Newsletter September 2014
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Tá fáilte is fiche roimh na páistí go leir ar ais ar scoil; a big welcome back to all the pupils to a new school year especially the 15 Junior Infants who have just started and who seem to be settling in very well.
We would like to welcome Lourda Conway, our new Resource Teacher and Rachel Hogan our new SNA who have joined us this year. I wish them both and all the pupils a happy and fulfilling time in Youghalarra school.
While academic success is paramount in this school, we also believe in giving children a rounded educational experience. As part of this process many events will be taking place throughout the school year. We have already made arrangements for a wide variety of activities including hurling, football, rugby, athletics, dance and gymnastics. We hope to have many more activities to add to this. Unfortunately some of these activities must be paid for by the school and items such as buses and equipment also add to the costs. As you are all aware school grants are also being cut and the school is currently unable to sustain such expense. However, a decision has been made that no voluntary contributions will be sought. We will instead run some fundraising activities that we hope all parents will support.
Fr. O’Brien has invited us to celebrate an opening mass on Thursday 11th of September at 10.00 am in Youghalarra Church and all are welcome to join us.
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I would like to remind parents that if they would like to discuss any aspect of their child’s education to please feel free to make an appointment with any member of staff.
Gaelic games havealready commenced in the school with coaching taking place every Friday. We will also run a school league on Thursday afternoons for the pupils of 3rd–6th classes.
This week also sees the start of our dance programme, which will run between now and Christmas.
The school is currently waiting on delivery of 17 iPads for the school. These are scheduled to arrive in the next week. We believe that these will have a very positive impact on the children’s education. As part of the process we will have an information night for parents on Thursday 25th of September. On the night we will also formally launch our new school website.
To coincide with our new technology launch,we have also developed an internet safety and acceptable usage policy. This is available to view on our website. As part of this safety policy please find attached a permission slip. Please fill this in and return it ASAP.
Get Well Soon:
We would like to wish Pat Griffin, our chairman, a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him again soon.
(1) To all adults dropping off and collecting children for school, please continue to use the car park at all times, as using the main school entrance may endanger the lives of yourself, your child, people using the playschool and teachers turning into the school grounds.
(2) The school will open in the mornings at 9.00am. Children are not supervised before this time, so we would prefer from a safety point if children were not on the grounds before 8.55. I appreciate very much your continued co-operation in these matters.
(3)Could I remind parents to write your child’s name on all their school belongings. We currently have lots of school jumpers that have been found with no names. If any parent is missing one please contact the school, so we can return them to you.
Dates for the Diary
School Opening Mass Thursday 19th September at 10.00am
Midterm break 24th October–3rd November 2014
Christmas Break 19th December–5th January2015
Parent Teacher Meetings: Term 2 Date to be decided.