January 2019 Newsletter

WELL DONE

Ace awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment, Community Spirit or Effort.

Well done to our December ACEs.

VI: Nolan:  Seán Culligan &

                           Milana Bokane

VI: Heaney: Aisling Farrell &

Brian Carr

VI: Boland:  Leah Byrne &

Aaron Considine

VI: Frost:  Charlotte Parish &

Ben Mc Namara

 

JUNIOR INFANT APPLICATIONS 2019

The closing date for applications for  Junior Infant Intake for 2019 is the 1st February 2019.

Visit www.scoilide.ie to apply.

FOOD DUDES

Scoil Íde are currently involved in the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme. It is a Government funded programme, managed by Bord Bia, which aims to get children eating more healthily by providing them with the opportunity to taste a number of fruit and vegetables over either an 8 day (2nd-6th class) or 16 day (Juniors-1st) period. After the tasting period, the children are encouraged to bring fruit and vegetables as part of their lunches. 

For more information visit www.fooddudes.ie

Scoil Íde promote healthy eating and the new year is a great time to encourage children to change their eating habits and opt for the healthier choices.

 

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE

  • ·There were lots of performances held throughout the school over the Christmas period from Junior Infants up to 6th class. Well done to all involved!
  • ·The school orchestra, under the direction of Marian Ryan, performed Christmas tunes for residents of Corbally Nursing Home.
  • ·Rooms 11, 12 and 13 organised a food drive before Christmas for the Simon Community. Thanks to all who donated.
  • ·4th classes have commenced swimming this term as part of their PE programme. This is the only skill that children learn at school that can save a life so it’s extremely important that all pupils take part.
  • ·Wayne from L.I.T has been exploring Fundamental Movement skills with the 1st classes.
  • ·Mr. Gavin’s 5th class are preparing for the regional finals of the Dell VEX robotics competition. They have been building and programming their VEX robot and are finishing their logbooks.
  • ·We celebrated Catholic Schools Week the last week of January and also welcomed our Diocesan advisors.
  • ·We’re gearing up for our Viking Longship Challenge in 4th and the Bottle Rocket Challenge in 5th. Classes will be working on these in February concluding in Engineer’s Week.

 

LIAM MC CARTHY VISIT

There was great excitement as Scoil Íde welcomed the Liam Mc Carthy cup along with hurlers Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes, former Limerick hurler and Corbally resident Pat Hartigan and ladies footballer and past-pupil, Megan O’ Shea. We appreciate them giving up their time to visit us. It was a day we will always remember!

Thanks to Limerick GAA Development Officer Noel Hartigan and teacher Aidan Hennessy for organising.

 

CALENDAR 2018-2019

February 2019 mid-term break: Closed Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019.

Closed Monday, 18th March 2019- Public Holiday

Easter 2019: School closing Friday 12th April 2019 at 12.15 p.m. and reopening Monday 29th April 2019.

Closed Monday, 6th May 2019-Public Holiday

Closed Friday, 31st May & Monday, 3rd June 2019-Public Holiday

Closing Friday, 28th June 2019 at 12.15 p.m.

One day Curriculum In-service will be taken at a date to be decided.

Scoil Íde is used as a Polling Station so we will be closed for any Elections/Referendums that may be called.

 

RESEARCH IN SCOIL ÍDE

We were very fortunate to have received a bursary from the Teaching Council to engage in a research project in the school. It is a school university partnership between us and U.L in the area of special educational needs, entitled SUPER-SEN. It will involve teachers working closely with our partners in U.L to deliver evidence-based practices in the areas of autism and ADHD.

 

SUMMER WORKS SCHEME

We are delighted at the news announced before the Christmas holidays that we are due to receive funding under the Summer Works Scheme 2019. This was based on an application which was submitted a number of years ago. The money has been allocated to school improvement works involving insulation of ceilings from Rooms 4 to 19 and the main building.

 

DATA PROTECTION

Under the new Data Protection Regulations, photographs or videos taken at school events must be kept for private use and not shared on social media. Please keep this in mind when attending school events.

Your cooperation is much appreciated.

 

MONSTER RAFFLE

Our annual Monster Raffle will be held in April. Funds raised will go to adding to the extra-educational programmes and equipment that would not be possible to purchase if we were to rely on Department of Education funding.

If any parent/guardian/business would like to sponsor a prize, please contact teacher Suzanne Noble at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

RSE TALK FOR PARENTS

In preparation for teaching the sexuality element of the Relationships and Sexuality Education programme in 5th & 6th classes, a talk will be held for parents of pupils in those classes on Monday 28th January at 7pm in the school hall. It will outline the material covered in these lessons to parents.

We emphasise that what we teach can only be a starting point for an ongoing conversation between parents & children. It is vitally important to children’s well-being and sense of themselves that parents continue this conversation throughout the teenage years.

 

SCHOOL SAFETY

School starts at 9am. Children should not be dropped to school too early as there is no supervision in place.

Also, we ask that you do not walk through staff car parks for safety reasons. Please use the other entrances around the school.

We ask again that parents be mindful of where they park when dropping and collecting children to and from school. Many parents have expressed concern for the safety of their pupils when walking to school. Please abide by the rules of the road.