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Allergies Policy including Nut & Food Allergy

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Newsletter No. 3 2016-2017

Dear Parents,

School Calendar until Christmas 2016

  • Thursday 15th December Nativity play “A Miracle in Town” at 5.30 pm in Shanbally Church.
  • Thursday December 22nd School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for the Christmas break and will reopen on Monday January 9th2017.

School Calendar in 2017

  • Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th School is closed for mid-term.
  • Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th School is closed for the St. Patrick’s Day break.
  • Tuesday March 28th School is closed for a full day Professional Development Workshop on the Primary Language Curriculum. All teachers will be attending the Cork Education Support Centre that day.
  • Friday April 7th School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for Easter break and will reopen on Monday April 24th.
  • Monday May 1st closed for Bank Holiday
  • Saturday May 13th 2017 First Holy Communion
  • Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th School is closed for an extended June bank holiday.
  • Thursday June 29th 2017 School finishes early (11.45/12 noon) for summer holidays.

 

Please bear with me as I now have a lot of people and initiatives to acknowledge and thank!

Last Friday night was a very special evening for all in Shanbally NS. It was decided earlier this year to change the format of our major pre-Christmas fundraiser. Once the concept of the Pedal Powered Cinema Night was agreed on, the PA did an incredible job in organising and running a great night in a wonderfully professional manner. We have to compliment those who cycled (children, parents, past pupils and staff), those who organised the rota (which needed updating right up to the event!), those who volunteered on the night and helped with chairs, cleaning up, running the raffle etc. and everyone else who played a role in the event.

I cannot praise or compliment the PA (and the parent body in general) for the outstanding support and commitment shown to this project, especially given the short time-frame they had to organise such an event. On behalf of the PA, we would like to especially acknowledge the following:

  • Roy McKnight, Sinead Fitzpatrick and the staff of Douglas/ Passage West Credit Union for their main sponsorship of the event.
  • Dermot Kelly (Pfizer) for sponsoring the cost of the use of Raffeen Creek Golf facilities.
  • Paddy Andrews and the bar staff of Raffeen Creek Golf Club for facilitating us on the night.

We have to acknowledge Ken Murphy (event manager) of PedalCents (www.pedalcents.ie) for his competent organising and setting up of the equipment for the night.

A thank you to our pupils and families who contributed so generously through the sponsorship cards from families, friends and neighbours and those who contributed via Crowdfunding page set up. Thanks also to those who suggested potential corporate sponsors and indeed secured them!

Our Parents Association will be doing their own acknowledgements of all sponsors but we have to mention the local companies and suppliers who sponsored bicycles, donated spot prizes for the raffle etc.

I have to mention our school staff who enthusiastically supported the project, attending and cycling on the night.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our recent Clothes Recycling Drive and to our PA for organising.

Huge thanks to parents who work tirelessly on behalf of the school, often behind the scenes, with the Parents Association, Sciath na Scol matches, school events, prizes for Maths Week etc. There are too many to mention individually but please note your contribution doesn’t go unnoticed.

 

Some of the ongoing initiatives and other news within the school

  • Thank you to everyone who played a role in our recent Sciath na Scol Finals from parents who dropped and collected the children for matches, the teachers involved for training and inspiring and the children themselves who played so well on the day and throughout their campaigns. Next year hopefully it will be THIRD TIME LUCKY!
  • Thanks to  3rd class who organised the Brain Snack competition during Maths Week. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the children solving the problems.
  • Thank you to Miss Moran and 6th Class who coordinated an exciting and sometimes explosive Science Week. All the classes really enjoyed participating.
  • Congratulations to Marc Galland who represented our school recently in swimming and who has qualified for the Irish Minor Schools Championship in February next. Well done Marc.
  • Thank you to the First Communion Committee and Mrs. Ryan (2nd class teacher) for their roles in preparing the First Communion children who enjoyed their first Do This in Memory Mass last Sunday. It was a lovely occasion.
  • Dermot Kelly of another locally-based company, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals recently called to 5th and 6th classes and spoke of Pfizer and its operations in Cork and worldwide. The children were able to ask him questions about the company, its products and career opportunities. He has invited the classes on a site visit which will be scheduled in early 2017 hopefully. Watch this space!
  • Children in 3rd Class recently enjoyed a complimentary workshop in Fota, with class teacher Mrs. Tuohy, SNA Regina and Principal, Mr. Nolan,  This workshop,“Going Green, Staying Green”,  was courtesy of Fota Wildlife Park,  in collaboration with Cork County Council. Thanks to them for the opportunity.
  • 5th class with teacher, Mr. Clifford, travelled down the road to DePuy for a site visit on November 16th where they learned all about DePuy and what they make. Thank you to DePuy for the kind invitation.
  • 6th Class  visited  Elite Gym on Friday, 2nd December,  to see at first-hand how the Exo Skeleton operates.  Thank you to everyone involved.
  • Our skipping challenge “Climbing the Heights” is continuing with a number of classes having already climbed their first mountain. Some classes are embarking on their second mountain. Well done to the motivated staff and students, we are really enjoying improving our fitness levels.
  • A reminder that some copies of our 50th Anniversary History of Shanbally NS is available in the school office to purchase if you’d like one as a stocking filler at Christmas.

We would like to wish staff member, Fiona O’Donoghue, the very best in her new job. Fiona has secured a job in Roxboro School which is much closer to her home in Limerick.

 

List of prize-winners and prizes in the recent PA Raffle

RAFFLE:  
   
1 Emma McSweeney               4th Class                24 Cans of 7up            
2 Sarah Doyle                         3rd Class                 Mystery Book, from Carrigaline book shop            
3 Makayla Doolan                    6th Class                €100 voucher Moors Jewellers
4 Sarah Murphy                       3rd Class                €25 voucher High Street Books
5 Matt Mapplebeck                  1st Class                 3 x passes to Bounce Zone
6 Katie Culhane                       1st Class                 Pen & Paper Hamper
7 Ivan Sullivan                         3rd Class                1 Months membership Acton’s Kinsale
8 Doireann Gannon                   Jnrs                       Voucher O’Crualaoi Butchers
9 Grace Deasy                         3rd Class                Photo Voucher Adrian O’Herlihys
10 Lily Calnan                          4th Class                Lunch x 2 Ferry Boat Inn, Ringaskiddy
11 Lexie O’Riordan                   Snrs.                      Origin Hair Design Voucher
12 Adam O’Sullivan                  3rd Class                I Pad Head phones
13 Lucy Hemlock                     2nd Class                Raffeen Creek Voucher (1 Adult & 1 Child)
14 David Cronin                       Language Class       Colours Boutique Hair voucher
15 Isabella O’Brien                   3rd Class                2 x vouchers to Cork on Ice
16 Aonna Boland Yildirim          Jnrs.                       Lunch at The Bosun
17 Mia Hedderman Cuthbert      Language Class       MUNSTER RUGBY TICKETS
18 James Moore                      3rd Class €25          Batemans Shoes voucher
19 Molly Marshall                     Snrs.                      Four Star Pizza voucher
20 Aaron Kearney                     3rd Class                Fox’s Hair Voucher
21 Noah Morris                        4th Class                 3 x passes to Kinsale Golf Club
22 Kate Nolan                          Snrs.                      2 passes for Ski Lessons or Show Boarding
23 Maebh O’Mahony                5th Class                 €50 Dunnes Stores Voucher
24 Katie Calnan                       Jnrs.                       Cordless Panasonic Phone
25 Cormac Ryan                      6th Class                Skylanders Set for Nintendo Wii
26 Kayla Cotter                        3rd Class                Four Star Pizza voucher
27 Harry O’Leary                      3rd Class                24 Cans of 7up
28 Molly Field                          6th Class                Box of Celebrations chocolates
29 Ellie Tagg                            Snrs.                      Lunch x 2 Carrigaline Court Hotel
30 Kate Moore                         6th Class                 Tin of Cadbury’s biscuits
31 Rebecca O’Brien                 5th Class                 Voucher : Leona O’Brien hairdressers
32 Daisy O’Shaughnessy         1st Class                 Walsh’s Pharmacy Hamper
 

Newsletter 2: 25th October 2016

Newsletter No. 2 25th October 2016

Dear Parents,

IMPORTANT information re this week.

Children wear school tracksuits on Wednesdays for Staff v Pupils Challenge as part of Active Schools Week. Please note that a photographer from the Evening Echo will be in the school taking photos for a Kidz Zone feature. Also

PLEASE RETURN SIGNED ALLERGY FORM.

Halloween Dress-Up

This Friday, in keeping with tradition, all children can dress up in Halloween costumes. I’d ask that scary masks not be worn as they can frighten some of the younger children.

Here is a reminder of the general school calendar (Holidays and Closures) for 2016-2017 (additions in bold)

 School Calendar for 2016/2017:

  • Monday October 31st to Friday November 4th inclusive, school is closed for mid-term. Finish at usual times e.g. 1.30 for Juniors/Seniors and 2.30 for rest of school.
  • Thursday November 10th Sciath na Scol Finals in Mayfield GAA club at 11am v Enniskeane. (see below)
  • Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November Parent Teacher Meetings. School will finish early on those days, at 12.30 for (Jrs/Seniors+Siblings) + 12.45 for the rest of the school.
  • Thursday December 22nd School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for the Christmas break and will reopen on Monday January 9th 2017.
  • Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th School is closed for mid-term.
  • Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th School is closed for an extended St. Patrick’s Day break.
  • Tuesday March 28th School is closed for a full day Professional Development Workshop on the Primary Language Curriculum. All teachers will be attending the Cork Education Support Centre that day.
  • Friday April 7th School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for Easter break and will reopen on Monday April 24th.
  • Monday May 1st closed for Bank Holiday
  • Saturday May 13th 2017 First Holy Communion
  • Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th School is closed for an extended June bank holiday.
  • Thursday June 29th 2017 School finishes early (11.45/12 noon) for summer holidays.

 

Parents Association

  • PA Meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday 26th,  for Committee to discuss upcoming events (7.30pm start)
  • Halloween Cake Sale on Friday 28th.  In keeping with the new Nut Allergy procedure please ensure all baking/ shop bought items are nut free/ nut flour free e.g. peanut/ almonds/ walnuts/ cashew etc. Please make sure you read the note that was sent home yesterday when you are planning your baking/shopping for the cake sale. It would be helpful if children brought labelled Tupperware/plastic containers for bringing their cakes home. Parents who bring in goods should also label their plates etc.
  • Wednesday November 9th is the date for the Clothes Recycling Drive. All clean, unwanted clothes, bags, shoes (pairs only), bed-linen, curtains etc. are accepted.
  • Sciath na Scol

Congratulations to both our teams who competed recently in the semi-finals of their respective competitions. Our young girls’ team contested the game fiercely, displaying great heart and were unlucky to meet an older, more experienced Clondrohid team.

Well done to our boys’ team who beat Berrings to qualify for the Sciath na Scol final which will now take place on Thursday November 10th in Mayfield GAA Club at 11am v Enniskeane.

Arrangements:

We are discussing what classes can be brought to the game by bus. Details including cost of these arrangements will be sent home on Monday, November 7th. The remaining classes will attend school as normal that day.  Parents may wish to bring children from these classes to the game themselves. These children should be signed out as per normal procedure.

Acknowledgements

  • All in Shanbally NS are very proud of the great achievement of the Shamrocks Junior Football Team in reaching the County Final last Sunday. It was wonderful to see the great support offered by all in the school community, typified by our Green/White Day last Friday. In the next few weeks the players are due to visit us here in school with the South East Cup. We look forward to their visit.
  • Last Sunday morning, our 2nd Class Communicants began their preparation for their First Holy Communion with a lovely Enrolment Mass. Thanks to all who helped prepare them including class teacher, Margaret Ryan, student teacher, Aoife Hogan and musical accompaniment by Claire O’Connell, Deputy Principal.
  • Last Saturday’s Musical Melodies fundraiser for Shanbally Church was roof raising in its melodiousness. A special word of praise for wonderful mezzo soprano and parent, Louise O’Sullivan.
  • Thanks to all the children and parents who helped out on the evening of our Open Night and made it the success it was. They were a credit to the school. We are now accepting enrolments for 2018 and beyond if you need to enrol a child or know of someone interested.
  • We are very appreciative of the generous donation from BioMarin of two 50inch screens and laptops to the school.
  • Thanks to Aidan O’Mahony who was instrumental in our Active Schools Week. It was an amazing, fun-filled week of sport and activity, including excellent skipping workshops with Mark McCabe.
  • Blood Donation Clinic on today between 4pm and 7.30pm at the Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal.
  • Best wishes to our teaching colleague, Sinéad Ní Loingsigh, who is getting married over the mid-term. Congratulations to Sinéad and Kevin.Image result for 2 small hearts entwined

 

Is mise le meas,

David Nolan

Principal

Correspondence re. School Attendance Policy

Dear Parents,

You may be aware that the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) was set-up under the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000. This agency was established to support regular school attendance and the education of children and young people. In recent times, The Child and Family Agency (TUSLA) have taken over the role of monitoring attendance in schools.

The Importance of a Good Education

As you know, a good education gives your child the best possible start in life. A good education helps young people to obtain secure employment and develop into mature and responsible citizens. The purpose of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000 is to encourage regular school attendance and participation in education and training for as long as possible. It is desirable that every child stays in school and completes the Leaving Certificate.

School Attendance

Under the Education Welfare Act 2000 and as amended in 2013, every child must attend school regularly up to sixteen year of age or complete at least three years education in a post primary school, whichever comes later. The NEWB and subsequently TUSLA was established to monitor and support school attendance and follow up on children who are not attending school regularly.

Our School Policy

As a parent, you must let the school know if your child is absent and the reason why. It is school policy that reasons must be given in writing to the class teacher. It is also permissible to use the absence notes at the back of the pupil journal. It is not in keeping with school policy that the parent/guardian contacts either the school principal or the school secretary regarding a child’s absence, (unless in exceptional circumstances). The school is required to notify the Child and Family Welfare Board (TUSLA) if a child is absent for 20 days or more or where the absence gives rise to concern. There are four reporting periods during the school year. If a child’s absences continue to rise above 20 days, the school is required to inform TUSLA about the cumulative absences of that child.

 

If a child is sick or is absent for other good reasons, no action will be taken by TUSLA. However, if there is concern about a child’s attendance at school or about the reasons given, it would be necessary to contact the Education Welfare Officer. Strategies would then need to be worked out to improve the child’s attendance in school.

 

A copy of the school’s attendance policy is available on request. Further information concerning this service and about school attendance matters generally can be obtained from the national Lo-Call Education Helpline (1890 36 36 66), which is staffed by an Education Welfare Officer.

 

Yours sincerely,

David Nolan, Principal.

Newsletter 1: September 12th 2016

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all in Shanbally NS I extend a warm welcome and return to school to all. Having enjoyed our summer, we are looking forward to a great school year ahead.

I would especially like to welcome our new pupils Emma & Willow in Senior Infants, Freya in 1st and Aaron in 3rd as well as our wonderful incoming Junior Infants who have settled so quickly under the guidance of Miss O’Donovan. Welcome also to our newest staff member, Miss Rachel Cooney who is with us every Tuesday. You will no doubt have seen the impressive upgrading and painting of schoolyard activities, as sponsored by our Parents Association and funded by you. The PA also arranged for 6 new laptops. All these are greatly appreciated. Well done and thank you to Tracy and her team for organising.

Our staff list for 2016-2017 is as follows:

Teachers

      SNA (Base class)
 

  1. Principal David Nolan
  2. Marion O’Donovan Junior Infants
  3. Naomi O’Donovan Senior Infants
  4. Mary Sheahan 1st Class
  5. Margaret Ryan 2nd Class
  6. Kathleen Tuohy 3rd Class
  7. Patricia Kelly 4th Class
  8. Aideen O’Mahony 4th Class
  9. Padraig Clifford 5th Class
  10. Sandra Moran 6th Class
  11. Mairead Tate Language Class
  12. Oonagh Cunningham Special Ed Teacher
  13. Claire O’Connell Special Ed Teacher
  14. Eilish Callanan Special Ed Teacher
  15. Nollaig Boland Special Ed Teacher
  16. Aidan O’Mahony Special Ed Teacher
  17. Rachel Cooney Special Ed shared Teacher –Tuesdays only
 

  1. Mary O’Reilly (SI)
  2. Noreen Meehan (1st)
  3. Dee Allen (4th)
  4. Regina Landy (6th)
  5. Fiona O’Donoghue (SSLD)

          Ancillary Staff

Secretary: Ruth Mulcahy

Caretaker: Pat McCarthy

Cleaner:     Beata Koczula

Cleaner: Urszula Szaniawska

 

The 2 following Mary Immaculate students join us on extended school placements:

Aoife Hogan       September 5th to November 18th

Aoife Kearney   January 23rd to March 31st 2017

 

Here is a reminder of the general school calendar (Holidays and Closures) for 2016-2017

School Calendar for 2016/2017:

 

  • Thursday September 1st 2016 Children return to school following summer break
  • Monday October 31st to Friday November 4th inclusive school is closed for mid-term
  • Thursday December 22nd School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for the Christmas break and will reopen on Monday January 9th 2017.
  • Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th School is closed for mid-term.
  • Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th School is closed for an extended St. Patrick’s Day break.
  • Friday April 7th School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for Easter break and will reopen on Monday April 24th.
  • Monday May 1st closed for Bank Holiday

 

  • Saturday May 13th 2017 First Holy Communion

 

  • Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th School is closed for an extended June bank holiday.
  • Thursday June 29th 2017 School finishes early (11.45/12 noon) for summer holidays.

 

School Calendar Term 1 (Upcoming Events)

  • Tuesday September 13th 2016 School closes early for staff meeting as per text home
  • Wednesday September 14th Shanbally NS Parents Association AGM in School Halla at 7.30pm
  • Thursday September 15th 5th Class visit Coláiste Muire, Crosshaven for their Open Day 10.15-12.45.
  • Thursday September 22nd 6th Class visit Carrigaline Community School (11.30am to 2pm)
  • Wednesday September 28th Do This in Memory Communion Planning Meeting (7.30pm-8pm) in Shanbally School Halla with Ringaskiddy NS
  • Thursday October 13th Shanbally NS Open Evening 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday October 19th Board of Management meeting at 7pm

 

Please note that our Schools Gaelic Football/ Sciath na Scol fixtures will be finalised and forwarded in the coming days.

 

 

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 (from Monday 19th) and Senior Infant classes. For the moment, in the mornings you should continue to bring Junior Infants directly to their classroom from 8.35am.

(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, that’s acceptable too.
  • Car-pooling is encouraged and has huge benefits.
  • All children should be off the school premises by 1.35 p.m. (Juniors + Seniors) or 2.35 p.m. (rest of school). 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 play anywhere on the grounds at this time. We respectfully request that all children stay off the grass areas and not climb railings under any circumstances. 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.

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.

 

Educational Initiatives

After-School Activities

  • Homework Club

Currently we are looking to create an after-school homework club. Details are being finalised and will be communicated home after tomorrow’s staff meeting. This should be a very worthwhile option for school parents.

  • Guitar Tuition

Miss O’Connell is currently arranging her very popular after-school guitar lessons. You might recall the kind sponsorship of parent Lisa Roberts a few years ago who purchased guitars for the school thus giving an incredible opportunity to learn guitar at less of a cost. This is available for pupils from 4th to 6th class.

  • Computer Club

Mrs. Tuohy is planning to recommence her after-school Computer Club on Thursdays 2.30-3.30pm for 4th  to 6th class pupils.

 

Some during School Activities

  • Dell EMC Competition VEX Robotics

6th class are to participate in the 2016/2017 DELL EMC VEX IQ Competition to design, build and programme a robot. This competition is a collaboration between DELL EMC, CIT and Lifetime Labs. Miss Moran, Class Teacher, and Miss Oonagh Cunningham attended the training workshop recently. This programme will run from September 2016 to February 2017.

  • Engineering in a Box programme

We are delighted to announce that, in collaboration with Linda Egan (STEAM Education) that our 5th class pupils will engage in an “Engineering in a Box” programme sponsored by local company DePuy Synthes. STEAM Education works in delivering science, technology, engineering, art and maths. More details to follow.

Thanks again to our staff who with great enthusiasm, professionalism and a love of learning participate in such initiatives.

Policies

Nut and Food Allergy

It has been brought to our attention that one of our new pupils has an allergic reaction to nuts/peanuts. This allergic reaction can occur through ingestion of peanut/nut products, cross contamination and breathing in minute particles of peanut protein in the air. A note regarding our new policy will be sent out once finalised after our staff meeting.

A brief reminder that our main policies are available on our school website www.shanballyns.ie under the Policies section on the Home page.

 

Signing of Homework Journals

I’ve had some enquiries to distinguish between minor breaches and serious misbehaviour, as outlined in the extracts of our Code of Behaviour in our new school journal (1st class to 6th class).

Minor breaches would typically constitute non-cooperation with routines that any school may encounter. Serious breaches (which I have never experienced in my time in Shanbally) would typically include aggressive behaviour e.g. physical assault

While such serious breaches rarely, if ever, occur in schools like Shanbally NS given the calibre of pupils and families we have, they must still be referred to in school policies/ journals as a matter of best practice legally and in educational policy.

Please ensure the homework journals are signed and if you have any queries do not hesitate to call.

 

Current Board of Management

A reminder of the makeup of our BOM (October 2015 – October 2019)

Staff Nominee Principal                           David Nolan

Staff Nominee Deputy Principal                Claire O’Connell

Chairperson/ Patron Nominee                   Fr. Sean O’Sullivan

Patron Nominee                                      Vincent Scanlon

Parent Nominee                                      Trish Coleman

Parent Nominee                                      John Cotter

Community Nominee                               Christine Horgan

Community Nominee                               Fergus McDaid

Upcoming Events in the Community

Carrigaline Family Support Centre

  • A Community Meeting is being held on Tuesday September 20th, 7.30-9.30pm in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre on Church Road, Carrigaline around the important topic of “Suicide Prevention Action Plan”.
  • Free 6 week course on Stress Control on the following dates: Thursday September 15th, 22nd, 29th, October 6th, 13th, 20th between 10 and 11.30am. For more information and to book contact 086-7871016 orcorkbeatsstress@hse.ie
  • Internet Safety Talk with Dr. Sinead Devine on Tuesday September 27th at 7pm in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre on issues such as Social networking, chatting on-line, sexting, cyber bullying, mobile phone safety, on-line gaming.

 

Secondary Schools

  • Christians CBC Cork Open Evening Thursday 15th September at 8pm in Sydney Hill
  • Coláiste Muire Open Schools Day Thursday 15th 10.15am -12.45pm  (5th Class)
  • Coláiste Muire Open Evening 7-9pm Thursday 15th
  • Carrigaline Community School Open Schools Day Thursday 22nd 11.30am to 2pm (6th Class)
  • Carrigaline Community School Open Evening 6.30 to 8.30pm Thursday September 22nd
  • Rochestown College Open Evening from 7.30 pm Thursday September 22nd
  • Regina Mundi Open Day 5-8pm on Tuesday October 11th

 

Shamrocks Ladies Football

Shamrock Ladies are hoping to bring their members to the All-Ireland Ladies Football Final in Croke Park on September 25th (Cork v Dublin). All girls under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone interested is to respond immediately to indicate how many adult/child tickets you require to Gemma Kavanagh (087) 6167727 or Shamrocks Ladies GAA at (086)0308267.

 

Roadworks- Sisk/Lower Harbour Waste Water Treatment Plant Temporary Traffic Management

From Monday September 12th a stop/go operation will be used to facilitate ducting works on Shanbally Mews, Ringaskiddy. Works will take approximately 3 weeks to complete.

Traffic management will not be set up until after 9am each morning. Flagmen will be present at all times during the stop/go operation to ensure traffic movements to/from the school at the end of school time can be controlled to alleviate impact on school traffic movements.

 

Irish Daily Mail/ Mail on Sunday tokens

We are collecting tokens towards a free professional weather station which are available in the Irish Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday newspapers until September 26th. 200 tokens are required. If you purchase these newspapers we would be obliged if you retained the tokens and brought them in to the school.

 

Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme

We have been asked to bring the following to your attention. If you are a parent/guardian on low income, is in school, job training or in receipt of a social welfare payment and/or hold a medical card then you may be eligible for assistance with your childcare costs. Funding rates are available on the Childcare section of the website www.dcya.gov.ie Parents should contact their local childcare service or City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) for more details. Contact details are also available on the above website. The maximum subvention available is €95 but the amount will vary depending on individual circumstances.

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As evidenced in our newsletter all in school are already settling back and applying ourselves in a diligent manner. We look forward to an outstanding school year and we thank you for your continued support.

Beir bua

David Nolan

Principal

Newsletter 9 : June 1st

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to update you on events we have planned for the coming weeks. I also would like to highlight events & achievements and say a few words of thanks & congratulations.

Thanks to all who sent in their school contributions.  We are very appreciative of your support as this money is essential in terms of running our school.

Homework: As we approach the end of the year and are enjoying this beautiful weather we will finish written homework this week.

Upcoming Events

Monday June 6th: Bank Holiday – School Closed

Tuesday June 8th – 10th: Active Schools Week

Tues 7th:

Ultimate Frisbee 4th Class,

Water Safety Talk,

Disco in the Halla,

Dennehy’s Health & Fitness Talk 4th – 6th

Wed 8th June:   Sports Day,

Ultimate Frisbee 5th & 6th

Thurs 9th:

Orienteering Day

Fri 10th:

Teacher V Pupils Match,

Jersey Day,

PA Money Snake

Tuesday 14th June – Friday 18th June:

Schools Tours – notes have been sent home regarding the plans

Thursday 23rd June: 6th Class Graduation

Friday 24th June: New Junior Infant morning

High Street Book Sale from 9am, School Uniform for sale 12 – 3pm

Tuesday 28thJune: Talk from the Road Safety Authority: Karen McCarthy Road Safety Officer

Thursday 30th June:

School Closes for summer holidays 11.45/12 noon

Road Safety

On June 28th we will have Karen McCarthy of the Road Safety coming in to talk to the children. It will be an important event to remind the children of how to keep safe.

I would like to remind you of our responsibility in terms of children safety when dropping & collecting your children from school:

-please observe the no parking signs 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.

 

Congratulations & Thanks

School Book Fair: Well done to Ms Moran and 6th Class for organising the visit of the Celtic Book Fair back in April. 6th Class did a fantastic job of running it. We raised a total of €1888.39 of which €1133 stays in the school to purchase books. Thanks to all who supported the Book Fair so generously.

Internet Safety Competition: Congratulations to all children who entered this competition. There was a lovely array of entries which are on display in the Halla. The theme of the competition was ‘Play your part for a better internet’. Thanks to Mrs Tuohy who organised the competition.

Hurling & Camogie: Children from 4th, 5th & 6th classes took part in the the Camogie and Hurling Sciath na Scol games and the Carrigdhoun Blitzes. Well done to the boys and girls who are fantastic representatives for the school. The boys won their blitz and the girls came second. Best of luck to Jill Roberts who was selected by Cork Primary Games to play at half-time during the Cork/Tipperary game on 11th or 12th June.

Communion & Confirmation: Congratulations to the children who made their First Holy Communion & Confirmation. Both days were very special occasions. Well done to all the staff involved in the preparation, the PA, under the chair of Tracy Crotty, for organising the Communion reception & Confirmation disco, to all the volunteers that helped out at both events, to Linda Roberts for supplying the balloons for the Communion reception & to Pat the Baker/ Richard Murphy for supplying the bread for the sandwiches.

5th Class entered the ‘Port of Cork’ competition in March – their project was entitled ‘The Hidden Gems of West Cork’ and is on display outside Ruth’s office. The Class, Regina & Ms O’ Mahony put huge work into their 3D entry and enjoyed a boat trip of the harbour for their hard work. Well done to all!

Money Snake Design: Congratulations to Nicola Leppert 3rdclass who drew the winning design of a bicycle with fruit & vegetables for its parts.

Lions Club Peace Poster Competition: Congratulations to Declan Carroll in 6th Class who was the overall winner of the Peace Poster Art competition. He was presented with his prize in school on May 31st.

Photography Exhibition: Congratulations to Daniel Hall in 4thClass who has a photography exhibition running in the Carrigaline Library at the moment, it is well worth a visit!

School’s Pitch & Putt: Congratulations to Philip, Mark, Declan & Tim from 6th class who came 1st representing Shanbally NS in the schools Pitch & Putt Competition recently.

Shannon Coastguard Helicopter: The children enjoyed a visit from the Shannon Coastguard Helicopter on May 25th last. Members of the crew gave a very interesting talk to the children about the work they do and on the importance of being safe. Thanks to Catherine & Kieran Sisk for putting us in touch with Greg Causer (crew member) and for helping to organise the visit. Thanks to Shamrocks GAA club for the use of the grounds. It was a great opportunity for the school.

‘Giving For Living’ Radiothon: Last Friday we held a non-uniform day in aid of the ‘Giving For Living’. Thanks to Regina who organised the event. We had a fun day with our staff coming to school dressed as students on the day! We raised €850 in total which will go Cancer Research, Marymount Hospice & the unit in the Mercy Hospital. Thank you for your support.

Cork Primary School Sports: Well done to all who represented Shanbally in CIT today. Thanks to Ms Callanan & Mr Clifford for all their work. A special thanks to parents, Richard Murphy & Róisín McDaid who came in to help train the children for the event.

School Gardening: The children in the school have been very busy this term in our school garden. Thanks to members of the PA who painted the tyres for our new Garden Area. Thanks in particular to parent Marie Anne Cotter who has given a great deal of time to helping the classes with the planting. Marie Anne also gave up her time to help with the swimming which reduced our overall costs.

Active School’s Committee: This year we have started working towards an Active School’s Flag. Thanks to Mr O’ Mahony & the committee of staff, along with the children of the Active Schools Committee for all their work. There have been great initiatives put in place (please see school website for details) and all have worked diligently to help make our school a more active place, not to mention the fun we are having!

Claire O’ Connell

Principal’s newsletter April 14th

Newsletter 8

Dear Parents,

It’s been a busy few weeks after our extended Easter break. Following are important points to note.

  • I will be on leave for the next while due to a hip replacement scheduled tomorrow. Depending on how the surgery goes and my recovery, I hope to be back in school before the end of the school year. In my absence, Deputy Principal Claire O’Connell will become acting principal. Therefore from next Monday April 18th Ms. Máire O’Driscoll will be taking 4th class for the next few weeks. To ensure continuity, Claire will assist Máire in the planning of class work etc. Claire is contactable through the office at 4378178 if needed. We’ve done a lot of planning and preparation at/since our last staff meeting and I am confident, given the professionalism of our staff, that all will run smoothly in my absence.

 

  • Reminder of some upcoming school closures/ events :

    • Monday May 2nd to Friday May 6th inclusive school closed for extended Bank Holiday break.
    • Saturday May 14th First Holy Communion at 10.30am
    • Monday May 16th School closed for Confirmation
    • Thursday May 26th Incoming Junior Infants Information evening at 7.30pm.
    • Wednesday June 1st Cork Primary School Sports
    • Monday June 6th Bank Holiday
    • Tuesday 14th June Juniors and Seniors school tour
    • Wednesday 15th June Fifth and Sixth classes school tour
    • Thursday 16th June Third and Fourth class school tour
    • Friday 17th First and Second classes school tour
    • Thursday 23rd June Sixth Class Graduation night
    • Friday 24th June Incoming Junior Infants introductory session + Book Sale/ School Uniforms Sale
    • Thursday June 30th school finishes early (11.45/12 noon) for summer holidays

If you are aware that your child is not be in school for the upcoming school tours please let the class teacher know now as we are finalising costs to send home. Thank you.

 

  • At our recent staff meeting and as agreed at our Board of Management meeting on Tuesday, we have finalised our School Calendar for 2016/2017 as follows:
    • Thursday September 1st 2016 Children return to school following summer break
    • Monday October 31st to Friday November 4th inclusive school is closed for mid-term
    • Thursday December 22nd School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for the Christmas break and will reopen on Monday January 9th 2017.
    • Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th school is closed for mid-term.
    • Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th School is closed for an extended St. Patrick’s Day break.
    • Friday April 7th School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for Easter break and will reopen on Monday April 24th.
    • Monday May 1st closed for Bank Holiday
    • Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th School is closed for an extended June bank holiday.
    • Thursday June 29th 2017 School finishes early (11.45/12 noon) for summer holidays.
  • Book Fair arrives on Tuesday and will open to the school from Wednesday 20th April. All classes are scheduled to attend the Book Fair during each day. You should have received a booklet home with the books that will be featured there. There is no obligation to buy. We appreciate that it is an expensive time of year for all. Children can bring in money to purchase books if they like. Any monies raised will generate credit for the school to supplement class libraries and novels. Thanks as always to Ms. Moran and Sixth Class who do a great job running it.
  • Our recent Proclamation Day events and ceremony was a wonderful testament to the children and staff involved. Sixth Class, under the direction of Ms. Moran, coordinated the Céilí and music which followed our flag-raising event. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, Mrs. Tuohy has put a YouTube video up on-line capturing images from the occasion.

The link is as follows:    Proclamation Day in Shanbally NS

  • I would like to thank those parents who have submitted the annual Family Contribution of €60 and gently remind others to submit it if they can.
  • We have had enquiries with regard to spaces/availability for the coming school year. In certain classes there are limited places available. Interested families should contact the school at 4378178.

Best wishes to all as we head towards our busiest and most exciting term! I look forward to seeing everyone on my return.

Is mise le meas,

David Nolan

Principal’s Newsletter April 5th

Welcome back after our long Easter break. Following are a few items for your information:

1. 5th and 6th classes are on retreat this Thursday as part of their Confirmation preparation. A note has been sent home.

2. 5th and 6th classes are taking part in a nature walk in and around the wooded area in Novartis on Friday.  Children should wear wellies and rain-gear (and possibly hats/gloves if it’s cold.) A permission slip will be sent home tomorrow.

3. Swimming starts for 3rd and 4th classes next Monday. A note is being sent home today to give you more information.

4. Christine McCarthy, photographer, has been in contact regarding photography for the First Communion and Confirmation. She is booking up fast and advises people to contact her and return the forms as soon as possible, if you haven’t already.

5. Cork Sports Ability Day is on Saturday April 9th between 12 and 3.30pm in the UCC Mardyke Arena. It is suitable for all people with a disability, parents, teachers and anyone interested in sport for people of all abilities. Seewww.corksports.ie for more information. It has the reputation of being an excellent event.

6. Shamrock Girls GAA are holding a Cake Sale Fundraiser outside the Church in Shanbally next Sunday after 10.00 Mass. Please support.

7. Some families have yet to pay monies due for gymnastics (€7)/ Irish dancing (€3) and family contributions (€60). We would very much appreciate receipt of these promptly please.

Thank you,

David Nolan

February Newsletter

Newsletter 7

  • School Calendar for 2016/2017 will be forwarded next week

 

  • We appreciate, as always, your support through the annual family contribution of €60 which goes towards subsidising some school activities for your children, acquiring extra resource materials which are used within the classes, paying entry fees for various school competitions, etc.  You can of course pay for this in installments. Please remit in an envelope to the office/ class teacher with your child’s details and a receipt will be issued. A sincere thank you to those who pre-empted our request and have paid already.

 

  • There are further upcoming costs across the classes for gymnastics (all classes), Irish Dancing (all classes except 6th) and swimming (3rd & 4thclasses). These costs will remain similar to previous years e.g. Gymnastics €7 per child, Irish Dancing (€3 per child) and swimming(3rd & 4th classes only €45). The swimming costs have not yet been finalised. More information will follow on this.  Please remit gymnastics and Irish Dancing money now please €10 in total for all classes except 6th who only need to pay €7. School tours are being organised at the moment and you will be kept up to date as details are finalised. We anticipate costs to remain on par with last year.
    • For your information Gymnastics is delivered by professional gymnastics teacher Colm O’Toole and his Gymnastics Inc. Team, Irish Dancing is taught by Miah Walsh of the renown Walsh Irish Dancing Academy and swimming is with Leisure World, Bishopstown.

 

  • You will see on the schedule that March 15th 2016 has been designated “Proclamation Day” for schools in Ireland. This is part of the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme. We are finalising our activities for the day in the school. More details will follow.

 

  • Also on our schedule is World Thinking Day, Monday 22nd February, a global Girl Guide event when we will be encouraging children in our school who are Girl Guides (Brownies) to wear their Guiding uniforms. I’m sure those children involved will be informed of this by Unit Leader, Ingrid Glen. We look forward to supporting this initiative.

 

I have a lot of acknowledgements to make this term. As a school we rely heavily on the support of the parents of children in the school, our school staff and professionals who work with the school. I would like to thank them all most sincerely on behalf of myself, the school and the Board of Management. In particular I’d like to refer to the following:

    • All parents for their perseverance in the recent bad weather and for all the staff/parents who helped keep children safe in and around the school at drop off and collection times.
    • The Parents Association and parents who contributed generously with baking and buying in the recent fundraising Valentine’s Cake Sale.
    • Mrs. Tuohy for organizing Safer Internet Day in February again this year which the children really enjoy.
    • The staff  involved in the Mrs. Tuohy’s  3rdClass F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for Life programme which is really beneficial to the children in that class and will reap rewards throughout their childhood and into their adult lives. This programme helps students to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change and how to cope with stress and anxiety both now and in later life. See http://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NEPS-Presentation-on-Friends-for-Life-for NCSE-Conference.ppt for more information. Please copy and paste into your internet browser, should you have difficulty accessing this link.
    • The Diocesan Advisor who spent time recently with the school, visiting all classes and advising teachers. She was highly complimentary of the school’s delivery of the religion programme.
    • The amazing Peace Proms Team of Ms. O’Connell, Ms. O’Mahony, Mr. O’Mahony and Regina and especially the children for their hard work over the last few months on this which resulted in a really memorable day for all recently in the RDS.
    • Marc Galland for his success in the Irish Minor School Swimming Championships recently.
    • Ms. Moran and her class for taking part recently in a Basketball competition which was enjoyed by all in Glanmire. A big thank you to the parents who helped drop the children to and from the event.

Enjoy the mid-term,

David Nolan

Principal

Projected Time line to the End of the Year

February 2016

Wednesday 17  School closes at normal times for mid-term (1.30 + 2.30)

Thursday 18      Mid-Term

Friday 19           Mid-Term

Monday 22        World Thinking Day (Girl Guide Uniforms)

Tuesday 23       Friends for Life 3rd Class with NEPS psychologist Maire Marshall

Irish Dancing (1)all classes except 6th.                          

Wednesday 24

Thursday 25         Gymnastics

4th Class Indoor Camogie (Riverstick)

Friday 26              We are not affected by the General Election

Monday 29           4th Class Boys Indoor Hurling (Riverstick)

 

March 2015

Tuesday 01         Irish Dancing (2)

  Board of Management Meeting

Wednesday 02

Thursday 03        Gymnastics

  5 a-side soccer boys (Carrigaline)

  5 a-side soccer girls (Blarney)

Friday 04              Niamh O’Flynn re Heritage/Nature (2nd, 3rd (Ms. K) + 4th)

  5 a-side soccer boys (Carrigaline)

  PA Table Quiz (to be confirmed)

Monday 07         First Penance @7.30pm

Tuesday 08         PA Bagathon

  Lifetime Lab Maths Workshop (3rd to 6th classes)

Wednesday 09

Thursday 10        Gymnastics         (7) 3rd & 4th Classes

Staff Meeting

School closes early  (12.30 for Juniors, Seniors + siblings & 12.45 for rest of school).

Friday 11                            

Monday 14

Tuesday 15         National Proclamation Day

Wednesday 16  Finish early for Easter holidays (11.45/12 noon)

 

April 2015

Monday 04                                                                                                                      

Tuesday 05         Irish Dancing

Wednesday 06                                                                              

Thursday 07        Gymnastics (8)

5th & 6th Confirmation Retreat La Scala

Friday 08              Niamh O’Flynn Heritage/ Nature Workshops (Juniors, Seniors, 1st, 3rd (Mrs. Tuohy), 5th+ 6th)

 

Sunday 10           Do This in Memory Mass First Communion

Monday 11         Swimming (1) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 12         Irish Dancing (4)

  Board Of Management Meeting

Wednesday 13

Thursday 14        Gymnastics (9)

Friday 15

Monday 18         Swimming (2) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 19         Celtic Book Fair arrives

  Irish Dancing (5)                           

Wednesday 20

Thursday 21                                                                                                                  

Friday 22

Monday 25         Swimming (3) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 26         Celtic Book Fair leaves

  Irish Dancing (6)

Wednesday 27

Thursday 28        Gymnastics (10) to be confirmed

Friday 29              School closes at normal times (1.30 +2.30)

 

May 2015

School closed for week Monday 2nd to Friday 6th May inclusive

Monday 09         Swimming (4) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 10

Wednesday 11                                                                                        

Thursday 12

Friday 13                                                                                                          

Saturday 14        First Holy Communion

Monday 16         Confirmation 5th & 6th/ School Closed                                   

Tuesday 17

Wednesday 18

Thursday 19

Friday 20                            

Monday 23         Swimming (5) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 24         Standardised Tests English

Wednesday 25

Thursday 26        Standardised Tests Spelling

  Junior Infants Information Night

Friday 27

Monday 30         Swimming (6) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 31         Standardised Tests Maths

 

June 2015

Wednesday 01  Cork Primary School Sports

Thursday 02

Friday 03

Monday 06         BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 07                                                                                     

Wednesday 08

Thursday 09                                                      

Friday 10                            

 

Monday 13         Swimming (7) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 14         Juniors & Seniors School Tour

Wednesday 15  5th & 6th School Tour                                                                 

Thursday 16

Friday 17                            

Monday 20         Swimming (8) 3rd & 4th Classes

Tuesday 21                                                                                        

Wednesday 22

Thursday 23        6th Class Graduation Night                                                       

Friday 24              New Incoming Junior Infants introductory session

  School Uniforms/ High Street Books Sale

Monday 27

Tuesday 28

Wednesday 29

Thursday 30        Finish early for summer holidays (11.45/12noon)

 

Please note dates may be added, for example not all school tours have been decided yet!

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

  • School Calendar for 2016/2017 will be forwarded next week
  • We appreciate, as always, your support through the annual family contribution of €60 which goes towards subsidising some school activities for your children, acquiring extra resource materials which are used within the classes, paying entry fees for various school competitions, etc.  You can of course pay for this in installments. Please remit in an envelope to the office/ class teacher with your child’s details and a receipt will be issued. A sincere thank you to those who pre-empted our request and have paid already.
  • There are further upcoming costs across the classes for gymnastics (all classes), Irish Dancing (all classes except 6th) and swimming (3rd & 4thclasses). These costs will remain similar to previous years e.g. Gymnastics €7 per child, Irish Dancing (€3 per child) and swimming(3rd & 4th classes only €45). The swimming costs have not yet been finalised. More information will follow on this.  Please remit gymnastics and Irish Dancing money now please €10 in total for all classes except 6th who only need to pay €7. School tours are being organised at the moment and you will be kept up to date as details are finalised. We anticipate costs to remain on par with last year.
    • For your information Gymnastics is delivered by professional gymnastics teacher Colm O’Toole and his Gymnastics Inc. Team, Irish Dancing is taught by Miah Walsh of the renown Walsh Irish Dancing Academy and swimming is with Leisure World, Bishopstown.
  • You will see on the schedule that March 15th 2016 has been designated “Proclamation Day” for schools in Ireland. This is part of the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme. We are finalising our activities for the day in the school. More details will follow.
  • Also on our schedule is World Thinking Day, Monday 22nd February, a global Girl Guide event when we will be encouraging children in our school who are Girl Guides (Brownies) to wear their Guiding uniforms. I’m sure those children involved will be informed of this by Unit Leader, Ingrid Glen. We look forward to supporting this initiative.
  • I have a lot of acknowledgements to make this term. As a school we rely heavily on the support of the parents of children in the school, our school staff and professionals who work with the school. I would like to thank them all most sincerely on behalf of myself, the school and the Board of Management. In particular I’d like to refer to the following:
    • All parents for their perseverance in the recent bad weather and for all the staff/parents who helped keep children safe in and around the school at drop off and collection times.
    • The Parents Association and parents who contributed generously with baking and buying in the recent fundraising Valentine’s Cake Sale.
    • Mrs. Tuohy for organizing Safer Internet Day in February again this year which the children really enjoy.
    • The staff and professionals involved in the Mrs. Tuohy’s  3rdClass F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for Life programme which is really beneficial to the children in that class and will reap rewards throughout their childhood and into their adult lives. This programme helps students to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change and how to cope with stress and anxiety both now and in later life. See http://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NEPS-Presentation-on-Friends-for-Life-for NCSE-Conference.ppt for more information.
    • The Diocesan Advisor who spent time recently with the school, visiting all classes and advising teachers. She was highly complimentary of the school’s delivery of the religion programme.
    • The amazing Peace Proms Team of Ms. O’Connell, Ms. O’Mahony, Mr. O’Mahony and Regina and especially the children for their hard work over the last few months on this which resulted in a really memorable day for all recently in the RDS.
    • Marc Galland for his success in the Irish Minor School Swimming Championships recently.
    • Ms. Moran and her class for taking part recently in a Basketball competition which was enjoyed by all in Glanmire. A big thank you to the parents who helped drop the children to and from the event.

Enjoy the mid-term,

David Nolan Principal