Monthly Archives: July 2016

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New Book Lists for 2016/2017

Book lists for 2016 / 2017 are now available on the booklist page.

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June 2016 Newsletter


Upcoming School Closings:

Closed for In-service Day for Teachers:
Closing for Summer Holidays:
School re-opening:
Monday, June 27th
Thursday, June 30th at 12 noon.
Tuesday, August 30th at 9.20a.m.



The sixteen class groupings and teacher for 2016/17 are as follows:

Class 1        Junior Infants                 –         Ms. Cashman
Class 2        Junior Infants                 –         Mrs. O’Mahony
Class 3        Senior Infants                –         Miss O’Donoghue
Class 4        Senior Infants                –         Miss Doyle
Class 5        First Class                      –         Ms. O’Connor
Class 6        First Class                      –         To be appointed
Class 7        Second Class                 –         Miss Downing
Class 8        Second Class                 –         Miss O’Dwyer
Class 9        Third Class                     –         Miss Laffey
Class 10      Third Class                     –         Mrs. O’Connell
Class 11      Fourth Class                   –         Ms. Healy
Class 12      Fourth Class                   –         Miss Spillane
Class 13      Fifth Class                      –         Mrs. Lucey
Class 14      Fifth Class                      –         Mr. O’Sullivan
Class 15      Sixth Class                     –         Mr. Devane
Class 16      Sixth Class                     –         To be appointed


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 receive your child’s/children’s booklist for the school year 2016/17 in the coming days. 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 present class teacher. Please include name of child and books you wish to rent.



By now all the uniform order forms are being processed and will be available for you to collect on distribution day Thursday, August 25th from 10.00a.m – 4.00p.m. in the school hall.

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


By now all parents should have received a Report Card giving details of their child’s progress during the school year 2015/16.


Comhghairdeas le gach duine a ghlac páirt sa chomórtas scríobhleabhar le deánaí.
Rinne gach rang sár-iarracht. Bhuaigh an scoil tríocha duaisenna sa chomórtas seo. Maith sibh go léir!


Well done to Mrs. Lucey and Miss Lynch and all the sixth class pupils who fundraised for the Kerry Hospice Society in Kenmare on June 10th


Also to all our classes who raised €612.25 for the Respite Services in the CUH research fund by having a non-uniform day “Well done to all”.


Congratulations and best wishes to teacher, Grace Healy who is getting married in July.  Best of luck to Grace and Ken!

Congratulations and best wishes to teacher, Roisín O’Sullivan who is also getting married in July.  Best of luck to Roisín and John!


St. John’s N.S. Summer Camp runs from July 4th – 22nd 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.


Teams from St. John’s N.S. have been on a winning streak lately with success in the girls Cumann na mBunscoil final with a great win over Presentation Convent Listowel to take the title.

The boys hurling team also had an impressive victory against Scoil Mhic Easmainn, Tralee and were winners in the division 2 final.

Congratulations to Amy Harrington and Mark Casey both sixth class pupils who have been selected to represent Kerry in games to be played at half-time in championship matches this summer.

Congratulations also to the pupils of St. Johns who had wonderful success in the Schools County Athletics Finals held recently in Castleisland.


Congratulations to St. Johns N.S. on achieving the Discover Primary Science Award recently. Well done to all the classes who took part in the various activities associated with the project.

Many thanks to Deputy Principal Ónait Ní Loingsigh who coordinated the Project.


The school has been awarded its Sixth Green Flag at a ceremony held recently in Cork.  The theme for award of this Green Flag was Global Citizenship and Waste Management.  Well done to the hard working school committee and co-ordinator, Miss Carrie Spillane.

We have invited Mrs. Geraldine Topham, wife of the late Bill Topham, to officially raise the Green Flag at a ceremony taking place on Tuesday, 21st June.  Geraldine will also officially open a kitchen attached to our Autism room, “Bill’s Kitchen”, which is now going to be dedicated to the memory of Mr. Bill Topham who had worked on installation of appliances and lighting prior to his untimely death in January 2016.

Bill had also worked on many projects during the completion of the newly amalgamated school and subsequent extensions.  He was well liked by pupils and staff so it is fitting that our new kitchen facility is to be dedicated to him.




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


Best wishes to the 43 – 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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We have just been awarded out Sixth Green Flag  for work completed under the theme of ‘Global Citizenship: Litter and Waste’.  The theme for our sixth Green Flag was Global Citizenship Litter and Waste. We were delighted to be awarded our 6th flag in May 2016.

Citizenship most often relates to being a member of a nation state (country) but it can also relate to being a member of a union of states, like the European Union, or even to the Global population: every single one of us is a citizen of the world. Global citizenship is a moral understanding of our responsibilities and our rights in a global context.

Being a true Global Citizen indicates that we understand that ALL people have equal rights, while at the same time valuing diversity.

In addition, it means that we value the earth as very precious and as a resource upon which we all depend and should care for. The Global Citizenship Litter and Waste theme is concerned with creating knowledge and understanding about the link between environmental degradation and human rights. Students learned about sustainable development and were enabled to examine the world’s interdependency and development in a critical manner in order to create real change by acting locally, effecting a more equitable, just and sustainable globe for ALL.