Newsletter 27th November 2019

Parents Association AGM
Please note that this meeting has had to be postponed at short notice. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Board of Management
The Board of Management is now in place for the years 2019-2023:
Patron’s Nominees:  Michael Sourke, James Eustace
Teachers:  Paula Connolly (teacher nominee), John Threadgold
Parent Nominees:  Lorraine Hickey, Frank Shanahan
Community Nominees:  Deirdre Murphy, Beverley Kaye

Christmas Carol Service
Will take place on the night of Tuesday, 10th December at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Further details in due course.

Internet Safety
We have recently organised Internet Safety & Anti Cyberbullying Workshops for 5th & 6th Class pupils to take place on Tuesday, 7th January. There will also be a Parent Information Evening that same night. Please note in your diary. More details to follow.

Big Switch
Arrival of Santa and switching on of Christmas lights Sunday, 1st December at 6 p.m. Emily Square, Athy. See notice on school notice board.

Homework Club
Homework Club will finish on this Thursday, 28th November until further notice. Wishing you all a happy Christmas and a healthy new year!

Football DVD
A DVD of the boys’ recent football final victory is available! It is produced by Brian O’Sullivan and costs €12.50 if ordered as a group. If you wish to order a copy please ring the school at 059 – 862 5195.

Confirmation Meeting
Please note that Arles Parish will hold a meeting for parents of candidates for Confirmation 2020 in Ballylinan school next Tuesday, 3rd December at 7:30 p.m.

Food Appeal
Our food appeal will take place again this year. Please see attached.


Newsletter 19th November 2019

Board of Management
Boards of Management in primary schools are being formed for the years 2019-2023.
Boards are made up of the following members:
2 Patron’s Nominees (Catholic Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin)
1 Teacher Nominee & the Principal of the School
2 Parent Nominees (a mother and a father)
2 Community Nominees

Stay Safe Programme
This is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools. Its objective is to prevent child abuse and other forms of child victimization. It is implemented within the broader context of Social, personal and health education. SPHE fosters the development of the human being both as an individual and as a member of society. “It includes areas of education ranging from self-awareness and self-esteem to issues concerning health, nutrition, substance use and misuse, the prevention of child abuse, relationships, sexuality and citizenship”. The annual programme will be implemented across the school in the coming months.

Parents Association AGM
Will take place in the school on Wednesday, 27th November at 7:30 p.m. All welcome.

Christmas Carol Service
Will take place in December; details to follow.

Voluntary Envelope Collection
This important envelope collection is our main means of fundraising and allows us to provide better facilities, equipment and services for your children. From this week onwards the envelopes will be sent home every week with the oldest child in each family. We really appreciate your support and ask you to consider making a small contribution weekly. The money adds up and is put to very good use, providing extra opportunities for our children. Your contribution is voluntary and confidential and you will be issued with a receipt at the end of the year.

Parent-Teacher Meetings
Will take place this year on Tuesday and Thursday, 4th & 6th February.

Change of Address?
If your contact details have changed recently, please contact the school immediately. Thank you.

Cycling to and From School
If your child cycles to school, please remind him/her to cycle on the left, wear a helmet and to be safe and considerate of other users on the road. Thank you.