February Newsletter 2015

Creagh N.S.

February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

St Brigid’s Day Crosses:

The pupils in our school have raised €2,619 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; to Ms Annette Lynagh, Ballinasloe Social Services, to Ms Regina Power for leading this initiative for the fourth year, and to all of the pupils and staff for their support.

Enrolment Forms for September 2015 should be returned to the school on or before March 31st. The Board of Management will hold a special meeting 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.

Bullying /Cyberbullying Intervention and Prevention Workshop

The Board of Management is organising and funding a Bullying/Cyberbullying Intervention and Prevention Workshop, which will take place on Wednesday April 15th. The format of the day will include group work with all classes, staff training and an information evening for parents. Further details will be issued after Easter. 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 the Princpal here at the school.

Congratulations to the following:

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 13 category will represent Ballinasloe at the next level of the competition in Athlone on April 27th. 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.

1st Place u 13: Luke Feehily, John Devine, Chloe Johnston, Kyle Greasley

2nd Place u 13: Niall Phelan, Luke Walsh, Mark Gallagher, Fintan Doherty

2nd Place u 11: Adam Mc Greal, Abdullah Shahid, Masib Jawad, Liam Dunican Dooley

3rd Place: u11: Diarmuid Mc Donagh, Conor Madden, Sean Mc Dermott, Dylan

All Ireland Swimmers

Congratulations to Tara Mc Keon, Ava Mc Keon, Ruth Dolan and James Mooney who represented Creagh NS in the recent National Minor School Championship. James Mooney got into the final of the U11 boys Breaststroke where he put in a brilliant performance to win a National Silver medal in an extremely close race. Tara McKeon & Ruth Dolan both made the final of the U11 girls Freestyle final where they came in 9th & 10th place respectively. Ruth also made the final in the U11 girls Backstroke where she finished in 4th place. Tara made the final of the U11 girls Butterfly where she came 10th. Ava made the final of the U10 girls Freestyle where she finished in 6th place. These were all excellent results and we are very proud of Tara, Ava, Ruth and James. The standard at the Nationals is exceptionally strong, just making it into the final in the Nationals is a great achievement as it places pupils in the top 10 in the country in that event.

Spikeball Teams

Congratulations to our spikeball teams who performed very well in the recent blitz. Well done to Musadique Fayaz, Brian Feeney, Tom Fitzpatrick, Eoin Colleran, Aaron Grenham and Cian Connolly who will go on to represent Creagh NS in the regional round of the competition. Many thanks to their coaches, teaching staff members, Mrs Caroline Gallagher and Ms Antoinette Blade for their great work with the teams.

Staff Members

• Congratulations and sincere thanks to teaching staff member, Mrs Aine Bleahene for 25 years of loyal service and dedication to Creagh NS.

• Congratulations to teaching staff member, Ms Sinead Cahalan and the Mullagh team on reaching the All Ireland Club Camogie Final which will take place on March 1st in Croke Park

• Congratulations to teaching staff member, Mr Mark Ronaldson on his recent great performance on the Mayo Senior Football Team against All Ireland Champions, Kerry, and Tyrone.

Engineers’ Week Feb 9th-13th 2015

Many thanks to the school’s Science coordinator, Mrs Bleahene, for organising a range of events for Engineers’ Week. We were delighted to welcome a mechanical engineer to our school to talk to the pupil in 3rd-6th classes. Students in 4th-6th classes enjoyed a range of trips to Athlone Library, Birr, NUIG and GMIT during the course of the week. All students had the opportunity of engaging in a great variety of activities both in school and as part of their homework. We will post accounts and photographs of these events on the school’s website and on our science website.

Table Quiz

Creagh Parents’ Association are hosting a table quiz on Friday March 6th 2015 in the Country Man. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Parents’ Association

The next meeting of Creagh Parents’ Association will take place on Wednesday February 25th at 9p.m. here in the school.

Internet Safety

An Internet Safety seminar for parents will take place on Monday 16th March at 7.30p.m. here in the school hall.

Golf Classic Fundraising Event

A committee, supported by the Parents’ Association, are running a Golf Classic in Ballinasloe Golf Classic on Saturday April 18th. All funds raised will be used towards the drainage of the school pitch. We are very grateful to the committee for undertaking this fundraising event, as it will allow us to proceed with the work required on the pitch.

Lunch Time Activities

Use of the School Pitch

We encourage all pupils (1st-6th) to avail of the grass areas. A change of footwear, socks and pull ups are required when on the pitch until further notice.

Activity Kits

The school’s Active Living Committee has organised sets of equipment for use by pupils (3rd-6th Classes) on a rota basis during lunch time. Some of the proceeds from last year’s 4th/5th class cake sale along with financial support from the Board of Management have enabled the school to purchase these activity kits which we hope will promote activity, team sport and co-operation among our pupils during their break. We propose investing further in this initiative next year to enable junior classes to benefit also.

Policy Review

1) A draft copy of the Health Eating Policy, currently being reviewed, is available on our school website. If you have any further suggestions please submit them in writing to the school secretary on or before February 27th.

2) The Visual Arts Policy is also being reviewed. A copy of this policy is available on our school website and suggestions may be submitted in writing to the school secretary on or before February 27th.

3) We also ask you to take time to read the school’s Child Protection Policy, which is reviewed annually. Please note that the Principal, Ms Stephanie Keating is the Designated Liaison person for Child Protection, while the Deputy Principal, Mr Noel Lohan is the Deputy Designated Liaison Person. If you have any queries or concerns in relation to this area, please contact the Principal/Deputy Principal.

All of our policies can be downloaded from our website www.creaghns.com under the section Downloads. The password Tony2012 is required to access all policies. Alternatively, the school is happy to provide you with a hard copy.

Agreed Reports from Board of Management Meetings

The school’s Board of Management meets on a very regular basis. Please note that copies of the Agreed Reports from meetings are published on our school website.

Health and Safety

The safety of our pupils is our priority at all times. We continue to urge all parents/guardians to exercise extreme caution when dropping off and collecting children. We encourage you to park safely if you need to walk your child into the school grounds. The local Gardaí continue to assist us, particularly at peak times. As the weather starts to improve, we encourage pupils to walk/cycle to school. Please remind pupils to cross the road safely, using the pedestrian crossing and/or the lollipop lady. Pupils must not cross on the speed ramps at any time.

Our Sympathy

To The Gaffey Family on the death of Mrs Gaffey R.I.P.

To The Hickey Family on the death of Mrs Hickey R.I.P.

To The Mc Dermott Family on the death Mrs Keary R.I.P.

Mid Term Break

School will be closed Thursday 19h and Friday 20th February.

Please do not hesitate to contact me here at the school, if you ever have any queries or concerns in relation to your child.

Kind regards,

Stephanie Keating, Principal.

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