I would like to welcome all pupils, staff and parents back to school after the Christmas break.
Staffing: Mrs Ivess is on maternity leave and is replaced by Ms Katie Gibbons. Mrs O Connor is also on maternity leave and is replaced by Ms Maeve Fehilly. Ms Joyce returns from maternity leave on January 20th. Mr Seán Linnane will fill in until then. Mrs Dillon is on sick leave and Ms Catherine Curtin will teach Second Class until Mrs Dillon's return.
Music in the Classroom takes place on Tuesday January 14th. in the University Concert Hall. All pupils from First to Fourth Classes will attend this excellent event. Please put the money in an envelope with your child's name on it for the attention of the class teacher. The cost including bus, concert etc is €13 per child, the same as last year.
Fourth Class pupils have just started a six-week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre. This is a great opportunity for all pupils to learn a lifelong skill.
The closing date to have your child's name on the Enrolment List for Junior Infants in September 2013 is Friday January 24th. at 3 p.m. Please contact the school if you have not already done so. Letters to parents of prospective Junior Infants were posted today.
A meeting of the Parents Association will take place on Monday January 13th. at 8.30 p.m. in the school.
During the course of parent-teacher meetings, some parents expressed a desire for their child to repeat a class. Under Department of Education rules governing this issue, Circular 19/2011 makes reference to Circular 32/03 concerning retention of children in same class-
Section 2.3 states: 'Under the Department's policy, children should only be allowed to repeat a year for educational reasons and in exceptional circumstances.'
As we begin 2014, I ask parents to avail of the parking area available in the Resource Centre and in the Church grounds. Please keep the Staff parking area and the bus areas free. Please do not obstruct traffic or park in the yellow box at the gate.
Finally, I urge parents to ensure that your child's name is on all books, coats, fleeces etc.
Gach dea ghuí,