16th May 2019
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Our news for this fortnight is as follows:
- Nineth Green Flag: Next Tuesday 21st May Ms. Kelly, our Green Schools co-ordinator, Evelyn Kelly a parent representative on our Green Schools committee and two pupil members; Emma Flood and Olivia Kluczynska will travel to the National Green Schools’ Award Ceremony in the Helix, U.C.D., Dublin to collect our 9th Green Flag. I would like to congratulate our fabulous Green Schools Committee on such a remarkable achievement. There are not many schools in the country that can boast having nine green flags. We are so very fortunate to have an outstanding committee, as well as an extremely supportive whole-school community. Well done everyone! We plan to hold a Day of Celebration in the school on Friday 21st June, at which our Green Flag will be raised. Next fortnight’s bulletin will contain further details of this celebration.
- Drumming Workshop: All children in the school will participate in a DRUM NATURE drumming workshop on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th and May. The aim of DRUM NATURE is to use rhythm-based events to create a positive outlet for creativity, energy and self-expression. Using drums and percussion, the children together in their class groupings will create a unique in-the-moment rhythm consisting of everyone's individual contribution. A facilitator will assist this process, but ultimately the music will be made by the children. Drum circles are about community, creativity and fun. The cost of the workshop is €2.50 per child and this will be collected on Wednesday 22nd May. More information about DRUM NATURE can be found at www.drumnature.com
- Basketball Coaching: Transition Year students from Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin, under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Conway will begin a three-week block of basketball coaching sessions with our sixth class pupils today. I would like to thank Ms. Conway and the students involved.
- Football: What an exciting week of football we had last week! On Tuesday we took on Gaelscoil Chill Dara, Newbridge and won with a score of 7-4 to 1-6. We had a home game on Wednesday against Scoil Bhríde, Naas which we fought until the end, but unfortunately lost 2-4 to 1-12. On Friday we travelled to Crookstown and had our tightest game yet, which we narrowly lost. This leaves us drawn on matches won in the league with Crookstown and Milltown. We play both teams tomorrow in a playoff to decide who goes forward to the semi-finals. The matches will take place at Patrician Primary School’s pitch, Newbridge at 12.30p.m. I want to wish the very best of luck to the girls and their coaches Ms. Feeney and Ms. Collum.
- Library: Our school library has become a vibrant hub within the school, with weekly visits for all classes, allowing all children to take advantage of the huge array of books on offer. It has been well proven that reading regularly increases your child’s reading ability, improves academic ability, nurtures a love of reading for life and helps your child to learn about the world. Please ensure that your child treats the library books well and returns them for exchange as soon as she has finished reading them. A fee will be imposed to cover the cost of lost/damaged books.
- Reminder regarding Absences: Under the Education Welfare Act 2000, where a child is absent from school on a school day, the parents must notify the school of the reasons for such absence. We require parents to send in a note to the school on the day the child returns to school following the absence. Notes should also be sent in with children when they arrive late for school. Teachers retain these notes and record the absences on our pupil administration system. We are required under the Act to notify Tusla of any child being absent for 20 days or more. Our student administration system automatically sends texts to parents reminding them of this when a child misses 10 and 15 days. If your chid is genuinely sick and on her return you send a note to her teacher stating this, there is no reason to be concerned. Children who are sick should not be sent to school.
- First Holy Communion: Massive congratulations to the girls of Second Class, who received the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday last. They not only looked beautiful, but were excellent in the recitation of their prayers and the beautiful singing in which they engaged. A big thank you to their teachers, Ms. Rowley and Ms. Ryan who prepared them so well, to Fr. O’Byrne for making this sacrament so very special for the girls, to Ms. De Faoite, who provided the music and who also prepared the choir alongside Ms. Rowley and to Ms. Dillon, whose concertina-playing added greatly to the ceremony. I would like to also sincerely thank all the girls from Bunscoil Bhríde who sacrificed their Saturday morning to form the choir. The singing and music was fabulous and ensured a very special and memorable ceremony for the girls and their families.
- Pupil Accident Insurance: If you have taken out this Pupil Accident Insurance with the school (organised by the Parents’ Association and paid in September each year), please be advised that the policy provides 24-hour cover for the full year. All accidents at home, out and about or at school are covered. If you incur any expense arising from an accident, please contact the office and we can provide you with the necessary claim form e.g. if you have had reason to take your child to A&E due to an accident, you can fully recoup the cost incurred.
- Junior Infants: Junior Infants will receive their immunisations in the school on Tuesday 21st May.
- Sixth Class Graduation: Graduation Mass for our sixth class girls will take place at 10am on Tuesday 25th June in Rathangan Church. All parents and family members are welcome to attend. All pupils will attend this Mass, which also marks the end of a busy school year. Our sixth class will participate in the ceremony and our school choir led by Ms. de Faoite and Ms. Rowley will provide the music and singing. Following the mass we will host a celebration for our sixth class pupils and their families, at which we will present the girls with their graduation certificates and t-shirts. As has been the tradition in the school over the last number of year, we are asking again this year that the parents from our current fifth class would help to host the celebration for us by baking for the event and serving tea and coffee.