January Newsletter 21/1/16
A warm welcome back following the Christmas holiday agus athbhlian faoi mhaoise dhaoibh go léir. The school is settling well into the new term and we have many exciting activities planned for the weeks ahead.
Can we ask your co-operation with the following. Please be extra careful in the vicinity of the school and observe the road markings and signs. Remember our pupils are very young and you may not be able to see them as you pull out or reverse. Please try to leave the school side of All Saints Drive free of parked cars, as this would help ensuring the safety of our children and the free flow of traffic on All Saints Drive. Your co-operation is also requested in complying with the voluntary one -way system in operation at school opening and closing times. This is available to view on the noticeboards in each yard. In the interest of everyone’s safety we implore parents/guardians to comply with these requests.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th February. Parents/Guardians will be notified in advance of the date and time of their meeting. Teachers will endeavour to facilitate parents at times convenient to both parties.
As you know Naíscoil Íde are grateful and fortunate to have received funding from the Department of Education to replace the prefabricated classroom, which currently house 140 children in conditions, which are less than ideal. The existing prefabricated classrooms will be replaced with a permanent build, which will provide more suitable accommodation for the children of Raheny and will be more aesthetically pleasing as the current prefabricated buildings are becoming an eyesore as they age and decay. We are delighted to have been granted planning permission and are now preparing to go to tender for the building project. As building costs rise each week we expect the will be a short fall in funds to cover the project. The Parents Association will be launching a fundraising project “Buy a Brick” over the coming weeks and all contributions will be gratefully received.
Trócaire Boxes will be distributed shortly. They may be returned to the school before the Easter Holidays.
School Enrolments for 2016
The closing date for enrolling children for September 2016 is 31st January 2016. Application forms are available in the office and on our website. Parents will be informed in February regarding availability of places. Our Enrolment Policy is available on our website.
As part of our on-going efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning within the school we are concentrating on implementing Aistear. Work is seldom humdrum or dull with the energy and vision of our teachers who motivate the children to engage positively and creatively with the curriculum. Aistear emphases play as a central teaching and learning methodology in the infant classroom. Teachers carefully plan structured play activities and group work specifically targeting certain objectives of the primary school curriculum. Having identified themes to work on with our pupils, we are resourcing this approach with exciting equipment to foster the development of literacy and numeracy in the classroom through these themes. Children are encouraged to develop their skills of thinking, oral language, writing, reading and numeracy through play with teacher and their peers in a well-planned learning environment. Check out our website www.naiscoilide.ie to see Aistear in action!
Board of Management
A new Board of Management has come into effect to serve from 2015 – 2019. Board members give generously of their time and expertise to help implement our strategic plan and create the successful school that we are. The new board will continue the tremendous work of the previous board and on behalf of the staff pupils and parents I would like to sincerely thank all serving and outgoing board members.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic schools week will take place from Sunday 31st January – Saturday 6th February when Catholic schools give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic Education. This year we remember that our God is a God of mercy love and compassion. We are called to be the face of Gods mercy to those whom we meet.
Many Congratulations to Ms Coyle on the birth of her baby girl, Ms McCoy on the birth of her baby son and Ms McGinn on the birth of her twins. We know how to keep ourselves in jobs!
Dates for your Diary
Continuing thanks for all your goodwill and consideration throughout the year. Naíscoil Íde prides itself on its vibrant and fruitful relationship with parents and long may this continue. Please remember to keep in touch with what is going on in the school via our school website www.naiscoilide.ie