News from the principal
Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas break and we look forward to the new term ahead.
We ended last term with a very enjoyable trip to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Carnew. Then we had a visit through the Heritage in schools historian, Michael Moylan who enthralled everyone with his historical facts, artefacts and tales. This was followed by a wonderful school nativity. It was a nativity with a twist and we were delighted with the results. We are so proud of all the children who were marvellous on the evening. We hope those of you who could make it also enjoyed the evening. We extend a huge thank you to all who helped out. We had some super past pupils helping in classrooms and in the hall. We were also delighted to welcome Santa on the day we closed. He visited all the classrooms and brought some games and sweets to each room. Thank you Santa!
We welcome, Maud, our new classroom assistant. Maud joins us as part of the Tús scheme and we look forward to her support and help in all the classrooms.
Our Whole School Evaluation report is now available on the Department of Education website (education.ie). A link to the report is also available under the home tab on our school website.
Parent teacher meetings with 3rd and 4th classes will take place in a couple of weeks and a rota will be circulated. The results of standardised tests, which were carried out in early November, will be shared at those meetings.
Pupils received an extra day holiday as teachers attended an in-service Day in the New Language Curriculum on Monday 6th January in Wexford Education Centre. This term will go by fast with mid-term closures on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February. Easter holidays begin on Friday 3rd April at 12.30pm.
Thank you for your on-going support and we look forward to a busy spring term here in Kilcommon N.S.
News from the Board
- We were delighted to be awarded a grant to carry out further work in the school car-park. The tender process begins this term in anticipation of works being carried out over the summer holidays.
- The board approved and presented last school year’s accounts to parents at the school AGM. School accounts are also certified annually.
- The new Board of Management will hold their first meeting in early January.
P.T.A. chairperson: Ann-Marie Langrell 0862369189
- The Christmas Armchair Quiz raised €190. Winners and answers are on the school website. We hope you enjoyed taking part and thank you for your on-going support.
- A lovely new cooker has now arrived in the school art room for class cookery and science lessons.
- A Valentine Disco and cake sale after school on 14th February to be organised. Details to follow.
This programme will start again this month and we look forward to working alongside Cathy, our creative tutor. Cathy visited 3rd-6th classes last month and together we brainstormed some ideas, some of which we look forward to putting into action very soon.
GAA with Martin
We are delighted to have a new GAA tutor. Mr Martin Ging will begin ‘skills’ lessons with all classes later this month. (3rd – 6th classes should keep gum shields in a named container in school bags for matches.)
Soccer with Jim
Mr Jim Barnes worked with pupils in 3rd and 4th last term and will be here for lessons with all other classes this term.
School Outdoor Development
The initial meeting regarding the development of the school playground, garden and outdoor area will take place on Monday 20th Jan. at 2.45pm. We would love to see you at this meeting as we aim to share ideas and begin a plan for improvements to the exterior school environment.
Details of these are on the website. Tennis continues on Monday and lego/ arts and crafts on Thursday and Friday. Ray of Sunshine afterschool care will also begin on a trial basis from the start of Feb (date tbc) and will offer care every day after school, on an ad-hoc basis. This does not replace current afterschool lessons eg If you wish, and your child attends tennis or lego, they may now go from tennis to this care as it runs until tea time each day. Leaflets were distributed before Christmas. As they are registered with the National Childcare Scheme, parents may be eligible for a grant. They will hold an information afternoon on their service on Wednesday 15th from 2.40-2.40pm.
NB The above afterschool events run independently of the school. The school premises are rented and tutors are vetted and carry their own insurance. All bookings and payments should be made directly to the tutors. Thank you.
Any family with a child starting in Kilcommon in September 2020 should contact the school office for all relevant forms a.s.a.p. The closing date for completed application forms is the 16th February.
NB Forms will automatically be sent to you if you have already contacted the office and completed ‘Intention to Apply’ forms.
We wish best of luck to 5th and 6th classes in the RDS on Friday 10th January at the B.T. Young Scientist exhibition. Their project is entitled “Can we produce home-made glue to rival commercial glues?” A separate note with details has been distributed to their families.
Credit Union Quiz
The Credit Union quiz will take place on Monday 3rd February in Scoil Naomh Íosaf, Baltinglass. We enter one team in each category (u13 and u11) and teams are chosen following an ‘in-school quiz’ which will be carried out in 3rd -6th classes over the next couple of weeks. Those who make it onto teams need to be available to travel on the night. NB There is no bus. In the past, pupils have either met at the venue or car-pooled.
Wicklow Mts National Park
We look forward to a visit from representatives from the education centre in the National Park on 14th February. These visits are always worthwhile with pupils learning all about bugs and Irish wildlife.
Pyjama and Pancake Day
This will be held on Tuesday 25th February. Pupils may wear pyjamas and dressing gowns to school. Please let the school know if you are available to help out at this event. A donation box for the National Children’s Hospital will be in school on the day.
We are participating in this year’s Green Flag. The theme is Global Citizenship: Marine Environment. We will be asking for home involvement over the next couple of months.
2nd term money now due. (€40 per family x 3 terms) On the e-payment system term money will remain as unpaid until final payment for Term 3 is made). If you need any assistance or have any queries just phone Helen in the office.
As we are half way through our school year please make sure your child’s pencil case has the following items (depending on age) named pencils, sharpeners, erasers, coloured pencils, Pritt Stick, ruler and pens.
Clothes recycling are a continuous fundraiser. So if you are ‘Spring-cleaning’ please remember to donate any unwanted clothes, shoes etc. to the school. (No duvets or pillows pls). Money from recycling goes towards subsidising some bus journeys and general school extras.
There has already been a report of head lice (in the junior room). Please check your child’s hair regularly for head lice. Fine combing (with a sheet of paper
underneath) easily shows their presence. Please treat and fine comb as necessary as re-infestation easily happens. (See HSE guide on parent page on website.)
Parish / School Events
Confirmation classes with Arch Deacon Ruth will commence on Wednesday 15th January at 3pm. The confirmation service will take place in All Saints, Carnew on Sunday April 26th (Mothering Sunday).
These will take place in Kilcommon Church on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Upcoming dates are Feb 9th, March 8th, May 10th , June 14th. As usual it would be appreciated if you could let your teacher know early in the week of the service if your children would like to participate in any way. All parents and siblings are very welcome to attend and participate.