I hope this newsletter finds you all well and keeping warm in this cold spell! Firstly, I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks to all of you for affording me such a warm welcome to Kinlough and to the Four Masters National School. I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and warmth of everyone I have met. I feel very fortunate to have joined the team in this beautiful school and I look forward to many happy years here. I want to also express a huge thanks to Mr. Britton, who had made the transition so easy for me.
Little did we think this time last year that we would be heading into such a different Christmas this year. Despite the challenges of Covid 19, the school continues to be a merry, cheerful place with the children all gearing up to Christmas and the visit from Santa- exempted from all restrictions!
The following information outlines various activities that will be happening in the school over the coming weeks so we encourage you to take note for your diaries!
Christmas Concert with a difference!
Well done to the staff who have come up with a very innovative idea for this year’s Christmas Concert in the absence of being able to invite parents to the school. Each class are busy preparing a short video to send home this year. We will give you further details in the coming weeks and a link will be sent home for you to access the video pertaining to your child. We appeal to you not to share any of these videos on social media platforms but just enjoy them amongst your own families. We hope you enjoy- teachers and children are putting a lot of work into these performances!
The Parent’s Association are holding their annual Christmas Draw on Tuesday, 22nd December. This year, these raffles will take place in classrooms. Donations are being gratefully received at the moment. Many thanks to those who have already donated. Please continue to bring in spot prizes and also in particular selection boxes as it is hoped that each child will receive a prize on the last day. Prizes can be sent in via the children or directly to Bernadette’s office. Raffle tickets will be on sale from Monday, 7th December. €2 per line, €5 for 3 lines and €10 for 6 lines.
Congratulations to all students on very good attendance this term!
Mrs. Cass Smith and some children in the school have been busy preparing a school calendar. It is a beautiful piece of work and very practical for the year ahead to keep track of all events! It includes some art work that children have completed at school this year. It would make a great Christmas gift. The calendar will cost €10 and we will set up an online payment option for parents that we can email you the link for ease of purchase. Alternatively, parents can send the €10 in an envelope marked “Calendar” and child’s name to school with your child.
Active Schools Week/Active Flag News
The Active Flag Week was a great success. All classes took part in all the strands of the PE curriculum. Feedback from the children was very positive and they really enjoyed their daily hour of physical exercise. A big thank you to all the children and their parents for engaging with the Active Homework activities. Sincere thanks to all the staff for organising and setting up the activities every day.
Student Council News
Message and update from Student Council-Written by Dylan and Michaela
• Our Civies Day for Dublin Zoo was a great success. We raised an amazing €602 for Dublin Zoo. The children watched the webcams from the Zoo and watched the animals and enjoyed it very much.
• This year our Christmas Raffle is for the children instead of the adults. The last day to bring in prizes is the 17th December. The raffle will take place on the 22nd December. The tickets will be on sale for €2 for 1, €5 for 3 and €10 for 6. We would encourage parents to continue donating prizes.
• We are doing a Christmas jumper Art Competition. Templates to design a jumper will be given to all children. There will be 2 winners picked from each class, a boy and a girl. We are also hosting a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, 18th December. We will charge €2 on the day and all proceeds will go towards SHOUT and St. Vincent De Paul.
School will close on Tuesday 22nd December at 12.30 and reopen Wednesday 6th January.
Wishing you all every blessing for the Christmas Season and the New Year,