Wednesday, 17th June: Report cards for 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th classes and school calendar 2009-2010 will be sent home. Please check your child’s schoolbag. Thursday, 18th June: Report cards for infants, 1st & 2nd classes will be sent home. Please check your child’s schoolbag. Thursday, 18th June: Trip to Dunbrody Famine Ship and JFK Arboretum, New Ross for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Come to school for 8.50am. Pick-up at the school, 3.30pm. Thursday 18th & Friday 19th June: Overnight trip for 5th and 6th classes to EcoAdventure Centre, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Come to school for 8.25am on Thursday. Pick-up at the school, 5.30pm on Friday. Wednesday, 24th June: Evening event in honour of 6th class pupils, 6-8pm. Thursday, 25th June: Storyteller Niall De Búrca performs at the school. Monday, 29th June: School Sports Day. Infants-1st class, 11am-12.45pm. Older classes, 12.45pm-2.30pm. Parent helpers needed. Tuesday, 30th June: End of Term, classes finish at 12.30pm. Infants can be collected at 12.15pm. School reopens at 8.50am on Monday, 31st August. (For the first day of school only, new junior infants will start at 9.30am.)
After-school basketball has now ended. Many thanks to our parent and staff volunteers. This activity was very popular and it is hoped that a 4-6 week block can be organised next year.
Booklists: Please pay the full amount or a €60 deposit by the end of June. Please pay the balance within the first 3 days of the new term. This year, your child’s books and supplies can only be passed on to their classteacher when the booklist has been paid for in full. Some families may be entitled to the ‘Back to School Allowance.‘ The allowance for 2009 is €200 per child (primary school.) Please apply very soon through the Community Welfare Officer at your local health centre (or enquire at your local social welfare office.)
Transport Grant: Families living more than 3.2km/2 miles from the school may be entitled to a Department of Education grant towards their travel costs. Please collect a form from the school office and return before the end of term. We record the children’s attendance on the forms, before forwarding them to the Department. (This grant can take several months to process.)
PTA Fundraising Results: The recent 80’s Night Disco raised €563. Many, many thanks to everyone for their support. The PTA has also secured a grant of €750 from the Katharine Howard Foundation. This grant money will be used to help equip the new multi-sensory/motor-activities room.
New school logo and sign: Earlier this year, the children on our School Council set about gathering ideas for a new school logo. Three themes were forwarded to a designer, and in the end Eimhín’s ideas on ‘growing & playing & learning together’ were chosen for further development. The final result can be seen on the new sign at the school gate. The silhouettes are of Eimhín and his ‘buddy’ in infants. The ‘tree’ is a piece of art created by pupils, parents and staff during the school’s first year.
The 6th Class Six! Szymon, Ben, Eimhín, Luke, Sophie and Áine will soon move on to Gorey Community School and Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow. Please take some time to wish them well before they leave us – we will miss them!
Building update: Work is happening to schedule. The floors were poured on Friday and the first pre-cast walls should be lifted in before the end of term.
Summer reading: Watch out for Quest Seekers. This summer reading challenge is happening in every public library in County Wexford, including the new Gorey Library. Hopefully, most Gorey Educate Together NS pupils will participate. We look forward to hearing all about it after the holidays! Lost and Found: Please check the lost & found cupboard and the classrooms before the end of term. Unclaimed boots, coats, sweaters, lunchboxes, etc. are taken to the Recycling Centre or Charity Shop.
New Board member: Mary McDonald has joined the school’s Board of Management as a Community Representative. ‘My name is Mary McDonald, mother of two, Conor and Chara and married to Jimmy. I have lived in Gorey for the last fourteen years and have loved living here and seeing the transition that has happened over the years. I am delighted to be invited to become a member of an already successful Board of Management and look forward to working with Raymond & staff, the Board, Parents and Students. I hope to work with you all in continuing to develop the wonderful presence Educate Together has already established and that my skills will enhance the running of the school.’