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Newsletter, November 2017
Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events we took part in:
It was with great pleasure that the BOM and staff welcomed you all to our new school in Cloonakilla on September 4th. This project has been many years in the making and I’m sure you will all agree that it was well worth waiting for. We are delighted with our new school and the wonderful facilities afforded therein. Staff and pupils alike deserve this opportunity to work in a beautiful new building that is awash with colour and stimulation. Planting and seeding of green areas will take place in Spring. Consequently our official opening will not take place until early summer. Stocking of our school library and purchase of stage for assembly hall are our priorities for this school year. I would ask you to please support all school based and Parents Association fundraising efforts for both initiatives.
Sincere thanks to all those who helped with traffic Management in the carpark for September. Thanks also to all of you for your cooperation implementing the new system. It is imperative that you continue to observe the carpark rules in order to ensure the safety of all its users. It has come to my attention that some parents drop off children in the outside lane. This is prohibited at all times as this lane is for free-flowing traffic. If you witness this happening please report it to the front office. Also, pedestrians should use the pedestrian gate or the footpath/ramp. Pedestrians are asked not to walk through the teachers’ carpark as this is reserved for buses. All of these requests are made in the interest of Health & Safety. Please be mindful of the carpark/front entrance yard on frosty mornings. The path will be salted but extreme care should be exercised.
Smoking is prohibited in the school grounds
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new entrants and their parents. It is my wish for you all that your time here will be happy and memorable. I would like to commend the Junior Infants for the manner in which they have settled into school life here in Cloonakilla. I would like to thank their parents for their sensible approach in parting with their children and for their co-operation in regard to dropping off their children in the mornings, thereby reducing some of the congestion in the carpark. Please do not accompany your children to the school door and wait until the bell rings as it creates too many problems for other parents who wish to drop off their children.
Dates for your diary:
First Confessions: Tuesday 6th March
First Holy Communion: Saturday 19th May @ 11.00am
Sacrament of Confirmation: Wednesday 4th April @ 11am
Enrolment for First Communion was held on Nov 13th. I commend you for your attendance. It is important that you attend the “Do this in memory Masses” with your child as they form a very important part of your child’s preparation for First Holy Communion.
Do this in memory dates:
Sunday 26th November @ 10.30am
Sunday 17th December @ 10.30am
Sunday 14th January 2018 @ 10.30am
Sunday 11th February @ 10.30am
Sunday 4th March @ 10.30am
Sunday 25th March @ 10.30am
Sunday 15th April @10.30am
The school choir will sing at 10.30am Mass in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church on Sunday, Nov 26th. The choir will comprise of 4th-6th class pupils. A full attendance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your response to Non-Uniform Day which raised €634. All funds raised will go towards funding of school library. If you have books at home in good condition that are no longer in use we would be grateful if you could donate them to our library. This would help to reduce costs.
All classes took part in Maths Week which ran from 16th-21st October. 4th, 5th & 6th Class signed up to IXL.com as part of their homework and some brilliant scores were recorded over the course of the week. All children can develop their mathematical ability on the website throughout the year. All classes were encouraged to walk a kilometre in our school yard. The senior classes designed and produced their very own maths games which the Junior classes subsequently played. Junior classes participated in Maths Art Style competition. 4th, 5th & 6th also looked for their interesting Maths photos in many environments using their “Maths Eyes”. Support teachers conducted mathematical activities in all classes placing special emphasis on “Maths for fun”. All activities can be viewed on the school website.
A sincere word of thanks to Christine Macken and Damien Mitchell who visited 5th class during Maths Week. They demonstrated the use of Maths in everyday life through their chosen career paths: Laboratory Manager and Sports Scientist. They inspired us to see Maths as a valued and worthwhile subject for the future.
Science Week ran from November 12th -19th. This year’s theme was “Fact or Fiction …. Stop And Ask”. As part of Science Week 6th class attended a show entitled “Science of the Circus” in AIT. All other classes focused on experimental science for the week. Support teachers visited all classrooms to conduct experiments with the children as part of the Discover Primary Science Programme which will be ongoing in the school for this year.
Abbey Theatre Visit
5th and 6th Classes recently attended a play called “ Me Sara” in our school library. This specially commissioned monologue style drama and workshop was based on John Sygne’s “Playboy of the Western World”. It proved extremely popular with the children and they were captivated by the main actress “Sara.” This play was run in
conjunction with the Abbey Theatre and it is fantastic that we now have the space to showcase these type of events.
Clan nan Gael U12 success
Massive congratulations to all the boys from Cloonakilla N.S. who won the county U12 Football Final recently. Our very own Kenae Fallon was the team captain. Other boys involved in this wonderful success were Conor Naughton,
John Hurley, Aaron Hurley, Cian Duffy, James Doherty, Billy Glennon, Kevin Jordan, Sean Noone & Caimin Macken. Well done boys! We are very proud of you.
Session 2 of swimming lessons is in progress this term for 1st & 4th classes. This session will end at Christmas and this will conclude our swimming lessons for this school year.
Gaelic training has commenced with Marie Kelly (Clann na nGael) and all classes will have an 8 week block of lessons. Teachers will commence Gaelic training with classes after Christmas. This will be in preparation for the Cumann na mBunscoil Competition later in the year.
4th, 5th and 6th classes started training on Friday 17th November for upcoming soccer tournaments. The SPAR 5-a-side local competition will be held in Monksland before Christmas (weather permitting). Our school has also entered teams for the Roscommon and District League Schools Competition. This will be held in Lecarrow in January. We would like to wish both the boys and girls the best of luck in all competitions!
This year we are aiming for our 6th Green Flag. Out theme is Global Citizenship – litter and waste. Children are taught that we all have a responsibility for looking after our world. They will be learning about countries around the world in conjunction with highlighting a number of global issues that exist at present and continue to threaten our planet. As we revise content covered under the litter and waste banner our litter pickers are busy ensuring that our school yard is litter free. Meanwhile the Bin Police are constantly monitoring our bins to ensure that waste and recyclable materials are being disposed of properly. The Green Schools Committee meet once monthly to discuss our action plan. They then report back to their classes about how we can be better global citizens.
Attendance for Sept/Oct was 96.7 %. Please note that daily attendance is recorded electronically before 10.30am. Any child not present at this time will be marked absent unless this absence is preceded by a note of explanation from parents. Again please note that all absences over 20 days are reported to the N.E.W.B. It is important that those with a poor attendance record for 2016/2017 improve their attendance for this school year.
School Self Evaluation
School Self Evaluation is on-going in the school. Once again we are striving to improve literacy levels with the continuation of the Literacy Lift Off Programme and the Shared Reading Programme. Please read with your children and encourage them to read any material you feel may be suitable for them.
We are currently working on Year 3 of our Numeracy Programme which focuses on problem solving across all strand areas and one other strand of the Maths Curriculum. Please talk to your children about what they are learning in Maths and encourage them to use their “Maths Eyes” at home and in the wider world around them.
Senior Infants will attend a Christmas show “Rudolph Saves Christmas” in Dean Crowe Theatre on Thursday 21st December. Class teachers will furnish you with exact details.
5th Class are looking forward to taking part in the Roscommon County Library Quiz on Monday 27th November. Preparations are underway and we are busy choosing our team to represent our school.
On Thursday, November 16th, 2nd class visited Athlone Library. They were welcomed by the Librarian and a very talented writer, Mia Samovich. Mia is a transition year student at Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone. Mia’s love of animals came across as she read some of her stories to the children. With this fresh inspiration driving them on, second class then had a tour of the children’s library and a look at the many amazing books on show. Our children have all joined up and are excited at the prospect of becoming both great readers and writers!!
Artist in Residence
Frances Crowe, a local artist was recently appointed to our school through the Artist in Residence Scheme which is run in conjunction with Roscommon County Council. All of fifth class are participating in the ten week programme. Initially they were introduced to the concept of weaving horizontally and vertically. It then progressed to diagonal weaving.. We are currently in week 7 of the project. The final product, a large eight piece wall hanging is beginning to take shape and we can’t wait to see the finished design which we are hoping to unveil by Christmas. The design is incorporating several images of our local area and surrounding elements of our landscape. It is a huge undertaking and the children have proved quite the textile artists during this weaving project. A special mention must go to Christina Lorenzo who volunteers her time every Thursday to help us achieve our end goal. We are extremely grateful to her for her generosity and goodwill.
The PA will host ‘The Cube’ next March as a fundraiser for the school. See details below. Parents/guardians help may be sought with this significant fundraising event. Many thanks to all parents/guardians who volunteered for Super Valu bag pack in October. The PA committee continues to meets regularly. Details of this year’s committee members are on the PA page of school website. Feel free to contact any member with any queries.
Can you beat the Cube?
‘The Cube’ is on its way! The ’Cube’ will play-out on the 18th March next in the Athlone Springs Hotel and boasts a 1st Prize of €2,500. Do you think you have what it takes to beat the Cube? Entries and other enquiries to
e-mail: email@example.com. Clubs, businesses and individual participants are invited to enter. Brilliant night’s entertainment guaranteed!! Limited to 40 entries. More details to follow.
After school activities
Lego club commenced for 1st & 2nd classes in September. Every Thursday the children spend an hour working in teams on their lego creations. Lego develops children’s problem solving and fine motor skills as well as enhancing creativity, communication and critical thinking. Lego Club will be opened to 3rd and 4th class in the New Year.
Spanish Lessons continues on Monday and Thursday until Christmas with Begona Sammon.
- Christmas Concerts Schedule
Junior Infants: Friday, Dec 15th @ 1.00 pm
Senior Infants: Monday 18th @ 1.00 pm
1st Class: Tuesday 19th Dec @ 12 noon
2nd Class: Friday, Dec 15th @ 2.00 pm
3rd Class: Tuesday Dec 19th @ 1.15pm
4th/5th/6th: Christmas Carol Service: To be confirmed
- Carol Singing
The school choir has been invited by the Monksland Tidy Towns Committee to sing at the switching on of Christmas lights at Supervalu on Sunday Dec 10th. The children will sing carols from 5-5.30. You will be furnished with more information closer to the event.
Congratulations to Szymon Skoczen (4th class) who won the Monksland Christmas Card Art Competition. He will have the honour of turning on the Christmas lights in Monksland on Dec 10th.
- Army band
The army band will officially launch the Christmas season in Cloonakilla with a performance for all classes on Tues, Nov 28th. This is always a wonderful occasion and we look forward once again to being entertained. It is also a great opportunity for the children to see the workings of an orchestra at first hand.
Cash for Clobber
Sincere thanks to all of you who participated in the Cash for Clobber Clothes Collection. We raised €850 which will help to stock our library.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Olga Harney (teacher) and Rosaleen McGrane (SNA) who have recently joined our staff. We hope they will be very happy here.
Mary O’Rourke (Principal)