Tuesday, 16th March: Meeting of Educate Together Secondary School campaign committee.Wednesday, 17th March: Public Holiday, school closed.
Thursday, 18th March: First meeting of our ethos self-evaluation coordinating committee.
Friday, 19th March: Informal PTA coffee morning for parents, 9am. All are welcome.
Tuesday, 23rd March: Trip to National 1798 Centre, Enniscorthy for 4th and 5th classes.
Wednesday, 24th March: School photos Individual or siblings photos – pay in advance only (details to follow.) Class photos – these will be displayed after the holidays and parents can then decide to make a purchase or not.
Wednesday, 24th March: Homework & reading club – last session. See overleaf for Term 3.
Thursday, 25th March: Horse riding – last session. Also, trip to Marino School, Bray for a group from Deirdre’s class.
Friday, 26th March: End of Term. Classes finish at 1.30pm and 2.30pm. School reopens Monday, 12th April at 8.50am.
Earrings and chains: Long, dangling earrings are not suitable for school. They present a significant risk of injury – if snagged while running on the playground, etc. Chains and necklaces (worn outside clothing) present the same risk.
Make-up: Please do not allow the children to wear (or carry) make-up to school – it can become a major distraction in the classrooms.
Pupils’ mobile phones: Phones must be powered off throughout the school day (including school activities and trips.) Phones must be carried in school bags only, (not in pupils’ pockets.)
An art experiment and you’re invited!
Children in junior and senior infants and their parents/guardians are invited to participate in an open art session with artist Roisin Markham on Thursday, 25th March, 1.30-2.15pm, in the After-school Activity Room upstairs.
A ‘make and do’ family activity will be offered, along with ideas for creative projects at home, plus a focus on thrifty art supplies.
Suggested donation €5. (An honesty box system will be in place.) Book a family space by signing your child’s name on the noticeboard or ‘phoning the school office.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Our group will meet by Tomkins Suzuki Garage at 2.45pm sharp. All are welcome. (This year we are near the head of the parade-don’t be late!)
The children remain under the care & supervision of their parents throughout the event (most parents walk along with the children in the parade.)
The group will disperse in the Community School car park, near the end of the parade route.
The children should bring their homemade instruments with them on the day – something to shake, bang or blow. (Parents can do the same!)
Everyone can dress-up for the occasion (bright colours, St. Patrick’s Day garb, Samba costume, face paints, etc.) or come as you are.
Final practice: 10.50am at the school tomorrow, Tuesday. Any available parents are invited to join us. (Many thanks to the volunteers who’ve been helping us over the past week.)
Bookings are now being accepted for the 1.30-2.30pm supervision/activity session for Junior and Senior Infants. Staff: Sadie Harpur, Ewa Minias and Pauline Carroll. Cost: €15/week per child (or €3/day.) This service is offered to families who have 1.30pm and 2.30pm pick-ups from Gorey Educate Together NS and families who use the 2.30pm school bus service. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Interested families should plan to use the service on a regular basis (between 2 and 5 days per week.) The service will not cater for last-minute or one-off bookings (occasional family situations, ‘I’m running late,’ etc.) To book please speak with Bernie in the office.
PS Pay in advance only. No refund for days the child doesn’t attend because of illness, etc. (The school still needs to pay the staff.)
A few more ‘Free Trees’ from Wexford County Council: many thanks to the parent who collected our allocation (4 apple trees and a dozen saplings.)
Voluntary contributions: Letters to all families regarding Voluntary Contributions were sent home with the children last week. Additional copies are available from the school office.
Pedestrians: Safety First! Please use the footpaths. Use the pedestrian crossings to cross the road, only when it is safe to do so. Drivers: Watch out for pedestrians using the crossings (the school busses may obscure your view.)
Swimming schedule: see details below.
Fergus,’ Deirdre’s and Suzanne’s classes: Mondays 12th, 19th 26th April and 10th May. (No swimming Bank Holiday 3rd May.)
Chloe’s, Emma’s and Laura’s classes: Tuesdays 13th, 20th, 27th April, 4th and 11th May.
PTA after-school activities, Term 3:
Yoga, with Liz Moffatt: Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm for Senior Infants only. 2.30-3.30pm for 1st to 6th classes. €40 for 8 Tuesdays.
Drama, with Aisling Flitton: Thursdays, 1.30-2.30pm for Junior Infants only. 2.30-3.30pm for 1st to 6th classes. €40 for 8 Thursdays.
See the PTA notice board for course descriptions.
For PTA after-school activities each parent must take a turn at supervision. (Some parents will need to be rotaed on for two turns, especially with the infant groups.) Supervising parents will need to submit a completed Garda Vetting (‘police check’) form to the school principal.
Any infants travelling by school bus will finish their sessions at 2.25pm. (Please inform us at enrolment.)
Enrolment and payment (first-come-first served): 1.15pm and 2.15pm, Thursday 15th April. (Enquiries re any unfilled places: morning of Friday, 16th April in the school office.)
Homework and Reading Club, Term 3: for children in 3rd-6th classes: 2.30-3.30pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning Tuesday 13th April. €30 for 10 Tuesdays only; €21 for 7 Wednesdays only; €51 for 10 Tuesdays and 7 Wednesdays. Teachers: Emma, Chloe, Louise and/or Grace. Bookings (first-come-first-served) through the school office. Please place full payment in an envelope marked with child’s name, amount and day(s) booked. Book and pay by Friday, 26th March.
Minimum numbers: Please remember that swimming lessons, PTA afterschool activities and/or the homework & reading club can only proceed if sufficient numbers enrol.
Optional swimming lessons for Junior & Senior Infants, 3rd, 4th and 5th classes.
Bus departs school: 11.35am. Swimming lesson: 12noon-12.45pm. Bus departs Forest Park Leisure Centre, Courtown: 1pm. Arrive back at school: 1.20pm approx. Two teachers will accompany the children. (The children who need help with dressing/undressing should be met at the pool by a parent or guardian.) Bookings: first-come-first-served. Pay-in-advance only. The lessons will only go ahead if enough children apply. (Normal school opening and closing times for all children on swimming days.)
Child’s name: _________________________________
Parent/guardian signature(s): _________________________
In an emergency, I give consent to the school to authorise treatment for my child, as recommended by medical personnel. I enclose €26 (bus and entrance for the 4 Mondays) or €32.50 (bus and entrance for 5 Tuesdays.) Check your child’s schedule – above. Book and pay by March 26th.
Remember to bring your swimwear, towel and swimming hat! No shopping for food or drink at the pool-on swimming days, parents may wish to pack some extra lunch.