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Principal’s Newsletter 1

September 7th 2017

A warm welcome back to everyone. We’d like to especially welcome our 29 new Junior Infants, our 3 new children in our Language Class-Dylan, Rian and Ryan, and Harry who joins us in Senior Infants. New staff members this year include Ms. Aoife Harrington who takes over from Mrs. Ryan who is on Maternity Leave and Ms. Kate O’Callaghan who will be part of our Support Team and will be with us on Thursdays. Best of luck in your time with Shanbally NS.  Congratulations to Mrs. Ryan and her family on the safe and happy arrival of baby Tom during the summer. Congratulations also to Ms. Moran who got engaged recently.   

Summary of School Calendar 2017/2018

Term 1

School reopening           Thursday August 31st 2017

Staff Meeting Tuesday September 26th (Juniors + Seniors finish at 12.30 (+siblings) and 12.45 for rest of school)

Open Night                     Thursday October 5th

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 (11.45/12) Friday 23rd March

                                       Re-opening Monday 9th April


Term 3

Discretionary Days         Closing Friday May 4th

                                       Re-opening Monday May 14th

First Holy Communion  Saturday May 19th

Bank Holiday                    Monday June 4th 

Summer Holidays             Closing early (11.45/12) Friday 29th June

*Please note we do not have a date for the Confirmation yet.


Our Parents Association have asked us to communicate the following:

  • Parent Association AGM – Tuesday 12th September 8.00pm. All welcome!

Our PA is an integral part of the school and contributes greatly throughout the year. We would strongly urge as many parents as possible to attend!

  • Clothes Collection – Monday 2nd October. A great opportunity to clear your summer clutter! Paired shoes, bags, belts, clothes in saleable condition.
  • Bag packing in Dunne’s Stores Carrigaline on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October. Hopefully you can volunteer some time to help to make this event a great success.


I would like to remind everyone that Shanbally NS is a nut free school and that our Allergies Policy is now in place and available to see on our website

Thank you and best wishes to everyone for the coming school year.

David Nolan