10 January 2017

New Year's News Letter

Welcome back!
We wish all families a happy and healthy new year.

Whats On?

Parents’s Association AGM
The AGM of the Parents’ Association will be held on Wednesday 18th January @ 7:30pm. Our PA have been a huge asset to our school and have allowed us to enrich the pupils experience through Santa visits, playground game resources, our refurbished computer room, lap tops, books etc. We urge all parents to attend and find out what’s going on in your children’s school.
Theatre Visit
The Clán Clúain Theatre Company will be here for their annual visit on Tuesday the 17th January. Each year they bring the history curriculum to life performing one of the great Irish legends to the delight of our pupils. 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes attend. This will cost €2 per pupil.
This year they will perform ‘Diarmuid and Grainne’.
Hurling
Hurling will begin again this term on Wed 18th & Thur 19st January.
Debating
Our 6th Class debating team will be preparing once again, as we await details of our opponents.
Credit Union Table Quiz
This competition is going ahead again this year. Mr Shine will be setting questions for 5th and 6th classes to choose representatives for the junior and senior competitions. The competition takes place on the 27th January.
Catholic Schools Week
This year this celebration will be from the 29th of January to the 4th of Feb. There will be activities of prayer, reflection, hymns and art going on during the week within the school.
Our Grandparents’ Mass will be celebrated this year on Wed 1st Feb@ 10am in St Mary’s of the Rosary.
2nd classes will be working on projects on their grandparents with a view to displaying them in the church for this Mass.
First Confessions
2nd classes are preparing now for their First Confessions, and they will receive the sacrament during the first week of February. Details to follow.
Communion Ceremony: Saturday 6th May
Confirmation Update
Confirmation Preparation Mass: 21st Jan at 6.15pm & 25th Feb at 6.15pm
Confirmation Ceremony: Saturday 20th May


Swimming

Swimming lessons commenced on the 10th Jan for three weeks for Mrs Hanly’s, Mr Shine’s and Mr Buckley’s classes.


Literacy
Our Christmas assembly for report writing was a great success with some very informative reports on animals such as arctic wolves, the elephant, the Siberian husky, the maine coon, anacondas, turtles, the peacock and algae eating fish, as well as thought provoking reports on Bill Goldberg and Elvis Presley. All of these are currently displayed on one of our notice boards in the front hall.
  This term we will be working on a new writing genre; Exposition Writing.  We will also cover the comprehension strategy, Making Connections. Each class will present their winning Expositions at assembly in a few weeks.
SPHE
All classes will be covering the Stay Safe Programme and RSE in the next few weeks.

Website and Twitter
This newsletter can be found in the Parents’ section of our website. Please also ensure you check out our website for monthly reports on what has been happening in our school and follow us on twitter @nenaghcbsp


General Reminders

Students are not allowed to have phones switched on during any school activity, be it based in the school or other venues. This is a child protection issue which we take seriously. If a student is found to have a phone switched on, it will be taken and can be redeemed from the principal’s office by a parent.
The correct school uniform should be worn by all pupils at all times. There are specific tracksuit days, which class teachers will make pupils aware of, other than that the standard uniform should be worn at all times as stated in the rules of the school.
School opening times
Please be reminded that school begins at 9.10 am each day. Please ensure that your child is on time each day. Note: Supervision is provided in the yard from 8.50am. CBS does not accept liability before this time.
Midterm Break

The school will be closed on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th of February for midterm break this year.