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Christmas Notes

Dear parents, a reminder of our Cork Simon Fundraiser (see attached Santa Stamp Envelopes). For 1 euro these stamps are available from class teachers (up to 3rd class) or from the office. It is a nice way to support this local charity for very little. Thank you to those who have purchased the envelopes to date. We hope to send off monies collected in December, in time for Christmas.

  • Cork Penny Dinner Christmas Appeal Reminder

Ms. Cunningham is collecting items for the homeless of Cork which she shall donate to Penny Dinners in Cork city. Penny Dinners work directly with the homeless people of Cork. The items that are needed/ requested for adults and children are:

  •    New and store packaged underwear, vests, tights, socks
  •    Children’s jackets
  •    Baby Wipes

Items are being collected throughout November and delivered them to Penny Dinners next week. This is a way of helping the homeless in Cork city. All donations gratefully received. A box clearly marked has been put at the back of the Halla for anyone who would like to donate the listed items.

  • You might be aware of the new bus service which passes Shanbally NS and includes Carrigaline. It passes close to the secondary schools in Carrigaline which might interest parents. There is a Road Show tomorrow in SuperValu Shopping Centre, Carrigaline from 2pm to 5pm if you would like to find out more about it.
  • Clothes Collection Fundraiser- PA have organised a collection for old clothes. If you would like to drop bags off to the Halla please do so by Monday December 2nd at the latest.

Thank you.

The Office

Shanbally NS

Nativity Details

Christmas Nativity

Dear Parents,

Our Christmas Nativity ‘A Miracle in Town’ will take place on Wednesday 11th December at 6.30 pm in Shanbally church. We ask that everyone is in the church by 6.15 pm. The children from the various classes will be dressed up.

Children will be dressed as:

Junior Infant/Senior Infants/SSLD: girls – angels, boys – shepherds – the children will need their hands free for actions so they are asked not to bring wands/staffs/ crooks etc.

1st Class: dressed as animals – wear plain clothing black/brown/white.  We will provide masks.

2nd Class: Dressed as shepherds or villagers

3rd Class: dressed as camels – plain clothing – browns/creams. We will provide masks.

4th Class: Sparkles theme – sparkly top, tinsel etc.

5th Class: Nativity characters as per class teacher instructions

6th Class: Dressed as modern children – hats & scarves

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Newsletter 13-11-19

Newsletter 4 13/11/19

Dear parents, please note the following:

  • Upcoming Early School Closures

School will close early for parent teacher meetings on November 20th and 21st (as covered in newsletter 3 of October 16th) School will finish at 12.30 for Juniors/ Seniors + siblings) and 12.45 for the rest of the school (all classes, including 4th class). 4th class parent teacher meetings will be held in early February, provisionally the week of February 10th.

    • Kids Inc- in the Halla on 20th and 21st.
    • Homework Club- none on the 20th and 21st
    • Art with Joanna on Wednesday 20th will be in the 4th class classroom, start time to be confirmed by Joanna.
  • Other Dates To Note
  1. Shanbally Christmas Nativity will be held on December 11th at 6.30 pm in Shanbally Church
  2. Junior Infant UCD Research Study November 14th and 15th
  3. 3rd Class Girls Blitz in Riverstick on Monday November 18th (permission slip being set up/ parents assistance with lifts will be requested)
  4. 3rd Class Boys Blitz in Riverstick on Monday 25th November (permission slip being set up/ parents assistance with lifts will be requested)
  5. Do this in Memory Mass for 2nd class on Sunday December 1st
  6. 6th Class Overnight Tour June 4th to June 5th 2020. Please note these are different dates than originally communicated to our PA (due to a clash with a Lewis Capaldi concert).
  • Cork Penny Dinner Christmas Appeal

Ms. Cunningham is collecting items for the homeless of Cork which she shall donate to Penny Dinners in Cork city. Penny Dinners work directly with the homeless people of Cork. The items that are needed/ requested for adults and children are:

  •    New and store packaged underwear, vests, tights, socks
  •    Children’s jackets
  •    Baby Wipes

Items will be collected throughout November and delivered them to Penny Dinners the first week in December. This is a way of helping the homeless in Cork city. All donations gratefully received. A box clearly marked has been put at the back of the Halla for anyone who would like to donate the listed items.

  • Cork Simon Appeal

A reminder that Cork Simon Santa Envelope/Stamp appeal is ongoing in the school from Juniors to 3rd class incl. They are available from Class Teachers for €1. All monies collected are donated to Cork Simon.

  • Thank you and acknowledgement of PA Work
  • A huge thank you to all who baked, bought and volunteered at our Cake Sale on October 24th.  Dress-up on Friday 25th was great fun despite the inclement weather.
  • Classes benefited hugely from the visit by Niamh O’Flynn, Wildlife Educator on the Heritage in Schools Scheme Directory with the Heritage Council. Classes explored local wildlife habitats.
  • The next PA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday November 26th, time tbc.
  • PA sponsored Reptile Village exhibition comes to the school on Thursday November 28th.
  • We are looking forward to seeing the creative Christmas Card designs as I’m sure the children and families are too!
  • Congratulations

All in Shanbally NS are thrilled with the safe arrival of baby Luke Gorman at the weekend and we wish Mrs. Gorman and Eymard the very best.

  • Achievements
  • 3rd class pupil Molly Marshall for her nomination in the category of “Inspirational Young Person in the inaugural Sunday Independent/ Gala Retail Inspiration Awards. These awards were established to promote selfless acts and inspirational deeds. Molly will attend the special awards evening hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan in Dublin on November 20th. Molly is a daily inspiration to us all in Shanbally NS and we hope she has a great time at the awards night.
  • 5th Class student Ben Anglim who represented us at the Munster School swimming competition in UL recently, winning the 50m backstroke in a new personal best time. Well done Ben.
  • Laura Sisk and Elisa Donegana (5th and 6th class respectively) who competed last weekend at the All-Ireland Gymnastics camp in Dublin with their club gymnastics’ team/ Elisa won individual silver and team silver and Laura won team bronze, fantastic achievement. Well done girls.
  • Local Sports Initiatives
    • Shamrocks GAA Underage Academy has moved indoors to the NMCI Ringaskiddy every Friday night.
      • At 6.30 pm for Boys born 2014-2011
      • At 7.30 pm for boys born 2010-2007

Full year membership €30 per individual, €75 per family.

Please bring gum shield. Club can supply hurleys and helmets at cost price

  • Carrigaline Rugby Football Club
    • Carrigaline RFC welcomes all new boys and girls aged 6-12 to join mini rugby teams
    • Training every Saturday 12 -1 pm at St. Mary’s National School, Waterpark, Carrigaline. For more information contact Jer O’Sullivan @087-9467343

Thank you,

David Nolan

Chris Slavin

We were thrilled to be able to present Chris with a cheque for €567 when she passed us on her Round-Ireland Hand-cycle!! Well done Chris and Earle!!

Newsletter 3 2019-20

Newsletter 3     October 16th 2019

Dear parents, just a few items for your information/ attention,

  • REMINDER of  School Closure:  Monday November 4th 2019

As per previous newsletter children will not attend school on this day as all teachers are attending a full day seminar (from 9.15 am to 3.15 pm) in relation to the new Primary Language Curriculum.

Please note that this is the Monday immediately following our midterm break for which we close at normal times on Friday October 25th and re-open on Tuesday November 5th..

  • Parents Association Reminders
    • The deadline for returning Christmas Card Designs is Monday 21st October.
    • PA Cake Sale on Thursday 24th October.  For the benefit of new families, we kindly ask that all families do their best to supply home-baked or shop bought goods. These can be brought to the Halla in or around the school start time on Thursday morning. Obviously these baked goods should not contain nuts in accordance with our school policy. It would be very helpful if children were given labelled, lidded plastic containers for their purchases. Anyone supplying home baked goods in plastic containers or on plates, please label them if you would like them returned to you. Classes are brought over in a coordinated manner. Cakes are from 50cent each and most children buy 2 or 3 cakes or items.
    •  A reminder of Hallowe’en Dress up on Friday October 25th. This is in keeping with school tradition and all children can dress up in Hallowe’en costumes. There is no obligation to do so as we know some children don’t like dressing up. In this case children can wear their own clothes. I’d ask that scary masks not be worn as they can frighten some of the younger children. We look forward to seeing what children (and staff) come in as!
    • PA will liaise with Junior Infant Parents to set up a class WhatsApp group. This will be useful to ensure that all parents are kept up to date on class activities.
  • Acknowledgements and thanks
    • We would like to thank our PA for sponsoring Wildlife Educator Niamh O’Flynn of Cork Heritage who visits the school tomorrow and Friday with nature related workshops which will help the children learn to identify native wildlife in local habitats for Juniors Infants to 4th class including the SSLD class.
    • We are delighted to welcome back the National Reptile Village to the school again on November 28th sponsored by the PA (as always with monies fundraised by our parent body through various events). All classes will be treated to this exhibition and interaction with exotic reptiles.
    • We would like to thank our very hard working PA for the work they do, seen and behind the scenes!
  • Chris Slavin/ Project Possible

You will recall that Chris visited our school last Wednesday see clip below at approx. 8 minutes 20 seconds ( ) We were thrilled to be able to present Chris with a cheque for €567 on the day(raised from parents and staff) when she passed us on her Round-Ireland Hand-cycle. We have collected a little more money since then which we will be sending on to her. If anyone missed out on the previous collection, it’s still not too late. Thanks all.

  • Upcoming Dates for Parent Teacher Meetings.

A reminder that parent/ teacher meetings will be held mainly on Wednesday and Thursday (20th and 21st November).  We are hoping to schedule these meetings through Aladdin with parents choosing from available time slots. Parents of more than 1 child will be offered slots first to enable them to schedule them more efficiently. There will be only a certain window before slots are released to all so I would urge you to book your times as soon as possible.

School will finish early on those days, at 12.30 for (Jrs/Seniors+Siblings)

+ 12.45 for the rest of the school.

  • Upcoming Information Meeting for Prospective NEW families to the school enrolled for September 2020.

Instead of an Open Night this year, families new to the school (i.e.) with no children already enrolled are invited to a meeting on Wednesday November 6th at 7 pm. On the night I will speak briefly about the school and routines. I will also answer any queries or questions they may have. Also on the night Kids Inc. will talk about their privately run childcare options in Shanbally NS. Please note that even though families are invited it doesn’t necessarily guarantee them a place for September 2020, it’s for information only.


  1. Children line up in their appropriate class lines in the morning. Official supervision begins at 8.35am.
  1. All children should be off the school premises by 1.35 p.m. (Juniors + Seniors) or 2.35 p.m. (rest of school)
  2. Please note that children are not allowed anywhere on the grounds after school finish times. We respectfully request that all children stay off the grass areas and do not climb railings.
  3. At the 2.30 p.m. finish time children awaiting collection should remain on school grounds outside main door.


  1. please observe any no parking signs, cones and the yellow box
  2. please don’t obstruct the footpath & entrance to the carpark as children are then forced to walk onto the road to get around the cars blocking the walkway.
  3. please be mindful of reversing cars as children who run ahead of parents are unaware of the danger.
  4. we try to operate the carpark in a one entrance, one exit manner i.e. entering closest to the school and exiting nearest to the shop. This helps make the carpark safer and operate better for all.
  5. Drivers should not abandon vehicles while collecting or dropping children as the flow of cars in the carpark is impeded. Park in an allocated car space or wait until one becomes available. As ever there may be options to park a little further away from the school and walk back.

Please pass this information on to childminders, grandparents, au pairs and anyone else who might be collecting and dropping off children.

GAA Update

Well done to our boys and girls over the last few weeks who represented the school so well in the Sciath na Scol competitions. While we haven’t made the Finals this year, we are still very proud of their efforts and hope they enjoyed the experience. A sincere thank you to all staff and parents for your support in these campaigns. Special thanks to those who drove yesterday or will drive tomorrow to the South East competitions in Kinsale.

David Nolan


Parents Association Newsletter

Calendar Updates

Please click on the Parent’s page on the home screen to see our updated calendar for 2019/20.

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


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.



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.


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 (website currently being updated).


  • 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.


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 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.


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 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