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May ’17 Newsletter

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Congratulations and well done to our All Ireland Boys and Girls Table Tennis Champions. We are so proud! We would like to thank everyone for their support, especially, the Parents who bag packed and raised €455.30, our B.O.M, Fr. Carney, the Parents’ Assc., Councilors, Michael Kilcoyne and Al McDonald, who all sponsored the the teams and to Liam Devaney, Liam Tansey and everyone for their support and encouragement.


Congratulations also to Jillian Clarke, who won an award in the Local History & Folklore Essay Competition.


On the 10th May ’17, the Communion class will go on Retreat to Knock, in preparation for their First Holy Communion on Saturday 20th May ’17. Pupils should bring a packed lunch and a drink.


An R.S.E. talk will be given to the fifth and sixth class pupils on 16th May and their Parents/Guardians will attend on the 23rd May ’17.


As the weather is so nice, we have decided to hold Sports Day tomorrow, Tuesday 9th May. Please bring in a sack, an old tie/scarf and a spud and spoon. Don’t forget the sun screen, a hat and extra drinks.


If any of the pupils of sixth class would like to donate their sixth class books to the school at the end of term, we would be delighted to have them.


On the 19th May ’17 we will be hosting a Super hero Day in aid of the LauraLynn Foundation, who provides respite for seriously ill children. Pupils should dress up as their favourite outfit, and donate €2 to the cause.


For the duration of the good weather, pupils are permitted to wear their shorts and T-shirts to school

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April ’17 Newsletter

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Cybersafeireland.Org, has sent us an email advising us that in response to Parents telling them they feel overwhelmed on the subject of internet safety, they have developed a 3-minute scribe animation video with simple advice for Parents. The video can be found on their home page We recommend a visit to the webpage.


The bucket collection organised by the Parents Association has raised €1,071. Thanks very much to everyone who participated.


We will be having an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday 7th April’17. Pupils should bring in €2 before Friday.


The school will be closed from Monday 10th to Friday 21st April ’17 for the Easter holidays .We hope everyone enjoys the break.


We will be bag packing in Dunnes Stores, Castlebar on Friday 21st April to raise funds for the trip to Dublin for the All Ireland Table Tennis Championship. Thanks to those who have already volunteered and we welcome any further volunteers, to optimize our fund raising chances.





The Table Tennis Championship takes place in Dublin on 27th April ’17. Due to the early start we will be overnighting on the 26th April. The school will remain open for the junior classes. The senior classes will receive their itinerary after the holidays.



We will be continuing with our ‘Walk on Wednesdays’. Well done everyone!


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March ’17 Newsletter

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:


County Photos will call to collect the returned proof cards on Thursday 9th March ’17.

Please have your proofs/money returned to us by then.


The pupils of all classes will attend an athletics workshop in Claremorris on Thursday 16th March ’17. (This is the workshop that had to be cancelled back in November ’16).


The school will be closed for St. Patrick’s Day on Friday 17th March’17. We will be marching in the Balla Parade on the day. Please assemble at the Car Park at 11.45 am and wear your school tracksuit. We wish you all a ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


The Central Mayo Qualifiers, 5 aside soccer will be held in Milebush, Castlebar on Wednesday 22nd March ’17. ( more details to follow, as we get them).


The school will be closed on Thursday 23rd March ’17, as there is a ‘Whole School Seminar’ for the Teachers on that day.






The Parents Association will hold a Flag Day on Saturday 25th March’17 to raise funds for the school. Your participation on the day is much appreciated.


Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Teams who won the Connaught Region Table Tennis Championship. The final will take place in Dublin. Well done to everyone.


The Bakeathon for Syria raised €318.90. Thank you to all the great bakers and those who also made a donation to the cause.


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Feb ’17 Newsletter

Monday, March 13th, 2017

We hope everyone has settled into the New Year and new term. We thank everyone for all the lovely cards, gifts and good wishes we received for Christmas.


The Christmas Concert was a great success, raising, after deductions €300. The carol singing raised €526, which was divided between the school and the Irish Pilgrim Trust.

This money will go towards funding of different activities and school equipment throughout the year. Your generosity as always, is much appreciated.


Congratulations to Emma Leneghan, who has won the Cumann na mBunscol  Handball Mayo Title competition. Emma is now through to the Connaughts. Best of Luck Emma.


This week is Catholic Schools Week. The theme is Learning with Pope Francis to Care for Our Common Home- – the daily theme is;

Seeing beauty of our common home, caring for our common home, Grandparents watching over our common home, protecting and sharing our common home.


On Friday 3rd February ’17 Ms. Costello’s classes with attend a performance of the Quite Tree in the Linenhall Arts Centre.



Enrolment for 2017/18 will take place on 15th February ’17 from

7-8 p.m.


County Photos will be here on 16th February ’17 to take school photos. Request forms to follow.


We will be holding a school Bakeathon, supporting the people of Syria on 22nd February’17.


The school will be closed for the Mid-Term break on 23rd and 24th February ’17.


As part of the Green School Travel programme, weather permitting, for the next 10 days starting Monday 6th to Friday 17th February, we will be taking the Big Travel Challenge by walking to school, starting out from the Community Centre. Remember to wear your hi-vis vests.


Our Green School theme for this year is Bio Diversity. More details to follow.


Please note, our school policies are available for perusal by all Parents/Guardians. Please make an appointment prior to viewing.

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Dec ’16 Newsletter

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:


A huge thank you and well done for your response to our Christmas Shoe Box appeal. We are delighted to say we collected 60 boxes.


Congratulations to Ríona Jordan who won a prize in the County Library Halloween Art Competition.


On Wednesday 7th December ’16 the senior classes will attend Balla Secondary School’s production of Heavenly Heaven. Admission is free and the cost of the bus is €2 per pupil. Please have the money in by the 6th December.


If you would like to place an advertisement in our Concert Programme, please contact the school before Monday 5th December. The fee for placing an advertisement is €20.00. Spot prizes will also be gratefully accepted.


The school will be closed on the 8th December ’16, which is a holy day.


The Christmas Concert will start at 7.30p.m. on Thursday 15th December’16. All pupils should be here at 7.00p.m. We are now taking orders for the Concert D.V.D.


All our pupils will be going to Supervalu on the morning of 22nd December ’16 to sing Christmas Carols and raise money for the school and the Irish Pilgrim Trust. Pupils should wear their Santa Hats (please have your name on the inside of your hat).

Pupils do not need to bring their school bags on that day, as the school will close at 12 noon for the Christmas break. Parents/Guardians may collect their children on that day, from Supervalu at 11.30a.m, if they so wish.


Your attention to the enclosed note on head lice is greatly appreciated.


The school will reopen after the Christmas break on the 9th January 2017.


From everyone here at the school we wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope 2017 is prosperous and bright.

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