Salesian Primary School Summer Newsletter June 2022

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter. It has been a busy third term here in Salesians. We hope you enjoy reading a little about some of the things that we have been involved with this term. 

 School Closures for 2022-2023

The following are the list of school closures for the School Year 2022-2023

New School Year 2022-2023

​School will reopen for all pupils on Tuesday 30th of August 2022. 
​​ October Mid-Term 
School Closes: Friday 28th October 
School Reopens: Monday 7th November
November Parent Teacher Meetings
Meetings will be held on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th of November. More information will be provided in Term 1.
Christmas HolidaysSchool Closes: Wednesday 21st December (12 noon)
School Reopens: Thursday 5th January 2023. 
​February Bank HolidaySchool Closes: Friday 3rd February
School Reopens: Tuesday 7th February
​​February Mid-TermSchool Closes: Wednesday 15th February
School Reopens: Monday 20th February
St. Patrick's DaySchool Closes: Thursday 16th February
School Reopens: Monday 20th March
​​Easter HolidaysSchool Closes: Friday 31st March (12 noon)
School Reopens: Monday 17th April
May Bank Holiday​​School Closes: Friday 28th April
School Reopens: Tuesday 2nd May
June Bank HolidaySchool Closes: Friday 2nd June 
School Reopens: Tuesday 6th June
​​Summer HolidaysSchool Closes: Friday 23rd June (12 noon)

Additional School Closures

The school will close for all pupils at 1.30pm on the following dates to facilitate Staff Meetings. The dates for these meetings are as follows: 

-15th September 2022

-23rd March 2023

-27th April 2023

Please note if there are any changes to these dates or times we will let you know in advance. 


A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As this third term of 2021-2022 draws to a close, I would like to acknowledge the contributions and support of all our school stakeholders. To all our teachers and school staff who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to proactively ensure a learning rich, warm environment has been maintained throughout the school-thank you. Thank you for all your exemplary work over the entire year.

To our families, I, along with the entire staff, wish to wholeheartedly acknowledge your patience, understanding, commitment, support and fortitude throughout the year. Your children benefit from your dedication to them.

Our Board of Management and Parent's Association continue to be of enormous support and help to the school. They play a vital role in the daily running of the school. The benefits of their trojan efforts are numerous. We look forward to their growing presence in the school and their influence on the school's initiatives in the coming year.

Every good wish and blessing to our outgoing 6th class. We are proud of each of them. We recognise the sixth class pupils' readiness to leave our school. We are excited to witness them as they embark on the next stage of their education journey to secondary school. They have all worked very hard throughout their time in Salesian PS. We wish them all the very best for the future.

Our first class boys are also transitioning to second class in their chosen schools. Their voices, personalities and presence will be missed. This is a particularly bittersweet moment for the school community. We know their value and wish them every success in second class.

A massive word of thanks to all our parents and community members who have enabled us to undertake events held inside or outside the school, such as the Reading for Pleasure, our annual Poetry Competition, sports, drama, Junior Achievement, Engineers, Mathematicians and Scientists, Authors, Robotics and so many more.

Our Salesian Sisters and the Salesian Community continue to be the heart beat of our Salesian PS Community. They are ever present supporting our Ethos and celebration of Feast Days and sacraments. Their volunteering of time allows us to host our Joy Club, provide Art Therapy and Meditation. We are hopeful that this will be built on again in the coming year. The Salesian community also provides the school with grants (SSMF) that have added to the resources of the school for the benefit of our pupils, your children. As the principal, I ask that a prayer is said for them or that a good wish is thought for them.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh as chuile rud i mbliana agus bíodh samhradh deas agaibh go léir.

Claire Rea

Principal 

A Message from the Chairperson

 Hello everyone,

I would like to wish all staff and students a happy, safe and relaxing summer break. The school is a warm place to visit. I enjoy the times that I enter the school grounds and see the children playing. They speak with confidence when they engage with me. Their interactions with each other and the staff are incredible to see.

Great credit is due to the principal and assistant principal, management team, 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 well-earned break at this stage.

Have a lovely summer.

All the best,

Eugene.

Chairperson of the BoM

A Message from the Parent's Assosciation


Dear Parents.

What a great final term we have had.Our children have enjoyed a term of fun, learning, adventure and new sports equipment. Well done to all involved in this project.

Of course we hugely applaud Ms. Rea, Ms Ahern, All Teachers and Supportive Staff and send our thanks.

But we also recognise and congratulate the Student Council. Well Done on all your projects.

But to all Parents - Thank You.

You have all supported the school and our children in so many ways - generous donations, giving of your time, arranging speakers, volunteering, etc. Without your time and efforts many events would not happen for all the children in the school.

A Special Word of Thanks must go to the Parents who will now move on with their children to the next step in their education.To the 1st Class Boys and families - keep fond memories of your friends, teachers and all the fun on the yard in Salesians and enjoy the adventures of your new school.

Sixth Class Parents - We wish you well and thank you so much for your time and efforts over the years. Many of you have given time and much thought to the Salesian Primary School.You have set such a high standard of kindness and consideration. We applaud you and send best wishes.

Enjoy your summer break and we look forward to arranging many fun events for the school community next year.

Best Wishes.

The Parents Association Group


Staff News

The time has come to bid farewell to a much-loved colleague and teacher, Ms Connie McMahon who has given such incredible service to our school for the last 20 years. Ms McMahon has lived the Salesian ethos in her everyday life, as a teacher in our school, and has been a supportive friend and mentor to her co-workers as well as a tireless advocate for the children in her care. She always puts the child at the centre of her teaching. ​Her kindness, wisdom and listening ear was always available to anyone who needed it. We will miss her hugely in Salesian P.S. but wish her the very best in her retirement. 

Highlights from Term 3


Annual School Walk
We were all delighted  to get back out walking again  for our School Walk this year. Our Annual School Sponsored Walk was another one of our school traditions that was greatly missed due to Covid restrictions. It was wonderful to see all of the girls and boys out and about,  following different routes around our school depending on their class level. They had a lovely treat in store when they all arrived back to the school to see the ice-cream van waiting for them. The ice-creams were well and truly deserved. We would like to extend a huge thanks to the parents and wider school community for sponsoring the pupils for this walk. Thanks to your generosity we raised €4,916 on the day. Some of this money went towards funding the fantastic variety of sports equipment which the children have for playing with on the yard each day. 

Sports

Our pupils are very fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of sports during the year. Some of these include: Soccer, Cricket, Hurling, Basketball, Gymnastics and Swimming

It has been a very busy and sporty last term for all classes in the school . Thanks to Na Piarsaigh GAA Club for coaching our younger classes in hurling skills every Tuesday morning .Our 3rd class girls enjoyed coaching and skill development in soccer from Barbara Bermingham FAI female development officer each Monday . Our 6th class girls took part in 'Marathonkids' programme and managed to reach their 42K target! All our senior classes learned the game of cricket each Monday where they were coached by Arsalan Khalid SCEO officer. Our afterschool clubs Basketball on Wednesday and Gymnastics Monday/Friday continue to be a huge success where many children are enjoying being active and engaging with their coaches .Well done to all classes from 2nd-5th who have now completed their swimming programme for 2022.

For more information and to join local sporting groups please click on the appropriate link below:

https://napiarsaighgaa.com/site/

https://www.limerick.ie/shelbourne-fc

https://limerickceltics.com/

Annual Poetry Competition
It was wonderful to celebrate our annual Poetry competition again this month. Feedback from the
judges was very positive noting the high standard of entries this year and the beautiful presentation
of work by the children. Well done to all who participated and their teachers who prepared them so
well. Special congratulations to our prize-winners from Ms Murphy's class who wrote beautiful
haikus; Ava Lloyd (1 st ) Alicja Walsh (2 nd ) and Hollie Deane (3 rd ). Well done to 6th class also who wrote
free poetry and where the judges awarded extra prizes due to the standard of entries; Joint winners
Steisija Hanzena and Zuzanna Krason, Joint 2 nd place recipients Felicia Begaj and Maira Shoaib, and to
Isabel Moore (3 rd ) Keep up the good work girls.

Sports Day
Sports Day for our Senior classes (3rd to 6th class) took place on Thursday 23rd June. The girls enjoyed participating in a variety of activities across 3 different locations Shelbourne Park, LPYMA as well as the school grounds. We would like to say a huge Thank you to Shelbourne Park and LPYMA for the use of thier facilities on the day. Unfortunately the wet and windy weather forced us to change our plans for the remaining classes. However, the weather didn't dampen our spirits and the children enjoyed indoors activities such as novelty races, parachute activities, bowling, relay races and dance. Great fun was had by all the children on their Sports Day. 


Limerick City Sports

Congratulations to all the girls and boys who participated in the Limerick City School Sports which took place on the 18th of May. Although the weather was very blustery we still managed to enjoy a fantastic day in UL. The students took part in sprints, long distance, long jump and relay races. A very sporting day was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year's event.

First Holy Communion 

Well done to all of our Second Class girls who made their First Holy Communion in Our Lady of The Rosary on Saturday the 14th of May. The girls worked very hard to prepare for this and had a wonderful day celebrating. We were all very proud of them. A special thank you to Fr. Des McAuliffe, our Parish Priest for all of his help and support in preparing the girls for their special day.

Joy Club
Second Class also had the opportunity to attend Joy Club after school for the month of May this year. The girls participated in a variety of activities, including a trip to Kids Town for their last day. A huge thank you to Sr. Frances, Ms. Haugh and Ms, Spicer for facilitating this and continuing a wonderful Salesian tradition. Joy Club will return again next year.

Meditation and Confirmation

6th class had a most wonderful day for their confirmation on May 28th. The warmth of the Holy Spirit in their midst was felt in the rays of sunshine shining upon them. The presentation of the children's work and singing were most enjoyable not to mention the style. We wish these pupils blessings in each endeavour in their future.

A special word of thanks to Sr. Vera Hehir and Sr. Betty Baker who led us in meditation and retreat in the lead-up to the sacrament.

6th Class Transition programme and Graduation

All 6th class pupils engaged in a four week Transition Programme this term with Natalia Stefanowicz of School Completion Programme, to support them as they prepare for their move to post-primary school.

On Tuesday 28th June, we were delighted to welcome our wonderful 6th class pupils with their families to mark and celebrate together the girls' Graduation Ceremony. 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 our PA for your support and help.

6th Class Participation in Junior Achievement Energise Programme
Over the past few weeks both 6th classes have been taking part in a five week Junior Achievement programme. Volunteers from Dell, Denis Murray and Aoife Jelena facilitated weekly sessions in class. Pupils engaged in the 'Energize' programme, which is a fun, hands on programme that encourages students to continue with science in second level education and beyond and introduces them to the career opportunities available to them in the future. Energize explores the world of science; health and wellbeing, forensics, energy, safety and light in a fun and exciting way. The sessions were most engaging and enjoyable and the girls were very interested in the topics and investigations.

Huge thanks to the Junior Achievement Programme co-ordinators and our volunteers.

Summer Stars Reading Initiative

Summer Stars is the free national reading programme for children that takes place in all public libraries and online this summer. It runs from 13th June - 31st August 2022. All children are welcome to join in.

Activities for Summer Stars 2022:

1. Summer Stars BorrowBox: Browse, borrow, read and listen to the Summer Stars collection of children's e-books and e-audio books through the library's BorrowBox app for free https://www.librariesireland.ie/join-your-library.

2. Online Storytime: Summer Stars storytime will be delivered by library staff, available through your local library social media pages.

3. Books: Public libraries are open so do visit to stock up on your summer reads and register for Summer Stars!

4. Reading cards and reviews: Children can track their reading progress with reading cards which can be marked each time a book is read, online or in print form. These are available from your local library or for download and print below. The reviews section on this website allows readers to upload their views on what they have read.

5. Online Activities: Check your local library social media and website for upcoming Summer Stars events and activities!

Access to books and reading for pleasure is well known to have many important long-term benefits. In fact, children who develop an interest in reading have been found to have greater self-esteem and well-being, greater creativity, better social and health outcomes, and an overall better quality of life as they get older. 

 Salesian Sisters Ministry Fund 

We are incredibly grateful, as always, to the Salesian Sisters Ministry Fund (SSMF) 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. This year we received €10,000 in grant funding.

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. This funded an additional 6 Chromebooks for use by pupils to access learning in school and more importantly they were made available to our after school homework club. In order to develop our pupils coding and programming skills the fund was also used to purchase BeeBots and related resources. This provides hands-on experiences for our pupils.

The Salesian way is one of prevention and action. Data collected through our period of exceptional closure identified that there is a need to have a home-school reading programme in a fun way that will develop literacy skills in a scaffolded programme between school and home. The SSMF allocated the school funding which was used to purchase the Reading for Pleasure Resources for the children and also additional novels for senior pupils to access.

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

 EU NRRP Funding 
We wish to acknowledge the receipt of the  EU NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) funding to address digital divide across our school community. This year we received just over €13,000 of a grant which will be used to support the further development of ICT infrastructure across our school. Thanks to this funding we look forward to increasing the number of devices which our pupils will have regular access to throughout the school. This will enable pupils to work with these devices in a small group as part of station teaching, individually to work on teacher designed projects, to develop literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills or to promote STEAM activities such as coding. We are also very excited to begin the phased introduction of Interactive Flat Screens to some of our classrooms. This  smart digital classroom technology will help to deliver more engaging, interactive lessons to pupils, creating a more immersive learning experience for our pupils. 


 Choir
Well done to all the children from the after school choir club who performed so well at the Peace Proms in the UL arena. This was a fantastic experience for the children, as they had the opportunity to sing a brilliant repertoire of songs together with over 500 other children from all over Ireland. The huge choir of schoolchildren was accompanied by the amazingly talented Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, under the baton of renowned choral conductor Greg Beardsell. The children sang a varied programme of songs, including Think About Things, Heros and Born to be Brave. It was a night to remember. Read more about the Peace Proms and the wonderful work of the CBOI at the following link https://peaceproms.com/

Student Council News 

This year the Salesian Primary School elected our very first Student Council and what a great success it was. There was huge excitement around the school as the children prepared speeches, posters and put themselves forward for the election. Seven candidates from 2nd - 6th class were elected to represent the students' voice in our school. Emilia Grabowka (2nd), Faye Duffy (3rd), Ava Lloyd (3rd), Zoe Browne (4th), Kate Cronin (5th), Emma Browne (6th) and Chloe McNamara (6th) worked tirelessly all year to fundraise for the purchase of Sports Equipment for our yards. They organised events such as the Christmas Jumper Day, Pyjama Day and a Valentine's raffle.

We would like to thank Niall Mullane of Adare Ironworks who made our amazing storage trolleys for our new equipment. A huge thank you also from the Student Council to all the children, parents, staff, Parents Association and the wider community for their amazing support. Without you, none of this would be possible. We cannot wait to see what's in store for next year!

Robotics

Congratulations and well done to all in Fifth Class who took part in the Vex IQ Robotics Challenge this year and who were awarded a Design Award. Throughout the year Fifth Class worked as part of various teams to complete this project and to prepare their Robot for the Competition that took place in Dell on the 31st of May. These teams included a Build team, PIT team, PR team, Coding Team, Drive team and Logbook team. Each girl worked very hard throughout the year to complete the tasks required by their team. A sample of these tasks included designing and building the robot, coding the robot, fundraising for the competition, recording the process in a logbook and practising how to drive the robot with and without controllers. The girls represented Salesian Primary very well in Dell on the day of the competition as they competed against other schools in Limerick for a variety of awards. Well done girls!!

Planting a Memory

Sr Sarah , Sr Philomena and Sr Mary McInerney are Salesian Sisters in Bracken Cresent. They held a small ceremony in the school on the the 27th of June with management, 5th class and the student council in attendance. She shared a poignant speech with all on the day.

" [We] are Salesian sisters living in Bracken Crescent.

Today, we are planting a tree in your school. We are celebrating the founding of the Salesian sisters 150 years ago. It was started by Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello. The 1st Salesian sisters lived in Italy and then spread all over the world even as far as Limerick.

The tree is to mark that very significant occasion. We could have planted it in Bracken but we chose the Salesian school for 2 reasons:-

1. The 3 of us here were some of the many sisters who worked in the school for a long time. There were Salesian Sisters living in Fernbank House for 100 years and the last of them moved out to other houses. So when you look at this tree we want you to remember Salesian Sisters ALWAYS.

2. This reason is about yourself. When you watch it growing, we wanted it to remind you and encourage you to grow up as people who care for the earth and care for all creation.

The School Council will have the responsibility of looking after its growth and pass on this responsibility every year to the next group.

This will be on May 13th – a special prayer for Salesian sisters and for creation."

ElmTree Kidz

Yvonne McMahon and her colleague Amanda O' Donnell organise the onsite before school and after school childcare in Salesian PS. The grants they have accessed allowed more play and yard equipment to be made available to the pupils in our school.

More information is available on our website.

Yvonne may be contacted directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SMILE-SCP 

We are fortunate in Salesian PS to have SMILE SCP partnering us in providing educational opportunities for pupils in our school. Debbie Rooney, the SCP Coordinator has secured funding so that initiatives such as Roots of Empathy, 6th class Transition programmes, after school homework clubs, 4th class Resilience programmes and more for the school. Her colleague, Natalia Stefanowicz works closely in active partnership with families, teachers and pupils in the school.

Digital Technology- Tips for Parents: Managing Google Technology at Home

The Family Link app is a very useful app for families. It can help families to set digital ground rules while creating healthy digital habits. Parents and guardians can manage their child's Google Account and device while adding a school account to be supervised as well. 

The Tech Toolkit for Families and Guardians breaks down classroom technologies with videos, a glossary, best practices for family engagement and FAQ. 

The Guardian's Guides explain how teachers and students are using Google products, including Chromebooks and Google Workspace for Education.

On the Families website, parents and guardians can learn more about navigating technology with tips on the latest apps, parental controls, online safety resources and more. 

Parents Assosciation Event 

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - GET PLANNING.

What: SALESIAN PRIMARY FASHION SHOW

When: Thursday OCTOBER 20th 2022

Where: THE STRAND HOTEL.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and enjoyable summer. We look forward to seeing you all at the start of our new school term.  

6th Class Teach the Teacher Day!
Arrival of our Sports Equipment ️‍️
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