April Newsletter

3rd April, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

April Newsletter

Another term has flown by and it has been jam packed with activities and learning. We have had Catholic School’s week (which included the very popular Grandparents day), Engineers week, Seactaine na Gaeilge and Literacy week.

Staff news: We welcome back Ms. Fagan and we wish Ms. McShane the very best in her future career.

Gaeltacht: Tá Rang a Sé ag dul suas go Dún na nGall le haghaidh an Gaeltacht ar an 15ú lá de mhí Meitheamh. Tá said ag tnúth an turas agus ag cleachtadh a ngaeilge le haghaidh mí anuas.

School tours week: School tours where possible will take place on the week starting the 19th of June

Arts and Activity week: The teachers are planning a week full of events from the 12th to the 16th of June, both of an active nature and of the Arts. We will have sports day (weather permitting) on the Friday.

School closes: We have a half day this Friday the 7th of April with the school closing at 12:15. The school reopens on Monday the 24th of April after the Easter holidays.

IPad: We received our delivery of 30 IPads last week. We are in the process of configuring them and getting them ready for use. Both students and teachers are looking forward to using them. The IPads were bought out of the money raised by the Parents Association for “Strictly”. Congratulations again to all who organised or danced during this fantastic event. The children are now reaping the benefit of your work.

GAA season: Our new GAA season is underway and we have entered U-10, Senior boys and Senior Girls football competitions. We are also entered the Senior boys hurling and Senior Camogie. There will be no training after school due to the amount of games that we have to compete in. Thank you very much to the Kane family who have kindly sponsored a set of jerseys, shorts and socks for the school.

Kildare Library: On the 23rd of May, Kildare Library and North Kildare Beekeeping Association will be giving a talk to the children on bees and the importance of the species, their fascinating behaviour and their characteristics.

Food Dudes: We’re delighted to announce that “Food Dudes” will be arriving in the school on the 2nd of May. For those unfamiliar with the programme, it’s a healthy eating initiative for Junior Infants to Sixth Class. There will be more information on this at a later stage.

Cross Country: We had our cross country trials last week and our school team are competing in the county finals this Thursday the 6th of April in Hawkfield, Newbridge. The boy’s race is on at 10:50 and the girl’s race is at 11:10. Good luck to all.

Confirmation: Congratulations to the boys and girls of 6th Class who made their Confirmation last Friday. We are all very proud of them. The choir from 4th and 5th class were amazing and were led brilliantly by Ms. Phelan, Ms. Hynes, Mr. Keane and our special guest for the day, Ms. Sinéad Keane.

Community Games: The Straffan/Ardclough community games are about to get under wayand there is more information on the school website about the events and dates of the qualifying competitions.

Youth club: An information night is taking place at 9:00 pm this Wednesday the 5th of April in Straffan Community Hall. The information night is to discuss how to get a Youth club up and running in Straffan. More information on the website.

Communion: This takes place on 6th of May with two mass times, Children that started school in Ms. Keena’s class have their mass at 10am and the children who started in Ms. Cunninghams class have their mass at 11.45.

BOM AGM: Thank you to all who attended the A.G.M.’s of the Parent’s Associations and the Board of Management of the school. There was an official presentation of the “Strictly” cheque for €20,000 from the Parents Association to the school. Other issues that were discussed were the building, uniform and the use of the hall for classrooms for next year. The school is constantly evolving both inside and out. The school year is full of new initiative weeks and new teaching methodologies and practices that are being utilised throughout the school. There was a huge amount of positivity from the meeting and I would like to thank the parents, teachers and children who make our school such a great place to come to every day.


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