January/February 2016 Newsletter

Creagh N.S. January/February 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Happy New Year to you all. Please note the following information in our January/February Newsletter.

Enrolment Forms for September 2016 are now available from the school. The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is March 16th 2016. The Board of Management will meet after this date to consider all applications as per the school’s Enrolment Policy.

Catholic Schools Week: January 31st-February 6th 2016.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Families who have children for First Holy Communion (Saturday April 23rd 2016) and Confirmation (Saturday May 14th 2016) will receive a letter over the coming weeks outlining details of the programme for these sacraments.


Meditation continues to take place in our school twice weekly for all pupils.

Sr Annette’s Visit to Creagh NS

We were delighted to welcome Sr Annette, currently home from Tanzania, to our school last week. Creagh NS has developed very strong links with various communities in Tanzania over the past twenty years. The 6th class pupils will be involved in organising some fundraising events for Tanzania over the coming months. Further details will issue later.

Health and Safety Issues

➢ Food Allergies: It is essential that we are up to date in relation to any food allergies that your child may have. If you have not already contacted the school with this information, please do so. A reminder also that we request that treats are not sent into your child’s classroom as some pupils have allergies to certain food products. We thank you for your full co-operation with this.

➢ We remind you that the official opening time for school is 9.20a.m. Pupils should not be dropped off early. The Board of Management requests your full co-operation in this regard.

➢ Road Safety. We continue to remind pupils of the importance of being safe and secure when travelling to and from school. Safety belts should be worn at all times even on short journeys. We encourage pupils to wear helmets when cycling.

➢ Parking. Our pupils’ safety is our priority at all times. We ask you to continue to exercise extreme caution particularly when dropping off and collecting your child from school. It is not always possible to park immediately outside the school grounds. There is parking available at the church and near the cemetery which parents should consider using before walking your child safely to the school.

➢ Head lice can spread rapidly in a class unless all parents/guardians are vigilant about checking their child’s hair regularly. You will receive a text message in the event that there is a case of head lice in your child’s class.

➢ Please do not use the main entrance for dropping off and/ or collecting your children. This entrance leads on to a busy car park and is for staff use only.


Congratulations to the following pupils who represented Creagh NS in the recent Connacht Minor School Swimming Championships both in individual and team events:

Sarah Dolan, Emma Mc Greal, Kayla Mc Keon, Evan Mc Keon, Aaron Hogan, Daniel Mooney, Liam Martin, Sheenagh Hanrahan, Leon Mc Keon, Charlie Mooney, Ava Mc Keon, Ailbhe Hanrahan, Ruth Dolan, Tara Mc Keon, Wasini Henry, Conor Hogan, James Mooney, Adam Mc Greal and Hugh Killeen.

The pupils did exceptionally well and we are very proud of them.

We wish those who have qualified the very best of luck representing our school in the National Minor School Championships in the National Aquatic Centre on February 7th. Further details of swimming results may be found on www.ballinasloeswimmingclub.com

School Website Newsletters, Agreed Reports from Board of Management Meetings, School Policies, Parents’ Association Notices and a lot of other information will continue to be posted to our school website www.creaghns.com

Books for our School Library

We are always delighted to receive books, which are still in good condition for our school library. Books can be dropped into the Secretary’s Office at any time.

Ballinasloe Fit Town Project

Message from the organisers:

Get Up! Get Out! Get Active! ( Suas leat!, amach leat! Bí Bríomhar! )

Ballinasloe Fit Town starts 1st February for 6 weeks and we are encouraging all families to get involved. Schedule of events available @ www.ballinasloe.ie/fittown, Facebook page and February edition of Ballinasloe Life this weekend.

Cash for Clobber

Creagh NS Parents’ Association have organised a Cash for Clobber fundraising event due to take place on February 26th/27th and 29th. The money raised form this event will be used to increase the number of Activity Kits in the school. We kindly ask for your full support and we thank the Parents’ Association for organising this event. Further details will issue over the coming weeks.

Next Meeting of Creagh NS Parents’ Association

Thursday February 4th at 9p.m. Please support.

Credit Union Table Quiz

Best of luck to our four teams participating in the Credit Union Quiz Competition this Friday, January 29th. The following students will represent Creagh NS: Ben Feehily, Niall Jennings, Danny Killeen, XiGe Kennedy, Emily Gillespie, Roisin Grealy, Lauren Ruane, Emma Harvey, James Mooney, Luke Feehily, John Devine, Masib Jawad, Abdullah Shahid, Adam Mc Greal, Conor Madden and Enya Forrestal. We thank their teachers for preparing them for this event.

Peace Proms

Best of luck to our 5th and 6th class pupils who are singing with the Peace Proms Choir this Saturday, January 30th in NUI Galway. Sincere thanks to their class teachers Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Bleahene and Mr Ronalsdon. Thanks also to Ms Elaine Dolan, Mr Lohan and Mrs Mc Cann for their support with the choir.

St Brigid’s Crosses

Well done to the second class pupils, their teachers Ms Power and Ms Moran and all classes who are very busy making St Brigid’s Day Crosses here in the school in aid of Ballinasloe Social Services. We are delighted to have Ms Blade’s father, Mr Anthony Blade with us again this year to share his expertise with the students. We thank the community for supporting this very worthy cause by buying and selling crosses. We will inform you of the amount raised in February.

Voluntary Contribution

We thank you most sincerely for your ongoing support through the school’s Voluntary Contribution Scheme. Letters in relation to Term 2 will issue in February.

Vote of Sympathy:

We extend our sympathy all families recently bereaved including the following:

Fr John Killeen on the death of his sister, Miss Kathleen (Kaye) Killeen R.I.P.

Ms Kiara Barrett on the death of her uncle, Mr Joseph Barrett R.I.P.

Mrs Kathleen Frehill on the death of her father, Mr Queeney

Mid Term Break: Thursday 18h and Friday 19th February 2016.

We welcome parents/guardians to our school to discuss any queries or concerns you may have. We wish you health and happiness in 2016.

Ath bhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.


Stephanie Keating, Principal.

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