February/March Newsletter

The year is flying in and the boys and girls of St. Aengus continue to inspire, work hard, have great fun and take care of one another (even take care of the teachers.) Our daffodils that were sown by all the children in Caitlin’s garden are in full bloom and we look forward to seeing the other flowers bloom with the change of seasons.

Enrolments for September 2024: Applications are now open for September 2024. Please contact the office on 074 9368352 for an application form or download it from our website.

School closures: The school is closed on Friday the 8th of March for the referendum. The school is closed on Friday the 22nd of march at 12pm for the Easter holidays.

Parents Association fundraiser: Keep Friday the 26th of April free. There will be dancing to David Craig and his band, and they will be supported by Joanne Lily. Tickets and more information out soon.

Hot lunches: Every child will be entitled to a free hot lunch every day in school after Easter. We will have a launch day in the school in the next few weeks where the children will get a chance to taste the food. You will be given more details on the app that we will be using and how to change your orders. Each day there will be different food available to choose from. The company that we have chosen is Fresh Today. More details can be found on their website. https://www.freshtoday.ie/

New modular building: The builders have assured me that the modular building will be complete in the next few weeks. The delay has been caused by an increased electricity supply voltage needed to power the school. We will have an open day to welcome everyone in when work is complete.

World book day: This takes place next Thursday the 7th of March. Children can dress up as their favourite book character or wear their cosy pyjamas to celebrate the day.

Sickness: If your child is unwell please do not sent them into school. Colds, flus and tummy bugs make an unwelcome visit to our school always around this time of year and the only way to try and keep them out is to break the cycle.

Hair lice: A gentle reminder to all to regularly check your child’s hair for head lice. Information can be found on this website. https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/head-lice-nits/

Table Quiz: Well done to our table quiz teams who competed in the Credit Union and Garda quizzes. Thank you to Mr. McEoin, Ms. McDermott and Ms. Mc Ateer for coaching and organising.

Chess: The school are traveling to Moville today (Thursday) to compete in their first chess competition for the school. Mr. McEoin (5th class teacher) has been coaching the children for the last number of months. Children from 2nd to 6th class make up the team. Best of luck to everyone involved. The picture below is of the team who headed off to today to Moville. Well done boys and girls!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sport: Hot from winning the “Donegal Sports School of the Year award”, we continue to build on our success. Both boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won the Finn Harps 5-a-side tournament. Our boys have qualified for the county indoor hurling and our girls missed out narrowly. We have hurling/camogie training every morning starting from Monday next. So instead of the run, jog or walk you child can bring in their hurl and helmet and puck around first thing. Almost every lunchtime there is organised training for soccer, camogie, or Gaelic football. Once we get our hall back in action we plan to start our indoor leagues at lunchtime. Thank you to all our members of staff who work tirelessly to train all the children out of their own time.

Science week: It was Science Week last week in school. Our theme for the week was ‘Space: Out of this World’ which focused on extending and expanding the children’s knowledge of the Solar System. 1st to 6th Class created model solar systems using Mod Roc while junior and senior infants created model rockets. The classes were split into groups and focused on one planet each. It was a very successful week and the children thoroughly enjoyed their tasks. Hopefully we have inspired some future astronauts, physicists and astronomers. Keep an eye out for our video with the highlights from the week.

Student Council:

The numbers are in and the results of our highly anticipated Student Council elections have been revealed setting the stage for a promising era of student leadership at St. Aengus NS! After two weeks of campaigning and debating, the children from 1st to 6th Class voted for their class representatives to make up the School Council.

The children will be working with the school, bringing ideas forward, making the school an even better place to come to. Some of the great ideas in the past include our 350 running track, the zip line and swings and slides set, a new library, a debating team, a chess team and many more great ideas.

The newly elected Student Council members are as follows…

✔️ 1st Class – Peader and Molly

✔️ 2nd Class – Shay and Aoife

✔️ 3rd Class – Noah and Hollie

✔️ 4th Class – Patrick and Olivia

✔️ 5th Class – Adam and Gemma

✔️ 6th Class – Cara and Sonya

School Council Election Result!

Internet safety course for parents:

The Department of Education is hosting an information evening aimed at parents of primary school pupils.  The focus of this event is to enhance Online Safety and initiate conversations around smartphones.

Webwise, a department-funded service for schools and parents will present available resources to promote safer and more appropriate online use.

The Department will then conduct a facilitated discussion on smartphone use and a smartphone consultation process.

This parents information session will take place in Donegal Education Centre on Monday, 11th March at 7pm.
To book a place on this parent information evening please click on the following link: Registration Link

Parents Information Evening (3) (1)

 

 

Burt GAA: Beart Go Games Academy

 

This Saturday, the new CLG Beart Go Games Academy launches with a star studded line up including:

 

Oisin Gallen – Donegal GAA senior footballer and more importantly St. Aengus N.S. Teacher

 

Odhran Doherty – Donegal GAA senior footballer

 

Luke McGlynn – Donegal GAA senior footballer

 

Niamh Hegarty – Donegal GAA senior ladies footballer

 

Tara Hegarty – Donegal GAA senior ladies footballer

 

Conor Gartland – Burt and Donegal GAA senior hurler

 

Liam Og McKinney – Burt and Donegal GAA senior hurler

 

Along with the Beart underage coaches, kids from U8’s to U12’s will enjoy a fun filled session with skill development drills for boys and girls football, hurling and camogie.

 

The Academy is open to any child from the age of 7 to 12 and we welcome newcomers to come along for a taste of what the ‘Passion for the Beart’ is all about.

 

Taking place from 10am to 11.30am at Beart, join us and our star studded line up, for what will be an amazing session for the kids, plus parents are also welcome to stay for tea/coffee and a social chat in the clubhouse.

 

Spread the word, and for further details, please contact Benny Harrigan on 086 272 453.

 

 

My door is always open,

Séamus

 

 

 

 

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