Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the first newsletter of 2017. There are lots of different dates that mark the beginning of a new year according to faith and culture and we all have our own birthday as well to give us the opportunity to come up with a new intention to make a change for the better in our lives. I encourage the children to think of them as Tiny Achievable Tickable Tasks (TATT).
When we came back after the holidays I really enjoyed hearing the stories of all the things that happened during the break, as Dr. Seuss would say “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. The mams and dads in our school really make sure our children get to great places in reality and in their imagination. There were walks, swims and cycles, there were board games, books and baking. There were visits to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins at home and abroad. Well done to the families who rose to my holiday challenges too. I hope they brought happy times.
The close of the first term before Christmas was pretty hectic, but very rewarding, for all of us. The Junior and Senior Infant production of ‘Ralph the Reindeer’ was a highlight in December. Well done to all involved. We were delighted on the last day of term to hand over cheques to four charities. All the charities work and help people in need here in Cork City, St. Vincent de Paul, Edel House, Simon and Penny Dinners all benefitted from the children’s carol singing to the grand total of €3,440. Thanks too to all the parents who turned up to the carol singing in Paul St. Your presence there definitely helped the children to keep going when their energy was waining. We closed out the day with some lovely, lively singing from the school choir and the whole school under the baton of Peter and Katie H. The parents who were able to be there had no option but to take part also, the Twelve Days of Christmas will never be the same again!
So Term 2 has begun and what are we looking forward to? Juniors, Seniors, 1st and 2nd Classes enjoyed a wonderful Lego workshop in the Hall on Tuesday. This is a very special and worthwhile series of workshops where the children really engage with the construction and the computer programming that it involves. There was a cost of €3 per child but I would like to acknowledge the sponsorship we receive from the PTA for these and other workshops that allows us to book them without they being prohibitively expensive.
Today, 6th Class, along with Brian and Christine, are going to CIT with their VEXIQ project. We wish Tin Tin the Robot and themselves the best of luck.
5th class have begun a course in Cycle Training and Safety this week. We look forward to seeing them become more proficient, safe and confident cyclists.
Well done and thanks for all the adult vigilance it takes to keep track of headlice. Your response to the texts over the holidays means we have had some success in breaking the cycle of repeat infestations. Please keep up the good work.
If you are a parent who hasn’t quite got round to it, but is anxious to ‘do your bit,’ I hear the Garden Committee would really like some help. There are a few people you could contact but I’ll just give one number here to simplify things. Louise at 086 1755929 would be delighted to hear from you.
Happy 2017 from the PTA!
After school activities are to get up and running from next Monday, see timetable for details.
We need a school Chess champion!! The very popular chess class cannot be facilitated by Brian until March, can someone else step in to run it? Brian is happy to show you how it runs and supply all the necessary boards etc. Any secret masters out there?? (you don’t actually need be a master!)
There is plenty of room in the week for other activities. If anyone wishes to propose a class (which can start at any point this term), then get in touch with Arran at 086 8134149.
Currently, the Hall is available on Mondays and Wednesdays. There are classrooms available every afternoon.
The PTA monthly ‘pop up’ culture cafe will appear again at the end of each month. It’s a morning gathering in the Hall, allowing parents to meet and mix. An added element is we invite anyone to offer to host the morning and offer their cultural approach to tea/coffee/snacks. The PTA will assist and cover costs. Before Christmas, we had a Somalian and Indian morning. After the parents enjoy it, a class is brought in to sample the treats and to learn a little of the culture/country. Anyone fancy offering to host?
Please contact Arran on 086 8134149
Happy New Year from the Student Council! We had a very productive meeting prior to Christmas, with lots of great ideas being shared. The hope is to implement some of these between now and the end of June.
However, we would love to hear from our schoolmates. As you know, there’s a suggestion box outside the office. You could pop your suggestions in there or you could ask your representative to bring your ideas to our next meeting.
The dates for our meetings between now and the Easter holidays are the 20th of January, the 3rd and the 17th of February and the 10th and the 24th of March.
Happy New Year from everyone at the Executive Committee. Just a short note to flag the fact that the school turns 30 next year. We have in mind certain form(s) of birthday celebration to mark the special event but if anyone has any ideas of their own for marking the occasion, please feel free to get in touch.
2nd Level Campaign
We’ve had no reply yet from the Dept of Education following last month’s correspondence. We’ll pass on news as soon as there are any developments.
Contact Executive Committee Chair Conor O’Toole on 086-8126413
For more information on the work of the Executive Committee please contact Conor on 086-8126413.
CETNS garden group are very grateful to GEE-UP, who donated a pallet of organic, peat-free compost for our garden. The owners of Gee-up, Billy and Judy Wigham, are past parents in the school and also supported the garden with donations of free compost when it was established 4 years ago.
Thanks to all the parents who came and helped carry in bags of compost for the garden in December. It made the job much easier to have lots of hands on deck.
The school garden has also been nominated in the 2017 Cork Food Policy Council Award Scheme. We will receive a Certificate of Recognition at the event this Thursday.
We are also looking to set up a school garden email group. Please contact Louise on 086 1755929 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be kept informed of garden days to get involved in. We plan to start a garden tidy up & planting morning soon (usually Friday mornings for an hour after school drop off).
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…………
Change to the Calendar…….
We have received notification from the Dept of Education that our whole staff training for the Primary Language Curriculum will take place on Monday March 27th.
School will be closed for the children that day.
Parent/Teacher meetings for children in Jun. and Sen. Infants on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of January.
12 o’clock closing on Tuesday 31st January for a Staff Meeting.
Wednesday 15th February: Safer Cyber Day
Cyber Safe Ireland have invited Professor Andy Phippen to Ireland for a number of events in relation to cyber safety.
Cork Educate Together N.S. is hosting a talk by him here in our school hall at 1.30pm- 2.30pm on Wednesday 15thth. This event will be advertised outside the school so make sure you reserve your seat by email to the school office at email@example.com It is a free event.
Wednesday 15th March Oíche Ghaelach in the Hall.
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