January Newsletter

A big welcome back to all our boys and girls to another year which is full of fun, adventure, and plenty of interesting learning.

Enrolment: This is now open for September 2024. You can download a form on the website or by clicking the link below and post or hand it into the office. If you have any queries about the school please don’t hesitate to call. We can also arrange a visit for you to the school to see our fantastic facilities we have to offer.

https://staengusbridgend.com/junior-infants-induction-pack/

School closure: The school will close on Friday the 23rd of February to facilitate teacher in-service. The new maths curriculum is being rolled out and all schools in the country are closing once during this school year to facilitate training. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this but it is totally out of the school control.

New ASD class: The school has been asked to open a third ASD class next September. The school has become a better place with the addition of these new classrooms. If you have any questions about the new classes or enrolment, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

School lunches: The school is delighted to announce that after Easter we will be able to provide, free of charge, hot meals for every child in the school. We are currently in the tendering process and we will let you know the company when we know.

Solar panels: The school have been granted solar panels which will be put in place in the next few months. We are currently in the tendering process for it.

Modular build: There has been a delay with the build and it looks like it will be late February before the children will be able to move into their new classrooms. We are very lucky to have our big hall to accommodate the two classes so it is having minimal impact on school life.

Clothing: Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing for the cold weather. If there is so lying on the ground, we would love for the children to go outside and enjoy it so make sure they have wellies or a spare pair of socks and shoes or they will not be let out.

Donegal Sports Awards: The school is delighted to announce that we have been nominated for Donegal Sports School of the Year. The award ceremony takes place on Friday the 26th of January in Mount Errigal. Win or lose, the children, teachers, and coaches have made profound impacts on all the children’s lives in the school. The children, as always, are a credit to their community and clubs. There is never a moment bother with the children and coaching them is a labour of love.  We, in the school, have an ethos of making sports and physical activity accessible to all in the school and the inclusivity of all children regardless of their ability. We also wish Mr. Oisín Gallen the best of luck as he goes forward for GAA Sports Star of the Year. Keep those fingers crossed.

Grandparents Day: We will have this magical day on Friday the 26th of January to welcome our Grandparents into the school. The grandparents (and parents) can come and visit the children in their classrooms from 9.30 and there will be a cup of tea for them in the hall afterward at 10.15. It will be a tight squeeze as we have only half the hall to work with but we feel it is too important in the school not to have this. Everything should be finished by 11.00. Grandparents Day is part of our Catholic Schools Week.

Christmas draw: This raised over €2500 for the school. Your support is greatly appreciated. The winners were as follows.

  1. Alex Bradley €250 Smyths Voucher
  2. Danielle Doherty Signed Donegal Jersey
  3. Susan Curran Tablet
  4. Alan Devlin Hamper
  5. Maria Neveroich Voucher An Ghrianan
  6. Michael Lowth Signed Donegal Jersey
  7. Shane Kerrigan Tablet
  8. Maeve Burgess Voucher An Ghrianan
  9. Paul Gillespie Hamper

Inclement weather:

In the case of extreme weather, the school will send out a text message and Aladdin notice to all parents. This will be done as early as possible. During icy morning the only open gates are the main pedestrian entrance closest to the office. The busiest times to come to the school are between 9.05 to 9.10 as the buses arrive then. If you can leave it until after 9.10 to drop your child by car that would ease the congestion. The roll will not be taken until 9.45 on these mornings so take care on the roads and always put your safety first.

CLIL Pilot: Over the next few months the junior and senior infant classes will be piloting teaching Irish in another subject. This was done last year in PE and another subject similar to this will be used.

Remember my door is always open,

Séamus

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