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Parent teacher meetings are over and now the sound of Christmas carols and songs are starting to fill the halls of Four Masters NS.  Teachers and pupils are busy preparing for our weekly Advent service and our Christmas concerts which I hope as many people as possible can attend.
We are delighted with the follow through inspection to the WSE in which the inspector reported good progress, and that the teachers and pupils of the school are working so hard together.  I would also ask parents to donate for the Parent Association Christmas Raffle that will be taking place on the day of the school concerts.
Le gach dea ghuí
John Britton

Christmas Concert 2017:
All pupils and staff are currently busy preparing for our annual Christmas Concert which will be held on Friday 22nd December in the school gym.  There will be three concerts and parents, grandparents and family members are welcome to stay for all.  The times for the day are as follows with finishing times subject to change.
 Junior & Senior Infants 10.00 – 10.30 a.m.
 First & Second Class – 11.00 – 12.00 p.m.
 Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth 12.30 – 2.00 p.m.
The classes will be performing a mixture of plays, songs and poetry and children are free to go home with their parents following their concert.
The Parent Association will be holding a raffle at each concert with hampers as the prize.  Donations for the hampers will be gratefully received and can be dropped to Bernadette’s office.  The Parent Association will be serving tea and coffee at the concert for a small fee.   Entrance to the concerts is free but there will be a box for voluntary donations at the door.   Car parking will be available at the front of the school.

A note from the Parent Association:
The Parent Association are holding their annual Christmas Hamper Draw on Friday 22nd December during the Christmas Concert.  If any parent would like to donate items towards the Hampers such as puddings, biscuits, chocolates, tinned foods, napkins, crackers, candles etc. it would be very much appreciated.  All items can be left into Bernadette before Friday 15th December.  We will also be serving tea and coffee on the day with all proceeds going to the Parent Association to help with school activities / outings.

Confessions for Christmas / Advent Prayer Service:
This year once again Fr. Keogan Parish Priest and Fr. Woods retired priest visited the school on Wednesday 29th for Confessions for pupils from Third – Sixth inclusive.  
Every week between November 30th and December 15th Third Class and their teacher Ms. Rooney will lead the school in Advent Prayer Services with the assistance of Mrs. Smith who does the guitar accompaniment.  
As school will be open on 8th December, Feast of Immaculate Conception pupils from Second – Sixth will attend mass in local church together with their teachers.

Follow Through WSE:
On the 7th of October we had our follow through of our WSE. This is where the inspector came to visit our school for a day and check to make sure that we were working on the recommendations from our inspection last year.  She was impressed with our work and will publish her report shortly which states that we made good progress since the inspection one year ago.  I would like to thank the teachers and the pupils for all their hard work.  The follow through inspection will soon be published online and can be viewed at https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Inspection-Reports-Publications/Follow-Through-Inspections/    there you can search for our school name to find the report.

Statement from BOM Meeting 14th November 2017:
• The Board would like to congratulate the staff and students on the recent Follow Through of the Whole School Evaluation which stated that good progress was observed on the initial recommendations.
• The board reviewed and ratified the Acceptable Use Policy (Internet)
• The Board approved the appointment of Mrs Lisa Daly as maternity leave cover for the 1st / 2nd  class split
• A health and safety audit was carried out in the school and the health and safety statement was reviewed

School CPD Training Day:
The school will be closed for all pupils on Tuesday 30th January 2018 as staff must attend a school based in-service day on the new Primary Language Curriculum in school.  This essential training will familiarise staff with the new curriculum that the Department of Education is beginning to implement.

Team Hope Boxes:
This year we have collected 120 boxes for Team Hope.  This means that they’ll be 120 happy faces somewhere around the world thanks to the hard work of the children and their parents.  Special thanks must go to 4th Class and their teacher Ms Mitchell for all their hard work.

Cross Country:
Congratulations to the Girls Junior Cross Country team who participated in the Connaught Primary Schools Championships.  The team consisted of Clara Gallagher, Aoife Gallagher, Caitlyn Mc Morrow, Cora Gilligan and Teagan Mc Gloin.  Congratulations also to Sean Carolan who qualified for the Junior Boys race.  All competitors represented our school really well and we’re very proud of them.

P.E. Coach:
James Mc Dowell, qualified coach, has nearly completed a 6 week coaching course in fundamental movements in P.E.  He has worked with the Junior half of the school and will begin a 6 week programme with the Senior half of the school later.

Parent-Teacher Meetings:
Once again our Parent Teacher Meetings were a wonderful success.  As everybody knows pupils do best in school when parents and teachers work as a team in their education.  If you were unable to attend your Parent Teacher meeting on the date appointed you may reschedule for another mutually acceptable time.
Literacy Lift Off Reading Initiative:
Literacy Lift Off was undertaken in the two Senior Infant classes for a period of six weeks, the pupils in these classes were immersed in reading for this period, reading two books a day.  An intensive programme of reading has many benefits for the emergent reader and this was evident.  The Literacy Lift Off Reading initiative will be run in First Class for a six week period after the Christmas Holidays.

Best Kept Classroom for November 2017:
Winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of November:
Junior Award:  Junior Infants – Mrs. Mc Sharry
Senior Award: Fifth Class – Ms. Daly
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

School Council – Secretary’s Notes:
We had our first School Council meeting.  There were six
students present.  In order to run a meeting successfully you need a committee:
We elected a committee
Chairperson – Jamie Mc Manus
Vice Chairperson – Eoin Downey
Secretary – Meadhbh Mc Ginty
Treasurer: Georgia Higgins
Public Relations Officers:  Iona O’Donnell & Oscar Mc Ginty.
Our roles were explained to us.  We will hold a meeting once a month on a Thursday before Friday assembly.  We will also have space on the school newsletter to give information on our happenings.

The Student Council are delighted to announce that €445 was raised for Crumlin Children’s Hospital and the Simon
Community.  Well done to everyone who dressed up for

On Friday the 15th December, we are having a “Christmas Jumper” day.  We are asking everyone to contribute €2; all money raised will go to St. Vincent De Paul.  If you don’t have a Christmas Jumper, your school jumper with tinsel around it will do!!

School Photos:
School photographs are being distributed today please return your completed orders to the class teacher by December 7th.
If you have any queries please contact Tom on 087 2583677.

Please feel free to browse our website at www.fourmastersns.com  On the homepage there is a blog where you can easily view recent events in the school including the Halloween Dress Up and the 4th class blog on their school garden.

Christmas Holidays:
The school will close for Christmas Holidays at 2 p.m. on December 22nd 2017 and school re-opens at 9.20 a.m.  on January 8th 2018.  Happy Christmas to all.

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