We were just astounded at this year's entries. They were all outstanding...so lovely to see the imagination and creativity of our young pupils. If you have a minute, please take time to have a look at the pictures in the Gallery. Mrs Patterson had the unenviable task of judging and we had our prize giving ceremony this afternoon. I think they are all worthy of a prize. Well done everyone!
Oh dear...there were so many rules broken today, we had to call the Guards! Some extremely troublesome pupils and lawbreakers roaming the building! Absolute chaos...
All jokes aside, we have had a marvellous day. Thank you so much to all our pupils, their families and our school staff for all the effort that went into today and for the support given. Thank you also to James and Ryan Deane (and family) for their sweet stand. Also a very special thank you to Sergeant Paddy Battle for calling in and restoring order! No arrests needed thankfully! At the last count, we had raised €900 for the Alan Patterson Trust...a truly superb amount. Thank you all again!
‘Decorate an Egg for Easter’ Competition
We will be holding our annual Open Day on Wednesday 15th March from 2.00 p.m. until 3.00 p.m. A warm welcome is extended to all our new Junior Infants.
The Book Fair will be in school from Thursday 9th March until Wednesday 15th March, World Book Day tokens can be used at the Fair and the school will receive commission from the book sales.
Dress for Denim Day
On Friday 10th March we are going to support The Alzheimer Society of Ireland by holding a ‘Denim Day’. Children can wear their denim clothes into school for €2 donation. Please see attached note.
World Book Day
Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day. We held a huge Book Quiz with everyone from Junior Infants to 6th Class. Lots of whispering, head scratching and moaning going on but as well as promoting reading and having lots of fun, as always it was lovely to see how kind and caring our older children are towards out smallest ones.
We welcomed representatives from Inland Fisheries Ireland for this year's Something Fishy visit. The children enjoyed this visit immensely. Inland Fisheries have asked for permission to use photographs taken on the day for promotional use. If you do not want your child’s photograph used, please contact the school as soon as possible and let us know.
Thank you so much to the wonderful group of Mammies for coming in to school on Tuesday to cook and serve us up the most delicious pancakes. Fortunately the rain stayed away long enough for us to go outside for our annual pancake tossing races.
We had a noisy but fun treat for everyone at our African Drum workshop on Monday past. There was lots of loud banging and chanting. Thank you to Barra O’Flannaigh from Slí na Croí.
Next week is Engineers' Week and the children from the Senior Room will be visiting the Letterkenny Institute of Technology for a very exciting show called 'It's all done with mirrors.'
St. Patrick’s Day – School will be closed on Friday 17th March.
Easter Holidays – School will close on Friday 7th April and will re-open on Monday 24th April.
Fundraising Coffee Morning
Leah Love is very kindly organising a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday 11th February from 11 - 2 p.m. If you can spare an hour or two to help out, please let her or the school office know.
We are asking for a donation of baked items, buns or cakes from every family. These can be sent to school any time before Saturday or on Saturday morning.
Your support would be much appreciated.
We sincerely thank Valerie Moore for bringing in a selection of oysters for us to look at and hold. The children thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about them and asking questions.
If there are any other Mums or Dads (or friends) who would like to share an interest, hobby or skill with the children, please get in touch. We are always looking for visitors to come in and widen our horizons.
Electrical Work & Maintenance
We thank Stephen Deane for his visits to school in recent months to help with routine maintenance of the lights and other electrical problems in school.
We also thank Ezra Mitchell, Drew Mitchell, William Goodwin and Alan Mahon for helping with maintenance and repair work.
Half-Term - School will be closed on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February.
St.Patrick's Day - School will be closed on Friday 17th March.
Easter - Last day of term - Friday 7th April
School will open again on Monday 24th April
Please note that all the dates are on the Calendar page of the website.
The children are taking part in weekly Drama Lessons with the Balor Theatre Group. These lessons have been funded by fundraising money. You can find out more by visiting the Balor Facebook page:
Balor Developmental Community Arts
The Staff and Board of Management are continuously reviewing school policies. We are currently reviewing our Administration of Medicine Policy, Code of Behaviour, Complaints Policy and Attendance Policy. All of these policies are available to parents and can be found on the website. A printed copy is available in the school office. Our next Board of Management meeting will be held on Tuesday March 7th. If anyone would like to make suggestions or comment upon any policy, please make sure they are submitted before then.
As part of their Transition Year activities, 3 students from Coláiste Cholmchille have been visiting the Senior Room to teach French. It is particularly nice to see Katherine, a former pupil. The children have thoroughly enjoyed these taster lessons.
Parent Teacher Association
Following our meeting on Tuesday 22nd November, these are the P.T.A. committee members for 2016/2017.
Chairperson: Francess O’ Connell
Assistant Chairperson: Tori Mahon
Secretary: Michala Cunningham
Assistant Secretary: Dawn Somerville
Treasurer: Alan Mahon
Assistant Treasurer: Cathrena Duncan
We would like to thank Linda Mahon for all her hard work as chairperson over the years.
Please remember that all parents are welcome at each and every meeting.
Thank you very very much!
On behalf of everyone in school, I would like to thank the ladies of Hilltown L.O.L. for the hard work they put into organising this year's Table Quiz. A total of €1,410 was raised for our school. We thank Nan Leslie for calling in to present a cheque.
Hopefully there will be no disruptive weather this year, but as a precaution please take time to read the following. We will make every effort to ensure that school is open for the children, regardless of the severity of the weather. Please assume that school will be open unless you are informed otherwise.
Costumes for the Carol Service need to be in school tomorrow, Friday 16th December
Christmas Jumper Day is now Monday 19th December
Jumper day is now Monday 19th December. The children may swap their uniform for a Christmas jumper. (For anyone fortunate enough not to have a 'lovely' jumper...a tinsel necklace, Santa hat or appropriate Christmas coloured top will do instead - please do not buy anything especially for this day....we just want to have a little festive fun before the holidays!)
This year's Christmas Party will be held in school on Monday 19th December from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. All children are welcome.
Carol Service - Wednesday 21st December at 7.00 p.m.
Please provide the following refreshments for after the Carol Service:
Any help you can give with setting up the tables etc. on Wednesday 21st December at 2.00 p.m. would be much appreciated as would help with serving and cleaning up.
Christmas Tree Festival
Pictured are some of the decorations made for our school tree at the Methodist Christmas Tree Festival.
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