June Newsletter

21st June, 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



June Newsletter 21/06/17

Wowser, that was quick! Well done to the boys and girls who have completed another year packed with activity, fun and learning. Remember to stay safe in the summer especially when swimming and come back to us in September ready for a new year.

Staff changes: Ms. Hynes is leaving us and moving back west and we wish her all the best in her future career.

School closing: School closes for the summer on Friday the 30th of June at 12:15 and reopens on Friday the 1st of September at 9:20.

Book Rental Scheme: Keeping book costs low is always a priority in the school and in time, a book rental scheme will be set up to help offset costs.  This is something that will take time and organisation.  In the meantime the school would like to do two things to help keep book costs to a minimum for the coming year:

  • The first is we would really appreciate if we could buy S.E.S.E. and Irish books off of children in 4th, 5th & 6th These books are: Small World History 4th Class, Small World History 5th Class, Small World History 6th class, Small World Geography & Science 5th and Small World Geography & Science 6th, Bun go Barr 4th, 5th & 6th. Some of these books and other similar books will then be rented out to the children in 4th, 5th & 6th class next year.   If you don’t want your child’s books bought by the school, please let the school know as soon as possible, however these books won’t be on the booklists for next year and with book rental schemes down the line, it is advisable to sell the books to the school.  By gathering these books, it will also help us to get a book rental scheme off the ground.   Teachers will send you a text when this is happening.
  • The second is this year the children in 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th will be given the opportunity to buy their school books for next year off of each other i.e. 2nd will go to 3rd, 3rd will go to 4th and so on.  Teachers will send you a text when this is happening so that your child can bring in money to purchase their books.  It will be operated on a first come first serve basis. The price will be set by the teachers.  If you don’t want your child to sell their books, please let their teacher know.

Arts and Activity week: The exhaustion levels of the children and the teachers on Friday after an amazing week packed with fun, music, art, sports, and laughter was there for all to see. Well done to the teachers whose energy and stamina throughout the week made the week so special for the children. Thank you to the Parents Association who kindly donated money to the week’s activities. The school is open to ideas for next year and it would be great if we could call upon parents to share their talents with the children. A special mention must go to Keith Barry who gave the children a world class magic show and cut off the Principal’s hand!

Sixth Class Graduation: What a class!!! We will be very sad to say goodbye to our brilliant, funny, intelligent, skillful and caring sixth class. Their graduation night takes place next Tuesday the 27th at 7:30pm in the school hall.

Insurance: The pupil’s personal accident insurance form can be downloaded from the school website and handed in in September.

Sale of Work: The school will be transformed this Thursday the 22nd (Tomorrow) into a school fair. There have been some amazing donations of prizes, toys and book to the school.

Uniform: Information on the school uniform starting September 2017 is on the school website.

Class allocation: School reports will be posted on Friday. Teacher allocation will also on the website on Friday.

Hurling Final: Well done to the boys hurling team who were narrowly beaten in the Cumann na mBunscoile Kildare finals. The boys played with great heart and determination and they were a credit to their school. Well done to Mr. Langton whose hard work and dedication brought the team so far in the competition.

Cake sale and Coffee morning: Well done to all those bakers out there who raised nearly €1,500 for a great cause.

Straffan Got Talent Show: It’s back and it promises to be bigger than ever.  Competition is open to all ages. It is not until October but get practising now. All information is on the website.

Calendar: The school calendar is up on the school website and can be downloaded at any time.

School tours: Excitement in the school is reaching fever pitch but make sure the children have sun cream, extra drinks and appropriate clothing (Rain jacket) should they need it.

Cúl camps: Bernie Molloy will be in the school hall on Tuesday the 27th at 9am to do a registration for the summer cúl camps.

A big thank you must go to the teachers who have worked tirelessly over the last year. They have embraced all new initiatives and have been so proactive in making Straffan N.S. an even better school. Positivity can be seen throughout the school and it really is a wonderful place to work. Parents are so supportive and there is a real feeling within the school that everyone is pulling in the same direction in our common goal of giving the children the best and most appropriate education possible. Lastly I would like to thank the children who make our days fly by so quickly. Their humour, innocence and general outlook on life is a great blue print on how to live your life.

Enjoy the summer,


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