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Newsletter 6: March 23rd 2017

Parents, following are some important dates and information for this school year and next. A request for monies due is also included. Thank you.

* School Calendar for rest of year


  • Friday March 24th 4th Class Rugby Blitz
  • Thursday March 23rd Gymnastics 3
  • Monday March 27th Irish Dancing 5
  • Monday March 27th Sciath na Scol match v Ballinora in Ballinora @1pm
  • Tuesday March 28th School closes for a full day for a Professional Development Workshop on the Primary Language Curriculum in the Cork Education Support Centre. This day is required by the Department of Education & Skills as part of the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum. In 2016/2017 the focus was on the oral strand for infants to second class. In 2017/2018 the focus is on reading and writing strands. From September 2018 onwards, all strands of the language curriculum will be implemented for pupils in infants to second class.
  • Wednesday March 29th Muster Crusaders are visiting the school to facilitate a 5th/6th class game v Staff in wheelchair rugby challenge match.
  • Some children from 5th and 6th are taking part in an FAI Soccer blitz in Ballea Park.



  • Sunday April 2nd Do This in Memory Mass
  • Tuesday April 4th Irish Dancing 6
  • Thursday April 6th Gymnastics 4
  • Friday April 7th School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for Easter break and will reopen on Monday April 24th.
  • Monday April 24th Swimming 1 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday April 25th Sciath na Scol match v Brooklodge in Shanbally at 1pm.
  • Wednesday April 26th Cork Mental Health is visiting 5th and 6thclasses for a workshop.
  • Wednesday April 26th PA Committee Meeting at 7.30pm
  • Thursday April 27th Gymnastics 5



  • Monday May 1st closed for Bank Holiday
  • Thursday May 4th Gymnastics 6
  • Monday May 8th Swimming 2 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday May 9th to 16th Celtic Book Fair
  • Thursday May 11th Gymnastics 7
  • Saturday May 13th 2017 First Holy Communion
  • Monday May 15th Swimming 3 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday May 16th School closes early for staff meeting (12.30 for Jrs/Snrs +siblings and 12.45 for the rest)
  • Wednesday May 17th First Class Blitz Passage
  • Wednesday May 17th CFSI are holding a Drugs & Alcohol Seminar at 7-8.30pm in the Youth Centre
  • Thursday May 18th Gymnastics 8
  • Monday May 22nd Swimming 4 3rd and 4th
  • Thursday May 25th Gymnastics 9
  • Monday May 29th Swimming 5 3rd and 4th



  • Thursday June 1st Gymnastics 10
  • Thursday June 1st City Schools Sports Day
  • Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th School is closed for an extended June bank holiday.
  • Tuesday June 6th Shanbally NS Active Schools Week (see Active Schools paragraph below)
  • Wednesday June 7th RNLI Educational Talks
  • Thursday June 8th 6th Class Tour
  • Friday June 9th Cancer Research Charity Walk (during the school day). More details to follow.
  • Monday June 12th School Summer Reports to be issued
  • Monday June 12th Swimming 6 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday June 13th 5th Class School Tour
  • Tuesday June 13th Juniors +Seniors School Tour
  • Thursday June 15th 3rd + 4th Class School Tour
  • Friday June 16th 1st + 2nd Class School Tour
  • Monday 19th June Swimming 7 3rd and 4th
  • Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd 6th class school play provisional
  • Friday 23rd June New Junior Infants + parents in
  • Monday 26th June Swimming 8 3rd and 4th
  • Monday 26th 6th Class Leaving Night
  • Thursday June 29th 2017 School finishes early (11.45/12 noon) for summer holidays.

* Summary of School Calendar 2017/2018

Term 1

School reopening Thursday August 31st 2017

Mid-Term Break Closing Friday 27th October

Re-opening Monday November 6th

Christmas Holidays Closing early Friday 22nd December

Re-opening Monday 8th January


Term 2

Mid-Term Break Closed Thursday 15th + Friday 16th February

Bank Holiday Monday 19th March for St. Patrick’s Day

Easter Holidays Closing early Friday 23rd March

Re-opening Monday 9th April


Term 3

May Mid-term Closing Friday May 4th

Re-opening Monday May 14th

Bank Holiday Monday June 4th

Summer Holidays Closing early Friday 29th June

* Money Collections


  • A reminder of the €60 Family Contribution to those who haven’t yet paid. Thanks again to those who have.
  • Gymnastics (10 lessons for Juniors to 6th) and Irish Dancing (6 lessons for Juniors to 5th) have now commenced and children are really enjoying them.

For those children in Juniors to 5th the cost is €10 per child (gymnastics & Irish dancing)

For 6th class it is €7 per child (gymnastics)

  • Swimming Costs for 3rd and 4th classes: We are awaiting bus costs for this and we will notify you as soon as we can finalise overall costs.
  • School Tours approximate costs per child:

Juniors/Seniors/ SSLD: €18 approx.

1st/2nd: €25 approx.

3rd/4th: €28 approx.

5th: €33 approx.

6th: €TBC

* Taxi Escort

SSLD Class School Escort: A taxi escort (an adult/over 18 person who accompanies children in a taxi to the school) has been approved for the Language Class in Shanbally, starting immediately, from now until the end of the school year. We are looking for someone for this position. The hours involved are approximately 20 – 25 hours a week depending on where the person appointed is based (it should be local enough to Shanbally!). The taxi-driver, Donal, could collect the appointed person in the morning shortly after 7am to get to Clonakilty where 1 child is collected, on to Bandon where a further 2 children are collected and then back to Shanbally for 8.50am. This happens in reverse at school collection time i.e. Taxi driver collects person (to be here for 1.30pm) and then accompanies children to West Cork, returning to Shanbally for 3.15pm approx. Please let the office know if you are interested. If you know someone who may be interested you are welcome to share the information with them. Please note the position is paid through a grant from the Department of Education and the person must be Garda vetted. This can be arranged through the school. The rate of pay is approx. €12 per hour. The successful candidate is given an official contract of employment with the Board of Management.


* Enrolments for 2018 +

Please contact the office to check if your children for 2018 and beyond are enrolled in the school. If not, please request an enrolment form from Ruth in the office as we are currently looking at our enrolments for the next few years.


* Before/After School Club

As previously communicated we were examining the possibility of hosting a before and after school child-care club from next September. Regrettably, at the moment this proposal will not now go ahead. We would like to thank the proposer for their professional approach and time committed to it to date.


* Mobile Phones

A reminder that the use of mobile phones is not permitted during the school day or for the duration of any school outings, on or off the school premises or while being transported on school outings via any mode of transport.

* Pupil’s Achievements

All of our students are talented in their own way. This term we acknowledge some successes. Please don’t hesitate to share your child’s achievements with us so that we can celebrate and congratulate them.

Marc in 5th, already the double Munster Champion, represented Shanbally NS in swimming again recently and is now the current Irish Minor Schools Champion in the 50m backstroke and freestyle. Well done Marc, a tremendous achievement.

Colin in 6th came 2nd in the Munster Hurdles Boys under 14 on February 25th. He also ran 4th in the Boys under 14 60 meter sprint. Well done Colin. He has now qualified for the All-Ireland in those events which are to be held in Athlone in April. We wish him well and look forward to hearing how he gets on.

Elisa in 3rd was recently selected, following trials, for the 2017 Irish Gymnastic Developmental Squad which means she is working towards selection on the National Team. Watch this space!!

Adam & Calum in 3rd won medals recently for representing their club in Taekwondo in the Cork Open in Neptune Stadium. Very well done to both.

Ayisha and Beth in 5th took part in the All Ireland Cheerleading Competition with their club. Both took part in a team event and Ayisha won a Solo Award for her performance. Well done girls.

Laura in 2nd won three medals in Dublin for Gymnastics. Great achievement, Laura.

Sara in 3rd won a Rosette for the Hunter Trials. Congratulations Sara. Keep it up!

This year children across the school took part in Scór na bPáistí a few weeks ago. Thanks to Ms. Callanan for organising this. Grace in 3rd got through the first round of the Irish dancing competition in Ballinspittle, going on to come third in the South East Final in Riverstick. We were delighted to have participants in Instrumental Music, Dancing and the Table Quiz. Well done Grace and to everyone else who took part.

Ava in 2nd rode a horse in the Kinsale St Patrick’s Day parade. I think that might be a first for Shanbally!

Jack in 3rd won a trophy for skiing in Austria. Shanbally NS goes international!

Maeve in 3rd participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork city. Well done Maeve. We’d love to hear from anyone else who took part.

Aisling, Róisín, Callum & Charlotte in 2nd won medals for a drama talent show.

Josh in 2nd won a trophy for show jumping. Well jumped, Josh!

Well done to 6th class for their exceptional hard work during Seachtain na Gaeilge. All classes really benefitted from your hard work, as coordinated by Ms. Moran, class teacher.


* Active Schools

Active Schools Week: The DES encourages all schools to hold an Active School Week (ASW) in their annual school calendar. The National ASW takes place April 24th to 28th 2017. As schools can simply chose the week that best suits them, here in Shanbally NS we are planning to hold our ASW on the week of Tuesday June 6th to Friday June 9th. On this week, we will host a visit from the RNLI Lifeboat Educational Team. Our 6th class will depart on an overnight 6th class school tour to Ballyhass Adventure Centre, at Ballyhass Lakes, Mallow. We plan to hold a school sponsored walk on Friday June 9th for the remaining classes during school time. (More details to follow).

Active Schools Flag (ASF) Initiative: The ASF Initiative aims to get “more schools, more active, more often”. Given the high level of commitment and time already given, we have decided to officially apply for an ASF this school year. Our team, ably lead by Mr. Aidan O’Mahony, are currently working through the application process. Hopefully soon, an ASF will fly proudly next to our HPS flag.


* Health Promoting School

Our Health Promotion Officer, Mrs. Margaret Ryan, and her team continue to promote an extensive programme of Health Promotion Initiatives throughout the school. Under the Incredible Edibles venture, the school will plant fruits, vegetables and flowers in the school gardens.

As well as the Friends for Life programme being delivered by Mrs. Tuohy & Miss Dromey to 3rd class, our senior classes are also learning about their emotional well-being and aspects of mindfulness.

Mrs. Ryan is currently implementing a Well-Being Wednesday Programme with a focus on emotional well-being. To this end Mrs. Ryan will attend a workshop on Understanding Positive Mental Health Promotion on Wednesday March 29th.

Of course, we continue our focus on healthy lunches and no nut policy in the school and on school outings.

As part of the Super Troopers Health Homework Programme children from 5th and 6th class had a very enjoyable trip to Collins Supervalu in Carrigaline in recent weeks. The Super-Troopers programme in association with Laya has been working very successfully this year ensuring all pupils complete active homework each night. The children really enjoyed their trip to Supervalu and tasted a wide variety of healthy and nutritious foods as well as gaining valuable insights into healthy nutrition tips for life. Thanks to all for participating and to Supervalu in Carrigaline for facilitating both classes!


* Cork Easter Egg Appeal

A reminder of this worthy appeal which is in its 7th year. This appeal started with Liam Middleton in 6th Class. This appeal serves to reciprocate kindness he received while in hospital aged 5 years with a serious illness. Shanbally NS is a collection point for any Easter Eggs your family might like to donate. The Appeal runs until Tuesday April 4th. Please support.


* PA Thanks

Since our last newsletter, the PA has been actively involved in organizing and running a number of very successful ventures. These include the upgrading of our Memory Garden, the organisation of free draws/ competitions in February, our Valentine Bake/Cake Sale, the clothing collection and of course the Quiz Night, held in the FBI. As always we are indebted to our PA and our school body in general for their generous support of these events. We are currently purchasing an extensive list of educational resources that will directly benefit the education of your children. Details of these purchases will be communicated in the PA’s next newsletter.


* Roadway/ footpaths

Recently I was approached by one of our parents, living in Coolmore Gardens, with genuine concerns about the lack of and the poor state of footpaths around the school but in particular from Coolmore to the roundabout in Shanbally Village. We have been made aware by Councillor Seamus McGrath that the County Engineer has not included us in the work programme for this year. However, he has promised to raise the issue again and recommend we are included in next year’s programme. If anyone has similar concerns and wants to communicate it to the County Engineer, I can forward them on your behalf. Thanks to Seamus McGrath for his assistance on our behalf.


* Car-Parking

This continues to be stressful and potentially dangerous at drop-off and collection times. While we appreciate parents need to collect children safely from the school it is not acceptable to abandon cars in the car-park. I would urge people to use available spaces before parking alongside the middle spaces. Anyone not using a proper space should stay with their car to facilitate those wishing to enter/exit and those who need to access the Disability Parking spaces. On wet days it is understandable but not acceptable that people abandon cars to escort children in to school, thus blocking other users. Thank you to those who correctly use the car-park or choose to park up the road.


* Trócaire collections

There are Trócaire collection boxes available in the classes if you wanted to send in loose change with your child. Trócaire is the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Money raised during their Trócaire Box appeal is for their “Join the Fight for Justice” initiative. Monies raised goes to support their work in helping struggling communities in their fight for justice.


* Patricia Kelly

As you may be aware Ms. Kelly (one of our 4th class teachers) is out on sick leave at the moment. We would like to wish her the very best in her recuperation.


* 2nd class

Well done to our First Holy Communion children in 2nd class who made their First Penance last evening. Wishing them the very best of luck over the next few months until they make their First Holy Communion on May 13th. Sincere thanks to class teacher, Mrs. Ryan, and the active First Holy Communion Committee for their hard work and commitment, Fr. Con and Fr. Sean for the lovely service and Joy’s Granny for the kind donation of Miraculous Medals for each child. Sophie and Faye from 5th Class provided the musical accompaniment which really added to the occasion. Ms. O’Connell was very generous with her time in preparing the children for the music on the night.

Photographer Christine McCarthy is now taking names for First Holy Communion photo sittings. Forms should have gone home. Please contact the office if you need another form. Thank you.


* Shamrocks GAA

Shamrocks GAA have asked us to mention their Golf Classic which is set for Monday, May 8th in Monkstown Golf Club. A team of 3 is €200 and meals are included. Contact Alan Geary @086-2695520, Kieran Lynam @086-8349492 or John Twomey @086-2517740.


* Staff Thanks

Shanbally School is a hive of learning, fun and activity. This atmosphere and achievement is due to the outstanding dedication and commitment of all our school team. It is impossible to acknowledge every individual contribution but I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation of all our team who work tirelessly and passionately to provide the best education experience for all in the school in so many different ways.


Is mise le meas,

David Nolan