Newsletter

January 2018

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Amendment to the school calendar

Tuesday May 1st – school closed to facilitate whole staff training on the new primary language curriculum.

 

Enrolments

Application Forms for enrolment of new pupils for September 2018 are now available from the school office or by email to carrigbcom@eircom.net

 

Fundraising

Our fundraising activities before Christmas were very successful with the bag packing and raffle raising €5527.  I wish to express my thanks to our Parents’ Group for their hard work in organizing these events, and to everybody who bought and sold tickets, donated items and gave so generously of their time standing on the street and bag packing.  Details of winners etc. will be circulated in the Parents’ Group newsletter next week.

 

Handball

Ryan Gillick and Zac Keller will represent the school in Cumann na mBunscoil U 13 handball, while Cian Hannon and Michael Kennedy will participate in the U11 competition on Sunday 20th in Nenagh Complex.

 

Policy review

We are currently reviewing our Anti-bullying policy and Code of Behaviour.  Please have a look at them on the website and if you have any suggestions or queries please email them to carrigbcom@eircom.net.

 

Homework

If there have been issues to date with your child completing homework please make a New Year’s resolution to check your child’s homework every night ensuring that both written and oral work is complete.  Incomplete homework causes unnecessary negative interactions between your child and the teacher.  It is also detrimental to your child’s academic progress if allowed to continue over a period of time.  Please alert your child’s teacher at an early stage if homework is too difficult or taking too long to complete.  Please refer to the Homework policy on the website for guidelines re. time allocated to homework.

 

Parking

A reminder to exercise caution when dropping and collecting children.  It is safer to pull in to the kerb on the way up to the school and let your child out on the footpath.  If that is not possible please park by the church wall or indeed further up the road on the left and encourage your child to walk by the church wall, if your child is old enough to come in independently.  For younger children, please escort them to the front door.  Currently children are alighting from cars in the middle of traffic which is not safe.

 

Headlice

Please be vigilant and use a fine comb to check your child’s hair regularly.

 

 

December 2017

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Official Opening

I wish to sincerely thank everybody who contributed to make last Friday, December 8th such a special and memorable day

 

CBS Band competition

Congratulations to Ms. Boland and her school band who won this competition recently. Their hours of practice paid off as they performed beautifully in the Scouts Hall on November 24th. You will get the opportunity to hear them again in the school hall on December 22nd before the raffle.

 

Book Fair

Well done to everybody who supported our Scholastic Book fair in November. We raised €2593 in free books for the school. These books will be put in to the class libraries.

 

Intel Mini Scientist Competition

Claire Gavin, Ruth Kennedy and Louise Griffin travelled to Shannon on December 5th to present their project on the brain to the judges at the regional final. While they didn’t progress to the next round they can be extremely proud of their accomplishment

 

G.A.A. Schools Quiz

Children from 6th class participated in this Quiz which was held in Cloughjordan recently but were unlucky not to progress to the next round. The school was represented by Cillian Ryan, Ryan Gillick, Callum O’ Shea and Sam O’Farrell.

 

Bizworld

6th class received certificates and an award for completing the Bank of Ireland Bizworld programme at the Enterprise Nenagh Event in the Scouts Hall on Friday 1st December. This followed a two day workshop led by John Lillis of Bank of Ireland which taught the children the basics of entrepreneurship, business and finance while developing important skills like creativity, collaboration, communication, teamwork and negotiation. The children worked in small groups and developed their own mini enterprise. The workshop came to life when two     “dragons” came to school and the groups had to pitch their ideas for the investment. Well done to sixth class!

 

6th class trips

Last week 6th class paid a visit to St. Mary’s Secondary School and Nenagh C.B.S. and had a very enjoyable and informative day out. This week they travel to Borrisokane Community College to see this year’s Christmas Show.

 

Christmas Plays

It’s a very busy time in Carrig School with rehearsals for Christmas plays. On Wednesday 13th Junior Infants will present the nativity play “A miracle in town” at 1.00p.m.  On Friday 15th Senior Infants will perform “Angel Express” at 12.50p.m.  On Tuesday 19th 4th class will present “Cinderella Rockerfella” at 7.00p.m.  Finally, on Wednesday 20th 1st class will present “A midwife crisis” at 1.30p.m.  We are thrilled to be able to present all these plays in our new school hall and on our beautiful new stage.

 

Shoebox Appeal

A sincere thank you to everybody who donated boxes to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal

 

Socks for the Homeless 

We collected 74 pairs of socks. Well done to everyone

 

Social Media

A reminder to parents to monitor their child’s use of Snapchat, Instagram etc. We would recommend that children in primary school should not be on social media.

 

School uniform:

In relation to the school tracksuit we would prefer if children wore the full tracksuit from A Sportsman’s Dream.  At times different tracksuit bottoms become trendy and once one child appears at school in them every child wants to change. This puts pressure on other parents to purchase new bottoms leaving perfectly good ones from the school set unworn. It is possible to purchase the school tracksuit bottoms separately without buying the full set. Adherence to school uniform is an issue for parents as it is they who incur the costs. Therefore I will be asking the Parents’ Group to look in to this in January and review the current situation

 

Afterschool Activities

Details of activities have been sent home with the children and have also been circulated by email. Registration for Tennis takes place on Tuesday 19th between 1.30p.m and 2.30p.m.  Registration for violin is on Wednesday 20th at 2.30p.m.

 

Reminder

Christmas Holidays on Friday 22nd DecemberMusic and Carol singing in the school hall @ 11.00 a.m. followed by the Annual Christmas Draw for Hamper and many prizes.               

 

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