School Newsletter October 2019

Newsletter No. 2
24th October, 2019.

Dear Parents,

Laptop Donations
We have recently received donations of laptops for our school. We are very grateful to Regeneron and to United States Customs & Border Protection based at Shannon Airport for their generosity. These extra laptops will replace some of our older versions.

Child Protection Review
The Board of Management completed their annual review of our Child Protection Statement at their meeting on October 16th. This review was sent to the Parents’ Association and the Patron. Copies of our Child Protection Statement and our other policies are available on request from the office.

Pupil Absences
Under the Education Welfare Act 2000 all absences totalling more than 20 days in the school year have to be reported to the National Education Welfare Board. Written confirmation to your child’s teacher is required for all absences, outlining the (1) commencement date, the (2) return date and the (3) reason for being absent (please see notes in back of school journals).
Phone calls to the school or verbal messages to the teacher are not sufficient.

School Mass
A mass to mark the start of the school year was celebrated by Fr. Harry on Thursday, 10th October. Thanks to the parents and grandparents who attended.

Visit to Sixmilebridge Library
Juniors, seniors, 1st and 2nd class visited Sixmilebridge Library to hear the author Audrey Moore on 17th October. Audrey writes books for young children and lives in Kildare. The pupils had a great time at the library. We are very fortunate to be invited to events in our local library.

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.

Personal belongings
We still have a number of school tops, jackets etc left hanging up around the school. If these are not claimed by mid-term break, they will removed from the school. Please drop in and check if you recognise them!

Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons will take place for 2nd to 6th class pupils in the Ennis Leisure Complex next term. The lessons will start in January and run for five weeks. 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 you for their co-operation with the car park layout. We still have a small number of drivers who stop on the incline to the car park which means the cars behind are waiting on the road. Please drive in and reverse to a space 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.
School Opening Times
Classes commence at 8.50 am each day. The yard/school will be supervised from 8.30 a.m. until the bell rings. No formal responsibility can be accepted for pupils arriving before that time. As staff are involved in organisation and preparation for the day ahead, they cannot supervise formally so parents are requested to bring their children to school as close to the official start time as possible. The Board of Management and Staff acknowledge the ongoing parental support with this and the car park as we work to protect the safety of every child in the school.

Youth and Confirmation Mass
On Saturday 19th October, 6th class pupils attended and participated in a Youth Mass organised by the Meaning to Life Group in Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry. Well done to all those involved.

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 where they will face Ballygunner of Waterford. We would also like to thank the club for their generous gifts of vouchers for the club shop and sliotars.

School calendar – dates to remember

October Mid-term break
School closed Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November
Reopens Monday 4th November

First Holy Communion mass
Sunday 10th November – mass for first communion class pupils and parents

Christmas Holidays
School closes on Friday 20th at 12.00pm.
Reopens Monday 6th January 2020

First Holy Communion
• First confession 12th Feb – Kilmurry Church
• 16th May @ 11am in Kilmurry Church

Confirmation
• March 7th March @ 3pm in Kilmurry Church

Enjoy the mid-term break and stay safe.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,
Kevin Clohessy,
Principal.