News

September 2019

On behalf of the Board of Management and staff, I would like to welcome all the boys and girls back to school. I would like to welcome particularly all the Junior Infants who are starting school and to the other new pupils who have joined us in various classes.

Summer Works: It was a busy summer. New LED lights were installed throughout the whole school. The quality of lighting is much better now.
Insulation was installed in the attic and vents were put into the roof to provide for ventilation. A foundation for a new shed was poured and a new shed will be erected this week.

Unfortunately there was a delay with the installation of the new windows. It is hoped that they will be fitted during the mid-term break.(Halloween)
The heating system also has been delayed and as of yet the Board of Management don’t have a definite timeframe for this work to be completed.

Staffing: I would also like to welcome back Ms. Butler who will be teaching Junior Infants and Ms. Blackwell  to the staff of the  school who will be teaching Senior Infants . Mr. Maloney has secured a job as principal of Knockadea N.S. We wish him well and thank him for all that he has contributed during his time here in Caherconlish NS.  Mr. Tynan will be teaching 5th & 6th class until  such time as a permanent appointment is made. Shauna Byrne is a final year student in Mary Immaculate College. She will be teaching in various classes in the school from 2nd September to 22nd November.

Meetings with teachers: All meetings with teachers are strictly by appointment only.  Please telephone the School office to make an appointment. Maria is in the office from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. We cannot guarantee that the phone will be answered outside of these hours.  If you have a concern about your child, speak to the class teacher as a first step.

Homework: Start as you mean to continue,  Check your child’s homework diary every night.  Do not sign off on homework unless you are happy it has been completed satisfactorily.

Communication:  Check your child’s homework journal for notes from the class teacher.  Please check the school website http://www.caherconlishns.ie , follow us on Twitter @caherconlishns or see our Facebook page ‘scoil cathair chinn lis’ to keep yourself informed on school news.

Healthy Eating: We are very proud of our Healthy eating policy. See school website for details.

Lost property:   Please ensure your child’s name is on every item of clothing.

Supervision: Children are supervised from 8.50 a.m. each morning.  The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

Insurance: All families today received forms for Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance.  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 13th.

Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions and Book Rental money. If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to Maria in the school office any day between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m..

Caherconlish NS Homework Journals are for sale in the office. They cost €5 each.

Nut Allergy: Please be aware that there are children in the school with  serious nut allergies. Please avoid bringing any type of nut to school.

Grapes: If your child is bringing in grapes for lunch, can you ensure they are cut lengthwise so they can pass more easily through smaller throats. And never width wise, because they’ll still be big enough to choke on.

Credit Union: Sammy stamps are available in school every Friday. Stamps are €1 each. Saving is a great life skill and a good habit.

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. Please bring in a note when your child has been off school.

50/50 Draw: The successful 50/50 draw will continue every Thursday in the school. Half of the money will be given to a winner every week. The other half will be retained by the school.
Pupils can ask their teachers for the special envelopes.

June 2019

A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward, Patrick Ryan, Fr. Roy O’Donovan, Carole Cleary, Collette Carroll, Keith Ryan and Patrick O’Dwyer.

Staffing Schedule 2019/2020

Ms Aoife Butler: Junior Infants

Ms.Liz  Ryan-Blackwell: Senior Infants

Ms.Marie Mulcahy: First and Second

Mr. Patrick Ryan: Third and Fourth

Mr. Eoin Maloney: Fifth and Sixth

Ms.Sonya McKeon: SET

Ms. Carole Cleary: SET

Ms. Grace Jones SET (part-time)

Eilish McGahon and Geraldine Riordan: SNA’s

We would like to thank Marie Power for her dedication and hard work this year teaching Junior and Senior Infants and wish her all the best for the future.

We would also like to welcome Liz Ryan-Blackwell to the staff and we wish her a great year working with senior infants.

School Grounds:

A reminder that the school grounds are private property. Nobody should enter the grounds before or after school time unless access has been granted. Also please note that dogs are not allowed in the school yards.

50/50 Draw: We would like to thank everyone for their support of the school with the 50/50 draw and especially to the local businesses for taking part. Congratulations to all the lucky winners so far. Tickets are available in the local shops, pubs and Millennium Centre at a cost of  €2. The draw will continue to take place each Thursday during the Summer Holidays, Good Luck!

Dates for your Diary: Thursday 29th August: School term begins at 9am.

School closures for the new school year can be found on the school website.

Junior Infants will finish at 12 o’clock for the first two weeks of term.

Book Rental:

The book lists have been sent home with report cards. Booklists will be available for all classes on the school website. Please ensure that book rental money is paid by Monday 24th June. This greatly reduces the cost of the books required and is available to all students. The school calendar and booklists are available on the school website.

Policies:

The following policies have been ratified by the Board of Management:

  • School Tour Policy
  • Pupil Retention Policy
  • Work experience Policy

Sponsored Walk

The annual sponsored walk took place recently and as usual it was a fantastic evening. The rain held off and great fun was had by all. Thank you all for your continued support and the amount raised so far is 1,931.50 Euro.

ALDI Rugby Stickers:

Thanks to students and their families for their efforts in collecting a huge number of stickers. The school received rugby balls and equipment as a result and will be put to good use in PE classes.

School Tours:

  • Juniors and Seniors, 14th June, Mary Immaculate college Just 4 Fun camp
  • 1st & 2nd, 19th June, Corofin Farmyard, Co. Clare
  • 3rd & 4th: 21st June, Microsoft Dream & Chocolate Warehouse, Dublin
  • 5th & 6th: 14th June, Splatball, Shanagolden

Primary Game:

A massive congratulations to Tom Carroll and Mickaella Ryan for being chosen for and playing in the Primary Game. It is a huge achievement that shows the skill of these players and the huge potential that they have. We are so proud of them!

East Final:

3rd-6th classes all went to the Gaelic Grounds to support our hurling team in the East Final. The support that was shown to the boys by their school mates and friends and family was outstanding and they might have heard the roars in Caherconlish when the boys won beating a great team from Cloverfield. We are so proud of their achievement.

Summer Holidays:

The Summer Holidays will begin on Tuesday 25th June at 12 noon. We hope you all have a happy, healthy and sunny break!

June 2019

Sports Day: Sports Day will take place on Tuesday 11th June. We will be using the facilities in the Millennium Centre and the school on that day. Please ensure your child brings extra drinks, puts on sunscreen and wears appropriate clothes for the day i.e. shorts and school tracksuit. Can they also bring a spoon and potato for egg and spoon race, and an old scarf/tie for the three legged race.

Active School’s Week: Active School’s week will take placed from 10th June to 14th June. Pupils can wear their tracksuits/navy shorts every day this week as they will be doing a different physical activity every day at school that week.

Other Important Dates: See NEWS tab on http://www.caherconlishns.ie for other events happening in our school throughout the month of June.

Sponsored Walk: Our Annual Sponsored Walk takes place on Monday 17th June @ 6.30pm. The route is from the school, through the village, around by the creamery and back to the school. This is always an enjoyable event on the School’s calendar. Every family has been given a Sponsor card and it would be much appreciated if each family could ask friends and family for sponsorship. There will be refreshments afterwards for the children which is organised by the Parent’s association.

Hurling Final: Best of luck to the School Hurling Team who will be playing in the East Final v Cloverfield N.S. on Monday 10th June @ 12.40pm in the Gaelic Grounds. A bus has been booked for all pupils from 3rd to 6th class to go and support the team. Your support will be appreciated also.

May 2019

As we are heading toward our final month at school. I would like to bring the following to your attention.

Tuesday 28th May:  Infant Induction Day at 2pm. This is an opportunity for new entrants into Junior Infants to familiarise themselves with the school, the classroom and staff members. It is also an opportunity for parents to ask the principal/staff any questions they may have.

Monday 3rd June:  Bank Holiday – School closed.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 4th/5th/6th June:  Standardised tests will take place for pupils in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Please ensure that your children are present at school on those days as these tests are very important.

Monday 10th June: East Final. Best of luck to the boy’s hurling team who will play in the East Hurling final in the Gaelic Grounds. Hopefully they will do the double, having already won the football last October.

Tuesday 11th June: Sports Day

Monday 17th June: 6th class transition post-primary School Workshop facilitated in the school by Limerick Youth Service.

Monday 17th June: Annual Sponsored Walk at 6.30pm

Monday 17th June: Final Board of Management meeting of the Academic Year.

Tuesday 18th June: Report cards and Booklists for 2019/20 will be sent home.

Wednesday 19th June: 6th class Graduation Mass in the church at 11am.

Thursday 20th June: All book rentals books must be returned on this date.

Tuesday 25th June: School holidays. School will close at 12 noon.

School Tours: All school tours have been finalised at this stage. Notes with permission slips will be sent home to all pupils with details of individual tours this week.

Fine Weather: Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. Please write your child’s name on all jumpers/tracksuits as they get misplaced quite easily.

School Absences: A reminder to send in a written note if your child is absent from school. If your child misses 20 days or more from school we are legally obliged to inform Tusla – the child and family agency.

April 2019

Welcome back to all the pupils after the Easter break. Congratulations to Conor O’Dwyer, Emma Carroll and Emilia Kane who won the recent Annual Doon CBSNS Quiz.

As we begin the final term of the school year, I would like to bring the following information to your attention regarding what is happening in the school throughout the month of May.

Monday 6th May:  School Closed (Bank Holiday)

 

Wednesday 8th May:  4th class trip to Milano’s Restaurant

Wednesday 8th May:  Mackey Cup: Best wishes to Tom Carroll who is representing the school on the East Limerick Hurling Team.

Thursday 9th May: Neville Cup: Best wishes to Mickaella Ryan who is representing the school of the East Limerick Camogie Team.

Saturday 11th May @ 11am: Best of luck to the boys and girls in second class who will be making their First Holy Communion. Many thanks to Ms Mulcahy, Fr. Roy, Fr. Currivan and the Do This in Memory Committee.

Thursday 14th May: The Wriggle Roadcaster is coming to Caherconlish N.S. This is a mobile coding roadcaster where all classes will get a chance to code in an exciting and interactive format.

Wednesday 15th May: 1st & 2nd class trip to Milano’s Restaurant

Wednesday 15th May: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to school for a week.

Thursday 16th May @ 12.30pm: Boys hurling blitz in Kilteely.

Tuesday 21st May: Science Blast. 5th & 6th class will be showcasing their project ‘What genre of music makes me run faster for longer?’ in Mary Immaculate College. Parents and the general public can attend the exhibition.

Thursday 23rd May @ 12.30pm: Girls camogie blitz in Boher.

Friday 24th May: School closed due to school being used as a polling station for local elections.

Saturday 25th May: Post-communion Do This in Memory Mass @ 6.30pm in Caherconlish Church.

Tuesday 28th May @ 2pm: Infant Induction Day. Incoming Junior Infants will get a chance to see the school and meet with the principal and teachers. It will also be a chance to ask any questions that you may have for parents of children who have children starting in Junior Infants in September.

Standardised Tests: Standardised Tests in Maths (Sigma T) and English (Micra T) will take place at the end of May/1st week in June. Dates to be confirmed. These tests are for children in 1st– 6th class.

School Tours: The 50/50 Draw has been a large success. Many thanks for supporting it. We will be using some of the money raised to pay for the buses for this year’s school tours. That means, parents/guardians will only need to pay the cost of entry to the event/venue.

Coding: We are also using the 50/50 draw money to pay for coding lessons and Wriggle Roadcaster which benefits every child in the school. The coding lessons will continue until the end of the year.

Cash for Clobber Fundraiser: A huge total of €369 was raised from our last used clothing collection. Many thanks all everybody who dropped in old clothes etc.

April 2019

A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward, Patrick Ryan, Fr. Roy O’Donovan, Carole Cleary, Collette Carroll, Keith Ryan and Patrick O’Dwyer.

BOM Members: Each member on the board has a designated role;

Julie Rayson-Ward- Chairperson

Patrick Ryan- Secretary

Patrick O’Dwyer- Treasurer/Parent Nominee

Carole Cleary- Teacher Nominee

Collette Carroll- Parent Nominee

Fr. Roy O’Donovan- Patron’s Nominee

Keith Ryan- Community Nominee

Staffing Schedule:

Mr. Patrick Ryan: Principal/3rd-4th class teacher

Ms .Marie Mulcahy: Deputy Principal/1st-2nd class teacher

Ms. Sonya McKeon: Assistant Principal II/SET

Ms.Carole Cleary: SET

Mr.Eoin Maloney: 5th-6th class teacher

Ms.Marie Power: Junior and Senior Infants teacher (Covering maternity leave for Ms.Aoife Butler)

Ms. Grace Jones: Part time SET (shared with Knockea N.S.)

Geraldine Riordan: SNA

Eilish McGahon: SNA

Maria Finnan: Secretary (08:30-12:30 daily)

Bridget Hayes: Cleaner/Caretaker

50/50 Draw: The school’s new fundraising initiative has been a great success. We would like to thank everyone for their support and especially to the local businesses for taking part. Tickets are available in the school and in local businesses at €2.  The draw will continue to take place during the Easter Holidays on Thursday 18th and Thursday 25th April.

First Confession: Congratulations to the boys and girls in Second Class for making their first Confession. They are really looking forward to their big day when they make their First Holy Communion on Saturday the 11th of May.

Neville Cup: Congratulations to Mickaella Ryan who was selected to play on the East Limerick Neville Cup Camogie Team.

 Policies: The following policies have been ratified by the Board of Management:

  • Healthy Eating Policy
  • SPHE Policy
  • SEN Policy
  • Critical Incident Policy
  • RSE Policy

 Child Protection: The Board of Management of Caherconlish N.S. reviewed the Child Protection Safeguarding Risk Assessment on 08/04/2019.

Warm Weather: With summer on the way, hopefully we can expect some warm weather. We would ask that you label jumpers and coats as students may need to remove them and they can become misplaced easily if not labelled.

Absences: If your child misses school, could you please write a note explaining the reason to your child’s teacher. As with all schools, we are obliged to record all absences and reasons given. Being absent for 20 days means that schools are legally obliged to report the absences to TUSLA who may investigate the reasons for absences as they see fit. We would urge that a student would not have any unexplained absences. The absence categories that we are obliged to record are as follows;

A: Illness

B: Urgent Family Reason

C: Expelled

D: Suspended

E: Other

G: Transfer to another school

H: Holiday

F: Unexplained

Easter Holidays: The Easter Holidays will begin on Friday 12th April at 12 noon. Pupils will return to school on Monday 29th April. We hope you all have a happy and healthy break!

March 2019

50/50 Draw at Caherconlish National School

Caherconlish National School are delighted to announce their latest fundraising initiative. It is called the 50/50 draw. Every Thursday during the school year, one winner will be pulled out of the hat. He/she will receive half of the money raised that week and the school will receive the other half.

People can enter by writing their name and placing €2 in an envelope; then pop the envelope in the Special Red boxes which are located in certain business premises in Caherconlish as well as in the school. Maria in the office has extra envelopes if required.

The Red boxes are in the following locations from today 19th March 2019.

MB Hairdressers, Keith Ryan’s XL Shop, Upper Cuts, Matt Barry Butchers, Mulcahy’s Bar and Centra.

The first draw will take place on Thursday 28th March and every Thursday after that during the academic year.

Envelopes are being sent home with each family today, should you wish to enter. Many thanks in advance for your support.

First Confession
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their first Confession recently. Many thanks to Ms. Mulcahy, parents in the Do this in Memory Committee, Fr, Roy and Fr. Currivan who officiated over the ceremony on the night.

Food Dudes

Food Dudes return to school for the week beginning 1st April.

Easter Holidays

We break up on Friday 12th April at noon, and return on Monday 28th April.

FAI School’s Soccer
Best of luck to the boys’ soccer team who will play in the next round of the FAI 5-a-side Soccer tournament on Thursday.

Coding
Our weekly coding lessons with Coding expert, Chris are proving to be a great success.
On 10th April, the Wriggle Roadshow will be visiting our school for the day. It is a coding bus where pupils will be able to experience coding in a fun and interactive way.

March 2019

50/50 Draw: Caherconlish N.S. will be running a weekly draw which will start in the next few weeks. Half of the money collected will go to the school. The other half will be given to whoever’s name gets pulled out of the hat. Further details to follow.

Pancake Tuesday: Next Tuesday 5th March is Pancake Tuesday. Pupils are requested to bring in pancakes if possible The Parents Association will be on hand to assist with catering.

Peace Proms: Best wishes to the pupils from 3rd – 6th class who will be performing with a live orchestra next Sunday night in UL at the Peace Proms. They sang beautifully for the Wednesday Club this week in the Millennium Centre.

FAI – Five a side soccer: Best of luck to the boys’ and girls’ team who will be representing the school at the annual FAI 5 a side held in Corbally next Tuesday. They are looking forward to wearing their new school jerseys.

World Book Day: Caherconlish N.S. will celebrate World Book Day on Friday 8th March. Pupils can dress up as their favourite Book Character.

Junior Entrepreneur Programme Showcase Day: 5th & 6th class have been busy designing, manufacturing and marketing their hybrid products. They will be hosting a showcase day on Monday 11th March at 1.40pm in the School’s GP room. This will give people a chance to see the products and to learn more about the J.E.P experience. Items will also be on sale that day. All welcome.

Internet Safety: In view of recent controversy regarding the online MOMO, parents are advised to monitor your child’s online activity closely.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: We will be celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge this year before St Patricks Day. Beidh lá Gaeilge againn ar an triú lá deág de mhí Márta.

Cash for Clobber: Sincere thanks to everyone who dropped in bag of old clothes etc. to the school.

School Absences: If your child misses any day in school, please remember to send in a written explanation  as per school policy. There are absence notes in the homework journal that can be used.

February 2019

A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward, Patrick Ryan, Carole Cleary, Collette Carroll, Keith Ryan and Patrick O’Dwyer.

After many dedicated years of service to Caherconlish N.S.Board of Management, Phyllis Heelan has resigned from the Board. We would like to thank Phyllis for being such an integral member of the Board and supporter of Caherconlish N.S. We wish her all the best for the future.

Policies: The following policies have been ratified by the Board of Management:

  • Substance Use Policy
  • SNA Policy
  • Records Retention Schedule (as part of Data Protection Policy)

Child Protection: The Board of Management of Caherconlish N.S. reviewed the Child Safeguarding Statement in line with Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 at this meeting held on 11/02/2019.

JEP: As part of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme 5th and 6th class pupils took part in a Dragon’s Den to showcase their products. The students were lucky enough to present to local businessmen and entrepreneurs Barry Lunn, Eamonn Boland and 69Chris Kelly. The students learned a lot about bringing a new product to market and will be busy in class making these products to sell to the community in the near future.

SEAI: The BOM agreed to have the following works done to the school during the summer months:

  • Upgrade the heating system (radiators and pipework)
  • Change fluorescent lighting to LED’s.
  • Insulate the attic in pitched part of the roof.

Tipperary Energy will oversee procurement and works on behalf of SEAI.

Coding: 1st-4th class will be starting coding workshops after Mid-term break. Chris Reina will be teaching the pupils a ‘Scratch’ programme where they will create their own interactive stories, games and animations. A ‘Wriggle Roadcoaster’ will be visiting the school on April 10th. Every class will be given the opportunity to climb on-board this digital themed bus to take part in digital and coding activities.

I.T.: We have recently invested in 40 more tablets for pupil use in the school. Ms.Mulcahy is currently formulating a Digital Learning Plan to set targets and improve student engagement with digital technology for learning. A parent questionnaire will be sent out next week for parents to fill in. We would be grateful if you could fill this in and return it to the school as soon as possible.

Indoor Hurling and Camogie

Well done to the boys and girls in the Hurling and Camogie teams who played in a blitz last week. Keep up the training and hard work!

Mycro Helmets (sized Medium) are available from Maria in the office and are priced at €35 each.

Creative Schools Grant

We have purchased a set off ukeles with money from the grant this year. A tutor from Music Generation will be teaching pupils from 3rd & 4th class how to play them after Mid Term break. The school will receive a further grant of €2000 next year to promote the Creative Arts in the school.

Peace Proms: 3rd– 6th class students are singing almost every day in preparation for the Peace Proms that will be taking place in UL on the 3rd of March. We all enjoyed a recent workshop and the students did themselves proud! More information will be coming soon regarding the logistics of the concert.

School Closure: School will be closed on Thursday 21st   and Friday 22nd  February for Mid-Term break and on Friday 15th and Monday 18th March for St. Patrick’s Day.

Cash for Clobber: Please send in any unwanted clothing items, matched shoes, belts, hats, etc in a black bin bag for a Cash for Clobber collection on Friday 1st March to help raise funds for the school.

Headlice: There has been a case of headlice in school and your child may have been exposed. Anyone can pick up headlice. Headlice do not reflect standards of hygiene. They are just as willing to live in clean or dirty hair.4 The way to check someone’s head is called “detection combing”. This should be done regularly and in the case of a confirmed infection in one family member, the other members of the household should carry out “detection combing” twice weekly for one week. Please also tie back your child’s hair if possible.

Healthy Eating Policy: The children have been reminded recently about the school’s Healthy Eating Policy. Please ensure that your child brings a healthy lunch to school each day as it is essential for their overall well-being. A list of food that is considered healthy and unhealthy is available in the school.

January 2019

Child Protection: A copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement is published on our school’s website. The Child Safeguarding Statement is reviewed annually by the Board of Management. Mr. Ryan is the school’s Designated Liaison Person (DLP) and Ms. Mulcahy is the Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP). Should you request a copy of the Child Safeguarding Statement, please email the school: lishns.ias@eircom.net.

School Self Evaluation and Digital Framework for schools: The Department of Education has directed that all schools begin to engage with the Digital Framework for schools this year. The Digital Learning Framework represents one of the key supports envisaged under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. In implementing the Digital Learning Framework, schools and teachers are given a structure which will allow them to identify where they are on the journey towards embedding digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, and enable them to progress in that journey. Ms. Mulcahy is leading the school in this area of School-Self Evaluation.

GAA Coaching: Mike Boland will begin hurling coaching with all the classes in the school on Monday 4th February. Children are requested to bring a hurley and helmet to school. Medium sized Micro Helmets are for sale from the school at a reduced price of €35 . Mike Boland has been our club/school link for the last number of years. We are very grateful to Caherline GAA for enabling this initiative to take place.

GAA Five Star Programme: The GAA 5 Star  initiative aims to support and recognise Primary Schools that provide pupils with  moderate to vigorous Gaelic Games activity in a manner that ensures the children will experience fun, friendship, fairness and ultimately improve their fitness. Caherconlish NS is participating in the 5 Star GAA Programme 2018/19. Games Development Officer James Ryan is assisting us with the implementation of this programme. He will deliver this programme on Wednesdays throughout the month of February.

Guitar Lessons: We are very grateful that Ms. Cleary is teaching guitar to a group of pupils from 3rd and 4th class after school. Places for this term are now full. Lessons will begin on Wednesday 6th February.

Chess Club: Chess club is open to children from fifth to sixth class. Mr Maloney will be organising the chess club. Children enjoy testing their chess skills against each other and against the computer. The children have really improved throughout the experience and well done to all involved. At various points in the school year parents will be informed of dates and times through text message.

Safer Internet Day: Will take place on Tuesday 5th February. It is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all years, especially young people, We will have 2 garda members in school next week to speak to pupils about safe internet safe and cyber bulling. We encourage all parents to monitor internet interactions at home. Webwise.ie is an excellent resources which offers internet safety, advice and help to parents.

Creative School: As part of the Creative Schools Project pupils from 3rd – 6th class will  be learning how to play the ukulele. More details to follow.

Credit Union Quiz: Best of luck to our four quiz teams who will be participating in the Credit Union Quiz next week.

Cash for Clobber:  Our Annual Used Clothes Collection will take place at the end of February. Bags can be dropped to the school from Monday 18th February

Aldi Rugby Promotion: We are collecting rugby stickers from Aldi. If you spend €30 in Aldi you get a rugby sticker. These stickers will enable us to get rugby equipment for the school. Stickers can be given to the class teacher.

Tusla: A reminder that when a pupils misses 20 days or more we must legally report this to Tusla. If your child misses any day(s) in school, you must provide a written note/doctor cert as part of our  school policy. Our Tusla Officer will be visiting our school in February to speak with some parents on this matter.

Peace Proms:  The workshop takes place next Thursday 7th February during school time. The concert takes place on Sunday 3rd March at 7pm.

 

January 2019

Award: We were delighted to hear that we recently won Scoilnet’s Star Site Award. This is a prestigious award from educational website scoilnet.ie. Well done to Maria in the office for keeping our website up to date and informative. http://www.caherconlishns.ie

School Photographs: The School Photographer will come to the school on Friday 25th January. He will take the Junior Infants class group and individual/family photos also. Individual/family photographs can be taken and there is no obligation to buy. Consent forms are being sent home today.

Summer Works 2019: Caherconlish N.S. has received funding from the Department of Education and Science to replace all the existing single glazed windows in the school. Hopefully this work will be carried out during the Summer months

Peace Proms: Ms. McKeon is busy preparing the choir for the Peace Proms which will take place in UL on Sunday 3rd March at 7pm. There will be a practice in UL on Thursday 7th February.

Community Games Quiz: Best of luck to our two teams who will be participating in the Community Games Quiz this week.

Hurling Training: Mr Ryan will commence hurling training from 3pm to 3.45pm on Tuesday 22nd January in the Millennium Centre.

Camogie Training: Ms Power will commence camogie training from 3pm to 3.45pm on Thursday 24th January in the Millennium Centre.

Grandparents Day: Junior and Senior Infants will be inviting their Grandparents to visit them on Wednesday 13th February. Invitations will follow in due course.

Cycling Training: A Cycling Safety Training course is being run in the school for 5th & 6th class starting this Thursday. It will last 6 weeks.

Swimming:
Swimming lessons for all pupils from 3rd to 6th  will begin this year on Friday 22nd March and will continue for six weeks. Further details to follow.

December 2018

Christmas Concert: Congratulations to all the pupils in the school who took part in our School Christmas Concert last week. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and thanks to everyone who helped out. A total of €2,790 was raised by the raffle and entrance fees. Thanks to the Parents Association, anyone who donated/sponsored prizes and to all who purchased tickets. Special thanks to the class teachers for preparing the children.

Christmas Pantomines: Junior & Senior Infants went to the Pantomine ‘Little Bo Peep lost her Sheep’ in Friars Gate Theatre in Kilmallock last Monday. 1st – 6th classes went to see Snow White in University Concert Hall in Limerick. Both concerts were excellent and were a great experience for the children.

Creative Schools Project: As part of our involvement with the Creative Arts Project, Joanna Parkes conducted drama workshops for all classes this week in the school.

Community Links: Pupils from the school sang Christmas Carols for the residents of St Michael’s Nursing home on Tuesday. They also sang for the Senior Citizens in the Wednesday Club and the pre-schools during the week.

Santa Visit: Thanks to the Parents Association for inviting Santa Claus and Mrs Claus to the school yesterday. The children and staff were delighted with their visit and are looking forward to seeing what he brings on the 25th.

Assembly: Junior & Senior Infants will host our final assembly this Friday. The school team who won the East Limerick Football Championship will be presented with their medals on that day.

Christmas Holidays: School will close at 12 noon on Friday 21st December and will re-open on Monday 7th January at 9am.

On behalf of the Board of Management and Staff of the School may I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Happy Christmas and New Year.

November Board of Management meeting

A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward, Patrick Ryan,  Carole Cleary, Collette Carroll and Patrick O’Dwyer.

The board adopted and ratified the following policies: Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy, Parents as Partners Policy, CCTV Policy and Privacy Notice. Policies may be viewed on our website https://caherconlishns.ie/school-policies/

Parents Association: The Parents Association held their AGM in the school recently. The following were elected:

Chairperson: Aisling Crofton

Secretary: Emma Hehir

Treasurer: Maria Foley

Mr.Ryan acknowledged the great work of last year’s committee and wished the new committee well.

Uniform: It has been noticed that a small number of students are not wearing their full uniform in school. This is a reminder that all students must wear their full uniform on all days with tracksuit uniform required on PE days. A timetable of PE days for all classes is listed below:

Juniors and Seniors: Monday and Wednesday

First and Second: Tuesday and Thursday

Third and Fourth: Monday and Thursday

Fifth and Sixth: Monday and Wednesday

Any changes to this timetable will be relayed to the students if necessary.

 Parents as Partners Policy: Caherconlish N.S. strives to establish good communication with parents/guardians. As part of the Parents as Partners Policy the following 5 Step process must be followed if a parent wishes to lodge a complaint

STAGE 1– Informal Stage

  • A parent/guardian who wishes to make a complaint should, firstly approach the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint. Where the parent/guardian is unable to resolve the complaint with the class staff he/she should approach the Principal with a view to resolving it
  • If the complaint is still unresolved, the parent/guardian should raise the matter with the Chairperson of the Board of Management with a view to resolving it.

STAGE 2-FORMAL STAGE:

  • If the complaint is still unresolved and the parent/guardian wishes to pursue the matter further, he/she should lodge the complaint in writing with the Chairperson of the Board of Management
  • The Chairperson will bring the precise nature of the written complaint to the notice of the staff member and seek to resolve the matter between the parties within 5 days of receipt of the written complaint.

STAGE 3:

  • If the complaint is not resolved informally, the Chairperson should, subject to the authorisation of the Board:
    1. Supply the staff member with a copy of the written complaint and
    2. Arrange a meeting with the staff member, and where applicable, the Principal with a view to resolving the complaint. Such a meeting should take place within 10 days of receipt of the written complaint.

STAGE 4:

  • If the complaint is still not resolved, the Chairperson should make a formal report to the board within 10 days of the meeting
  • If the Board considers that the complaint is not substantiated, the staff member and the complainant should be so informed within 3 days of the Board meeting
  • If the Board considers that the complaint is substantiated or that it warrants further investigation, the following steps should be followed:
  1. The staff member should be supplied with copies of any written evidence in support of the complaint
  2. He/she should be requested to supply a written response to the complaint to the Board and should be afforded an opportunity to make a presentation to the Board and to be accompanied by another person to that meeting
  3. The Board may arrange a meeting with the complainant, who may be accompanied by another person to this meeting.

STAGE 5:

Following the Boards investigations, the Chairperson shall convey the decision of the Board in writing to the staff member and the complainant within 5 days of the meeting of the Board. The decision of the Board shall be final.

School Christmas Concert: All staff and students are currently preparing and practicing for our Christmas Concert. This will take place on Thursday 13th December at 7pm in the Millennium Centre, so save the date! All families of school students have received raffle tickets to sell for €5 and we would be delighted if families could sell these and return the money and ticket stubs before Wednesday 12th. Currently all fundraising goes towards purchasing educational equipment for the school. Many thanks for all your support in this.

Enrolments: Places are filling up fast, so if you or anyone you know are wishing to enrol a child in Caherconlish N.S. please enquire in the office for an enrolment form as soon as possible.

School Closure: The school will be closed on Friday 7th December for school in-service day.

We will close for Christmas Holidays on 21st December at 12 noon and will return in January on the 7th.

Achievements: The school was recently awarded a Digital School of Excellence award. This was a great honour for the school and shows the progress that is made in each classroom in terms of technology and the student’s role in this.

Victoria Gacka, a 5th class student, has succeeded in getting through to the National Levels of the Credit Union Art Competition having stormed her way through and winning both local and Chapter level of the competition. We couldn’t be more proud of her and wish her the best of luck in the final part of the competition.

I.T. : The school has recently purchased more tablets for the children to use in class from the money raised from the Family Fun Day. Many thanks to all that contributed on this day.

Finally the Board of Management and Staff of Caherconlish N.S. would like to wish all of you and your families a very happy Christmas and New Year. Nollaig Shona Daoibh.

22 November 2018

Christmas Concert: This year’s Christmas Concert will take place at 7pm sharp on Thursday 13th December in the Millennium Centre. Entry is €2.

Raffle Tickets: Raffle tickets will go on sale tomorrow for our annual Christmas Draw. Tickets are priced at €5 each. Each family will be given a book of tickets to sell to friends and family. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please return tickets to the school before Wednesday 13th December.

Pantos: 1st – 6th class will be going to the Christmas Panto in UL on Monday 17th December. The price of tickets is €15 per pupil. Money can be given to your child’s class teacher.

Junior & Senior Infants will be going to the Christmas Panto in Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock on Monday 17th December. The price of tickets is €8. Money can be given to your child’s class teacher.

The cost of the bus for both pantos will be covered by the Schools transport fund.

Shoebox Appeal: Thanks to everyone who donated shoeboxes this year. In total,  one hundred boxes were collected which is a record for our school in recent times.

Primary Language Curriculum Staff In-Service: There will be no school on Friday 7th December due to staff training regarding the New Primary Language Curriculum in English and Irish.

24 October 2018

Football Champions: Congratulations to the Boys Football Team who beat Cloverfield N.S. last Monday in the East Final. A goal in either half secured the win – Oscar Martin in the first half and Evan Martin with the late winner. Captain Robbie Hehir and vice-captain Calvin Lenihan accepted the cup on behalf of the school.

Credit Union Art Winners: Congratulations to Victoria Gacka and Shaun Ryan who were recent winners in the C.U. Art competition. What a talented bunch!

Peace Prom Tickets: Pupils from 3rd – 6th class will be singing in the Peace Proms Choir on Sunday 3rd March 2019 at 7pm in UL. Advance sales of tickets for this event go on sale on Monday 5th November. They cost €15 each. Group tickets are available at €13.75. Go to website www.peaceproms.com. Use Code: LIMSUN7PM

Shoe Box Appeal: The Annual Shoebox Appeal takes place again this year. Pupils have received a flyer at school with all the details.

Halloween Dress Up: Reminder: Children are permitted to dress up as Halloween Costumes this Thursday 25th November. We are suggesting a donation of €2 per family in aid of Childline. We will be having cheerios breakfast on that day.

Helmets for Sale: Mr Ryan has a limited number of small and medium sized helmets Mycro hurling helmets for sale. Cost €35 each.

Staffing: Mr Tynan who has been on 4th year placement from Mary Immaculate College since of the beginning of the year will be teaching in Junior 7 Senior Infants from 5th – 23rd November.

Best of Luck: Best wishes to Ms Mulcahy who is getting married during the mid-term break.

16 October 2018

Family Fun Day: Many thanks to everyone who donated, helped out and supported our Family Fun Day and Market recently. It was a huge success and €4,000 was raised for the school.

Parent/Teacher meetings: Parents will have the opportunity to meet with the class teacher/S.E.T. teacher on Wednesday 21st November. Your Child’s teacher will be in touch with you immediately after the mid-term break to arrange a suitable time.

East Final: Congratulations to the boy’s football team who play Cloverfield NS on Monday 22nd October in the Gaelic Grounds AT 12.30pm. This is a huge occasion for the boys and your support would be appreciated.

Food Dudes: We are delighted to be participating in the Food Dudes Programme again this year. It is a programme to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. It will begin in November and last for approximately two weeks. For more information see fooddudes.ie

Parent Association AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Caherconlish NS Parents Association will take place on Tuesday 6th November in the school G.P. room at 7.30pm.

Peace Proms: Caherconlish NS are delighted to have been accepted to take place in the Peace Proms Choir this year. This will take place on Sunday 3rd March. Tickets sell out quickly for this, and we will let you know when they are on sale.

Heinz Beans: We are collecting labels from Heinz Beans tins. These labels will enable us to get sports equipment for the school. Labels can be given to the class teacher.

Dates to remember: School closed Friday 26th October for the election. We return Monday 5th November after half term. Xmas Concert is on Thursday 13th December.

October 2018

A meeting of the Board of Management was held in Caherconlish N.S. recently. In attendance were Julie Rayson-Ward, Patrick Ryan,  Carole Cleary, Collette Carroll and Patrick O’Dwyer.

The board adopted and ratified an Administration of Medicines policy for use in the school.

Family Fun Day and Market: A family fun day and market has been arranged as a fundraising initiative for the school to take place on Sunday the 7th October starting with a fancy dress parade from the school to the Millennium Centre at 2pm. This is a great opportunity to take plenty of photographs of our wonderful students and give them encouragement. There will be three separate areas to visit at the market; in the Main Hall will be the main market area with plenty of bric-a-brac and items to purchase, the Sports Hall will be full of family fun and a place for the children to have a break and catch up with friends and the Heritage Room (room to the right of entrance to the Millennium Centre) will have a furniture and large items sale. This fundraising sale is thanks to Nancy Lane, Ashlinn Ryan and their tireless support of Caherconlish N.S. Also many thanks to all volunteers on the day, the staff of the Millennium Centre, the Parents Council and all supporters of school initiatives.

New equipment: Equipment for music, PE and geography was purchased recently for the school with monies raised from our sponsored walk last June. This equipment is going to be enjoyed for many years and we hope our neighbours won’t be too upset to hear the sound of bongos, tin whistles and other percussion instruments!

Panto: First to Sixth classes will be going on a very special outing to UCH to see a pantomime this December 17th. We believe it is very important to promote the arts in Caherconlish N.S. and that live performances enrich our students’ education. Further details of this outing to follow soon.

Christmas Concert: Our Christmas Concert will take place this year in the Millennium Centre on December 13th. More details to follow in due course.

Dates for your Diary: School will be closed on the Friday 26th October for the Presidential Election. The following week is mid-term break and the school will be closed.

Dance Lessons: Dance lessons with Nancy Lane have resumed in school. The students enjoy learning new dances and it is a great way to stay in touch with our Irish heritage.

Recycling Workshops: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes recently took part in a recycling workshop. As we are a Green Flag school, we encourage recycling as much as possible.

3rd & 4th class Trip: 3rd class went to Milano’s Restaurant in Limerick last week to learn all about how restaurants work. They were lucky enough to make and then eat the yummy pizzas in the restaurant. There were lots of jealous students (and teachers!) when we saw the pictures.

4th class also went on a day trip to Limerick and visited the Hunt Museum and learned all about the Ilen Boat Restoration project. A great day was had by all.

Digital School: The school is getting a visit from an assessor to see if we will receive a Digital School of Distinction award. We have made great progress over the last number of years in terms of technology and the students’ accessibility to it. Fingers crossed we will be successful.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Boys football training with Mr.Ryan for 3rd-6th class students takes place on Tuesday after school until 3:45 at the Millennium Centre. Girls football training with Ms.Power for 3rd-6th class students takes place on Thursdays after school until 3:45 at the Millennium Centre. Chess club with Mr.Maloney takes place in the school on Fridays until 3:40.

Liam McCarthy Cup: Caherconlish N.S. was lucky enough to enjoy an historical visit to the school from All Ireland Hurling Champion Brian Finn and ex-Limerick captain James Ryan with the Liam McCarthy Cup. There was a great turnout from students, staff and members of the local community. Brian was a very gracious visitor and signed autographs and smiled for photographs. A great day was had by all!

Sammy Stamps: Sammy Stamps (Credit Union saving stamps) are available for sale in the school every Friday. They cost 2 Euro each and are a great way to teach children about the importance of saving and spending!

Peace Proms: Caherconlish N.S. was privileged to be accepted into the Peace Proms 2019. This is an initiative to encourage schools from all over Ireland to take part in a live choir event with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. We would ask that parents/guardians of 3rd-6th class pupils fill in the parental consent form and return it to the school as soon as possible. More information to follow.

September 2018

On behalf of the Board of Management and staff, I would like to welcome all the boys and girls back to school. I would like to welcome particularly all the Junior Infants who are starting school and to the other new pupils who have joined us in various classes.

It was a busy summer. A new boiler has been installed. This was a major project but a worthwhile one which will be of benefit to the school for years to come. It will no doubt improve efficiency and make the school a warmer place for the benefit of pupils and staff. Two classrooms and the SET rooms were painted also. Bridget did a lot of cleaning and painting in the school also both inside and out and her work is to be commended. New furniture was also purchased and a lot of percussion instruments were purchased from the Sponsored Walk money that took place last June.

Last Friday fifteen children enjoyed their first day at school. I look forward to getting to know them all over the coming weeks. I would also like to welcome Ms. Marie Power  to the staff of the  school who is filling in for Ms. Butler. Mr. David Tyan is a final year student in Mary Immaculate College. He will be teaching in various classes in the school from 3rd September to 23rd November.

Meetings with teachers: All meetings with teachers are strictly by appointment only.  Please telephone the School office to make an appointment. Maria is in the office from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. We cannot guarantee that the phone will be answered outside of these hours.  If you have a concern about your child, speak to the class teacher as a first step.

Homework: Start as you mean to continue,  Check your child’s homework diary every night.  Do not sign off on homework unless you are happy it has been completed satisfactorily.

Communication:  Check your child’s homework journal for notes from the class teacher.  Please check the school website http://www.caherconlishns.ie , follow us on Twitter @caherconlishns or see our Facebook page ‘scoil cathair chinn lis’ to keep yourself informed on school news.

Healthy Eating: We are very proud of our Healthy eating policy. See school website for details.

Lost property:   Please ensure your child’s name is on every item of clothing. We have a number of coats which were left in the school by pupils at the end of June. They are in a box in the General Purpose room. Any items which are not claimed by the end of this week will be recycled.

Children are supervised from 8.50 a.m. each morning.  The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

All families today received forms for Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance.  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 14th.

Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions and Book Rental money. If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to Maria in the school office any day between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m..

Caherconlish NS Homework Journals are for sale in the office. They cost €5 each.

Slapped Cheek: Attached is a letter with information regarding Slapped Cheek Syndrome as we have had a case of this in the school recently.

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.

Grapes: If your child is bringing in grapes for lunch, can you ensure they are cut lengthwise so they can pass more easily through smaller throats. And never widthwise, because they’ll still be big enough to choke on.

Fundraiser: On Sunday 7th October 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. If you have anything that you would like to donate as Spot prizes, such as unwanted gifts etc. please drop them into the school. You can also contact Ashlinn Ryan (087 9061809) or Nancy Lane (086 4088485).

Credit Union: Sammy stamps are available in school every Friday. Stamps are €1 each. Saving is a great life skill and a good habit.

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. Please bring in a note when your child has been off school.

June 2018

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.

May 2018

Book Fair:

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.

 New Furniture:

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 Tests:

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)

April 2018

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:

  1. Sports Day Policy
  2. Extra Curriculur Sport
  3. Swimming Policy
  4. Student Teacher Placement Policy
  5. 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.

School Tours:

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.

20th March

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.

26th February

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.

21st February

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.
http://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/influenza/seasonalinfluenza/guidance/schools/

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 lishns.ias@eircom.net

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 lishns.ias@eircom.net

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

  1. Familiar reading
  2. Word work
  3. Writing
  4. 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.

Mr. Ryan
(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.

November 2017

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.

October 2017

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.

September 2017

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

Cheerios Breakfast
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.

Updated Website
We have upgraded our school website, which is updated regularly. Notes like this one can be found in the “notes” section.

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.

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.

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