March 2018

School Community Newsletter 14/3/2018

School Visitors Policy

For the purposes of child protection, the Board of Management of Monagea NS has introduced a School Visitors Policy. As always, parents are most welcome in our school. Open communication between parents and school staff is vital for the welfare of our pupils. At the same time, your child’s safety is our utmost priority. For this reason we are asking parents to sign your child out at reception when collecting them early from school. This is to ensure that only designated adults are collecting children from school. If another adult is collecting your child, we need to know this in advance.  If your child is arriving late to school, please sign them in at reception.

Child Protection

Monagea National School has introduced a ‘Child Safeguarding Statement’. This will be available on the school website and will be emailed to all parents. It is also displayed in the reception area of the school.

Road Safety Authority

There will be a speaker from the RSA visiting the school in 11/4/2018 to speak to the children about road safety. The speaker will address safety concerns for children using the pedestrian crossing outside the school, as well as a number of other road safety matters.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge took place on the week beginning the 5th of March. There was a Tráth na gCeist for all classes from second to sixth. There was prizes for children who were heard speaking Gaeilge during the week. Thank you to Ms Denise Fitzgerald who did a fantastic job organising the week’s events.

 

First Confessions

Congratulations to second class who made their first confessions lastnight. Thank you to Claire Heffernan for her work in preparation.

Spar Primary 5’s Soccer Tournament

Well done to the boys and girls from 4th-6th classes who won 7 matches out of 7 in Corbally last week. They have now progressed to the next round of the tournament. These fixtures will be on Wednesday and Thursday April 11th and 12th.

School Book Fair

The school book fair was a huge success again this year. The total amount collected was €1815. Celtic Travelling books reimbursed 60% of the profits to the school to allow us to purchase books and improve our school libraries.

School Extension

The windows, doors and roof have been installed in the school extension.

Outdoor Orienteering and Adventure

There will be a coach coming to classes from 2nd to 6th to administer 6 sessions in the area of Orienteering. These lessons will begin on the 20th of April and will run for 6 weeks.

Attendance

Attendance in February was 94.1%.

School Closures

Easter Holidays will commence on 23rd of March. There will be a half day on that day.

Twitter

We are currently in the process of setting up a Twitter account. This would be linked to our school website and give us the opportunity to show you activities in the school e.g. choir events, a science experiment, art work etc. There are fabulous activities happening every day and this will give us an opportunity to share them with you. An example of how twitter can be used can be found here: https://beheymorens.scoilnet.ie/blog/ and here http://www.lisnagryns.ie/ .

On the registration form you filled out a consent form, which we update annually, you either consented or did not consent to pictures of your child appearing on the school website. To update this to include Twitter we ask the following:

  1. If you consented to pictures of your child on the school website, we will take it that

you will also allow the image/ video to appear on Twitter unless you send in a note stating you don’t.

  1. If you did not consent to pictures of your child on the school website, we will take it

that you do not want your child’s image/ video to appear on Twitter.

Please send in a note to the office by Friday, March 16th

You only need to send in a note if you have a different request to what is outlined in point one or point two. Please note no names will be used and children will never appear on their own.

 

Le Meas,

 

Ciara Fitzgerald

 

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School Principal