Congratulations and our best wishes to James, Clint, Adam, Ciara, Alex and Rachel on their Confirmation Day.
I think it's safe to say that we had great fun at our Science Afternoon. All children in school had the opportunity to present their work to the rest of the school. We had a vast range of weird and wonderful experiments and activities. Well done to everyone for their excellent research and presentation skills.
Some dates that might be useful for those of you planning ahead:
Green Flag Award Ceremony in Letterkenny - Wednesday 2nd May
Bank Holiday - Monday 7th May
C.E.F. Summer Camp (after school) - Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th May
Athletics Event - Friday 11th May
Test Week(s) - Monday 14th May - Friday 25th May
6th Class Visit to Abbey Vocational School - Tuesday 15th May
Bank Holiday - Monday 4th June
Junior School Tour - Wednesday 6th June
Senior School Tour - Friday 8th June
Beetle Drive - Monday 11th June
New Junior Infant Visit - Wednesday 13th June
End of Year Show - Thursday 21st June (7.00 p.m.)
Last day of term - Tuesday 26th June
Back to School - Monday 3rd September
Half- Term - Week beginning Monday 29th October
Christmas - Last day of term is Friday 21st December and back to school on Monday 7th January
(Sponsored Walk & Sports Day dates to be arranged)
Very well done and congratulations to everyone in school, but a special well done to the Green School Committee and Miss McGinley. We have successfully achieved our new 'Biodiversity' Flag and some representatives from school will attend an Award Ceremony in Letterkenny on Wednesday 2nd May.
Please make sure there are no absences or morning appointments from Monday May 14th until Friday 24th May.
Brian Donaghy is working with the older children this term. They are using computer coding to programme 'Microbits'.
Thank you for your support of this year's Book Fair. A total of €350 was raised for books for school. We thank Mrs Geraghty and 6th Class for their help in organising this.
We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Josephine Murphy Devaney. Miss Murphy (as she was known to pupils) had worked in school in various capacities in years past, as a teacher and when undertaking teaching practice.
We would like to say an ENORMOUS THANK YOU to everyone who supported our fundraising 'Coffee Morning and Cake Sale' - by baking for us, calling in for tea or buying some of our cakes and bakes.
Our final total is a fantastic €1450 - all of which will go towards improving the play facilities in our school grounds.
Thank you also to all those parents, staff and friends who helped organise and run this event. Your help is much appreciated.
As the forecast is predicting an exceptionally cold spell, please can we ask that all children bring a warm coat and a hat to school over the next few weeks. Our playground can be very cold at times.
We are hoping that the weather will not be disruptive to travel but given the number of absences due to illness in recent weeks, please can we also ask that every effort is made to get the children to school every day. We are trying very hard to make up for lost time.
We are now enrolling for September 2018 and are holding our Open Afternoon on Friday 2nd March from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome...those who have already enrolled and those who are still considering the choices for their children. Our school is a warm and friendly place...we are always happy to answer questions and show off what we do.
Green Flag Visit
We wish 5th and 6th Class luck on Monday as we will be visited by a representative from 'An Taisce' as part of our Green Flag work. As you know, we are working on our 5th flag - Biodiversity and the children have worked hard on this theme for the past 18 months. We will find out in May if we have been successful.
World Book Day
We will be celebrating World Book Day in school on March 1st. Please take time to ask the children all about it.
To coincide with World Book Day, the Book Fair will be in school from Thursday 1st March. There is always a great selection of books on offer and school will receive a number of free books.
Thank you for your support of our swimming lessons. We would like to thank Alan Mahon for his help with supervision. Our last lesson will be on Wednesday 28th February. All children completed swimming tests.
We are currently working with Zara Holmes on a weekly basis. The children have been taking part in Speech and Drama lessons and hope to hold a small showcase at the end of these lessons. More details to follow.
We are in the process of developing the grassy area at the back of our playground. As you can imagine, this is a very expensive project and all of our recent and future fundraising money will be used for this.
To all the members of the extended Clarke and Dinsmore families, we offer our condolences and extend our sincere sympathy at this sad time.
Happy New Year - we hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas holiday. We are looking forward to seeing the children back at school tomorrow morning and hearing what Santa brought.
Thank you so very much to the very hardworking members of our P.T.A. who organised this year's Christmas party. A huge amount of work, effort and time went into arranging everything so we thank them very much.
Thank you also for your support of this year's Carol Service. We hope you enjoyed the children's singing and dancing - they put a lot of effort into getting this performance ready for you. As always thank you to those parents who provided food and sweets for the evening. We also appreciate the help of those parents who served tea and the refreshments in school after the service and also those who helped to tidy up afterwards.
Copies of the show DVD are available from school for a donation of €5 to school funds. Our thanks to Ezra and Muriel for their help with recording.
School will close for Christmas on Friday 22nd December and will open again on Monday 8th January.
Our current attendance is 98.5% which is excellent! Thank you for ensuring that the children are in school regularly. We especially appreciate the effort made recently when the weather was poor - we hope the delayed roll call in frosty mornings has been helpful.
Don't forget to check our Facebook page from time to time. It often has updates which aren't always posted here.
The staff would like to thank you for all your support and help this term and we wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2018.
On behalf of everyone in school, I would like to thank everyone, especially Nan Leslie, for the hard work they put into organising this year's Table Quiz. A total of €1,367 was raised for our school. Thank you to those who came along and took part in the Quiz. Thank you also to those families who bought or sold Quiz Sheets.
The total raised so far is €878. Thank you all very much and our thanks again to Muriel, Ezra and those who helped on the day. Please could we ask any remaining sponsor money be returned to school as soon as possible.
Ballintra Community Centre Whist Drive
We would like to thank most sincerely the players in the Community Centre for donating €500 to our school funds. This was raised at a recent Whist Drive.
Thank you to all those families who sent in filled shoeboxes this week for the Shoebox Appeal. Forty filled boxes are now on their way to bringing smiles, laughter and hope to children who think the world has forgotten them.
Cheerios Breakfast Morning
The total raised for our Breakfast Morning was €122. Thank you all very much.
We offer our sincere sympathy to the Mc Crea Family following their recent bereavement.
If you would like to order a Christmas annual, please return your order and money by Monday 27th November.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher meetings will be held in school during the week beginning Monday 20th November. Please let teachers know if you are unable to attend.
Hopefully the children will be telling you about all the things that have been going on in school over the past few weeks. We have had lots of visitors and workshops and events. These have included:
...and in the next few weeks we hope to be doing some pottery workshops and investigating some marine biology, as well as preparing for Christmas.
Christmas Party: Monday 18th December at 7 p.m.
Carol Service: Wednesday 20th December at 7 p.m.
School Holidays: School will close on Friday 23rd December and re-open on Monday 8th January at 9.20 a.m.
School will be closed on Tuesday 16th October, as instructed by the Minister for Education.
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