Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter No. 2

                                                                                                                                                                                      26th October, 2017

Dear Parents,

Halloween Trail: Astro-Turf Fundraiser

As you may have heard, plans for our astro-turf pitch are now gathering pace.   A separate Pitch Development Committee, under the umbrella of the Parents’ Association, has been established and some preliminary presentations have been made to the school and wider community.

Starting this month, fundraising events for the remainder of 2017 include;

  • Oct 13th – Cash for Clobber – all collections this year will go towards the Pitch Development fund
  • Oct 30th – ‘Spooky Halloween Trail’ at 12 O’Clock Hills, tickets available, see posters
  • Nov 26th – Coffee morning, final details to follow
  • Nov / Dec – Christmas Cards, similar to previous years, will be organised through Parents Association
  • Dec 9th – Children’s Carol Singing at Shannon Town Centre

As part of our “Halloween Trail” at the 12 O’Clock Hills on Monday 30th October, we are inviting each child to participate in a pumpkin carving competition. There will be a prize for the top 3 pumpkins and ALL Pumpkins will be on display, lighting our path on the Spooky Trail.

Pumpkins should be brought to the school on Friday 27th to be included in the competition.

There are tickets still available and it is promised to be a super night of fun and scares!  Your help and generosity is very much appreciated

Visit to Glór

5th and 6th class attended the Children’s Book Festival in Glór on Thursday 26th to hear the authors Caroline Bush and E.R. Murray read from their new novels.Visit to the Library


Visit to the Library

Junior and Senior Infants visited Sixmilebridge Library last Friday to hear the author Máire Zeph read her story ‘Rita and the Robot’.

Basketball League

4th, 5th and 6th class are taking part in our school’s basketball league. Best of luck to all the teams and thanks to the teachers for refereeing the games during break times.

Uniform Swop Shop.

Second-hand uniforms are available free of charge. Donations of old or unused uniforms that are in good condition are very welcome.  Contact Sharon McGee 0877830808.

School Mass

A Mass to mark the start of the school year was celebrated by Fr. Harry on Friday, 6th October.  Thanks to Ms. Donnelly and the choir for the beautiful music and song.

School Tracksuits / personal belongings

Please label your child’s jackets and tracksuits (especially tops) as  this is the only way we can identify the owner of lost property. There are  a number of school tops and coats in the lost and found

School Charges 2017/18

Many thanks to those of you who have already made your contribution.  If you have not already attended to this, could you please do so at your earliest convenience.  The cost is €40 per child in Junior Infants to First Class and €50 per child in Second Class to Sixth Class.  If you wish to pay in instalments please contact the school office.

Intel Mini Scientist

This competition is an initiative which allows students from 4th, 5th and 6th classes to develop science related projects which are then exhibited at school level.  We will have this exhibition on Thursday,16th November 1.30 -3.00pm when members of the school community can drop in and view the projects.  The winning groups will be invited by Intel to attend the final in the Intel Campus, Shannon in early December.  Please note that it is at the discretion of the parents of the winning groups if they wish to bring their children to the event in Shannon.

Cross Country Running

September 14th  was a very exciting day for our students who went to Lee’s Rd, Ennis for the East Clare Schools Cross Country Championships. Altogether, 32 children represented the school in boys and girls races across three age groups. Almost 100 children participated in each race so competition was very high! All of our pupils should be very proud of their performance and behaviour throughout the day. Thanks to Mr. Corry and Michelle O’Mahony for their help on the day and all the parents who helped out and supported the teams.

The girls over 10 team, Grace (u -10) and Dara (over -10) qualified for the Cross Country Finals which take place in Lee’s Road on November 15th.  Best of luck!

Up the Bridge!

Congratulations to  the Sixmilebridge Senior Hurling Team on winning the Cannon Hamilton. We are especially proud of all our past pupils who were involved and wish them well in the Munster Championship!

School Car Park

I would like to thank parents for their cooperation with the car park layout.  The addition of an area for children to walk safely between cars and the school gate has made the car park safer for our children.  We still have a small number of cars who stall on the incline to the car park which means the cars behind are waiting on the road.  Please drive in and park and let your child our safely along the marked out walking path.

Secondary Schools – Open Evenings

St. Patrick’s Comprehensive, Shannon           Thurs 26th October @ 7pm

St. Caimin’s, Shannon                                     November 13th – tour 5 – 6.30pm. Talk @ 6.30 – 7pm

St. Joseph’s Secondary, Tulla                          November 14th @ 7.30pm

Coláiste Muire, Ennis                                    November 16th – 7 to 9pm

Please keep an eye on the secondary school websites for updates or changes in times in relation to their open nights.


Swimming Lessons 

Swimming lessons will take place for 2nd to 6th classes in the Ennis Leisure Complex next term.  Again this year, we are working on keeping the cost of the lessons & bus at a reasonable rate.  More information to follow on dates and costs.


Important DatesFri 27th Oct                Pumpkin carving competition

Oct 30th                        ‘Spooky Halloween Trail’ at 12 O’Clock Hills, tickets available from committee

Halloween Break       School closes Friday October 27th @ 2.30 pm and reopens Monday November 6th Nov

First Communion       Enrolment mass on Nov 19th @ 10am

Christmas Break         School closes Friday December 22nd @ 12 noon. Reopens Monday 8th January 2018.

February Mid-term    School will be closed on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February.

Confirmation             11th March 2017 @ 11am – St. Mary’s Church, Kilmurry

First Holy Communion       13th May 2017 @ 11am – St. Mary’s Church, Kilmurry


Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Clohessy,