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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. 

Principal’s Newsletter 26-02-18

Imminent Weather Alert:

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

Newsletter 4 February 26th 2018

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

School Calendar for rest of year

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


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

                                                Saturday 3rd Cross Border Choir in Kilkenny

Sunday 4th Do This in Memory Mass 2nd Class

Monday 5th Junior Infants HSE Vision Screening

Wednesday Junior Infants HSE Vision Screening

                                                Thursday 8th First Penance at 7.30pm 2nd Class

                                                Monday 19th Closed for Bank Holiday

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


April                             Monday 9th we reopen after Easter

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

                                                Wednesday 11th Celtic Book Fair is here for a week

                                                Sunday 22nd Do this in Memory Mass

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

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


May                              Friday 4th May Full day of normal school

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

                                        Monday 14th Back to school

                                                Saturday 19th at 10.30 am First Holy Communion

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

Monday 28th PA Clothing Collection Fundraiser


June                             Friday 1st City Sports in CIT Bishopstown

                                                Monday 4th Closed for Bank holiday

                                                Wednesday 20th Juniors / Seniors School Tour

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

                                                Friday 22nd 3rd and 4th School Tour

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

                                                Friday 22nd High Street Books book-sale

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

                                                Tuesday 26th Shanbally School Sports Fun Day

                                                Wednesday 27th 6th Class finish- Graduation Mass

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


School Calendar 2018/2019 (agreed to date)

Term 1

School reopening             Thursday August 30th 2018

Mid-Term Break               Closing Friday October 26th 2018                                               

                                                Re-opening Monday November 5th 2018

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

                                                Re-opening Monday January 7th 2019

Money Collections


  • The €60 Voluntary Family Contribution is now due. As costs at the beginning of the year are a burden to families and with Storm Ophelia in October 2017 we are only now requesting this €60 per familyvoluntary contribution. Thanks to those who have already paid. This money is used to pay the 24-hour Allianz Pupil Insurance (see below for more information) for all children in the school and also goes towards photocopying costs, paper & toner, school texting service, mandatory City Sports tickets and new App which we will outline below. It is also used to subsidise the significant cost of buses used during the year (outside of school tours). While the DES emphasise the voluntary aspect of this contribution we would respectfully request that any family in a position to pay would do so as we need it to subsidise ongoing shortfalls/ cutbacks in DES funding.
  • Gymnastics has commenced for all classes. Huge thanks to Colm and Chloe O’Toole of Gymnastics Inc., Kilnagleary Industrial Park, Crosshaven Road, Carrigaline, Co. Cork who are very generously providing these classes free of charge! (10 lessons for Juniors to 6th) as their son Charlie is in our Junior Infant class.
  • Irish Dancing (6 lessons for Juniors to 5th) commenced on Tuesday February 20th with Miah Walsh of the Kiely-Walsh Academy of Irish Dance. The children always really enjoy them. For Juniors to 5th the cost is €3 per child which will be funded from Parents Voluntary Contributions as requested above.
  • Swimming
    • Dates: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th April
    • Costs for 3rd and 4th classes: We are awaiting bus costs for this and we will notify you as soon as we can finalise overall costs.
  • School Tours approximate costs per child:

Juniors/Seniors/ SSLD:   €18 approx.

1st/2nd:                                  €25 approx.

3rd/4th:                                  €25 approx.

5th:                                          €31 approx.

6th:                                          €TBC



Enrolments for 2019 +

Please contact the office to check if your children for 2019 and beyond are enrolled in the school. If not, please request an enrolment form from Ruth in the office as we are currently looking at our enrolments for the next few years. We would like to welcome Adam to Juniors and Leo to Seniors. We hope they are settling in and enjoy their school days in Shanbally NS.

Parents Association- Thanks

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

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


Parking/ Roadway/ footpaths

This continues to be stressful and potentially dangerous at drop-off and collection times. While we appreciate parents need to collect children safely from the school it is not acceptable to abandon cars in the car-park. I would urge people to use available spaces before parking alongside the middle spaces. Anyone not using a proper space should stay with their car to facilitate those wishing to enter/exit and those who need to access the Disability Parking spaces. On wet days it is understandable but not acceptable that people abandon cars to escort children in to school; parking on the opposite footpath across from the school blocks all other road users and forces children dangerously out on to the road to exit/access their own cars. Thank you to those who correctly use the car-park or choose to park up the road. We urge you to consider safety aspects at all times when parking in the vicinity of the school.


Trócaire collections

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



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

2nd class

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Aladdin School App: Dear Parent/Guardian,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind Regards,

David Nolan


Nativity 2017

Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in our Nativity play on Thursday last. It was a most enjoyable evening. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way!!


Visit from Munster Rugby

The children were delighted to welcome Chris and Dan from Munster rugby. Thanks to Vincent o Leary for organising the visit.


Hope Foundation

Thanks to everybody who contributed to the hope foundation fundraiser in school last Thursday. Best of luck to Mollie and Liadh who travel to Kolkata soon.

Peace Poster Winner

Maebh O’Mahony 6th Class- Peace Poster Regional Winner – Carrigaline & District Lions Club. Maebh is pictured here with her family at the awards ceremony. Well done from all in Shanbally NS.

Cara Awards

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.

Principal’s Newsletter 3 4th December 2107


CARA National Inclusion Award in Education Sector

On Thursday November 30th in Dublin, Shanbally NS was announced as the Cara National Award winner in the Education Sector. This award recognised those who enhance participation opportunities for people with disabilities in sport, physical activity and physical education. This category encompasses all levels of education, primary, secondary and third level. This award is the culmination of many years of commitment by staff to the promotion of a culture of inclusion and excellence in Shanbally NS. We are delighted for this recognition after many years of hard work in this area. It takes a long time to develop such a culture of inclusion and for it to become second nature to us all. This award is a tribute to the partnership between the children, staff, parents and wider community of Shanbally NS past and present. We are finalising plans for an in-school celebration on this Thursday so there will be no homework that night.


Newsletter 3

November 30th 2017

Dear parents, a few notes for you and some more dates for your diary. Christmas is fast approaching and it is a busy time for all. We have a lot to celebrate!


Update of School Calendar 2017/2018

Remainder of Term 1

Sciath na Scol Quiz                      Wednesday December 6th

3rd Class Boys Indoor Football     Thursday December 7th (Time and details to be confirmed).

Nativity Play                                  Thursday December 14th at 6.30pm (see email home for more details)

Hope Foundation Coin Appeal      Thursday December 14th

School Closed for Primary Curriculum Language Friday December 15th 2017

PA Sponsored Puppet Show        Tuesday December 19th

Special Visitor                              Wednesday December 20th

Christmas Holidays                      Closing early Friday December 22nd 11.45 for Juniors/Seniors+siblings & 12 for rest of school

                                                     Re-opening Monday January 8th


Term 2

Mid-Term Break                             Closed Thursday 15th + Friday 16th February

Bank Holiday                                  Monday 19th March for St. Patrick’s Day

Easter Holidays                              Closing early (11.45/12) Friday 23rd March

                                                       Re-opening Monday 9th April


Term 3

Confirmation                                Thursday April 26th

Discretionary Days                         Closing Friday May 4th

                                                       Re-opening Monday May 14th

First Holy Communion                Saturday May 19th

Bank Holiday                                  Monday June 4th 

Summer Holidays                           Closing early (11.45/12) Friday 29th June






Our Parents Association have also been busy recently with their Cake Sale on October 26th, Bag Packing on October 27th +28th, Sciath na Scol Teams Reception on November 15th, Bingo Evening (including Arts and Crafts Competition) on November 26th, and upcoming Puppet show (Tuesday December 19th) and Special Visitor (Wednesday December 20th) which they are sponsoring. They also donated €500 from funds raised towards buses for the school over the year. We are so grateful to our hardworking PA and hope they enjoy a well-earned break over the Christmas Break.




Other highlights of the term were:

  • A visit from Water & Road Safety Development Officer, Caroline Casey, who spoke to classes about water safety, in particular.
  • A very successful Science Week with 6th Class mesmerising the other classes with their amazing experiments. A tremendous amount of hard work and preparation went in to this and it really paid off!
  • As part of Science Week some classes went to Carrigaline Library (3rd + 4th) for workshops and 6th class also benefited from an Electronic Brain Box workshop, sponsored by Cork Electronics Industry Association, which they really enjoyed.
  • As part of the Super Troopers/ Nutri Safari initiative, 4th class visited SuperValu Grange for an educational trip around nutrition and food.
  • We had a fantastic response to our Cork Penny Dinners Shoebox Appeal and we were overwhelmed by families’ generosity at such an expensive time, coming up to Christmas. The trouble people went to in wrapping the boxes and putting little cards with them has also to be acknowledged. It is truly wonderful to see such a spirit of giving.


Pupil Achievements

  • On Wednesday November 15th Shanbally NS completed a historic double with victories in the Allianz DF3 and DGF3 Sciath na Scol Finals. Sincere thanks to all in the school community who volunteer so much of their time in the promotion of Gaelic games, in particular staff members Paddy, Aideen and Sandra who give of their time every year to train the children. DVDs of the final are available to order through the school office. Please let us know if you’d like one. €20 for one (i.e. boys or girls) or €30 for a combined DVD (both) which is a brother + sister offer only.
  • Marc Galland 6th Class- Munster Double Gold and Personal Bests in 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly recently.
  • Elizabeth Carroll 4th Class– qualified for World Championships in 8 Hand Céilí in Glasgow in March next.
  • Maebh O’Mahony 6th Class- Peace Poster Regional Winner – Carrigaline & District Lions Club sponsored.
  • Dara McCormick 6th Class – Playing for Cork United in u-12 Soccer won West Cork Inter League Competition.
  • Josh Busteed 3rd Class- ongoing success in show jumping including recent win in the Waterford & Tipperary Awards. In the weekend just gone Josh was the winner of the South Union Pony Club Show Jumping Perpetual Trophy.
  • Maeve Lillis 4th Class- Well done to Maeve on her participation on the Late Late Toy Show over the weekend.



Parents Contribution

It was our intention to request the traditional voluntary family contribution in October but given the proximity to Christmas and challenges brought about by Storm Ophelia, we will send home a request for this contribution in January. This will be especially necessary if the Department fail to pay the Minor Works Grant.


Homework Club Update

*As there will be no homework on Thursday 7th there will be no homework club on this day. This also applies Thursday 14th as our Nativity Play is on that evening. Therefore there is homework club this week Monday to Wednesday incl. and next week Monday to Wednesday incl. Homework club finishes this term on Wednesday December 13th. It will resume Monday January 8th.


Credit Union

Following are upcoming dates for the Credit Union in the school as communicated to us recently:

December 5th –  Last money collection

December 12th-  No money collection, returning slips only

January 16th –      Resuming CU activities in school



Possible Road Closure


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Cork County Council is considering the closing to public traffic of the following roads for the dates and for the times stated:- From Wednesday 3rd January 2018 to Friday 26thJanuary 2018 (24 Hour Closure) Road to be closed:

R613 Carrigaline to Currabinny Road (Back road from Carrigaline)



We wish to inform you that First Class teacher Mary Sheahan has announced her plan to retire at Christmas. Mary has been an integral member of our teaching staff and will be hugely missed. We are currently finalising arrangements for a teacher to take the class from January to June, to continue Mary’s outstanding work.



Upcoming Talk


A reminder (as recently emailed on November 28th)  that the National Parents Council are hosting a free talk entitled “Supporting Parents to Support Their Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing” on Wednesday December 6th in the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire at 7.30pm.



Note of condolences

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to our staff and families who have lost family members in 2017. As a community and school we were devastated when 3rd class parent, Bobby McGinty, passed away recently. We express our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.


Thank you and best wishes to everyone for a safe and peaceful Christmas.

David Nolan