St. Aengus N.S. Newsletter 25/01/18

Welcome back to everybody. The tinsel and lights are put away for another year and we’re ready for some more fun, laughter and learning. I hope and know that 2018 will be a fantastic year for the children and the school.

Staff changes: We were all very sad to see the great Ms. Doherty leaving our school. Her energy and enthusiasm was infectious and we will all miss her dearly. We wish her luck in her new school and remind her that there will always be a place for her in St. Aengus N.S.

We would like to welcome Ms. Greene who will be with us until the summer. She has taken over Ms. Doherty’s learning support role.

Catholic School’s Week

Dear Grandparents/Great Grandparents,

You are cordially invited to visit our school for Grandparents Day on Thursday the 1st of February 2018. You can visit the school between 9.30 and 10.30am. If you wish, you may visit your Grandchildren’s class to say “Hello” and maybe hear a poem or song. You may be asked about what school was like when you were at school! It is all very informal and laid back i.e. the bata is gone.

There will be tea/coffee in the hall at 10.30 and a little small performance from our school choir.

We acknowledge that Grandparents and Great Grandparents can play a special role in the lives of our students.

Grandparents Day is part of the Catholic school’s week which starts in the school next Monday and runs for the week. The theme for this year is “Families of Faith”

While this is Catholic school’s week we welcome all Grandparents of different faiths.

We look forward to meeting all of you.

St. Brigid’s day is upon us and the children are eager to make the crosses next week so all donations of rushes are appreciated.

Lip Sync: The Parents Association are organising a “Lip Sync” fundraiser for the school. If you don’t know what that is just ask your child. We would love everyone to get involved in this whether that be fundraising, sponsoring or performing on the night. This promises to be a great night for the school and a fun way to make a school a better place for all the children. If you would like to get involved in any way, please contact any member of the Parents Association or Karen Doherty on 0044 778 432 0633.

Enrolment: Now is the time to be enrolling your child for the upcoming year. Please collect the forms from the office and drop them back as soon as possible to secure your child’s place for the upcoming year. There will be an open day for the children in June to come in and experience the school and meet their teacher for next year. During this time the parents will also be made aware school routines and procedures.

Healthy Eating policy: Over the next couple of week we will be focusing on updating our healthy eating policy. We ask you to reinforce good eating practices at home and to provide your child with healthy lunches. We will have a healthy eating week starting the 19th of February.

Warm Coats: Please ensure that your child is wearing a warm suitable coats, hats, gloves and scarfs for our winter weather.

Flu Season: We are now at peak flu season and I would ask you to keep your child at home if you think that they are under the weather. There are a number of children in the school with low immune systems and sending a child in and spreading the virus could lead to serious complications to their health. Please do not ask the school to keep your child in at break time because they are not feeling well. If your child is not fit to go out on the yard at break time they are not fit for school.

Road Safety: Thanks to everyone who sent in their letter to post off to Donegal County Council. The issue has been highlighted in the local newspaper and local radio. The Board of Management only wishes to support the county development plans for Bridgend and continue to strive to make the outside of the school a safer place.

Debating: Good luck to our magnificent debating team who look to defend their county title. Leah Rose, Rachel and Lauren were brilliant yesterday as they overcame St. Oran Cockhill. They are now through to the semi-final. Well done to all involved especially our debating coaches Ms. Connaughtan and Ms. O’Donnell.

Timetable of upcoming events

Mid-term break 15th and 16th of February
Healthy Eating week Starts 19th of February
Science Week Starts the 5th of March
Seachtaine na Gaeilge Starts 12th of March
Confirmation Retreat 12th of March
School closed for St. Patrick’s Day 19th of March
Confirmation in Fahan Parish Chapel@5pm 11th of April
School closed for Easter 26th  March -8th of April(Half day on the 26th school closed @12pm)
Mindfulness Week Starts 16th of April
Lip Sync 21st of April
Book Week Starts 23rd of April
Communion in Burt Chapel 12th of May @11am
Arts/Active Week Starts 11th of June
School Tour week Starts 18th of June
School closed for the summer 26th of June @12pm


My door is always open,



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