Newsletter February 2017

Spring 3

Elizabeth’s Notes



The poster on the street is always the work of children in the school and a group had just completed the lovely Spring poster when a storm struck and we had to delay putting it up. According to meteorologists, Spring hasn’t sprung until March 1st and maybe they have a point!




Sixth Class sent two teams off to the Credit Union Primary Schools Table Quiz in the North Mon last Friday. They were neck and neck all the way through and both teams were one point behind going into the final round. They delved into every corner of their collective brains to bring about a final score that saw one Cork Educate Together team come first and with a one point difference over our other team which came second. There was a financial reward for the individuals on the winning team and they also won €250 for the school.

Comhghairdeas leo go léir! Thanks also to Brian, Bríd and Christine who helped them prepare and get them there.






Fifth Class have been out and about on their bikes, cycling around the city  and putting into practice all they learned in the controlled environment of the playground over the past few weeks. The course has been a great success and hopefully the knock-on will be that more of the children will have the confidence and the ability to cycle safely for at least some of the journeys they need to do.





As part of the Fourth Class Friends for Life Programme, there is an emphasis on family activities. A family cycle would be a great idea. We had great fun last Friday when the whole school took part in the Operation Transformation 10 at 10 initiative.

We were all in the Hall and in the playground for 10 minutes of exercise at 10 a.m. that morning.




This is an evaluation image and is Copyright Pamela Perry. Do not publish without acquiring a license. Image number: 0515-1002-2517-3308.

The downside was that the big sliding door (that was always a poor design for a school) gave up the ghost….

A team of 4 men came after school on Friday evening and I left with them with the door safely closed at 7.30 p.m. Last week was a Morning Skipping Week so anyone who was in school from 8.35 to 8.50 was welcome to come into the Hall for skipping.

Watch out for the next one later in the year.






Senior Infants were out planting in the garden last week. We look forward to a fine crop of onions to harvest in time for the burgers at the Graduation barbeque in June.



Even though we cannot facilitate everyone, we enjoy having past pupils back with us for placement or observation. At the moment, we have Paula Pozuelo here as part of her TY programme and we also have Niamh O’Riain as part of her degree course in Speech and Language Therapy in UCC.





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Enjoy the mid-term break and come back ready for action, as we have an exciting plan for the next half, up to Easter – not to mention the goings-on of Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Dancing with the Stars will have nothing on our rinceoirí after the Irish dancing classes we’ve been having with Liam in the Hall.




P.T.A. Notes


Hello everyone from the PTA. A few dates for your diary of upcoming events before Easter…………..




We will be making pancakes for the children on Pancake Tuesday, which is on 28th February 2017. This is always a very popular event! We will need about 24 people to cook 10 pancakes each for this (including some who will have special dietary requirements) and then about 8 volunteers for a couple of hours that morning to serve the pancakes to the children in their classrooms. If you would like to help out, please contact corkeducatetogetherpta@gmail .com





The next cake sale will be held on Wednesday 22nd March. We will remind everyone of this event closer to the date, when we will be looking for bakers to provide the goodies and for volunteers to help out on the day.





And, in April, our annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Sunday 2nd April. This is always a really fun, family event and again, we will be putting the word out for volunteers closer to the time.




In the meantime, we wish everyone a pleasant mid-term break, bringing with it the promise of springtime to follow…………





Executive Notes

A big thank you from the Executive Committee to everyone who has sent in voluntary contributions so far this year. The Exec is the patron body of the school and therefore has responsibility for paying the mortgage on the school building. The contributions made by you the parents are essential in helping us to meet this responsibility. A reminder that we are delighted to accept contributions at any time, just contact Sandra in the school office for details and suggested amounts. If you have any queries relating to the Execitive Committee, you can contact Conor O’Toole (Chairperson) on 086- 8126413.




Garden Group



We are delighted to have added yet more compost to the vegetable beds for the new growing year. Last week senior infants planted onion sets in the bed. Spuds, broccoli and peas to follow as Spring progresses. We hope to do this planting with first to third classes. We will be meeting Friday mornings for an hour after school drop off. There will be weeding, planting and general freshening up of the permanent beds to be done over the next few months.





At the end of January, CETNS received a Certificate of Recognition in the 2017 Cork Food Policy Council Award Scheme. Elizabeth McKennedy attended to receive the certificate, along with the parents who support the garden, namely, Louise Harrington and Mairéad Kelly.



Our e-mail garden group has been set up and hopefully will be an easy way for us to plan and co-ordinate the garden together. If you would like to be involved , please contact Louise on 086 1755929 or and we can add you to the group.










Other Notes:

Reminder from Sandra….



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




Dates To Remember…………











7 th March –  the School Choir will take part in a joint school choir performance in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral at 10.45am.





Oíche Ghaelach le Bingo agus Damhsa ar an gcúigiú lá déag de Mí Márta, i Halla na Scoile, ag a seacht a chlog. Bígí ann gan teip!


(Irish Night with Bingo and Dancing on Wednesday 15th March, in the School Hall, at 7 p.m. Make sure you’re there!).





Change to the Calendar……


Calendar change as notified last month – The school will close for children on Monday March 27th to facilitate whole staff training.






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