Newsletter September 2018
Welcome back to everyone after the summer holidays. We’ve had a great first week at school and it’s been wonderful seeing everyone return. A special welcome to our new Infants who have settled in brilliantly. Also, welcome back to Ms. Swinburne who has returned from her maternity leave. It’s great to have you back.
The staff for this year is as follows:
- Infants – Ms. Swinburne
- 1st & 2nd – Mrs. O’Mara
- 3rd & 4th – Mrs. Light
- 5th & 6th – Miss Breen
- SEN – Mrs. Mc Guinness and Miss Smith
- SNA – Bernie Dillon and Gillian Victory
- Secretary – Loretto Ludlow
- Caretaker – Anne Collins
Board of Management:
- Chairperson – Fr. John Conlon
- Principal – Mrs. McGuinness
- Parent’s Representatives – Edel Quinn & Michael Leonard
- Teacher’s Representative – Elaine Light
- Treasurer – Vincent Murray
- Community Representative – Joan Coyle
- Community Representative - Paudge Howard
Welcome back to all the staff. While they enjoyed some time off during the summer they were never too far away from the school. Thanks for their hard work over the holidays clearing out the prefab, sport’s store and art store. Thanks also for the time they dedicated to career professional development courses and to teaching and classroom preparation. We have a great team of teachers, SNA’s and staff who work extremely hard all year round.
Welcome back all children. We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready for a great year of work. Wishing you all the best of luck as you move forward into a new class. Welcome to our eight new infant boys. We hope that you will be very happy here with us.
Welcome back to all the parents, old and new. Thank you for your continued support in helping Scoil Naomh Treasa to be the school it is. We look forward to working with you throughout the year ahead.
Peter Moore will hold choir practice each Monday night in the church from 6 – 7 p.m. in preparation for concerts in October and December. New members are welcome.
Football – Gaelic
Welcome back to all the Gaelic football players. There was a great attendance at our first training session of the year. Many thanks to John and Christopher for their continued support and assistance at training. A gentle reminder that all children MUST wear a gum shield during all training and matches.
The Cumann na mBunscoil Meath Primary School’s Football Competition commences next week with our first game against our neighbours Ardcath. We will travel to Ardcath by bus next Friday (14th) for throw-in at 1pm. Support is encouraged and greatly appreciated. We have six matches to play in total. We wish our team every success in the coming school year.
Football – Soccer
The FAI Futsal competition will take place again this year. This competition is open to 3rd and 4th class students only. Date and team to be confirmed.
The annual Cumann na mBunscoil Cross Country competition will be held on doorstop once again this year. This is set to take place on Wednesday the 14th November. Last year the under 11 boys team came 1st in the small schools’ competition. We wish all competitors the very best of luck again this year.
The children from 1st – 6th class will take part in a four-week athletics programme run with the help of volunteers from the Meath Local Sports Partnership. Dates to follow.
Orlaith will return in the summer term to do a ten-week Irish dancing programme with all the children, in the lead up to the Fleadh.
Coach Ciarán will also be with us in the summer term to do ten weeks of basketball with all classes.
As we will be travelling by bus to all matches this year we will be running a couple of fundraisers during the year, the first being a sponsored car wash. More details to follow soon.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. We are keeping up to date with changes and working on updating our policy and making the necessary amendments to data protection in our school.
STEM is based on the idea of educating the children in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach, to prepare them for a highly technological future. Mrs. Light has invited Peter Baxter (Heritage in Schools) and Brendan Matthews (local community historian) to work with the children in 3rd and 4th class on a STEM project. Brendan and Peter will accompany Mrs. Light and the children on a field trip to some of our local heritage sites such as Four Knocks. Peter will make learning about this heritage more exciting using modern technology and will guide the children in the creation of a heritage-themed podcasts or video-casts.
We are currently assessing the benefits of written homework exercises and the impact they have on children, parents and teachers. As a trial we will not be assigning written homework for the first two months of term. We will continue to prescribe reading, spellings, tables and phonics as normal. We encourage you to spend the spare time engaging in a meaningful activity with your child each evening. Please refer to the homework letter for more information.
Thanks to our caretaker Anne Collins for the amazing job she did to prepare the school for a new year, and for her continued hard work throughout the year.
It’s great to see so many of the children wearing the correct uniform. We have a uniform policy at our school which each of you accepted when you enrolled your child. Please help your child to respect this policy and to wear their correct uniform each day. Tracksuits are permitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays only (unless notified otherwise) and full uniform on all other days. Children are not permitted to wear their tracksuits to school every day.
We also have a healthy lunch policy to encourage healthy eating. Again, we ask you to help your child respect this policy by providing them with healthy lunches only. Please refer to the school website for more information or speak to your child’s teacher to discuss what is and isn’t accepted.
Pupil Personal Accident Insurance:
The cost of this insurance is €9 for the year. The pupil personal accident insurance is a benefits policy and covers medical and dental expenses following an accident. Please note that your child is not covered for any accidents under the school’s insurance.
Absences and Notes:
A reminder that all absences must be verified. If your child misses school, please send in a written note explaining the reason for their absence. Please be advised that if your child is absent for 20 days or more the school is legally obliged to inform the DES who will then correspond directly with you regarding your child’s significant absence from school.
Children are not supervised on the school premises before 8:50 a.m. or after 2:50 p.m.
Thanks to the Parent’s Council for their hard work and input into fundraising over the past two years. Their efforts, and your support of their fundraising events, benefited the school greatly. Last year we were able to purchase new sport’s equipment, books and noticeboards, and to subsidise the cost of buses to various outings and matches. We are extremely grateful for your support and dedication to our school.
Congratulations to our new student council members Mark, Mia-Grace, Charlie and Ben. We wish them success in their roles and know that they will be excellent representatives for the school.
Congratulations to the Wall family on the arrival of baby Emma and to the Blair family on the arrival of baby Erin.
Dates to Remember this Term:
- September 14th: Match in Ardcath 1 p.m. 3rd to 6th Class
- September 14th: History Fieldtrip and STEM project 3rd & 4th Class
- October 5th: STEM project 3rd & 4th Class
- October 15th : Memory Lane Photography in school
- October 26th: Presidential Election, school closed
- October 29th – November 2nd: Halloween Break. School reopens November 5th
- November 14th: Cumann na mBunscoil cross-country competition
- November: Parent-Teacher Meetings
- December: Christmas Concert
- December 24th – January 4th: Christmas Holidays. School reopens January 7th