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

Parents Association A.G.M. cancelled

Dear Parents,

Due to a clash with important sporting fixtures for children in the school and the knock-on effect on parents, we have decided to postpone the Parent’s Association AGM scheduled for tomorrow evening, September 12th.  We will contact   you with a revised date in due course. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thank you,

David Nolan

 

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 www.shanballyns.ie

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

David Nolan

Principal

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 (www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie). 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.

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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: 

June

  • 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

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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 Friday 23rd March

                                                Re-opening Monday 9th April

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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 https://www.movingmountainstrust.org/ 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

Principal

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.

Newsletter 6: March 23rd 2017

Parents, following are some important dates and information for this school year and next. A request for monies due is also included. Thank you.

* School Calendar for rest of year

March

  • Friday March 24th 4th Class Rugby Blitz
  • Thursday March 23rd Gymnastics 3
  • Monday March 27th Irish Dancing 5
  • Monday March 27th Sciath na Scol match v Ballinora in Ballinora @1pm
  • Tuesday March 28th School closes for a full day for a Professional Development Workshop on the Primary Language Curriculum in the Cork Education Support Centre. This day is required by the Department of Education & Skills as part of the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum. In 2016/2017 the focus was on the oral strand for infants to second class. In 2017/2018 the focus is on reading and writing strands. From September 2018 onwards, all strands of the language curriculum will be implemented for pupils in infants to second class.
  • Wednesday March 29th Muster Crusaders are visiting the school to facilitate a 5th/6th class game v Staff in wheelchair rugby challenge match.
  • Some children from 5th and 6th are taking part in an FAI Soccer blitz in Ballea Park.

 

April

  • Sunday April 2nd Do This in Memory Mass
  • Tuesday April 4th Irish Dancing 6
  • Thursday April 6th Gymnastics 4
  • Friday April 7th School closes early (11.45/12 noon) for Easter break and will reopen on Monday April 24th.
  • Monday April 24th Swimming 1 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday April 25th Sciath na Scol match v Brooklodge in Shanbally at 1pm.
  • Wednesday April 26th Cork Mental Health is visiting 5th and 6thclasses for a workshop.
  • Wednesday April 26th PA Committee Meeting at 7.30pm
  • Thursday April 27th Gymnastics 5

 

May

  • Monday May 1st closed for Bank Holiday
  • Thursday May 4th Gymnastics 6
  • Monday May 8th Swimming 2 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday May 9th to 16th Celtic Book Fair
  • Thursday May 11th Gymnastics 7
  • Saturday May 13th 2017 First Holy Communion
  • Monday May 15th Swimming 3 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday May 16th School closes early for staff meeting (12.30 for Jrs/Snrs +siblings and 12.45 for the rest)
  • Wednesday May 17th First Class Blitz Passage
  • Wednesday May 17th CFSI are holding a Drugs & Alcohol Seminar at 7-8.30pm in the Youth Centre
  • Thursday May 18th Gymnastics 8
  • Monday May 22nd Swimming 4 3rd and 4th
  • Thursday May 25th Gymnastics 9
  • Monday May 29th Swimming 5 3rd and 4th

 

June

  • Thursday June 1st Gymnastics 10
  • Thursday June 1st City Schools Sports Day
  • Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th School is closed for an extended June bank holiday.
  • Tuesday June 6th Shanbally NS Active Schools Week (see Active Schools paragraph below)
  • Wednesday June 7th RNLI Educational Talks
  • Thursday June 8th 6th Class Tour
  • Friday June 9th Cancer Research Charity Walk (during the school day). More details to follow.
  • Monday June 12th School Summer Reports to be issued
  • Monday June 12th Swimming 6 3rd and 4th
  • Tuesday June 13th 5th Class School Tour
  • Tuesday June 13th Juniors +Seniors School Tour
  • Thursday June 15th 3rd + 4th Class School Tour
  • Friday June 16th 1st + 2nd Class School Tour
  • Monday 19th June Swimming 7 3rd and 4th
  • Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd 6th class school play provisional
  • Friday 23rd June New Junior Infants + parents in
  • Monday 26th June Swimming 8 3rd and 4th
  • Monday 26th 6th Class Leaving Night
  • Thursday June 29th 2017 School finishes early (11.45/12 noon) for summer holidays.

* Summary of School Calendar 2017/2018

Term 1

School reopening Thursday August 31st 2017

Mid-Term Break Closing Friday 27th October

Re-opening Monday November 6th

Christmas Holidays Closing early Friday 22nd December

Re-opening Monday 8th January

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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 Friday 23rd March

Re-opening Monday 9th April

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Term 3

May Mid-term Closing Friday May 4th

Re-opening Monday May 14th

Bank Holiday Monday June 4th

Summer Holidays Closing early Friday 29th June

* Money Collections

 

  • A reminder of the €60 Family Contribution to those who haven’t yet paid. Thanks again to those who have.
  • Gymnastics (10 lessons for Juniors to 6th) and Irish Dancing (6 lessons for Juniors to 5th) have now commenced and children are really enjoying them.

For those children in Juniors to 5th the cost is €10 per child (gymnastics & Irish dancing)

For 6th class it is €7 per child (gymnastics)

  • Swimming Costs for 3rd and 4th classes: We are awaiting bus costs for this and we will notify you as soon as we can finalise overall costs.
  • School Tours approximate costs per child:

Juniors/Seniors/ SSLD: €18 approx.

1st/2nd: €25 approx.

3rd/4th: €28 approx.

5th: €33 approx.

6th: €TBC

* Taxi Escort

SSLD Class School Escort: A taxi escort (an adult/over 18 person who accompanies children in a taxi to the school) has been approved for the Language Class in Shanbally, starting immediately, from now until the end of the school year. We are looking for someone for this position. The hours involved are approximately 20 – 25 hours a week depending on where the person appointed is based (it should be local enough to Shanbally!). The taxi-driver, Donal, could collect the appointed person in the morning shortly after 7am to get to Clonakilty where 1 child is collected, on to Bandon where a further 2 children are collected and then back to Shanbally for 8.50am. This happens in reverse at school collection time i.e. Taxi driver collects person (to be here for 1.30pm) and then accompanies children to West Cork, returning to Shanbally for 3.15pm approx. Please let the office know if you are interested. If you know someone who may be interested you are welcome to share the information with them. Please note the position is paid through a grant from the Department of Education and the person must be Garda vetted. This can be arranged through the school. The rate of pay is approx. €12 per hour. The successful candidate is given an official contract of employment with the Board of Management.

 

* Enrolments for 2018 +

Please contact the office to check if your children for 2018 and beyond are enrolled in the school. If not, please request an enrolment form from Ruth in the office as we are currently looking at our enrolments for the next few years.

 

* Before/After School Club

As previously communicated we were examining the possibility of hosting a before and after school child-care club from next September. Regrettably, at the moment this proposal will not now go ahead. We would like to thank the proposer for their professional approach and time committed to it to date.

 

* Mobile Phones

A reminder that the use of mobile phones is not permitted during the school day or for the duration of any school outings, on or off the school premises or while being transported on school outings via any mode of transport.

* Pupil’s Achievements

All of our students are talented in their own way. This term we acknowledge some successes. Please don’t hesitate to share your child’s achievements with us so that we can celebrate and congratulate them.

Marc in 5th, already the double Munster Champion, represented Shanbally NS in swimming again recently and is now the current Irish Minor Schools Champion in the 50m backstroke and freestyle. Well done Marc, a tremendous achievement.

Colin in 6th came 2nd in the Munster Hurdles Boys under 14 on February 25th. He also ran 4th in the Boys under 14 60 meter sprint. Well done Colin. He has now qualified for the All-Ireland in those events which are to be held in Athlone in April. We wish him well and look forward to hearing how he gets on.

Elisa in 3rd was recently selected, following trials, for the 2017 Irish Gymnastic Developmental Squad which means she is working towards selection on the National Team. Watch this space!!

Adam & Calum in 3rd won medals recently for representing their club in Taekwondo in the Cork Open in Neptune Stadium. Very well done to both.

Ayisha and Beth in 5th took part in the All Ireland Cheerleading Competition with their club. Both took part in a team event and Ayisha won a Solo Award for her performance. Well done girls.

Laura in 2nd won three medals in Dublin for Gymnastics. Great achievement, Laura.

Sara in 3rd won a Rosette for the Hunter Trials. Congratulations Sara. Keep it up!

This year children across the school took part in Scór na bPáistí a few weeks ago. Thanks to Ms. Callanan for organising this. Grace in 3rd got through the first round of the Irish dancing competition in Ballinspittle, going on to come third in the South East Final in Riverstick. We were delighted to have participants in Instrumental Music, Dancing and the Table Quiz. Well done Grace and to everyone else who took part.

Ava in 2nd rode a horse in the Kinsale St Patrick’s Day parade. I think that might be a first for Shanbally!

Jack in 3rd won a trophy for skiing in Austria. Shanbally NS goes international!

Maeve in 3rd participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork city. Well done Maeve. We’d love to hear from anyone else who took part.

Aisling, Róisín, Callum & Charlotte in 2nd won medals for a drama talent show.

Josh in 2nd won a trophy for show jumping. Well jumped, Josh!

Well done to 6th class for their exceptional hard work during Seachtain na Gaeilge. All classes really benefitted from your hard work, as coordinated by Ms. Moran, class teacher.

 

* Active Schools

Active Schools Week: The DES encourages all schools to hold an Active School Week (ASW) in their annual school calendar. The National ASW takes place April 24th to 28th 2017. As schools can simply chose the week that best suits them, here in Shanbally NS we are planning to hold our ASW on the week of Tuesday June 6th to Friday June 9th. On this week, we will host a visit from the RNLI Lifeboat Educational Team. Our 6th class will depart on an overnight 6th class school tour to Ballyhass Adventure Centre, at Ballyhass Lakes, Mallow. We plan to hold a school sponsored walk on Friday June 9th for the remaining classes during school time. (More details to follow).

Active Schools Flag (ASF) Initiative: The ASF Initiative aims to get “more schools, more active, more often”. Given the high level of commitment and time already given, we have decided to officially apply for an ASF this school year. Our team, ably lead by Mr. Aidan O’Mahony, are currently working through the application process. Hopefully soon, an ASF will fly proudly next to our HPS flag.

 

* Health Promoting School

Our Health Promotion Officer, Mrs. Margaret Ryan, and her team continue to promote an extensive programme of Health Promotion Initiatives throughout the school. Under the Incredible Edibles venture, the school will plant fruits, vegetables and flowers in the school gardens.

As well as the Friends for Life programme being delivered by Mrs. Tuohy & Miss Dromey to 3rd class, our senior classes are also learning about their emotional well-being and aspects of mindfulness.

Mrs. Ryan is currently implementing a Well-Being Wednesday Programme with a focus on emotional well-being. To this end Mrs. Ryan will attend a workshop on Understanding Positive Mental Health Promotion on Wednesday March 29th.

Of course, we continue our focus on healthy lunches and no nut policy in the school and on school outings.

As part of the Super Troopers Health Homework Programme children from 5th and 6th class had a very enjoyable trip to Collins Supervalu in Carrigaline in recent weeks. The Super-Troopers programme in association with Laya has been working very successfully this year ensuring all pupils complete active homework each night. The children really enjoyed their trip to Supervalu and tasted a wide variety of healthy and nutritious foods as well as gaining valuable insights into healthy nutrition tips for life. Thanks to all for participating and to Supervalu in Carrigaline for facilitating both classes!

 

* Cork Easter Egg Appeal

A reminder of this worthy appeal which is in its 7th year. This appeal started with Liam Middleton in 6th Class. This appeal serves to reciprocate kindness he received while in hospital aged 5 years with a serious illness. Shanbally NS is a collection point for any Easter Eggs your family might like to donate. The Appeal runs until Tuesday April 4th. Please support.

 

* PA Thanks

Since our last newsletter, the PA has been actively involved in organizing and running a number of very successful ventures. These include the upgrading of our Memory Garden, the organisation of free draws/ competitions in February, our Valentine Bake/Cake Sale, the clothing collection and of course the Quiz Night, held in the FBI. As always we are indebted to our PA and our school body in general for their generous support of these events. We are currently purchasing an extensive list of educational resources that will directly benefit the education of your children. Details of these purchases will be communicated in the PA’s next newsletter.

 

* Roadway/ footpaths

Recently I was approached by one of our parents, living in Coolmore Gardens, with genuine concerns about the lack of and the poor state of footpaths around the school but in particular from Coolmore to the roundabout in Shanbally Village. We have been made aware by Councillor Seamus McGrath that the County Engineer has not included us in the work programme for this year. However, he has promised to raise the issue again and recommend we are included in next year’s programme. If anyone has similar concerns and wants to communicate it to the County Engineer, I can forward them on your behalf. Thanks to Seamus McGrath for his assistance on our behalf.

 

* Car-Parking

This continues to be stressful and potentially dangerous at drop-off and collection times. While we appreciate parents need to collect children safely from the school it is not acceptable to abandon cars in the car-park. I would urge people to use available spaces before parking alongside the middle spaces. Anyone not using a proper space should stay with their car to facilitate those wishing to enter/exit and those who need to access the Disability Parking spaces. On wet days it is understandable but not acceptable that people abandon cars to escort children in to school, thus blocking other users. Thank you to those who correctly use the car-park or choose to park up the road.

 

* Trócaire collections

There are Trócaire collection boxes available in the classes if you wanted to send in loose change with your child. Trócaire is the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Money raised during their Trócaire Box appeal is for their “Join the Fight for Justice” initiative. Monies raised goes to support their work in helping struggling communities in their fight for justice.

 

* Patricia Kelly

As you may be aware Ms. Kelly (one of our 4th class teachers) is out on sick leave at the moment. We would like to wish her the very best in her recuperation.

 

* 2nd class

Well done to our First Holy Communion children in 2nd class who made their First Penance last evening. Wishing them the very best of luck over the next few months until they make their First Holy Communion on May 13th. Sincere thanks to class teacher, Mrs. Ryan, and the active First Holy Communion Committee for their hard work and commitment, Fr. Con and Fr. Sean for the lovely service and Joy’s Granny for the kind donation of Miraculous Medals for each child. Sophie and Faye from 5th Class provided the musical accompaniment which really added to the occasion. Ms. O’Connell was very generous with her time in preparing the children for the music on the night.

Photographer Christine McCarthy is now taking names for First Holy Communion photo sittings. Forms should have gone home. Please contact the office if you need another form. Thank you.

 

* Shamrocks GAA

Shamrocks GAA have asked us to mention their Golf Classic which is set for Monday, May 8th in Monkstown Golf Club. A team of 3 is €200 and meals are included. Contact Alan Geary @086-2695520, Kieran Lynam @086-8349492 or John Twomey @086-2517740.

 

* Staff Thanks

Shanbally School is a hive of learning, fun and activity. This atmosphere and achievement is due to the outstanding dedication and commitment of all our school team. It is impossible to acknowledge every individual contribution but I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation of all our team who work tirelessly and passionately to provide the best education experience for all in the school in so many different ways.

 

Is mise le meas,

David Nolan

Principal

 

 

Note from Principal

Dear Parents, 

Reminder:

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

 

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

 

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

Shanbally NS

Douglas Credit Union launch School Savings Scheme

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

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Newsletter 5: December 16th 2016

 

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

·         Cartons of juice                       Socks + Underwear

·         Breakfast cereals                    Disposable razors + Sanitary Products

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

 

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

Thank you,

With best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas.

David Nolan

Principal