For last Friday’s assembly the children sat with their ‘buddy.’ (The children in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes are all paired with a junior infant – they visit their buddy once morning per week for activity time, and they watch out for each other around the school. Buddy Time helps foster a sense of care, respect and responsibility in the children.)
The children in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes, along with their teachers, are taking part in a wonderful Wexford County Council music development programme – the 6th County Wexford Children’s Choir Singfest: ‘Acrobatic Operatics!’ Fortnightly rehersals with musical directors Mary Almond O’Brien and Eanna McKenna will continue until the performance at Wexford Opera House on 2nd April 2009. More details to follow….
Mondays 9th, 16th, 23rd June: Swimming lessons continue for Andrea, Roisín and Grace’s classes.Monday 9th – Friday 13th June: Green Week. Activities include puppet show, fruit kebabs, collection of old mobile phones and ‘Green Schools’ talk (see noticeboards.)Wednesday 11th June: Staff Meeting, all classes finish at 12.30pm.Wednesday 11th June: Information meeting for families of children joining the school this September, 3pm. Wednesdays 11th, 18th June: Gaelic football and hurling coaching continues with John and Mick.Friday 20th June: Sports Day. (Parent volunteers needed to help run the stations: details later.)
Playground Games: Any parent who could paint some hopscotch-type markings on the grass and/or teach the children some hop-scotch or skipping games: please speak with Raymond.
Friday, 25th April: We’ve arranged for Magician Marvin to return, this time with a Green Schools show for 1st-5th classes. (Funded by
School Savings: Last day – Friday, 16th May. The school will distribute booklists for ‘08-’09 towards the end of May. (Savings totals (if any) will be noted on each child’s list.)
Looking Ahead: Our school continues to develop. Two groups of junior infants will join us in September, when classes are expected to be organised as follows: (subject to change)‘Room A:’ Junior Infants ‘Room B:’ Junior Infants‘Room C:’ Senior Infants ‘Room D:’ First Class‘Room E:’ Second Class ‘Room F:’ Third & Fourth ‘Room G:’ Fifth & Sixth ClassesThe number of teaching hours dedicated to Learning Support will increase significantly. The school will have an administrative (non-teaching) principal.The school has also secured sanction for specialist provision for up to 6 children with autism (an additional teacher, special needs assistants, specialist equipment, etc.)The additional teachers and special needs assistants will be recruited during the coming months (the children won’t know who their ‘new teacher’ might be until mid-June.)
Work on the site of our new purpose-built permanent building has just begun (see photo below.) Face-to-face meetings with the architect and builders are expected in the coming weeks. Further information to follow….
80’s night: Over €1600 was raised and a great night was had by everyone. Many thanks for all the support, and very special thanks to the dedicated organisers.
Relationships & Sexuality Education: A six-person committee (2 teachers, 2 parents, 2 Board members) is currently preparing a draft of our RSE policy, (the RSE syllabus is a national one.) Every family will receive a copy of the draft during the month of May, and feedback will be encouraged. The Board of Management will consider all feedback during June/September, and redraft and adopt a policy. The programme would be taught in all the classrooms from October/November.
Vision/Hearing Screening: The nurse will visit the school towards the end of the month. She will work with the children of families who returned consent forms.After-school classes: Yoga and guitar lessons are now full. Parents: please check the supervision rota and please be punctual regarding collection times. Many thanks to the parent coordinator. Gaelic Football and Hurling coaching returns in mid-May. Swimming lessons will be available to Andrea, Roisín and Grace’s classes from 19th May.
Race Night: end of May. All support greatly appreciated. (Business owners: please book an ad in the race night booklet.)
Premises Update: The proposed permanent school building at Creagh has moved another step closer to fruition – Wexford County Council has granted planning permission for the development (subject to conditions.)Our school’s Board of Management has formally agreed to relocate to the new site. (This may happen as early as the coming September.) The Board has also raised a number of queries with the Department of Education in relation to the design plans, including: facilities for children with special needs, parking and future expansion. The Board awaits the Department’s reply.The design plans are now on display on the notice board inside the main (red) door. Comments/suggestions are welcome — please use the mail box beside the notice board.School Photographs: Whole-school and classroom photographs will be organised in the near future (date to be confirmed.) Parents will be given the opportunity to purchase copies.Voluntary Contributions: A fresh appeal for voluntary contributions was made before the holidays: all responses greatly appreciated. Spare standing order forms can be found on the notice board inside the main (red) door.Swimming: The imbalance in the number of younger/older children participating in optional swimming lessons has necessitated the following reorganisation: Imelda and Fiona’s classes: 5 Mondays, 7th April—12th May. Andrea, Roisín and Grace’s classes: 5 Mondays, 19th May– 23rd June.Imelda and Fiona’s classes – please pay €30 (in an envelope marked with child’s name and amount) by Friday. Limited places: first-come-first served. Participating children should travel to the pool on the bus. All children who need help with dressing and undressing must be met at the pool by a parent or guardian.(The older children who missed out on one swimming lesson last term will be credited next time around.)St. Patrick’s Day parade: 1000’s of people lined the route and took pleasure in our wonderful piece of street theatre. Many, many thanks for all the planning, preparation and execution.Our school won the ‘Best in Parade’ award!Photographs of the event will soon be displayed around the school.
Swimming: Lessons for the junior classes are now complete. Swimming for Junior Infants/Senior Infants/First Class will be offered again during April/May. Optional swimming for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th classes: Monday, 18th February, 2-3pm. Cost: €24 for four Mondays, includes one-way bus to Courtown. Please book and pay before the mid-term break. Hurling/Football coaching continues Wednesday mornings.Fire Safety: Second and third classes were captivated by Tony Kennedy’s recent talk. Tony works with the local fire service. He also distributed ‘Safety Team’ packs to the children. Quiz: Well done to the two teams who took part in the ‘Schools Quiz’ at the Amber Springs Hotel.A warm welcome to Leela, who joined Andrea’s class recently.
Drama and Bodhrán: next week both after-school classes will run on TUESDAY (as the school is closed on Thursday.)
Preparation for Gorey St. Patrick’s Day parade, Sunday 16th March: Last year the school had a super entry that was successful on several levels: it was a great piece of street theatre; the preparation got the whole school community, parents, relatives and friends involved; recycled materials were used; and, we won first prize in the group section.
This year the parade’s theme is ‘Festival Music’ and to kick-start the preparations for the school’s entry Music Workshops have been organised. Jennifer Byrne, a local musician, will work with the children over the next few weeks getting ‘back to basics’ with music. The music workshops are being funded in part by the PTA and donations. Extra funds will be needed for this school community project and we are currently looking at ways to meet this.
The Parent/Teacher Association will hold their Annual General Meeting this Wednesday, 30th January 2008 in the Loch Garman Arms (8pm.) All parents of children currently attending the school are invited to attend.