January 16th – The Confirmation Retreat will take place in Knock Shrine. The children will join up with the Confirmation pupils of Aghamore NS for their retreat. Children will also have a chance to have their confessions heard on this day. There is no cost for this. The Parish are kindly providing a bus to bring the children from both schools to Knock.
January 18th – the Ceremony of Light for Confirmation children now takes place on Wednesday 18th January at 7.30pm in Aghamore Church. Please ensure that you bring your child’s Baptismal Candle.
February 6th – Confirmation Day is fast approaching. Confirmation will take place at 12pm on Monday 6th February in Aghamore Church.
Work Out Day
21st February – Work Out Day will take place from 2-3pm for Junior rooms and from 3-4pm for the Senior rooms.
This day gives Parents the opportunity to come into their child’s class room to have a look at the work that their child has been doing in the classroom. You will have the chance to see displays, projects and to have a look through copies and to see other work that is not often sent home.
23rd & 24th February – School is closed on these days for Midterm Break
A very informative talk took place last night in the school on Cyberbullying and Internet Safety. Many thanks to the Parents Association for organising this event. There was a very good turn out for the talk, thank you to all who came along to it. The talk highlighted many issues and items to be aware of, giving us all a lot of food for thought.
Junior Infants and 6th Class started a new “Buddy Reading” initiative this week. 6th Class students are coming to the Junior Infant class once a week and reading some books with their buddy. We really enjoyed sharing and building our literacy skills this week.
Today we were lucky enough to have a visit from some members of the Mayo Hurling Team, Davóg Freyne, and past pupils David Kenny, David Harrison and Fergal Boland. They brought with them silverware they have won this year including the Nicky Rackard Cup. We were delighted to chat to them about their successes on the hurling pitch and were lucky enough to get to pass around the winning trophies!
We are delighted to say that in total the Christmas Jumper day raised €631. Such a great success, thank you to all who helped.
Thanks to all our students who participated so enthusiastically in our Christmas Jumper fundraiser for Bóthar today. It was wonderful to see such an array of colour and styles, all while raising money for a good cause! Well done to all involved!
On Saturday 3rd September OPTAM organised a 5k run. As part of this initiative a separate 2k Run was organised for the local national school children from Knock NS, St. Marys NS Aghamore and St. Brigids NS Tooreen.
Our National School was strongly represented with many of our pupils taking part and a number of our pupils winning the races in their category. This is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of all the pupils who took part on the day.
The charity that was supported was Hugh’s House, this house provides accommodation for the families of children who are long term patients of Temple St. Children’s Hospital & The Rotunda Hospital.
Pictured above are Sophie O’Grady, David Delaney, Oisín Casey, Séan Lynskey, Dylan Greally, Cathy Greally and Emma Colleran…. all of whom received trophies for their various boy/girl categories.
All the children from our school that took part in the 2k… well done to all!
The seventh meeting of current board of management took place in the school on Tuesday, November 15th. All members of the board attended except Fr. John Walsh and Helen Lenehan.
The ongoing safety review was discussed and feedback given by the members. It is hoped that the final version of the Safety Statement can be adopted at the next meeting of the board.
The Administration of Medicines document is currently under review and will be discussed again at the next meeting. The board also intends to provide training for staff in this regard.
Lorraine Roche will be returning from her maternity leave on December 5th. John Higgins will thus be leaving the staff and the board thank him sincerely for his efforts over the period of cover.
Upcoming events discussed:
The Christmas Carol Service will take place on December 14th at 7pm. All children from second class and up will take part in the service.
The children in Infants and first class will take place on the following day, December 15th, during school (planned for 1.15pm).
The school will hold a Christmas Jumper Day, in aid of Bóthar, on December 16th.
Drama, for children in second class and older, will begin in the New Year. Margaret Niland will be giving the classes.
The board congratulated the Parents’ Association for their implementing of the new drop-off arrangements before school. The P.A. was also thanked for their assistance with the running of the 1K-a-day programme.
The board of management now has its own email address. If anyone would like to contact the board directly, please now use the following address: email@example.com
The next meeting of the Board will take place on February 20th, at 7.30pm, in the school.