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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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Nov ’16 Newsletter

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Mass for the deceased of the parish will take place in the community centre on Friday 11th November ’16, at 8p.m. Any musicians who will be available to attend, please let us know by tomorrow. We will have a practice in the school at 2p.m. on Thursday.


This Thursday is the last day to bring in the shoeboxes. Our target this year is to supply 50 boxes. We know from past years how well you support this cause and we thank you for your generosity, in helping us reach our goal.


Our Halloween party was a great success. Thanks to all the Parents/Guardians who sent in treats for the party.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the pupils did not attend for athletics in Claremorris today. We will let you know the new date as soon as we have it.


Lenrec Recycling will be calling to the school on Wednesday 9th November ’16. Please send in any clothes you have for recycling by then. The more bags we recycle the more funds we raise for the school.


Friday 11th November ’16 is the last day of swimming lessons for this year.



Steffi Otto from Heritage Ireland will host a workshop in the school on Tuesday 15th November ’16 on how to use natural materials (hemp) to make Christmas decorations, skipping ropes, etc. If anyone of you can remember skipping songs/rhymes from your skipping days, please send them in to us.


Our ‘exercise for life’ programme continues, with the children running for approx. 15 mins per day. Keep up the good work.


We are now taking orders for Christmas Annuals by Educate .ie. at €2 each. Please place your order by Friday 18th November.


As the Christmas Concert draws nearer (15th December), we would be most grateful for any spot prizes you could donate to the school.


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