questions they may have in relation to the lessons taught at school.

The content for each class level is available on www.pdst.ie/primary/rse.

We wish the best of luck to our debating and quiz teams who are participating in events in the coming weeks. 5th /6th class pupils are welcome to attend Oranmore Library for our debate on Thursday 17th at 9.30am.  Lifts are required please. Thank you to Martina Carr for helping our debating team with their speeches.

Can I also thank Michelle Leyden and Bridget O’Neill for tutoring the pupils in advance of the upcoming quizzes. Your support is appreciated and best of luck.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech     

Principal

 

 

 

 

Dates  for  the  Diary

 

Sunday 14th Jan Do This In Memory Mass 10.30a.m.
Wednesday 17th Jan Debating Oranmore Library 9.30a.m.
Thursday 18th Jan Quiz Meadowcourt Hotel 7.15p.m.
Wednesday 24th January Dentist for 6th class  
Friday 26th January Quiz Sullivans Hotel Gort 7.30p.m.
Thurs 15th/Fri 16th Feb Closed for Midterm Break  
Thursday 15th March First Confession  
Friday 23rd March School closing Easter hols 12.30p.m.
Monday 9th April School reopens  
Tuesday 24th April Drumcondra English Testing 1st – 6th class
Wednesday 25th April Early Literacy Drumcondra Testing Junior Infants/Senior Infants
Thursday 3rd May Confirmation 3.00p.m.
Friday 4th May School closed  
Saturday 19th May First Holy Communion 2.00p.m.
Wednesday 30th May Early Numeracy Drumcondra Testing Junior Infants/Senior Infants
Thursday 31st May Drumcondra Maths Testing 1st – 6th Class
Friday 1st June School closed  
Thursday 21st June 6th Class Graduation  
Thursday 28th June School closing summer hols 12.30

 

 

 

 

ps  In light of the current spread of Influenza please be vigilant and if you child is experiencing symptoms keep him/her at home in order to  reduce the spread of germs.

  • Please encourage washing of hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of virus from their hands to their face or to others.
  • Cover nose and mouthy when coughing or sneezing and use a tissue if possible.
  • Dispose of tissues quickly and carefully.

 

Newsletter 18/01/2018

18/01/2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Congrats to our seven quiz teams who participated in  the Junior and Senior Quiz hosted by  Kilchreest N.S. last week. A special congrats to three of these teams, who finished 2nd & 4th in the Junior section and 2nd in the Senior section. We are very proud of their achievements as there were 72 teams participating.  We also would like to wish our Quiz teams who are participating in the Gort Credit Union Quiz the very best of luck.  This quiz takes place in Sullivans Hotel Gort on  Friday next 26th January at 7.30p.m

Please note the correct time for First Holy Communion is 12.00noon on Saturday 19th May and not as previously advised.

We are setting up a Facebook account in order to promote our school and keep the wider community up to date on the day to day happenings in our school.  The content shared will be similar to that on the school website – photos, notifications, closures, calendar, etc. When we’re up and running we will share a link to the page and invite you to like.  If you do not want your child’s photo to feature on our facebook page please contact your child’s teacher and let them know.  The account will be monitored by staff/parents council members regularly. When we’re up and running we will share a link to the page and invite you to like it.

We will be closing at 12.30pm on Tuesday 20th February to allow staff engagement time with the revised Child Protection procedures published in December.

We are very grateful to our current Parents’ Council for their co-operation in running the Weekly Draw.  We have now installed a state of the art C.C.T.V. system in the school and this has been part funded by the  weekly draws.  We need your support to keep this fundraiser going as it eliminates the need for bagpacking and ticket selling.  If you wish to pay in full (totally optional) for the remainder of the school year, please forward  €40 to any member of the Parents Council.  The final 3 draws before Christmas netted a total of €600.   A big thank you to everyone. There will be some extra surprises in the draw in the lead up to February 14th.  More info later…

We have received the following link from the Department of Education and Skills  http://bit.Ly/2LHzcr7. It may be of interest to parents of senior pupils as it contains details of the post primary Junior Cycle curriculum.

Finally please see attached letter from University College Cork.  We have been chosen to take part in a study on food, drinks and portion sizes served to our children.  There will be an option to attend one of two discussion group meetings held in the school one on Tuesday 30th Jan. or one on Wednesday 31st Jan.  If you are interested in learning some interesting facts about portion sizes, and would like to get a €10 Super Valu voucher, please complete attached letter and return it to the school on or before Friday 26th January. I would appreciate your support and we would need a minimum of 8-10 participants.

Yours sincerely,

                                                      

Edel  Leech

Principal 

 

Newsletter 12/02/2018

12/02/2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Our Parents Association are very grateful for all the support with the ongoing Weekly Raffle.  This week we are having a special Valentine’s Day Draw on Wednesday next.  There will be extra prizes  added to this draw so make sure you have your envelopes in the school on or before Wednesday 14th Feb.

Please remember that if you paid  your weekly draw money in advance there is no need for you to put in an empty envelope each week as this is done for you on the day of the draw.  Please therefore return your empty envelopes to the school  ( if you have paid in advance.).

Our major Fundraiser for this year is a ‘Family Bingo’ in Bradley’s, Labane on Friday 16th March at 7p.m.  It is hoped that each family in the school will purchase tickets for this event.  Attached please find 2 adult and 2 child tickets (€30 per family).   This money will be collected in the school on or before Monday 5th March.

School will be closed next Thursday and Friday.  Enjoy the Mid Term.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech    

Principal

Newsletter 26/02/2018

 

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                     26/02/2018

                                                                                                          

BOOKWEEK

Our annual Book Festival takes place from today 26th February to Wednesday 7th March. Tara Book Club are hosting the Book Fair this year,  which will be open each morning before class and again at 3.00p.m. Your support is appreciated as our school receives 50% free books for  restocking our class libraries. We are delighted to welcome Gabriel Fitzmaurice our visiting author to talk to the children on Monday 5th March.  We will also have a Handwriting Workshop   on  Friday 2nd March.  If you would like to come in to read to the children please let us know when is convenient for you this week or next.  The week will be filled with our usual activities including Buddy reading and book related competitions.

 SPAR  F.A.I. SOCCER

Soccer competitions take place in Drom Pitch Salthill tomorrow Tuesday 27th.  A bus has been booked and will leave the school carpark at 8.45a.m.  We are asking children to bring in €5 to supplement the cost.  Please come togged with plenty of layers as forecast is for cold weather.  Thanks to Rory MacAdam for helping us out with training again this year.

IRISH  DANCING

Irish dancing money is now due for this term –  as follows:      

1 child      2 children        3  children       4 children

                                         €22             €42                       €60                  €80

 

SCHOOL CLOSURES

School will be closing at 2.45p.m. on Tuesday 6th March in order for teachers to attend First Aid Course in Ballyglass school.

School will be closed on Wednesday 9th May for a Primary Language Curriculum inservice day.

 

FIRST CONFESSION

First Confession takes place on Thursday 15th March at 7.30p.m. in Ardrahan Church.

 

BINGO  FUNDRAISER

Parents Council Fun Bingo wil be held in Bradleys, Labane on Friday 16th March at 7.00p.m.  Please return money for Bingo in envelope with family name by Monday 5th March and also any unsold tickets.  There are more tickets available in the office so please encourage your friends to come along.  There will be a Raffle on the night  – top prize 2 night hotel stay.  There will also be a prize for the funniest ‘Paddys Day’ fancy dress.  If anyone wishes to donate any Spot Prizes please drop them into the office.  As this is the only Fundraiser this year we rely on your support to make it a success.

CREDIT UNION QUIZ

We wish the best of luck to our Credit Union Quiz team – Emma Bruen, Edel Fahy, David Mannion and Stephen Mannion who will be representing our school in the Regional Finals  in Salthill on Sunday next. 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT TEACHER

Student teacher Emily Flynn will be teaching in the Middle Room for the remainder of her placement.

 

TESTING DAYS  – no advance preparation needed:-

Tuesday 13th March :                       N.R.I.T.              –               1st to 4th classes

School closing at 12.30 on Friday 23rd March for Easter Holidays.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech

Principal

 

 

 

Tuesday 24th         April  English Testing                      –               1st – 6th classes

Wednesday 25th April  English Testing                     –               Senior Infants

Thursday      3rd May at 3.00p.m.                   Confirmation  (Pupils needed for choir 2ndst to 5th classes)

Wednesday  9th May                                         School closed

Saturday      19th May      12.00noon             First Holy Communion (Pupils needed for choir 3rd to 6th)

Wednesday 30th May                                       Maths Testing Senior Infants

Thursday      31st May                                        Maths Testing  1st – 6th

Friday        1st       June                                      School closed

Friday      15th       June                                        New Parents Induction

Monday  18th  June                                            New Junior Infants

Thursday 21st June                                            6th class graduation

Monday   25th  June                                           School tours

Thursday 28th June     12.30p.m.                    Summer Holidays

Newsletter 15/03/2018

15/03/2018

 

Dear Parents,

Write a Book

Congratulations to our Write a Book winners Grace Carr, Adam Carr, Corey Greaney, Ellie Leyden, Jack Dempsey, Keelyn O’Sullivan and Dylan Ward who will be travelling to Galway next Tuesday to receive their Prizes.

 

Credit Union Quiz

Well done to our Quiz Team who did us proud by coming 4th at the Regional Finals in Galway last weekend.

 

Swimming  

Swimming lessons for first through to sixth class will commence on Friday 13th April for 6 weeks at a cost of €34 per student.  This includes bus, pool rental and the services of 3 swimming instructors (there has been an increase in both the cost of the pool and the bus this year).     School Swimming Policy can be viewed on our website www.kiltiernanschool.ie which includes a list of the items needed for swimming.  If for any reason your child is not going swimming please notify class teacher in advance.

Attached please find Swimming Consent Form which must be signed and returned to the school as soon as possible.

 

M.M.R. Vaccinations

The H.S.E. staff will administer the M.M.R. vaccinations to Junior Infants on Tuesday 17th April.  Parents are requested to attend.  Information will be forwarded to parents when we receive it from the H.S.E.

 

Dancing

Thanks to those who have sent in Dancing Money.  As next week is our last session please have money in on or before Tuesday 20th March next.

 

Bingo

The Parents Council have organised a fun filled evening with Bingo in Bradleys Labane tomorrow Friday night 16th March at 7.00p.m. sharp.  As this is our Big Fundriaiser we greatly appreciate your support and thank you  the many  people and businesses who have donated prizes for the evening.  Please come along and bring your friends.

 

Do This In Memory

The next  Do This in MemoryFirst communion Mass will take place  on Saturday 14th April at 6.00p.m  and all the children from 2nd class will be participating in this Mass. 

 

Camogie

Our Championship  Camogie Blitz (4th – 6th classes only) will take place  on Tuesday 22nd May in Ardrahan Pitch.  More details will follow nearer the date.

 

School closures

School will be be closed on Monday next 19th March  and we will be closing for Easter Holidays at 12.30p.m. on Friday 23rd March. 

The teachers will be attending a Primary Language Inservice  Curriculum Day on Monday 9th May so school will be closed on that day.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech

Principal

Newsletter 10/04/2018

 

 

 

 

April 10th 2018.

 

 

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome back to Term 3 which will be a very busy term. The following is the most up to date notice on upcoming school events/activities.

 

Hurling Training

Training with Michael Gallagher has resumed this week. It will be every Tuesday for 3rd– 6th classes for the next 10 weeks. Training for 1st/2nd classes is kindly being provided by Ardrahan GAA club and we will inform you when this is arranged.

 

Swimming

Swimming will commence this Friday 13th April for 6 sessions, all Fridays except the final one which is a Thursday due to school closure for Referendum  – 13th, 20th, 27thApril and 11th, 18th and 24th May.

Pupils from 1st/2nd class will be buddied with Senior Pupils to help in the dressing room. If there was a male parent available for supervision before and after swimming this would be appreciated. Please contact your class teacher.  Please read our Swimming Policy which is available on the school website.  This gives all relevant information  regarding swimming and what is required.

 

Testing Dates

Drumcondra Spelling Test 1st-6th class              18th/19th April

Senior Infants Early Literacy Test                     25th April

Drumcondra Reading Test 1st-6th                     24th April

Senior Infants Early Numeracy Test                 29th May

Drumcondra Maths Test 1-6th class                  May 30th

 

Assessement day for Gort Community School-Saturday April 28th 9a.m.  –  2.30p.m.

Reminder closing date for application for bus tickets for Secondary school is Friday 27th April.

 

Sacramental Preparations

Cathedral Trip for 6th Class courtesy of Fr Joe is Thursday next April 12th.

Do this in Memory of me Mass  –  2nd class  – 15th April @ 10.30am

Confirmation Practice  –  6th class only Monday 23rd April 9.30a.m. – 11am in Ardrahan Church.     Lifts required to and from school.

Confirmation Practice  –  Monday 30th April 9.30a.m. – 11a.m. with choir for all pupils  from 2nd-6th. Drop off by parents to Ardrahan Church. Drop back to school by bus.

Confirmation Ceremony   –   May 3rd at 3pm. Bus departing school at 2.20pm.

 Collection by parents at Ardrahan Church at 4.15pm approx.

Communion Practice for 2nd class only  –   Monday 14th May 9.30am-11.00am     –     Lifts required

Communion Practice with choir  –  All pupils from 3rd– 6th.  Wednesday  16th May.  Drop off by parents at church at 9.30am  and   return to school by bus at 11am

First Holy Communion Ceremony   –   May 19th 12noon. All pupils 3rd– 6th needed for choir from 12-1pm please.

Annual Diocesan Visit from Mary Mc Carthy    –    Monday 21st May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MMR   —    Junior Infants

The MMR Vaccination Programme will take place on Tuesday next 17th AprilJunior Infants parents only please see attached letter with appointment for Parent to attend and also information pack and consent Form to be returned to the school before Tuesday next.

 

 

 

 

School closed                                          Wednesday May 9th Primary Language Curriculum inservice for staff

Camogie Blitz Tuesday 22nd May 4th– 6th class.  Ardrahan Pitch, time to be confirmed.  Lifts required

Hurling Blitz                                            Wednesday 23rd May 4th– 6th class (Provisional date-to be confirmed) )                                                                     Kinvara 11a.m.

School Closed                                         Friday May 25th –  Referendum day.

Sports Day                                                Friday 22nd June   –  Weather permitting

Graduation                                              Thursday 21st June

School Tours-Junior/Senior Tour              Monday 25th June. Athlone IT Let’s Go Camp    and   Loughwell Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any additions to the termly calendar will be communicated to you ASAP.

 

 

Regards

 

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 11/06/2018

 

 

11/06/2018

 

Dear Parents,

Wednesday 13th Cycle to School Day

This week is National Cycle Week and next Wednesday is Cycle to School Day for the middle and senior rooms only. the middle and senior rooms only.  Please ensure your child wears a Helmet and a High Vis Jacket while cycling to school that day.

 

Teachers’ Child Protection Inservice

 Please note school will be closing at 12.30p.m. on Wednesday 13th June to facilitate Child Protection Training for teachers.

 

Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Final   

We wish our hurlers the best of luck in the final against Lawrencetown  on Thursday next.  We have organised a supporters bus which will leave the school at 10.00a.m. and will return straight after the Final.  Cost for bus is €2 per child. 

 

New Parents Induction

We look forward to welcoming our new parents on Friday 15th June.  Please note school closing at 2.00p.m. for all pupils to facilitate this meeting.

 

Yours sincerely,

Edel  Leech       

Principal

   
Wednesday 13th June Cycle to School  –   Middle & Senior Rooms only

                                                                     school closing at 12.30p.m                                                                                                                                                                

Thursday 14th June County Final Hurling Loughgeorge 11.00a.m.
Friday 15th June New Parents’  Induction                          school closing at 2.00p.m.
Saturday 16th June Louise Curran’s Dancing Feis
Monday 18th June New Junior Infants in today   –  9.20 – 11.20a.m.
Thursday 21st June 6thClass  Graduation at 6.30p.m. –  all classes 2nd – 6th needed
Friday 22nd June Sports Day  –                                                      11.00a.m.  –  1.30p.m.
Monday 25th June School Tour for all classes –  letters issued with details
Thursday 28th June Summer Holidays  –                                School closing at 12.30p.m.

 

Newsletter 26/06/2018

26/06/2018

Dear Parents,

Goodbye to 6th class. As we are approaching the end of the school year we say goodbye and good luck to our 6th class pupils – Emma Bruen, Adam Cahill, Diarmuid Callanan, Adam Carr, Seán Cunningham, Timmy Cunningham, Paul Glynn, Luke Hughes, Toby MacAdam, David Mannion, Stephen Mannion, Grace McKermitt, Patrick Nestor, Melanie O’Donovan, Erin Proano Connolly and Seán Slevin and wish them well in secondary school and every success in their chosen careers.

Cumanna na mBunscoil Winners. Our school Hurling Team put on an amazing display of skill and won the recent Cumann na mBunscoil Finals in Loughgeorge with a win over Lawrencetown National School. Well done to all involved. A special word of thanks to our 2 coaches Emer O’Doherty and Barry Duffy.

Bronze Medal Winner. Congratulations to Timmy Cunningham who won a Bronze Medal last weekend in the Olympic Swimming Trials in Dublin. We look forward to hearing a lot more about Timmy’s swimming achievements in the future.

Sports day and Ice Cream Day. We had a lovely sports Day and our Ice Cream Day for Down Syndrome Ireland was a great success. €185.00 was collected for this very worthy cause.

Weekly Draw. The Parents Council have asked us to thank you most sincerely for your support for the weekly raffles throughout the year. The final Draw (with extra prizes) will be on Wednesday next instead of Thursday.

School Uniform. Some parents have indicated that they have some used but in good condition school uniform items at home that they no longer use and would willingly pass on. Please bring them in to school and we will leave them in reception free for anyone to take on Wednesday.

Booklists and Classes for September 2018. Booklists will be distributed to all children on Thursday and will also be uploaded to school website. Classes as follows for 2018/2019: Ms. Forde – Junior Infants and Senior Infants 1st, Ms. O’Doherty – 2nd and 3rd classes, Ms. Leech – 4th, 5th and 6th classes.

Thanks to Parents Council. We as a school community thank the Parents Council for being so supportive during the year – organising the Weekly Draw, prizes and Bingo Night, helping with the book Rental and purchasing the ‘extras’ when required.

Summer Holidays. School will be closing at 12.30p.m. on Thursday 28th June. We wish you all a pleasant and safe summer and look forward to seeing you on Thursday 30th August.

Yours sincerely,

Edel Leech Principal

 

Newsletter 06/09/2018

September 6th 2018

 

Dear Parents,

Can I extend a warm welcome back to all our pupils for the new school year. Can I extend an extra special welcome to our pupils in Junior Infants who are beginning their journey in our school. They are  Ronan Connolly, Roise Greene,  Eanna Hallinan, Siofra O’Neill  and Darragh Quinn.

Enrolment Forms/Consent forms     

Please return these forms immediately. Please ensure that your emergency numbers are up to date and in use at all times so contact can be made in the event of an emergency.    Parents of Junior Infants need to submit birth certs also.

We will shortly be compiling a list of Parents’ 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 pick ups/drop offs. 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 the list.

Book Rental/Expenses/Personal Accident   

Thanks to the Parents’ Council for once again organising Book Rental for the coming year.  Please ensure that all books are kept in good condition so that they can be rented again next year.         

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.  Claims for injuries/accidents can be made through the school during the year.

Junior Infants   €37            Senior Infants   €37         1st Class   €60            2nd Class  €60

 

3rd Class      €80                  4th Class     €75                   5th Class  €80          6th Class   €80

 

Just to clarify the  following are the amounts payable  per child as follows:        

Irish Dancing

 

€35   –   I child                                  €55  –   2 Children                            €70   –   3  children

 

Dancing with  Louise Curran will resume this Wednesday 5th September and every week for 11 weeks for all classes. Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish/do not wish your child to attend. The cost is as follows-

                                

Policies     

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

A meeting of parents of Junior Infants about homework will take place on Thursday 13th September at 2.00p.m. in the junior classroom.

Our code of Conduct and Bullying policies are discussed in all classrooms and at assemblies throughout the year.

As part of our SPHE programme we will be implementing the Friends programme. Please see the attached letter with a brief outline of the course.

Absences   

If your child is absent from school, a parent must write a note of explanation to the teacher at the back of the homework diary.  If your child has to leave early, or is late arriving at school a written note is also required.

N.B. If your child is absent for 20 days or more during a school year,  the school is obliged to report this matter to the Education welfare Board.     

                     

Hurling and Camogie        

Hurling and Camogie training will resume every Tuesday from and including 1st class to 6th class.  Please ensure your child brings a helmet and hurl to school every Tuesday.

Healthy Lunches                               

We ask everybody to strictly adhere to our Healthy Lunch policy. Please do not send in any foods containing nuts/nut traces as we have a child with an allergy. Be especially vigilant on treat Fridays (Last Friday in every month). Talk to your child about the importance of not sharing lunches.

Opening/Closing times          

No responsibility will be accepted for pupils arriving before 9.10a.m.  Classes for older children finish at 3.00p.m. and we ask pupils to be collected no later than 3.15p.m.  Infant pupils finish at 2.00p.m. and should be collected no later than 2.05p.m. 

 

School Calendar

Attached please find copy of School Calendar for the school year. Please note that this may be subject to change and additions but all standardised closings are included.

 

Weekly Raffle

The Parents’ Council have organised a WEEKLY RAFFLE here in the school which will kick off on the first Thursday in October which is the 4th October.  Envelopes will be distributed in advance to each family – €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.

 

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October.   More information will be issued nearer this date.

 

 

Photographer

School photographer will be visiting on Thursday 4th October.  Photos will be taken of all pupils/classes but parents are under no obligation to purchase photos.

 

Hospice Coffee Morning

We are hosting a Hospice coffee Morning on Thursday 20th September from 8.30a.m.   Coffee-to-go will be available for all you workers.  All are welcome to please bring your neighbours and friends to support this very worthy cause.  Baked goods would be very welcome and can be dropped to the school on Thursday morning.

We will also have treats for the children.  A donation of €2 per child would be appreciated.

 

Cross Country Athletics

The annual schools cross country takes place on September 25th  in Renmore. There are two competitions-one for 3rd/4th classes, one for 5th/6th classes. Please let your class teacher know if you would like your child to enter. Transport will be required.

 

Staff Meeting

Our termly staff meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 18th September.  School will close for all pupils at 2p.m. on that day.

 

Home/School Communication

Helena will be in the office every Monday & Thursday 9.20-2pm. If you need to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss an issue please make an appointment as it is very difficult to facilitate unplanned meetings at drop off and collection times. You can email or ring the school. The answer machine will be checked daily outside curricular instruction time. Formal P/T meetings take place in October-see calendar attached.

 

Parking Bay

Please be vigilant at drop off and collection times. Children are encouraged to use the pedestrian crossing when crossing to the opposite side of the parking bay.

 

Labels

Please label all your child’s belongings-especially school jumpers and encourage your child to put items  into their school bag when removed outside or in the class.

 

School Website

Please visit our school website www.kiltiernanschool.ie  to see whats happening in our school.  We hope to keep this as up to date as possible and include photos of events as they happen.  We also include our Newsletters for reference.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter 17/09/2018

                                                                                September 17th  2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Survey for future enrolments       

The Board of Management are planning for the future of our school and we would appreciate your co-operation with regard to ascertaining future enrolments.

 If there are families in your village/area with young children would you please forward the family names (with their consent) and address (if known) to us on the attached page so that we could contact them directly to let them know about our school.

We are planning an open day on Thursday November 29th in an effort to boost numbers over the coming years. We plan to get to know the families with young children in our school catchment area and create a data base from which to work off. Your support would be appreciated.

Sports Update

The annual Mini 7’s for boys and girls are coming up shortly. The girls’ competition will take place in Kinvara on Wednesday 26th September at 10am sharp. The boys’ competition will take place on Friday 28th at 10am in Castledaly. Transport will be required on both days.

Ardrahan Hurling club will provide training for the pupils in 1st/2nd classes on Thursday mornings at 9.20am for the next 6-8 weeks weather permitting.

Closing date for Cross Country athletics is this Friday 21st. Please let me know if you want your child to compete in Renmore. Transport to and from the event will be required.

Christmas Fair

The annual Christmas Fair will take place in Ardrahan Hall on Sunday 9th December. This year it will be organised by Kiltiernan N.S. This is a huge fundraiser for our school every few years. We now plan to set up a committee to plan for this event. The Board of Management and the Parents’ Council need the support of as many as possible to make this event a success. A short meeting to devise a plan of action will take place in the school on Monday 24th September at 8pm – 9pm. We would really like a representative from every family to attend to make the organisation of this event as easy as possible for all.

Local History Trip     

The pupils from 2nd-6th class will take a local history tour to Ardrahan/Gort and Kilmacduagh on Friday next 21st September from 11-2pm approx. Local historian Tom O’ Doherty will accompany us on what should be a very interesting and fun history lesson of our local area. We would appreciate €3 per pupil towards the cost of the bus. Please sign the attached consent form and return before Friday.

 

 

 

Coffee Morning in Aid of Hospice       

Our annual coffee morning in aid of Galway Hospice takes place this Thursday 20th from  9-12pm. Anyone who would like to bake buns/cakes to support the cause, please drop them to the school between 8.30am and 9.20am on the day. As we are an eco-friendly school, please bring your refillable cups with you. Hot Chocolate and a treat will be organised by the 5th class girls for the pupils of the school during breaktimes. A €2 euro donation for the hospice would be welcomed.

 

Dates for your Diary

 

     Confirmation:                 Wednesday May 2nd                         3pm

     Communion:                    Saturday May 18th                                     12 noon

     First Confession:             Tuesday April 9th                                          7.30p.m.

 

Reminder

Staff meeting on this Tuesday September 18th. School closes for all pupils at 2pm.

 

 

 

 

Yours Sincerely

Edel Leech       l

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiltiernan N.S. Survey of families in Catchment area

 

Please fill out the details of families in your village/area with young children below and return to the school at your earliest convenience.

 

 

 

  Family Name                 Area/Address                   Approx age of child/ren

 

     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

Consent for Local History Trip 21/9/2018  (2nd-6th Class only)

 

I _____________________________consent for my child(ren)_______________________________

to go on a local history tour by bus to Ardrahan/Gort/Kilmacduagh on Friday 21st September.

 

Signed:  ____________________________________________

 

Newsletter 27/09/2018

27/09/2019

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Camogie  Mini 7’s

Well done to our Camogie Mini 7’s team who won their Blitz yesterday.  Final will be on Tuesday 16th October in Loughgeorge starting at 10.00a.m. to 12.00noon. Lifts will be required to and from  the competition.

Gaelic Football        

Gaelic Football training will start on Thursday next 4th October with G.A.A. coach Johnny Healy.   

 

Open  Days/ Evenings      

Gort Community School Information and Enrolment  Day takes place on Saturday 6th October from 12noon to 2.00p.m.  Parents and children in 5th and 6th class are invited to attend.

 

Seamount College Kinvara Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 9th October.  Principals address will be at 4.30p.m. and again at 6.00p.m.  Students and parents will be offered a tour of the school where they can see the facilities and meet with subject teachers.

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel  Leech       

Principal

Newsletter 27/09/2018

27/09/2018

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for your support of the Christmas Fair meeting last week. It was great to see you so enthusiastic in our efforts to make our Christmas Fair an enjoyable experience for everyone.

The Christmas Fair is scheduled to take place on Sunday December 9th in Labane Hall.  We will be looking for plenty of volunteers for the jobs nearer the time but for the moment we are organising a  Raffle and are looking to see if any parent/business would like to sponsor or       co sponsor the printing of the tickets which will cost in the region of €185.00. The business name would be acknowledge on the tickets.  We will also have an Auction on the day.

We now need your support in providing prizes for both of these.  It would be greatly appreciated if you would ask local businesses in the area that you support for a prize for our raffle/auction over the next couple of weeks. The school can provide a headed letter (available from the office) for you to bring to the business for proof of fundraising.  We will be compiling a list of businesses and the person who is calling there so please make sure that you let Helena know if you have contacted anybody for sponsorship.

The next scheduled meeting is Monday 15th October from 8p.m. to 9p.m.

Thanks again to all our volunteers and more are needed at the next meeting.

 

 

Kind Regards,

Edel Leech       

On behalf of the Christmas Fair organising committee.

Newsletter 17/10/2018

 

October 17th 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Formal parent Teacher meetings are taking place next Tuesday/Wednesday. By now you should have received your scheduled time. 10 minutes has been allocated for each pupil. We ask you to support us in keeping the timetable running as smoothly as possible on those days.

 

Mini Sevens

Well done to our Girls who put on a fine performance in the Camogie Mini 7’s Semi Finals.

 

Christmas Fair

Preparations are underway for this year’s Christmas Fair (Sunday 9th December 11.00a.m. in Labane Hall) which is being organised by our school. We last organised this event in 2015 where we raised almost €6,000 euro towards the general running and upkeep of the school. 

Over the past 10 years, Kiltiernan school management have not asked families for an annual contribution towards the running of the school. We have set up a book rental scheme at considerable cost, which has worked effectively in keeping costs as low as possible every school year.

 I acknowledge the contributions made by many families through the Weekly raffle which  we generally use for various  things i.e.  provide transport to and from school outings and resources  both I.T and general resources for the classrooms.

I would like to thank the Parents’ Council members who organise this raffle onsite each Thursday at school.  They give freely of their time to organise the envelopes and have the prizes ready and waiting every Thursday.

We are now procuring quotes to upgrade our IT Hardware before Christmas at an estimated cost of €4,000. Departmental Grants do not cover the costs of running and maintaining a school and we continue to rely on the goodwill and generosity of our school community to meet these costs.

Attendance at both Fair meetings has been poor. We need the support of all families for the event to be organised successfully and to provide much needed funds for the school.

 

 

Here are the ways in which we need you to help:

  • Each family will receive 5 books of Raffle tickets before the Halloween break to sell among family and friends over the next month. We ask you to make an effort selling them. We will also be selling at local businesses at the end of November. All stubs and money to be returned to the school on or before Thursday 23rd November.

 

  • We need each family to provide us with one prize for our Auction which will take place at the Fair. Examples might include – Hotel/Restaurant vouchers, Fancy goods (new/unopened), Car service/Valet, Fuel Vouchers, Hampers, Party Vouchers, Hair/Beauty Vouchers, DIY Vouchers. If you do not feel you are in a position to ask for this sponsorship, please consider buying one and donating it to the school as your contribution towards the running of the Fair.  Prizes for the Auction are to be dropped on at the school on Thursday 8th & Friday 9th November ahead of our next Fair meeting. Please put your family name on the prize(s) you drop in on those days.     

 

Please find attached letter from the school which you can use to ask for sponsorship should you wish to use it.

 

 

Halloween Activities

On Thursday 25th we will hold our annual Fancy Dress Parade here at the school at 1.15 pm. Please send your child’s costume in a labelled bag with their name. All Parents are welcome to attend.

The Parents’ Council have kindly organised a free fancy dress disco for that night- Thursday 25th in Bradleys Labane 7-9pm. Parents and children alike are invited to dress up and join us for some fun on the night.

 

 

Enclosed Play area

It was decided at board level that during the summer break we would build an enclosed play area for younger children which could also be used by Sunflower Montessori. The plans were drawn up by Tom Creedon and Peter Glynn. There was a considerable amount of work involved in this project and we here at the school are delighted with the results. The cost of the project (excluding labour) was approximately €1,800. On behalf of all the staff, pupils and parents at our school, I would like to thank Tom and Peter for their many days of hard work during the summer in bringing this project to fruition. It will be all fantastic all weather play area for the winter ahead. To celebrate we will have an ‘Official Opening’ on Thursday 25th at 1.55pm just before the Infants go home. You are all welcome to attend and we will ask Tom & Peter to cut the ribbon.

Our school is indebted to all those of you who actively support our school. It is because of support like this that we can continue to provide your children with the widest variety of educational opportunities available.

 

 

We wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween and look forward to seeing you back on Monday 5th November.

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Edel Leech

Principal

Newsletter 08/11/2018

November 8th 2018

 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed the Halloween Celebrations and are ready for a busy second part to the term.

Closure      

A reminder to you that the school will be closed to pupils next Tuesday to facilitate inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum

Friendship Week      

Next week the pupils of our school will celebrate Friendship week. We are planning lots of lovely activities in all the classrooms so please take the time to talk to your children about the importance of friends in all our lives.

Christmas Fair/Parents’ Council Raffle     

The weekly raffle will be suspended at the end of the month until the new year. This will facilitate adequate preparation time for the Christmas Fair on December 9th.  Our next meeting will be held on Monday 19th November from 8-9pm.   I would really appreciate your support with a good attendance.

Auction         

All families are reminded that we are now taking your donations for the Auction at the Fair.  We are happy to take anything that  is in a saleable condition and suitable to be auctioned off to the highest bidder on the day.  We greatly appreciate your generosity and depend on your goodwill to make this Auction and Fair a success for the school. Please drop in your donations to the school on or before Wednesday November 14th with your family name on it .

Open Evening      

We are hosting an open evening at the school on Thursday 29th November. We would ask for your co-operation in popping the attached leaflets in the letterboxes of any  house in your village that  is not already connected to our school.

Credit Union Competition    

Congratulations to Mary Divilly 2nd class who won first prize in the Gort Credit Union poster competition,  Lauren Kilduff 4th class who won 3rd prize in her category while Erin Fahy won second prize in her category. Well done to all who participated in the event. Prize giving will take place in the Credit Union this Saturday at 10.30am.

 

 

Childcare  

Sunflower Montessori is open from 9.20 to 12.20  to  children from  age 2 years and 8 months and these children are eligible for E.C.C.E. (free preschool year) funding for 2 years.

There is a Breakfast Club and Afterschool service from 8.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. daily.

Enfant Educare in Labane offer a pick up service from school.  They are open from 7.30 to 6.15 daily.

Spraoi Early Learning centre opens its doors in Clarinbridge this week. They are open 7.30am to 6.30pm. Transport to and from our school may be possible going forward should families be interested.

Christmas Annuals       

Orders are being taken for the Christmas annuals in all rooms. Samples are left at reception for you to browse through. The cost of all the annuals is €4. There is no obligations to buy. Final orders must be in the office by  Thursday 15th November.      

 

Nativity          

The Junior room will perform the Nativity on Thursday December 20th in the school hall at 1pm with carols from our school choir. There will be no carol service in the church this year as the pupils from 1st-6th class will be partaking in our Panto Night  already scheduled for Tuesday 19th February in Labane Hall.  Please note the change of this date as the hall in Labane is unavailable on the 20th.     

 

 

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

  

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

                                                                                                                                                                                               

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)

    

 

 

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

 

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

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!