Newsletter April – May 2017

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Elizabeth’s Notes


To the stars of the stage, well done to every child who took part in the performance, a huge thank you to all the staff who put in a massive effort to bring about such an event and to the parents who provided such wonderful costumes. The creativity was amazing.



We hope that those of you who came along to see the show enjoyed it. It is impossible to measure the benefits of such an event, from the exploration and brainstorming needed to bring about the scripts to the various jobs some children found themselves doing. There were sound engineers, choreographers, musicians, writers, directors and actors among the children. As a team, we discovered the hard work involved in getting something right, the struggle at times to keep the faith and the joy and excitement of the performance. Some children had to dig deeper than others to overcome the nervousness and find the “I can do” but each and every one of them did that. Some children discovered talents they didn’t know they had! The subsequent pride in oneself does wonders for self-esteem. A sincere ‘hats off’ to everyone involved. Thank you audiences for the standing ovations. What a wonderful acknowledgement to receive!



Since the last Newsletter 1st and 2nd classes took to the stage in the City Hall to perform as part of the Cór Fhéile and the school choir under the baton of Peter Stobart performed in ‘Choirs in the Atrium’ Clayton Hotel as part of the Cork International Choral Festival. Both performances were super. Well done to children and directors.



P.T.A. Notes


Hello from the PTA.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the Easter Egg hunt last month such an enjoyable day for everyone: we were lucky with the weather again this year, and we had great numbers to enjoy the fun. We will be organising a few more events before the summer holidays.



cake sale                                 potted plants


The final cake sale will also be a plant sale. It’s always a great opportunity to find plants ready to be planted for the summer.






We also help organise a BBQ every year for the departing 6th class, with help from this year’s 5th class: we will need a few volunteers for this event, so please consider helping out if you can.






We are always looking for volunteers with the energy and enthusiasm to continue and develop the contribution that the PTA makes to the life of the school community. Our meetings are usually held in the evenings, but as a number of parents have asked if we could try holding some meetings after school drop-off instead, we will hold our next meeting after school drop off on Tuesday 23rd May. If you are free at this time, please try to join us: as we lose parents of older children each year when their children’s time at the school comes to an end, we need new parents to contribute so that we can all enjoy the PTA’s even






Executive Notes


We are running a fundraiser in June, a repeat of a very successful and enjoyable night last year. It’s a Wine Tasting and it’s taking place at The Friary Bar on North Gate Bridge.




There will be excellent deals on wine, as well as Cheeseboards and Spot Prizes. It happens on Friday June 16th at 8pm, so save the date, and is hosted by the CETNS Alumni Group. You’ll find them on Facebook at Cork Educate Together National School Alumni

And there will be more details and a reminder on this around the school closer to the date.






On Wednesday 10th May we welcomed some new neighbours to our school. The company Alien Vault have moved into the new Capitol building on Grand Parade and they are trying to get to know their locality and become part of the community. They offered to give a short presentation on Internet Safety to the children of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. They included some ideas about how the children might find employment in the international IT sector in the future. They arrived with goodie bags for all the children and it turned out to be a fun learning experience for everyone.


alien school            money



However they kept the big surprise until the end,  when they presented the school with a cheque for €5,000. This all came about because of a contact a parent had with the company and the money is going to the Executive funds. That Committee has worked hard to capitalise on the contact. It just shows what can be done!

If you would like to get in touch with the Exec about anything, you can contact Conor O’Toole (Chairperson) on 086-8126413.








Student Council Notes




The Student Council paid a visit to the Cathedral Credit Union where they were presented with a cheque by Linda O’Halloran from the Marketing and Promotion Department. The cheque was for €700 towards the purchase of a new kit.

Steve Foott from 4ORM designed the kits which we received recently. They look fantastic and the children cannot wait to wear them. The first outing will be for the City Sports on the 1st of June and we’re sure the children will wear them with pride.

Well done to Jess, from the Student Council, who first initiated contact with the Credit Union.















Online payments for the school will be available from September. We know from parent feedback that this will be a welcome convenience for many of you. However this year because it is a new system and will not be up and running until September it would be better to hold off and make your epayments for 2017/2018 from September on. Cash, cheque and card will continue to be accepted in the office.





Dates to remember:






New Parents Evening – Thursday 18th May 7.30pm.


new parents


We welcome the parents, not all of them new parents, of the incoming Junior Infant class at that meeting. We give them an insight into the unique community that is Cork Educate Together. We hope they will become active members and both they and their children with be happy here with us.




12 noon closing Tuesday 23rd May – Staff Meeting/Training




Joint Committee Meeting 24th May

While these meetings take place regularly throughout the year, the focus of this meeting is to consolidate the plans for the 30th birthday celebrations for our school. We first opened our doors in Little William St. in Sept 1987 and we want to mark the birthday with a series of events throughout the 2017/2018 academic year. Stay tuned!



Cork City Sports Thursday 1st June



The sports will be held once again in CIT Sports grounds. If your child is involved you will get more communication about this closer to the time.



6 th Class School Tour Friday 2nd June




Thank you to the parents willing and able to drive. This brings down the cost of the tour considerably.



Interschool Sports Day Thursday 8th June




This sports takes place in CIT. Again if your child is involved you will hear more nearer the time.



3rd and 4th Classes School Tour 9th June





High Street Bookshop – Thursday 22nd June, 1.30 – 3.00pm




You will have received your booklist for next year in the post with the school report. This is a convenient opportunity to get all the books and stationery time in order to have them covered and labelled for September.



Cork Educate Together Sports Day




Friday 23rd June Eric has secured Nemo grounds for the event this year. It is on a bus route and toilets and changing rooms will be available to us. More information will follow……..



Graduation Day Tuesday 27th June




The parents of the 6th class children are invited to attend the school that day for the Graduation ceremony. This is a celebration for the school community and is marked with the annual barbecue for all the children hosted by the PTA.







Unfortunately, due to a price increase from Leisureworld, the cost of the swimming lessons will increase from €55 to €60 next year. This includes the bus transfer, the hire of the pool and the instructors. At €7.50 per lesson this still represents very good value. Swimming is an essential life skill every child needs and should have before leaving Primary school.









Other Notes:

Lots of children scooter and cycle to school and park to the rear of the school. On 3rd May when Ruby from 5th class went to get her scooter it was missing!!




Perhaps someone took it by mistake, thinking it was their own. Would anybody know where it has gone? If you can help, please let Ruby know as she would really like her scooter back.




Reminder from Sandra….



If any of your contact details such as phone number, email address or address change, please let Sandra know straight away.





“As my youngest child is now moving on to secondary school the school will need a new Newsletter editor. If you are that person, please contact Elizabeth and I will gladly show you the ropes. Thank you.”











As a School Community, we would like to acknowledge all the work that Cliodna has done down through the years in putting our monthly Newsletters together. She always excelled at gathering together all the bits of news and the goings on in the school and putting them down on paper for us. Her outstanding contribution to the school in this regard will be greatly missed and we wish her the very best when she says a final goodbye to us in June when Tuan, her final child in the school, moves on to secondary school.

Thank you so much, Cliodna.  





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