Dear Parents,

Advance Notice: School will be closed on Tuesday 19th March for an Inservice Day. This is in addition to Monday 18th March when school will be closed in lieu of St. Patrick’s Day.

Some important items for your attention:

Dates for your Diary:

18th to 22nd February inclusive – Midterm break (5 days).

11th February – 13th March – Teaching Practice.

Student teachers will be in Senior Infants and 2nd Class.

5th March – Pancake Day – All money will go to Hunters Disease Research (Project Alive) – a note will be sent out nearer to the day.

8th March – last Swimming for 2nd and 5th Classes.

15th March – first swimming for 1st and 4th Classes – a separate note will go home about this to 1st and 4th Classes.

15th March – Green Day for Habitat for Humanity – a separate note will follow nearer the date.

12th April – last day of Spring Term – the PTA Easter Bake Sale will be held on this day – School will close at 12.30 p.m. (Infants 12.25 p.m.)

29th April – first day of Summer Term – a normal school day.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Various events to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge will take place during the week of 11th to 15th March.

Advance Notice: Tennis – this will once again be offered to 6th Class towards the end of the Spring Term and in the Summer Term, co-ordinated by Trish and separate from the new Games structure. The actual day has yet to be decided. Coaching will take place from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Shankill Tennis Club. A separate note will be sent home to 6th Class.

Farewell to Canon Appelbe

We bid farewell to Canon Fred Appelbe at the end of the month as he retires from his position as spiritual and pastoral leader of our community. He has been involved with the school for 27 years.

I would personally like to thank him for all his support, guidance, good humour and wisdom over the years and also on behalf of the staff, parents and pupils for his active involvement in all aspects of school life. On everyone’s behalf I wish Fred and Sonia all the best as they move into this new phase of their lives.

Fred would like to express his huge appreciation for everyone’s generous contribution to his retirement gift.

Teaching Practice

We welcome Abbie Sarratt and Christine Cox who will be teaching in 2nd Class and Senior Infants respectively from today until 13th March.

Hockey Team – Girls

Many congratulations to the Girls’ Hockey Team on winning their quarter final match. They are now playing in the semi-final against Our Lady of the Wayside on a date to be confirmed. My thanks to Mark and the other Southside School Sports coaches for all their work with the team.

Hockey Team – Boys

Congratulations to the boys who have won all their matches so far and have more to play.

P.T.A. Recycling Fundraising Venture with Liberty Recycling

Following on from the previous two years very successful fundraising event, we will once again be participating in this initiative with Liberty Recycling (a clothes recycling social enterprise and charity supporting those affected by drug and alcohol abuse) in conjunction with raising funds for the school. Please gather any unwanted clothing items over the mid-term break and during the Easter holidays. Each family will be given a bag (and more if required) to fill and these will be collected on Wednesday 31st April by Liberty Recycling who will give the school €4 per bag collected. The permanent container will remain in situ but I would ask that you do not put clothes into it for the duration of this fundraising initiative.

Battery Recycling

Please remember that we have recycling boxes in the concourse area for you to place your used batteries in.

Core Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to Alannah Jackson, Brónagh Hainbach, Faith Robinson and Killian Mull-Byrne who were selected to represent the school at the recent Core Credit Union Quiz.

Carlingford Trip

My thanks to Ms. Jackie Morris and Mrs. Rosemary Allison for agreeing to accompany the class teachers on this trip at the start of June.

Cycling Safety

Pupils in 6th Class are undertaking an eight week course in cycle skills and safety training. They are enjoying this and gaining in confidence.

School Bills/Revenue Forms

The Spring Bills will be issued on Wednesday and prompt payment of same would be much appreciated. Parents may pay by cash or cheque or directly to the Bank (details on the Bills). The Revenue Forms (only applicable if you have more than one child in the school) have been included with the bills.

Adults Table Quiz

My thanks to the PTA Committee for organizing the recent Adults Table Quiz in the Tennis Club. Thanks to everyone who participated. It was a very enjoyable night and was well attended by a cross section of parents and friends. Over €1,500 was raised towards school funds which is a terrific amount. Congratulations to the winners (James McCarthy Morrogh and friends). Thanks to Niall Carty for acting as Quizmaster, to Kate McCauley for her games, to Heidi Jackson for introducing a mindfulness moment and to all the parents in school who provided the raffle prizes.

Enjoy the mid-term break.

Caroline Senior


11th February 2019

P.T.A. Notes

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Quiz. There was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the evening.

Please make a note in your diaries of the upcoming events as mentioned already in the Newsletter