September 2018 Newsletter

SCOIL ÍDE NEWS

JUNIOR INFANT APPLICATIONS 2019

Applications are now open for our Junior Infant Intake for 2019. Applications are now only accepted in the year previous to starting school and are conducted through our website– www.scoilide.ie

In September 2019 we will be able to take in 4 classes and these will be kept in line with Dept. of Education guidelines on having as low a number as possible in junior classes.

If you or your neighbours have children due to start school be sure to log on and make the application. Please be sure to read the Enrolment Policy also as all offers of places are made in accordance with this.

PARKING  AND CHILD SAFETY

Please be mindful of the rules of the road when dropping and collecting children from school. Pedestrian access should be considered. Please avoid blocking entrances and exits.

The safety of our school community is pivotal.

WE NEED YOUR CO-OPERATION WITH:

  • ·Uniforms-every day except PE day. T– Shirts for PE should cover the shoulders and upper arms.
  • ·If they can take it off or leave it down put a name tag on it.
  • ·Park safely outside the school, and respect the entrances of our neighbours.
  • ·Don’t walk through the car parks– this is a major safety issue.
  • ·No hoop earrings or chains for safety reasons. All earrings may have to be removed for PE lessons.
  • ·Encourage good work habits for homework.
  • ·Encourage your child to read for enjoyment all the time.
  • ·Younger children (up to 2nd/3rd) should be read to every night.
  • ·Insist on courtesy and good behaviour at home and at school.
  • ·Healthy lunches - we believe this a parental responsibility. Food habits –good and bad are established early in life. Children should not share lunches and should take their rubbish home with them. Our guide to healthy eating has been distributed.
  • ·Please do not send in ‘treats’ for the class. There are children in all classes with a variety of diagnosed conditions which mean they cannot partake.
  • ·Make sure your child is getting enough sleep.
  • ·Operate a ‘technological sunset’ with no phones/tablets etc allowed in bedrooms at night.
  • ·Send in a note explaining absences when a child returns– no need to ring unless a Doctor says to inform us.
  • ·Read the Newsletter. It’s how we let you know what’s happening.
  • ·Support the Parents’ Council by getting involved.
  • ·Check the school website and Twitter feed to keep up to date
  • ·Sign up for the E Newsletter through our website.
  • ·Check the school website and Twitter feed to keep up to date.

SCHOOL SAFETY

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

Parents waiting for school to finish at 2.45pm should ensure that their children are supervised at all times while on the school grounds.

Please note that children and parents should always use paths and safety gates when entering or leaving the school. Jumping walls  is not encouraged. There is no pedestrian access through the staff car parks as it is unsafe.

Please do not bring dogs, even those on leads, onto the school grounds when dropping off or collecting children.

MUSIC IN SCOIL ÍDE

Children in 1st class all get the opportunity to learn the violin  which is taught by Mrs. Marian Ryan. The 3rd classes are taught the recorder by Ms. Deirdre Byrne. This gives the children a grounding in music notation.

In 4th class, a number of children are selected to participate in the Recorder Ensemble who practise once a week during school. This year, there will also be a Woodwind Ensemble.

Orchestra is held after school on Fridays for children who play orchestral instruments and will recommence on 28th September.

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.  Some classes even write and film their own movies.

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.

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.

ASSEMBLIES

All classes from III to VI regularly host assemblies in the school hall on a Friday at 9am.

Assemblies involve reflection on what has taken place in school, prayer and song.

Your child will notify you of the date as it approaches.

We welcome parents to attend.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

We are extremely fortunate that staff members volunteer their time and expertise to provide a selection of activities for the children of Scoil Íde. These activities include:

  • ·Hockey (5th & 6th)
  • ·Rugby (5th & 6th)
  • ·Athletics (2nd-6th)
  • ·Basketball (4th-6th)
  • ·Choir (3rd-6th)
  • ·Orchestra (3rd-6th)
  • ·Woodwind Ensemble (3rd-6th)

Your child will be notified when these activities are due to commence.

PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS

Many classes host information nights for parents in early September to inform parents as to practices and procedures that take place throughout the year.

Teachers also hold formal parent-teacher meetings with individual parents.  Dates are subject to change.

Junior Infants Week of 21st Jan.

Senior Infants Week of 21st Jan.

1st Class Week of 11th Feb.

2nd Class Week of 12th Nov.

3rd Class Week of 12th Nov.

4th Class Week of 12th Nov.

5th Class Week of 12th Nov.

6th Class Week of 12th Nov.

Calendar 2018-2019

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.

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

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

RETIREMENT AND STAFF CHANGES

On behalf of the staff and school, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Long for the hard-work, dedication and forward-thinking that he invested into Scoil Íde throughout his 26 years as principal. We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement!

We welcome Sarah Barton, Caroline Meghen, Aisling Danagher and Susan O’ Sullivan to the permanent staff and bid farewell and best wishes to Aoife Mc Namara and Jenny O’Boyle who have resigned from the staff to continue working in Cork. Welcome also to our new caretaker Trevor Mc Inerney.

E-PAYMENTS

Parents are encouraged to use our e-payments system to pay for class supplies, insurance, swimming etc. This is a good way of keeping record of money paid to the school.  Receipts will be issued by text message.

June 2018

 

   Scoil Ide News               

      June 2018

6th Class Triathlon
#FitForLife

2017-2018


        The year just ending was a notable year in the life of Scoil Ide with major STEM achievements on a national scale, a number of excellent new educational projects undertaken and we were part in national consultations on the new maths and Coding curricula.


         We survived Ophelia and Emma without any major damage. We planted and harvested in the Outdoor Classroom and watched the swallows go and come again as we marked the seasons. We ‘paid it forward’ with kindness as our Students’ Council set an example for us all.

Our children have cycled, run, swam, played basketball, hockey, rugby, football and cricket, enjoyed gymnastics and yoga as we  nurtured the #fitforlife concept.


They’ve played violin and recorder, sung in class, choir and assemblies.


  Our parents have supported us hugely, both morally and financially and we appreciate the act of trust that takes place each day as they entrust their most loved ones to us.


Our Sixth Classes have worked incredibly hard and played a huge part in making the past year so successful. We wish them well for the future and are proud to remind them as they leave that no matter which educational institution claims them in later years
– they were ours first.

Students' Council & Staff enjoying the sunshine in
Ballycuggaran on 'Darragh's Walk'

FAREWELL

         After 37 years in Scoil Ide and 26 as Principal I will be retiring at the end of this school year. 


I want to express my thanks for the great support I have been given by generations of parents and multiple Boards of Management

.
I am sure that with its excellent staff,  Scoil Ide will continue to provide a wonderful education for the children of Corbally.

May God bless and keep you always.


 Peter Long 


4th Class #FitForLife Presentation

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, 25th 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, 26th June
from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS
Children will move to their new classes after the 11 o clock break on Friday, 29th June  and the school will close for the Summer Holidays at 12.15 p.m.

School re-opens for pupils on Thursday, 30th August.


All  children should wear full uniform returning to school.

Hockey Squad Road Trip to Dublin

FINANCIAL PLANNING
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: Classroom Supplies: costs of class printing, some school books, novels, Art & Craft materials, stationery etc.: €60. This is the only source teachers have for purchasing these materials so it is important that all contribute.


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: 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, our Engineering is Elementary programme, etc 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


May/June : School Tours: Varies depending on activity. 6th Class costs €45.


All payments of €10 or over can be made electronically and this is our preferred way of accepting money– it’s safer in terms of banking and better not to have children carry what are sometimes fairly large sums of money.







  

6th Class Triathlon
#FitForLife

BOOKLISTS

Teachers have gone to great lengths over the past couple of years to minimise the book lists in each class. Through parental generosity in donating used textbooks and the use of the  money within the school to purchase class sets of books costs have been greatly reduced.


Part of the €60 Classroom supplies money is used to buy sets of books which are then  loaned to children for the year.

246 children in the Scoil Ide Chess Tournament

 

END OF YEAR REPORTS


End of year reports, including Standardised Test Results, are available for parents to read through the Parents Portal on www.scoilide.ie

Access codes were sent to all parents previously and the Username and Password you used then still applies.

PARENTS’ COUNCIL TABLE QUIZ
A really enjoyable evening was had by the many who attended the Parents’ Council table Quiz. 25 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. 

Over €1300 was raised which will go towards STEM equipment.

6th Class Triathlon
#FitForLife

RETIREMENTS


   The end of this school year sees the retirements of teacher Mary Gloster and  caretaker Michael O’Donoghue.


         Mary taught in Scoil Ide since 1984 in a variety of classes. Mary always kept the wellbeing of the children in her care to the forefront of her teaching and is known for her kindness and consideration.

Her  professionalism will be missed.


Mike has worked in the school for the past 14 years and the grounds and school are testament to his hard work.

He, too, is notable for his kindness and willingness to help.


We wish them long, happy and healthy retirements.

Calendar 2017-2018
Closing Friday, 29th June 2018 at 12.15 p.m.



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.


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.


 

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