Salesian Primary School December Newsletter 2023

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A Message from the Principal

A Thuismitheoirí agus a Chairde,

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

Ba mhaith le múinteoirí agus foireann uillig i Bunscoil 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.**

This is the season when we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is our opportunity to share with others the love He came to bring through his birth. The best way to honour His birth and later sacrifice for us is to ensure you celebrate your life by living it as best you can.

The task of honouring Jesus by Celebrating your own life means being the best person you can be. It means using your gifts and talents and, sharing them with others. It means being ready to make the best of all the opportunities you are given to learn and to grow. Life is a precious gift that God has given us. Each of us must recognise the positive difference that we make in our families, friendships, school and the greater world all around us. If we look at how Jesus lived, we see that His life was about loving. Life is best lived when when we love who we are. When we love those who love us. Even when we love those who hurt us. Love is what is the most important and the strongest emotion in this life.

I hope that over the Christmas Holidays that you get to experience and give love in its purest form- so that you feel its protection and gain the strength to make your positive difference in the world.

May I also take this opportunity to thank the pupils, staff, volunteers, Board of Management, Salesian Trustees and parents for making Salesian PS a place of acceptance, respect and growth. A place where loving kindness guides our teaching and learning. I also wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to welcoming all of the pupils back in the New Year 2024..

Claire Rea (Principal)


Rough translation from Irish:

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

**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.


A Message from our Newly Appointed Chairperson

Dear all,

I am delighted to be returning to Salesian PS as the Chairperson for the 2023-2027 Salesian PS Board of Managment (BoM). The Salesian School Community holds a special place in my heart and I feel privileged to Chair the new BoM as we make decisions for the benefit of the pupils presently in our care and those yet to arrive!

I look forward to working alongside for the benefit of the school community:

  • Sr Patricia Murtagh
  • Conor Bryce
  • Sowparnika Kulandaivel
  • Brian Leddin
  • Saša Novak Uí Chonchúir
  • Anna Nealon and
  • Claire Rea (Principal & Secretary to the BoM)


May the Christmas Season bring only happiness and joy to you all and your families.

Please send all correspondence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

School Calendar 2024

This is available on the the website

https://www.salesianprimary.ie/parents/school-calendar.

Please note: Salesian Primary School will close for our Christmas Holidays on Friday 22nd December

  • Junior and Senior Infants will finish at 11.40am
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes will finish at 11.50 am

Please ensure your child is collected on time as there will be no supervision available after 11.50 am

School reopens on Monday 08th January. 


Dates for your Diary

-February 14th Valentine's Cake Sale - Paents Assosciation fundraising.

-April 27th at 11:30 am Confirmation

-May 25th Communion

Requisite Money 

 Thank you to those of you who have already paid your requisite money for the new school year. Unfortunately, not all parents/ guardians have paid or contacted the school.

The cost of requisite money can be paid in instalments if needed. Please contact the school directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to discuss an alternative payment agreement. 

Our School News this Term 

Mission Week 

Mission Week is a fixed event in our Salesian PS calendar. As always teachers, parents and pupils showed enthusiasm and support towards Mission Week this year. Bake sales, bingo, dress-up disco and cinema all created great memories as well as supporting our pupils helping other children. The €1,330 raised this year will go towards the missions of the Salesian Sisters working with extreme poverty in Lesotho in South Africa, and also towards the children's mental health support team of Jigsaw, here in Limerick.Thank you all, again!


Science Week

We had such an amazing time celebrating Science Week 2023. There was a buzz of activity around the school as all students took on the roles of Junior Scientists and Engineers. The children engaged in so many experiments from chemical reactions, to creating slime and air power rockets to name a few.

We were very lucky to have some guest speakers and workshops to help us celebrate Science Week. Our Junior Infants were introduced to the world of Science magic and experiments during a workshop in our Science Room with Scientists Ellen and Isobel. Senior Infants were treated to a visit from Animal Magic who brought a snake, an owl, a chinchilla, a bearded dragon and a tortoise. First class were busy learning all about Space and loved their visit from the Mobile Planetarium. 2nd - 6th classes engaged with hands-on workshops on Space, Digestion, Chemistry, Electricity and DNA. Wildlife expert Albert Nolan brought classes down to Westfields to learn about our local flora and fauna.

The highlight of the week was the whole school STEMathon challenge where the children designed and made their own bubble mixture and bubble wands. Laughter could be heard all round as the children experimented with their bubbles in the yard. Some even created bubble snakes! 

New Student Council Elections

Huge congratulations to our newly elected council for 2023/2024 - Chloe, Emma, Úna, Ellen, Molly, Mary Anne and Summer-Rose. The girls made posters and presented speeches to their classmates. Student voice is very important in our school. The Council will work hard throughout the year to ensure the children have a say in how our school runs also. We are looking forward to lots of good things to come!

Christmas Raffle and Pyjama Day

What can we say?! A huge 'Go raibh míle maith agaibh' to all the students and families for supporting the Student Councils Christmas Fundraiser. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support. All monies raised from the raffle and Pyjama Day will go towards sensory toys for the classrooms. Pyjama Day was such fun and there was great excitement to be felt all around the school. We could get used to leaving the uniforms at home and wearing our Pyjamas everyday! 

Internet Safety Week

A facilitator from Barnardos visited our school this term to provide a series of workshops to pupils in 3rd to 6th class on the topic of Internet Safety. The presentation was very informative and the pupils learnt a lot about keeping themselves safe while online. 

Barnardos also run a series of workshops for parents at various times throughout the year. They also have videos available on their website which cover topics such as Screen time and Digital Wellbeing, Parental Controls and encouraging Critical Thinking while online. These videos can be found at the following link: https://www.barnardos.ie/learning-development/training/online-safety-programme/for-parents/

Keep an eye out on their website for upcoming webinars available in the new year. 

 Parents Assosciation

We have a very active Parents Association (PA) in our school. Every single parent/ guardian in the school is a member of the PA. This year the PA Committee is being chaired by Olena Slobodianyk. During the second half of this term the PA Committee called for volunteers from the wider Parent Body to allow the following activities to be enjoyed:

  • Senior Infant Maths Games
  • Teas and Coffees for the Junior Infant families at their children's Christmas Performances

All ideas are welcomed and all are invited to the PA meetings.

The PA Committee hope that parents/ guardians will volunteer to help out at the PA Annual Fundraiser on the 14th of February 2024. Please add it to your diary.

On behalf of the PA, may all the Salesian PS Staff and families enjoy a lovely Christmas and we look forward to all the Salesian Adventures that will come in the new year. 

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:

https://form.jotform.com/221874693490365

Breakfast Club and After School Club:

Elmtree Kidz is a privately run before and after school club organised by Yvonne McMahon and her manager 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..

LIMEROCKERS

Where: Salesian PS (Halla)

Contact Barry at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Dance (Hip- Hop) and Aerobatics
  • Fridays' After School Club

Choir 

The choir have been busy preparing for their upcoming Peace Prom Concert in UL on the 27th January. The girls have been rehearsing every Tuesday. For Christmas the girls will be performing at the end of term assembly and before and after the Christmas plays. 

Basketball

Basketball club has been a huge success this first term .

We played two tournaments during our first term and hope to play 2 more after Christmas.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

After school basketball will continue for term 2 .

Running Club

Fifth and sixth class girls have enjoyed partaking in the run club over the last term. Run club will begin again in the new year. It is on Mondays from 2.20-3.20 (weather permitting) . To celebrate the end of 2023 the girls enjoyed some hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Camogie
Camogie training sessions will begin again in January. The training sessions will be held on Thursdays from 2.20-3.20. Please bring your own helmet and hurley.

Scratch Coding 

After Christmas we will be running a 'Scratch Coding' after school club for 5th class. This club will give children an introduction to coding using Scratch and will be suitable for beginners. Places will be limited and further information will be shared on our return to school.

First Aid 

First Aid Club has been running for 3rd class students on Thursdays after school for the past number of weeks. The club will continue in the new year with the final session on Thursday Jan 25th. The girls have been learning about what first aid is and what the Red Cross Organisation does. They have learned about scene safety, proper hand washing, how to treat cuts, grazes, and more serious bleeds, and how to put someone in the recovery position if unconscious. In the new year, they will continue to grow their first aid skills and knowledge by learning how to put on a sling, how to call an ambulance, and how to treat a variety of other injuries such as sprains, strains and nosebleeds. This first aid course is an adaptation of the Irish Red Cross Organisations T-Bears First Aid Programme. 

Swimming

Elsa, Hannah, Jana and Molly competed in the Munster Schools Swimming Championships during Term 1. We are all very proud of them. Not only did they represent Salesian PS, they each beat their personal bests at the event. Elsa, Hannah and Molly have now all qualified for the National Schools Championships which is being held in March 2024. 

Reminders for Parents 

  • Encourage children to eat 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 open at 8:30 am each morning.
  • School commences for all pupils at 8:40 am. Pupils should be in their classrooms ready to commence learning by 8.40am 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. 

Safe Pharmacy 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.

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

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