I am delighted to be three weeks into a new school year and to see how well all our new students have settled in. There are 41 new Junior Infants and eleven extra students up the school and they have settled in so well and are learning in their new school environment.
Our new building is also coming along very well and all going well the new classroom should be fully operational by Christmas time.
We are also planning for life without Fr Keogan as the Chairperson of the Board and parish priest. He has served the school so well and has overseen so many changes to the school which has doubled in size since his first year here as well as several extensions. His knowledge and experience have been an extraordinary help to me Mr Feeley and Mrs Regan, as he has always put the needs of the school first. We at Four Masters wish him all the best in his retirement and hope to see him as often as possible in the staffroom into the future.
We would also like to thank the present Board of Management for all their hard work and for volunteering for such an important job over the past four years. We wish Fr Phair all the best as the parish priest of Kinlough.
Note for Infant Parents regarding picking up
Due to the high volumes of Infants in the school now (76) we would ask all parents to ensure they wait at the appropriate gate at home time and make themselves known to the teachers when they are being picked up.
Also because of the high volume of parents, I would ask that all Infants are picked up outside on wet days due to health and safety risks. The corridor gets too busy on wet days and it’s too difficult for the teachers to ensure the children are picked up safely. From now on, on wet days the teacher will bring the children to the front entrance of the school and parents are to collect their children at the two front exits to the school. All parents must wait outside the school. The children will be collected one by one as is the case on dry days. Mrs Mc Gurrin and Ms Dolan classes will leave by the main school exit/entrance and Miss Mitchell/Miss Fitzpatrick’s class will leave by the other exit/entrance. On dry days the children will be collected as normal.
We would appreciate your help on this matter, and we feel it will make for a safer dismissal from the school building.
Here in Four Masters NS we have a very active and hard-working Parent Association who last year raised over € 2,500 for our school through initiatives such as a Christmas raffle, a table quiz and a bag pack. They also organized a very informative talk on boosting resilience in children and provided tea and refreshments for our Grandparents Day and we thank them for that.
Parents do two-year cycles on the council and this year Louise Mc Geever, Jackie Doherty, Edel Gallagher and Jules Tuttlebee all step down after their two-year cycle. We sincerely thank them for all their hard work over the past two years.
Three new members will take their place and they are Maureen Mc Gowan, Onóra Gill-Fitch and Martina Fergus and we thank them for stepping forward and helping everyone make our school a better place. They will join current members Stuart Regan, Brigid Birney, Eloise Mc Ginty and Denise Simpson. We are still short one member and we would be grateful if someone would come forward and volunteer to become a member of the Parents Association.
The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Association takes place in the school on the 9th of October at 8pm
We will be hosting our annual School Book Fair during the period of 2nd – 7th of October 2019. All classes will be taken to view the book fair by their respective teachers and the middle and senior classes will be able to purchase their own books. Parents of Junior and Senior Infants who wish to purchase books may do so between 2-3 pm only on Friday 4th and Monday 7th of October. Bernadette will only be taking money for the books during these times and please do not approach the office to purchase books outside of these times.
The school receives 60% of the money raised in books, that are used to replenish our classroom libraries. So, the more parents support the fair the more books we get for our school libraries.
We would ask any parents who wish to drop off lunch or anything else to their child to please drop it in the office where Bernadette will deliver it to the classroom.
Yesterday at the Bee Park in Manorhamilton the Boys and Girls of 6th class took part in the qualifiers for the Mini- Sevens football competition. The Boys played five games against various primary schools in North Leitrim winning four of them but narrowly missing out in qualifying for the Leitrim finals.
However, the Girls team played well and beat St Clare’s NS and Drumkerrin NS comfortably to qualify for the national championships which will take place in October in Annaduff. They put in an excellent performance and all their hard training with Melvin Gaels really paid off, as their standard has come on in leaps and bounds. Well done to all involved and we wish them best of luck in the Leitrim finals.
We would also like to congratulate the Melvin Gaels Girls Under 12 team who played in the Shield Final two weeks ago. They played Dromahair and in a very close game came out victorious. Some of the coaches Pat Gallagher and Katherine Williams visited the school where they presented the cup at assembly. We are very proud of them and well done to all.
We are currently half-way through our own school football competition. 8 teams were made from 5th and 6th class and play in 6 a-side games trying to win the coveted Fr Keogan Perpetual Cup and the Stephen Connolly Memorial Cup.
We are only three weeks into the new school year, but things are already getting g very busy for students and teachers alike. 6th Class are visiting Camp view Farm next Monday for a workshop part run by Teagasc on farm safety.
5th Class are participating in the Wainfest run with Donegal libraries and are going to a presentation called ‘Museum on the Move’ on the 7th of October. Also, as part of Wainfest 1st and 2nd class are visiting the Abbey Arts Centre in Ballyshannon to see a screening of ‘The Secret of Kells’.
3rd and 4th Classes are receiving music lessons from Troy from the Balor Arts Centre, and they are enjoying them tremendously.
We will also be holding our own assembly to celebrate Fr Keagan’s contribution to school life having been Chairperson of the Board of Management for 23 years. We intend to hold a prayer service and have some entertainment for him by way of music, song and poetry from the children.
Green – School News
The Green Flag Raising Ceremony will take place tomorrow the 27th September at the school. The children will receive an information session about Biodiversity at assembly from naturalist Damien Nugent and we will sing ‘The Biodiversity Song’. It is a great achievement to have five Green Flags and we would like to congratulate our Green Team and Co-Ordinator Kathleen O’Reilly.
We would like to congratulate our student council of 2019 for doing an outstanding job and helping our school in so many ways. They were Hannah Feely, Fergal Rooney Mc Clafferty, Kaya Kerins, Katie Ryan, Ellie Reynolds, Roisin Williams and Ruairi Stewart. We will be holding elections next week to elect our new Student Council.
A reminder to all parents that birthday invitations are not allowed to be handed out in school. When invitations are handed out in class the child that does not receive an invitation can easily feel left out and upset. Also due to several allergies in the school I would ask that parents do not send in treats on children’s birthdays.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent-Teacher meetings will take place on the 19th and 21st of November. Parents will receive notification regarding these meetings after the mid-term break.
A photographer will visit the school on the 13th of November. If you do not wish your child’s photograph to be taken, please inform his/her class teacher on or before that date. We get group photographs of all classes taken for our own records.
A Fire Drill for all pupils and staff took place in the school recently. At least two further Fire Drills will take place over the course of school year.
The Sligo Family Resource Centre is organising a Parenting Course at Kinlough Community Centre starting on the 2nd of October for 8 weeks from 10am to 12:30 and costs only €10. It is an evidence-based parenting programme on promoting confidence, learning and positive behaviour in 6 – 11-year olds. This is an excellent opportunity and the first time this course has been run in Kinlough.
Unfortunately, only two parents have enrolled as of today and if more people do not enrol the course will not be able to be run. Therefore, I would urge every parent to consider this course and if interested phone 0719146315 or 087 9143646.
49 pupils from 3rd to 6th class will be attending the Leitrim Cross Country Finals next Wednesday at the Leitrim Gaels pitch in Leitrim Village. There will be four races of 1000m or 1200m and our cross-country team will have the first opportunity to wear our new athletics singlets. Best of luck everyone.
The dates of the sacraments have been announced and Confirmation this year will take place on the 2nd of May at 12 at St Aidan’s church and First Holy Communion will be two weeks later the 16th of May at 11am.
Best Kept Classroom
All classrooms were well kept for the month of September and the winners in the competition for the month of September were:
Junior Award: Junior & Senior Infants – Ms Dolan
Senior Award: Third Class – Mrs Rooney
Mid Term Break
The school will close for the Halloween mid-term break on Friday October 25th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 4th at 9.20 a.m.