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Here you can find the principal’s newsletters for the current academic year.

Pre Easter Newsletter

Dear parents,

At the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge a bhí ar fheabhas here in Shanbally NS we’d like to wish you all a very happy St. Patrick’s weekend and we’ll see you all back in school on Tuesday 20th March. A huge thank you to the pupils of 6th class who led and engaged with the other classes to promote Irish through fun and games, not to mention our wonderful Ceolchoirm today directed by Miss Moran, Miss Callanan and supported by the rest of the staff. It was one of the highlights of the school year so far.

Just a few small things to note:

  • If you’d like to support the Cork Children’s Easter Egg Appeal, which is in its 8th  year, you can drop some small Easter Eggs (the 3 for €5 ones!) in to the school and they will be passed on. The Middleton family (with children in the school) run this annually and it’s a lovely cause to support as it involves them distributing Easter Eggs to children’s wards at Cork and Dublin Children’s hospitals, and other places including  Cope Foundation, the Cork Deaf Association, Enable Ireland, Lota, St. Gabriel’s Special School, Sonas Special School, Shine Special School, Edel House, The John Birmingham Centre, and Rebel Wheelers.
  • Thank you to everyone who has downloaded our App and who is now availing of communications through it. This will save on text charges incurred by the school if everyone signs up for it. To date nearly 50% of our families have done so. We’d encourage who can download it to do so.
  • A reminder that swimming for 3rd and 4th will be starting straight after Easter (Monday 9th) and a note will be going home next week with regards to this.
  • Another reminder that we finish at 11.45 (Juniors/Seniors & siblings)and 12 (rest of school) next Friday for Easter holidays.
  • Confirmation received from the FAI that the 6th class Boys soccer qualifier has been postponed from next Thursday to Wednesday April 11th instead. Arrangements will be made and forwarded to you as soon as we get them.

Thank you.

Principal’s Newsletter 26-02-18

Imminent Weather Alert:

As you are aware there is a very cold snap predicted this week. The Government National Emergency Coordination Group is meeting today. We await their instructions regarding schools. School as normal unless otherwise communicated via text.

Newsletter 4 February 26th 2018

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

February                   Wednesday 28th 5th Class visit Depuy Johnson & Johnson as part of Engineers Week


March                         Friday 2nd 2 classes visit Carrigaline Library to kick off Seachtain na Gaeilge

                                                Saturday 3rd Cross Border Choir in Kilkenny

Sunday 4th Do This in Memory Mass 2nd Class

Monday 5th Junior Infants HSE Vision Screening

Wednesday Junior Infants HSE Vision Screening

                                                Thursday 8th First Penance at 7.30pm 2nd Class

                                                Monday 19th Closed for Bank Holiday

                                        Friday 23rd Closing early for Easter 11.45 for Jrs/Snrs + Siblings, 12 for rest of school


April                             Monday 9th we reopen after Easter

                                                Monday 9th First Date for Swimming 3rd& 4th (details home soon) Also 16th, 23rd +30th.

                                                Wednesday 11th Celtic Book Fair is here for a week

                                                Sunday 22nd Do this in Memory Mass

                                                Thursday 26th Confirmation at 10.30am School closed for rest of classes to facilitate.

                                                Sunday 29th PA Zumba Master Class from 12-1.30 in Raffeen Creek GC.


May                              Friday 4th May Full day of normal school

Monday 7th to Friday 11th incl. closed for bank holiday + mid-term

                                        Monday 14th Back to school

                                                Saturday 19th at 10.30 am First Holy Communion

                                                Thursday 24th – Friday 25th 6th class school tour                                    

Monday 28th PA Clothing Collection Fundraiser


June                             Friday 1st City Sports in CIT Bishopstown

                                                Monday 4th Closed for Bank holiday

                                                Wednesday 20th Juniors / Seniors School Tour

                                                Thursday 21st School tours for 1st, 2nd and 5th.

                                                Friday 22nd 3rd and 4th School Tour

                                                Friday 22nd New Junior Infants (2018-2019) introductory morning

                                                Friday 22nd High Street Books book-sale

                                                Friday 22nd Laura’s/ Buckley’s School Uniform Sale 8.30am to 11 am

                                                Tuesday 26th Shanbally School Sports Fun Day

                                                Wednesday 27th 6th Class finish- Graduation Mass

                                                Friday 29th Close early for summer holidays (11.45 + 12)


School Calendar 2018/2019 (agreed to date)

Term 1

School reopening             Thursday August 30th 2018

Mid-Term Break               Closing Friday October 26th 2018                                               

                                                Re-opening Monday November 5th 2018

Christmas Holidays          Closing early (11.45/12) Friday December 21st 2018

                                                Re-opening Monday January 7th 2019

Money Collections


  • The €60 Voluntary Family Contribution is now due. As costs at the beginning of the year are a burden to families and with Storm Ophelia in October 2017 we are only now requesting this €60 per familyvoluntary contribution. Thanks to those who have already paid. This money is used to pay the 24-hour Allianz Pupil Insurance (see below for more information) for all children in the school and also goes towards photocopying costs, paper & toner, school texting service, mandatory City Sports tickets and new App which we will outline below. It is also used to subsidise the significant cost of buses used during the year (outside of school tours). While the DES emphasise the voluntary aspect of this contribution we would respectfully request that any family in a position to pay would do so as we need it to subsidise ongoing shortfalls/ cutbacks in DES funding.
  • Gymnastics has commenced for all classes. Huge thanks to Colm and Chloe O’Toole of Gymnastics Inc., Kilnagleary Industrial Park, Crosshaven Road, Carrigaline, Co. Cork who are very generously providing these classes free of charge! (10 lessons for Juniors to 6th) as their son Charlie is in our Junior Infant class.
  • Irish Dancing (6 lessons for Juniors to 5th) commenced on Tuesday February 20th with Miah Walsh of the Kiely-Walsh Academy of Irish Dance. The children always really enjoy them. For Juniors to 5th the cost is €3 per child which will be funded from Parents Voluntary Contributions as requested above.
  • Swimming
    • Dates: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th April
    • 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:                                  €25 approx.

5th:                                          €31 approx.

6th:                                          €TBC



Enrolments for 2019 +

Please contact the office to check if your children for 2019 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. We would like to welcome Adam to Juniors and Leo to Seniors. We hope they are settling in and enjoy their school days in Shanbally NS.

Parents Association- Thanks

Since our last newsletter on November 30th, we would like to thank and acknowledge the PA for the following: Puppet Show on December 19th, pre-Christmas Santa visit, presentation to Ms. Sheahan, the recent fundraiser Clothing Collection and the Valentine Bake/Cake Sale. Upcoming events include a Zumba Master Class on Sunday April 29th. Pre-loved school uniforms and tracksuits are available in the Halla. Please feel free to take same for a small donation. Box in the Halla. A reminder that full school uniforms are worn on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (1st to 6th) and Monday, Tuesday for Juniors, Seniors + Language Class. School tracksuits on remaining days unless communicated otherwise.

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


Parking/ Roadway/ footpaths

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; parking on the opposite footpath across from the school blocks all other road users and forces children dangerously out on to the road to exit/access their own cars. Thank you to those who correctly use the car-park or choose to park up the road. We urge you to consider safety aspects at all times when parking in the vicinity of the school.


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 “Until Love conquers Fear” initiative. Monies raised goes to support their work in helping struggling communities in their fight for justice and dignity.



Thank you to our staff and Fr. Sean/ Fr. Con who continue to help in preparing the children for their Confirmation. Our recent Confirmation Enrolment Mass, February 7th, was a lovely ceremony and the children also enjoyed their Retreat Day in Scala, Blackrock last Tuesday, February 20th. I have been asked to devise a seating plan for the Confirmation day and this is currently being worked on. I will write home to all families in this regard. After Easter an envelope will be sent home in respect of a group photo taken on the day by Rose Gowan which will be available to purchase.

2nd class

Best of luck to our First Holy Communion children in 2nd class who make their First Penance on Tuesday March 8th at 7.30 pm. Sincere thanks to class teacher, Ms. Harrington, SNA Noreen Meehan, and the active First Holy Communion Committee for their hard work and commitment, not to mention Fr. Con and Fr. Sean! Please note that on the week of Monday April 16th we will be arranging for Sinead from Laura’s School Wear to come in to size the boys for Communion blazers. Parents will be invited to be present for the sizing if they’d like, once details are finalised.

Photographer Rose McGowan is now taking names for First Holy Communion photo sittings. Forms have gone home. Please contact the class teacher if you need another form. Thank you.



Homework Club: Please note that there will no homework club on Tuesday March 6th i.e. Tuesday week as all staff will be attending a Croke Park Hour workshop on Child Protection

Credit Union: Fiona Kearney, Business Development Officer, has asked us to let you know that tomorrow will be the last collection of money for a while as she is changing positions. We would ask that all children who hold a Credit Union account would bring in their book tomorrow, even if not lodging money, to receive any outstanding deposit slips. Once a new officer is appointed, Credit Union collections will continue.

Swimming Achievements: Marc Galland, 6th class, retained his National Title at 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly at the recent Irish Minor Schools Finals at the National Aquatic Centre. Marc is a supremely dedicated member of SWSC and to become a double champion for the second consecutive year is an outstanding feat. Well done Marc. We wish him the best in his future swimming career, which we will follow closely proudly.

Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance: In Shanbally NS, all pupils are signed up for 24 hour, 365 day protection which covers children for medical and dental expenses which are incurred following an accident and which cannot be claimed from another source. See for details of policy benefits. Please note from September 2017 the following exclusions have been added to the policy; the company will not pay any benefits in respect of accidental bodily damage arising from an insured person taking part in

  1. Quadbike riding or racing
  2. Motorbike riding
  3. Snow boarding
  4. Boxing, mixed martial arts or any martial art involving combat with an opponent unless it is in connection with school activities.

Aladdin School App: Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our school is delighted to announce that we will shortly roll out the Aladdin Schools Connect to parents/guardians of children in our classes.

The school uses the Aladdin Schools software service for administrative purposes and Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc. via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App

Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school’s communication with parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child’s education by:
–              Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information
–              Keeping parents apprised of their child’s attendance
–              Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages
–              Allowing parents view their child’s approved report card
–              Giving parents the option to opt in to share contact information with their child’s classmates’

parents via the Parent Privacy option for the class list.
Along with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage Aladdin Connect helping the school by:
–              Helping to improve attendance by allowing parents to keep track of any school days their child

may have currently missed, along with late arrival and early leaving information.
–              Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home
–              Helping the school/ teachers communicate with parents when the need arises
–              Reducing costs by eliminating the need to send school report cards by post
–              Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent

You can rest reassured that Aladdin Schools uses state-of-the-art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish and European data protection laws.

In the next few days, you will receive a text/email message containing your registration link. There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text/email or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward. If you choose you may share your own contact details with other parents of children in the same class as your children, but please be reassured that this information will not be shared unless you choose to share it. Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school’s Connect experience.

By default both parents will have access to view their child’s contact information. If for any reason you do NOT wish to share your own personal contact information within the family circle or if you have any concerns regarding your particular family setup please contact the school in confidence to discuss or have this facility restricted.

In preparation for this please let the school know if your email address or phone number has changed recently.

We hope that you enjoy using Aladdin Connect. We welcome any feedback or questions you may have.

Kind Regards,

David Nolan


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

Charity Walk on Friday, June 9th

June 7th 2017:  Charity Walk on Friday, June 9th 


Dear parents,

We mentioned in our last newsletter about the fundraising charity walk on Friday June 9th, tying in with our Active Schools Programme. Junior Infants to 5th class will take part in a walk for Breakthrough Cancer Research ( Weather permitting it is our intention to walk from Shanbally to Ringaskiddy via the main road. Each class group will be supervised by their class teacher and other staff. We plan for the Juniors/ SSLD to head off first at 11.30 accompanied by 5th class. At 11.45 Senior Infants/SSLD will start walking, followed by 1st and 2nd at 12 noon. 3rd and 4thclasses will leave the school at 12.15pm. Once we reach the Ringaskiddy playground we will let the children have their lunch and relax. School staff will supervise the children. If needs be,  children will be brought across to the Ringaskiddy Community Hall to the bathroom. Parents of Junior and Senior Infants are being asked to collect their children from Ringaskiddy playground at 1.30pm sharp instead of at the school. The remaining classes will walk back to school and go home at 2.30pm as usual.

Our PA has kindly offered any assistance we need to supervise crossing along the way, especially at roundabouts, and anywhere else needed. Of course we would love to have parents along to walk with us on the day but please note that children will be within their class groups and under the direct supervision of school staff.

On the bottom of this page is a permission slip to allow children to take part. Please sign + return cut-off slip. Having already donated to our pedal-power event this year and other community fundraisers we will not be giving sponsorship cards out. Instead Breakthrough Cancer Research has kindly supplied each class room with a collection jar and children can bring in loose change/ donations if they like.

Please note:

  • Children should wear school tracksuits.
  • Children should bring a small carry bag for their lunch/drink for the walk and lunch in the playground.
  • Weather depending, please apply sun-screen/ wear hats/ rain jackets.
  • Children who may require medication such as inhalers should bring them along and inform their teacher.


Please sign and return to allow your child to take part in the walk

Charity Walk to Ringaskiddy

I give permission for my child/ children _________________________ to walk with their class to the Ringaskiddy playground on Friday June 9th

Name: _______________________        Date:  ____________________    

Newsletter 7: May 31st 2017

Parents, following are some important dates and information for this school year and next.

 School Calendar: 


  • Thursday June 1st Gymnastics 10 (last one!)
  • 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 – 16th Shanbally NS Active Schools Programme
  • Tuesday June 6th PA Clothes recycling fundraiser
  • Wednesday June 7th RNLI Educational Talks
  • Wednesday June 7th Practice for “School Mile” as part of Active Schools Challenge
  • Wednesday June 7th BOM meeting
  • Wednesday June 7th PA Resources photo at 1.15
  • Thursday June 8th 6th Class Tour (Ballyhass Lakes)
  • Thursday June 8th Active Schools Zumba Workshop (9-12)
  • Friday June 9th Cancer Research Charity Walk (during the school day) See paragraph below.


  • Monday June 12th Swimming 6 3rd and 4th
  • Monday June 12th Active Schools Week Taekwondo Workshop (provisional)
  • Tuesday June 13th School Summer Reports to be posted
  • Tuesday June 13th 5th Class School Tour (Cuskinny)
  • Tuesday June 13th Juniors +Seniors School Tour (Fota)
  • Wednesday June 14th Junior Achievement (4th classes)
  • Wednesday June 14th 1st + 2nd Class School Tour (Mardyke Arena)
  • Wednesday June 14th Active Schools “School Mile Challenge”
  • Thursday June 15th 3rd + 4th Class School Tour (Cork City Tour)
  • Thursday June 15th SSLD new parents for September 2017 at 6.30 pm
  • Friday June 16th Active Schools Sports Day


  • 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 9.15-10.30
  • Friday 23rd June New SSLD Introductory session 9.30 – 10.30 am
  • Monday 26th June Swimming 8 3rd and 4th
  • Monday June 26th Staff v 6th Football Friendly (please note that given recent Irish Sports Council revelations that all Kerry teachers will be strictly scrutinised in advance to ensure fairness)
  • Monday June 26th 6th Class Leaving Night
  • Tuesday June 27th (weather permitting!) JUMPING the LINE at 1.15pm
  • 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


  • Thanks to everyone who has paid any monies recently. School tour notes with associated costs should have been issued or will issue shortly. Thank you for paying these in a timely manner.

* Active Schools


Active Schools Programme: Our Active Schools Programme will run from June 6th to June 16th and will include a visit from the RNLI Lifeboat Educational Team, a Zumba workshop (PA Sponsored), a Taekwondo workshop, a Charity Walk (for Breakthrough Cancer Research), a School Mile as well as each class doing their own Active Schools initiative.

* 2nd class

Well done to our First Holy Communion children in 2nd class who made their First Communion recently. It is an important occasion for the children and particular thanks is due to all those who helped to make it such a special day. Huge thanks to class teacher, Mrs. Ryan, and the active First Holy Communion Committee for their hard work and commitment as well as the parents/Parents Association who helped out on the day by making/baking and serving.

* Staffing 2017-2018

The Department of Education & Skills (DES) allocation of teachers for the coming school year 2017/2018 has been published. Shanbally N.S. currently have nine mainstream class teachers. For September 2017 Shanbally N.S. have been allocated eight mainstream class teachers i.e. one class teacher less than at present. From next September there will be one class teacher for each of the class levels from Junior Infants to Sixth Class covering the eight different curriculums as set out by the Department of Education. Therefore we will be combining our 2 Fourth classes into 1 Fifth class from September 2017. The parents of children in Fourth class have been informed.

An unfortunate result of this allocation is that we lose a tremendous asset in the school, Mr. Aidan O’Mahony. Aidan has been with us for the last two years and has contributed hugely to special education in the school as well as his invaluable contribution to sporting activities, especially our Active Schools Campaign. Aidan is very popular with all in the school community and we wish him every success as he takes up a new position in Crosshaven Boys School.

* Cork City Sports

On tomorrow June 1st many of our students will represent our school in the traditional Cork City Sports which takes place in CIT grounds. We are especially grateful to parent Richard Murphy and teachers, Mr. Clifford and Ms. Callanan for their huge commitment in helping the children to prepare for these sports. The teachers have supplied very detailed information to all our runners in recent days, however, if anyone has lost these details or needs to check anything please contact me this evening/tonight on 087-7612694. Best wishes and good luck to all our athletes tomorrow. We are very proud of you.

* Uniform and Book Lists

At our recent staff meeting, we have decided that from next Tuesday, June 5th, all our pupils may wear the school tracksuit/school shorts/polo shirt if they wish. All homework will officially cease by Friday 9th. As communicated by Ms. Moran/Ms. O’Mahony their homework club for the year finishes this week. From Monday, June 26th to Thursday June 29th pupils are free to wear their own clothes. The rationale behind this is that 1. We will respectfully look for €2 per family as an extended non-uniform “day”, all monies collected will go towards past-pupil Mia McCormick for her involvement with the Moving Mountains charity and 2. Our PA are planning to organise a pre-loved school uniform sale over those few days (more details to follow from them).

On the morning of Friday June 23rd High Street Books and Buckley’s Schoolwear/Laura’s Boutique will be present in school with books and uniforms for sale.

* Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the dental team from Kevin O’Brien’s Winning Smile Dental Practice who came to the school recently and instructed the children on dental hygiene and correct tooth-brushing techniques.  It was very informative and helpful.

* Breakthrough Cancer Research Charity Walk

On Friday June 9th, tying in with our Active Schools Programme, Junior Infants to 5th class will take part in a fundraising charity work for Breakthrough Cancer Research. Recently, Kesh and Jill (from the group) visited us and spoke to the children on the work they do and the importance of fundraising contributions from the community, especially schools. It is our intention that we will walk from Shanbally to Ringaskiddy via the main road. Each class group will be supervised by their class teacher and other staff. We plan for the Juniors to head off first, followed by the other classes at intervals. Once we reach the Ringaskiddy playground we will let the children have their lunch and relax. We ask parents of Junior and Senior Infants to collect their children from Ringaskiddy playground at 1.30pm sharp instead of at the school. The remaining classes will walk back to school and go home at 2.30pm as usual.

Our PA has kindly offered any assistance we need to supervise crossing along the way, especially at roundabouts, and anywhere else needed. Of course we would love to have parents along to walk with us on the day but please note that children will be within their class groups and under the direct supervision of school staff.

Next week a permission slip (to allow children to take part) will be sent home as well as a more detailed outline of the walk. Having already donated to our pedal-power event this year and other community fundraisers we will not be giving sponsorship cards out. Instead Breakthrough Cancer Research has kindly supplied each class room with a collection jar and children can bring in loose change/ donations if they like.

Kesh and Jill will return to the school in a few weeks’ time for the official handover of any funds raised. This is a very worthwhile charity to support and while it is an expensive time of the year we would be delighted if families could support this in any way possible.

* Other News

Jack White in 2nd class has been selected Irish Soccer Team Mascot for their international in the Aviva Stadium on June 11th in their world-cup 2018 qualifier against Austria. Good luck Jack. We’ll all be watching for you.

Is mise le meas,


David Nolan


Tuesday April 4th 2017: short note home

  • A reminder that we close early for Easter holidays on Friday (11.45 for Juniors/Seniors &Siblings and 12 noon for the rest of the school).
  • We have a Sciath na Scol match against Dunderrow on Thursday in Shanbally at 1pm. All welcome to come along and support.
  • A reminder that €10 per child (Junior Infants to 5th Class inclusive) is now due for Gymnastics and Irish Dancing. Irish Dancing classes finish today following an energetic 6 weeks with Miah Walsh.

        A reminder that €7 per child for 6th Class isnow due for Gymnastics.

        Please remit on or before Thursday so monies can be lodged before the Easter break. Thanks to everyone who has paid           to date.

  • We hear the Easter Bunny will be along on Friday to collect the Easter Eggs donated for the Cork Easter Egg Appeal. During the week children will be asked to guess how many eggs were collected to date for the 2017 Appeal and the closest guess in each class will win an Easter Egg, courtesy of the Middletons! Thanks to everyone for supporting such a worthwhile cause.
  • Best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe Easter break and we will see you back on Monday April 24th.