Salesian Primary School Newsletter June 2020

School Closures for 2020-2021

The following are the list of school closures for the School Year 2020-2021

New School Year Begins: School Reopens: Monday 31st August 
October Mid TermSchool Closed: Monday 26th - Friday 30th Oct
School Reopens: Monday 2nd November
ChristmasSchool Closed:Tuesday 22nd December at 12 noon
School Reopens: Wednesday, 6th Jan 2021
February Mid TermSchool Closed: Thursday 18th and Friday 19th, Feb.
School Reopens:Monday 22nd February 
St. Patrick's DaySchool Closed: Wednesday 17th March
School Reopens:Thursday 18th March 
Easter HolidaySchool Closed: Friday 26th March at 12 Noon.
School Reopens: Monday 12th April

May Bank HolidaySchool Closed: Friday 30th April and Monday 3rd May (Bank Holiday)
School Reopens: Tuesday 4th May
June Bank HolidaySchool Closed: Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th June School Reopens: Wednesday 8th June 
Summer Holidays Closing On:Friday 25th June at 12 Noon 

A Message from the Principal

Dear Pupils and Parents,

This has been an incredible year - it has been a year that brought us incredible challenges and a year that has taught us incredible lessons.

In Mid-March, all semblance of "normal" was taken away from us. The predictability and consistency that gave us confidence and comfort was suddenly taken-away. This challenged us to find "new ways", to innovate, to recreate, to adapt. There may have been times that the challenge seemed too great. Times where you may have bargained to do anything to have things go "back to normal" and this is when the incredible lessons will have come. Challenging times help to focus our minds. Challenges force us to concentrate our thoughts and energies, they force us to filter-out that which is not important, or that which we cannot change, they force us to focus on our reaction and our response. One of the most important lessons from living through this time will have been that we need to concentrate on what is important; focus on our families and our loved ones, do what we can to ensure that they are safe and continue to stay safe. This time will have hopefully taught you the lesson that you can and will adapt, that you can and will get through what, sometimes, seems like an impossibly difficult time. Another important lesson to come from all of this is how everyone working together for the common good, will achieve amazing results. It is the collective effort of individuals that has reduced the effect of Covid-19 on our nation. There is an irish saying: "Ní neart go cur le chéíle" - there is no strength without unity.

Although Covid-19 finished our school year - it was not the entirety of the school year. You will see reminders below of the many great events that we shared in our school earlier this year. I hope that these bring back memories of good times shared together at Salesian Primary School and hope that these will make you eager to return to us after the summer to create new memories at Salesian's.

All at Salesian Primary School wish you a happy and safe summer.

Le gach dea ghuí (with every good wish),

Aisling Murray


Highlights from the Year Gone By 

Robotics 

Both our 5th classes and some of our 6th class pupils were delighted to have participated in the DELL Robotics STEM challenge this year. It was the school's 3rd year being represented at regional level in the competition. Children were responsible for organising workplace related activities such as team building, PR tasks, itinerary listings, fundraising, building and programming the 'bot'. We are so proud of the girls' commitment, innovation and team spirit shown during this project as they developed their scientific, engineering and mathematical skill-sets. 

Roots of Empathy

Ms. Spicer's class were very lucky this year to have Natalia come to our classroom every week to teach us the Roots of Empathy programme. With Natalia we learned all about how babies grow and develop and what they need at each stage of development. It was really fascinating. We even had a mommy and baby come and visit us every few weeks so that we could see "our baby" grow and develop. During our time with our Roots of Empathy Baby we saw him learn how to hold his head up, how to roll, how to sit and he was even starting to crawl when we last saw him! We really loved it when he came to visit us! We would like to thank Natalia, Mammy Laura and baby for bringing us on this amazing learning journey!


GAA Update

2019/20 has been a fantastic year for GAA in Salesian Primary School. Throughout the year, we had the wonderful coaches who came in to help the boys and girls from Senior Infants and First Class to learn the basics of hurling and camogie. Many thanks to James Ryan and his Na Piarsaigh coaches for all their help.

In the Upper School, 'GAA Club' commenced in October for girls from 5th and 6th class. For many of the girls this was their first time playing Gaelic Football and Camogie . All the girls showed great commitment to the training during the year and always gave their very best. It was great to see more girls joining the squad as the year progressed and we hope to add to the panel over the next year.

Finally, a huge thanks to the Absolute Hotel Limerick for very generously sponsoring the school a new set of GAA jerseys and to Caroline Browne from the parents association for organising. The jerseys will be a great addition to not just GAA, but sport in the school. We hope to have great success in them in the future! 

A Visit from the Sr. Yvonne
Sr. Yvonne, a very important leader in the Salesian community, visited our school on Friday 28th of February. All of the pupils and staff gathered in the Halla to welcome her. Representatives from the senior classes spoke about all the wonderful activities happening in our school and the 6th class girls performed two beautiful songs. Sr. Yvonne was very pleased with the children and praised everyone for the wonderful atmosphere of Salesian Ethos that is evident in the school.

Tony Baloney

Our pupils were very fortunate to be entertained by the wonderful magician Tony Baloney earlier this year as a special treat in preparation for St. John Bosco's Feast Day on the 31st of January. Tony reminded our pupils that John Bosco was also a magician who enjoyed performing magic tricks for huge crowds of people after weekend mass.John Bosco is the patron saint of magicians and he loved to visit the circus and carnivals as a child. Tony was a big hit with all of our pupils from Junior Infants right up to 6th class.

Mission Week 2019

We enjoyed another very successful Mission Week from 21-25th October 2019. Our amazing 6th class girls helped organise a very successful and memorable week. Our wonderful 5th and 6th classes baked delicious tasty treats for our younger classes to buy. They were industrious in preparing their stalls and deciding on price lists and designing posters to entice their customers!!They enjoyed Mission Week Bingo in the halla. Halloween themed prizes and Penney's vouchers were the much sought after prizes. Our 6th class decorated and brightened the halla and devised a playlist of popular songs for a disco for our younger classes. Many children dressed up in Halloween costumes and enjoyed learning new dance moves at the Halloween disco!!

Our Mission Week this year raised €1,286.88  for our Salesian Sisters in Lesotho and Johannesburg and Jigsaw ( Mental Health Support Service for 12- 25 year olds) in Limerick. Sr. Mary Donegan distributed the monies raised between the Salesian Sisters in Lesotho and Johannesburg. Siobhan Wilmott was delighted to come into school to receive the cheque for Jigsaw.

We would like to thank all our wonderful families and Salesian community for supporting us. Your generosity and kindness is very much appreciated. " When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed"- Maya Angelou

Salesian Sisters Ministry Fund

We are incredibly grateful, as always, to the Salesian Sisters Trust Fund for the generosity they show to all of us in Salesian Primary school. Although our school term ended abruptly on March 12th, we had enjoyed many rich experiences which were either funded or subsidised by the Salesian sisters. Sport and Music are both highly valued in our school and we were lucky to have many opportunities to explore different experiences with professional input. These included My Gym lessons for the Junior classes and tennis and basketball classes for the senior girls. We were also able to purchase PE equipment and provide safety cladding for the basketball poles in the yard. Comhaltas returned to all classes from 1st class up providing tuition in tin whistle while senior girls from 2nd to 5th had choir with Ms. Linnane. All these wonderful experiences have provided us with happy memories to reflect on. We are incredibly grateful for the continued support we receive from the Salesian Sisters Trust Fund. Our sincere thanks to them.

Annual Poetry Competition

Doing things differently in Lockdown time

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we all do things, particularly in schools all of whom have been closed since March 12th. So, when it came to the annual Salesian Primary school poetry competition, teachers had to be creative as this was a tradition we didn't want to lose. It went ahead as an online competition and the school was delighted with the quality of entries. This is the Salesian Sisters' Centenary year, so a special prize was awarded to Chloe Kelly in 4th class for her poem "Missing school" which captured the Salesian spirit of the school. Congratulations to all the prize-winners- Sofia Withero, Amy Sheehan, Heather Dickinson and Adeeya Noman in 6th , Alejandra Shinnors, Kaitlyn Bernane and CarrieMcDonogh in 5th and Tara Flynn, Ella Jordan, Karolina Mlakova and Chelsey Hogan in 4th. 

Goodbye to our 1st Class Boys

To all of the boys in 1st class that will be leaving us this year, we are so sorry to see you go. It has been a pleasure to teach you all over the last three years. 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 are sad that we could not finish the year together and have our usual celebrations. We wish you all the very best next year in JFK and hope that you will come back to visit us. We would love to see you! All of your teachers are so proud of you. We hope that you enjoy your new adventure.

Goodbye to our 6th Class Pupils
We would like to congratulate our 6th class girls in advance of their 'Zoom' virtual graduation next Tuesday June 23rd @ 6.45pm. The whole school are invited to tune into Radio Limerick thereafter- following the 8 o'clock news, where their most voted for 'Song of the Year' will be revealed. Together apart!We will miss them dearly and wish them the very best in their new secondary schools. We continue to look forward to supporting our confirmation girls when their special day finally happens. Go n-éirí an bóthar libh go léir!

Parents Association Message
The members of the Parents Association would like to thank everyone for all of their support during the year. A big thank you to the parents who gave their time to help at any of our school events. Your help is very much appreciated. We hope to reschedule some of the events we missed out on during the year. We will be in touch if we have news in relation to any of this in the new school year. We would like to invite new parents to join our Parents Association in September as we are always looking for extra help and new ideas. We wish the 6th class girls and their families the very best for the future as they begin a new chapter in their lives. We would like to express a special word of thanks to Ms Rea, Ms Murray, Ms Ryan, Geraldine and Gerry for all their help and support this year. Finally, we hope everyone stays safe and well over the summer months. We look forward to seeing some new faces at our AGM in September/ October. All new members are always welcome.If you have any further questions or are interested in getting involved in anyway please contact Suzanne by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 0857106126.

Salesian Sisters Celebrating 100 Years

This year is a very special year for all of us in Salesian Primary School as the Salesian Sisters are celebrating the centenary of their arrival in Ireland. Prior to our unexpected closure, we had begun celebrating this special occasion with a visit from a magician,  'Tony Baloney', and 5th class also prepared a drama for World Book Day. Preparation had also been underway to celebrate this historic occasion in many other ways this year. Unfortunately, these celebrations had to be put on hold due to the current situation. However, we hope that these events will now take place in the new academic year. We look forward to this with excitement and anticipation. 


Reminders 

  • Your child's school reports is now available on Aladdin Connect. 
  • Booklists can be downloaded from the school website by following this link: https://salesianprimary.ie/parents/booklists
  • Requisites and book rental are due to be paid by the end of September. Please note that all future payments (Requisites, Book rental  etc ...) will be made through Aladdin Connect. Full details to follow. Total amount due is recorded at the end of your child's booklist. 
  • Keep an eye on our school website/ Facebook/ Twitter over the summer months for any important updates. 

The staff  of Salesian Primary School wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer. We look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

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