October Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

Astro-Turf

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the development of the astro-turf.  It was a massive project for the school community to undertake and required a lot of fundraising, but as we can see in  the article below by Conor and Cathal, it has been worth it!

Over the summer our school has been raising money for our astro turf pitch and  ball wall. Parents were helping people pack their grocery bags in Dunnes Stores, Ennis and Limerick. We  put our names on a brick that will be put on one of our school’s walls. We also purchased fashion show tickets.

It is wonderful to have an astro turf pitch. You don’t get all mucky and dirty. In the mornings we get to play hurling on it and we definitely didn’t get to do all that before we had the astro-turf.

We have a rota for all the classes and on Friday the teachers decide who was the best class all week and they get an extra day! The grass was always really slippy and the astro is never slippy. We only ever got to use some of the grass because some of the field was always mucky, slippery and swampy. Now with the astro-turf two classes use it at a time and this means there is more room on the yard. We split the astro up into sections and when a class gets it they bring in their own soccer balls. You don’t have to play soccer – you can play whatever game you want!

Thank you to all the teachers, parents, Anne, Jimmy and a special thank you to all the builders

By Conor and Cathal 4th class

Junior Tidy Towns

This year we have formed  a Junior Tidy Towns Committee who will work with Kilmurry’s Tidy Town Council to improve the school environment.

2nd Class: Fionán and Aisling

3rd Class: Isaac and Céire

4th Class: Cathal and Sarah

5th Class: Zenith and Caoimhe

6th Class: Jacob and Helena

Accelerated Reading

Many thanks to all those who have donated books to the school library.  As a result of these donations we have added lots of new books to the Accelerated Reading and classroom libraries.

School Mass

A mass to mark the start of the school year was celebrated by Fr. Harry on Thursday, 11th  October.  Thanks to Ms. Collins, Mary Finnegan and the choir for the beautiful music and song.

Author – Caroline Busher

4th, 5th and 6th class went to Sixmilebridge Library to hear the author Caroline Busher read from her new novel and to get some inspiration!

Intel Mini Scientist

This competition is an initiative which allows students from 5th and 6th classes to develop science related projects which are then exhibited at school level.  We will have this exhibition on Thursday,15th November 1.30 -3.00pm.  Members of the school community are welcome to call 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.

Student Council

Congratulations to those elected to our Student Council. The purpose of the Student Council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to give a voice to children in the school community.

2nd Class:         Larry and Clodagh

3rd Class:          Calum and Renata

4th Class:          Conor and Kaitlyn

5thClass:           Neil and Katie

6th Class:          James and Ciara

Artist in the School Scheme

We have been successful in our application for Clare County Council’s Artist in the School Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to give pupils an opportunity to work with a professional artist on a project in school. We have been given thirty hours contact time which we hope to use to create a mural on the playground wall. More details later!

Swimming Lessons 

Swimming lessons will take place for 3rd to 6th class pupils in the Ennis Leisure Complex next term.  Again this year, we are working on keeping the cost of the lessons and bus at a reasonable rate.  More details later on dates and costs.

 School Car Park

I would like to thank parents for their co-operation 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 drivers 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 out safely along the marked out walking path. If you don’t collect your children from school,  please advise your collectors of this layout.

 Important Dates:

**School will remain closed on 26th October due to Presidential election.

October Mid-term break

School closed Monday 29th October to Friday 2rd November

Reopens Monday 6th November

Christmas Holidays

School closes on Friday 21st at 12 noon

Reopens Monday 7th January 2019

Intel Mini-Scientist Showcase Day

Thursday,  15th November at 1.30pm – 3pm

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 25th November at 10am in Kilmurry Church

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 6th April at 2pm in Kilmurry Church

Confirmation

Confirmation Enrolment Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 17th November in Sixmilebridge Church at 7pm

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred on Saturday 25th May in Kilmurry Church at 10am.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Clohessy,

Principal.