October Newsletter 2017

4th October, 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

October Newsletter



Wow! Where did September go?  That was a fast month!  Well I hope everyone has settled back into school by now and that everyone is well into the swing of things.  There is a great buzz around the school and it is great to see the positivity and hard work that goes on here on a daily basis.  The teachers have been busy planning for the year ahead and I’m delighted to tell you that we have an action packed first term in store for everybody!!

GAA: We have had an amazing start to the GAA season here in Straffan NS.  All teams have come out of their groups, which is a fantastic achievement. The semi-finals will be played in the next week or two and I know they are going to do us proud whatever the result may be.  A massive effort in training has been put in by the children and teachers and it is showing on the pitch.  A big thanks to the teachers who give up their free time to facilitate this.  It wouldn’t happen without them.

Activities: We have an action packed term planned this year.  Here is a flavour of some of the events that we have planned:

BeActive Week-was held last week and it was a great success.  Children from 1st – 6th classes took part in the ‘Run around Europe’ Challenge, running laps of the school to equate the distance from Dublin to other European cities. Collectively we ran 4,393 laps! For the purpose of the exercise each lap = 1km, so we made it to Reykjavík in Iceland! Well done to all involved!

On Friday 1st – 6th class took part in the ‘Take on their Teacher’ challenge to finish off European Week of Sport. It was great fun & the teachers were put in their place!

Our Active School Committee for this year are: Grace Greene, Adam O Neill, Monique Stapleton, Emma Kane, Riann O Neill, Abbie Buggle and Conor Glennon.

Jersey Day: is on Friday 13th October.  Children are to bring in €2 which will be donated to GOAL and Adam Burke from ‘The Dream is Alive’ campaign.

Friendship week will be happening at the end of this month.  This is now an annual event in the school and it is a great opportunity to make new friends, to be kind to each other and to be thankful for the friends that we have.  There will be songs and poems learned and new friends will be made.  It will be a great week for all involved.

Literacy week will be in November.   This year we have moved the Book Fair to November.  We will also have authors, poets, readathons , dress up as a book character and  most exciting of all we will be writing and publishing our own book!  There will be more information to follow on this later.

GAA Football-Every Friday for the next couple of weeks, we have Thomas Julien training GAA football with 1st-6th Class.

Swimming: swimming was a great success with 5th &6th Class last year.  So this year we will be extending it to 3rd & 4th class.  5th & 6th will be going after Hallowe’en for a 6 week block and 3rd & 4th will be going in the Spring.  More information on this will follow shortly.

Basketball: We are currently trying to organise basketball training for Straffan NS.  All going well, we will have it up and running very soon.

Debating: 6th Class have been entered into the Kildare Debating Competition.  They have been very busy preparing topics such as Brexit and Donald Trump.  This is a great life skill and it is great that 6th Class are getting the opportunity to develop the confidence to do public speaking.

Peace Proms: As you know, 3rd-6th Class have been entered into the Peace Proms for the 1st time ever this year.  This is a very exciting event to be part of and there has been huge interest in it.  Everyone will be expected to participate fully in rehearsals in order to attend the event next Spring.  It promises to be a great event!

Uniforms: It is fantastic to see the children in their new uniforms and I have to say that they look great.  A big thank you to all the parents for supporting the new uniforms, the positivity is very much appreciated.  With all the different events going on during the school year, such as GAA coaching, cycling, swimming, football matches etc, teachers needed the flexibility to decide which day PE is held.  Fitting all sporting events into a three/two week would have been very difficult especially when the P.E. hall can’t be used this year.

Arts and Crafts money of €80 is now due.  Please pay as soon as possible.  If anyone has any difficulty with this, please contact me.

After school classes will be starting up again on Tuesday Nov 7th-14th Dec for 5 weeks.  (Skip a week for PT Meetings.)You will be notified shortly with regards to registration day, which will be before Hallowe’en.

Teacher Class Day
Ms Hanlon Tin Whistle Tuesday
Mr. Keane Coding (2nd up) Thursday
Ms. Moriarty Art (3rd up) Thursday
Ms. Fahy Dance (Jnr-2nd) Wednesday
Mr. Langton Chess (3rd up) Tuesday
Ms. Carr Italian (2ndup) Tuesday
Ms. Carr German (2nd up) Wednesday
Ms. Byrne Cooking (3rd up) Wednesday
Ms. Fahy French (2nd up) Thursday

Library: Catherine Cooke has very kindly offered to catalogue all our books in our libraries.  When the new building has been completed we will hopefully have a central library for all the children to enjoy.  Thanks to Catherine for her generosity with her time to help us set this up.

Wet Mornings: During wet mornings the Junior Infants and Senior Infant classes should use the main door to enter the school. There will be yard buddies to bring your child to the correct classroom. Please leave your child at the front door. There will be teachers at the door and in the classrooms to supervise. Children from 1st-6th class should use the hall door and wait there until 9:20.

Hometime: At home time, please ensure that your children are not left unattended or are running around the school yard.  They are not covered to be on the yard and teacher’s cars are parked around the back of the school and they may need to leave the school grounds at 3pm.  Also please ensure that the disabled car space is left free for those who need it.

Christmas FM: Arthur McGauran has been in the school to record sound bites for Christmas FM.  He spoke to a selection of children from Junior Infants-2nd Class.  Make sure to listen out for Straffan when the time comes!  Thanks to Arthur for thinking of including us.

Sacraments: First Holy Communion will be on 19th May at 10am and 12pm. First Penace is on 19th February 2018.  The masses will be as follows:

10am Mass: Ms. Moran’s  Class. 

12pm Mass: Ms Carr’s Class. 

Confirmation: is on 22nd March at 2pm.  Service of Light date to be confirmed.

Parent Teacher Meetings will be held on Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd November.

School Closure: Monday 22nd of January 2018, the school will be closed to facilitate training on the New Primary Language Curriculum.

Variety Show: Don’t forget Saturday 7th Oct at 7pm in Straffan Community Hall.  Tickets on the door.  Should be a great night!

Again, I want to thank all the staff for all their hard work so far this year.  The school would be a shell without the dedicated, energetic, hard-working and conscientious staff that work here.   Every single child’s needs are catered for to the best of our ability.  The children of Straffan are truly very lucky to have such wonderful teachers, and a fantastic secretary in Karen and a dedicated caretaker in Mick.

As always, my door is always open.  Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.

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