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The summer months are here and it feels amazing to consider how quickly the school year has flown. It has been such a busy and successful year and the last month will only get busier.
During May we had two lovely days for our Confirmation and Holy Communion and the students really applied themselves in their standardised tests.
We are now looking forward to our school tours, garden party, sports day and of course the last day of term. We would encourage parents to apply sunscreen to their children before school on sunny days.
Le gach-dea ghuí
John Britton

I would like to include a note of thanks to parents for adhering to our uniform policy this year especially regarding shoes/runners. There has been a huge improvement and I would like to remind parents that children may wear dark brown/black runners or shoes on non PE days and also that a tie is obligatory. Children may wear plain navy shorts (no brands) during good weather.

Reminder of the uniform for the 2019/2020 school year:
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 e.g. Nike, Adidas etc.   

Book Lists:
Book lists were handed out on Monday and money is due to be collected by Friday 7th June.  Costs have been kept to a minimum and loan books are in use especially in the older classes.  We would ask all parents to ensure their child looks after their loan books and to not write in them.
If you are having difficulty meeting the cost of the books it is essential you contact the school to work out a payment plan as books will not be ordered for children who have not engaged with the school.  Contact the school for any more information.

Graduation Ceremony for Sixth Class 2018/2019:
Parents are invited to a graduation ceremony on Wednesday 26th June at 10.30 a.m. during which the pupils will receive a certificate each to mark the end of their Primary education in Four Masters National School.  They will also perform a short talent show showcasing all their many talents.  All the teachers who have taught them have always commented positively about this special bunch of young people.  We wish them well with their secondary education and their futures.

School Tours:
Prices have been kept to a minimum and locations have been chosen relative to the age group.  The following is a list of dates and locations of school tours:
• Fifth Class – Surfing in Rossnowlagh – 7th June
• Fourth Class – Omagh Folk Park – 31st May
• Third Class – Eco-Tour Rossnowlagh and Cinema,  12th  June
• Second Class – Sheepdog Trials and Five Star Fun, 19th June
• First Class – Castle Adventure Open Farm, 21st June
• Senior Infants – Cinema and Playground 5th June
• Junior Infants – Beach, 14th June
Letters with further information and cost regarding these tours will issue to parents involved two weeks before the date.

Standardised Tests:
Every year the students from first to sixth class complete standardised tests in reading and maths and this year we used the New Drumcondra tests. These new tests are the most up to date available and the scores have been re-normed to take into account the improvement in levels of Reading and Maths in children throughout Ireland over the past fourteen years.
Therefore the score that your child receives is comparable to the most recent data on achievement levels in Ireland, because these levels are higher it is harder to achieve the same score. Therefore it is predicted that overall the scores will drop this year.
We continue to provide an excellent education to the children in Four Masters NS and strive for every child to achieve their potential.
The scores will be on the school reports and I would ask parents to remind their children not to discuss their results with their peers/classmates.  There are many ways in which children achieve such as art and sport and also many qualities that they have such as kindness and gratitude that are not reflected in these assessments.   We are proud of all the children in our school. For more information please see the attached information sheet for parents.

School Reports:
School Reports will be posted on 18th of June.  All parents of pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class will receive a school report, which tells them how their children are progressing at school.  As the reports had to be issued before the end of the school year attendance on the reports was marked up to and including Tuesday 12th June but children who have a 100% record for school attendance on June 26th i.e. last day of term will receive a certificate to acknowledge excellent attendance and children who missed three days or less will receive a certificate to acknowledge very good attendance.

Change of Address, telephone numbers etc.:
Please notify Bernadette, school secretary, if you have changed your address or telephone number because we will need accurate details for posting school reports.

Confirmation / First Holy Communion:
Confirmation was celebrated on the 11th of May in St. Aidan’s Church.  It was a huge success and all of the Sixth Class students did a great job.  A huge congratulations to class teacher Paul Gallagher as well as all the singers in the choir and their teachers Brenda Rooney and Anna Marie Mitchell.   Thanks also to our organist Conor Gallagher.

First Communion was celebrated on the 18th of May in St. Aidan’s Church and was a huge success. The 37 children were outstanding and thanks must be given to class teachers Marie Gaffney and Aoife Fallon.  Also special thanks to all those in the choir who I hope enjoyed their homework passes and their teachers Brenda Rooney, Anna Marie Mitchell and Mairéad Rooney.   Special thanks to Deacon Padraig Kelly for all his help.

Green Flag:
Great news for the Four Masters National School, this month.  We achieved our fifth green flag on the theme of Biodiversity.  After much work on obtaining the flag, two members of the Green School Committee, Annabelle Moore and Emma Gilmartin, Bernadette our secretary and Ms. O’Reilly, green-school co-ordinator collected the flag on the 16th of May in the Mc William Park Hotel in Claremorris.  An enjoyable and informative ceremony it was, schools from Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo collected green flags on behalf of their school on their relevant theme.  It is truly a huge achievement to have a fifth green flag for our school.  Each flag runs over a two-year process and each of the previous flags obtained, have to show evidence of their maintenance in the process, with all work by the entire school community documented and reported upon to An Taisce – Green – Schools.  In September 2019 we will have a celebration day, with the whole school taking part, show-casing our work on the theme of Biodiversity.  Well done to everyone!
Ms. O’Reilly (Green –School Co-ordinator)

Garden Party:
It takes place on Tuesday 18th of June and will be organised by Fourth Class.  Vegetables and herbs grown in our polytunnel and school garden will be harvested and all classes will get a chance to sample some of the produce.  A donation of €1 / child would be greatly appreciated on the day to go towards the cost of hosting the party.   A special thanks to Anna Marie Mitchell for her green fingers.

Sports Day:
On Monday 24th of June we will have our annual Sports’ Day (weather permitting).  As was the case in previous years, pupils in Junior and Senior Infants will do their activities on school grounds and pupils from First – Sixth will go the local football field.  A certificate of participation will be awarded to all pupils who take part on the day.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
On Monday the 10th of June 5th Class will take part in a workshop in Bundoran Library in creative writing. This 'Fighting Words' programme is a great opportunity for the children to work on their creative writing.
All classes took part in a Street Smart Workshop organised by the RSA where they learned lots about road safety and being street smart.

Community Games:
I would like to congratulate the three children from Four Masters who represented Leitrim at the finals of the community Games last weekend in Limerick.  Zara Mc Laughlin and Frank Regan in art and Eli Regan in swimming.
I would also like to commend all the children who took part in the local community games event in Kinlough. We also had lots of success in a rain soaked Sligo IT yesterday in the Leitrim Finals. Congratulations to medal winners.
Gold – Bronagh Mc Gowan & Caitlin Cunningham.
Silver – Nathan Mc Gowan, Clara Gallagher & Grace Fergus.
Bronze – James Mc Gurrin, Liam Cassidy, Keefe Dolan, Kyran Mc Gowan, Adeline Mc Ginty, Grace Fergus and Roisin Williams

Parents Association:
The Parents Association held their annual table quiz last Friday night in the Anglers Rest and raised €461.90 for the school funds. The Cash for Clobber also organised by the Parents Association raised €150.
They have had an extremely successful year and all the money raised this year has been used to pay for: two psychological assessments, surfing lessons for all of 6th Class, a disco, hot food and go-kart tokens for 2nd class, stage and sound at the Christmas concerts among many other things. These funds are invaluable to pay for the extra things in a school.
Four members will be stepping down at the end of this school year and I would urge new parents to step forward next September to become members of our Parents Association.

GAA Coach:
Cillian Mc Gloin, Stephen Mc Gurrin, Patsy Mc Govern and a number of Transition Year students has been working for the past few weeks with all the classes on football skills.  Every child has had an opportunity to play football and 3rd and 4th class got a day away from school to take part in the Football Blitz last week.

Civies Day:
A Civies Day will take place on the 7th June.  This Day is in aid of the Michelle Bell’s School of Dance who have qualified for the World Championships this August in England.  Seven students who attend Four Masters National School are part of the team and I would like to ask all children to bring in €2 on the day.  

Best Kept Classroom:
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of May were:
Junior Award:  Senior Infants – Ms. Corr
Senior Award: Fourth Class – Ms. Mitchell

Message from Caretaker:
Lots of jumpers, jackets etc. left in school during the year. These will be given to charity if not redeemed by Wednesday 26th June.  There are a huge amount of these and any with names will be returned but most uniforms do not have names on them.  Please ensure that all uniforms are properly labelled with names for next year.

School Holidays:
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.  Happy holidays to one and all.

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