As we approach the end of the school year I believe it’s a perfect time to reflect on the year gone. I am proud to say that I
believe the school is going from strength to strength. The
children that pass into the school in the morning and at the end of the day are some of the happiest in Ireland and that I believe is key to a successful school.
For that to happen is down to the team of teachers, SNAs,
secretary, caretaker and cleaners that work so diligently and earnestly every day. They are the beating heart of the school that keep everything going. The teachers are extremely
dedicated and have worked so hard to educate the children in all aspects of the curriculum and I would like to thank them for that.
I would also like to thank the Parents Association for their
continued support to the school. They organised table quizzes, raffles, clothes collections and lots more and had fun along the way. We hope that many parents will offer their support and consider joining the Parent Association next year.
Finally I would like to thank the Board of Management who
volunteer to ensure the school runs smoothly. They are the brains behind the operation and in particular I would like to thank the Chairperson of the Board, Fr. Keogan.
Le gach-dea ghuí
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 great fun and have had a hugely successful year in terms of football, their Irish song, athletics and helping to make our school a better place.
There will be a graduation ceremony and talent show on for family and friends of the children graduating next Tuesday 25th of June in the school hall at 11.30 a.m. Children can go home with their parent/guardian after the ceremony.
We would like to thank Alicia Corr who has come to the end of a temporary appointment here in Four Masters for all her hard work and dedication. We are also delighted with our new SNA, Margaret Gilmartin, who has settled in so well and we thank her for her hard work.
There will be a new appointment in early July for a 4th class teacher and when that appointment is made the parents of the children in his/her class will be notified in early July.
Work will begin on the new classroom in early July to accommodate our eleventh mainstream class teacher and we hope that it will be completed by Christmas. Then the library will return to a Special Education Teacher room and the new classroom will be in use. We are delighted to be beginning work after a long and lengthy process with the Department of Education. The school is still growing and that is why we have the need for a new classroom.
Classes for 2019/2020:
In the 2019/2020 year there will be eleven mainstream class teachers, four resource/learning support teachers and four 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: Laura Mc Gurrin
Junior/Senior Infant Split: Orla Dolan
Senior Infants: Sandra Fitzpatrick/Anna Marie Mitchell on job share
1st Class: Mary Mc Sharry
1st & 2nd Class: Marie Gaffney
2nd Class: Aoife Fallon
3rd Class: Mairéad Rooney
3rd & 4th Class: Brenda Rooney
4th Class: To be confirmed
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. The parents of the children in the 4th class will be notified by text when the appointment of their class teacher has been confirmed in early July.
We had a very successful year in all sports in our school and our trophy cabinet in full. Congratulations again to the two football teams. The Boys won the ‘B’Cup and the girls drew the ‘A’ final and we have a new cup to prove it. In Athletics we have two Leitrim Champions teams and both Junior Teams went to Athlone to the All-Ireland Finals. In the track event our relay team won gold with a mixed boy and girl’s team. Well done to all and I’m delighted to announce that the Student Council through their fundraising has purchased 50 athletics singlets for the school.
The Parent Association had another very successful year and organised a table quiz, Christmas raffle, Clothes collection,
Parents Evening on helping children boost their resilience and Grandparents Day. They raised €2982.87 over the course of the year and this money was used for: two educational psychological assessments, a surfing trip for 6th class, hot food and a disco for 2nd class during their school tour and the bus to Athlone for the Irish Indoor Athletics Finals.
We would like to thank the four outgoing members of the Parent Association who have completed their two year term: Edel Gallagher, Louise Mc Geever, Jules Tuttlebee and Jackie Doherty. They have been a joy to work with and have done lots of work behind the scenes that I would like to thank them for. Stuart Regan, Bridget Birney, Eloise Mc Ginty and Denise Simpson will be continuing for another year. This means that next year we will be looking for volunteers from Junior Infants, 1st Class, 3rd Class and 5th Class to join the Parent Association.
Pupils have been great at wearing the proper uniform and we would like this to continue. The proper 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. Children may only wear black runners.
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:
The Board of Management are delighted to be starting the
building process shortly in the school. They have worked
tirelessly to get this project past the post and are thrilled that it will shortly be commenced. This year has been a very busy year and the following is a list of some of the things that the Board of Management have achieved:
• Policies reviewed and ratified: New Code of Behaviour, Special Education Needs Policy, Anti- Bullying Policy, Child Protection, Protected Disclosures, Digital Literacy Strategy
• Appealed for and were granted permission for a new classroom
• Applied for re-surfacing of the existing school car park and footpath at the front of the school
• A fourth permanent Special Needs Assistant
• A grant for investment in IT equipment
• The appointment of new members of staff
The Board of Management would also like to thank a number of people for another successful year:
• All of the teachers and ancillary staff of the school
• The Parent Association for their hard work in
fundraising and contributing to the growth of the school
• The parents for their commitment to their children’s education
• The pupils themselves for their enthusiasm and hard work
Once again Ms. Mitchell and her 4th class organized and hosted a wonderful Garden Party on the 18th 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 2019/2020 school year please contact Simon Foley 086 8326450.
Best Kept Classroom:
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of June were:
Junior Award: Junior Infants – Mrs Mc Sharry
Senior Award: Sixth Class – Mr Gallagher
The overall award for the year:
Junior Award: Second Class – Ms Fallon
Senior Award: Third Class – Mrs Rooney
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.
Student Council 2019 Review:
The Student Council have been very busy this year. We fundraised for Bóthar, we did an Easter Egg Hunt with the Junior and Senior Infants, had a Halloween dress up day and silly socks and shoes day to raise money for school sports equipment. We have had an amazing year and wish next years Student Council the best of luck.
It will be updated over the coming week with school tours and lots of events that occurred during the school year. Please note that the school e-mail is now firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep an eye out at www.fourmastersns.com
The school will close for Summer Holidays on Wednesday 26th June at 12.30 p.m. and will re-open on Monday 2nd September at 9.20 a.m. Calendars for 2019/2020 have been handed out and are available from the office. Happy holidays to one and all.