Newsletter

December Newsletter

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School Closures

Christmas Holidays:
​Closing Friday, 20th December at 12.00 p.m. and re-opening
Monday, 6th January 2020.
​Mid-term Break:
Closed Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February
2020.
St. Patrick's Weekend:
Closed Monday 16th and Tuesday, 17th March 2020-
Public Holiday.
Easter Holidays:
School closing Friday 3rd April 2020 at 12.00 p.m. and reopening Monday 20th April 2020.
Bank Holiday:
Closed Monday, 4thMay 2020-Public Holiday.
Bank Holiday:
Closed Monday 1st June
Summer Holidays:
Tuesday 30th June at 12:00pm
 


Mission Week News

Mission week was held in our school from 21st to  5th October 2019.
This year we fundraised forJigsaw in Limerick. This is a mental health support service for children and adults aged 12 to 25. We also raised money for our Salesian Sisters in Lesotho and Johannesburg in South Africa.


The children enjoyed the week immensely. Junior infants to first class enjoyed class based bingo. 2nd to 6th class enjoyed bingo in the Halla on Thursday 24th. The children won many Halloween
themed prizes and enjoyed some Halloween jokes!!! 


Our 5th and 6th classes held bake sales. They produced tasty treats for children and staff to buy. Cookies, brownies, popcorn hands and pumpkin cupcakes were popular choices!!!


On Friday 25th Junior infants to 4th class danced the day away at the Halloween disco. Many of our children dressed up in Halloween costumes!!! 6th class girls and our SET team helped make the disco a memorable event.


Thanks to all our children, their families and our staff for helping us raise €1,286.88 during MISSION WEEK. Your generosity and kindness is much appreciated.

SCIENCE WEEK
Once again Salesian Primary School celebrated a very successful Science Week Nov 11th-Nov 15th.
The following are some of the activities which classes enjoyed.


Junior Infants:Science Magic Show
Senior Infants:Wild Encounters
1st Class: Exploration Dome -Planetarium
2nd Class: Magnetics Workshop
3rd Class: Dale Tradwell's Naturally Wild Dino Show
4th Class: Science Magic Show
5th Class: Ugly Animal Roadshow
6th Class: Head Games (Fun Experiments about the mind).


Aladdin Connect
Thanks to all of you have already signed up to Aladdin Connect. Aladdin Connect will be a fantastic way to enhance our communication with parents going forward. Remember to keep an eye on the connect noticeboard. School messages will be posted here.
If you are having any difficulties setting up your account, please contact Geraldine our school secretary 061-455422/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Book Fair
The 'Scholastic' Book Fair arrived in our school this month. We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all of you who supported this book fair. Our school raised €1,057.74 from the proceeds of the book fair. This money will be put towards increasing reading resources available to the pupils in our school.

Primary Language Curriculum
Staff attended our Primary Language Training day in Limerick Education Centre on Thursday
21st of November.Salesian Primary School is implementing the new Primary Language Curriculum from Junior Infants -6th class. More information about this new curriculum can be found on www.curriculumonline.ie. 

Half day closures for further inservice for teachers will be confirmed in Term 2.

Additional Space Painting 

Thank you to Lisa, John and Jamil for donating their time to painting the Parents' meeting room/after school club room. There are still two spaces in the school that would welcome a little sprucing up. Please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have the time and interest in helping to freshen those spaces up.

What's been happening in our school? 

● Tinwhistle has resumed for 1st -6th class.
● Senior Infants classes are participating in My Gym with Brendan every Wednesday.
● Senior Infants and First Class pupils are enjoying Hurling/Camogie training from members of the local Na Piarsaigh Club and Mr. Browne.
● 5th and 6th class have begun working on their Robotics projects.
● Fundraisers were held by 5th and 6th class on Nov 22nd to raise money for their Robotics projects.
● Ms. Spicer's Junior Infants are involved with the Roots of Empathy programme.
● 4th class are in the middle of rehearsals for their Christmas performance. This will take place on the 17th of December in the school hall at 1:30 pm.
● Junior infants are preparing for their  Christmas performances which will be held in the school halla on Tuesday 17th of December.
  - Ms. Delahunty's Class performance will be held at 10:00am.
  - Ms. Giltenane's/ Ms. Spicer's and Ms. Ryan's class will present a collaborative performance at 11:00 am.
● 6th class meditation has begun with Sr. Vera.
● Marguerite Tonery author of the Kapheus Series visited pupils from 1st-6h class on Tuesday 3rd of December.
● Miss Haugh is leading the Doodle Families literacy initiative with Debbie from SMILE. There are 15 pupils participating.

Robotics' Fundraisers 

On the 22nd of November, Ms Dooley Ryan and Ms O' Donnell's 5th class ran a fundraiser event for our Robotics Project. All Junior and Senior Infants built Santa's Grotto and helped Santa design his wrapping paper using Lego! They were amazing Lego builders and used lots of problem solving skills. The 5th class girls proved themselves as competent organisers and leaders. They enjoyed preparing all the details for the big day - posters, timetables, materials and a detailed agenda to ensure the smooth running of the day. They were so impressive in guiding the younger children's work in a kind and encouraging manner and working together as a team. Everyone met Gobot, their robot and were entertained by their Gobot song and dance. The younger children were very proud of their certificate for their fantastic participation. Well done 5th class.

Meanwhile, Ms. Dowling and Ms. Murphy's 5th&6th class organised a Vintage Funfair Fundraiser as part of their VEX Robotics competition fundraising endeavours.​ ​First to sixth classes had​ ​fun playing vintage games such as Hook the Duck, Tin Can Alley and Clutch a Teddy using their robot. Pupils won prizes galore from the mountain of teddies and other fun bits that were up for grabs.

The whole school enjoyed the great fun of the day and both classes are very grateful to the school and families who supported both their fundraisers.

School Website 

Our new school website went live in August. Our website is updated regularly with news and
events that are taking place in our school. The website is also linked to Facebook and Twitter.
Check out our school website to keep up to date with class news and school news from
Salesian Primary School. www.salesianprimary.ie

Board of Management 

We wish to thank our outgoing Board of Management members Rena O' Shea, Des Mc Caffrey, Betty Baker, Oliver Moloney, Loraine Daly, Deirdre Kelly, Jenny Dooley Ryan and Claire Rea for all their support over the past four years. Procedures for the appointment of new board members are now complete. We are delighted to welcome Eugene O' Brien (Chairperson), Sr. Margaret Cullinane, Sonya Browne, Leonard Durac, Siobhán Moriarty, Brain Leddin, Getrude Talty and Claire Rea to the Board of Management (2019-2023).

Parents Association Clothing Drive 

A big thank you to all of you who contributed to our clothing Drive. The drive was organised by our Parents Association in conjunction with the National Council for the Blind. The final figure raised will be shared later on the website.

Parents Association 

The A.G.M. of our Parents' Association took place in the school on Wednesday 23rd October
2019. All parents of pupils in our school are automatic members of the PA. The newly elected PA main committee members are Suzanne Brown (Chairperson), Dr. Niazy Al-Assaf, Sheila Jordan, Caroline Browne and Sharon O' Grady.

First Responders By Maggie Doherty 6th class. 

On the 12th of November, our 6th class participated in a First Responders' Course.
Noel, Ger and Colm from the Ennis Road First Responders showed us how to perform C.P.R.
They also showed us a short video. Next we went to the halla and practiced on the CPR
dummies.

The class had great fun and I personally think that it was a second to none event in our
school.

The Super Salesian's Mission Week By Clare Cronin 6th Class. 

Mission Week took place from the 21st to the 25th of October in Salesian Primary School.
All of the Super Salesian children, teachers and other staff participated in the amazing week long experience. We are proud of the wonderful Salesian children who handled the Bake Sale and Mrs. 
Ryan Lonergan for organising the Bingo and the disco. Sixth class were brilliant at making the
posters and helping at the disco. With all the help and support, Salesian Primary School, raised €1,286.88 which is the most money ever made from mission week so far.
The money raised will be given to Lesotho, Jigsaw and our very own Salesian Sister, Sr. Hartnett in Africa.
We would like to thank everyone associated with our Salesian Primary School for their support!

Parents' Association Fashion Show. 

Mission Week took place from the 21st to the 25th of October in Salesian Primary School.
All of the Super Salesian children, teachers and other staff participated in the amazing week long experience. We are proud of the wonderful Salesian children who handled the Bake Sale and Mrs. 
Ryan Lonergan for organising the Bingo and the disco. Sixth class were brilliant at making the
posters and helping at the disco. With all the help and support, Salesian Primary School, raised €1,286.88 which is the most money ever made from mission week so far.
The money raised will be given to Lesotho, Jigsaw and our very own Salesian Sister, Sr. Hartnett in Africa.
We would like to thank everyone associated with our Salesian Primary School for their support!

Tennis 

Our senior classes thoroughly enjoyed their tennis lessons on Friday mornings during our first
term. Limerick Lawn Tennis Club is a wonderful amenity to have on our doorstep and the coaches led by CJ helped the girls feel welcome, comfortable and confident, whether they had previously engaged with the sport or not.
The pupils became familiar with the areas of the tennis court: baseline, service line, sideline and tramline. They learned how to hold their racket correctly and how to adopt the ready position. They practised throwing the ball over the net for a partner to return with the racket (using their forehand) and how to serve a ball for a partner to return.
Through engagement with fun drills on the court, the girls learnt the fundamentals of tennis,
developed proper technique and built confidence in themselves as budding tennis players.
Submitted by Ms Griffin's second class.

Catherine Walsh Retirement

As this term draws to an end and the excitement and wonder of the magical Christmas season comes upon us, there is also an air of sadness among our school community as it is almost time for us to bid farewell to our deputy principal Mrs. Catherine Walsh. Catherine Walsh is retiring from our school on the 6th of January 2020 having provided 38 years of service to education in our school. She is a treasured colleague who has been instrumental in promoting
the Salesian ethos as part of both Scoil Croí Ró Naofa Íosa and most recently in our  malgamated Salesian Primary School.

Catherine is a well known figure in our school. Down through the years Catherine has supported, organised and established many initiatives within our school and has been wholly committed to our pupils' education across all levels.Many of you will have had contact with her over the years in projects such as Food Dudes, Green Schools, Health Promoting Schools, the Shared Maths programme, WOW days and COW days to name a few.
There will be a special celebration held in The Holy Rosary Church on January 10th 2020 at 11:00 am.We would like to invite you all to join us in this celebration where we will have the opportunity to remember and celebrate the contribution that Catherine has made to the life of Salesian Primary School.

Salesian Primary School would like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs. Walsh a long, happy and healthy retirement. We thank her for her positivity, support, guidance, commitment and enthusiasm to staff, children and parents alike. Mar a deir an seanfhocail 'ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann'.

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