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Newsletter 2 2019-20

Newsletter 2     September 24th 2019

Dear parents, some items for your information/ attention,

  • Notice of School Closure:  Monday November 4th 2019

The rollout of the new Primary Language Curriculum (PLC) for all classes in primary school is continuing this September 2019. In line with this, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) in collaboration with the National Council for Special Educations (NCSE) continue their professional learning programme for schools during the 2019-2020 school year. A full day seminar for Shanbally NS has been scheduled with the PDST/NCSE for Monday November 4th 2019. This seminar focuses on the full implementation of the PLC from Junior Infants to 6th class as well as a chance to reflect on implementation to date for Juniors to Second class in relation to teaching and learning. All teachers will attend from 9.15 am to 3.15 pm.

Children will not attend school this day. Please note that this is the Monday immediately following our midterm break.

  • Clarification re School Pupil Insurance through Allianz.

Please find attached a copy of information which may be helpful when it comes to having children treated after minor accidents/ injuries. We strongly recommend that you make a note of the information contained for future reference. Please let Ruth in the office know if you would like a hard copy of same. Please note that you should retain invoices/ receipts for expenses incurred for the treatment of injuries due to accidents so that you can claim back from Allianz. Please contact Ruth in the office to get a claim form in the event of such an accident.

School First Holy Communion Committee 2019-2020 A big thank you to our Second Class parents who attended the Do This in Memory introductory meeting last evening. Our Enrolment Mass takes place at 10 am on Sunday October 13th. The Do This in Memory masses take place at 10 am on the following dates: Sunday December 1st, January 19th, March 8th and April 26th. A sincere thank you to the following parents who have volunteered for the Committee for the year ahead, Kim Coughlan, Marie-Anne Cotter, Gillian Swanton, Jackie Keane and Stephen Foley.

Our Communion will take place at 10.30 am on Saturday May 16th.

  • Retirement gift to the school from Patricia Kelly

Last Friday week we held a Retirement Concert for our recently retired colleague Patricia Kelly. At this event she kindly presented a cheque that she asked would be used directly on the children. We have a travelling theatre group (M&M Theatrical Productions) coming next Monday to put on “A little Princess” (see previous notice). Given the performance is from 1pm to 2pm this is open to 1st to 6th class incl. This production has an anti-bullying theme in it and has been held successfully in local boys school for the last 2 years. Our SSLD class (Juniors and Seniors) and our mainstream Junior and Senior Classes will go home as normal at 1.30pm. Our PA see below are looking to put on a different event to include our younger classes later this term.  We hope the children will enjoy the play on Monday.

  • Parents Association

A genuine thank you to the large number of parents who turned out last night to our PA planning meeting following the AGM on September 9th. The Committee for the year ahead is as follows:

Chairperson Ingrid Cooper, Treasurer Sandy Griffin, Secretary Marie-Anne Cotter, Uniforms Tracy Crotty.

At our meeting we discussed many important items and also planning of events for the year ahead. The PA will publish their own newsletter in the next few days. One of the major topics for conversation last night was concern for the health and safety of children with the level of poor/ indiscriminate parking at school opening and closing times. I will send home information separately in this regard tomorrow.

  • Chris Slavin/ Project Possible

Chris Slavin who was in the school with assistant dog Earle in September is currently on her fundraising hand-cycle around Ireland. She is due to pass Shanbally NS on Wednesday October 9th next. She has a Facebook Page (Project Possible) which is charting her progress around Ireland. She started from Killarney on Saturday September 7th and has now reached the North of Ireland on her journey. We support her fundraising efforts and we will be asking the children to support this cause financially in advance of her “passing by” on October 9th. It will be great to present her with the funds raised then.

  • Shanbally Church Newsletter

As outlined in the Harbour Parish Newsletter of last Sunday we have been asked to publicise the need for volunteer cooks for Meals on Wheels on Wednesday and Thursday mornings in the PACE centre in Passage West. Please contact Aine or Pat on 021-4863272 if you think you can help.

  • Alan White

Alan who spoke really well in our school recently on Emotional Wellbeing is part of a workshop which takes place on Tuesday October 1st in the Rochestown Park Hotel from 7.30 to 9 pm. Please see attached flyer.

INSPIRE 2019 aims to help parents support their child through the exams process. INSPIRE stands for Inform, Nurture, Support, Participate, Include, Reassure and Encourage.

When it comes to the Leaving Cert or Junior Cert, parents can often feel uncertain as to how they can best support their child through this stressful time. INSPIRE aims to give parents expert advice on nutrition, study and learning techniques, sleep, managing stress and maintaining mental fitness throughout

· Alan White is a second level teacher and wellbeing author. He also delivers wellbeing workshops to companies and organisations. Alan has over a decade of experience working with students and their families to help them fulfil their education potential. Alan will speak about managing stress and maintaining mental fitness throughout the exam year.

· Elaine McKeon, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and owner of Cork Nutrition and Wellness, will speak about the role of food in promoting students’ wellbeing. She will address topics such as energy levels, brain function and mood and how diet influences the performance of the body and mind.

=   Dr. Clara O’Beirne is a chartered psychologist and behaviour specialist with expertise in Education and Psychology. She has worked in a variety of education settings for over 20 years. She has extensive experience designing and delivering training to teachers and has published a number of articles in peer reviewed papers. She is passionate about helping all young people to realize their full potential through empowering, supporting and informing families and the professionals working with them. Clara will address topics such as learning techniques, study and organisation.

  • Shamrocks GAA/ Shanbally NS Red Day on Tuesday October 1st

Shanbally NS continues to enjoy a healthy and fruitful relationship with Shamrocks GAA club. As ever we remain extremely grateful for the use of their sports grounds for school activities including Sciath na Scol matches, sports days, Cork City Sports training, extra yard space during the fine weather etc. We also have a schools coach Anthony Shannon who is working with our present 3rd and 4th classes on Fridays. To help alleviate the cost of this coaching a fundraising table quiz will take place in the Shamrock Bar on Friday October 4th at 8 pm. A team of 4 is €40. Questions as always will be set by Mr. Clifford (5th class) and we encourage all to brush up on their sport and current affairs and take part.

Shamrocks outdoor academy will take place from Friday September 27th on the pitch in Shamrocks from 6.30 pm. The Shamrocks Ladies Football continues to thrive and it is wonderful to see so many of our boys and girls playing with the club. Any enquiries regarding joining Shamrocks for either boys or girls can go through me, David Nolan, and I will forward appropriately.

Shamrocks player Sean Andrews recently enjoyed the privilege of winning an all-Ireland medal with the Cork Minor Footballers against Galway. To celebrate this wonderful achievement, Sean and Shamrocks representatives will visit the school next Tuesday October 1st with both the Minor and Under 20 all Ireland cups. To mark this, the school is hosting a Red Day where children are encouraged to wear Cork jerseys if they have them or other red clothing.  Please do not go to any expense in this regard.

We are also hoping that past pupil Chloe McGrath who won an all-Ireland medal with Cork over the summer will also be able to attend.

Best wishes to our Sciath na Scol teams who travel to Gortroe GAA grounds to play against Clonpriest NS on tomorrow Wednesday in Round 3 of their group.

  • CCS Open Day

All 5th and 6th class children will be bussed to and from Carrigaline Community School for their Open Day. They will leave Shanbally at 11.30 am approx. and will arrive back in Shanbally at 1 pm approx.  If for some reason your child won’t be able to attend, please let the teacher know.

  • School Calendar 2019-2020

Tomorrow we will circulate an updated school calendar which will include changes referred to above and planned PA events etc.

David Nolan

Principal

Newsletter 1 2019-20

Newsletter 1 2019-2020 School Year

September 5th 2019

A warm welcome back to everyone. We’d like to especially welcome our 28 new Junior Infants, our 4 new children in the Language Class- Luke, Darragh, Joey and Archie, Diego and Max who join Senior Infants, Jordan, Harry and Rian who join First class, Ruby who joins us in Fourth Class, and Reece who joins us in Fifth Class.

We welcome back Mrs. Shanley (formerly Ní Loingsigh who returns after a teacher exchange) to the SET and we welcome Ms Harrington as a permanent member of staff. Ms. Coffey continues in Junior Infants.

Congratulations to Ms. O’Mahony who married Denis Kelleher in August.

Summary of School Calendar 2019/2020 (please check carefully as there may be some additions!)

This school calendar is subject to amendment as the year progresses

e.g. Confirmation and we are also due to have a further Primary Language Curriculum Day this term.

We are due to receive the date of our Confirmation in the next couple of weeks

and you will be informed as soon as we know.

August 2019 School re-opens Thursday August 29th for children

October 2019 Finish for midterm on Friday October 25th

Closed for midterm from Monday October 28th to Friday November 1st

November 2019 School re-opens Monday November 4th

December 2019 Closing early for Christmas on Friday December 20th

January 2020 School re-opens Monday January 6th 2020

February 2020 Finish for midterm on Friday 14th

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

School reopens Monday 24th February

March 2020 School closed for St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday March 17th

April 2020 Closing early for Easter holidays on Friday April 3rd

School reopens Monday April 20th

May 2020 School closed for May Bank Holiday Monday May 4th

May 2020 First Holy Communion Saturday May 16th at 10.30 am

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

School finishes early on Friday June 26th

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

NB

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION

If for any reason your child requires regular administration of prescribed medicine while in school, please contact the school who will give you a copy of our policy. The policy outlines the procedure to be followed by parents who require the administration of medication for their children. This includes in particular children with asthma who may be carrying inhalers in to school. It is important to let the class teacher know.

Please note that non-prescription medicines are not permitted to be stored or administered in Shanbally N.S. in most circumstances. However individual cases can be considered once communicated to the class teacher. If over the summer your child has been diagnosed with any allergies or medical conditions that the school should be notified about, please let the class teacher know.

NB

I would like to remind everyone that Shanbally NS is a nut free school and that our Allergies Policy is being reviewed and will be available to see on our website www.shanballyns.ie (website currently being updated).

SCHOOL UNIFORM policy

  • BoysGirls:
  • Wine Official School Jumper with School Crest Wine Official School Jumper with School Crest
  • Grey Trousers Grey Pinafore, Grey slacks
  • Grey Shirt Grey Shirt
  • Wine Tie Wine Tie
  • School Tracksuit and grey polo-shirt.
  • School Shorts can be worn during warm weather, typically in June and September
  • Black shoes to be worn with the School Uniform.
  • Runners to be worn with School Tracksuit/ School Shorts
  • Official School Jumper and School Tracksuit are available from Buckleys/ Lauras Schoolwear, Douglas, Unit C1, Dosco Business Park, South Douglas Road, Cork. 021-4368210
  • Junior and Senior Infants: Uniform is worn on Monday and Tuesday. Tracksuit is worn on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • 1st to 6th Class: Uniform is worn on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tracksuit is worn on Thursday and Friday. (Unless in pre-arranged circumstances e.g. training)

We have certain spare uniform and tracksuit items in the Halla and the PA accept a small contribution if you’d like to make one. I know they are particularly short of small i.e. Junior Infant pants and other items. If you have any you might like to donate, they would be gratefully accepted.

For the next few weeks please bear in mind that given the current mild weather in September and the fact that some items are unavailable to purchase at the moment, the school tracksuit/ shorts/ polo shirt are interchangeable with the school uniform for comfort. Once we move beyond this flexible period, parents will be made aware that we are reverting back to normal policy in this regard.

NB

Please check that you have submitted enrolment forms for any children due to start school in the next few years, 2020 in particular, as we will be commencing the enrolment process shortly and we need to establish the number of siblings that will be joining us.


Our Parents Association have asked us to communicate the following:

  • The Parent Association AGM is on next Monday September 9th at 8 pm. I srongly urge all parents to make a special effort to attend as it is important that all classes are equally represented. No-one will be strong-armed in to a PA position (we promise!).
  • Prior to the AGM there will be a presentation by Alan White (secondary school teacher in Bishopstown Community School) on the theme of Emotional Well-being and the launch of our “I CAN DO 30 day well-being challenge” booklet which is due to be rolled out across the school this term. While we understand the logistical challenges with child-minding etc., we urge strong attendance at this worthwhile, important presentation.
  • Sincere thanks to our PA for their ongoing work and in particular the presentation made to Ms. Kelly on her retirement.

Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance: In Shanbally NS, all pupils are signed up for 24 hour, 365 day protection. This covers children while at school but also at home, at birthday parties, in the park, away on holidays and playing most sports. This cost is included in the back to school costs as requested on book lists. It covers children for medical and dental expenses which are incurred following an accident and which cannot be claimed from another source. This is great value and should be of great peace of mind to parents.

See https://www.allianz.ie/schools/pupil-personal-accident/policy-benefits/ for details of policy benefits and exclusions. For full details please consult their website. Of note is that the company will not pay any benefits in respect of accidental bodily damage arising from an insured person taking part in for example

  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.

MONIES DUE

The majority of parents have paid monies due from booklists issued. Thank you very much for same. These monies go towards things such as the Allianz insurance listed above, stationery for different classes (as listed on the booklists), school journals (depending on classes), photocopying, arts and crafts supplies etc. We acknowledge that back to school is a very expensive time for all but would appreciate if parents could pay these in the next few days. A reminder will be sent via Aladdin Connect on Monday. Please let Ruth in the office know if you need a payment link issued again before then. I note that some parents have acknowledged that the monies are overdue and are paying them in installments which are very acceptable.

Aladdin School App:
Our school rolled out the Aladdin Schools Connect to parents/guardians of children in our classes last year. We use the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie 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.

I am delighted to see that most parents have accessed Aladdin and we strongly encourage all parents who haven’t downloaded the App to do so as this year we will be using Aladdin Connect for permissions to go on various school outings/ travel to school matches etc. as well as accessing school reports. It has been broadly welcomed as more convenient for parents and school staff alike and it also saves the school money.

If you haven’t been able to successfully join up please let Ruth in the office know and she will try to sort it for you. We launched our on-line payment portal recently also and it seems to be working well. If you have had any issues using it please let us know and we will try to address any concerns raised.
 

We are assured 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.


Car Parking:
As ever our main priority when it comes to parking and using the public carpark needs to be the safety of our children and all in the school community. I would urge all to observe the safety of others at all times especially when our Junior Infants finish at 1.30 pm from Monday September 16th. Please be vigilant that wayward parking doesn’t obstruct paths and walkways forcing children out on to the road.

Class WhatsApp Group One of these is set up by (and administrated by) parents in a class and it can serve to be a valuable reminder service for upcoming events etc. A JI parent has already volunteered to set up a Junior Infants one (thank you!) and she will be checking if parents have indicated permission to share phone numbers on Aladdin Connect. Perhaps parents could check that this box is ticked as it is also very useful for when it comes to birthday parties! Please let Ruth in the office know if you don’t want your contact number shared in this regard.

Kids Inc

A welcome back to Niamh Kinsella and her team from Kids Inc who opened their after school club last year. Please note that it is not too late to join. This year, new team member Neil Horgan joins Diane, who you will all know.

Likewise, there is the opportunity for anyone who wishes to use the service after their children finish some of our other in-house activities such as homework club, art and tennis. Art with Joanna is starting up shortly, there are poster up around the school with more information as is Tennis with Pat McCrann. Pat’s leaflets have been distributed over the last day or so.

Credit Union

Douglas Credit Union as in previous years are providing the option of a saving scheme for all students from Junior Infants to 6th class. The savings scheme will start back on Wednesday September 11th. Anyone wishing to join can do so by letting us know.

Thank you and best wishes to everyone for the coming school year.

David Nolan

Principal

Newsletter 2

December 12th 2018

 

1. Summary of School Calendar 2018/2019

Term 1

School Nativity Thursday 13th of December – please have the children in attendance at 6.15 pm.

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

 

Term 2 Re-opening Monday 7th January 2019

Mid-Term Break Closing Friday February 15th 2019

Re-opening Monday February 25th 2019

Thursday March 14th – Cyber Safety Talk with Dr. Maureen Griffin.

For St. Patrick’s Day Closed Monday 18th March

Easter Closing early (11.45/12) Friday April 12th 2019

 

Term 3 Re-opening Monday April 29th 2019

Bank Holiday Closed Monday May 6th 2019

First Holy Communion Saturday May 18th 2019

Bank Holiday Closed Monday June 3rd 2019 AND Tuesday June 4th 2019

Summer Holidays Closing early (11.45/21) Friday June 28th 2019

 

2. KIDS INC

The Kids Inc Christmas Holiday Camp is taking place January 2nd to 4th from 8.30am-6.30pm. This camp is open to all children in Shanbally NS, not just those who have engaged with them so far. Bookings will close on Wednesday December 12th. For more information or to book a place please contact Niamh Kinsella at 083-8785048 or emailNiamh@kidsinc.ie. It is proposed that similar camps will be run during our February midterm which commences on Monday February 18th to Friday February 22nd and also during the Easter Holidays, Monday 15th April until Friday April 26th.

3. NATIVITY “A King is Born”

The school Nativity “A King is Born” will take place in the Church on Thursday December 13th at 6.30 pm. The children are working very hard on their performances. We request that all children are in place at 6.15 pm. There is no allocated seating for the audience. Please be mindful that the Church floor has been replaced recently. Therefore we have been asked to ensure that there is no food, drink or chewing gum brought into the Church. Please ensure that the children have used the toilet before leaving home. Children will be dismissed in an organised manner, class by class, at the end of the performance. We look forward to seeing you on the night for what should be an enjoyable and memorable occasion.

 

4. Car Parking:
Sincere thank you to all for the much improved car-parking this term. I would particularly like to thank the staff and parents who ensured the safety of our children and the smooth daily transitions while the village centre experienced extensive work improvements on the roundabout. Shanbally Shop and Deli have also expressed their sincere appreciation of same as it has had a direct positive impact on their business. As ever our main priority needs to be the safety of our children and all in the school community so I would urge you to continue to park up the road towards Shamrock’s GAA in 2019. I would like to thank our parents who assisted in the campaign, which has been ongoing since 2007, to improve/provide footpaths to our school.

 

5. Collection for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Last month we invited firefighter Alex O’Shea to visit the school. Alex has successfully completed 32 marathons in 16 days, taking in every County in Ireland. He recently donated approximately €30,000 to the Irish Guide Dogs and his fundraising measures remain ongoing. During his visit, he outlined to us the time and cost involved in training these guide dogs. We would like to help him in this worthwhile endeavor. This initiative also ties in with our “December Kindness month”. We request that families donate any spare change for this cause to the class teacher by Friday December 14th and we will present a cheque to the Irish Guide Dogs on Thursday December 20th.

6. Amber Flag Initiative

To help us further develop an inclusive, healthy school environment, we are engaged in an application process to apply for an Amber Flag by April 1st 2019. To achieve this goal, we have established an Amber Flag team consisting of 7 6th class students and 4 staff members. This team meet weekly to plan and execute tasks which promote emotional well-being. An example is that our theme for December is “Kindness” where our children have developed an Act of Kindness Advent Calendar which reflects the values of kindness, gratitude, mindfulness and resilience.

We have 3 key targets in our initiatives

  1. Cyber World
  2. Resilience
  3. Holistic well-being

To this end we are engaged in the following to help achieve our aims

  • On Thursday March 14th 2019 we have booked Dr. Maureen Griffin to visit our school and speak with both our senior classes (3rd to 6th) and all parents in our wider community (not just current Shanbally NS parents). Dr. Griffin (BA,MA phi) is a forensic psychologist who specialises in the need for education/ training for children. Her company MGMS Training provides psychological services in the areas of online offending and safety. Her presentation on the night will focus on Social Media, Cyber Bullying, Internet Safety and Mobile Phone Safety. I will write to all parents early in the New Year regarding this outstanding and most relevant presentation, which we will strongly encourage everyone to attend.

7. Credit Union

Please note that the last pre-Christmas savings club will take place on Friday the 14th of December. Gary Hanrahan will resume the Credit Union Savings club on Friday January the 11th. Please note that new children/families who may wish to join up can still do so.

8. Parents Association

Our PA has forwarded their Christmas Newsletter. I would like to acknowledge and thank them for their huge fundraising efforts so far this year. They have to date raised a total of €2438.15. We especially appreciate, in advance, their plans for Thursday 20th December. Special mention to Tracy Crotty for her ongoing efforts with pre loved uniforms. A huge thank you to Ingrid and all the team for everything they do.

9. Reminder – Nut Free School

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 www.shanballyns.ie. At this time of the year treats are often sent in so we would like you to be mindful of this policy.

10. Guitar lessons 2019

Past pupil Caoimhe Barrett will begin guitar and/or Ukulele lessons from Tuesday January 08th. These classes are open to children from 2nd to 6th class. The cost of these lessons is €70 for 10 weeks, including a €20 deposit. Typical lessons are for 30 minutes, with a maximum of 5 students. We are sending notes home on behalf of Caoimhe. She may be contacted at 085-2835122 or caoimhesmusic@gmail.com for further information. Please note that the school owns about a dozen children’s acoustic guitars which were sourced through our PA a few years ago. These guitars are available, once a deposit of €30 is paid to the school, to allow families explore/determine whether children are going to maintain the lessons prior to committing to buying a guitar.

11. Homework Club

As outlined by Mrs Gorman/Miss O’Mahony today is the last day of homework club until we resume on Monday the 7th of January.

 

12. Other Important Dates for your Diary January 2019/New Year

  1. Thursday January 10th Peace Prom rehearsals in Waterford.
  2. Sunday February 10th Peace Proms in Waterford.

Thank you to Miss O’Connell for giving up her lunchtimes to help to prepare for this event.

  1. Thursday January 17th – Skipping Workshop across the school as part of our active schools.
  2. Sunday January 27th – Do This in Memory Mass for 2nd Class.
  3. Thursday March 14th – Cyber Safety Talk with Dr. Maureen Griffin.

13. Expression of Gratitude

I would like to thank one of our families who made a significant financial contribution to the school recently for educational purposes. We appreciate this very kind gesture and will endeavour to spend the money wisely.

I would also like to thank parent Garry Murphy of Suite Cottages (carrigsigns.com / mobile 086-0443163 /gmurphy@carrigsigns.com) for his donation of beautiful maths signage and other resources, including signs for our Open Night.

14. Shamrock’s GAA Draw

We would also like to acknowledge Shamrock’s GAA for the continued use of their facilities and for supplying schools coach Anthony Shannon, who has been a big hit with 2nd to 4th Class. We are gladly advertising their Annual Christmas Draw consisting of 30 prizes, including some Christmas Hampers. The draw takes place on Wednesday the 19th of December at the Shamrock bar. Tickets are €2 each or a book of three for €5 and are available through the school office.

15. Christmas Mass in Shanbally

Fr Seán has asked me to remind everyone that the traditional Family Mass will take place in Shanbally Church on Christmas Eve at 5pm. Mass also takes place at 7pm on Christmas Eve.

 

16. Duplo

Should any family have any “Duplo” that they are no longer using it would be gratefully appreciated if you could donate it to the school. Thank you.

17. New Face in the Office

You may have noticed another friendly face in the school office in the last few days. Ruth has cut down her hours on a temporary basis for family commitments but we are delighted to welcome Caroline Murphy who will hold the fort in her absence. Typically Ruth will be here on Mondays and Thursdays, with Caroline here for the rest of the week. This may change in any given week. Both will liaise closely to ensure that all school matters are dealt with efficiently in the usual professional and discreet manner.

18. Appreciation and thanks

This term has been an exceptionally busy time and the weeks have flown by. Well done to all pupils who represented the school in sports, quizzes, credit union initiatives, etc. I would like to sincerely thank everyone in our school community; parents, PA, school staff, Board of Management, Fr. Sean and Fr Con and all members of our wider community who have contributed to school life in 2018. I would particularly like to acknowledge our wonderful students; it is a pleasure to work with you on a daily basis. We hope that you have a fantastic break and we wish you all a happy and a peaceful Christmas.

David Nolan

Principal

News Letter 3

Newsletter 3

February 6th 2019

 

1. Summary of School Calendar 2019

Term 2…

Peace Proms Waterford Sunday February 10th 2019

PA Clothing Collection Monday February 11th 2019

PA Valentine’s Day Cake Sale Friday February 15th 2019

Mid-Term Break Closing Friday February 15th 2019 at normal times

Re-opening Monday February 25th 2019

Do This In Memory Of Me Mass Sunday March 3rd 2019

Credit Union Quiz – 2nd Round Sunday March 3rd 2019

World Book Day Dress Up Friday March 8th 2019

Thursday March 14th 2019 – Cyber Safety Talk with Dr. Maureen Griffin

For St. Patrick’s Day Closed Monday 18th March 2019

First Penance 2nd Class only – 7.30pm – Tuesday 19th March 2019

PA Pedal Power Cinema Friday 29th March 2019

Easter Closing early (11.45/12) Friday April 12th 2019

 

Term 3 Re-opening Monday April 29th 2019

Bank Holiday Closed Monday May 6th 2019

First Holy Communion Saturday May 18th 2019

Bank Holiday Closed Monday June 3rd 2019 AND Tuesday June 4th 2019

Summer Holidays Closing early (11.45/12) Friday June 28th 2019

 

2. Cyber Safety Talk

On Thursday March 14th Dr. Maureen Griffin will visit our school and speak with our senior classes during the school day (3rd to 6th) and all parents in our wider community (not just current Shanbally NS parents) that night. Dr. Griffin (BA,MA phi) is a forensic psychologist who specialises in the need for education/ training for children. Her company MGMS Training provides psychological services in the areas of online offending and safety. She recently presented in Carrigaline Community school. The content of her talk to the students will include:

  • Social networking & Chatting Apps (The importance of parental involvement & permission, dangers of accepting people you do not know in real life as friends, sharing personal information etc.)
  • Searching Online (how to safe search, pop-ups)
  • Cyber-bullying (what it is, why it happens, the role of the bystander, exclusion, what to do if you are the target of cyber-bullying)
  • Online gaming (the dangers of addiction, the need to have a good balance between online and off line activities, the dangers of conversing with strangers, the impact of the material on your life)
  • Screen Time & Sleep (how technology can interfere with sleep and how to create good habits)

The parent talk “Social Media: Challenges for Parents” will provide an overview of what is currently popular among Irish students, what the potential dangers are and offer practical advice on how to protect children when they are online or using their mobile devices. Issues such as social networking sites (e.g. Instagram); social messaging/chatting apps (e.g. snapchat); video-streaming sites (e.g. YouTube); mobile device safety; gaming; screen time & sleep; grooming; and cyber-bullying will be addressed. The parent talk is not about blocking content online; it is more about teaching children how to be responsible when online, by making parents aware of the dangers and highlighting some practical tips. The parent talk lasts for a little over 1 hour in length with time afterwards for questions and answers. We would strongly request a representative parent/guardian from each family to attend. The talk will begin at 7pm sharp on March 14th. Venue to be confirmed. A specific note with these details will be issued within the next few days.

Please see below newspaper article of Saturday Dec 15th on the importance of Cyber Safety.

 

3. Peace Proms 2019

This coming Sunday February 10th approximately 40 students will head to Waterford (WIT) to take part in the Peace Proms. Our students have prepared diligently for this event under the guidance of DP Claire O’Connell. We wish to acknowledge the commitment shown by all, especially over many lunch breaks to help to prepare for the big day. No doubt the children and parents who are travelling will really enjoy a fantastic experience and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

4. Parents Association

I wish to thank and acknowledge the PA for the organisation of the raffle and Santa’s visit to Shanbally NS on Thursday December 20th 2018. This was as always a truly magical experience for the children.

The PA have asked me to highlight a number of upcoming events (poster attached):

  • Clothing Collection on Monday 11th of February
  • Valentine’s Day Cake Sale on Friday 15th of February
  • Pedal Power Cinema on Friday 29th of March

5. Amber Flag Initiative

To help us further develop an inclusive, healthy school environment, we are engaged in an application process to apply for an Amber Flag by April 1st 2019. To achieve this goal, we have established an Amber Flag team consisting of 7 6th class students and 4 staff members. This team meet weekly to plan and execute tasks which promote emotional well-being. An example is that our theme for January and February is “Resilience” where our children have given presentations on resilience and what it means to them. Our 4th class students are currently working on a very exciting musical collaboration with Gary Mac and soon we hope to have exciting news about this venture.

6. KIDS INC

The Kids Inc February midterm camp will take place from: 18th-22nd February 2019 daily from 8.30am-6.30pm, with full and half day options available. This camp is open to all children in Shanbally NS, not just those who have engaged with them so far (poster attached). For more information or to book a place please contact Niamh Kinsella at 083-8785048 or emailNiamh@kidsinc.ie.

Similar camps will be run during the Easter holidays:

Easter Week 1: 15th-19th April 2019 – 8:30am-6:30pm

Easter Week 2: 23rd – 26th April 2019 – 8:30am-6:30pm

 

7. Collection for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

On Thursday December 20th 2018 the Irish Guide Dogs visited our school and a cheque was presented to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind for an amount of €365. This was the monies donated by our families during the coin collection in December.

8. VEX Robotics

On January 22nd a delegation of 6th Class pupils were accompanied by Class Teacher Mr. Cunningham, SEN teacher Miss O’Mahony and SNA Dee Allen to CIT to participate in the VEX Robotics Challenge. Over a number of months the children have learnt how to design, build, programme and operate their Class Robot. Educationally the pupils have gained massively and we are most grateful for the support shown by all which allowed them participate in this fantastic event. We hope that such experiences will continue to develop their love of maths, coding and computer programming and may set them on a pathway to a career in Engineering in the future.

9. Credit Union

Please note that the Credit Union Savings club has resumed. Please note that new children/families who may wish to join up can still do so.

We would like to congratulate our 12 representatives from 5th and 6th class who took part in the Douglas Credit Union regional table quiz last Friday and represented the school so well. We were thrilled that one of our teams consisting of Zach, Darcy, Sam and Diarmuid won the senior quiz, and will now progress to the next round which is called Stage 2 (Chapter Level) on Sunday March 3rd at 3pm in the Rochestown Park Hotel. The other 8 representatives were Eoin, Lily, Evan and Seán (6th Class) and Aaron, Reece, Matthew and Donncha (5th Class). Well done to all involved, especially Quiz Maestro Mr. Paddy Clifford and Mr Stephen Cunningham for organising these teams. A special word of thanks to our parents who kindly volunteered to drive on the day.

10. Congratulations to…

Joshua Busteed, 4th Class, who recently was awarded the National Award for the Irish Derby in Show jumping for the Under 10 category at a recent function in Athlone.

Molly Marshell, 2nd class, who was nominated for an Outsider Award in The Sugar Club Dublin last week.

Grace McKenzie, past pupil, recently broke an Irish Athletics National Record in her forte of the pentathlon, putting her name into the history books. Grace is currently on scholarship in McNeece State College and has added this 2019 success to a very successful 2018. We wish her all the best and hope that she pays us a visit when home next.

11. Soccer Shirts Appeal

A past pupil of Shanbally NS, Ava Brady, is travelling to Embu in Kenya for 3 weeks in June as a volunteer with the Moving Mountains Trust. She will be part of a team running a summer camp for the street children aimed at encouraging them to enter full time education, to get off the streets and into the care of the Moving Mountains Trust. She has been asked to bring some clothing for the children and has been advised by previous students who have travelled that the children love International and Premier league soccer jerseys.

Ava is making an appeal for the donation of any soccer jerseys that you may have in your homes that you no longer want. She would be extremely grateful, as undoubtedly the children who would receive them would be.

She hopes to give a presentation to the Shanbally NS children on her trip to Kenya and what they achieved on the trip on her return.

We would be happy to receive any donations of jerseys into the office on her behalf.

12. Guitar lessons 2019

We would like to welcome past pupil Caoimhe Barrett who has begun guitar and Ukulele lessons in the school. She may be contacted at 085-2835122 or caoimhesmusic@gmail.com for further information.

13. Reminder – Nut Free School

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 www.shanballyns.ie.

14. Car Parking:
As ever our main priority needs to be the safety of our children and all in the school community so I would urge you to continue to park up the road as much as possible towards Shamrock’s GAA in 2019. I would like to thank our parents and staff for their continued support with this.

David Nolan

Principal

Newsletter 1 2018/19

Newsletter 1

September 13th 2018

A warm welcome back to everyone. We’d like to especially welcome our 20 new Junior Infants, our 5 new children in the Language Class- Kayla, Alex, Nathan, Lukasz and Damon, Jake and Rebecca who joins First class, Sophie who joins us in Second Class, Ben who joins us in Fourth and Lily who joins 6th.

 

A new staff member this year is Mr. Stephen Cunningham who steps into Ms. Sheahan’s (big) shoes following her retirement. Ms. Aoife Harrington continues in 2nd class and Ms. O’Donovan in Junior Infants.  Ms. Kate O’Callaghan will be part of our Support Team and will be with us on Thursdays. Best of luck in your time in Shanbally NS. 

 

 

Congratulations to Ms. Ní Loingsigh (Mrs. Shanley) on the happy arrival of baby Kate in the last few days.

We all wish herself and Kevin many congratulations and not too many sleepless nights.

Congratulations to Mrs. Gorman (formerly Ms. Moran) who married Eymard in August.

 

Summary of School Calendar 2018/2019 (please check carefully as there are some additions!)

Term 1

School reopened Thursday August 30th 2018

RED DAY Friday September 14th 2018 (see note below)

School Mass Tuesday September 18th at 10 am (no obligation on parents to attend)

Staff Meeting Tuesday September 25th (Juniors + Seniors finish at 12.30 (+siblings) and 12.45 for rest of school)

Open Night Thursday 4th October 2018 for new entrants to the school year 2019+ (6.30 to 8pm)

Mid-Term Break Closing Friday 26th October 2018

Re-opening Monday November 5th 2018

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

Term 2 Re-opening Monday 7th January 2019

Mid-Term Break Closing Friday February 15th 2019

Re-opening Monday February 25th 2019

For St. Patrick’s Day Closed Monday 18th March

Easter Closing early (11.45/12) Friday April 12th 2019

 

Term 3 Re-opening Monday April 29th 2019

Bank Holiday Closed Monday May 6th 2019

First Holy Communion Saturday May 18th 2019

Bank Holiday Closed Monday June 3rd 2019 AND Tuesday June 4th 2019

Summer Holidays Closing early (11.45/21) Friday June 28th 2019

 

 

NB

RED DAY tomorrow!

 

All children in the school are encouraged to wear red tops tomorrow; Cork/ Munster or other red sports tops will do as well as plain red tops. Children should wear school tracksuit bottoms. As always it is up to the children if they want to wear red. Pease bear in mind that the last thing we want is parents feeling they have to buy red tops. Children not wearing red can wear the full school tracksuit as always. This is to celebrate last week’s Camogie win for the Cork Girls and to wish the Cork Ladies Football team well this weekend in the Final versus Dublin.

NB

 

 

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION

If for any reason your child requires regular administration of prescribed medicine while in school, please contact the school who will give you a copy of our policy. The policy outlines the procedure to be followed by parents who require the administration of medication for their children. This includes in particular children with asthma who may be carrying inhalers in to school. It is important to let the teacher know.

Please note that non-prescription medicines are not permitted to be stored or administered in Shanbally N.S. in any circumstances.

 

 

Our Parents Association have asked us to communicate the following:          

  • Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the Parent Association AGM during the week. It was very informative and they have a full year of activities planned. There is a follow-up meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, September 18th at 7.30 pm. All welcome.
  • We had a lengthy discussion on the night of the importance of organizing a social media safety information night for our parents and we are currently planning this event.
  • Clothes Collection – Tuesday 9th 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 5th and Saturday 6th Our PA are looking for volunteers and will be in contact themselves in this regard. This was a great fundraiser last year. 
  • Plans are also afoot for our Annual Hallowe’en Cake Sale (Thursday Oct 25th) and Dress up (Friday Oct 26th). Details to follow from the PA.

 

NB

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 www.shanballyns.ie

 

 

A reminder of our SCHOOL UNIFORM policy which we will be really focusing on this term.

 

  • Boys:                                                                           Girls:
  • Wine Official School Jumper with School Crest        Wine Official School Jumper with School Crest
  • Grey Trousers                                                              Grey Pinafore, Grey slacks
  • Grey Shirt                                                                   Grey Shirt
  • Wine Tie                                                                      Wine Tie

 

  • School Tracksuit and grey polo-shirt.
  • School Shorts are available during  warm weather
  • Shoes to be worn with the School Uniform.
  • Runners to be worn with School Tracksuit/ School Shorts

 

  • Official School Jumper and School Tracksuit are available from Buckleys/ Lauras Schoolwear, Douglas, Unit C1, Dosco Business Park, South Douglas Road, Cork. 021-4368210

 

  • Junior and Senior Infants: Uniform is worn on Monday and Tuesday. Tracksuit is worn on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

  • 1st to 6th Class: Uniform is worn on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tracksuit is worn on Thursday and Friday. (Unless in pre-arranged circumstances e.g. training)

 

 

 

Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance: In Shanbally NS, all pupils are signed up for 24 hour, 365 day protection. This cost is included in the back to school costs as requested on book lists. It covers children for medical and dental expenses which are incurred following an accident and which cannot be claimed from another source. See https://www.allianz.ie/schools/pupil-personal-accident/policy-benefits/ for details of policy benefits and exclusions. For full details please consult their website. Of note is that the company will not pay any benefits in respect of accidental bodily damage arising from an insured person taking part in for example

  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: 
Our school rolled out the Aladdin Schools Connect to parents/guardians of children in our classes last year. We use the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie 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
We strongly encourage all parents who haven’t yet signed up to do so as it seems to have been broadly welcomed as convenient for parents and school staff alike and it also saves the school money.
 
If you haven’t been able to successfully join up please let Ruth in the office know and she will try to sort it for you. We launched our on-line payment portal recently also and it seems to be working well.  If you have had any issues using it please let us know and we will try to address any concerns raised. 

We are assured 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.
 

 
Car Parking: 
Sincere thank you to all for the much improved car-parking so far this term. As ever our main priority needs to be the safety of our children and all in the school community. I would urge all to observe the safety of others at all times especially now that our Junior Infants are finishing at 1.30 pm from next week

 

Kids Inc

A big welcome to Niamh Kinsell and her team from Kids Inc who have opened their after school club. We have previously forwarded to you comprehensive details. Please note that it is not too late to join. Likewise, there is an opportunity for anyone who wishes to use the service after their children finish some of our other in-house activities such as homework club, art and tennis.

 

Credit Union

Douglas Credit Union are providing the option of a saving scheme for all students from Junior Infants to 6th class. The savings scheme will start on Friday September 21st. Please see letter already sent home this week.

 

Open Night

We are holding an open night on Thursday October 4th at 6.30 to 8pm. This is for parents (new to the school) who wish to enrol for next year and subsequent years. If you know of anyone who is interested you might let them know.

 

Thank you and best wishes to everyone for the coming school year.

David Nolan

Principal

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.

 

Confirmation

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.

 

 Miscellaneous

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 https://www.allianz.ie/schools/pupil-personal-accident/policy-benefits/ 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 www.aladdin.ie 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

Principal’s Newsletter 3 4th December 2107

SHANBALLY NS- WINNER of

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

CORK COUNTY COUNCIL/ ROADS ACT, 1993/ TEMPORARY CLOSING OF PUBLIC ROADS

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)

Retirement

 

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

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

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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

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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.

 

Enrolment

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

Principal

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