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6th CLASS TRIATHLON
We were blessed with a beautiful evening for the 6th Class Junior Triathlon organised by 6th Class teacher Neil Foley, who devised the whole idea, ably assisted by the staff. The 6th class children completed swimming, cycling and running cheered on by many parents in and around St. Mary’s Rugby Club in Grove Island.
The Triathlon is now in its 4th year and from our point of view begins the wrap up of the 6th classes time with us. It is a challenging event for children and one they must prepare for over a period of time. Much ‘bumper sticker’ thought tells us that ‘you can do anything you want’ but the truth is that anything difficult takes time, hard work and perseverance if you want to succeed. We are very proud of the children who took part and are sure their hard work will be a great foundation for the future both in personal fitness and approaches to the challenges they will face. All who took part received a commemorative T-Shirt.
In lighter moments we’ve thought of selling the ‘naming rights’ of our buildings to earn some extra money for school funds. ‘The Regeneron Building’, the ‘Analog Suite’ or the ‘Intel Wing’ have a nice ring about them but the truth is that primary schools continue to be the poor relations in terms of government and philanthropic funding. The worst of the cuts from the recession still remain and funds are tighter than they have been in many years. We have cut out any refurbishment of rooms this year so we can maintain vital ICT equipment and continue really valuable educational programmes like violin and recorder teaching. We urgently need to replace 16 laptops at a cost of almost €6000 so we are aiming to run a fund raising school walk in the autumn in addition to existing fund raising– unless some parent can convince some corporation to buy some of our naming rights! We hope that, as always, we can rely on your support.
CODING IN SCHOOL BBC MICROBIT
Much talk goes on constantly in the higher echelons of education about the need to teach computer coding in schools. Most of the time talk is all that happens. We teach coding in Scoil Ide formally from 3rd class up and before that informally using BeeBots and Scratch Jr. By 5th and 6th Class some children have moved on to using a coding language called Python and hardware called Raspberry Pi.
This year the BBC gave out over 1 million coding devices free in the UK to 11/12 year olds. The device is called the BBC Microbit. They became available for sale in the last few days and we have bought one for testing over the summer with the intention of buying one to loan to each pupil in one of our 5th Classes in September. The development of this is a potential game changer in the way pupils learn to code.
If any parent working in the IT sector- which is always calling for coding to be taught- can organise sponsorship for us of the cost of these - approx €600- we would be very grateful. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org ) If you want to check out the device and its website click on
PARENTS’ COUNCIL SECOND HAND BOOK SALE & UNIFORM DROP
The Parents’ Council Second Hand Book Sale and Uniform Drop will take place in the Hall on Monday, 27th June at 7 p.m.
Buying and selling second hand books is a good way of trying to keep costs under control. If you have uniforms and tracksuits in good repair you can drop these into the Hall that night. These will be available to parents.
O’Mahony’s will have a new schoolbook shop in the Hall on Tuesday, 28th June from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students' Council, staff and family completed Darragh's Walk- the annual Students' Council Hike- in memory of our late colleague Darragh Lanigan around the Ballycuggaran Loop near Killaloe.
Children will move to their new classes after the 11 o clock break on Thursday, 30th June and the school will close for the Summer Holidays at 12.15 p.m. School re-opens for pupils on Thursday, 1st September.
All children should wear full uniform returning to school.
In order to give parents an idea of the extra costs associated with school that arise during the year we have outlined some of them below to allow you to plan.
September: All classes: costs of class printing, novels, Art & Craft materials, stationery etc.: Varies by class between €50- €60. This is the only source teachers have for purchasing these materials.
Personal Accident Insurance €10 (Voluntary): Highly recommended to all parents. 24 hour/365 day accident insurance. Mid-September. Should be viewed as a necessity.
October: School Walk: Fundraising for new laptops in the school.
November: Maintenance Fund: Voluntary Contribution: €100—1 child;€150 family– or what you can afford. This enables the school to keep ICT up to date, purchase all our Literacy Lift Off Books and implement additional programmes such as Violin & Recorder teaching which add so much to the children’s education.
Swimming: 5th Class Sep-Nov: 4th Class Jan-Mar; 6th Class May-June
€40 approx. Payable around the time the class goes swimming.
May: Fundraising Raffle
FIT FOR LIFE
Our 4th Classes completed their month long Fit For Life Challenge by completing a 3km run in the Shannon Fields. We hope that they keep up their good exercise habits over the summer and into the future and remain truly fit for life. All participating children were presented with certificates by past pupil David Breen who starred for na Piarsaigh in their All Ireland Hurling Club win. David is moving to England to take up a post as Physiotherapist to Wasps Rugby team this summer.
As this edition of the Newsletter is being finished the Sixth Classes Charity Speeches Preliminary rounds are underway in the hall. The teams speaking on behalf of the various charities have researched and prepared their presentations in the hope of making the final and then convincing our 5th and 6th Class voters to choose their charity as the recipient of the Colours’ Day money– around €1400.
The Charity Speeches tie together much of the work done with the children since Junior Infants –working together; using literacy and numeracy skills to research and prepare IT presentations which back up public speaking to convince almost 200 of your peers to agree with your view; putting into practice the Christian teaching on the works of justice they have been taught since Juniors. Well done to all the pupils for the work they have put in.
ADVICE FOR 6TH CLASSES
We welcomed back a number of past pupils who have just completed 1st year to share their advice and perspective on their experience of moving to secondary school and the challenges it presents. The move to secondary can be a daunting one for some children and for a good number of years now we ask back recent past pupils to share their experience.
The past pupils spoke to the children who will be going to their secondaries and answered questions from the current pupils.
PARENTS’ COUNCIL TABLE QUIZ
A really enjoyable evening was had by the many who attended the Parents’ Council table Quiz. 27 tables enjoyed a very balanced set of questions devised by Mike McInerney and Quiz Master for the night was Fr. Derek Leonard. We thank the local businesses who donated the huge amount of spot prizes, O’Driscoll’s for the kind use of their premises and, especially Charlotte Breen and her team of parents for giving so much of their time and talents so generously.
To all those who helped make Scoil Ide the vibrant and energetic centre of learning and caring it is I offer my sincere thanks. I wish staff, children and parents an enjoyable and renewing Summer break and I wish our Sixth classes the best of luck as they move on to the next stage of their education in secondary school. They have been a brilliant group to work with– always well behaved, cheerful and open to every challenge presented. Continue to work hard and you’ll do well.
To our University of Limerick Co-Op work experience students we offer our thanks and wish them well in their studies and lives. They have added greatly to the year in Scoil Ide.
Summer Holidays: Closing Thursday, 30th June 2016 at 12.15 p.m.
Staff Planning Day Wednesday, 31st August 2016
School Re-opens Thursday, 1st September 2016
School Closed Monday, 31st October to Friday, 4th November 2016 (incl)- Mid-term Break
Christmas Holidays: Closing Thursday, 22nd December at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 9th January 2017
Closed Monday, 20th February - Friday , 24th February 2017 (incl)- Mid-Term Break
Closed Friday, 17th March 2017- Public Holiday
Easter Holidays: Closing Friday, 7th April at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 24th April 2017
Closed Monday, 1st May 2017 -Public Holiday
Closed Monday, 5th June 2017 Public Holiday
Closing Friday, 30th June 2017 at 12.15 p.m.
The School will be required to close for one Curriculum Planning day during the year but the date of this will be given to us by the DES and notified to parents as soon as we know.
Scoil Íde is used as a Polling Station so we will be closed for any Elections/Referendums that may be called.
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