Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday 21st February: Sunrise: 07.38 Sunset: 17.58 Hours of Daylight: 10 hours 19 minutes 22 seconds.
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On This Day 21st February 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London
Thought for the Week: A jewel will not shine if it is not polished. - Japanese Proverb
Weather Watch: Lowest temperature so far autumn/winter 17/18 was -2.3°C at 02.00 on Dec 11th.
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The children who began Junior Infants this September will, in all likelihood, still be in full time education in 20 years time. Our Sixth Classes will, we fully expect, still be in education in 10 years time. Their primary education is the foundation of all that is to come educationally and it is so important that those foundations are well laid. This is not ground that can be made up again if it is missed out on. The world in which they work will be defined by participation in lifelong learning. Parental interest and involvement in your child’s education is vital to their success. We have always been fortunate in Scoil Íde that parents have been so supportive of the school and your children’s education. As the school year begins we look forward to working with you to further your child’s education. If at any stage in the year you have concerns about your child’s academic or social progress be sure to make an appointment to meet the teacher.
WETLANDS MAPPING PROJECT
Neil Foley’s 6th have begun a very interesting project in mapping the seasonal wetlands in the Bishop’s Field. The stakes you may have seen are part of the grid system they have put in place to track the seasonal variations in plant and animal life as well as rising and falling water levels. With the help of parent Graham Hickey we have also taken photos and video from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) otherwise known as a drone. The learning opportunities in a project like this are immense with a lot of subjects being taught in a very interesting way. Basic trigonometry was one of the first touched on as the children established the height of the magnificent oak tree. The class are keeping a blog on the learning experiences and you can follow it at
STARTING & FINISHING TIME
School starts at 9 a.m. Children should not attend school too early as no supervision is in place. Ten or fifteen minutes before school is sufficient.
A tiny minority of parents drop children very early. This is clearly an unsafe and unwise practice and the Board of Management will be contacting parents if it continues. No wise parent would drop and leave a primary school child to any venue or event up to an hour beforehand.
Parents with infants waiting for school to finish at 2.45 should make sure that their children are under their control and supervised at all times while on school grounds.
Please note also that children and parents should always use paths and safety gates when entering or leaving the school. Jumping walls can lead to a child stumbling onto the road.
3rd classes have been hard at work on their Swallows Project for the last few weeks. We are fortunate in that swallows nest across the Mill Road from us so we can watch for their arrival and departure each year as well as watching them flying over the school and Bishop’s Field daily. Some fantastic projects have been completed by the children as they research the swallows and decide on what information to put in their work. In teaching English this is known as determining importance and it is a vital skill and one which most people use throughout their working lives. Projects like these can spark an interest in the natural world leading to many avenues of study and enjoyment.
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The first rugby training session of the year saw a surprise visit from past pupil, Munster & Ireland scrum half, Conor Murray. Conor took part in the coaching session as part of the Lifestyle and Munster Rugby #MunsterRising Socks Campaign.
Interestingly Conor was interviewed by a number of journalists including another past pupil, Cian Tracey, who now writes for the Irish Independent.
Cian and Conor were part of the Class of 2002.
FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHS
On occasion during the school year children may be filmed or photographed for our website, Twitter feed, the Scoil Ide News or as part of any number of projects the school is involved in. As we are one of the schools involved with the University of Limerick, Hibernia College and Mary Immaculate College of Education in teacher training, videos of lessons may be taken. Our protocol for all these is that children are never individually named and in the case of teacher training that the tapes are used only for instructional purposes under the ethics guidelines of the University and are wiped after use.
However if you do not wish your child to be photographed please write to the Principal.
Please remember in your prayers, Kay Joyce, mother of teacher Bebhinn Joyce and grandmother of pupils Freddie and Maggie, who died suddenly during the summer.
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
Your children receiving the sacraments is part of a journey you began when you brought them for their baptism. We are delighted to be able to help you by teaching the children the religious education programme but the primary responsibility is a parental one.
Our role is to help you but not to take your place. If you have decided that your child is receiving the sacraments your participation in the preparation– especially at home and in the parish– is vital.
FOR SAFETY REASONS
Please do not bring dogs, even on leads, onto the school grounds when bringing or picking up children.
School Closed for Curriculum In-service Training Monday, 10th October 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.
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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