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Newsletter 2 2019-20

Newsletter 2     September 24th 2019

Dear parents, some items for your information/ attention,

  • Notice of School Closure:  Monday November 4th 2019

The rollout of the new Primary Language Curriculum (PLC) for all classes in primary school is continuing this September 2019. In line with this, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) in collaboration with the National Council for Special Educations (NCSE) continue their professional learning programme for schools during the 2019-2020 school year. A full day seminar for Shanbally NS has been scheduled with the PDST/NCSE for Monday November 4th 2019. This seminar focuses on the full implementation of the PLC from Junior Infants to 6th class as well as a chance to reflect on implementation to date for Juniors to Second class in relation to teaching and learning. All teachers will attend from 9.15 am to 3.15 pm.

Children will not attend school this day. Please note that this is the Monday immediately following our midterm break.

  • Clarification re School Pupil Insurance through Allianz.

Please find attached a copy of information which may be helpful when it comes to having children treated after minor accidents/ injuries. We strongly recommend that you make a note of the information contained for future reference. Please let Ruth in the office know if you would like a hard copy of same. Please note that you should retain invoices/ receipts for expenses incurred for the treatment of injuries due to accidents so that you can claim back from Allianz. Please contact Ruth in the office to get a claim form in the event of such an accident.

School First Holy Communion Committee 2019-2020 A big thank you to our Second Class parents who attended the Do This in Memory introductory meeting last evening. Our Enrolment Mass takes place at 10 am on Sunday October 13th. The Do This in Memory masses take place at 10 am on the following dates: Sunday December 1st, January 19th, March 8th and April 26th. A sincere thank you to the following parents who have volunteered for the Committee for the year ahead, Kim Coughlan, Marie-Anne Cotter, Gillian Swanton, Jackie Keane and Stephen Foley.

Our Communion will take place at 10.30 am on Saturday May 16th.

  • Retirement gift to the school from Patricia Kelly

Last Friday week we held a Retirement Concert for our recently retired colleague Patricia Kelly. At this event she kindly presented a cheque that she asked would be used directly on the children. We have a travelling theatre group (M&M Theatrical Productions) coming next Monday to put on “A little Princess” (see previous notice). Given the performance is from 1pm to 2pm this is open to 1st to 6th class incl. This production has an anti-bullying theme in it and has been held successfully in local boys school for the last 2 years. Our SSLD class (Juniors and Seniors) and our mainstream Junior and Senior Classes will go home as normal at 1.30pm. Our PA see below are looking to put on a different event to include our younger classes later this term.  We hope the children will enjoy the play on Monday.

  • Parents Association

A genuine thank you to the large number of parents who turned out last night to our PA planning meeting following the AGM on September 9th. The Committee for the year ahead is as follows:

Chairperson Ingrid Cooper, Treasurer Sandy Griffin, Secretary Marie-Anne Cotter, Uniforms Tracy Crotty.

At our meeting we discussed many important items and also planning of events for the year ahead. The PA will publish their own newsletter in the next few days. One of the major topics for conversation last night was concern for the health and safety of children with the level of poor/ indiscriminate parking at school opening and closing times. I will send home information separately in this regard tomorrow.

  • Chris Slavin/ Project Possible

Chris Slavin who was in the school with assistant dog Earle in September is currently on her fundraising hand-cycle around Ireland. She is due to pass Shanbally NS on Wednesday October 9th next. She has a Facebook Page (Project Possible) which is charting her progress around Ireland. She started from Killarney on Saturday September 7th and has now reached the North of Ireland on her journey. We support her fundraising efforts and we will be asking the children to support this cause financially in advance of her “passing by” on October 9th. It will be great to present her with the funds raised then.

  • Shanbally Church Newsletter

As outlined in the Harbour Parish Newsletter of last Sunday we have been asked to publicise the need for volunteer cooks for Meals on Wheels on Wednesday and Thursday mornings in the PACE centre in Passage West. Please contact Aine or Pat on 021-4863272 if you think you can help.

  • Alan White

Alan who spoke really well in our school recently on Emotional Wellbeing is part of a workshop which takes place on Tuesday October 1st in the Rochestown Park Hotel from 7.30 to 9 pm. Please see attached flyer.

INSPIRE 2019 aims to help parents support their child through the exams process. INSPIRE stands for Inform, Nurture, Support, Participate, Include, Reassure and Encourage.

When it comes to the Leaving Cert or Junior Cert, parents can often feel uncertain as to how they can best support their child through this stressful time. INSPIRE aims to give parents expert advice on nutrition, study and learning techniques, sleep, managing stress and maintaining mental fitness throughout

· Alan White is a second level teacher and wellbeing author. He also delivers wellbeing workshops to companies and organisations. Alan has over a decade of experience working with students and their families to help them fulfil their education potential. Alan will speak about managing stress and maintaining mental fitness throughout the exam year.

· Elaine McKeon, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and owner of Cork Nutrition and Wellness, will speak about the role of food in promoting students’ wellbeing. She will address topics such as energy levels, brain function and mood and how diet influences the performance of the body and mind.

=   Dr. Clara O’Beirne is a chartered psychologist and behaviour specialist with expertise in Education and Psychology. She has worked in a variety of education settings for over 20 years. She has extensive experience designing and delivering training to teachers and has published a number of articles in peer reviewed papers. She is passionate about helping all young people to realize their full potential through empowering, supporting and informing families and the professionals working with them. Clara will address topics such as learning techniques, study and organisation.

  • Shamrocks GAA/ Shanbally NS Red Day on Tuesday October 1st

Shanbally NS continues to enjoy a healthy and fruitful relationship with Shamrocks GAA club. As ever we remain extremely grateful for the use of their sports grounds for school activities including Sciath na Scol matches, sports days, Cork City Sports training, extra yard space during the fine weather etc. We also have a schools coach Anthony Shannon who is working with our present 3rd and 4th classes on Fridays. To help alleviate the cost of this coaching a fundraising table quiz will take place in the Shamrock Bar on Friday October 4th at 8 pm. A team of 4 is €40. Questions as always will be set by Mr. Clifford (5th class) and we encourage all to brush up on their sport and current affairs and take part.

Shamrocks outdoor academy will take place from Friday September 27th on the pitch in Shamrocks from 6.30 pm. The Shamrocks Ladies Football continues to thrive and it is wonderful to see so many of our boys and girls playing with the club. Any enquiries regarding joining Shamrocks for either boys or girls can go through me, David Nolan, and I will forward appropriately.

Shamrocks player Sean Andrews recently enjoyed the privilege of winning an all-Ireland medal with the Cork Minor Footballers against Galway. To celebrate this wonderful achievement, Sean and Shamrocks representatives will visit the school next Tuesday October 1st with both the Minor and Under 20 all Ireland cups. To mark this, the school is hosting a Red Day where children are encouraged to wear Cork jerseys if they have them or other red clothing.  Please do not go to any expense in this regard.

We are also hoping that past pupil Chloe McGrath who won an all-Ireland medal with Cork over the summer will also be able to attend.

Best wishes to our Sciath na Scol teams who travel to Gortroe GAA grounds to play against Clonpriest NS on tomorrow Wednesday in Round 3 of their group.

  • CCS Open Day

All 5th and 6th class children will be bussed to and from Carrigaline Community School for their Open Day. They will leave Shanbally at 11.30 am approx. and will arrive back in Shanbally at 1 pm approx.  If for some reason your child won’t be able to attend, please let the teacher know.

  • School Calendar 2019-2020

Tomorrow we will circulate an updated school calendar which will include changes referred to above and planned PA events etc.

David Nolan

Principal