March 2018

March 2018



Copies of our Healthy Eating Advisory have been sent home and we hope you will find them useful in

further developing lifelong healthy eating habits with your children. It is a good idea to talk through the

leaflet with your child and involve them in choosing what they will eat and drink at home and school.

The advice to avoid what are loosely termed ‘treats’ at school is a very good idea as is the advice on

what to give your children to drink– essentially water or milk. There is a fresh water supply in each of

our classrooms so a cup is all that is required.

The advice in the advisory is based on the most up to date  scientific information from an eminently

qualified expert in nutrition.


        Over the last few weeks some of our classes from 3rd to 6th have been trialling lessons

developed by ‘Engineering is Elementary’ from the Boston Museum of Science. Huge research has

gone into the development of these modules and they are structured on integrating engineering,

science, maths and technology. Like much of the STEM we already teach we do this so that children

will have a better understanding of the world they live in and will grow up in. As well as improving

science and maths achievement these lessons foster problem solving skills and dispositions. We are

very pleased with the level of engagement by the children in the lessons. We hear lots nowadays

about how we need to build resilience in our children so they can better engage with the world but just

talking about resilience won’t develop it. These lessons demand that children continue developing their

ideas and  learn that very little works first time and to be successful we need to try and try again. All

lessons are grounded in real world stories and so far the children have worked at developing

parachutes, cleaning up an oil slick, building functioning wind mills, and making a train that operates

using magnetic levitation under the guidance of teacher Tom Hartney who is demonstrating the

lessons for the rest of the staff. We will be expanding the lessons to other classes after Easter.

Eco web


¨ 6th Class planted an Elm tree during National Tree Week 2018 to mark their time in Scoil Ide. Previous 6th Classes have planted a Red Chestnut, Red Oak & Paperbark Maple among others.

¨ Running season on the Shannon Fields has recommenced with the coming of Spring as the older classes go out for regular runs.

¨ After school athletics has recommenced under the guidance of teachers Eimear O’Doherty, Bebhinn Joyce and Ciara Breen.

¨ Confirmation, which had to be rescheduled because of the snow will take place on Saturday, 24th March.

¨ 4th Classes completed the ‘Oldest Thing in My House’ history project with the finalists from each class presenting their projects using iPads to a packed hall. Great to see so many parents and grandparents along to support.

¨ 32 new Chromebooks have been ordered for use in senior classes. 8 additional iPads and 3 replacement Data Projectors have also been purchased. These have been paid for from the ICT Grant paid recently by the DES– your tax money at work.

¨ Our keen nature observers in Mr. Foley’s 6th spotted the first frog spawn of the year in the Outdoor Classroom Pond on the 20th February.

Cycle of Life


1) St Munchin’s College                   46           2) Árd Scoil Mhuire                      25

3) Laurel Hill Secondary                   08          4) Gaelcholáiste Luimni               02

5) Laurel Hill Coláiste                       01           6) Crescent College                    03

7) Villiers                                          04           8) Árd Scoil Ris                            02

9)  Colaiste Nano Nagle                   01         10) St. Clement’s College             01

Above are the placement figures for this year’s 6th Classes. The figures may be of use to the current 5th class parents in considering their options.

5th Class parents should have a good idea  of their preference for a secondary school as the ‘Open Day & Application Season’ begins quickly again in September.

Lighthouse Maglev


     #Engweek18 was disrupted by the snows of Storm Emma but we caught up in the following days. The 5th Class Bottle Rocket Challenge saw the school records tumble again as a team from Mr. Gavin’s 5th smashed the existing record of 118m. Amy, Emma and Lucia set a new record of  156m with their Rocket ‘Golden Express’. They broke their own record a couple of days later in an interschool rocket launch with pupils of St. Nessan’s, Mungret and Milford NS when their rocket travelled 167m.

4th Classes took part in the Viking Longship Time Trials as children raced their boats against the clock. Some very fast times were recorded but the longstanding school record of 7 seconds remains.

6th Classes were hosted in LIT by lecturer Clodagh Moore as they undertook the Process Engineering Challenge. It is great to see 3rd Level Colleges reaching out to primary schools as it is at primary age that all the most important attitudes to education are formed.

3rd Classes combined construction and electronics in building Lighthouses

1st Classes conducted their own #Engweek Challenge with boat and tower building.

Rocket Challenge


ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment,

Community Spirit or Effort.

Well done to our February ACEs.

VI:Nolan: Sean Kinehan & Shonagh Healy

VI:Heaney: Kyle Foley & Lauren Guerrini

VI: Boland: Marcus Mitchell & Sarah Louise Allen

Calendar 2017-2018

Closed Monday, 19th March 2018- Public Holiday

Easter 2018: School closing Friday 23rd March 2018 at 12.15 p.m. Reopening Monday 9th April 2018.

Closed for Curriculum In-service  Wednesday, 11th April 2018. (Rescheduled after Storm Ophelia)

Closed Monday 7th May 2018 – Friday 11th May 2018 Inclusive.

Closing Friday, June 1st at 12.15 p.m. for Child Protection Training

Closed Monday, 4th June 2018 Public Holiday

Closing Friday, 29th June 2018 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.

Calendar 2018-2019

Staff Planning Day Wednesday, 29th August 2018

School Re-opens Thursday 30th August 2018

October mid-term break: Closed Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 2018 inclusive.

Christmas Holidays: Closing Friday, 21st December at 12.15 p.m.

Re-opening Monday, 7th January 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, Monday 6th May 2019

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

Closing Friday, 28th June 2019 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.


Scoil Ide

Annual Statement of Accounts 2016-2017

Income                                                                                                                                 Expenditure

Dept. of Education Grants            186227.00                           Collector General Revenue            4885.00

School & Parent Generated           83778.00                           Education Projects & Equip          89515.00

Insurance Claim                              1361.00                             Insurance                                     20155.00

                                                                                                 Light & Heat                                  29762.00

                                                                                                 Cleaning, cleaning materials,

                                                                                                 Phone & Security                          59250.00

                                                                                                 Rates                                              8309.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                Repairs & Maintenance                 24874.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Administration*                               14178.00

                                                                                              IT Equipment                                  30712.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bank Charges                                  2488.00


Total                                                      271366.00                            Total                                284209.00           

Net Deficit: 12843.00


Administration* includes printing, postage, paper & office supplies.

Certified Accounts

Paul Delaney A.C.C.A

23rd October 2017