March Newsletter

Nuacht – Litir:  Márta 2019  

We are  very excited to launch St. Fiachra’s Junior  school’s very first newsletter. We plan to publish a regular  newsletter to update parents about school events and important school news.

Our next newsletter will issue in April 2019!


 

Please note the following School Closures:

      St Patrick’s Day (Bank Holiday):

School closed on Friday 15th & Monday 18th March.

Easter holidays : School closed on Monday 15th April until Friday 26th April .

School re-opens on Monday 29th April @ 8.50pm

 

 

 

CHILD PROTECTION

The Children First Act has been fully signed into law with effect from  the 11th  December 2017. There are revised responsibilities and  procedures for all schools, BOM and teachers to follow when child protection concerns arise.

The B.O.M and staff of St. Fiachra’s JS has formally adopted, without modification, the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post-Primary Schools 2017’.

For Information on Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and  Welfare of Children log onto www.tusla.ie/services/ child protection.

 

 

SOCIAL PERSONAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

The Stay Safe Programme is taught in St. Fiachra’s JS in accordance with Department of Education requirements. Stay Safe lessons are currently being taught to pupils  in Senior Infants and 2nd Class.

The programme has been recently updated by the Dept.of Education and the lessons will be taught in the revised format.  Our SPHE plan is under review at present and will be available to view on or website upon completion.

 

 

Junior Infants Class Enrolment:  September 2019 

Application process for Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2019 is now closed. Offers of places have being posted to parents. Please return your acceptance slips  to the school office as soon as possible. An Information meeting for parents of incoming Junior Infants will be held in June.

 

 

Sacrament of First Penance

The sacrament of Penance  for all pupils preparing for First Holy Communion  will be on the evening of Thursday 7th  March at 6.00pm   in the Church.  Children are asked to wear their school uniforms on the evening.

 

 

Communion  Preparation

A reminder that the next ‘Do This in Memory’ Masses  are on Sunday March 3rd and on Sunday  April 14th. First Holy Communion Mass on Saturday 11th May 2019 at 11am is for the pupils in Room 19, Room 21 & Room 22. First Holy Communion Mass on Saturday 18th May 2019 at @ 11am is for the pupils in Prefab 12, Room 18 & Room 20

WORLD BOOK DAY 2019

Thursday 6th March will be celebrated in  St. Fiachra’s JS with book related events to promote the joy of reading. The theme this year is ‘Share a Story’. Ms Henry has invited the story fairy ‘Sarah Tully’ to the school this week for some story telling in Junior & Senior Infants .

All pupils will partake in DEAR time – Drop Everything and Read during the school day. The children are invited to dress up as a character from their favourite book on the day if they wish.

 

 

Cook Book fundraiser

Thank you to our wonderful parents council who organised the cook book school fundraiser over the Christmas season. We were delighted to receive the cheque to the value of 1769.50 which we are going to put  towards the  purchase of a new sound system for our school.   

We hope you are enjoying the lovely recipes.

 

Safety in the yard.

 Parents and childminders are reminded that in the interests of safety children should be supervised if in the school grounds before school until they are collected from their line by their teacher. School doors open at 8.50am and close at 9.10am when formal lessons begin.

 

Parents Council News

Why not come along to our next coffee morning. This is a free event which takes place in the Pastoral centre each month on either a Friday or a Monday from 8.50am to 10.30am and has proven to be a great success to date. Look out on Komeer for our next coffee date! 

**IMPORTANT** Address & Telephone Numbers for pupils In cases of accidents or emergencies or if your child is ill during the school day, the school must have up to date addresses and telephone numbers for all pupils. Please make sure that you update the school office as necessary.

 

Screen Awareness week/Play Pact week

 The pupils of St. Fiachra’s Junior school recently took part in the Play Pact challenge  week! The purpose of the play pact is to reduce our daily screen time and be more active in school and at home! This means spending less time on devices including: laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones and being in front of the TV. 

The pupils had great fun learning how to play new board games , playing outdoor activities such as hopscotch, chasing or hide and-seek.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Special Events for the  Pupils of St. Fiachra’s JS in March

In mid- March the school will celebrate Seachtain  na Gaeilge 2019 and pupils in all classes will enjoy a Ceolchoirm (concert) with performances from both pupils and staff in the school hall on Friday 8th March. The following week each class will take part in a Ceili Mór and get the opportunity to perform the dances they have being learning as part of the P.E ’Dance’ strand over the pastnumber of weeks. First & Second classes will be treated to a performance of ’An Cailleach Santach’ by a visiting theatre group, on March 13th. We ask that the children in these classes please bring in €2 on the day, to cover the cost of the show.

 Seachtain na Gaeilge will end with our traditional parade on Friday 15th March. Each child is invited to dress in green clothes on this day if they wish. A  special thank you to teacher Roisin Nolan, Ms Kearins & Ms O’Connor for all their hard work in preparing the children for the Ceolchoirm and Ceilí Mór.       

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 6th March is Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent in the Catholic Church.Trócaire boxes will be distributed to pupils next week and should  be returned to school the week beginning the 22nd April  for collection by Trócaire office.  Thank you to so many families for continued support each year.

             

                                 Some Irish phrases for parents                                      

Dia Dhuit (Hello) Dia is Muire duit.  

Tá fáilte romhat. (You are welcome) 

Conas atá tú? (How are you?)  

Tá mé go maith. (I am well/fine) 

Níl me go maith. (I am not well)

Tá pian í mo cheann. I have a headache

Tá pian í mo bholg. I have a pain in my tummy

Slán. Slán go fóill. (Goodbye).  

Más é do thoil é.  (Please). 

Go raibh maith agat . (Thank you)

Cad is aimn duit? (What is your name?) 

Séan is ainm dom.(My name is Sean)

Lá Fhéile Phádraig. (St Patrick’s Day). 

Bréithlá shona duit. (Happy birthday)

Go n-éiri leat (Best of luck).

Cén t-am é? (What time is it?)

Beannachtaí la Fheile Phadraig dhaoibh go leir.  (Happy St. Patricks day everyone)!

                  

STAFF NEWS

We welcome Mrs Murphy who has recently returned from leave and is currently teaching 1st class

 

 

EASTER CAMP

An Easter Camp will be run by Ms Lee & Ms Drea during the  two  weeks of the Easter holidays.

 

B.O.M

The next Board of Management meeting will take place tonight 4th March@ 7.00pm. The board will undertake  the annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

 

Sunday 31st  March 2019

A poem for Mothers Day:

4 YEARS OF AGE, My Mammy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE, My Mam knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE, My Mother doesn’t really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE, Naturally, Mother doesn’t know that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE, Mother? She’s hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 YEARS OF AGE, That old woman? She’s way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE, Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE, Before we decide, let’s get Mam’s opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE, Wonder what Mam would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE, Wish I could talk it over with Mam…..

 

NUT BASED FOODS BAN :

A reminder to all parents and pupils that NUT BASED FOODS are NOT allowed in school. There are a number of pupils who are allergic to nut products and are vulnerable to severe reactions if nuts products are in the environment. Thank you for your co-operation .

 

G.A.A Skills Coaching:

Pupils in Senior Infant Classes have started  a six week programme learning GAA skills with local GPO/Coach Sean Cleary as part of their PE  curriculum.

 

 

 

 

Focus Ireland

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our ‘Santa Dash’ on the day of the Christmas holidays.  The sum of 780 was recently lodged to Focus Ireland accounts.

 

Rules for dog owners    

Please be advised that DOGS are NOT  ALLOWED inside the school gates at any time