Salesian Primary School December Newsletter 2022


Message from the Principal

A Thuismitheoirí agus a Chairde,

Ba mhaith le múinteoirí agus foireann uillig i mBunscoil na Salíseach ár mbuíochas a ghabháil díbh ar fad as ucht an cabhair agus an tacaíocht a fuaireamar uaibh ó thús na scoil bliana go dtí an lá inniu. Tá atmaisféar álainn in ár scoil agus tagann sin ó chomhoibriú idir an scoil, na tuismitheoirí agus gan dabht na páistí.*

During Advent as we prepare for Christmas, we take courage in this time of hope, compassion, kindness and patience as we await the coming of Jesus. This time of year is an important time for us to pause to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us, but also to pray for those members of our school community and families that maybe facing challenges during this time.

Personally, as the principal of Salesian PS, I have a lot to be thankful for including my dedicated colleagues-Áine Ahern (DP), Ger Rea (admin), Eoin O' Brien (caretaker), Tricia (First Aid and more), Lorraine, the teaching staff and SNAs (newly referred to as Additional Needs Assistants) who have been instrumental in creating a safe, caring, engaging, and inclusive faith-based school community here in Salesian Primary School.We are also blessed here in the school because of the ongoing support from the Board of Management, Salesian Trustees, Fr. McAuliffe and Father Ryan. Every parent in the school is a member of our Parents Association and when groups of parents come together to form the main committee, to organise and deliver a project such as Senior Infant Maths Games or to fundraise to improve the educational spaces and resources for the pupils, the good fortune of Salesian PS is particularly felt. Most importantly I am blessed for the pupils attending Salesian PS, their many personalities, kindness and confidence bring a vibrancy to the school that is unequalled elsewhere. Their Student Council actively gathers their thoughts, communicates them and have become strong partners in moulding school life. I am indeed blessed as the principal of Salesian PS.

The birth of Jesus signifies a new beginning for all of us. A time for renewed hope, peace, love and new beginnings. Let 2023, bring more blessings to our school community.

On behalf of the staff of Salesian Primary School, I would like to wish each of you, your loved ones and your families a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and a New year blessed with health and happiness.

May the gifts of peace, love, and happiness find you all during this most blessed season of Christmas.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise daoibh go léir ó fhoireann na scoile**.

Claire Rea (Principal)

[Rough translation from Irish:

*Dear Parents and Friends, All the teachers and staff of Salesian Primary School would like to thank you all for the help and support we have received from the beginning of the school year to the present day. Our school has a beautiful atmosphere and that comes from co - operation between the school, the parents and of course the children.

** Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from the school staff.]

School Calendar 2022-2023: 

This is available on our school website at the followiing link:

Please note: Our school will be closing on Wednesday 21st December at 12pm sharp for the Christmas break. School reopens on Thursday 5th January 2023. 

Teaching and learning begins at 08.50am each morning. 

Our School News this Term: 

Mission Week

Our Mission Week proved to be a great success. Thank you again to all of our generous families and friends of Salesian PS. Together we raised €1,920.00 for the Laura Vicuna Pre School in Lesotho (€1,120.00) and the Ennis Road First Responders here in Limerick (€800.00). 

Science Week 

We had a very busy Science Week this year in Salesian PS. All students took on the role of Junior Scientists and carried out wonderful Science experiments and investigations in their classes. There was great fun launching Rockets in the yards as part of our whole school STEM Challenge. We had so many hands-on workshops from trips to Westfields and workshops on bats with Albert Nolan, to visits from Scientist Ciara, Animal Magic and the Planetarium. We were also very lucky to have mobile Science Workshops with classes on Space, Guts of Digestion, Chemistry Kids, Fantastic DNA, Shocking Science and Classroom CSI. What a great way to celebrate Science Week and encourage our future Scientists and Engineers!

New Student Council

Our new Student Council has been very busy. They organised and packed over 500 Treat Bags for the Late Late Toy Show! It was a huge success and over €700 has been raised so far. This will all go towards the purchase of Yard Equipment for our ever popular sports trolleys. We would like to give a huge thank you to the whole school community for supporting this initiative. We can't wait to see what 2023 has in store for our Council. Watch this space!

Fashion Show 

The final amount raised for the Library and Additional Sensory Space from the Salesian PS Fashion Show came to €11,500. This includes a generous donation of €500.00 from Limerick Fine Gael Counsellor Olivia O' Sullivan. Again, we extend our gratitude to Anna Walsh and her loyal team for their resilience at making sure that the show went ahead. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir. 

Active Schools

We are busy here in Salesian Primary School working towards our first Active Schools Flag. The Active School Flag (ASF) is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often. We will continue during this new school year to maintain our high standards and focus on being active.There were lots of Active Festive Activities to complete in the lead up to Christmas. These included festive Dance breaks including the Penguin Dance, Santa Shark, Jingle Bells Reindeer Pokey and the 12 days of Fitmas.

Christmas Plays

Some classes have been extremely busy over the past few weeks in preparation for their Christmas plays. Some classess took to the stage last week to showcase thier performances while some others recorded thier work and sent it home for families to enjoy.  Pupils in 6th class also made thier very owm Christmas film which was called  "A Very S-Elfish Christmas". The film told the adventures of some very mischievous elves! 

Well done to all of the pupils for thier hardwork over the past number of weeks. A big thank you to the teachers for their huge efforts in showcasing their pupils work. We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us last week for thier child's performance. Having a real live audience in front of them makes the experience all the more worthwhile and enjoyable for the pupils. 


The choir have had a busy term. On the 21st January we will be performing in the Peace Prom Concert in University Limerick. We have been eagerly practising the songs and cannot wait to perform.

For Christmas this year in keeping with our Salesian ethos we visited St. Camilisus rehab unit. The girls were very excited to bring Christmas cheer and perform for the patients on the ward. The girls did us very proud! 

Reminders for parents 

  • Children need to have eaten a breakfast before they come to school. This is important to set them up for a comfortable day of learning and playing with their school friends.
  • Our school Gates will open at 8:40 am each morning.
  • School commences for all pupils at 8:50 am. Pupils should be in their classrooms ready to commence learning at 8.50am each morning.
  • Please label your child's school jumper with a permanent black marker.
  • As the days get darker and colder, please ensure that pupils who walk to school are visible to cars. Also ensure that pupils have winter coats to wear.
  • Our school is a nutfree school.
  • Our Junior Infant Classes are egg restricted.
  • In the interest of inclusivity, our schools healthy eating policy and the presence of many food allergies on classrooms please note that treats, sweets, cakes relating to birthdays and other celebrations are not permitted to be given out to pupils in classes. 

 After School Clubs 

Creative Concepts Drama Classes

Building: Confidence/ Creativity/ Communication & Collaboration!

Venue: Salesian Primary School

Bookings: To Book/enquiries contact Lorraine @ 0868485229

Classes fill very quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment

Irish Dancing

Nolan School of Dancing (Irish) every Thursday in the halla.

Please complete the sign up form:


After School Gymnastics on Fridays with Coach Jane

Gymnastics Booking at

Infants 1:30pm

1st- 4th 2:30 pm


Elmtree Kidz is a privately run before and after school club organised by Yvonne McMahon and her colleague Amanda O' Donnell.

Contact Elmtree directly for places at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don't forget to keep an eye out on our school website for updates from our classess throughout each term. 

Wishing you all a safe, happy and enjoyable Christmas break. We look froward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir.  

Further Information:  Safe Pharmacy Initiative

The Safe Pharmacy initiative involves community pharmacies providing a person who is experiencing domestic abuse with access to a phone and contact details for local support services. This enables them to make that important call e.g. to a family member, local specialist domestic violence services or An Garda Síochána. 

Support is available to listen to and respond to your needs. 

You will be believed, you will be listened to, and you will be helped.

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