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Welcome back to school after our Easter break and it’s great to see the sun has finally started to shine again.
The school has worked hard the last term at reviewing our ‘Child Protection Safeguarding Statement’ and as a result I would like to remind all parents to call to the office and not visit a classroom.   I would also ask parents to keep their children supervised in the morning prior to opening hours at 9.20 a.m.
The last term ended with a flurry of activity and lots of children were delighted with Easter Eggs that they won in the raffle.  A huge thanks must go to Ms Daly and the Student Council who helped raise over €2100, €520 of which went to the Irish Cancer Society, €300 went to Bóthar and €1280 went to the school funds and to help pay for the buses and extra sports equipment for the school.
This term brings lots of excitement in terms of football, artists, samba drumming, and sports day and of course the all-important school tours.  I wish everyone a happy and successful last term.
Le gach dhuí
John Britton

Visiting the School
We put a huge emphasis in our school on Child Protection and have a number of safeguarding tools in place to help keep the children safe, amongst those is that any volunteers, teachers or other members of staff are garda vetted when they are on the school premises.  Therefore we are very careful about any adults who are on school grounds.
Therefore we ask all parents or family members who visit the school to report to the office first if they need to come up to the school.  If lunch or homework needs to be given to a child, Bernadette, our school secretary will hand it out.  Parents/family members must not call to or visit any classes in the school during school hours.  We appreciate your help with this matter.

Morning Supervision
There is no supervision provided by the school prior to 9:20 a.m. which is official school opening time.  More and more children are being dropped to school before the official opening time and I want to re-emphasise that these children are unsupervised.
A number of children are playing rough on the new artificial grass yard and are climbing on the white fence running next to the road when the teachers are arriving to work.   We would ask any parents who arrive before 9:20 a.m. to make sure their children are behaving appropriately and to ask all children to stay away from the white fence and from running adjacent to the road.

Important Dates
22nd April – Confirmation
19th May – First Holy Communion
15th June – Football Finals
June – School Tours (Dates to follow)
27th June – Last day of term

Senior Infants
Approaching the last term we like to give the senior infants more independence in preparation for 1st class. Therefore I would ask all parents to drop Senior Infant children to the school gate or front door in the morning starting from 16th April.  This will give them the opportunity to have more independence and get ready for the move to First Class and a full day next year. Collection at 2pm will be as normal.

Open Afternoon for New Junior Infants
On Friday 18th May from 2-3 p.m. the newly enrolled Junior Infants and their parents are invited to visit the school and meet with Principal, Mr. John Britton and Junior Infant teacher Mrs. Mc Sharry.   The children will be given the opportunity of playing with and talking to each other while the parents speak with the teachers.  Booklist for 2018/19, a short information talk and HSE information will be handed to parents on the day.

Athletics Success
We had huge success at the 2018 Leitrim Indoor Athletics Finals that took place last month.  Three of the four teams were crowned Leitrim Champions and preceded to the National Finals that took place in the National Indoor Arena at the end of March.  Both Junior Teams in boys and girls and the Senior Girls team reclaimed their crown representing Leitrim, with the girl’s teams coming in 4th place in the All Irelands out of 16 counties and the boy’s team coming in 5th place.  This is a huge achievement for a small county like Leitrim and we are extremely proud of all the students who took part.  Thanks also to Ms Mitchell and Ms Rooney who accompanied and coached the teams on the long trip to Athlone.

Gaelic Football
Gaelic Football season starts shortly with our first match against Manorhamilton this Friday at the Community Centre in Kinlough.    We plan to have four matches with the boys match starting at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Boys ‘B’ match and the girls match at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Girls ‘B’ match.  We hope to have up to 60 children wearing the blue and white of Kinlough on the day and it’s great that so many children get a chance to play a game of football.  Training continues for the next two Mondays and thanks again to the coaches Annette Lipsett and Dympna Keegan.

Leitrim GAA will begin coaching for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes from next Monday.

Thirty four pupils from Sixth Class will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Monsignor Liam Kelly at 3 p.m. on Sunday 22nd April in Saint Aidan’s Church, Kinlough.  They will be joined by four pupils from Saint Aidan’s National School, Ballintrillick.  Once again the choir made up of Third and Fourth Class pupils will sing on the day and the organist will be Niamh Mc Sharry.   Thanks to all who helped to prepare the pupils for this big day in their lives, especially Fr. Keogan, Class teacher Ms. Fallon and Ms Rooney and Ms. Mitchell for the choir.

Samba Drumming
Kieran Gallagher from kakakadoom Drumming will be coming to our school on the 16th and 17th of April to do some drumming workshops with 1st to 6th class. We are very excited and are looking forward to hearing some Samba beats throughout the corridors of the school.

Art Workshop
Ross Cochrane Leitrim Artist is coming to the school to do a series of three art lessons with the infant classes using the medium of ‘Print’.  We are looking forward to seeing what masterpieces our Infants can produce.

The school nurse Heather will be visiting the School on the 30th of April and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May.  She will be checking the eyesight and hearing of the Junior Infant children. The school dentist will be coming on April the 24th to check the students from 2nd, 4th and 6th classes.

Parent Association
The Parent Association raised €685 from the bag pack in Supervalu Bundoran on Easter Saturday, which was a great result considering the small number of volunteers we had on the day.  Many thanks to the parents who gave up their valuable time to help out and to all who donated money to the Parent Association.

Date for your diaries - Table Quiz on Friday 25th May in Mc Gloins pub in Kinlough.  We hope to see you all there.

Easter Raffle
This year’s Easter Raffle was a huge success.  €1,280 was raised which will go towards much needed school funds.  The Student Council worked very hard for this event and would like to thank everyone who donated eggs and purchased tickets.

Irish Cancer Society
Our Civvies Day collected €520 for the Irish Cancer Society.  Well Done Boys and Girls a substantial amount raised for such a worthy cause.

During the six weeks of Lent we had our annual collection for Bóthar.  We raised €300 which will purchase a goat for a family in the developing world.  Thank you for your generosity.

Agreed Statement by the Board of Management 13th March 2018
• Eithne Feeley was congratulated on the birth of her baby boy.
• The BOM has adopted and will fully implement and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 as part of the overall Child Safeguarding Statement.
• The RSE and Enrolment Policy of the school were reviewed and ratified.
• In accordance with the Children’s First ACT 2015, the Board has carried out a risk assessment of any potential for harm of a child while attending the school or participating in school activities.
• Sympathy was extended to John Britton and his family on the death of John’s father, Brian        Britton RIP.

Best Kept Classroom for March 2018
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of March were:
Junior Award:
Junior Infants – Mrs Mc Sharry
Senior Award:
Fifth Class – Ms Daly
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

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