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Dear Parents

I would like to extend a warm welcome to children and parents.  I hope you had an enjoyable and restful break.  A special welcome to the new children and their families who are joining our school community this year.  We hope that you will have a happy time here at St Paul’s NS.  

The school building is looking very well after an extensive amount of work and refurbishment during the summer months.  The classrooms and halls look very refreshed after being freshly painted.  

We have no secretary and a teaching principal during teaching hours.  It would really be appreciated if you need to get a message to your child or child’s teacher that you email the school at walshestownschool@gmail.com  

I wish you and your family every good wish and blessing for the coming school year.

Beir Beannacht agus Buíochas

Is mise le meas

Anne-Marie Swinburne

Bric-a-Brac Sale, 6th April

Bric-a-Brac Bake Sale on Thursday 6th April at 11.30am.

Pupils from Juniors to 2nd class will be brought by their teachers to the Sale.  Pupils may bring money to purchase items at the Sale.

Monies raised will go towards an activity for all pupils and to the charity ‘Olivia’s Special Horses’ ( www.oliviasspecialhorses.ie) which offer therapeutic activities to children with special needs.

Parents are welcome to attend!

April & May dates for your diary

April

Wednesday 5th 5th & 6th pupils participating in FAI School’s Soccer Final at Oriel Park Dundalk. Wishing them the best of luck – further details will be issued to pupils of 5th & 6th.
Thursday 6th Bake sale & Bric-a-Brac organised by 3rd to 6th classes.  Monies towards an activity for all pupils and to the charity ‘Olivia’s Special Horses’ – www.oliviasspecialhorses.ie which offer therapeutic activities to children with special needs. A representative from this organisation will address the pupils on this day explaining their charity. Two ponies will accompany them!
Friday 7th School closes for Easter Holidays at 12.00pm. Infants to 2nd can be collected 12- 12.10 and the remaining classes from 12.10 – 12.20.
Saturday 15th Easter Saturday – Integral Spinathon – Parents Committee Fundraiser in Integral Fitness Centre. Pupils from 5th & 6th Classes will be participating in the Spinathon. Your support will be appreciated – further details to follow.
Monday 24th School re-opens after Easter break.

 

May

Sunday 7th Confirmation – Our school choir – pupils 3rd to 6th will be providing the music at the Confirmation ceremony. It is very important that all pupils can attend to participate. More details to follow.
Sunday 14th First Communion

 

Final day of school is Monday June 26th, school closes at 12pm.

Term 2 dates for your diary

 

February  
Monday 20th Parent Teacher Meetings 3.15 – 5.30            Details to follow.
Tuesday 21st Parent Teacher Meetings 3.15 – 5.30            Details to follow.
Thursday 23rd No School –  Mid -Term
Friday 24th No School –  Mid -Term
March  
Thursday 16th Grandparents Day
Friday 17th St. Patrick’s Day – School Closed
April  
Friday 7th Last day of school for Easter holidays.

Parent-Teacher meetings

This year’s Parent – Teacher meetings will take place on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st  February from  3.15pm – 5.30pm.  Further details with allocated times will be issued shortly.

May we remind parents that, although we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your children’s progress – meetings should be arranged in accordance with the ‘Policy on Communication with Parents” as outlined in the Homework Journal and here.

We particularly ask that if parents wish to discuss any sensitive or otherwise important matters that:

  • Parents should ring the school to make an appointment or email walshestownschool@gmail.com with at least 24 hours notice.
  • Teachers should be given some idea of what may be discussed at the meeting so that they can prepare properly and have ready any resources or material which may be required.

 

Christmas ‘Evening of Song’

This year’s Christmas ‘Evening of Song’ will take place on Monday 19th December and Tuesday 20th December in the school hall.

This year we are repeating the format whereby classes from Infants to 2nd Class will perform on Monday night only and Classes from 3rd to 6th will perform on Tuesday night only.

This should help to shorten the evenings for both children and parents and will hopefully ease the ticket situation as well.  The concert will begin at 7.00pm sharp on both nights. Children should be in their classrooms at least 15 minutes before the concert starts.

Parking will be available in the school yard and a raffle will be held on both nights.

Tickets

The distribution of tickets will operate as follows:

  • Tickets will cost €2.50 each.  All monies go to the Parent’s Committee and are used for the benefit of the children and the school.
  • If you have children performing on both nights then up to 4 tickets for the second night will be free of charge.
  • Children in the school must have a ticket if they want to attend on the night they are not performing. They will not be charged for this ticket.
  • To begin with each family can buy up to 4 tickets for each night.
  • Tickets will be available in the front hall from 9.00am to 9.30am from Monday 12th to Thursday 15th.  
  • After that any remaining tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis on Friday 16th

December dates for your diary

Thursday, 8th December:  School closed for all pupils  – Church holiday.

Sunday, 11th December:  There will be a Family Mass for Walshestown school pupils at 10.00am in Walshestown church. The children from the school will do the readings, bring up the gifts and sing. The tree in the church porch will be decorated by the pupils. We would encourage all families to attend.

Wednesday, 14th December:  School is closed for all students as teachers are on In Service Training at Navan Education Centre.

Monday, 19th December:  Christmas Evening of Song – Juniors to 2nd Class

Tuesday, 20th December:  Christmas Evening of Song – 3rd to 6th Class

Wednesday, 21st December:  Santa will visit the school.

Thursday, 22nd December:  The Parent’s Committee will be holding their annual Christmas raffle at 10.30am. They would be very grateful for any raffle prizes you may be able to donate. These can be left in the school from December 5th. Parents are welcome to attend.

School will close at 12.00 noon. In order to relieve traffic congestion on that day, pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd may be collected between 12.00 and 12.15 and the remainder of the classes from 12.15 to 12.30.

Please note Walshestown Church Christmas Choir are looking for new members – practices Wednesday night 7.30pm to 8.30pm.