May 2018

School Community Newsletter 29/5/2018


Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 5th of June: School closed (School holiday)

Thursday 7th of June: School Sports Day

Wednesday 13th of June: The school will close at 12noon to facilitate staff Child Protection Training.

Thursday 28th of June: School closing for the Summer break (half day).

Thursday 30th August: School re-opening after Summer break.


School Reports

School reports will be posted mid-June. We are not in a position to send them via email this year, unfortunately. Please send a stamped addressed envelope to your child’s teacher before the 6th June. If you have more than one child, please send the envelope to your eldest child’s teacher. One envelope per family will suffice. Thank you.



Tracksuits should be worn on Monday only for George.


Sports Day

The school Sports Day will take place on the 7th of June, weather permitting. The children may wear their own clothes on the day. The Parents Association are organising activities for the morning and the teachers will hold the class races in the afternoon.  Children are asked to bring €1 for an ice-cream cone from the ice-cream van on the day. Please ensure your child wears sun cream and brings plenty of water.



Congratulations to Mrs. Caroline Collins and her husband Tom on the birth of their baby boy, Cillian.


School Tours

If possible, we ask that all school tours are paid for via epayment before the 11th of June. Thank you.


Graduation Mass

The 6th class graduation mass will take place in Monagea Church on the 19th of June at 10am.



Congratulations to all the students in 2nd class who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the 12th of May. You were wonderful. We were blessed with glorious sunshine on the day.  Thank you to Claire Heffernan for her hard work and dedication in preparing the children, for what was a joyous occasion. Thank you, also, to the children in both 2nd class and the choir, for the wonderful music on the day. Thank you to Avril Daly and Mary O’Sullivan for their assistance in preparing the choir.


Redemptorist Community

Our Communion class will attend the Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on the 18th of June in Mount St Alphonsus Church in Limerick.


Basketball Blitz

Our 6th class girls will be attending a Basketball Blitz in the Community Centre in Newcastle West on Wednesday 6th of June from 4-7pm. Thank you to Ms Denise Fitzgerald for taking the time to attend this Blitz with our students.


Local History Outing

Our 5th and 6th class children are going on a local history tour on Wednesday 27th of June. They will visit Desmond Castle, St. Bridget’s Well, the Mass Rock and St. Ita’s Graveyard in Killeedy.


Croke Park Hours

The provisions of the Public Service Agreement provides for an additional 36 hours per school year at primary level.

We have completed our 36 additional hours in the following manner this year;

Staff Meetings/Policy Development: 9 hours

Whole Staff Continued Professional Development: 7 hours

Christmas Concert: 4 hours

Parent Teacher Meetings: 3 hours

Individual Planning/CPD: 10 Hours

Afterschool Supervision: 3 hours

Total: 36 hours


Parents’ Association

Thank you to our Parents’ Association for organising the Clothing Collection again this year. Also, thank you for organising the Annual School Walk, which took place on Sunday 27th of May in the Demesne, Newcastle West. Thankfully the rain held off for the occasion. I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank our hardworking and dedicated Parents’ Association for your continued support of our school.



Please be vigilant in regularly checking your child’s head for lice and treat where necessary.


Le Meas,

Ciara Fitzgerald



School Principal