Happy new year and health and happiness to everyone involved in the school. We are back in the full swing of things here in the school. I hope and I know from the stories coming back that Santa was very good to everyone in the school and we are glad to see all the boys and girls back safe and sound to the school.

Please make sure your child has a hat, scarf and gloves with them every day and that all their clothes are labelled accordingly.

Donation envelopes: Donation envelopes are in the bags tonight.

Fashion Show: The St. Aengus NS fashion show will be taking place on Friday the 6th of March in An Grainan hotel. This promises to be a magnificent event. We will be looking for sponsors, sellers, fashionistas, designers, wannabe supermodels (both male and female) to help us out. Please contact a member of the Parent’s Association if can help out on the night or in the organisation of the event.

Bottom gate: In the next week or so there will be a bottom gate for all pedestrians coming from the village to use. This will mean that there will be no more pedestrian traffic through the main car park gate.

Catholic School’s Week: This will take place from Monday the 27th to Friday the 31st of January. We hope to have Grandparents day on Friday the 31st of January. Grandparents will be free to come from 9.30 and can visit their Grandchildren in the classroom. At 10.30 we will call grandparents to the hall and there we will have a small concert with some tea and coffee. Parents are welcome to accompany. If a grandparent can’t make it, parents are very welcome to fill in. It’s a day that the school really loves and we look forward to opening the doors to everyone and anyone who wishes to come and see our beautiful school.

Looking to the future: We have just release some promotion material for the school and we will be placing it in some of the local shops and cafes. If anyone is unhappy with their picture being placed on the leaflet, please contact the school. Click on the link to see the poster. Promotional poster St. Aengus

Car park: Please do not park on the yellow box. The children are not protected by any barrier. The safety of the children is all of our concerns.

Late arrivals: School starts at 9.20 and the children should be ready to go into their classroom at this time. Children arriving late can have them starting the day badly and can adversely affect the rest of their day. Late arrivals will be given a standardised note which must be signed at home and returned.

Student committees. We will be setting up a number of student committees in the next number of weeks to give the student voice more of a say in what goes on in the school. All children form junior infants to sixth class will have an opportunity to be voted by their peers onto these committees. Please speak to your child at home about these initiatives and ask them to put themselves forward if they are interested.

  • Green schools: This group of children will assess the school and find out how we can as school be more environmentally friendly.
  • Active school: Here the children will work together with the school to continue to improve the sporting facilities and resources and make our Arts and Active week the best yet.
  • Coiste Gaeilge: in this committee the children will be asked to promote Irish in the school and provide some fun activities for the children to do through Irish

Gaeltacht for 6th class: Aisling McGinley will be coming on Friday the 31st of January at 7pm to the school to speak to parents about the possibility of bringing 6th class to the Gaeltacht around the month of May. This will be an information meeting and does not mean that you have to sign up on the night. We are trying to improve the outlook of Irish in the school and this is one of the initiatives that we are putting forward. I personally have had dealings with this company before in previous schools and found the experience for the children enjoyable and gives them a fresh outlook on Irish for secondary school.

Debating: The next round for our brilliant debaters takes place in Termon NS at 11.30. We wish them luck in the next round.

Sport: Indoor U-11 football for girls and boys takes place this Friday the 17th in the Burnfoot. We can only take 8 players and we know there will be disappointed children but we will try to accommodate them later in the year.

Camogie: The girls have a blitz next Tuesday in Burnfoot against Tooban NS. All girls playing camogie during the season are invited to play.

Tá mo dhoras i gconaí oscailte,

Here’s to 2020,


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