February 2014 Newsletter
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Questionnaires re School Uniforms:
Thank you for completing the questionnaires regarding the school uniform and tracksuit. 87% of the questionnaires were returned.
The results are as follows:
51% wish to retain the current school uniform and the current school tracksuit.
11% expressed a preference for the school uniform and a generic tracksuit
33% expressed a preference for a generic uniform and a generic tracksuit.
5% do not want any uniform.
In summary, based on the above results, there will be no change to the current school uniform or to the current school tracksuit.
St Brigid’s Day Crosses:
The pupils in Ms Power’s, Ms O’ Sullivan’s and Ms Blade’s Classes have raised €2,620.96 from the sale of their handmade St Brigid’s Day Crosses. A cheque for this amount has been presented to Ballinasloe Social Services. Thank you to the local businesses, the wider community and to all who supported this wonderful fundraising event. A special word of thanks to Ms Blade’s father, Mr Anthony Blade for passing on his expertise and skill in the art of making these crosses to a large number of classes in the school.
Taste of the World:
Thank you to all those who supported the school’s recent Taste Of the World event. This day was a great success and we had the opportunity to sample delicious cuisine from 21 countries around the world. Creagh NS is very proud of its strong intercultural links and we are looking forward to hosting an Intercultural Fashion Show in the near future. Many thanks to the Taste of the World coordinator, Ms Aisling Connaughton.
Enrolment Forms for September 2014 should be returned to the school on or before March 31st . The Board of Management will hold a special meeting on April 2nd to consider all applications. Parents will be notified within three weeks of this meeting of the outcome of the Board’s decision in relation to their application. A copy of the school’s enrolment policy is available on the school website and from the school secretary.
Anti Bullying Policy:
The school’s Anti Bullying Policy is currently being reviewed in line with the new guidelines issued by the Department of Education and Skills. Please view the current policy on the school’s website and inform us of any suggestions/recommendations that you might have. A draft copy of the new policy will also be published on the website over the coming weeks and again there will be an opportunity for you to make suggestions. The local Gardaí will be speaking to the senior pupils in relation to Cyber Bullying later this term. We continue to strive to ensure that the pupils in our school are not victims of any form of bullying. If you have any concerns in relation to this area, please ensure to contact me directly here at the school.
Code of Behaviour:
The revised Code of Behaviour has been formulated following a consultative process. It has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines issued by the National Educational Welfare Board, and it complies with the requirements of relevant legislation. Sincere thanks to the committee, representing the BOM, Parents and Staff, that met over a ten month period to review the policy, a hard copy of which will be issued to all families over the coming days. The policy is also available on the school’s website.
Credit Union Quiz Teams:
Congratulations to the following four teams chosen to represent the school at the recent Credit Union Quiz. The winners in the under 11 category will represent Ballinasloe at the next level of the competition in Moate on February 28th. Thank you to their class teachers for the great work they did preparing them. We are also grateful to Ballinasloe Credit Union for organising this event, for the generous prizes presented to the pupils and to the school (€125 received by the school)
Under 11: Luke Feehily/Aaron Grenham/Keelan Hanrahan/Masib Jawad (Winners)
Under 11: Eoin Colleran/ Chloe Johnston/Abdullah Shahid/Kyle Greasley (3rd)
Under 13Matthew Devine/Anna Kelly/Jack Delaney/Aoibheann Carty (Joint 2nd)
Under 13: Ruairí Murphy/Danielle Greasley/Niall Phelan/Beth Hardiman(Joint 3rd)
All Ireland Swimmers:
Congratulations to the following swimmers from Creagh NS who participated in last Sunday’s National Minor School Championship.
Ava McKeon U9 Freestyle & Backstroke
Tara McKeon U10 Freestyle & Butterfly
Ruth Dolan U10 Freestyle & Backstroke
James Mooney U10 Freestyle & Breaststroke
Adam McGreal U10 Freestyle & Backstroke
The Girls U10 Relay Team competed in both the Freestyle & Medley Relays, this team consisted of Tara McKeon, Ruth Dolan, Ava McKeon & Ailbhe Hanrahan.
The Boys U 10 Freestyle Relay was made up of James Mooney, Adam McGreal, Charlie Mooney & Conor Hogan.
The Use of the School Premises by the School Community
The Department of Education and Skills recommends that school facilities should be made available to local communities for play and recreation purposes where possible. (DES Circular 16/05) However, the needs of the school must always take priority over any external group or agency seeking to use the school premises. The BOM ratified the policy in relation to the use of the school premises by the community (as reported in the BOM Agreed Report issued in September 2013) and this policy was subsequently uploaded to the school’s website. The terms and conditions associated with the use of the school premises by the community can be read in the Contract of Agreement, which forms part of this policy.
Entrance and Exit Doors for Pupils
In the interest of health and safety, pupils are asked to line up in the mornings at the entrance door closest to their classroom, from where they are collected at 9.20a.m. by their class teacher. However during wet /inclement weather, pupils may enter the building (at 9.20a.m.) at the nearest entrance to where they are dropped by parents/guardians. If you have any concerns in relation to this, please contact me directly. The safety of pupils is our priority at all times.
Engineer’s Week Feb 10th-14th 2014
Many thanks to the school’s Science coordinator, Mrs Bleahene, for organising a range of events for Engineer’s Week which is being celebrated this week in the school. We will post accounts and photographs of these events on the school’s website and on our science website.
We kindly remind all parents/guardians to check your child’s hair regularly for head lice. Quite a number of notes have been issued to classes in recent weeks in relation to this. Head lice spreads rapidly unless treated, and regular checks are essential.
Use of the School Pitch
The recent spell of very heavy rainfall has resulted in the pitch being unavailable for the pupils at lunch-time. As soon as the weather improves, we will be encouraging all pupils (1st-6th) to avail of the grass areas where they can run and play football. A change of footwear is required when on the pitch until further notice.
Mid Term Break: School will be closed Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February.
Ms. Stephanie Keating, Principal.