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End of Year

Newsletter

A chairde

As we close to the finish of another year at Four Masters NS it gives me great pride to be writing the final newsletter of the year.  Upon reflection we have had a great year in all aspects of school life.  The pupils, the heart of the school, have thrived this year and always seem as happy coming to school in the morning as leaving in the evening.
We have had huge success in extracurricular areas of school life and in particular our Athletics teams. They came 4th, 4th and 5th in Ireland when representing their counties and always gave it their all.  Our football teams epitomises our school motto ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ as through team work and attitude we won both the Boys and Girls B Cups against teams who had beaten them earlier in the competition.  All the children enjoyed their learning throughout the year which was helped by trips to the library, school tours, graveyard trips, nature walks, mini beast hunts, artist, dentists, samba drumming, concerts, dress up for Halloween and Christmas concerts.
None of all of this would not be possible without the massive effort that the staff of the school put in every day. Our teaching staff is extremely experienced, hardworking, and flexible and work really well as a team.  Our team of Special Needs Assistants work tirelessly to ensure integration of all is at the heart of our school and our secretary, Bernadette, caretaker Patrick and cleaner Yasmin ensure that all of the staff and pupils learn and work in a happy and healthy environment and I thank them all.
I would like to thank you the parents for your support during the year. The parents and the Parent Association are an integral part of the fabric of our school and I wish everyone a happy and healthy summer break.  Finally I would like to thank the Board of Management who volunteer to ensure the school runs smoothly and to the Chairperson of the Board, Fr. Keogan.

Farewell to 6th Class:
At this point of the year we get ready to wish the 6th class parents and their families well as they transition to secondary school. They have been preparing for the move over the past year and I am sure they are ready for the challenge that is in front of them. We hope that they will use the skills and knowledge they have developed in the Four Masters National School in their future and I would like to commend them on the contribution they have made to our school over the past 8 years.  They have been an outstanding class and I’m sure we will be hearing about these students successes in years to come.
There will be a graduation ceremony and talent show on for family and friends of the children graduating next Wednesday 27th of June in the school hall at 11.00 a.m.   Children go home with their parent/guardian after the ceremony.  

Appointments:
Mr Paul Gallagher has been appointed as a permanent teacher in the school as our eleventh class teacher and will be a great addition to our staff with his knowledge of Irish, and his keen interest in sport and music.  Mrs Alicia Corr has been appointed to cover the maternity leave of Orla Dolan and will work in Senior Infants.
We will also be saying farewell for now to Mrs Lisa Daly as she completes her maternity leave cover, Miss Aisling Coyle who worked part time as part of our SET team and Yasmin, our cleaner, as full time cleaner Anne Mc Donagh returns next September.  We thank them all for their hard work and wish them all well in their future.

Classroom Application:
The numbers of students in our school this year was 283 which means we will be able to employ an 11th classroom teacher next year. This will be great as it will enable the numbers of students in the younger classes to be kept to the minimum. However it also means that we had to apply for an extra classroom which was refused. The BOM decided to appeal this decision and at present we are awaiting a reply from the Department of Education.

Classes for 2018/2019:
In the 2018/2019 year there will be eleven mainstream class teachers, four resource/learning support teachers and three full-time SNAs. The class allocation has been decided on, in line with DES recommendations, so that there are lower numbers of pupils in the younger classes.  The split classes have been decided upon based on age and taking gender and special needs into consideration.  All class numbers are subject to change depending on any new enrolments that may occur during the summer and therefore are not confirmed.
The class teachers are as follows:
Junior Infants: Mary Mc Sharry
Junior/Senior Infant Split: Sandra Fitzpatrick
Senior Infants: Orla Dolan (Alicia Corr covering Maternity Leave)
1st Class: Laura Mc Gurrin
1st & 2nd Class: Marie Gaffney
2nd Class: Aoife Fallon
3rd Class: Ms Rooney
3rd Class: Mrs Rooney
4th Class: Anna Marie Mitchell
5th Class: Michelle Daly
6th Class: Paul Gallagher
Special Needs Teaching Team: Gerardine Gallagher, Eileen Kenny, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sandra Kneafsey, Siobhan Mc Kenna.
Please call into the office if you would like to find out which class your child is in if in a split class.

Football:
We had a very successful year in football this year that culminated in a very exciting finals day in Manorhamilton last week. The Girls kicked off against Creevy NS and led at the end of first half after playing with the wind. Meadhbh Mc Ginty scored a great goal and continued her hot streak in the second half where after holding off intense pressure from Creevy, notably by girl markers Julie Mongan and Avril Keegan and defensive maestro Catherine Hill, she scored another. The game was finished off following an astounding 30 yard point scored by 4th class student Caitlyn Mc Morrow. This was the girls first ever victory and a huge thanks must be extended to Dympna Keegan, Annette Lipsett and Pat Gallagher who was worked tirelessly over the past three years to bring girls football back to Kinlough. Through training at school and club we have a Girls’ team to be proud of.
The boy’s team followed playing against St Macartans NS, Bundoran who beat them earlier in the season. Again the Boys played with the wind in the first half and led by 2-3 to no score at half time thanks to Liam Mc Sharry’s and Eoghan Mc Gowan’s goals. The second half was back to the walls stuff with Sean Carolan shoring up the defence and Sam Kearns doing a magnificent job at man marking their danger man. In the end it took a few brilliant saves from David Cleary to secure a 4-3 to 3-4 victory.  Football is going from strength to strength here at school and this year we had 35 boys and 30 girls playing football matches overall in matches played with great spirit.

Parent Association:
The Parents Association would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported its fundraising activities this year, and especially to the parents who gave up their time to help out.  The three main fundraising activities – Christmas raffle, Supervalu Bag Pack, Table Quiz – raised a total of €3,400.   We would encourage all parents to consider putting their names forward for nomination to the Parent Association - it’s a very enjoyable experience and doesn’t demand too much of your time - and to become involved in the various events held during the year in whatever way you can.  The funds raised by the Parent Association are used for the benefit of the whole school, so it’s vital that the parents of all pupils play their part.  
Thanking you all again, and enjoy the summer break.

Uniform:
Pupils have been great at wearing the appropriate uniform and we would love this to continue. This is a reminder of what the proper uniform is so to ensure that when you are purchasing the new uniform during the summer you buy the correct uniform. The colour scheme of the school uniform is as follows:
Boys: Navy trousers, navy jumper, navy tie, white shirt, black runners/shoes.
Girls: Navy skirt/pinafore/trousers, navy jumper, navy tie, white shirt, black shoes/runners.  
On P.E. day the children wear navy tracksuit bottoms, navy sweatshirt, white polo shirt and comfortable trainers – no brand name tracksuits allowed.

School Tours:
School tours have been extremely successful again this year and I would like to thank all teachers and especially the SEN team for helping in the supervision and organisation of these tours.

Board of Management:
Agreed Statement
• The application for an additional classroom has been refused by the Department of Education and the Board of Management has appealed this decision
• The appointments of Mr Paul Gallagher as a permanent teacher and Mrs Alicia Corr as a maternity leave cover have been approved by the Board of Management
• The School Visitors Policy has been ratified by the Board of Management
• The Board would like to extend a huge thanks and congratulations to the Parent Association for their huge effort this year in making our school a better place and for their huge efforts in fundraising
• Congratulations to the Boys and Girls football teams who won the North Leitrim / South Donegal B Cup
• The Board would like to pass on their condolences to Mrs Cass Smith on the recent passing of her father

Garden Party:
Once again Ms. Mitchell and her class organized and hosted a wonderful Garden Party on 20th of June.   A sincere thank you to all involved in making the party an outstanding success.   A special thanks to all the parents and grandparents who did all the baking, all the children really appreciated it.

Transport to Magh Ene:
Anyone looking to book a seat on bus to Magh Ene College Bundoran for the 2018/2019 school year please contact Simon Foley 086 8326450.

Green School News:
We are currently working on our fifth Green Flag on the theme of Biodiversity.  Our school motto is ‘One World, Our World, Our Responsibility’.  When we return in September we will continue our work on the theme of Biodiversity.

Best Kept Classroom:
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of June were:
Junior Award:  Second Class – Mrs. Rooney
Senior Award: Third Class – Ms. Rooney
The overall award for the year:
Junior Award: Junior Infants – Mrs. Mc Sharry
Senior Award: Third Class – Ms. Rooney
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.  A big thank you to all from Patrick and Yasmin.

Website:
It will be updated over the coming week with school tours and football.  Please keep an eye out at www.fourmastersns.com

School Holidays:
The school will close for Summer Holidays on Wednesday 27th June at 12.30 p.m. and will re-open on Monday 3rd September at 9.20 a.m.  Happy holidays to one and all.


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