Here are the minutes for our last few PTA meetings.
Our PTA Annual General Meeting is on Monday 17th October at 7.30pm. All parents and staff are welcome to attend.
All parents, caregivers, staff, teachers and special needs assistants are part of the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA). The PTA Committee, along with Class Representatives, helps organise events that support the school community, fundraise and welcome and listen to parents’ ideas. You can get in touch through our Facebook page, the mobile number above, or contacting one of the PTA Committee members. The schedule of events and after-school classes and activities is always evolving. Watch for the school newsletters or the PTA Facebook page for updates. We always want to hear from those who want to help, have ideas or have some time or skills to offer.
https://www.facebook.com/GoreyEducateTogetherPTA/ and 089 2210702.
Our Pirates and Princesses PTA Sponsored Treasure Hunt will take place on Sunday 25th September in Gorey Town Park at 2pm. Be there for 1.45pm. Fancy Dress Optional. Sponsorship cards have been given out at school. All proceeds will go towards resources and activities for our pupils. Thank you for your support!
Please note: Children remain under the care of their Parents/Guardians at all times.
The new Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA), has been meeting since May. The PTA requires a constitution to set out how we all work together. You can view our proposed constitution here.
This proposed constitution has been brought forward by the PTA Committee for discussion at the next AGM which is scheduled for 7.30pm on the 17thof October 2016 in the school. All are welcome to attend on the night.
We are always interested in feedback. Contact Hugh with any feedback you may have.
The PTA meets one evening per month and all are welcome. Our next meeting is our AGM on 17th October at 7.30pm.
The minutes from our June 28th meeting are now available online and can be viewed here.
Coffee Mornings will continue each Friday morning in September at 9am in the new PTA room. All welcome!
We are looking for parent volunteers to help with the Afterschool activites on Mondays & Tuesdays. If you have an hour or two to spare either on a weekly basis or from time to time, we would like to hear from you. Contact Carol on 0872117250.
Thursday 8th May 2014
Once again we thought the Irish weather would prevent our eager gardener’s from getting their hands dirty. But thankfully it cleared long enough for our French & Haribut Beans to be planted. Also planted this week in our raised beds at the front of the school are:
Courgettes, cucumber, lettuce, salad leaves, brussels sprouts, cabbage, squash, tomatoes and sunflowers. And carrot seeds were sown while weeding the beds. Busy, busy, busy………………………!!!
Thursday 1st May 2014
Rain hampered our school gardener’s progress today but not their enthusiasm. Our strawberries arrived by post which were duly planted and we inspected the growth of our giant pumpkins which are still ahead of all other plants.
Thursday 17th & 24th April 2014
School may be on holidays but the seedlings certainly aren’t. Great growth at the moment due to the lovely weather we are having. Our Giant Pumpkin is still ahead in size, with a stem 10 inches high and 2 leaves the size of a child’s hand. Lot’s of help will be needed in May for parents who can give a little of their time. No skill needed!! Just be prepared for dirty hands as we start planting out our seedlings. Every Thursday at 12.30pm……all welcome! Hope to see you there.
Thursday 10th April 2014
Our school gardeners were busy today conducting a site assessment, making essential decisions such as which beds are best suited to our future seedlings that were sown last week. Already many of the seeds have successfully germinated, with our giant pumpkin being one of the first to come to the surface. Let’s hope it’s a good indication of it’s future keenness to grow.
Don’t forget the open invitation to all parents to get involved in our school garden; gardening knowledge is not essential. Work is on-going, drop by any Thursday @ 12. 30pm. We would be delighted to see you!!
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Seed sowing! And lot’s of it. High on our school gardeners priority list today was sowing seeds to be kept in propagators. This will allow us to get ahead of the growing season ensuring we have strong and healthy seedlings to plant out when the weather gets warmer. Delicate seedlings such as Melon, Courgettes, French Beans and Cucumber will benefit hugely from this increase in growing time.
Monday 24th March
Our five school gardeners had their first meeting today to discuss what to grow this year. It is the aim of our gardeners to have two harvests; one by the end of June, just before we close for our summer break. And the other in Sept/Oct, just in time to collect beautiful produce to use in our Winter Fair.
Top of the list of produce that the gardeners want to grow are:- Pumkins, sunflowers, carrots and potatoes.
The gardeners will be working particularly hard every Thursday at 12.30pm, all parental help would be hugely beneficial. Drop in, as and when you can.
Hopefully see you on Thursdays @ 12.30…………………….all skill levels appreciated.
In December 2013, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D., announced the formation of an Internet Content Governance Advisory Group to consider the emerging issues around internet content and its general impact on the lives of children and young people.
This link will take you to a survey NPC is carrying out to form the basis of a submission to the Internet Content Advisory Group
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today launched the Final report on the Síolta Quality Assurance Programme. This programme is aimed at assisting those who care for children aged 0 to 6 to meet the quality standards of Síolta, which is the National Framework for Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings. This would include child-minders who care for children in their homes, crèches, Montessori’s, and infant classes in primary schools.
Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (6th November 2013) welcomed the publication of the National Educational Welfare Board’s (NEWB) Analysis of School Attendance Data 2010/11 which shows continued improvement in student attendance from 2009/10 and previous years.
Interesting statistics from the Central Statistics Office about homework assistance.
List of Childcare Facilities in Gorey Town
Little Lambs Montessori & Creche
49 Ardmore, Carnew Road, Gorey
053 943 0323
Little Oak Academy
Oakwood, Ramsgate, Gorey
053 948 9493
Little Ducklings Playschool
Parish Hall, Ballycanew, Gorey
086 088 3141
Annagh Tots Childcare Centre
Annagh Long, Gorey
053 942 8884
Melwood House, Hollyfort, Gorey
053 942 8951
Ramsgate Village, Gorey
053 948 0432
Small Wonders Creche & Preschool
Raheenagurran, Courtown Road, Gorey
053 943 0333
Little Crickets Creche
145 Pearsons Brook
Faylinn Montessori & Creche
Heathermist Farm, Ballinakill, Gorey
How do I borrow a book ?
The Parent Library is available at the PTA Coffee mornings which generally take place on the first and third Friday of each month from 9-10am in the Parent Room. (These dates sometimes change, for updated information please check the school newsletters, the notice board outside the school building and text alerts)
What if I can’t make the Coffee Mornings ?
Please email email@example.com or call Loyola Meireles on 086-6077613 to make an alternative arrangement.
When should I return the book ?
We keep a log of all books borrowed and ask you to return them in two weeks time, this can be extended if required.
What if the book gets lost ?
We would appreciate if any books that get lost can be paid for, this will enable us to replace the books and keep the library intact.
What if I’d like my own copy of the book ?
Most of the books in the library can be bought online from www.festivalshop.co.uk or Amazon.co.uk
We would be delighted to get feedback on the books currently stocked in the library and if you have time to write a short review of any of the books you read that would be fantastic. We hope to add more books to our library in the future and if you have recommendations of books you feel other parents would enjoy or if there is a particular subject you would like to see included, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Parenting with Love and Logic||Foster Cline & Jim Fay|
|How to Talk so Kids will Listenand Listen so Kids will Talk||Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish|
|Siblings Without Rivalry||Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish|
|Scream Free Parenting||Hal Edward Runkel|
|Attitude in Action||Julie Davey|
|A is for Attitude||Julie Davey|
|Catherine Finds her Courage||Lawrence E Shapiro|
|What to Do When You Worry Too Much||Dawn Huebner|
|First Grade Takes a Test||Miriam Cohen|
|My Manners Matter||Pat Thomas|
|It Won’t Work||Janine Amos|
|Whoever You Are (2 copies)||Mem Fox|
|All Kinds of Beliefs||Tango Books|
|The Taste of Winter(a story about Hanukkah)||Adele Geras|
|A Present for Salima(a story about Id-ul-Fitr)||Kerena Marchant|
|The Guru’s Family||Pratima Mitchell|
|The Life of St Patrick||Anita Ganeri|
|Special Days – Winter||Cath Senker|
|The Life of Confucius||Sally Humble-Jackson|
|Stories from the Christian World||David Self|
|Living in the Sahara||Nicola Barber|
|Living in the Arctic||Neil Morris|
|China the Culture||Bobbie Kalman|
|Cuba the Culture||Bobbie Kalman|
|Why Should I Eat this Carrot ?||Louise Spilsbury|
|Why Should I Go to Bed Now ?||Louise Spilsbury|
|What on Earth Do You DoWhen Someone Dies ?||Trevor Romain|
|Helping Children Copewith the Loss of a Loved One||William C. Kroen|
|Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine||Diana Crossley|
|Learn Together (1 copy)(Ethical Education Programmefor Educate Together Schools)||Educate Together|
|What is an Educate TogetherNational School ? (5 copies)||Educate Together|
|What’s Happening to Me ? (Boys)||Alex Frith|
|What’s Happening to Me ? (Girls)||Susan Meredith|
|Where Willy Went …||Nicholas Allan|
|Let’s Talk about Sex||Robie H. Harris|
|Hair in Funny Places||Babette Cole|
|Mummy Laid an Egg !||Babette Cole|
|What’s Inside Your Tummy, Mummy ?||Abby Cocovini|
|GovernmentPublications||Your Child’s Learning||Department of Education|
|What, Why and How(of children’s learning in Primary)||NCCA|
The Parents’ Library is kindly sponsored by your PTA