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June 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2018

UPCOMING SCHOOL CLOSING

Closing for Summer Holidays:                     Thursday, June 28th at 12 noon.

School re-opening:                                       Thursday, August 30th at 9.20a.m.

Calendar for School year 2018/19 accompanying this Newsletter.      

CLASS GROUPINGS 2018/2019

The sixteen class groupings and teacher for 2018/19 are as follows:

Class 1        Junior Infants                –        Mr. Tadhg Morley

Class 2        Junior Infants                –        Ms. Cashman

Class 3        Senior Infants                –        Mrs. Cremin

Class 4        Senior Infants                –        Ms.  Doyle

Class 5        First Class                     –        Ms. O’Neill

Class 6        First Class                     –        Ms. O’Connor

Class 7        Second Class                 –        Ms. Downing

Class 8        Second Class                 –        Ms. O’Dwyer

Class 9        Third Class                    –        Mrs. O’Connell

Class 10      Third Class                    –        Ms. Laffey

Class 11      Fourth Class                  –        Ms. Healy

Class 12      Fourth Class                  –        Ms. Spillane

Class 13      Fifth Class                     –        Mr. O’Sullivan

Class 14      Fifth Class                     –        Mrs. Lucey

Class 15      Sixth Class                    –        Mr. Hussey

Class 16      Sixth Class                    –        Mr. Devane

REPORT CARDS

Parents will shortly be receiving a Report Card giving details of their child’s progress during the school year 2017/18.

BOOK LISTS/RENTAL SCHEME

Following a lot of work and planning a comprehensive Book Rental Scheme is now operating in St John’s N.S. and a large number of books are available for rent.

Each book can be rented for €3 – €5 per year and is then returned to the school at the end of the school year in June. We encourage you to participate in this Rental Scheme as it will serve to reduce the overall back to school costs. You will have received your child /children’s Booklist for the school year 2018/19 during the past few days. Class Booklists will also be available on our website www.stjohnskenmare.ie Once you have decided on books you wish to rent please put all Book Rental Money in an envelope marked “Book Rental” and give to class teacher.

Please include name of child and books you wish to rent.

Please note lost or damaged rented books or library books will incur a fee.

ARTS / CRAFTS / PHOTOCOPYING / INSURANCE

The school fee for Arts, Crafts, Photocopying and Insurance will be collected by the class teacher in September.   

A family fee structure is in place and charges of €25 for 1 pupil, €40 for families with 2 pupils, €55 for families with 3 pupils and €65 for families with 4 or more pupils.

UNIFORM  

By now all the uniform order forms are being processed and will be available for you to collect on distribution day Thursday, August 16th  and Friday, August 17th from 12.00 noon – 5.00p.m. in Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine.

Please note shirts, trousers, skirts and pinafores are now available in the main department stores at competitive prices.

Please be conscious of our Uniform Policy when purchasing school footwear during the summer period.  On designated P.E. days, pupils are allowed to wear their school tracksuit and regular runners.

On all other school days, pupils are expected to wear their full school uniform with black/dark footwear.  We kindly ask you to respect this policy in the interest of uniformity and an effort to minimise competitiveness in relation to coloured/ designer sports footwear. As the majority of schools operate this policy Department Stores are offering competitive prices on regular school and sports footwear.

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to teachers, Fiona O’Mahony, Grace Healy, Joanne Cashman and Mona Cremin on the birth of their new babies during the school year 2017/18.

SUMMER CAMP

St. John’s N.S. Summer Camp runs from 2nd to 6th July 2018 catering for pupils from

2nd – 6th class. Activities include Basketball, Badminton, Boules, Futsal Soccer, Tennis, Pitch and Putt, Rounders, Rugby, Spike ball, Table Tennis, Cycling, Orienteering, Arts and Crafts and Science Activities.

The cost is €60 per week. Reductions for families.

Application forms available from the school with further information on Facebook page: St John’s Summer Camp.

ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME

We are currently coming to the end of our two year Erasmus+ Project entitled ‘Euro Trading, Young Entrepreneurs on the Move’.  The project was a great success and upskilled our students in the areas of entrepreneurship and creativity.  Throughout the two years, the children were given the opportunity to travel to our five partner countries, Spain, Greece, Germany, England and Poland as well as forming Pen Pal relationships with children of these Nationalities.  They also came to visit St. John’s National School in March where we taught them about our customs and traditions.  We were proud to show off the beautiful landscape of Kenmare as well as showcasing performances from our many talented students at our school concert.

As the Project comes to a close, we reflect upon the many positive skills that we learned throughout the Programme.  Our pupils developed creative skills and entrepreneurial abilities as well as learning how to research, discuss, negotiate and make decisions.  ICT Skills were enhanced and opportunities for communication between partner countries was encouraged.  Life long friendships were made while learning first hand what is involved in setting up and running a business.

The project was a great success thanks to our wonderful students, helpful parents and supportive Community.

DISCOVERY PRIMARY SCIENCE AND MATHS

St. John’s N.S. has been awarded the Discovery Primary Science and Maths Award of (STEM) Excellence 2018.  Pupils in each class engaged in STEM activities and workshops throughout the year, which contributed to the improvement of skills including critical thinking, analyzing, estimating, measuring, fair testing and recording.  This is a great achievement for our school.  Congratulations to all!

WEBSITE / FACEBOOK PAGE

We hope that we have been keeping you well updated with happenings in St. John’s N.S. on our new look website and Facebook page.  Keep an eye especially on our recent events section which give details of events as they happen including photos.  A special word of thanks to our website coordinator, Roisín O’Sullivan for all her hard work in recording and uploading all the information and photos.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION

The Parents Association would like to thank all the parents who so kindly donated toys and books to the school.  These items were very appreciated and will be of huge benefit to the school for our wet day playboxes and our school libraries.

TEXT-a-PARENT

We would appreciate if any new or changed numbers are forwarded to the school for ‘text-a-parent’ purposes.

 

Best wishes to the 42 – 6th Class girls and boys who are leaving us.

On behalf of all the Staff, I wish you all a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer.

Thank you all once again for your help and co-operation.

Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

Denis Courtney,

Principal & Staff.


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Erasmus+ Trip to Spain May 2018

In May, Conor Adams, Rachel O’Sullivan, Ger McCarthy and Nicole Cooney travelled to Igualada in Spain as part of our Erasmus+ Project.  Here are their personal reports from their trip.  

Spain Reports Erasmus May 2018


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April 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER – April 2018

Upcoming School Closings:

Closing:              Friday, May 4th at 12 noon to facilitate staff in-service

Closed:                Monday, May 7th to Friday, May 11th  – Mid-term

Closed:                Friday, May 25th – Referendum

Closed:                Monday, June 4th – Public Holiday

Closing:              Thursday, June 28th at 12 noon – Summer Holidays

Full calendar for the school year 2018/19 to be included with Summer Newsletter.

Traffic Management:

Many thanks once again to all those who co-operate with our set down and collection procedures, traffic warden signals and school bus clearways.

Unfortunately, a number of parents are regularly using the staff car park as a set down and collection area. We are very concerned that parents using the staff car park may be the cause of a serious accident.

We would also like to draw your attention to new traffic calming measures, which have been completed in Railway Road in recent weeks. Please reduce your speed as you approach the new ramp located at the pedestrian crossing outside the school.

We would like to thank Kerry County Council for completing the works and hope that the measure will enhance the safety of our pupils and school community.

Appointment System:

Please be reminded that an Appointment System is in place for parents who wish to meet with a teacher. This appointment must be made at the school office. All items to be delivered to pupils should also be done through the school office. Please keep delivery of items to pupils to a minimum so that classes are not interrupted on a regular basis.

Sacrament of Confirmation:

Thirty-one girls and boys in 6th class received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, February 27th in Holy Cross Church, Kenmare. The pupils took part in a four-week parish programme called “You Shall Be My Witness” in conjunction with their classroom preparation.  Many thanks to the class teachers,

Mr. James Devane and Mr. Ronan Hussey, for all their hard work in preparing the candidates. Huge thanks also to the School Choir made up of pupils from senior classes, director Ms. Órnait Ní Loingsigh and organist Ms. Peggy Healy for enhancing the ceremony with wonderful singing and music.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion and Reconciliation:

Congratulations to the girls and boys in Second Class who received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 13th. These pupils are now preparing for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion with their parents and teachers. The pupils have been taking part in the ‘Do this in Memory of Me’ parish programme since October 2017. The First Holy Communion Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 5th at 10.30a.m. in Holy Cross Church.

Our School Playground: 

Our new school playground has been up and running since October and has been a huge hit with the children!  The playground, which is used primarily by the school’s ASD Class, is also timetabled for use by other classes to ensure maximum enjoyment by all the children.  This year, we hope to extend the playground by finishing off the unused space with tarmacadam and creating a flowerbed and sensory area.  The playground is an invaluable asset to our school and we are again so grateful to the community for your continued support.  Thank you.   

Erasmus+ Project: 

 In March 2018, 22 students and 13 teachers from England, Poland, Germany, Greece and Spain came to visit our school as part of an Erasmus+ Project.  This Project entitled ‘Eurotrading, Young Entrepreneurs on the Move’ is a two year programme which aims to explore entrepreneurship, creativity and connections between a variety of European countries.  The visitors became part of our school for the week and learned about our customs and traditions.  They viewed the beautiful landscape of Kenmare and the surrounding areas and saw performances from our many talented students at our school concert.  There are a lot of people we would like to thank for making the week such a success.  These include Local Entrepreneurs Margaret McCarthy and Benoit Lorge for their wonderful workshops, Local Historian Dónal Sleator for his informative tour of Kenmare, Bernie O’Sullivan, Joanne Cashman, Peggy Healy and Maria Laffey for their work in organising both concerts, Vinnie and Mo at Wild Derrynane for their amazing tour and Kenmare Marketing and Events Group, Romi Curran for her Art Workshop, Deputy Mayor of Killarney John Joe Culloty for his tour of the Killarney area and the staff and students of St. Johns for organising events and hosting students in their classrooms.  Finally, we would most especially like to thank the parents and students who took the children in for the week.  We really appreciate the effort you went to in doing so.  The children were all so happy and well looked after all week and we are truly grateful for your kindness!   

This May, we will continue the project by travelling to the next host country, Spain.  The students chosen to represent Ireland are Nicole Cooney, Rachel O’Sullivan, Conor Adams and Gerald McCarthy.  We know they will do a remarkable job in representing our school and we wish them all the best on this excursion! 

New and Used Clothes Collection:

New and used Clothes Collection will take place on Thursday, May 24th.  Bags should be dropped in to school by Wednesday, May 23rd.

Time to do that Spring clear out!  Funds from bag collection are used to contribute to payment for transport to school events and matches.

Acceptable Items: Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, household textiles i.e. curtains, towels, shoes, handbags, belts.

Cannot Accept: Mobile phones, laptops, dirty or wet clothing, duvets, pillows, mats, carpets, books.

We appreciate all your support.

Parents Association Fundraising Events:

The school would like to thank the Parents Association for all their support and fundraising initiatives throughout the year and look forward to their continued support and to working with them again in the next school year.

In the past couple of weeks, all children in the school have had an opportunity to participate in a series of Lego Learning workshops, which were funded through initiatives organised by the Parents Association. These workshops are a fantastic way of engaging children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.

The Parents Association will help to support the schools ‘Wet Day Playboxes’ initiative. The school has recently purchased extra games and equipment for all classes to ensure that all children are engaged in fun and education activities in the classroom during lunchtimes when it is too wet to play outside. The Parents Association are asking all parents to donate any unwanted toys or games that your children have outgrown to the school so that our  wet day play boxes will continue to be well resourced.

Any donations will be greatly appreciated and can be dropped to the school any morning of the week commencing May 14th. A reminder will be issued closer to the date.

Finally, the Parents Association will host their annual fundraising Monster Raffle and Coffee morning in the school in June (date to be confirmed). They are grateful to all the local prize sponsors in the past and look forward to their continued support and generosity for this year’s coming raffle. We hope all parents will support this fundraising event by attending the coffee morning and purchasing tickets. Any monies raised will continue to fund and support a variety of activities and purchases in the school.

 

 

Denis Courtney

Principal.

 


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Erasmus+ Ireland Trip March 2018

In March 2018, 22 students and 13 teachers from England, Poland, Germany, Greece and Spain came to visit our school as part of an Erasmus+ Project.  This Project entitled ‘Eurotrading, Young Entrepreneurs on the Move’ is a two year programme which aims to explore entrepreneurship, creativity and connections between a variety of European countries.  The visitors became part of our school for the week and learned about our customs and traditions.  They viewed the beautiful landscape of Kenmare and the surrounding areas and saw performances from our many talented students at our school concert.  There are a lot of people we would like to thank for making the week such a success.  These include Local Entrepreneurs Margaret McCarthy and Benoit Lorge for their wonderful workshops, Local Historian Dónal Sleator for his informative tour of Kenmare (how he remembers all those facts is incredible), Bernie O’Sullivan, Joanne Cashman, Peggy Healy and Maria Laffey for their work in organising both concerts, Vinnie and Mo at Wild Derrynane for their amazing tour and Kenmare Marketing and Events Group for organising this, Romi Curran for her Art Workshop, Deputy Mayor of Killarney John Joe Culloty for his tour of the Killarney area and the staff and students of St. Johns for organising events and hosting students in their classrooms.  Finally, we would most especially like to thank the parents and students who took the children in for the week.  We realise it is not easy to open your homes to visitors as people are so busy but we really do appreciate the effort you went to in doing so.  The children were all so happy and well looked after all week and we are truly grateful for your kindness!  The week was a great success with positive feedback from all the countries.  Thank you to all! 


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Pancake Tuesday 2018

Today we celebrated Pancake Tuesday in St. Johns! Our busy chefs were hard at work making over 400 pancakes for all the pupils and staff in the school! A big thanks to the wonderful Mrs. Curtis for returning for the day to resume her post as Pancake Chef and of course to the amazing Alanna McCarthy for her impressive culinary and organisational skills! A lot of satisfied bellies going home this evening!  Here we have some information on Pancake Tuesday!

The long build up to Easter is called Lent. The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday. ‘Shrove’ means being forgiven for wrong-doings. It happens on a different date each year depending on when Easter is. This year Shrove Tuesday is today 13 February, 2018.

Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day. Long ago this was a day for feasting and having a good time. People went to church to confess the bad things they had done and would be ‘shriven’ or forgiven before the start of Lent. As rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes.
Many people make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and in some parts of the UK run in pancake races. This custom grew up because of a legend dating from 1445. On Shrove Tuesday one woman was still making pancakes as the church bells rang. Rather than be late she took her frying pan and pancake with her.

One of the most famous pancake races is held in Olney, Buckinghamshire where women over 18 years of age, wearing a skirt, apron and head covering, have been competing for hundreds of years. They have to toss their pancake on the start line and again at the finish to prove they haven’t lost it.
In France and the United States Pancake day is called Mardi Gras which means ‘Fat’ or ‘Grease Tuesday’.


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Irish Pilgrimage Trust Charity Cake Sale February 2018

A big thanks to all of you who contributed to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust Charity Cake Sale in St. John’s today.  We were delighted to receive over €1300 as a result of your remarkable efforts!  As always, parents and students went to extraordinary lengths to bake the most beautiful and delicious cakes and treats and we are truly grateful!  This money will go towards bringing Special Needs children from all over Ireland on a trip to Lourdes!  A lovely treat this Spring!  Thank you all! 


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All Ireland Swimming Competition February 2018

Best of Luck to Anú Hayes from 5th Class who will be representing St. Johns in the All Ireland Swimming Competition in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Sunday!  Anú will be taking part in the 50m Butterfly and the 100IM which is 25m laps of each stroke.  We are very proud of you here in St. Johns Anú!  Well done and Good Luck!