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Principal’s Newsletter 3 4th December 2107


CARA National Inclusion Award in Education Sector

On Thursday November 30th in Dublin, Shanbally NS was announced as the Cara National Award winner in the Education Sector. This award recognised those who enhance participation opportunities for people with disabilities in sport, physical activity and physical education. This category encompasses all levels of education, primary, secondary and third level. This award is the culmination of many years of commitment by staff to the promotion of a culture of inclusion and excellence in Shanbally NS. We are delighted for this recognition after many years of hard work in this area. It takes a long time to develop such a culture of inclusion and for it to become second nature to us all. This award is a tribute to the partnership between the children, staff, parents and wider community of Shanbally NS past and present. We are finalising plans for an in-school celebration on this Thursday so there will be no homework that night.


Newsletter 3

November 30th 2017

Dear parents, a few notes for you and some more dates for your diary. Christmas is fast approaching and it is a busy time for all. We have a lot to celebrate!


Update of School Calendar 2017/2018

Remainder of Term 1

Sciath na Scol Quiz                      Wednesday December 6th

3rd Class Boys Indoor Football     Thursday December 7th (Time and details to be confirmed).

Nativity Play                                  Thursday December 14th at 6.30pm (see email home for more details)

Hope Foundation Coin Appeal      Thursday December 14th

School Closed for Primary Curriculum Language Friday December 15th 2017

PA Sponsored Puppet Show        Tuesday December 19th

Special Visitor                              Wednesday December 20th

Christmas Holidays                      Closing early Friday December 22nd 11.45 for Juniors/Seniors+siblings & 12 for rest of school

                                                     Re-opening Monday January 8th


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

Confirmation                                Thursday April 26th

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






Our Parents Association have also been busy recently with their Cake Sale on October 26th, Bag Packing on October 27th +28th, Sciath na Scol Teams Reception on November 15th, Bingo Evening (including Arts and Crafts Competition) on November 26th, and upcoming Puppet show (Tuesday December 19th) and Special Visitor (Wednesday December 20th) which they are sponsoring. They also donated €500 from funds raised towards buses for the school over the year. We are so grateful to our hardworking PA and hope they enjoy a well-earned break over the Christmas Break.




Other highlights of the term were:

  • A visit from Water & Road Safety Development Officer, Caroline Casey, who spoke to classes about water safety, in particular.
  • A very successful Science Week with 6th Class mesmerising the other classes with their amazing experiments. A tremendous amount of hard work and preparation went in to this and it really paid off!
  • As part of Science Week some classes went to Carrigaline Library (3rd + 4th) for workshops and 6th class also benefited from an Electronic Brain Box workshop, sponsored by Cork Electronics Industry Association, which they really enjoyed.
  • As part of the Super Troopers/ Nutri Safari initiative, 4th class visited SuperValu Grange for an educational trip around nutrition and food.
  • We had a fantastic response to our Cork Penny Dinners Shoebox Appeal and we were overwhelmed by families’ generosity at such an expensive time, coming up to Christmas. The trouble people went to in wrapping the boxes and putting little cards with them has also to be acknowledged. It is truly wonderful to see such a spirit of giving.


Pupil Achievements

  • On Wednesday November 15th Shanbally NS completed a historic double with victories in the Allianz DF3 and DGF3 Sciath na Scol Finals. Sincere thanks to all in the school community who volunteer so much of their time in the promotion of Gaelic games, in particular staff members Paddy, Aideen and Sandra who give of their time every year to train the children. DVDs of the final are available to order through the school office. Please let us know if you’d like one. €20 for one (i.e. boys or girls) or €30 for a combined DVD (both) which is a brother + sister offer only.
  • Marc Galland 6th Class- Munster Double Gold and Personal Bests in 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly recently.
  • Elizabeth Carroll 4th Class– qualified for World Championships in 8 Hand Céilí in Glasgow in March next.
  • Maebh O’Mahony 6th Class- Peace Poster Regional Winner – Carrigaline & District Lions Club sponsored.
  • Dara McCormick 6th Class – Playing for Cork United in u-12 Soccer won West Cork Inter League Competition.
  • Josh Busteed 3rd Class- ongoing success in show jumping including recent win in the Waterford & Tipperary Awards. In the weekend just gone Josh was the winner of the South Union Pony Club Show Jumping Perpetual Trophy.
  • Maeve Lillis 4th Class- Well done to Maeve on her participation on the Late Late Toy Show over the weekend.



Parents Contribution

It was our intention to request the traditional voluntary family contribution in October but given the proximity to Christmas and challenges brought about by Storm Ophelia, we will send home a request for this contribution in January. This will be especially necessary if the Department fail to pay the Minor Works Grant.


Homework Club Update

*As there will be no homework on Thursday 7th there will be no homework club on this day. This also applies Thursday 14th as our Nativity Play is on that evening. Therefore there is homework club this week Monday to Wednesday incl. and next week Monday to Wednesday incl. Homework club finishes this term on Wednesday December 13th. It will resume Monday January 8th.


Credit Union

Following are upcoming dates for the Credit Union in the school as communicated to us recently:

December 5th –  Last money collection

December 12th-  No money collection, returning slips only

January 16th –      Resuming CU activities in school



Possible Road Closure


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Cork County Council is considering the closing to public traffic of the following roads for the dates and for the times stated:- From Wednesday 3rd January 2018 to Friday 26thJanuary 2018 (24 Hour Closure) Road to be closed:

R613 Carrigaline to Currabinny Road (Back road from Carrigaline)



We wish to inform you that First Class teacher Mary Sheahan has announced her plan to retire at Christmas. Mary has been an integral member of our teaching staff and will be hugely missed. We are currently finalising arrangements for a teacher to take the class from January to June, to continue Mary’s outstanding work.



Upcoming Talk


A reminder (as recently emailed on November 28th)  that the National Parents Council are hosting a free talk entitled “Supporting Parents to Support Their Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing” on Wednesday December 6th in the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire at 7.30pm.



Note of condolences

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to our staff and families who have lost family members in 2017. As a community and school we were devastated when 3rd class parent, Bobby McGinty, passed away recently. We express our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.


Thank you and best wishes to everyone for a safe and peaceful Christmas.

David Nolan


Principal’s Newsletter 2 : October 23rd 2017


Dear parents,

a few notes for you and some more dates for your diary. The recent bad weather played havoc with us all and I hope everyone managed to stay safe and get through it. Hopefully as we approach mid-term things will improve and the children can enjoy their time off.


Summary of School Calendar 2017/2018

Term 1

Mid-Term Break               Closing Friday 27th October                                                         

                                         Re-opening Monday November 6th

Nativity Play                     Thursday December 14th at 6.30pm

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

Confirmation                     Thursday April 26th

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



School Drop-Off & Collection

  • Gates are open by 8.35 a.m. If pupils arrive before then with the gates locked, they must wait at the front or side gate until opened by the Principal or a Teacher. The Board of Management accepts no responsibility for unsupervised children in the morning.
  • Children are requested to follow our “Meet and Greet” policy as they line up in their appropriate class lines. Official supervision begins at 8.35am.
  • All children should be on time in the morning to enable them to participate in the line-up of classes at 8.50 a.m. to hear various school announcements etc.
  • Parents are welcome to accompany their children in the mornings. To develop independence and self-management skills, we would encourage children, from an early age, to enter and prepare for class independently

The normal hours of finishing are

(i)            1.30 p.m. for Junior and Senior Infant classes.  

(ii)           2.30 p.m. for 1st to 6th classes

                             Parents can wait at the front or side gate for their children. If some parents would like to come in from 2.25 pm, that’s acceptable too.

  • All children should be off the school premises by 1.35 p.m. (Juniors + Seniors) or 2.35 p.m. (rest of school) as the BOM do not accept responsibility for children after these times.  If there is a genuine reason for being late, this should be explained to the Principal. If a phone call is made ahead of time, Ruth in the office will inform the class teacher who will assist in making arrangements until the parents arrive.
  • No responsibility will be taken for children who are collected at 1.30pm and who remain on school grounds after that time. Please note that children are not allowed anywhere on the grounds at this time. We respectfully request that all children stay off the grass areas and do not climb railings under any circumstances as it may distract from teaching that may be taking place outside at the time. At the 2.30 p.m. finish time children awaiting collection should remain on school grounds outside main door. No responsibility will be taken for children who leave the school grounds after 2.30p.m.
  • Car-pooling is encouraged and has huge benefits.


I would like to remind you to

  • please observe the no parking signs, cones and the yellow box
  • please don’t obstruct the footpath & entrance to the carpark as children are then forced to walk onto the road to get around the cars blocking the walkway.
  • please be mindful of reversing cars as children who run ahead of parents are unaware of the danger.
  • we try to operate the carpark in a one entrance, one exit manner i.e. entering closest to the school and exiting nearest to the shop. This helps make the carpark safer and operate better for all.


Our Parents Association have asked us to communicate the following: 

  • Hallowe’en Cake Sale on this Thursday in the Halla. For the benefit of new families, we kindly ask that all families do their best to supply home-baked or shop bought goods. These can be brought to the Halla in or around the school start time on Thursday morning. Obviously these baked goods should not contain nuts in accordance with our school policy. It would be very helpful if children were given labelled, lidded plastic containers for their purchases. Anyone supplying home baked goods in plastic containers or on plates, please label them if you would like them returned to you. Classes are brought over in a coordinated manner. Cakes are from 50cent each and most children buy 2 or 3 cakes or items.
  • Bag packing in Dunne’s Stores Carrigaline on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October. More bag-packers needed Friday (12.30-7)+Saturday (12-6). We could do with more volunteers! Please call Marie-Anne on 085-8549246. Thank you. Hopefully you can volunteer some time to help to make this event a great success.


Halloween Dress-Up

This Friday in keeping with tradition, all children can dress up in Hallowe’en costumes. There is no obligation to do so as we know some children don’t like dressing up. I’d ask that scary masks not be worn as they can frighten some of the younger children. We look forward to seeing what children (and staff) come in as!


School Shop

As in past years if students need copies, pens etc. there is a small shop in the school that has a supply of the copies, pencils etc. that we recommend. Copies cost 40 cent, pens 20c etc. During the day students get permission to access the school shop with permission from their class teacher.



Following our recent Open Night, we are turning our attention to our enrolment for 2018-2019. If you have a child for enrolment for these or other years please let us know if you haven’t already.


Parents Contribution

It was our intention to request the traditional voluntary family contribution at this time but given the recent financial challenges brought about by the recent adverse weather and resulting hardships, we will send home a request for this contribution after mid-term. In this request we will clarify aspects of the Allianz Pupil Personal School Insurance.


Credit Union

A reminder that the Credit Union is here every Tuesday and children are welcome to join at any stage.


Penny Dinners

As we get organised for Christmas and think of those who need assistance in our community, we will be collected boxes (shoe boxes may do!) for Penny Dinners (a Cork Charity).

We will be collecting these boxes in the Halla until November 17th 2017.

Thank you.



Note of condolences

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to staff members who recently lost family members.


Thank you and best wishes to everyone for the coming mid-term.

David Nolan


Shamrocks GAA Table Quiz

Our local GAA Club, Shamrocks is holding a Table Quiz (general knowledge, set by Mr. Clifford)  on Friday 29th September at 8.30 pm in the Shamrock Bar, to offset costs of hiring a GAA school’s coach for all 3 schools in the parish. They are hoping that parents in our school will support it.

A table of 4 is €40 (€10 per person). A raffle will also be held with some excellent prizes  (we’re told) including a weekend away for 2.  We look forward to seeing you on the night. Thank you.

David Nolan

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


June 22nd: Principal’s note home

Dear parents, 

1. Thanks to your support, we raised €554.40 for Breakthrough Cancer Research in our recent walk.

2. Children can wear their own clothes from next Monday,  to facilitate the passing on of school uniforms and tracksuits and as a fundraiser for past pupil, Mia McCormick, to help sponsor her Transition Year trip to Africa. Each family is asked to donate €2.00 in this regard. Thank you.

3. Book-lists have been sent home in the last few days. Please contact the office if you haven’t received them. Arrangements are being made for book-lists to be emailed out to those who aren’t in school at the moment. 

4. Congratulations to 6th class on a wonderful “Robin Hood” play on Thursday and Friday last. Thanks to all sponsors of the Raffle prizes.

5. Shanbally NS are delighted to announce that we received our Active Schools Flag today following huge effort from all in the school especially Mr. O’Mahony, staff and the pupils of the Active School Committee.

6. Jumping the Line is on  Tuesday 27th June at 1.15 (weather permitting!)

Thank you.

David Nolan

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




Note from Principal

Dear Parents, 


€60 family contribution now due. Please send it to Ruth in the office. Ruth will issue a receipt for the contribution. Thanks to the families who have already paid this contribution. We appreciate & rely on your continued support. If you have any queries please contact Ruth.


Douglas Credit Union will be in the school again next Monday at 11.30 am and will facilitate the opening of savings accounts for children. Children aged 6 and up can sign for their own accounts. Please send in their birth cert and PPS No. Consent forms are available in the office if you need one. Children who want to put money in to accounts already opened should bring in their books. Lodgements will be taken and receipts posted out as necessary.


Punctuality:  All children should be on time in the morning to enable them to participate in the line-up of classes at 8.50 a.m. to hear various school announcements etc. Children arriving late to the classroom can be distracting to other children and if, for example, the children are going to Literacy or Maths groups they can miss valuable time in these focused groups. Also, children who are late can find it more difficult to settle in to classwork. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Shanbally NS

Douglas Credit Union launch School Savings Scheme

This is a quick reminder that Douglas Credit Union are due in to the school on Monday to launch a Schools Savings Scheme. They will be going to the various classes introducing the idea. Some children have brought in their forms and there are spare forms available in the office if you need them. The Credit Union representatives will cover issues, such as if children already have accounts with them etc. The children don’t need to have their forms for Monday.

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Newsletter 5: December 16th 2016


Dear Parents,

  • I would like to acknowledge again the huge commitment the staff and children in preparing for last night’s Nativity “A Miracle in Town”.  It reflects positively the passion, enthusiasm and interest within the school. The efforts last night and for 2016 are greatly appreciated by all.
  • Thanks again to Fr. Sean and Fr. Con for their cooperation and help during the year.
  • Thanks to the Parents Association for the lovely floral displays in the church.
  • I wish to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of the staff to the parents/ grandparents and extended families who work in tandem with us, during the year.

  • Thank you for your overwhelming generosity in our Cork Simon appeal. Ms. Cunningham will be bringing the items donated in to town on Tuesday next, so donations are still being accepted! Items include

 Non-perishable food:                        Items for personal use by residents and rough sleepers:

·         Tinned food·                            Sleeping bags, Single Duvets + Covers, single fitted sheets,

·         Dried food e.g. pasta, rice        Blankets, Pillow Cases and Towels

·         Cartons of juice                       Socks + Underwear

·         Breakfast cereals                    Disposable razors + Sanitary Products

.        Christmas selection boxes        Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Body Wash + Shampoo 


  • Feedback was very positive from parents in relation to the proposed before/after school care for children in the school. Our Board of Management, at their recent meeting, agreed in principle with the proposal. The next step is for certain aspects of the proposal to be clarified to the Board in early January. Then, the full details will be presented to parents to begin the process of registering/booking for September 2017.
  • Thanks to the Parents Association for organising Santa to come to the school today. Thanks to our senior classes for accompanying our younger classes to the Halla.
  • A reminder that we finish school early next Thursday at 11.45 for Junior/Senior Infants and their siblings and 12 for the rest of the school. We return to school on Monday January 9th.

Thank you,

With best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas.

David Nolan



Note from Principal: 14.12.2016

  • A reminder that our Christmas Nativity play is on in Shanbally Church at 5.30pm tomorrow and it should be about 40 minutes in duration, finishing at approximately 6.10pm. Children should take their allocated seats for 5.15pm sharp. As space is very limited we  recommend you come early to get seats. Children should leave their coats with their parents to facilitate getting in and out of seats. At the end of the play, parents need to collect children from teachers at their allocated seating starting with Junior Infants (& siblings) and working up the classes. This is to safeguard children from entering outside or into the carpark unaccompanied.
  • A further reminder that the Shanbally Youth Choir will be singing at the 5pm Christmas Eve Mass in Shanbally Church on December 24th.
  • You may have seen in local news and on social media recently the catchy “All About ‘Dem Cakes” cd fundraiser which another school, Scoil Isogain Farranree, in Cork launched recently.  We have them for sale in the school office for €3.00, if you were looking for a stocking filler.  A parent in our school teaches the class involved in the cd.

Thank you,

David Nolan