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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.

Fifth Class Engineering Trip

Fifth Class were recently treated to a fantastic trip to the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Environmental Research Institute, Beaufort Building, University College Cork which is based in Ringaskiddy. The trip was organised by Steam Education along with their industry partners DePuy Synthes. Engineers from De Duy have been rolling out a fantastic programme called  Engineering in a Box in our class this year. We are very grateful to Alice Darcy from Steam Education and Aoife Deane of MaREI for organising this memorable trip and all at De Puy who have been so kind to us over the last year. You really are inspiring the next generation of Engineers here in Shanbally!!

Peace Proms Kilkenny

Huge congrats to all the pupils who represented the school so well in Kilkenny last weekend at the Peace Proms Concert. The pupils and teachers who travelled on the day had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the experience. Thanks also to the parents who shared some lovely photos and videos with us over the last few days. We also really enjoyed the performance in Shanbally today. Thanks to Fr Sean for being so accommodating and letting us perform our concert in the church.