A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward, Patrick Ryan, Fr. Roy Donovan Carole Cleary, Collette Carroll and Keith Ryan.
Policies: The following policies were ratified by the Board of Management: Visual Arts Policy, English Policy, ICT Policy and the Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Copies of these policies are available from the office.
The Board also sincerely acknowledges the support of children, parents and members of the school community who helped raise €2,586 for the school on our recent annual sponsored walk.
Staffing Schedule: Next year the staffing schedule will be as follows;
Junior and Senior Infants – Ms. Aoife Butler
1st & 2nd class – Ms. Marie Mulcahy
3rd & 4th class – Mr. Patrick Ryan
5th & 6th class – Mr. Eoin Maloney
Special Education Teacher: Ms. Sonya McKeon
Special Education Teacher: Ms.Carole Cleary
Special Education Teacher (part-time): Ms. Grace Jones
Attendance: Ms.Natalie Heaslip from TUSLA visited our school recently. She spoke to the children about the importance of coming to school on time and attending as often as possible. She will be returning in September 2018 to meet parents of pupils who have missed more than 20 days at school this year. If your child is absent please send a written note to his/her class teacher explaining the reason for the absence.
School Tours: Junior and Senior Infants had a fantastic time in Shannon Leisure Centre this year and 5th and 6th also had a great day out at Ardnacrusha Power station followed by a game of Foot-golf. They were blessed with fine weather. 1st & 2nd classes are going to Cragganowen and Kidstown Adventure Centre this Friday, while 3rd & 4th classes are going to Ardnacrusha Power station and Foot-golf next week. We hope they have a super day and that the sun shines down!
Sports Day: Many thanks to the Parents Association for providing a bouncy castle for the children’s enjoyment on Sports Day. Thanks also to the Millennium Centre for the use of their facilities.
Dates for your Diary: Pupils will return to school on Thursday 30th August. Please ensure that they come to school with all their books and copies as per the booklist on their first day. Booklists are published on the school website.
Graduation: Eight pupils will be moving on to post-primary school this year from Caherconlish N.S. we will miss all of them as they all played a special role in the spirit of the school during their time here. Best of luck in the future to you all!
Family Dun Day Fundraiser: Caherconlish N.S. will be having a fundraiser in the Millennium Centre on 7th October 2018. Please bear this in mind if you come across anything during the Summer holidays that would be useful for the bric-a-brac and jumble sale. If you have any items to donate such as bric-a-brac, toys, furniture etc. (No books) please contact Ashlinn Ryan (087 9061809) or Nancy Lane (086 4088485).
STEM: Caherconlish N.S. continues to develop its STEM projects each year. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. We recently received our 2018 Discover Science and Maths award for a presentation on all the work that has been done in the school in this area. Well done to everyone involved.
Arts Council Grant: The school has recently won a grant for €2000 to put towards the development of Arts Education. Arts Education includes the subjects Visual Arts, Music and Drama.
Tidy Towns: Caherconlish N.S. were delighted to be able to fundraise in the school to support the hard work and dedication of the Tidy Towns Committee. One day a week for the last four weeks we have had a special day to fundraise. These special days were an ice-cream day, board games and movie day, crazy hair day and a jersey day. In total we raised 550 euro for the Tidy Towns committee.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of the BOM and staff of the school to thank you for all your support throughout the year.
17 May 2018
Confirmation: Congratulations to all the boys and girls in 5th and 6th class who were confirmed yesterday by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly. Well done to Mr Maloney and all who were involved in such a special occasion.
Drugs Awareness: Limerick Youth Service are hosting two Drug Awareness Information evenings on Tuesday 22nd May and Tuesday 29th May from 7pm to 8.30pm in the Castleoaks Hotel. All parents are invited to attend. Pupils in 6th class may attend with their parents also.
Grow Your Own Ireland: Caherconlish NS have won €500 in the Grow Your Own Ireland competition. This money will be used to develop our school garden.
Jersey Day: Reminder: Pupils are permitted to wear a jersey of their choice to school on Friday 18th May. Pupils are asked to bring €2 per family which will be donated to Caherconlish Tidy Towns Committee. (If pupils don’t have a jersey, coloured top will suffice).
Sponsored Walk: Our annual Sponsored Walk will take place on Monday 18th June at 7pm. Sponsorship cards will be sent home in the coming days. This year’s proceeds will be used to buy educational equipment for the pupils of our school. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Family Fun Day: The Family Fun Day will take place this year on Sunday 7th October in the Millennium Centre. If you have any items to donate such as bric-a-brac, toys, furniture etc. (No books) please contact Ashlinn Ryan (087 9061809) or Nancy Lane (086 4088485). Alternatively items can be dropped into the school. Thanks for your continued support.
We are delighted to announce that the Book Fair has returned to Caherconlish NS. It will be at the school from Thursday 10th May until Wednesday 23rd May. Pupils will get a chance to purchase books of their choice and the school will also benefit.
The new furniture has arrived and has been installed in all the classrooms. It looks great.
Service of Light:
Well done to all the boys and girls in 5th & 6th class who participated in the Service of Light last night. The Service of Light is another step on their Confirmation journey. The Confirmation will take place on Wednesday 16th May at 11am in Caherconlish Church.
PLEASE NOTE: School is open for everyone else who is not attending the Confirmation Ceremony.
Standardised testing (Micra T and Sigma T) from 1st – 6th class will take place between 29th May and 31st May. Please ensure your child is present on those days.
Tidy Towns Fundraiser:
We plan to raise some funds for the local Tidy Towns Committee who do great work in keeping our community clean and tidy. With this in mind we will hold the following fundraisers over the next few weeks. A contribution of €2 per family per day is the recommended donation.
Friday 18th May – Jersey Day
Thursday 24th May – Crazy Hair Day
Thursday 7th June – Board Games and Movie day
Friday 15th June – Ice Cream Day (Details to follow)
A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently.
Policies: The following policies were ratified by the Board of Management:
- Sports Day Policy
- Extra Curriculur Sport
- Swimming Policy
- Student Teacher Placement Policy
- Supervision Policy
Copies of these policies are available from the office.
Curriculum: From September 2018, there will be full implementation of all strands of the new Primary Language Curriculum from Junior Infants to 2nd class.
Coaching: Mike Boland is continuing hurling coaching on Mondays.
Literacy Lift Off: The Board would like to thank all the teachers who are involved in the Literacy Lift Off Programme for their hard work in setting up such an initiative.
Confirmation: The Confirmation takes place Wednesday 16th May at 11am in Caherconlish Church. The Ceremony of Light is on Wednesday 9th May at 8.30pm in Caherline Church.
Communion: The Board would like to thank everyone who was involved with Ms Mulcahy in making the Communion Day such a success. Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion recently. You were a credit to the School!
Biodiversity/ CraftED: Pupils from 3rd & 4th class enjoyed a fantastic workshop about pollination, and 1st & 2nd class are really enjoying the CraftED Programme.
Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming to the school on Wednesday 9th May for a week.
Túsla: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to Túsla, the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child’s attendance record.
Annual Sponsored Walk: Our annual sponsored walk will take place on Monday 18th June at 7pm.Sponsor cards will be distributed to pupils in the coming weeks. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Mackey Cup: Congratulations to Tom Carroll for making the East Limerick Hurling Team.
Tidy Towns Fundraisers: The pupils in Caherconlish NS recognise the enormous work that the local Tidy Towns Committee do. With this in mind, the pupils will be organising some fun fundraisers in the weeks ahead to raise money for the Tidy Towns. The first fundraiser is a Jersey Day, which will be held on Friday 18th May (Limerick play Tipperary on Sunday 20th). €2 per family is the recommended donation.
School Year: Caherconlish NS will reopen after the Summer break on Thursday 30th August at 9am. Next years calendar is available on the schools website: www.caherconlishns.ie
Dates to Remember:
School will close this Friday and next Monday for the Bank Holiday. We are also closed for the referendum on Friday 25th May.
Sports Day: Thursday 21st June (weather dependent)
Graduation Mass: Wednesday 20th June at 11.30am.
Infant Induction Day: Tuesday 12th June at 2pm.
Wednesday 23rd May – 5th/6th School Tour
Friday 8th June – Infants School Tour
Friday 22nd June – 1st/2nd School Tour
Monday 25th June – 3rd/4th School Tour
Weather: As the weather is set to improve (hopefully), please ensure all jumpers and jackets are labelled. Children may wear navy shorts is fine weather.
Seachtain na Gaeilge: We will be celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge this Thursday 22nd March in the school. We will have a Céilí and Tráth na gCeist. Pupils can wear Green/White/Gold on the day.
Child Protection: The Board of Management and Staff recently completed its Child Safeguarding Statement, which replaces the Child Protection Policy previously required. The Statement and Risk Assessment is on the school website under the policies section.
Cash for Clobber: Many thanks to everyone who assisted with our Used Clothes Collection. We had a huge response and raised €332. Go raibh maith againbh.
School Self Evaluation: As part of our School Self-Evaluation Process, can you please complete the attached forms and return to your child’s class teacher.
Communion Choir: Ms. McKeon is busy preparing the school choir for First Holy Communion. Can you please put a note in your child’s journal granting them permission to sing at the Communion on Saturday 21st April at 11am. We would be very grateful to any pupils from 1st to 6th class for their participation in the school choir.
Easter Raffle: Our Parents Association have arranged a raffle for an Easter Hamper. Tickets are €2 each and can be bought from Aislinn Crofton Ryan or Maria in the office.
School Staff: Many thanks for Ms. Lucy Butler who has been teaching with us since September. Sadly, she is returning to Knockea full time. We wish her the very best. We will welcome Ms. Grace Jones on Thursday who will be replacing Ms. Butler.
Craft-ed Programme: We are delighted to welcome Fergus Grant Stevenson who will be working with 1st and 2nd class over the next few weeks. He is a local jewellery maker and silversmith who will be teaching the children all about working with metals.
Easter Holidays: School will close this Friday 23rd March at 12 noon and will reopen Monday 9th April.
World Book Day: Caherconlish N.S. will celebrate World Book Day on Friday 2nd March. Pupils are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from a book on that day.
Hurling: Best of luck to the boys in 3rd & 4th class who play in the East Limerick Hurling Final tomorrow at 12.45 in the Millennium Centre.
First Confession: Ms Mulcahy and the boys and girls in 2nd class are preparing for their First Confession which will take place on Thursday 1st March at 7pm.
Used Clothes Collection: To date, over seventy bags have been dropped into the school. You can still drop bags in to school. The bags will all be collected on Friday 2nd March. Thank you for your support.
Child Protection: The Department of Education have directed all schools to close for one days training in the new Child Protection Guidelines. Caherconlish N.S. will be closed on Friday 9th March to facilitate this staff straining.
School Photographs: If you wish to purchase school photographs please return the completed pack by Wednesday 28th February.
Holidays: School will be closed on Monday 19th March (Bank Holiday) and from 26th March to 6th April inclusive for Easter Holiday.
Swimming: Swimming lessons for all pupils from 3rd to 6th will begin on Friday 16th March. Please pay for this by Friday 9th March if it has not already been paid.
A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently.
New Furniture: The school has been fortunate to secure a DES grant to purchase new school furniture. We will be replacing tables and chairs for the students. The new furniture will give a new lease of life to our already colourful classrooms.
Child Protection: The BOM recently carried out a Risk Assessment and completed a Child Safe-Guarding statement as a result of new child protection guidelines coming into place on 11th of March this year. To facilitate staff training in this matter the school will be closed on Friday 9th of March.
Confirmation Preparation: A meeting will be held for the parents and children making their confirmation on Wednesday 28th February at 8pm in the Millennium Centre. Cora Guinnane will address the meeting.
Enrolments: The school is now accepting enrolment applications for the school year 2018-2019. Please contact the school if you are interested in enrolling a student or to obtain an enrolment form or any further details.
Literacy Lift Off: The BOM has granted funds for the purchase of books for the Literacy Lift Off scheme for the school. This is an early intervention (senior infants-2nd class) that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing. This is a very worthwhile programme given by trained staff members that will be of benefit to all students taking part.
Thanksgiving Mass: A Thanksgiving mass will take place on Saturday the 24th of February at 1pm in the Millennium centre. This was organised by the ever-thoughtful Nancy Lane, in order to give thanks for the safety of all the students from St. John the Baptist school, that were recently involved in a serious bus crash on the way to school. As many of the students involved were former students of Caherconlish N.S, we also give thanks for their safety and wish all of them a speedy recovery.
Used Clothes Collection Reminder (Change of date): We are having a Used Clothes Collection on Friday 2nd March. Please bring any unwanted clothes (clean, dry and reusable), paired shoes, trainers (tied), handbags, belts or bedclothes (not quilts or pillows) in bags to the school hall this week.
Social Media: Caherconlish N.S. is constantly updating our Facebook page, Twitter and website with lots of photos and information about events happening in the school. Keep up to date by logging in to keep informed of any upcoming and special events we have planned.
Sports: Swimming lessons for all students from 3rd-6th classes will begin on Friday 16th March at UL Swimming Pool and will continue for six weeks.
Well done to the boys who won the first round of the Cumann na mBunscol East Indoor Hurling League. They did us proud!! Michael Boland has returned to coach hurling to all classes. He encourages all students interested in hurling to go to training and join their local club. Medium size Micro helmets can be purchased from Mr.Ryan in school at a reduced rate of €30.
Art competition: Best of luck to our winners in the County Games Art Competition who will compete in the upcoming County Final.
Engineers week: Engineers Week is taking place from the 24th Feb to 2nd March. There will be lots of fun challenges in each classroom to help create a positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession in our students.
Grandparents Day: Well done to all the boys and girls in Junior and Senior Infants and their teacher Ms. Butler for organising a very special day to celebrate Grandparents and the role they play in a child’s life. They were invited into a very special assembly where the infants sang songs and said poems, they got a tour of the infant classroom and were able to check out all the hard work being done by their grandchildren in school, topped off with a cup of tea and a bun! Thanks to all involved for their hard work and time, especially the Parents Association.
STEM: Well done to 5th and 6th class and their teacher Mr.Maloney and all that helped, for an outstanding presentation of their science experiment in Mary Immaculate College as part of the RDS Young Scientists Exhibition.
Pancake Tuesday: Thanks to the Parents Association, Eilish and Ger for their help in making this Pancake Tuesday a great success, and to all the students for donating €135 to Trócaire for our Lenten Campaign.
29th January 2018
School Photographs: The School Photographer will come to the school on Thursday 1st February. Consent forms have been sent home. Individuals, families and class photographs of Junior Infants will be available to purchase.
Parents Association: The AGM of the Parents Association was held recently. Mr Ryan thanked the outgoing committee and their helpers for all the great work they have done in recent times. The new officers on the committee are: Chairperson – Aisling Crofton, Secretary – Emma Miniter, Treasurer – Maria Foley.
Credit Union Quiz: Best of luck to our two teams who have entered into the Annual Credit Union Quiz.
Used Clothes Collection: Our Annual Used Clothes Collection will take place at the end of February. Bags can be dropped to the school from Monday 19th February.
Grandparents Day: We are delighted to announce that Junior and Senior Infants will be celebrating Grandparents Day by inviting Grandparents of pupils in the Junior and Senior Infants to the school on Wednesday 14th February. Further details to follow from the class teacher.
Midterm Break: The School will be closed on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February for mid-term.
Parking: It has come to our attention that people are parking in front of empty car parking spaces in the morning before school. In the interest of people who would like to use the spaces for which they are intended, please discontinue this practice.
Hurling Training: Hurling training for 3rd to 6th classes will begin Tuesday from 3pm to 3.45pm in the Millennium Centre. Camogie training will start shortly. Mike Boland will be doing hurling training at school on Mondays from 5th February.
Pancake Tuesday: Pancake Tuesday will take place on Tuesday 13th February. As is tradition in Caherconlish NS, pupils are requested to bring in pancakes. The Parents Association will heat up and distribute the pancakes to the children during the day. Please being in €2 per family which will go towards our Trócaire Lenten Campaign.
15th January 2018
Parents Association Annual General Meeting: The AGM of the Parent’s Association will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th January in the school. All are welcome.
Assistant Principal: Ms. Sonya Mc Keon has recently been appointed to the new position of Assistant Principal II in our school. We wish her well in her new position. She will be joining Mr. Ryan (Principal) and Ms. Mulcahy (Deputy Principal) as part of the in-school’s management team.
RDS Primary Science Exhibition: We are delighted to be taking part in the RDS Young Scientists Exhibition again this year. It will take place in Mary Immaculate College on Friday 19th January. Caherconlish NS will have a stand at the exhibition. Mr. Maloney and his class have been working very hard on this project for the last few months. Feel free to come and view our exhibit which will be on display from 9.30 to 2pm in Mary Immaculate College.
Flu Virus: The staff and pupils in the school are taking precautions to prevent the spread of flu in the school. Information from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre of the HSE for teachers, parents and pupils on reducing the risk of spreading influenza in schools can be found here.
Enrolments: We are now taking names for pupils intending to enrol in the school in September 2018. If you need an enrolment form or know of someone else who is intending to send their child to Caherconlish N.S. , contact Maria in the office (061- 351844) or email email@example.com
Dance Lessons: We are very grateful to Nancy Lane who has returned has returned and is currently teaching dance to all pupils in the school.
Swimming: Swimming lessons for all pupils from 3rd to 6th will begin this year on Friday 16th March and will continue for six weeks. Further details to follow.
Green Schools: As part of our commitment to the Green Schools Programme, we will be participating in a battery recycling programme. It is called the ‘Big Battery Hunt’. Every child in the school will receive a box, in which they can collect batteries for recycling. The batteries can then be bought to the school. Schools and individuals who collect batteries will be eligible to win prizes.
15th December 2017
A Board of Management meeting took place recently in Caherconlish NS.
We are delighted to have learned that the school has been selected to take part in the CRAFTed Programme for Primary schools.
Christmas Concert: This year’s Christmas concert will take place in the Millennium Centre on Thursday 14th December at 7pm.The children are so excited about participating and have been practicing very hard. Thanks to those who have been so generous in sponsoring spot prizes for the raffle and to those who sold tickets.
Santa Visit: The Parent’s Association have organised Santa Claus to come to the school on Wednesday 20th. Pupils will get their class photo taken with Santa Claus and these photos will be put on school website.
Parent’s Association AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Parent’s Association will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th January 2018.
Contacts: It is important that the school has at least three telephone contact numbers for parents/ guardians of pupils in school. Sometimes we cannot get in touch with people if a child is sick and a telephone number has been changed. These might be a grandparent or some other relation who can be contacted during school hours . It is advisable to email these three contact names and numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Literacy Lift Off: The BOM of Caherconlish NS has approved funding for the purchase of Literacy Lift Off resources from BOM funds. Literacy lift off is a whole class intervention aimed at increasing each child’s competency in oral language, reading and writing. It is a six week programme which will be implemented in 2018 in the lower and middle classes. There are four elements in the lesson which involves station teaching. It includes
- Familiar reading
- Word work
- New book
We hope that this programme will lead to an increase in literacy levels in the school. The children are actively involved and it will be an enjoyable experience for them which will increase their confidence in literacy and enable them to access other areas of the curriculum. Staff have also signed up for training in this very worthwhile programme.
Swimming: 3rd to 6th class will be going swimming in UL mid March for 6 weeks (with a break for Easter holidays). More information to follow in the New Year.
Child Protection: The BOM are aware of the new Child Protection Guidelines for schools which came into effect on Monday 11th December 2017. We will be reviewing our Child Protection Policy and providing staff with training in due course.
Shows: 3rd to 6th class went to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the Lime Tree Theatre on Friday 1st December. On Friday 15th December Juniors to 2nd class will be going to Friars Gate Theatre in Kilmallock to see Little Miss Muffet’s Christmas Caper.
Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc. is on the website www.caherconlishns.ie . Check in on Twitter @caherconlishns to keep yourself informed on school news and our new facebook page Scoil Cathair Chinn Lis
In-Service Training Day – New Curriculum Thursday 11th January. School will be closed on the day.
Finally, on behalf of the BOM and staff of the school, I would like to wish everybody a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and to thank all the dedicated staff of our school for all their hard work in the last twelve months.
(Secretary Board of Management).
4th December 2017
Christmas Concert: Our Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday 14th December at 7pm in the Millennium Centre. The children are getting really excited about this at the moment.
Christmas Raffle: We will be holding a Christmas Raffle on the night of the Christmas Concert. We would be delighted if your family could sell some tickets on behalf of the school, and return any money and ticket stubs to the school before Thursday 14th December. We will be accepting donations of spot prizes. These can be dropped into the school. Currently, all our fundraising goes towards purchasing educational equipment for the pupils of our school.
New Primary Language Curriculum: All the teachers in Caherconlish N.S. will be attending In-Service training on Thursday 11th January 2018. As a result, there will be no school on that day.
Christmas Closing: School will close at 12 noon on Friday 22nd December and re-open on Monday 8th January 2018.
Winners: Congratulations to the winners of our recent SEAI competition.
Parents Association – AGM: Date to be announced.
Please check the school website www.caherconlishns.ie, follow us on twitter @CaherconlishNs or on facebook ‘Scoil Cathair chinn lis’ to keep yourself informed of school news.
Cake Sale: Many thanks to everyone who supported our recent Cake Sale. It was a huge success which raised €412. Thanks to the Parent’s Association for organising same.
Christmas Cards: Proof of the Christmas Cards that the children designed are being sent home today. If you would like to order cards. Wrapping paper, gift tags etc. please return the money to the school on or before Wednesday 22nd November.
Folens Christmas Annuals: If you would like to purchase a Folens Christmas Annual, please give €3 to your child’s class teacher on or before Wednesday 22nd November.
Parent/Teacher Meetings: The majority of Parent/Teacher meetings will take place next week. This is an important time for you to meet with your child’s class teacher and find out how he/she is progressing at school. If you cannot attend at the appointed time, please contact Maria(secretary) or class teacher ASAP.
Halloween Break: Reminder, school will close at the normal time on Friday 27th October for midterm break. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday. School will reopen on Monday 6th November.
Cake Sale: The Parents Association have organised a cake sale which will take place on Sunday 29th October after 11am mass in the school. Cakes and buns etc. can be dropped into the school from 10am.
Dress up Day and Cheerios Breakfast Morning:Pupils are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes on Friday 27th October. We are asking each family to contribute €2 for our Childline Cheerios Breakfast Morning.
Nut Allergy: All classes will be having a Halloween party on Friday. Pupils may bring in some treats. Please ensure no nuts or food containing nut products are bought to school as we have a pupil in Senior Infants with a severe nut allergy.
Parent Teacher Meetings: Parent/Teacher meetings will take place on the week beginning Monday 20th November. Your child’s class teacher will be in touch with you regarding a time and date after the Halloween break.
Caherconlish Caherline Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) Group: Caherconlish/Caherline SEC are running a poster competition to raise awareness of the sustainable Energy Project that us currently underway in the parish. Details can be found on our website and on our new facebook page scoil cathair chinn lis.
Shoebox Appeal: Flyers for the Annual Shoebox Appeal were distributed this week. Shoeboxes need to be dropped into the school before 11th November which is the week we come back to school after the mid-term break.
I wish you and your families an enjoyable Halloween break.
Board of Management newsletter – October 2017
A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward (Chairperson), Patrick Ryan, Carole Cleary, Phyllis Heelan, Collette Carroll, Patrick O’Dwyer and Keith Ryan.
The Board of Management members are: Chairperson: Julie Rayson Ward, Patron’s Nominee: Fr. Roy Donovan, Principal: Patrick Ryan, Parents Nominees: Collette Carroll and Patrick O’Dwyer, Community Nominees: Keith Ryan and Phyllis Heelan, Teachers Nominee: Carole Cleary
Curriculum: The Board ratified the Drama and Music plans.
New Primary Language Curriculum :School Year 2016/17: There will be an initial emphasis on the Oral Language/Teanga ó Bhéal strand. From September 2016, this strand will begin to be implemented for infants to second class.
School Year 2017/18 From September 2017 the Reading/Léitheoireacht and Writing/Scríbhneoireacht strands will begin to be implemented for infants to second class alongside the oral language strand.
School Year 2018/19 From September 2018, there will be full implementation of all strands from infants to second class.
School Year 2019/20 From September 2019, implementation of Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile for third to sixth class will begin.
Michelle Healy from PDST will visit the school on November 7th to discuss Maths in the school and to give advice.
Trespassers: It has come to the attention of the Board of Management that certain individuals are on the school grounds without permission in the evenings and at weekends. Damage was done to the roof recently as individuals were up on it. The CCTV has been reviewed and information has been passed on to the Garda to investigate. If you notice anyone on the premises, after school or at weekends please contact the school (061 351844) or any members of the board.
Cake and Bake Sale: The Parent’s Association will be hosting a Cake and Bake sale after 11am mass on Sunday 29th October in the school General Purpose Room. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Cakes/buns etc. can be dropped to the school after 9.30am on the day
Facebook: Caherconlish N.S. now has a Facebook page. Scoil Cathair chinn lis. Our website and twitter account is also updated regularly. We have redesigned our website www.caherconlishns.ie. Keep up to date with what we are doing and photos by going on to the website.
Special Items: We have applied for participation in the RDS Young Scientists Exhibition and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Award of Excellence again this year and will also participate in the Junior Entrepreneur programme after Christmas.
School Closure: The school will close for the Halloween break on Friday 27th October and re-open on Monday 6th November. Details of all school closures are on the school website www.caherconlishn.ie
Christmas Carol Service: Caherconlish NS will hold a Christmas Carol Service on Thursday 14th December in the Millennium Centre so save the date! Details to follow.
Parent/Teacher Meetings: Parent/Teacher Meetings will take place on the week beginning Monday 20th November. These meetings will take place outside of school hours and class teachers will be in touch closer to the time to make appointments.
Breakfast: We will be holding an ISPCC Cheerios breakfast on Friday 27th. It is a fun charity breakfast which is hosted across the country to help support the ISPCC Childline services which answers calls from children in need across Ireland 24 hours a day. We will also be doing a Halloween Fancy Dress on the same day. A suggested donation of €2 per family with all proceeds going to the ISPCC.
Bualadh Bos Writing Festival: Caherconlish NS won a free writing workshop. 3rd to 6th class will receive this Creative Writing Workshop on Friday 20th October.
I would like to report that all the Junior Infants and the other pupils who joined us this September have settled in very well and are now very much part of the school community. I would also like to welcome Ms. Lucy Butler, who is our new part-time Special Education Teacher and Eilish McGahon who is our new SNA.
Summer Works: During the Summer the Board of Management got two of the four classrooms painted and the Parents Association painted the front boundary wall of the school. Bridget did great work in cleaning the school and painting various hallways and corridors. Many thanks to all concerned.
ICT: The Board of Management purchased and installed Smart Boards in each of the four classrooms and purchased laptops and ipads for the pupils to use. This state of the art equipment will enhance the learning opportunities of the pupils of Caherconlish N.S. The monies used to purchase this equipment came from fundraising over the last two years, as well as a grant from the Department of Education and Science.
Change of Details: If you have moved home or got a new telephone number in the recent past, can you inform Maria in the office. It is vital that we are able to make contact with parents in case of emergency.
School Insurance: Optional extra school insurance is available. Please contact Maria in the office if you wish to avail of this cover. There is a form attached with details of price.
Art & Craft and Photocopying: The €25 per pupil charge (€35 for infants) for Art & Craft supplies and photocopying is now due. Families with three or more children will be asked to pay a reduced rate of €60 per family. Also any outstanding book rental monies is due.
Nut Allergy: Please be aware that a child in Senior Infants has a serious nut allergy. Please avoid bringing any type of nut to school.
Fundraiser: On Sunday 1st October (note change of date) all roads will lead to the Millennium Centre for our Family Fun Day. Your support would be greatly appreciated and all monies raised will go towards educational supplies for the pupils of our school. Your child would have got a flyer this week in school (See website for copy of same). If you have anything that you would like to donate as Spot prizes, such as unwanted gifts etc. please drop them into the school.
Credit Union: Sammy stamps are available in school every Friday. Stamps are €1 each. Saving is a great life skill and a good habit.
Hatch for Schools: On Monday 18th September we will be receiving some hen eggs which will be in an incubator. Over the next week or two, we will be able to see the eggs hatch. This should be a wonderful experience for our pupils.
Board of Management newsletter – June 2017
The Board adopted the Social, Personal and Health Education Policy as well as the RSE Policy for use in the school. The Board acknowledges the support of the children, parents and member of the school community who helped raise €2,263 for our recent annual sponsored walk.
Retirement: Rena Carroll will be retiring at the end of this school year. Rena has been working as an SNA in the school since 1999. Throughout that time she has worked extremely diligently for the pupils under her care. The Board will be making a special presentation to Rena to mark her retirement at assembly on Thursday 22nd June.
Staffing Schedule: Next year the staffing allocation will be as follows:
Junior & Senior Infants – Ms Aoife Butler
1st & 2nd class – Ms Marie Mulcahy
3rd & 4th class – Mr Patrick Ryan
5th & 6th class – Mr Eoin Maloney
Special Education Teacher – Ms Carole Cleary
Special Education Teacher – Ms Sonya McKeon
Special Education Teacher – Ms Lucy Butler (part time)
Attendance: Ms Emma Fahy from TUSLA visited our school recently. She spoke to the children about the importance of coming to school on time and attending as often as possible. If your child is absent please written a note to his/her class teacher explaining the reason for such an absence.
School Tours: Junior and Senior Infants had a fantastic time in Shannon Leisure Centre. 1st & 2nd class travelled to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park followed by Rollerjam. 3rd – 6th class went to Zipit in Farran Woods in Co Cork. It was an excellent outdoor pursuits adventure. You can see photos from these tours on our website www.caherconlishns.ie
Sports Day: Many thanks to the Parents Association for providing a bouncy castle for the children’s enjoyment on Sports Day. Thanks also to Caherconlish AFC for the use of their facilities.
Dates for your Diary: Pupils will return to school on Thursday 31st August. Please ensure that they come to school with all their books and copies as per booklist on their first day. Booklists are published on our school website.
Graduation: Eighteen pupils will be moving on to post-primary school this year from Caherconlish NS. We will miss all of them as they all played a special role in the spirit of the school during their time here. Best of luck in the future to you all.
Family Fun Day fundraiser: Caherconlish NS will be having a fundraiser in the Millennium Centre on Sunday 24th September similar to last year. Bear this in mind if you come across anything during the summer holidays that would be useful for the bric-a-brac and jumble sale.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of the BOM and staff of the school to thank you all for your support throughout the year.
4th May 2017
School Tour:School tours will take place on the following dates:
- Junior & Senior Infants Friday 2nd June Shannon Leisure Centre
- 1st & 2nd Class Tuesday 20th June Bunratty Castle and Rollerjam
- 3rd – 6th class Monday 19th June Zipit
- More details to follow.
Graduation: The 6th class graduation will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday 21st June.
Infant Induction: There will be an induction afternoon for the new infants starting in September 2017 at 2pm on 13th June.
Standardised Testing: Standardised testing (Micra T and Sigma T) will take place the last week of May and first week of June. Please ensure that your child attends school on these days.
Junior Entrepreneur Programme: 5th & 6th class are going to the Junior Entrepreneur Programme showcase day in Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Tuesday 30th May.
Uniform: If the weather is warm pupils will be permitted to wear navy shorts. Please also label items of clothing.
Conor Martin: Congratulations to Conor Martin who made the East Limerick hurling team for the Mackey Cup. Well done Conor.
27th April 2017
Green Schools: Great news! We received notification this week that our application for our eighth Green Flag has been successful. Well done to the hard working committee.
Mayoral Visit: The Mayor of Limerick City and County Kieran O’Hanlon will be visiting or school on Friday 5th May. He will be coming to raise our latest Green Flag.
Book Fair: Thanks to everyone who supported our recent Book Fair. As a result, the school will receive books to the value of €342.30.
Food Dudes: We will be participating in the Food Dudes programme in May. The Food Dudes programme is developed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables at home and at school, Pupils in Junior & Senior Infants and 1st & 2nd class will receive a small sample of fresh fruit and vegetables each day for 16 days starting on Tuesday 2nd May. 3rd – 6th class will receive a sample of fresh fruit or vegetables for 8 days in a row. For more information about Food Dudes go to www.fooddudes.ie
Communion: The First Holy Communion is on Saturday 22nd May at 11am
Bank Holiday: Reminder: There will be no school next Monday 1st May as it is a Bank Holiday.
2nd March 2017
World Book Day: Caherconlish NS will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 3rd March. Pupils are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character. We will also be collecting €1 per child or €2 per family in aid of “Bumbleance”, which is the National Children’s Ambulance Service.
Green Schools : We are in the process of applying for our 8th Green Flag. As part of this programme, the Green Schools Committee is running a “Design and make a robot from recyclables” competition.
The winners will be announced at assembly this Friday.
First Confession: The pupils in second class are busy preparing for their First Confession. The ceremony will take place in the church on Thursday 9th March at 7.00 p.m.
Punctuality: It is very important that pupils are on time for school. Our computerised attendance system records pupils who are late. Pupils are requested to line up with their class in the back yard before the bell rings at 9 a.m. so that they can be escorted into the school building by their class teacher. Please avoid using the front door.
Attendance: Attendance is paramount to a child’s education. It is the legal obligation of every school to report absences of twenty days or more to TUSLA.
Book Fair: We will be hosting a book Fair from Wednesday 8th March to Tuesday 14th March.
Seachtain na Gaeilge : We will be celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge from 1st – 16th March
School Closure: Caherconlish NS will be closed on Friday 17th March (St. Patrick’s Day).
25th January 2017
RDS Primary Science Fair: Congratulations to all the boys and girls who participated in the RDS Primary Science Young Scientist Exhibition in Mary Immaculate College last Saturday. They were a credit to the school and the judges were highly impressed by their project. See our website for photos.
Photographs: Eamonn Andrew (school photographer) will be coming to the school tomorrow, Thursday 26th January. Please return completed consent forms by tomorrow at the latest. If pupils are getting their photograph taken, please ensure they are wearing their full uniform. He will also be taking a class photograph of Junior Infants so please ensure they are wearing their full school uniform.
Used Clothes Collection: Reminder that the used clothes collection will take place on Friday 17th February.
Operation Transformation: Excitement is building in Caherconlish N.S. in anticipation of the visit of the Operation Transformation Film Crew who will be here on Friday. Please note the following:
- It is essential that all completed On-Air/On-Screen Child Release forms are fully completed. No other note/written permission is acceptable. Failure to sign completed form will mean your child will NOT be permitted to be filmed.
- Please ensure pupils wear their school tracksuit as they will be engaging in various P.E. activities throughout the day.
- Morning Pilates: Pilates/Yoga stretches will take place on Friday morning before school in the back yard (weather permitting). The Operation Transformation Crew may film this activity also. (Subject to confirmation).
16th January 2017
School Closure: Reminder: There will be no school tomorrow, Tuesday 17th January, as the Teachers are attending an In-Service Training Day.
Photographs: Eamonn Andrew (school photographer) will be coming to the school on Thursday 26th January. Envelopes will be distributed in advance with all the details.
RDS Primary Science Exhibition: We are delighted to be exhibiting our project ‘Do People with longer legs run faster?’ in May Immaculate College on Saturday 21st January from 9.30 – 2.30 pm. Pupils who have not been part of the project may attend. Tickets are available on the door (Sports Building) and cost €3 per child, €8 per adult, or a family of 2 adults and 2 children costs €15.
Munster Rugby Coaching: Kenneth from Munster Rugby has begun coaching 3rd – 6th classes on Wednesday. He will visit the school three times in total.
GAA Coaching:James Ryan will begin hurling and football coaching with all classes this Wednesday 18th January for 5 weeks. Pupils are requested to bring in Hurley and helmets for the next 5 weeks if possible.
Hurling Training: Mr Ryan will begin hurling training next Tuesday (24th) in the Millennium Centre from 3pm – 3.50pm. Boys from 2nd -6th class are most welcome.
Enrolments: The school is now accepting enrolment applications for school year 2017-2018. Please contact the school if you require an enrolment form.
Used Clothing Collection: Caherconlish N.S. will be having a Used Clothes Collection on Friday 17th February. Please place any unwanted clothes (clean, dry and reusable), paired shoes, trainers (tied), handbags, belts in bags and bring to the school that week.
Credit Union Quiz: Best of luck to our four teams who have entered the Annual Credit Union Quiz.
Please check the school website www.caherconlishns.ie or follow us on twitter @CaherconlishNs to keep yourself informed of school news.
30th November 2016
Christmas Concert The pupils in Caherconlish N.S. are busy preparing for this year’s Christmas Concert. It will take place at 7pm sharp on Wednesday 14th December in the Millennium Centre. The running order on the night is as follows:
Junior & Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd Class, Interval, 3rd & 4th Class, 5th & 6th class
Entry fee: €3 per adult/teenager. Free entry for Primary School Children
Monster Christmas Raffle Many thanks to those of you who are busy selling tickets, and to people who have donated prizes. All money collected must be returned to the school before Friday 9th December. It is vital that unsold tickets are returned also. Further tickets will be sold on the night of the concert. The draw will take place after the Concert.
RDS Young Scientists Exhibition We are delighted to announce that for the second year in a row, Caherconlish N.S. has been selected to exhibit their project on Saturday 21st January in Mary Immaculate College. This year our project is entitled ‘Do people with longer legs run faster?’. We are delighted to be included in such a prestigious event.
Santa Visit Santa Claus will be visiting the School on the 21st December. Many thanks to the Parents Association for organising same.
Christmas Annuals Christmas Annuals can be ordered from the Class Teachers. They cost €3 and must be ordered before Friday 9th December.
Christmas Holidays The School will close on Thursday 22nd December and will open on Monday 9th January 2017.
25th October 2016
The Cheerios Breakfast we held recently in aid of Childline was a great success. The pupils really enjoyed the novelty of eating their breakfast at school. Thanks to the Parent’s Association for their help in running the event so smoothly. A total of €120 was raised.
Halloween Dress- Up Day
Pupils are encouraged to dress-up this Friday in their Halloween Costumes. We are collecting a donation of €1 per child or €2 per family for the Cliona Foundation. Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to parents of children who are gravely ill or seriously injured and have exhausted all other financial resources. Your support would be appreciated.
At our monthly assembly on Friday, pupils who haven’t missed a day this month will be in with a chance of winning a prize for full attendance. Student of the Month prizes and certificates from each class will also be presented.
Monster Christmas Raffle
Caherconlish National School Parent’s Association are organising a Monster Christmas raffle this year. Tickets will be on sale after the mid-term break. Thanks to all who have sponsored the fantastic and valuable prizes. The draw will take place on the night of the Christmas Concert which is 14th December.
We have upgraded our school website, which is updated regularly. Notes like this one can be found in the “notes” section.
Flyers for the Annual Shoebox Appeal were distributed this week. Shoeboxes need to be dropped into the school before 11th November which is the week we come back to school after the mid-term break.
I wish you and your families an enjoyable Halloween break.
13th October 2016
A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward, Patrick Ryan, Fr. Roy Donovan, Carole Cleary, Phyllis Heelan, Collette Carroll, Patrick O’Dwyer and Keith Ryan.
New Chairperson:The B.O.M. would like to announce that Julie Rayson Ward is our new chairperson and wish her well for the remainder of her term in office. Fr. Roy will stay on as a member of the B.O.M.
Curriculum: The New Primary Language Curriculum will be implemented from juniors to 2nd from September 2016. This will be implemented in a phased basis in all schools. Oral language in English and Irish is the first phase. Training for all staff will take place on Tuesday 17th January in Limerick Education Centre.
*School will be closed on that day.
Cyber – Bullying: Guard Kieran Lee visited the school on Friday 7th October to talk to 3rd to 6th class about Cyber bullying.
Extra Curricular Activities:Football for boys and girls takes place in the Millennium Centre after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively.
Swimming will start on Friday 11th November in UL pool for pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.
In January, coaches from Munster Rugby will teach rugby skills to pupils in our school.
Fundraiser:The B.O.M. would like to thank all those who helped organise and who supported the Family Fun Day and mini- market. It was a huge success. In total €3,545 was raised. This money will be spent on installing a wireless broadband system in the school and the purchase of laptops and tablets for the children to use at school. Special thanks to Nancy Lane, her team of helpers and the Parent’s Association.
Website:We have redesigned our website www.caherconlishns.ie. Keep up to date with what we are doing and photos by going on to the website.
Painting of School: The B.O.M. would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time most generously to paint the exterior of the school during the summer break. Thanks also to the local businesses who provided sponsorship for the purchase of painting supplies and the Parent’s Association who co-ordinated the project. The recent Tidy Towns Report for the village of Caherconlish was very complimentary of the new paint job!
Special Items: Green Schools: Caherconlish N.S. Green Schools Committee has been re-established and over the next two years will endeavour to work towards our eight Green Flag. We have also applied for participation in the RDS Young Scientists Exhibition and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Award of Excellence again this year. We hope to participate in the Junior Entrepreneur programme after Christmas.
Health and Safety:Fire Drill. All pupils took part in a fire drill in September. Two members of the Board have been appointed as Health and Safety Officers.
Christmas Concert:Caherconlish NS will hold a Christmas Concert on Wednesday 14th December in the Millennium Centre so save the date! Details to follow.
Parent/Teacher Meetings:Parent/Teacher Meetings will take place on the week beginning 21st November. These meetings will take place outside of school hours and class teachers will be in touch closer to the time to make appointments.
Breakfast: We will be holding an ISPCC Cheerios breakfast on Wednesday 19th October. It is a fun charity breakfast which is hosted across the country to help support the ISPCC Childline services which answers calls from children in need across Ireland 24 hours a day.
Halloween Fancy Dress on Friday 28th October. A suggested donation of €2 per family with all proceeds going to the Cliona Foundation.
5th September 2016
I hope you all had an enjoyable Summer break. I would like to welcome all the boys and girls of Caherconlish N.S. back to school and in particular our new Junior Infant pupils.
Painting: Many thanks to all the volunteers who painted the exterior of the school during the month of July. It was an extremely laborious and time consuming process which took a huge effort. Thanks also to local sponsors who contributed to the cost of purchasing the paint.
Refurbishment: The Board of Management refurbished both bathrooms in the school during the summer months.
Stop and Drop: The carpark in front of the school is a busy area. Please remember to “stop and drop” your children in the morning to allow other people to park (unless you are accompanying younger children to the line).
School Insurance and Contact Details: Optional extra school insurance is available. Please contact Maria in the office if you wish to avail of this cover. Please return any outstanding contact details forms this week so we can update our database. It is important that we have your contact details so if you change address/ phone number at any time please let us know.
Art & Craft and Photocopying: The €25 per pupil charge for Art & Craft supplies and photocopying is now due. Families with three or more children will be asked to pay a reduced rate of €60 per family.
First Holy Communion: May 20th 2017 is the date for the First Holy Communion in Caherconlish N.S. this academic year.
Fundraiser: Every family received a note last week about our Monster Fundraiser which will take place in the Millenium Centre on Sunday 25th September. Your support would be greatly appreciated by attending this event. If you have anything that you would like to donate as Spot prizes, such as unwanted gifts etc. please drop them into the school.
Credit Union: Sammy stamps are available in school every Friday. Stamps are €1 each.
Le gach dea ghuί,
18th May 2016
Confirmation: Congratulations to all the pupils in 5th and 6th class who were confirmed this week. Special thanks to Ms McKeon for preparing the children and to everyone else who helped out on such a special day for the parish.
School Tours: School tours will take place on the following dates:
Junior and Senior infants: Friday 27th May
3rd to 6th class: Thursday 2nd June
1st and 2nd class: Tuesday 7th June
Primary Language Curriculum: Caherconlish NS will be closed on Monday 23rd May as staff will be receiving In-service training for the new Primary Language Curriculum
Standardised Testing: Standardised testing (Micra T and Sigma T) will take place on Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June for 1st to 6th class. Please ensure that your child attends school on these days.
Change of date: Please note Caherconlish NS will not be closed on Friday 3rd June as previously stated. As a result school will now close for our summer holidays on Wednesday 29th June.
6th April 2016
Science Exhibition: 3rd and 4th class will be hosting a science exhibition in the GP room in the school as part the Discovery Primary Science (STEM) Award. Parents are invited to attend on Tuesday 12th April from 1.15 – 2pm.
Communion: Preparations for the 1st Holy Communion are progressing nicely; the ceremony will take place on 23rd April at 11am. Pupils from 1st – 6th class will be invited to participate in the school choir. Permission slips will be issued shortly.
Active Week: As part of our application for an Active Flag, Active Week will take place from Monday 25th – Friday 29th April. Pupils will be required to wear their tracksuit every day that week as they will undertake different physical activities each day. These include Irish Dancing, Taekwon-Do, hurling, camogie and fitness training. We will start each day with Yoga and Pilates in the yard behind the school for 20 minutes starting at 8.40, so if your child comes to school early he/she will enjoy the benefits of some pre-school exercise.
Confirmation: The next event in the programme of confirmation is the Ceremony of Light. This will take place in Caherline Church on Tuesday 10th May at 7pm. Please note change of date.
The Confirmation ceremony will take place on Tuesday 17th May at 11am. Both schools in the parish will be closed on this very special day for the parish. This will afford siblings and relations as well as staff members the opportunity to attend this very auspicious ceremony.
Primary Language Curriculum: A new Primary Language Curriculum is being introduced by the Department of Education and Skills on a phased basis over the next few years. Staff will be receiving In-Service Training on Monday 23rd May. The school will be closed on that day.
New Cleaner: We are delighted to announce that Bridget Hayes has been appointed as our new cleaner. We wish Bridget all the best in her new position.
1st March 2016
World book day is this Thursday (3rd March). Children can dress up as their favourite character from their favourite book. We are asking for a donation of €2 for Limerick Early Intervention Service.
Mini 7’s boys hurling takes place on Tuesday 8th March in Doon GAA grounds at 12.30pm. Mini 7’s camogie takes places on Friday 11th March in Doon GAA ground. Lifts would be appreciated for both days.
We are launching our brand new website (www.caherconlishns.ie) at 1pm on Thursday 3rd March (World book day) in the G.P. room. Parents are invited to attend.
The Parents Association are organising an Easter Egg Hunt and an Art & Craft session on Friday 11th March during school. Please bring in €2.
Seachtain na Gaeilge – Pupils will be encouraged to speak as much Irish as possible at school from now until the Easter holidays. We have lots of exciting things planned for Seachtain na Gaeilge including a Céilí, Tráth na gceist and a Ceolchoirm.
Proclamation Day is March 15th. Details of how Caherconlish NS are celebrating Proclamation Day can be accessed from our website.
Please note school will close at 12.30pm on Wednesday 16th March for our Easter holidays.