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Mini Newsletter 5

29/11/2019

Mini newsletter 5

Dear parents and all Shanbally NS Community,

I write to you with regard to some important news. I am sorry to relay that DP Claire O’Connell will be leaving us at Christmas. Claire has been appointed the Principal of Scoil Bhríde , Crossmahon NS near Bandon. While I am saddened at the loss for us in Shanbally NS, I have no doubt that Claire will be a wonderful Principal and make a huge contribution there for many years to come.

Claire joined the staff of Shanbally NS in September 2011, having taught previously for 6 years in Navan. Over the years she taught across all the classes and in recent years was a valued member of our SET team. She was of course appointed Deputy Principal in November 2015 and was a huge support in the administration and management aspect of school life.

Claire was a conscientious,  dedicated team member who contributed hugely also though her music, both in class and on many special occasions (e.g.) Christmas Nativity, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and associated ceremonies, 6th Class Leaving Nights etc. not to mention some life-long memorable trips to Hallelujah and Peace Proms Concerts. She was a huge asset to the school and will be sorely missed.

Claire’s SET place will be filled from January 6th to June 2020 by Kate O’Sullivan (Bachelor of Ed. Mary I). Kate has previously taught in Shanbally NS and returns to us having taught mainstream classes in St. Johns Girls School in Carrigaline and in Ballinspittle NS September 17 to June 18. Kate has also extensive SET experience in Ballinspittle NS 2018/2019 and has indeed recently commenced a Master’s in Education. Kate is currently teaching our Junior Infants class until Christmas while Ms. Niamh Coffey recovers from her recent accident.  There will be a comprehensive handover process between Ms. O’Connell and Ms. O’Sullivan to ensure a smooth transition. We will introduce Ms. O’Sullivan properly to all children in her care prior to Christmas.

We wish them all the best in their future careers and say a huge, sincere thank you to Claire for her significant contribution to Shanbally NS over the years.

Final reminders

  • Cork Simon Santa Stamps
  • Cork Penny Dinners Collection (Monday at the latest please)
  • PA Clothes Collection (Monday at the latest please)

Thank you,

David Nolan