Salesian Primary School Newsletter June 2021

School Closures for 2021-2022

The following are the list of school closures for the School Year 2021-2022

October Staff Meeting 

October Mid-Term 

Thurs October the 14th
* school will close early. More information will follow closer to the time. 

School Closed: Monday, 25th - Friday 29th October
School Re-opens: Monday, 1st November

November Parent Teacher Meetings
November 15th -19th
* invitations with the format will be sent to parents closer to the time. 

Christmas Holidays
School Closed:Wednesday, 22nd Dec @12 noon
School Reopens: Thursday, 6th Jan 2022

January 2022 Staff MeetingThurs January the 20th 
* school will close early. More information will follow closer to the time. 
February Mid-TermSchool Closed: Monday, 21st - Friday 25th
School Reopens:Monday, 28th February.

St. Patrick's Day
School Closed: 
Thursday, 17th & Friday 18th Mar.
School Reopens:Monday, 21st, March

Easter HolidaysSchool Closed: Friday, 8th April @ 12 noon
School Reopens: Monday, 25th April

April Staff MeetingThurs April the 28th 
* school will close early. More information will follow closer to the time. 
May Bank HolidaySchool Closed: Monday, 2nd May
School Reopens: Tuesday, 3rd May
June Bank HolidaySchool Closed: Monday, 6th June
School Reopens: Tuesday, 7th June
Summer HolidaySchool Closes On: Thursday, 30th June @ 12 noon

 New School Year 2021-2022:

​Please note, school will reopen for all pupils on Wednesday 1st September 2021. 

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents / guardians,

Many of you are contacting the school and our teachers wondering how you may support your child / children over the summer months. Teachers have given their recommendations in your child's / children's reports. However, it is very important to remember that this special summer time is not intended as curriculum teaching time. Children engage with their teachers in this regard. This summer is an important opportunity to promote the concept of lifelong learning in children. The summer gives families a chance to provide opportunities for language development and communication, through engaging with parents in day-to-day activities and building memories of the learning situations surrounding us in the home, natural world, cultural venues, as well as in the areas of music and art.

For primary school children, learning outcomes and experiences are integrated across a wide range of activities often involving play, experimentation, collaboration and cooperation with others in their class. Where possible parents should seek to ensure that children simply enjoy the summer, play and have fun. Their physical and mental wellbeing is every bit as important, if not more important than academic results. Following a summer of enjoyment, your child will be available to access learning alongside their peers in September 2021.

Play is how children grow, learn and discover. After a tough year, play will be how children reconnect with their family, friends and their communities and recover from the impact of the pandemic. We need to ensure that children get outside, play and have fun. The summer should provide children, parents and families with an opportunity to rest, recuperate and recharge after a grueling year. There are limitless possibilities for parents and pupils to engage in Fun Activities that are intrinsically educational. These are just some suggestions:

SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education – this includes History, Geography and Science)

  • Visiting Heritage sites: Admission Charges to all fee-paying open OPW heritage sites are being waived until the end of the year. Many such heritage sites also have free admission – find out what's in your area for day trips
  • Interact with nature, explore your local area, 'walks' and 'play in the park'
  • Bird song apps, to identify birds singing, are available for smartphones – feeding, observing, recording and sketching birds visiting the garden and in the locality
  • In Ireland we are fortunate in that many of our National museums have free entry. Collins Barracks, the National Museum and the Natural History Museum in Dublin are all free
  • Towns and villages across the country often have local historical societies and folk-lore related to local landmarks – simple searches on google can throw up a treasure trove of information

Language & Literacy:

  • Listen to your child. Encourage them to tell, describe, explain
  • Encourage reading – read to young children, audio books, visiting the library, access the mobile library
  • Audio books can be downloaded from your local library by using:
  • Young children love to write and draw - access to pens, markers, paper and crayons
  • For very young children – working with playdough helps develop the muscles necessary for fine motor development, as does threading, using pegs, chunky crayons etc
  • Keeping a diary or journaling might be of interest. Writing cards to family or friends


  • We live in a mathematical world - money, counting, numbers, shape and space are all important mathematical concepts and we are surrounded by opportunities to explore them
  • For younger children simply counting, sorting, playing shop, pricing, going to the shop can all develop key mathematical skills. Finding and talking about shapes. 2 D (Rectangles, Squares, Circles) 3-D (cubes, cylinders, spheres) etc

Physical Education:

  • Running, cycling, swimming, dancing - games of all sorts
  • Balance, throwing, catching
  • Access local clubs – Cúl Camps, summer camps, sports clubs
  • Walking – hills / mountains / parks and lakes

Drama, Art and Music:

  • Energy goes where attention flows - encourage, listen, watch and comment
  • Access to paint, pencils, crayons & paper
  • Play dates – make believe
  • Hugh Lane and National Art Gallery in Dublin have free admission. Galleries, exhibitions or street art in towns and villages
  • Take time to stop, look and listen – street performers, buskers, street artists
  • What is happening in your local area?

The Let's Play Ireland website on has been updated and is packed with new resources for children and families to enjoy.

The Board of Management and school staff of Salesian Primary School, thank you for your support, commitment and dedication over what has been an extremely difficult period in all our lives. We count our blessing in having your child and children as pupils in our school. They have shown amazing powers of resilience and perseverance throughout this most unusual year. This could well be a summer of opportunity for learning in ways that we may never have previously considered. Most of all, may it be a summer of fun for you and your children.

As a school community we will continue to work together for the best possible outcomes for our pupils / your children. We look forward to welcoming you once again for the coming school year on the 1st of September 2021.

Beatha is sláinte chugaibh,

Ms Rea


A Message from the Chairperson of the Board of Management 

Hello everyone,

I would like to wish all staff and students a happy, safe and relaxing summer break.

This has been a year that is unparalleled in the history of Irish education, and it is to the immense credit of everyone involved that Salesian Primary School has managed to come through the year in such a positive, safe and structured manner.

Great credit is due to the principal and assistant principal, teachers, ancillary staff and parents in providing as positive an experience as possible for the children in the school.

I'm sure you can all do with a break at this stage.

Looking forward to a more 'normal' year in September 2021,

Have a lovely summer.

All the best,


A Message from the Parents Association 

As we come to the end of the school year , I would like to give three big cheers to all the boys and girls who have worked really hard during this difficult year. Well done everyone.

I would like to express my sincere thanks and applaud the hard work and dedication that Ms Rea and all the staff have done throughout this challenging year.

With remote learning being part of the year I honestly don't know where the teachers get their energy, from early mornings teaching online (which didn't always go to plan) to late night corrections and always with a positive attitude and a smile on their faces. Well done to all the staff.

For the sixth class girls and first class boys, I would like to wish you all the very best as you start a new chapter. Always remember the good times in Salesian Primary School and treasure those special memories.

I would like to thank the Parent Association members who are leaving the school, all the best and thank you for all the help and support you have given over the years.

Hopefully we can get back to the new 'normal' in September and start making new memories.

I would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe summer.

Best wishes

Suzanne Browne

Staff News

Congratulations to one of our teachers Ms Alene O' Malley who successfully received a Fulbright scholarship in 2019. Ms O' Malley has since accepted a place in the Ph. D. in Education programme in Drexel University in Philadelphia. Maith thú, Ms O' Malley! We are very proud of you. We are also very excited for you as you commence your Ph. D. programme this autumn 2021. 

We bid a fond au revoir to our caretaker Gerard Purcell (AKA Gerry / Ger). Gerry is a very important member of our Salesian School Community as a parent, our caretaker and as a grandparent. He greets every day with a smile and a kind word. Thank you Gerry for the part you have played in keeping our school cared for and also for the care and respect you have shown to our school community. May each and every day of your retirement be filled with joy, good blessings and laughter.We also wish you many adventures. May happiness and good health shine on you.

Highlights from Term 3

Junior Achievement Programme

Over the past few weeks 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th classes have been taking part in a five week Junior Achievement programme. Volunteers from Dell, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAP), Regeneron and the University of Limerick have been working online with the classes. They worked on projects such as Our Community (2nd class), Our City (3rd class), Power of Design (5th class) and Energize Online (6th class).

The girls had a wonderful interactive experience online and worked very hard on their projects.

Huge thanks to Caroline O' Callaghan from the Junior Achievement Programme for all her help in coordinating the workshops.

Annual Poetry Competition

2021 was another beautiful year for poetry in our school where writing talent was celebrated and rewarded during the annual school poetry competition. While 3rd and 4th class wrote haikus, 5th and 6th classes were part of a free poetry writing competition. Judge Wanda Knopek was very impressed with the entries submitted for judging and , after much deliberation, the winners were announced.

3rd class:

1st Mountains by Valentina Mastradonato

2nd Roses by Summer Rose Quinn

Night-time by Maja Stasiak

3rd Earth by Lily O'Brien-Norris

4th class:

1st Deforestation by Sophia Lloyd

2nd Bees by Charlotte Dunworth

3rd Bears by Madison Rountree

5th class

1st Like a Phoenix by Tara Flynn

2nd The Dragon and the Leprechaun by Isabel Moore

3rd Raindrops by Sara Bisen and My Safe Place by Olivia Moloney

6th class

1st Judgements by Halimat Salami

2nd Colours by Olivia

3rd I'll Miss you Grandad by Emma O'Connor

Well done to all involved.

Tennis Camps
Limerick Lawn Tennis Club hosted mini Tennis camps for 2nd to 6th class in June. Coaches CJ and Mark instructed the girls in a mixture of tennis skills and games. Music pumping and lots of running and tennis shots proved a great hit with all the classes. The girls had great fun and we were blessed that the weather was beautiful for all the groups. We are very lucky to have such a great facility close to our school.

6th Class 5KM Challenge
Mrs. Dooley Ryan and Ms O'Donnell's 6th Class pupils successfully completed their 5km challenge in Shelbourne Park in June. Training began after the Easter holidays in our school yard and gradually week by week we built up our fitness levels. The benefits of walking abound, including boosting energy levels and moods, clearing your mind, getting fit and in our case the pupils enjoyed the social aspect of chatting with their friends. Hopefully all our girls will continue to be active over the summer months.

Sports Day

Shelbourne A.F.C. became the venue for sports day for lots of classes this month. The pupils had an absolute ball with races, novelty races, games, soccer and skipping. There was sheer joy at being able to enjoy a sports day together as a class! Huge thanks to Shelbourne A.F.C. for the use of the grounds.

Goodbye to the 1st Class Boys
On Friday June 18th, the first class pupils had a small celebration to say goodbye to all of the boys who will be moving to their new school in September. We will be very sorry to see all of the boys leaving us this year but we have no doubt that lots of new adventures lie ahead. It has been a pleasure to teach you all. We have had such fun together! We hope that you have lots of lovely memories from your time in Salesian Primary School, as we have of all of you. We wish you all the very best next year as you move to your new school. We would love to see you all again so make sure to come back for a visit at some stage! All of your teachers are so proud of everything you have achieved over the past three years. Well done!

Goodbye to the 6th Class Girls

On Tuesday 22nd June, we hosted a virtual Graduation Ceremony for our wonderful 6th class pupils. All the pupils enjoyed the ceremony in their classrooms, while family members joined online. The pupils reminisced about their favourite memories, shared with us their hopes and dreams for the future and entertained us with music, dance and poetry. Afterwards all the girls enjoyed lunch in the sun and a chill out afternoon of music and chat. A most enjoyable celebration for one and all.
We are so proud of each and everyone of our 6th class pupils. We hope you each continue to shine your beautiful light wherever you go. We wish you all happiness and fulfilment in your new post-primary school. Go n-éirí an bóthar libh go léir.Our sincere thanks to Conor Sheehan for his donation towards the graduation. 

Other News

Communion and Confirmation Updates: 

We wish all of our pupils who are making their First Communion and Confirmation a wonderful celebration and every blessing.

The Communion Day for the Salesian Primary School pupils will take place on Saturday the 10th July 2021, commencing at 11:00 am.

The Confirmation Day for the Salesian Primary School pupils will take place on Friday 9th July 2021, commencing at 7:30pm.


We are thankful that Debbie Rooney, the co-ordinator of SMILE-SCP and her colleague, Project Worker, Natalia Stefanowicz work in partnership with the staff of Salesian Primary School to support our pupils' access to education with their peers.

During our post Christmas remote learning period, SMILE-SCP worked with the principal to support families and they purchased some of the devices which we were able to provide to families so that all of our pupils could access remote learning. Natalia led our very much enjoyed 6th class transition programme and also our Roots of Empathy Programme. Through SMILE-SCP we gain the in-person pupil focused support provided by Natalia and additional resources to benefit our pupils' learning. Hopefully, next year will allow the return of the SMILE-SCP homework club and other initiatives such as Doodle Den.

Thank you Debbie and Natalia and all at SMILE SCP for adding to the rich education we provide in Salesian PS. Our classes also wish to thank you for the "attendance" and "resilience in learning" awards you provided for our classes during the last week of June 2021. Míle buíochas

Salesian Sisters Ministry Fund - SSMF

We are incredibly grateful, as always, to the Salesian Sisters Ministry Fund for the generosity they show to all of us in Salesian Primary School. This year, the generosity of the Salesian Sisters provided funding for two main areas which we feel reflect the Salesian Ethos.

The Salesian Sisters have always been progressive in their approach to education, so it was fitting that one of the funds was utilised to broaden our scope of digital learning for our pupils. A number of Chromebooks were purchased for use by our pupils and teachers within school. These Chromebooks were also made available to families during the period of Distance Learning; thereby ensuring equal opportunities for all so that all of our pupils would be able to access the learning provided by our teachers during this period. The Fund also facilitated additional training for our staff in establishing our online platform; Google Classroom, so that it was being widely used with all of our classes throughout the year. This has been a very successful venture.

The Salesian Ethos acknowledges the importance of Pastoral Care for our pupils. They have long-recognised the fact that supporting the emotional wellbeing of pupils is very important in allowing them to progress with their academic learning also. Therefore, fittingly, the second Fund was used to provide Creative Therapies for a number of pupils during this year. This Creative Therapy has helped and supported pupils to cope with adversities in their lives and will continue to be beneficial to them in times to come.

We are incredibly grateful for the continued support we receive from the Salesian Sisters Ministry Fund. Our sincere thanks to them.

Summer Reading and Writing

We know in Salesian Primary School how much our wonderful Girls and Boys love to read and write. The summer is a wonderful time for children to read what they most enjoy, to learn new things, and to have fun!

Why not join 'Reading Summer Stars' run by your local library this summer. It is always popular with Salesian Pupils! This exciting reading-based programme is available free of charge and runs from 14th June until the end of August. It is non-competitive.Every child who reads even one book/ ebook is regarded as having completed the programme. Read more about it:

There is also a short story competition this year for pupils aged 6-18. To enter, write a story using the following opening line: 'Of all the places in the world, I never thought I would be here'. Closing date: 31st August.For more details see:

Digital Wellbeing: Forming Healthy Digital Habits

This year more than ever we have seen an increase in screen time as the use of digital devices played a central role in getting us through this pandemic, helping many of us to continue with work commitments, keep in touch with family and friends as well as helping children stay connected to school and their friends. Although the use of digital devices have brought many advantages into our lives, perhap now as we move into the summer holidays it may be the right time to start thinking about ways in which we can begin to set reasonable expectations around the use of screen time for our families.

Here are some useful points of information which may help you to begin to form healthier digital habits going forward:

  1. The Family Link app is a useful app which aims to help families set appropriate digital guidelines. It contains features enabling parents to to control and manage content while keeping an eye on screen time. You will find some further information here:
  2. Tech Toolkit for Families and Guardians:
  3. Best Practices for Family Engagement:
  4. Over the past year Salesian Primary School has used the Google Classroom to continue to promote and encourage positive learning experiences throughout the school year. We will continue to use Google Classroom going forward. Therefore, you may find this 'Frequently Asked Questions' sheet useful when navigating your way through Google Classroom. It may be worth saving this link as it may come in useful for you during the next academic year.

Online Safety Awareness: Barnardos
All 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils engaged in a virtual 'online safety workshop' with Barnardos on Monday 21st June. The workshop was very informative and engaging.

Barnardos offer free parent webinars about online safety. They are live, run by Barnardos trainers and are held on Zoom. Below are the next dates and times. Parents who are interested can register themselves directly for a particular webinar at

Next Dates:

Tues, 13th July @7pm

The PA Fashion Show Fundraiser for our new library.

The PA wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the generous local businesses who sponsored our postponed fashion show:

Panda Waste

Absolute Hotel

Osbornes Pharmacy

Permanent TSB

Elm Tree After School


JVC Motors


O' Callaghan Daly Solicitors

Creative Concepts Drama Classes

Clanmaurice Playschool

Expressive Arts Theatre School

Gerard Duckworth

GGL security

M&C Property

Noonan Dental

Eamonn Andrews Photo Centre

Hybrid Technology Partners

Baker, Sheehy & Crowe Accountants (new)


Michael Hanley Chemists

Centra (ryans)

CJ Fallon



Tadhg O Connor Furniture

Trad Time

Michael Roberts

Starting Small Standing Tall

James Barry Motors

Good Counsel Nursing Home

PJs Garage


Beau Ireland

McCarthys Carry Out

Connelly Men

Credit Union

DNG Cusack Dunne

Honeycomb Hairdressing

Kelly Travel


Centra (rodahons)


Circle K

Vintage Barber

Adare Shutters

Alans Bouncy Castles


Bon Secour

Castle Blinds

Jens Hair Care

Fitzsimons Walsh Environmental

Panda Waste

Sonarc Architects

O'Gorman Solicitors

Unity Credit Union

The Bike Shop

The Carpet Store

House of Hair

Ballinacurra Late Night Pharmacy

Nursery Times

Furniture wholesale Limerick

Na Piarsaigh GAA Club

PT Electrical

Lyons of Limerick

Nevils Shoes

Lets Go Camps

Bakehouse 22

Proclean Ireland

Cantec Printing

The Old Rectory

Ryans Locksmiths

O'Brien Landscaping


The foot Lady

Justin Herbert

EBS William St

Mary Sarah Beauty


The Zipyard

UL Sports Arena

Gift guru

Melissa Ferguson

Remember to regularly check out our school website to keep up to date with all the latest news from Salesian Primary School. 

Wishing you all a safe, happy and enjoyable summer. We look forward to seeing you all in September.  

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