June 2017 Newsletter
Fr Dan O’ Donovan, Chairperson to the Board of Management, passed away on April 28th 2017 following a short illness. We are all deeply saddened at the huge loss of Fr Dan whose gentle, kind and unassuming manner endeared him to all. His trojan work as Chairperson is acknowledged with deep gratitude. We express our deepest sympathy to Fr Dan’s brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, to Bishop Kirby and the priests of the diocese of Clonfert, to his wide circle of friends in Ballinasloe and West Cork. Fr Dan will be greatly missed but forever remembered as our Chairperson and as our loyal and supportive friend. May he rest in peace.
We are very grateful to Fr John Garvey and Mr Frank Gallagher, Acting Chairperson for their kindness and support to our school, particularly in recent weeks.
Please note the following information in our June Newsletter.
A Record Breaking Sporting Week!
We congratulate our school teams on their recent wonderful success. The school enjoyed three successive county final wins in the space of three days! This has to be a record!
Congratulations to Mr Eric Ward, Mr Liam Geraghty and the school hurling team on winning the Galway County Final on June 13th.
Congratulations to Mr Mark Ronaldson and the boys’ football team on winning the Roscommon County Final on June 14th.
Congratulations to Ms Ria Curtin, Ms Claire Kelly and the school camogie team on winning the Galway County Final on June 15th.
County final medals will be presented to the teams at our Sports Award Ceremony on Wednesday June 28th.
Congratulations to Ms Aine Dooley, Mr Colum Mc Cann and our girls’ football team on reaching the semi final.
All Ireland Community Games Success
Congratulations to Mrs Caroline Gallagher, Mrs Mary Barrett, the boys’ spikeball team and the girls’ spikeball team on winning silver and bronze medals in the All Ireland Community Games last month. The spikeball teams have enjoyed outstanding success this year at local, regional, provincial and All Ireland level.
Congratulations to individual pupils on their great successes at the All Ireland Community Games in swimming and athletics.
We are extremely grateful to the teachers and parents who give willingly and generously of their time after school hours to train our teams.
Board of Management End of Year Report 2016/17
Please note that the End of Year Report for 2016/17 has been agreed by the Board of Management and will be available to download from the school website over the coming days. If you wish to obtain a hardcopy of this report, please contact the school. This End of Year Report is the Agreed Report from the BOM Meeting on June 20th 2017.
Please note Bishop Kirby appointed Mr Frank Gallagher as Acting Chairperson on March 28th 2017. Frank Gallagher will continue in this role until the Board receives further notification from the Bishop.
Annual Review of Child Protection Policy
The Board of Management undertook its annual review of the school’s Child Protection Policy at its meeting on June 20th.
Voluntary Contribution Scheme
The Board of Management is very grateful to families for the uptake in contributing to our school’s voluntary contribution scheme this year. A letter will issue from the Board in October in relation to this scheme for 2017/18.
We hope the building of the new classroom will go to tender over the coming weeks. We are grateful to the Department of Education and Skills for fully funding this additional classroom, which is required as a result of the welcome reduction in the pupil teacher ratio.
New Model to Support Pupils with Special Educational Needs
New guidelines have been issued by the Department of Education and Skills in relation to a new model of support for pupils with special educational needs. Many of the initiatives recommended are already in place in our school. We will continue to build on this, incorporating the new guidelines into school practice and school policy. The DES publication Guidelines for Primary Schools Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools along with the DES Circular 0013/2017 may be downloaded from the website www.education.ie
Our pupils are enjoying the use of the recently purchased iPads to enhance their learning. We hope to increase the number of iPads with the support of our Parents’ Association.
Yellow Flag Assessment
Our Yellow Flag assessment takes place on Tuesday June 27th. We acknowledge with thanks the work of the co-ordinators, Mrs Caroline Gallagher and Ms Danika Dolan and the Yellow Flag Committee. We hope that all of our great efforts will be recognised and that we will be awarded our second Yellow Flag for being a truly inclusive school. We will keep you posted.
Data Base of Email Addresses
We will be compiling a data base of email addresses from September, in an effort to reduce photocopying costs to the school and as part of our Green Schools initiative. We will be in contact with you in early September for your details.
Use of Social Media
We remind parents/guardians to remain vigilant in relation to children’s use of social media. We continue to advise our pupils to talk to their parents about text messages/snap chat messages and any other forms of communication via social media, which may cause them upset. If we are made aware of any concerns we will notify parents.
Congratulations to our sixth class pupils on their Confirmation last month.
Congratulations to the pupils in second class on making their First Confession and First Holy Communion last month.
Our sincere thanks to the class teachers, SNAs, school choir and choir directors, and to all involved in the preparation for the celebration of these sacraments. We also thank Bishop Kirby and Fr Garvey for their support and work.
Congratulations to 6th class pupils on their very successful fundraising campaign for Tanzania. They have raised €2835 this year.
Congratulations to teaching staff member Ms Elaine Whyte on the birth of her son last month.
Last week we enjoyed a very active week in glorious sunshine. Sincere thanks to Mrs Mary Barrett for organising a range of activities for pupils. Well done to her fourth class pupils who were a great help throughout a most enjoyable week.
6th class pupils attended a Keep Safe session in the Emerald Ballroom last week.
The school’s long tradition of the annual Talent Show continues and we were treated to wonderful performances from the pupils last week. Sincere thanks to the co-ordinator Mrs Aine Bleahene, to Ms Caroline Greene, Ms Aislinn Kelly, Ms Elaine Dolan and Ms Orla Carty and to all staff who assisted with this great day. Well done to our pupils on taking to the stage and providing top class entertainment.
The increase in the number of pupils who are walking/cycling to school in recent months combined with the co-operation of parents/guardians is resulting in a reduction in traffic congestion at the school at peak times. However, we must all remain vigilant and ensure that the safety of our pupils remains a priority at all times. We also ask you to continue to be mindful of the local residents by not blocking or restricting access to their homes when dropping off and collecting your children.
Damage to our school
Unfortunately there has been some damage to our school in recent weeks, including graffiti on our walls and litter discarded in our playgrounds. We are grateful to the local Gardaí who are helping us in relation to this matter. The Gardaí will be monitoring our school grounds over the summer months. The Board of Management has approved a review of our security system. We have already started the process of upgrading our lighting system, particularly around the back of the school building.
Creagh Parents’ Association
Our sincere thanks to our Parents’ Association for their ongoing support and great work. We are grateful to them for hosting a lovely party in the school for the pupils in second class to mark the occasion of their First Holy Communion. We also acknowledge with thanks their organisation of refreshments for the 6th class graduation ceremony.
Our deepest sympathy to all families who have suffered bereavement in recent times. We extend our sympathy to the Doran and Hurley Families on the recent loss of Mrs Michelle Doran R.I.P. and to the O’ Donovan Family on the recent loss of Fr Dan R.I.P.
6th Class Pupils
We say farewell and congratulations to our 6th class pupils on the completion of their primary school education. We wish them well as they make their transition to secondary school. We thank each one of them for the wonderful contributions they have made to our school down through the years. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh go léir.
The school will close on Thursday June 29th @ 12.30p.m. The school will re-open on Monday September 4th @ 9.20a.m.
I wish you and your families a relaxing and pleasant summer. My sincere thanks to you all for your kindness, co-operation and support during this school year. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of all of the staff here in Creagh National School.
Le gach dea ghuí,