May 10 2018


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September 2018

Welcome back to everyone and a special welcome to our new Junior Infant class. The children have settled in so well and we are very proud of them.

The children in 6th class are learning cycling skills for the next four weeks. This will place emphasis on the rules of the road and safety on the road. We will also have skipping workshops organised for Thursday and Friday of this week. This is offered to all children at 2€ per person. Ms. O Connell has organised all these activities as she is the Active School Co-Ordinator .


Mrs. Claire Fitzgerald retired in June. She will be missed greatly as she was an inspirational teacher especially in the area of Special Education. Ms. Eymard Killeen is our new Deputy Principal. Therefore ,in my absence ,Ms. Killeen will manage the school. We wish her well in her new role.

Ms. Haley Irwin has joined the staff and is teaching 4th class.

Ms. Melissa Glynn has returned for the year and is teaching 2nd class

Michael Bell will visit the school on the 8th of October to speak to the children on wildlife –fauna and flora. He is booked for two more days. Michael has come on many occasions and is popular with all children.

Keela Plunkett, in 5th class, entered our school into a competition on Today F.M. and we are in with a chance of winning ten thousand euros for the school. Fingers crossed!!!!! We have a one in twenty five chance.

Soccer starts for first class upwards this week.

Marie Brady is returning to take the children for Gaelic.

Mr. Dolan’s class and Mr. Glennon’s classes are doing swimming lessons this year.

I did a uniform check today and all the children were very well turned out. Thank you so much for your support. I have asked all children who have long hair (including a few boys) to keep their hair tied up for the school hours. It helps with concentration and is a preventative measure against the spread of head lice.

Please monitor the use of social media by your children. One third of children nationwide have smart phones at the age of eight. This is frightening. In this school a good number of children are playing Fortnight , a game that is totally unsuitable. As a school staff, we can only monitor bullying behaviour during school hours. We can do very little with texts and messages on Facebook etc. We will do everything in our power to encourage reading and literacy skills but we cannot compete with play stations and games. Reading helps children with spelling, sentence formation ,grammar and of course can be highly enjoyable. It also builds their vocabulary and makes them better speakers.

I am available at any time to meet with you about your concerns. Please make an appointment with Majella. I am sending some information about Common Sense Parenting and a film on resilience which will be held in Monksland, See details in your child’s bag. The course is for children between three and eight.

Finally ,we would be grateful if the ART and Craft money can be paid as quickly as possible as the teachers are now purchasing supplies for the year.


Joan Conway

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