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Welcome Back Sept 2020

It was fantastic to welcome our wonderful pupils back to school this week. It was great to reconnect with everyone. Special welcome to our new Junior Infants- we look forward to getting to know you all over the next few years. It was lovely to hear the sound of children playing in the yards and seeing everyone catching up with their friends. We wish you all a happy and healthy school year.

Admissions Policy 2020

Covid 19 Helpful Activities

These links are now available in the Parents section of the Website. We hope you find the suggestions useful.


The Classes are really enjoying their Gymnastics lessons with Colm O Toole of Gymnastics Inc. Thanks so much to Colm and Chloe for providing these lessons free of charge to the entire school!!

Engineering in a Box

Another exciting lesson from our Engineers Gillian and Sara. Thanks for your fantastic contribution to the promotion of this really worthwhile topic in our class.

St Briget’s Crosses

Many of the classes were busy recently carrying out this traditional craft activity to welcome Spring/ St Briget’s Day.

Newsletter 6 February 2020

Newsletter 6 February 3rd 2020

Parents, following are some important dates and information for this school year. The school closings are highlighted in red for your convenience. Please note that as part of our Primary Language Curriculum implementation the school is directed by the Department of Education to take one half day school closure per term between now and the end of the school year. We will communicate details of same next week after the first meeting of our new Board of Management. Thank you.

    School Calendar for rest of year

February 6th       Gymnastics

February 7th       Indoor GAA Coaching Maritime College

February 10/12 PTM Juniors and 4th

February 11th     Safer Internet Day

February 13th     Gymnastics

February 14th     Valentine’s Day PA Cake Sale

Finish for midterm on Friday 14th

Closed for midterm from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February

School reopens Monday 24th February

February 24th     Ceremony of Light (5th + 6th) 7 pm

February 25th     Irish Dancing 1

February 25th     Teddy Bear Hospital 11.45-12.45 (JI+SI+SSLD)

February 27th     Gymnastics

February 28th     Indoor GAA Coaching Maritime College


March               Details of Seachtain na Gaeilge to be finalised

March 2nd         Engineers Week

March 3rd           Irish Dancing 2

March 5th          Confirmation

March 8th          Do This in Memory

March 10th        Irish Dancing 3

March 11th        Lismore Science (Juniors – 4th incl)

March 12th        First Confession at 7 pm

March 12th        Gymnastics 8

March 13th        Indoor GAA Coaching Maritime College

School closed for St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday March 17th

March 19th        Gymnastics

March 20th         Indoor GAA Coaching Maritime College

March 24th         Irish Dancing 4

March 26th         Gymnastics

March 27th        Indoor GAA Coaching Maritime College

March 31st       Irish Dancing 5


April                 Details of Sciath na Scol Hurling Fixtures will be circulated once received

April 2nd             World Autism Day

Closing early for Easter holidays on Friday April 3rd

School closed from Monday 6th to Friday 17th April incl.

School reopens Monday April 20th

April 23rd           Gymnastics

April 26th           Do This in Memory

April 30th           Swimming 1 9.50 in the pool (3rd and 4th classes)

April 30th           PA Meeting at 7.30 pm


School closed for May Bank Holiday Monday May 4th

May 5th            Bookfair delivered

May 7th              Swimming 2

May 14th            Swimming 3

First Holy Communion Saturday May 16th at 10.30 am

May 21st           Swimming 4

May 28th           Swimming 5

May 29th            Cork City Sports


Monday June 1st and Tuesday June 2nd June 2020 School closed for June Bank holiday

June 4th                                                 Swimming 6

Thursday June 4th/ Friday June 5th           6th Class overnight tour

Week of Mon 8th                                    IEP Meetings/ SET meetings

Wednesday 10/11                                  School Reports issued

Tuesday June 16th                                  1st and 2nd school tour

Wednesday June 17th                             Infant School Tour

Wednesday June 17th                             5th class tour

Thursday June 18th                                 3rd and 4th tour

Friday June 19th                                     New Junior Infants in

Monday 22nd or 23rd                               School Sports Day (tbc)

Wednesday June 24th                             Jumping the line

Wednesday June 24th                             6th Class Leaving

Friday June 26th School finishes early  for summer break

*early means 11.45 am for Juniors/Seniors/ SSLD + siblings and 12 noon for the rest of the school.

    Specific Upcoming Events- more information

The PA are holding a Valentine’s Day cake sale on Friday next week (Feb 14th) and are asking all wonderful Mums/Dads/Grandparents/ Guardians and Children to start baking. It would be very helpful if children could be given an extra lunchbox/ Tupperware container for their cakes.  Please bring your cakes, cookies etc. to the Halla on the Friday morning and clearly mark any containers which you would like returned, thank you. Most cakes cost 50c each so children can be given money appropriately. Fundraising from the Cake sale will go towards the Lismore Mobile Science Workshops which Juniors to 4th classes will be taking part in.

We have Lismore Mobile Science as part of our Engineer’s Week Activities. Thanks to the PA for sponsoring this exciting event, approx. €4 per head. Juniors to 4th class will attend workshops on topics such as Junior Science, Astronaut University, CSI Classroom and Guts of Digestion on Wednesday March 11th.

    I CAN DO

The I CAN DO 30 day wellbeing challenge, as part of our Amber Flag initiative, is being taken on by all our pupils who recently received their individual booklets. Each night as part of homework the children are asked to reflect on their emotional wellbeing and to fit five simple fun activities in to their daily routine to help them feel happier, healthier and more resilient. Huge credit to Ms. O’Mahony, Ms. Callanan, Dee Allen and Alan White for their incredible work on this project to date.

    Money Collections

  • The €50 Voluntary Family Contribution is now due. As costs at the beginning of the year are a burden to families we are only now requesting this €50 per family voluntary contribution. Thanks to anyone who has paid in advance. This money is used to pay the 24-hour Allianz Pupil Insurance for all children in the school and also goes towards Irish Dancing, photocopying costs, paper & toner, school texting service, and mandatory City Sports tickets. It is also used to subsidise the significant cost of buses used during the year (outside of school tours). While the DES emphasise the voluntary aspect of this contribution we would respectfully request that any family in a position to pay would do so. An Aladdin collection will be set up to allow parents pay on-line.
  • On Friday 7th February, we are holding a non-school uniform day to support local woman Lenore Good who is climbing Kilimanjaro in September to raise funds for Sonas Junior Special School Carrigaline, Shine Centre for Autism Carrigaline and the Irish Guide Dogs. Full details can be found here We ask parents to support this bringing in at least €1 per child for this worthy cause.
  • Gymnastics has commenced for all classes. Huge thanks to Colm and Chloe O’Toole of Gymnastics Inc., Kilnagleary Industrial Park, Crosshaven Road, Carrigaline, Co. Cork who are very generously providing these classes free of charge! (10 lessons for Juniors to 6th) as we have Charlie and Alice in the school.
  • Irish Dancing (5 lessons for Juniors to 5th) will commence on Tuesday February 25th with Miah Walsh of the Kiely-Walsh Academy of Irish Dance. The children always really enjoy them. For Juniors to 5th the cost is €3 per child which will be funded from Parents Voluntary Contributions as requested above.
  • Swimming on Thursdays (9.50 am in the pool!)
    • Dates: 30th April, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May, 28th May, and 4th June
    • 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 as per recent years:

Juniors/Seniors/ SSLD:   €18 approx.

1st/2nd:                                  €25 approx.

3rd/4th:                                  €25 approx.

5th:                                          €31 approx.

6th:                                          €TBC

    Parents Association and Parents- Thanks

Since our last newsletter we would like to thank and acknowledge the PA for the following: pre-Christmas Santa visit, presentation to different staff members, the recent fundraiser Clothing Collection and the upcoming Valentine Bake/Cake Sale.Our PA also purchased a Defibrillator for the school (and community) and financed very focused and thorough training for school staff also. This Defibrillator will be a wonderful asset to the school and community going forward.

As Principal, I would also like to recognise and acknowledge the kindness and gratitude shown to staff at Christmas.

Thanks to all those who helped out with the collections of various items for Cork Penny Dinners. They were very well received and Caitriona Twomey asked me to send on her appreciation to all involved. Thanks to Ms. Cunningham for coordinating on the school’s behalf.

As always we are indebted to our PA and our school body in general for their generous support of all events.

    New Board of Management Members

Following is the make-up of our new Board of Management that runs from November 2019 to November 2023. Thanks to our outgoing Board for their commitment to the Board for the past four years. Wishing our current Board the very best in their endeavours.

Patron’s Nominee 1, Fr. Sean O’Sullivan                (Chairperson)   

Patron’s Nominee 2, John Murray

Principal Teacher, David Nolan                                                  

Teacher Nominee, Paddy Clifford

Community Rep 1, Anita Ryan                                                   

Community Rep 2, Róisín Mehigan                          

Parent Nominee 1, John Cotter (Treasurer)

Parent Nominee 2, Sonya Keenan

    New SENO

Following the National Council for Special Education’s recent reorganization, our new SENO (Special Educational Needs Organiser) is Nuala McDonnell. We thank former SENO Audrey O’Shea for her contribution and wish her the best in her new role.


Thank you to our staff and Fr. Sean who continue to help in preparing the children for their Confirmation.  5th and 6th classes really enjoyed their Retreat Day in Scala, Blackrock last week. I have been asked to devise a seating plan for the Confirmation day and this is currently being worked on. I will write home to all families in this regard and with all other details of the big day.

Thanks to Fr. Sean and the parish for sponsoring their retreat in Scala.

    2nd class

Best of luck to our First Holy Communion children in 2nd class who make their First Penance on Thursday March 12th at 7 pm. Sincere thanks to class teacher, Ms. Harrington, SNA Noreen Meehan, and the active First Holy Communion Committee for their hard work and commitment, not to mention Fr. Con and Fr. Sean! Please note that after Easter we will be arranging for Sinead from Laura’s School Wear to come in to size the boys for Communion blazers. Parents will be invited to be present for the sizing if they’d like, once details are finalised.

Details of the school photographer and orders will be sent home soon.

    Miscellaneous Pupil Notices

In-School/ school related achievements:

  • Children from 4th, 5th and 6th took part in the League of Credit Union School Quiz last week and did fantastically well with the older team coming first and the younger team coming second! They really did us proud. The older team proceeds to the next stage – County Finals
  • Our VEX Robotics 6th class team thoroughly enjoyed their trip to CIT to take place in competitions there on January 15th winning the Judges Award for their creative efforts. Huge thanks to teachers Mr. Cunningham and Ms. O’Mahony for their wonderful commitment to this worthy educational initiative.

Achievements: Our pupils continue to amaze us with their out of school activities and achievements.

  • Just recently Adrianna (4th) and Adam (6th) won 2 bronze medals and a gold medal/silver medal respectively (Adam now holds the title of Munster Open Taekwondo champion in his age).
  • Josh in 5th continues his winning ways in show jumping.
  • Alex in 4th class had a poem printed at Christmas in a newspaper recently entitled “Newsflash”.

VERY WELL DONE ALL– please let us know if your child has succeeded in any particular way.

Past Pupil Achievements: Very well done to past pupil Jack Dorney who continues to perform at a very high level in rowing. He is due to attend Harvard University this year, going in as the class of ’24 but his plan is to take a year out to train and take part in the Olympics in Paris in 2024 so might graduate in ’25. WATCH THIS SPACE. Wishing Jack the very best of luck in his studies and training.

Very well done to past pupil Cormac O’Brien who with his team Rebel Wheelers won the IWA Hula Hoop National Cup beating arch rivals Killester, retaining the title for a second year. They beat Killester decisively 60-47. Wishing Cormac and his team continued success.

Aladdin School App: Dear Parent/Guardian, as you will know we rolled out Aladdin Schools Connect to all parents/guardians. The school uses the Aladdin Schools software service for administrative purposes and Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc.  via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App. Please be aware that there is a facility with Aladdin for you to let us know if any of your contact details change e.g. phone numbers/ address etc.

Local Hero: Congratulations to local man (and legend) John Twomey who recently received the Lifetime Contribution to Sport Award at the Southside and District Sports Awards. John was presented with his award at a special function in the Cork International Hotel on Friday January 10th surrounded by friends and members of Shamrocks GAA Club. John has always been a huge support to the school and the community. He has often visited classes speaking on topics ranging from local history to international affairs, not to mention his numerous articles of interest in the Carrigdhoun. John is always of tremendous help when visitors come to the school trying to trace ancestors who may have lived in the area. All in the school congratulate him on this award.

Local Events

Marymount Coffee Morning being held in Monkstown GC on Thursday February 6th from 10.30 am-12.30 pm. All welcome. Donations will be accepted for a raffle which will be held also.

Grief and Loss Support Programme. This 8 week programme  begins on Monday February 10th to Monday March 30th from 7.30 pm to9.30 pm in the Parish Centre Carrigaline. For further information and registration please contact Ber on 021-4371109 on or before Friday February 7th.

Shamrocks GAA Indoor academy continues every Friday night at the National Maritime College, Ringaskiddy from 6.30-8.30 pm.  Shamrock Ladies under 10s are back training every Tuesday night at 6.30 with under 6s and under 8s every Thursday at 6.30pm.

Kind Regards,

David Nolan


Mini Newsletter 5


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

Reptile Village Visit

Christmas Notes

Dear parents, a reminder of our Cork Simon Fundraiser (see attached Santa Stamp Envelopes). For 1 euro these stamps are available from class teachers (up to 3rd class) or from the office. It is a nice way to support this local charity for very little. Thank you to those who have purchased the envelopes to date. We hope to send off monies collected in December, in time for Christmas.

  • Cork Penny Dinner Christmas Appeal Reminder

Ms. Cunningham is collecting items for the homeless of Cork which she shall donate to Penny Dinners in Cork city. Penny Dinners work directly with the homeless people of Cork. The items that are needed/ requested for adults and children are:

  •    New and store packaged underwear, vests, tights, socks
  •    Children’s jackets
  •    Baby Wipes

Items are being collected throughout November and delivered them to Penny Dinners next week. This is a way of helping the homeless in Cork city. All donations gratefully received. A box clearly marked has been put at the back of the Halla for anyone who would like to donate the listed items.

  • You might be aware of the new bus service which passes Shanbally NS and includes Carrigaline. It passes close to the secondary schools in Carrigaline which might interest parents. There is a Road Show tomorrow in SuperValu Shopping Centre, Carrigaline from 2pm to 5pm if you would like to find out more about it.
  • Clothes Collection Fundraiser- PA have organised a collection for old clothes. If you would like to drop bags off to the Halla please do so by Monday December 2nd at the latest.

Thank you.

The Office

Shanbally NS