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APRIL NEWSLETTER                                                                                       26.04.2017

Bingo Night

 

Our ‘Friends’ Group are hosting a Bingo night on Friday 28th April at 7pm in the school hall as they continue with their fund raising initiatives for our school. Tickets are now available from Mrs Burns in the school office for raffle prizes which will be drawn on the night. They are priced at £1.00 per strip or 3 for £2.00.  There are prizes galore to be won and we hope you can attend.   The school playground will be open for parking but we would ask, in the interest of safety that children are not left outside in the playground on Friday evening as we expect there will be a lot of traffic.

 

After School Clubs for Term 3

 

We are delighted to be able to offer all our after school clubs again this term.  Fun club will now be on a Tuesday afternoon and Dance club on a Thursday for the next 7 weeks commencing on 2/5/17. Gardening Club will resume next Wednesday 3/5/17 for 4 weeks.

 

Jersey Appeal

 

A member of the parish is heading out to South Africa to visit St. Bernadette on the 16th May.   She has requested that the children from our school could donate any old jerseys and football shorts for the children who Sr. Bernadette works with.  If you have any old sports kit in your homes that you may wish to donate to this worthy cause please leave them in to school office.

 

Reminder – Road Safety

 

Our school playground is supervised by a teacher every morning from 8.40am.  We would ask all parents

 

to use this opportunity to drop children off and allow them to wait in the playground with their fellow classmates. This encourages independence and would reduce the amount of traffic at that busy time on the road outside the school gates. We are currently exploring different ways of solving the issues with the parking/drop off area at the front of the school. In the meantime, we ask parents not to mount footpaths and park directly in front of the school as it is making it unsafe for our children.

 

Dates to Remember

 

  • Monday 1st May       School closed for the bank holiday
  • Saturday 13th May     First Holy Communion Mass at 11am
  • Monday 29th May      School closed for the bank holiday
  • Tuesday 30th May      School closed for pupils (Staff Development Day)

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24th February 2017

Friends of St Colman’s Meeting

Our ‘Friends’ group will be having a meeting on Tuesday 28th February at 6.30pm to discuss fundraising ideas for our school.  They would warmly welcome new parents and volunteers to join them at this meeting. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all they do for our school!

P6 Parent Meeting

Mrs Neeson will hold an information meeting on Tuesday 28th February at 7.15pm for parents of P6 children who are interested in taking the transfer test in November.  She will answer any questions you may have regarding preparing your child for either GL Assessment or AQE examinations.

School Dinners

The Education Authority has informed us that from Wednesday 1st of March school dinners will increase from £2.35 to £2.55 per day.

Ash Wednesday Mass

This month instead of our usual first Friday mass, Canon Powell will celebrate mass with us at school at 10am on Wednesday 1st March followed by the distribution of ashes.  We warmly invite parents and families to attend.

World Book Day

It is World Book day on Thursday 2nd March and the children will be celebrating this during the day with various classroom activities.  The children are welcome to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character. It is optional, if not dressing up pupils must wear full school uniform.

Thank you

Mrs Margaret Neeson

PRINCIPAL

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MATHS WEEK  15th – 23rd October 2016

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Dear Parent or Guardian

To mark Maths Week, 15th October to 23rd October, all homework will involve practical and fun tasks.  Each class will take part in a number trail around the school and prepare tray bakes for our Cake Sale on Friday 21st October.  Please make this a week when you can help your child develop their numeracy vocabulary through these fun activities.

You can also find some fun activities on www.mathsweek.ie

We hope that you and your child/children will enjoy the practical tasks involved in preparing for our fund-raiser next Friday.

Practical homework tasks for all classes next week beginning Monday 17th October.

  • Monday          Discuss what you would like to make for the bun sale and find a  suitable recipe.
  • Tuesday         Collect your ingredients.
  • Wednesday   READY STEADY BAKE! Good luck – BREAK AN EGG!
  • Thursday       Bring all buns/tray bakes to school in the morning. It would be appreciated if each family could provide 12-15 buns or tray bakes.

Thank you.

Mrs Margaret Neeson

  • Baking and the development of numeracy skills  Some ideas when baking:
  • Baking and cooking is a great way to develop early numeracy skills.  During such activities there are plentiful opportunities to weigh, measure, recognise numbers and develop mathematical language such as heavier, lighter, less than, more than.  Your child can even have an opportunity to handle money when buying ingredients.
  • Encourage your child to feel how heavy a bag of sugar or flour is to develop the concept of 1kg.
  • Feel how heavy or light the ingredients might be.
  • Encourage your child to weigh out the ingredients.  Remember to weigh in grams.
  • Count ‘How many’ bun cases, eggs, chocolate buttons etc. might be needed.
  • You could cut biscuits or buns into shapes with cutters to develop shape recognition.
  • Discuss how long it might take to make your buns/cake, or even how long they might take to bake in the oven.

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Our annual school trip is on Thursday 9th June 2016 to W5 Belfast and weather permitting a picnic in Lady Dixon Park.

Please note the following

  • We will be leaving at 9.00am sharp.  Pupils are asked to be in school for 8.45am.
  • Each child will need a packed lunch, snacks and drinks to last the day.
  • Although the forecast for Thursday is good, pupils need to be prepared for any weather.
  • Pupils should wear suitable clothing for outside play – non-uniform day.
  • We will return to school at approximately 3pm and a text will be sent when we are 15 minutes from the school.
  • Pupils should not bring any money with them.

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Save for Schools

 

LETTER TO PARENTS

We are saving for an interactive touch screen. 

We need to collect 10,000 stamps between now and 31st May 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian

Kevin Brennan, the owner of SPAR Laurencetown, has given us an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for our school.  So every time you or your family spend £10 in SPAR Laurencetown you receive a stamp on your Collector card (Fuel, Lottery, Paypoint and Cigarettes excluded).

Please ensure you show your collector card, one of which has been sent home with each pupil, to the staff at SPAR Laurencetown and collect your stamps. Every 2 months the Manager and I will be monitoring stamps collected to see if we are on target to raise the much-needed funds.  At the end of the promotion we hope to have collected enough stamps to raise £1000 to spend on school equipment. 

Also ask your friends, relatives and neighbours to help in collecting stamps for us – all they have to do is ask in-store for a Save for Schools collector card, mentioning which school they are supporting and simply shop in SPAR Laurencetown. 

Thank you in anticipation.  

 

      Mrs Margaret Neeson

      Prinicpal

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Thursday 6th May 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is on Saturday 7th May at 11am.  The first 4 rows at the front of the Chapel are reserved for the First Holy Communicants – they are not sitting with their families due to the large number of children.  Please be seated by 10.45am.  There are refreshments in the school after the ceremony for the First Holy Communicants and their families.  The photographer is also available at this time.

The children in the choir are requested to be in church for 10.45am and be collected from the Chapel at 12 noon.  School uniform should be worn unless they have a sibling receiving First Holy Communion.  Due to the numbers involved the children in the choir cannot be supervised back in the school.  A party will be held for them next week.

Confirmation

As Confirmation is being held at 6.00pm next Wednesday 11th and the school assembly hall is being used to host families for refreshments afterwards, school will end for everyone on Wednesday at 2pm.

Gardening club will run from 2pm to 3pm for those children who attend from P1 to P7.

Families are welcome back to the school for refreshments.  The photographer will be available. As in previous years the parents of the confirmation children are requested to contribute to the refreshments.  We would be grateful if parents could contribute scones.

 

Dates for Your Diary

First Holy Communion                                7th May 2016                                                            

Confirmation                                                 11th May 2016                                                          

Sports Day                                                    31st May 2016 or next dry day

Whole School Trip to W5                            9th June 2016                                  

Summer Concert and Awards                   21st June 2016                                                        

Leavers Mass/P7 Last Day                         24th June 2016                                            

Half Day                                                        30th June 2016                    

Summer Holidays Begin                            1st July 2016

Back to School                                             1st September 2016

Pantomime                                                    11th January 2017

 

Thank you

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5th April 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian

Bingo Night

Bingo night on Friday 8th April at 7pm.  Great cash and raffle prizes!  Don’t forget your lucky marker!

Milk Order Term 3- April 2016 to June 2016

Milk will be provided daily from Monday 18th April 2016 – Thursday 29th June 2016 for those children who have ordered in advance as detailed below.

The total cost is £10.50 for each child and there will be no refunds.

If you wish to place an order, please complete the slip below and return to the school with full payment on or before Tuesday 12th April 2016.  There will be no orders taken after this date.

After School Clubs

Please find attached permission slips for Gaelic and Soccer Coaching Sessions these should be returned to school as soon as possible.

From next week we will be running Arts and Craft, Gardening and Italian After School Clubs. Arts and Craft Club on Tuesdays from 12/04/16 to 24/05/16. Gardening Club on Wednesdays from 13/04/16 to 25/05/16. Italian Club on Thursdays from 14/04/16 to 26/05/16. Each club will run for 6 weeks, with P1 and P2 from 2pm to 3pm and P3 to P7 from 3pm to 4pm costing £1 per week.

Please complete the attached permission slip and return to the school by Thursday 7th April, as places are limited priority will be given to those children who did not get places last term, the remainder will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  You can request places for all three clubs not just one.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Meetings will take place week beginning 25th April 2016.  Individual dates and times will be issued on Friday 8th April.  School will close at 2pm for all pupils on 26th and 27th April.  If your date and time does not suit, please speak directly to the class teacher.

Thank you

 

Margaret Neeson

Principal

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16th March 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian

Easter Hats

To celebrate Easter we will be having an Easter Hat Competition.

Homework for Monday and Tuesday is to design your own Easter Hat, the winner from each class will get a prize on Wednesday.

Good Friday

On Good Friday, 25/03/16, Primary 4 to Primary 7 will perform the Easter Story instead of the traditional Stations of the Cross at 3pm in Laurencetown Chapel.

Raffle for Trócaire

Don’t forget our Easter Bunny Raffle for Trócaire.  The draw will also be made on Wednesday.

Easter Holidays

Finally the school will close on Thursday, 24/03/16 at 12 noon for all pupils, reopening on Monday, 04/04/16.

We wish you all a happy, holy and safe Easter.

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal

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15th January 2015

 

Dear Parent or Guardian

 

We are extending our afterschool provision and will be starting an Art and Craft Club on Tuesday 19th January and an Italian Club on Thursday 21st January.  Each club will run for 6 weeks, with P1 and P2 from 2pm to 3pm and P3 to P7 from 3pm to 4pm costing £1 per week, with 20 places in each club.

 

If you would like your child/children to attend one of these activities please complete the slip below and return to the school on Monday 28th January before 12 noon.  The school will contact parents of children who have been given a place on Monday afternoon.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Margaret Neeson

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal

 

I would like _____________________________________________ to attend

 

Arts and Craft Club on Tuesdays from 19/01/16 to 08/03/16

 

 

Italian Club on Thursdays from 21/01/16 to 010/03/16         

(tick appropriate box)

(excluding week beginning 25/01/16 due to Parent Teacher Meetings)

 

Signed:  ___________________________________________________    Date:  _______________

 

 

6th November 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian

Christmas Play

This year the Christmas Play will be performed in the school.  Performances will held be on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December at 10 am.  Seats are limited and you are requested to contact the school office for tickets (there is no charge).  There will be a DVD produced of the performance.  These should be pre-ordered in the school office by Friday 11th December at a cost of £5 or 2 for £8 and will be ready for collection on Monday 21st December.

School Christmas Dinner

This will be held on Thursday 3rd December.  Every child is welcome to have Christmas Dinner.  School will end for all pupils at 1pm.  Christmas Dinner must be ordered and paid for in advance.  Please complete and return the attached slip by Friday 20th November.  The cost is £2.30 per child.

Flu Vaccine

The school nurse will be in school on Thursday 10th December to administer the flu vaccine.

Friends of St Colman’s

The Friends will have a stand at the LLT Christmas Fayre where you can buy Fairy Doors designed by our pupils.  You can reserve the Fairy Door made by your child by contacting Mrs Hendron, this will allow The Friends to estimate the number of extra doors needed for the sale. Also on sale will be Santa Sweets. There will be a raffle for a Christmas Hamper, tickets cost £1 per strip or 3 strips for £2.  Guess Teddy’s name – 50p per guess or 3 guesses for £1 available from the usual places.

Mass in School

Mass will be held in school on Friday 4th December at 10am after which you are welcome to stay for Mince Pies and Tea!

Crossing Patrol

The Education Authority has issued new guidelines regarding Crossing Patrol.  Mrs Campbell is not permitted to assist people crossing the road unless there is a school child present, this includes playgroup children.

Advent Prayer Friend

Your child will be secretly told who their “Prayer Friend” is and they will be asked to pray for them each day of Advent.  As this time of year is very expensive there will be no exchange of presents.

Reading Workshops

Thank you to all the parents who have already signed up to take part in the ‘Reading Workshops’.  They will take place on 12/01/16 for the parents of P1-2 children, on19/01/16 for the parents of P3-4 and on 26/01/16 for the parents of P5-7 children.  These sessions will be delivered by Maureen McConville who has worked on the literacy team at the Education Authority for over 20 years.  We know that you will benefit from her expertise and advice on how to improve reading at home.

Volunteers

Do you enjoy reading at home?  Could you spare ½ an hour to 1 hour per week during school hours to help promote a love of reading in our school?  If so, please contact the office for details.

Dates to Remember

25th November 2014            School Closed for School Development

26th November 2014            First Confession at 7.00pm in Laurencetown Chapel

21st December 2014            Panto full information to follow.

22nd December 2014           School closes at 12 noon for the Christmas Holidays.

7th January 2015                  Back to School

Thank you

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal

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CHRISTMAS DINNER ORDER

Please complete and return, with payment if taking Christmas Dinner, by Friday 20th November.

Name(s)  _____________________________________________________________

Christmas Dinner:  Yes / No (delete as appropriate)     Amount enclosed £__________

Signed:  ________________________________________   Date:  ________________

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9th October 2015

 

Dear Parent or Guardian

 

To mark Maths Week, 12th October to 16th October, all homework will involve practical and fun tasks.  Each class will take part in a number trail around the school and prepare tray bakes for our Cake Sale on Friday 16th October.  Please make this a week when you can help your child develop their numeracy vocabulary through these fun activities.

 

We hope that you and your child/children will enjoy the practical tasks involved in preparing for our fund-raiser next Friday.

 

 

Practical homework tasks for all classes next week.

 

 

  • Monday          Discuss what you would like to make for the bun sale and find a suitable recipe.
  • Tuesday         Collect your ingredients.
  • Wednesday   READY STEADY BAKE! Good luck – BREAK AN EGG!
  • Thursday       Bring all buns/tray bakes to school in the morning. It would be appreciated if each family could provide 12-15 buns or tray bakes.Attached is a help sheet for the week ahead.Thank you.Mrs Margaret NeesonPrincipal

Baking and the development of numeracy skills

 

Baking and cooking is a great way to develop early numeracy skills.  During such activities there are plentiful opportunities to weigh, measure, recognise numbers and develop mathematical language such as heavier, lighter, less than, more than.  Your child can even have an opportunity to handle money when buying ingredients. 

 

Some ideas when baking:

  • Encourage your child to feel how heavy a bag of sugar or flour is to develop the concept of 1kg.
  • Feel how heavy or light the ingredients might be.
  • Encourage your child to weigh out the ingredients.  Remember to weigh in grams.
  • Count ‘How many’ bun cases, eggs, chocolate buttons etc. might be needed.
  • You could cut biscuits or buns into shapes with cutters to develop shape recognition.
  • Discuss how long it might take to make your buns/cake, or even how long they might take to bake in the oven.

 

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29th September 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian

I would like to inform you that from Thursday 1st October the Primary 4/5 class will be taught be Miss Helena Byrne, until Mrs O’Faogáin’s return. 

We are delighted to welcome Miss Byrne, a former pupil, who we know, will be a valuable asset to our school. 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal

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2nd September 2015

WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY!

Welcome back for the new 2015-2016 school year and a very special word of welcome to our twenty new P1 children and their parents.  We hope you will be very happy in St Colman’s Bann Primary School.

CURRICULUM MEETING

Curriculum meetings will be held on Wednesday 23rd September at 4pm for all Primary 1 to 7 parents.  These group meetings will be held in the appropriate classroom and are to discuss the year ahead with your child’s teacher.  Many of you will have more than one child therefore we ask that you go to the meeting of your eldest child and then you will be given the opportunity to talk to any other teacher or teachers.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS

THERE WILL BE NO FIRST FRIDAY MASS IN SCHOOL THIS WEEK. 

The date for our Start of School Year Mass will follow.

FLU VACCINATION

The school nurse will be coming to the school on Thursday 10th December to give all pupils the flu vaccine.  Please complete the forms sent home with your child/children and return to the school by Tuesday 8th September.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR AL

  • Punctuality: School doors will be open at 8.50am, please ensure your child is in school by 9.00am as it is unfair to your child, the teacher and the rest of the class if you bring your child to school after this time.  Supervision is available from 8.40am for all children.  Should your child be unable to attend school or be late, please inform the school as soon as possible on that day. 
  • Healthy Break: Only fresh fruit/vegetables and plain water/milk allowed for morning break. Please insist on this to train your child to have a health conscious diet.
  • Uniforms: Please insist that your child wears the proper school uniform including P.E. kit, (Pale blue polo shirt and navy or black shorts). Jewellery is not permitted with the exception of stud type ear rings. All items of clothing and footwear should be labelled with names.  Shoes should have non-marking soles. 
  • Equipment: Teacher will supply necessary equipment/books, and may specifically ask you to supply certain items.  Each child should have his/her own plastic water bottle (plain water) for use throughout the day.  Please discourage your child from bringing distracting toys/pencil case items etc to school.

 

PTO

  • Dinners: Dinner orders for the day are phoned through to St. Mary’s Banbridge at 9.10am. If dinner has not been ordered in advance and your child arrives late, there will be no dinner provided and you will be contacted to provide a lunch.  Dinners cost £2.30. 
  • Milk Money: please see attached note. 
  • Pupil Information Sheets: Pupil information sheets are attached and a separate one should be completed for each child in your family.  It is essential that we have the information requested on the form.  If there are any changes to the information during the year please let us know immediately.  Forms should be completed and returned to the school on or before Tuesday 8th September 2015. 
  • P1 – 3 pupils being collected: Adults who have permission to collect your child, must be named on the second page of the Pupil Information Sheet, and introduced to the teacher if she doesn’t already know them. Pupils will not be permitted to leave with anyone unless pre-arranged between parent/guardian and teacher. 
  • Road Safety: Only staff and service vehicles are permitted to drive within the school grounds.  Please respect this for the safety of the children.  The bus exit (MIDDLE) gateway should be kept clear at all times. 

PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO WALK IN OR OUT THIS WAY

 

If you have any urgent concerns regarding your child, please make an appointment to speak to his/her teacher.               

Thank you for your support,

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal      

School Holidays for 2015-16

Halloween Holiday                            26th October 2015 to 2nd November 2015 inclusive

School Development Day                25th November 2015

Christmas Holiday                            Half-day (12 noon) 22rd December 2015 to 6th January 2016 inclusive

Mid-term Break                                 15th February 2016 to 19th February 2016 inclusive

St Patrick’s Day                                17th March 2016

School Development Day                18th March

Easter Holiday                                   Half-day (12 noon) 24th March 2016 to 1st April 2016 inclusive

Bank Holiday                                     2nd May 2016

Bank Holiday                                     30th May 2016          

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25th June 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian

Just a few final notices for this school year.

Cash for Clobber

We plan to hold a Cash for Clobber fund raiser during the first term of next school year.  It would be great if you could keep this in mind if you plan a summer clear-out.

Classes for 2015/16

Primary 1       Miss Hoy

Primary 2       Mrs McMeekin

Primary 3/4    Mrs Reavey

Primary 4/5    Mrs O’Faogáin

Primary 6/7    Mrs Neeson

School Books

Please return any school reading or library books before Thursday 3rd July.

Holiday List

Please click on the link below for next year’s holidays.

It only remains for me to wish everyone a happy and safe summer holiday.  A big thank you to all who have helped us throughout the year!

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal

 

School Holidays 2015-16 Copy

30TH April 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian

Bingo Night

THANK YOU!!  The Bingo Night was a terrific success raising £880 for school funds.  And thank you to The Friends of St Colman’s who worked really to make it such a fantastic night.

School Photographs

Ed Byrne, photographer, will be in school on Tuesday 12th May to take photographs.  Your child will be given a form tomorrow, please complete and return to school by Wednesday 7th May.

Congratulations

The school was represented by Aóife Campbell and Shéa Fitzpatrick at the recent County Down Skills Day at Annesborough.  Shéa finished joint first and Aóife joint second.  Well done to both of them.

Reminders

When dropping off your child/children for school please do not turn or reverse at the school gates.

In the interests of safety should you need to take your child/children out of school please go through the office to allow a record to be made.

If your child/children are absent please telephone or send a note into school advising of such, please do not text the school mobile.  If not an unapproved absence has to be noted on their school record.

The Lost Property Box in school is almost full!  If you think you are missing any items please come and check the box.  Any items still in the box on 15th May will be disposed of.

Dates to Remember

Mass will be in school on Friday 1st May at 10am.  We hope you will be able to attend.

School will be closed on Monday 4th May for the bank holiday and on Tuesday 5th May for School Development.

Confirmation is on Thursday 14th May at 6.00pm in Laurencetown Chapel.  School will close at 1.50pm for all pupils.

Sports Day is provisionally arranged for Wednesday 3rd June, as always weather permitting!

The Summer Concert and Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 19th June at 10.00am.

Mass for our Primary 7 School Leavers will be held on Tuesday 23rd June at 10.00am.

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

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2nd April 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian

Easter Egg Hamper Raffle

A huge thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for the Friends of St Colman’s Easter Egg Hamper Raffle!  We raised a fantastic £131.50.  The hamper was won by Mrs Nora Jordan who kindly asked us to re-raffle it.  On the re-draw it was won by Aislinn McClean.  The runner up prize of a Wispa Easter Egg, donated by   Mrs Patricia McConnon, was won by Mary McEvoy who again asked us to re re-raffle it, this time it was won by Jack Agnew.

Road Safety

The school is aware that there is a problem with road safety and are looking into it.  In the meantime to try and alleviate a build-up of traffic at 8.50am there will be supervision in the school for you to drop off your child/children from 8.40am from Monday 13th April 2015.

Stranger Danger

At a recent assembly we reminded your children about the need for them to be careful and keep safe when out playing in these lighter nights and would be grateful if you could reinforce this at home.

Good Friday

As many of the parents of our P4-P7 children know we are performing the Easter Story in Laurencetown Chapel on Good Friday at 3pm, instead of the traditional Stations of the Cross.  We hope that many of our community will be able to come and celebrate this Holy Day with us.  To help ease the traffic congestion at the Chapel, the school will be open for those who would like to park there and walk.

Blue Day

Again we are over whelmed by your generosity.  Our Blue Day raised over £300 for Trocáire and the Book Raffle raised £76.50.

Pupil Information

Please remember to inform the school of any changes to the information you gave in September on the Pupil Information Sheet, especially telephone numbers.

Swimming

Next term the P4 class will be going to swimming lessons every Wednesday starting 15th April for 6 weeks.  Further information will be given on 13th April 2015.

Gardening Club

The Gardening Club for Primary 1 to Primary 3 will be starting next term for 6 weeks.

School Development Plan

The School Development Plan is currently being drafted and will be presented to the Board of Governors on 30th April.  If approved, it will be available to all parents for input.

Bingo Night

A reminder that the Friends of St Colman’s will be having a Bingo Night on Friday 24th April at 7pm.  Hope you can come.

Re-constituted Board Of Governors

Our new Board of Governors are as listed below –

Chairman –      MrGary Byrne                 Secretary –     Mrs Maria McCartan

Members –       Fr G Powell, Mr Brian Campbell, Mr Gerard Agnew, Mrs Shauna Corbett, Mrs Christine Moore, Mr Mark Murtagh and Miss Julie Hoy

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all your support and help and have a Happy Easter.

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal

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11th March 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian

Trócaire

We will be having a “Blue Day” on Friday 27th March when the children come to school wearing something blue and make a donation of £2 per child and £5 for a family of three.

On the day, pupils will set up a Pupil Pipeline Challenge around the school.  We have got our blue buckets ready!  To lay a pipeline to transport clean safe water to children across the developing world costs £2 per metre.  Every £15 raised can give one person access to safe water, improve hygiene and sanitation.

To raise funds for Trócaire each class is also having a Book Hamper Raffle.  Tickets cost50p per strip and are available from the office.  The draw will take place on Monday 23rd March at assembly.

Remember the government will double any donation made to Trócaire.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Meetings will take place week beginning 23rd March 2015.  Individual dates and times will be issued on Thursday 19th March.  School will close at 1.50pm for all pupils on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If your date and time does not suit, please speak directly to the class teacher who will be happy to provide an alternative appointment.

Extension

We are delighted and very excited to officially announce that work will begin on the new extension at the end of March and should be completed by the middle of September.  We have secured a mobile classroom so there will be minimal disruption .The classrooms to be extended are Mrs Reavey’s, Mrs O’Faogáin’s and Mrs Neeson’s.  The plans will be displayed on the notice board at the entrance to Miss Hoy’s and Miss Gallagher’s rooms for any who wish to view them.

Greenhouse

Our greenhouse is now built!  A huge thank you to Francis Murphy and his dad for all their hard work!  Watch out for St Colman’s Bann produce!!                                                                                                                                                           PTO

Arrangement for Easter

School will close at 12 noon on Holy Thursday 2nd April and re-open on Monday 13th April.

The P6 and P7 pupils will lead a Passion Play to be performed in Laurencetown Chapel on Good Friday as an alternative to the traditional Stations of the Cross.

Eco Paperless Communications

In line with our Eco policy we will no longer be sending out news-letters.  In future letters will be put on the school web site and a text sent to alert parents of such.

Industrial Action

As a result of industrial action the arranged School Development Planning day has had to be re-arranged.  This will now take place on Tuesday 5th May.

School Survey

Thank you for completing this consultation exercise, but more importantly for the overwhelming support and appreciation you have shown for all our staff and hard work by your responses and comments which are extremely reassuring.  There were also comments made by some of the respondents which were both complementary and constructive and some suggestions made which are well worth consideration.  All of these will be addressed and reported on to all parents in the near future.  Your responses will be used to help us prioritise areas for focus in our School Development Plan.

Congratulations

Well done to Mrs Reavey’s class who had the best attendance for February with over 96%.  Also to Munster, the house with the most points for the term.  Their treat was a Party in the Park!

Thank you again for all your support.

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal

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17th December 2014

Dear Parent or Guardian

School will close on Friday 19th December 2014 at 12 noon for all pupils and the school bus will run at this time.  We return to school on Wednesday 7th January 2015.

What’s My Middle Name

Thank you to everyone who had a guess at what Santa’s middle name was.  We raised a fantastic £80.  The winner was Heidi Conlon who guessed his middle name was Noel.

Pantomime

The Pantomime is on Thursday 8th January 2015.  We will be leaving the school at 12 noon and returning to school at 5.00pm.  All children are to bring a packed lunch that day as we will not have time for school dinners.  School uniforms must be worn. Children will be allowed to bring 3 items to eat at the interval, eg soft drink (no cans or glass bottles), packet of crisps and sweets.

Christmas Carol Service

A reminder that the Christmas Carol Service is tonight at 7.00pm in the Chapel.  Children should be in the Chapel for 6.45pm and dressed in their costume.

P1 Applications for Next Year

Applications are now available for September 2015 intake.  Any child who reaches their 4th birthday on or before 1st July 2015 must start school in September 2015.  The closing date for submitting application forms for primary school is Wednesday 14th January 2015 at 12 noon.

Texting Details

If you did not receive the text on 16th December 2014 regarding last chance to guess Santa’s middle name please contact Mrs Hendron to verify that we have the correct texting details.

School Tea-Towels

If you are stuck for a Christmas present we still have tea-towels available.  Contact the school office before 12 noon on Friday. They are £5 each or 2 for £8.

I would like to wish everyone a Holy and Peaceful Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Mrs Margaret Neeson

Principal