Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- Retirement: Tomorrow we will hold a whole-school assembly in the school hall to mark the retirement of Ms. O’Sullivan. We will gather as a school community to celebrate and thank her for her long, dedicated service to our school and we will wish all the very best for a long, healthy happy retirement.
- Parents’ Association Calendar: Please note that the class group, themed photographs, which had been scheduled to be taken tomorrow for the Parent’s Association calendar have been postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances. As soon as we get a new date for the photographs, I will send a message informing all parents.
- Football: Our football team recorded an emphatic win against St. Conleth’s and Mary’s N.S., Newbridge yesterday. Having won all three of their matches, they now look forward to a place in the Cumann na mBunscol semi-final. Well done to all our talented ladies and their dedicated coaches; Ms. Frawley and Mr. O’Sullivan!
- Peace Proms: I am thrilled to announce that our school has been successful in our application to take part in the cross-border orchestra, Peace Proms. Thirty-three children from Sixth Class will take part in the performing arts programme, which will involve them travelling to Dublin to take part in a choral workshop before Christmas and will culminate in a performance in the RDS in February. I want to thank Ms. De Faoite, Ms. Rowley and Ms. Dillon for volunteering to prepare the children for and take them to Peace Proms. Tickets for audience members will go on sale in November – details to follow.
- Coats: Please ensure your child comes to school wearing a coat.
- Volunteers: We are always looking for volunteer parents to help out in classrooms or to accompany classes on trips / tours. All volunteers coming into the school must be Garda Vetted through the school. The process takes three – four weeks to complete and is relatively straightforward. We would be extremely grateful if you were available and willing to help us out. If you feel you would like to help out at any stage of the year, we would really appreciate it if you phone Catríona in the office and ask her to send you on the vetting forms.
- Oral Language: The theme for the month of October is ‘Listening’. Communication and learning skills grow out of effective listening. Hearing and listening are not the same – listening is an active process of focusing on sound; hearing is passive reception of sound. Listening means focusing on some sounds and “tuning out” others. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that you support us at home, by encouraging and modelling good listening, asking your child to follow oral instructions, playing auditory listening games and questioning your child often.
- 24-hour Pupil Personal Accident Insurance: For parents who have opted to pay for the 24-hour pupil personal accident insurance, please be advised thatall medical costs associated with an accident involving your child, whether at school or at home is covered by this insurance. It is 24 hour, 7 days a week cover. If you have to take your child to A & E as a result of any accident, the cost will be fully covered. Please just phone the office to let us know and we will send you out the form with the policy number to be completed and returned to Allianz, who will process your claim.
- Christmas Shoe-Box Appeal: The children will receive a leaflet on Monday next from ‘Team Hope’ detailing the Christmas Shoe-box Appeal. If you wish, you can put together a shoe-box which will benefit needy children around the world (this is optional). Shoe-boxes may be brought in to school on Friday 28th October only. They will be collected from the school on this day.
- Dangers of the Internet: While the internet is a wonderful resource, I would like to remind you that it can also pose many dangers to your child. While the school has safeguards in place with regard to pupil internet/website access at school, use outside school falls under parental responsibility. Children should never be allowed access to the internet at home without supervision.
- Head Bumps: It is our school policy to phone home when a child bumps her head, however minor.
- Dates for the diary: All dates for the diary this term are available to view on the Aladdin Connect app under ‘Calendar’.
Message from HSE
Attached is a poster of the 8 week Healthy Families programme that we are running from 10th January to 28th of February 2023. This a solution focused, practical parenting programme for parents of children between the ages of 1-12. This programme is being run by the social work department in Primary Care. I would appreciate it if you could send this info out to parents.
The topics covered are as follows:
1. Empowering parents
2. Family connection
3. Health food routines
4. Healthy mealtimes
5. Active play
6. Managing technology
7. Restful sleep
8. Healthy mind, happy mind
Parents will need to contact the social work department by Friday October 21st if they are interested in this parenting programme. The contact person for this programme is Nicola Guilfoyle (number attached on the poster).
Message from the Parents’ Association
Anti-Bullying Session: Supporting Parents to Support their Children regarding issues of Bullying (3rd– 7th October,2022)
This is a free online training programme designed by National Parents Council Primary (NPC) to enable you to support your children with any concerns that you might have regarding bullying and to also inform you about the Anti-bullying Procedures in schools.
Bullying is, unfortunately, a negative aspect of some children’s lives and can be a worry for many parents. Learning ways to deal with and cope with bullying situations is a key life skill that we all can develop. You will want to attend this if:
· You would like to learn more about preventing or addressing bullying behaviour
· You are worried about your child being bullied or bullying others
· You want tips on how to support your child in dealing with bullying situations
· You want information on the anti-bullying procedures in schools and to learn more about different types of bullying, including cyber-bullying
Where and When: Sessions will be taking place online via Zoom in the morning (10am) and evening (7.30pm) from Monday the 3rd to Thursday the 6th of October, with an additional morning session (10am) on Friday the 7th.
If you would be interested in attending (virtually) one of these online sessions, please register your details here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AntiBullyingOct2022
These sessions are open to all parents of children in Primary School. Please forward the details to other parents.
Please note these sessions will be interactive allowing parents to participate and hence places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.