Dear Parents and Guardians/A Thuismitheoirí agus a Chaomhnóirí,
I can confirm what you may have seen on Whatsapp about a child being invited into a car on the way home from another school nearby. We will remind pupils from 3rd to 6th class of what to do in this situation.
PTA Table Quiz
Please see below re PTA organised Table Quiz. Thank you to all involved. We are hugely grateful to the PTA, Lisa and all those volunteering their time to ensure a great night out for everybody. As always we warmly welcome funds raised which are earmarked for
- Readers – as Gaeilge;
- Gaeilge resources for oral language games;
- Replenish Sports small equipment … javelins, sliotars.
Special Education Needs Draft Policy
Please see updated Special Education Needs Draft Policy (click here to access) . A huge thanks to Áine who has put a lot of work into this, and it is comprehensive and clear. We invite feedback from the parent body by Tuesday at 12pm by email to [email protected].
Creative Schools Coding Project
Some classes in the school took part in a coding project with scratch this week, as part of the ongoing work for creative schools. They had parent volunteers showing them how enjoyable coding is and we saw lots of lovely creative animations! Download Scratch Jnr on to your phone or pad and check out just how easy it is to get coding! See photos of the event below.
A big thank you to all the parents involved in the fun!
Reminder – 6th Class Junior Entrepreneur Fair Day
After weeks and months of preparation, 6th Class are all set for their Fair Day tomorrow, 13th May, where they will be selling their product ‘Make ‘n Bake’. Jars will cost €5 and will be on sale to classes in the hall. Products will be limited to one per child but if we have any left over at the end of the day, parents/guardians are welcome to buy them from the front of the school.
Green Schools – Planting
On Wednesday the Green School Committee went on a trip to The Botanic Gardens (see photos below).
We were very lucky to have Ciara lead us on a tour around the gardens to learn about the different types of plant species they have.
During our visit Ciara gave the committee an excellent workshop in planting. We planted our own plants and even made our own biodegradable plant pots. The committee are very excited to share what they learned with their class during our planting day on Friday.
For the week beginning on the 23rd of May, we will have our school Wellbeing Week.
While well-being activities are integrated into the school day throughout the year, we will be taking some extra time to highlight the importance of our wellbeing for the week.
Wellbeing is present when a person realises their potential, is resilient in dealing with the normal stresses of their life, takes care of their physical wellbeing and has a sense of purpose, connection and belonging to a wider community. It is a fluid way of being and needs nurturing throughout life. Organisation (WHO, 2001)
As the nature of Wellbeing is multi-denominational, it can mean different things to different people.
As such, we will be focusing on lots of different activities to take this into consideration for our Wellbeing Week. We would like to invite parents into our school for this week to share a skill, interest or passion which enhances wellbeing, with pupils. This might be Yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, meditation, playing a musical instrument, an art activity, a simple baking activity (eg. microwavable mud cakes, rice crispy cakes, rocky road or biscuit cake), an exercise class, gardening or something else you enjoy that you would like to share with the children!
If you are interested in coming in during the week, please email [email protected] with your availability and some details about what you would like to do!
Two other Board members and I represented our school at this year’s ET AGM on Saturday. Deirdre O’Donoghue, one of the founders of Educate Together, is stepping down from her role after 27 years of providing support to schools. We will all miss her very much.
The calibre of artwork received from the pupils is incredible making selection a very challenging task. The shortlisted entries are being ranked this week by representatives from our 4 stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff and Board. Fortunately, parent, Johanna, has come forward to follow this through with her graphic design expertise, thanks Johanna.
Thanks so much to Rebecca, Rosie, Síofra and Aideen for beavering away getting our library ready for full use from September.
Thanks to those who expressed an interest in the home-based Summer Programme. If we have a tutor for your we will be in touch. In the meantime it is worth trying to source a tutor. Please see more information here:
Best of luck to Ailbhe and Caoimhe who are performing in the TheatreworX production ‘Rise Up’ this weekend in the Helix this weekend!
Calendar of Events in the School – May & June
May and June are busy months in the school. Click here to see what is happening during these months. This will be updated regularly so please save the link.
Junior 1st June and Senior 2nd June
Frása na Seachtaine:
“Am Rolla: Tá mé anseo. Níl sé/sí anseo” – “I am present – He/she is not present”
“Am Rolla: B’fhéidir go bhfuil sé/sí tinn” – “Perhaps he/she is sick”
The GETNS PTA Annual Table Quiz 2022 is back tomorrow, Friday 13th May (lucky for someone) in Na Fianna Clubhouse, Mobhi Road.
Doors open at 7.30pm – quiz starts at 8pm.
A big thanks to those who have booked a table already. It’s never too late to book or just join us on the night, we’ll find you a table- all are welcome.
If you can’t make tomorrow night, but want to support the event, you could book a virtual table or buy raffle tickets, (available on the night).
Please email Lisa Anderson
[email protected] for details & to book a table of 4 or come along individually and we’ll find you a space at the winning table! A table of 4 is €40 or €10 per person.