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April

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A chairde

We are at the end of a very long term and the boys and girls and teachers have worked really hard and I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break.
The school has been really busy with Athletics, Gaelic football, Science Week, Coicise Na Gaeilge, First Confessions, Confirmation Masses, Internet Safety Week, Parent Talks and different coaches. The last term involves lots of hard work and fun as well and I’m sure all the children are looking forward to their school tours.
We are also delighted that the Department of Education sanctioned another Special Needs Assistant for the school and we wish Mrs Margaret Gilmartin all the best as she started her new post in our school last week.
Initial planning permission has been granted for our new classroom and we hope to start building in early summer for what will be much needed extra space in our school.
Le gach dea ghuí
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.
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.

Science Week
This is our first ever Science Week in the school and all the classes will be busy doing experiments and workshops and will hopefully be full of questions about how the world works.
On Friday Brendan Joyce will be visiting the classes from Junior Infants to 3rd class discussing bees and how they make honey. This will link strongly with our efforts for our 5th Green Flag for biodiversity. Also all Classes will get a workshop organised by Brickz 4 Kidz which Inspires students to learn STEM skills through LEGO. They will get the opportunity to be creative in a 3D capacity.
Next week the 5th class will be organising a Science Fair where the younger classes will be able to try out lots of little experiments in the hall. We have a few Albert Einstein’s in the school.

Clothes Collection
The Parents Association are organising a ‘Cash for Clobber’ clothes collection from which the profits will go to the school funds. This would entail parents bringing in decent old clothes on a set date in early May and the school would get 50c for every kg of clothes collected. Further information will be available nearer the time including a time and location for the clothes to be delivered to school.

Sacraments
Confessions will take place in school this Thursday facilitated by Fr Keogan and Fr Woods. 6th class went to the Star of the Sea in Mullaghmore yesterday for their pre Confirmation retreat that was very enjoyable. Confirmation takes place on the 11th of May and Communion on the 18th of May. The next Do This In Memory mass will take place this Sunday 7th of April in St. Aidan’s Church, Kinlough at 11.00 a.m.
We will be looking for children to sing in our school choir on these dates shortly.

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 29th 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 24th 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 current 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 2019/20, a short information talk and HSE information will be handed to parents on the day.

GAA Coaching
Cillian Mc Gloin, fresh from his outing at Croke Park, Patsy McGovern and some Transition Year Students who are ex-students have started a ten week coaching course in GAA with all the classes. At present they are working with the Junior Classes for five weeks and then will work with the Senior Classes for five weeks. We thank the club for organising and facilitating this.

Athletics Success:
We had huge success at this year’s Leitrim Indoor Athletics Championships. The 3rd and 4th class Boys and Girls teams were both crowned Leitrim Champions with the 5th and 6th class teams coming in a close second. As a result The Junior Teams went on to represent Leitrim at the All-Ireland Sports Hall Athletics Finals at the National Indoor Arena in Athlone last Wednesday. We are still awaiting the results but we are incredibly proud of their achievements. I would also like to thank teachers Ms Mitchell, Ms Rooney and Ms Mc Gloin who accompanied the teams on the long journey to Athlone.

Cara Run:
I would also like to congratulate all the Sixth Class students who completed the Cara 5 km run.  It’s a huge achievement and thanks to class teacher Paul Gallagher.  Also a special congratulations to Jack Lipsett and Kryan Mc Gowan who beat me to the finish line.

North Leitrim/South Donegal GAA League
We’ve had a mixed league so far with some fantastic games and results and some disappointments. However we will be playing in the finals on Wednesday the 10th of April at the new pitch in Manorhamilton. The Boys will be playing St Mc Cartans NS in the ‘B’ Cup Final and the girls will have the same opponents in the ‘A’ Cup Final.  The finals will take place at the Bee Park in Manorhamilton.  The boys final will be at 10.15 a.m. and the girls at 11.45 a.m.  All supporters are welcome.
We have had 34 boys and 28 girls represent our school so far and have all played a full game of football. This competition is a great opportunity for all pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class to be involved in a team game and get the chance to play a full game of football.
Highlights so far have included the Girls team’s first ever victory against county rivals Manorhamilton and a narrow defeat by one point to Bundoran NS whom they will get a chance to seek revenge on in the Girls ‘A’ Final. The boys put in a magnificent performance against Bundoran themselves winning by 8 points and also they beat Creevy ‘B’ team last Friday with great goals by Rhys Doherty Pugh and Dary Cassidy.

Student Council
This month we went through the students suggestion box.  There were a lot of interesting ideas.  We are going to investigate as a group which ideas we can fulfil.  We are organising a silly shoes and socks day for Friday 12th April.  €2 per pupil to go towards school funds.  We are organising an Easter Egg Hunt for the Junior Classes.

Agreed Statement by the Board of Management 12th March 2019
• The BOM has reviewed and ratified without modification the Departments Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 as part of the overall Child
Safeguarding Statement
• The Enrolment Policy of the school was reviewed and ratified
• In accordance with the Children’s First ACT 2015, the Board reviewed the risk assessment of any potential harm of a child while
attending the school or participating in school activities
• The BOM sanctioned the appointment of
Margaret Gilmartin as a SNA in our school.

Community Games
Congratulations to all the winners in the art and swimming community games competitions and best of luck to them all in the Leitrim and maybe the All-Ireland Finals.

Important Dates
12th April – Easter Holidays
11th May – Confirmation
18th May – First Holy Communion
June – School Tours (Dates to follow)
26th June – Last day of term (12.30 p.m. finish)

Best Kept Classroom for March 2019
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of March were:
Junior Award: Senior Infants  - Ms Corr
Senior Award: Second Class - Ms Fallon
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.


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