There was music in the air at Shannon Airport on Tuesday, February 13th, when our school band travelled to perform there, accompanied by Ms. Ní Ghormáin, Ms. Cullinan and Ms. Tuohy. The band participated in the annual School Band Spectacular, along with pupils from Ennis National School, Gaelscoil Mhichíl Cíosóg from Ennis, and Milford National School in Castletroy. The event gave students an opportunity to play for, and with, other students from different schools, as well as for parents, grandparents, and passengers that were passing through the airport. There are 40 children in our band in total, from second class to sixth class. They meet once a week, at lunchtime, to rehearse, and are a very dedicated group. it was a very enjoyable event for the children, their families, and the teachers and principal.
Well done to Hannah Fitzpatrick and Katie Moloney on their wonderful achievement of reaching the Grand Final in Dublin this month.
Their project 'Do You Know What Cross-Contamination Is? examined the effects of food coming in contact with other substances.
Hannah and Katie were presented with a Certificate of Achievement by Dr. Brian Mac Craith, President of DCU, and Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton.
School opens on Thursday August 31st 2017
The following are the dates on which the school will be closed during this school year:
• October 2017 mid-term break
School will close from Monday 30th October 2017 to Friday 3rd November 2017 inclusive
• Christmas 2017
School will close on Friday 22nd December 2017, which will be the final day of the school term. School will re-open on Monday 8th January 2018.
• February 2018 mid-term break
School will close on Thursday 15th February 2018 and Friday 16th February 2018.
• St Patrick’s Day
School will be closed on Monday 19th March.
• Easter 2018
School will close on Friday 23rd March 2018, which will be the final day of the school term. School will re-open on Monday 9th April 2018.
• May Bank Holiday Week
School will be closed from Monday 7th May to Friday 11th May 2018 inclusive.
• June Bank Holiday
School will be closed on Monday June 4th 2018.
• Summer Closure
School will close for the summer break on Friday 29th June 2018.
There will be a small number of closures/ half days for staff planning and national teacher in-service training. Parents will be notified of these dates at the beginning of the school year.
The school established its first Special Class for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2013. The Special Class for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is known as ‘Cairdeas’, offers a specialised educational service to children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A second Cairdeas class was established in 2015.
The closing date for applications to Cairdeas for the 2017/ 18 school year is 15th April 2017.
Application forms are available from the school office.
Following the introduction of a Healthy Eating Policy earlier this year, a Healthy Eating Policy Review (HEPR) Committee was established involving nominated parents and teaching staff, representatives from the PA Committee and Board of Management, an expert in childhood nutrition Dr. Evelyn Hannon and independent Chairperson, Mr. John O’ Byrne.
The objective of the HEPR Committee was to review the Healthy Eating Policy by considering national healthy eating guidelines & good practice and the feedback from the school community in order to produce a revised and updated Healthy Eating Policy.
That work has been completed and a revised policy has been drafted. The Board of Management is now seeking comments and/ or suggestions from members of the school community before a finalised policy is finalised and ready for implementation hopefully early in 2017.
The Parents’ Association Committee has been asked by the school to seek comments and/ or suggestions from parents before the review process proceeds any further.
You are invited to review the Revised Healthy Eating Policy on the 'News' homepage of the school website. Comments and suggestions should be made by email to (email address to follow) before Thursday 22nd December 2016.
Click here to view the revised draft Healthy Eating Policy.
The theme of this year's Friendship * Anti-Bullying Week was 'It's Cool to Be Kind'.
All classes were busy making a special effort at being kind and being good friends.
Below are some photographs of the pupils who received Special Achievement Awards at Assembly for being outstanding friends.
There is also a video of a puppet show which was performed by 6th class pupils for the junior classes.
Finally, congratulations to the winners of the Friendship & Anti-Bullying Poster Competition.