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Newsflash Archive 2016-2017

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On this page you will find news articles from the 2016-2017 school year.

June 2017: Work and Activities During this School Year
As we come to the end of this school year, it is time to reflect on the work and activities that have taken place during the year. No doubt your children are tired and ready for their summer break – I’m sure you are too as are all staff members. It has been a very busy year and hopefully we will all have plenty of time to re-charge our batteries and enjoy the sunshine. I wish each of you a very happy and safe Summer holiday period. The school will re-open on 31st August.
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June 2017: Active Schools Activities During the School Year
Our Active School committee were busy this year. There was lots to do! We made sure all the teachers had a copy of our PE plan, cleaned up our PE press and organised resources. We worked during our lunch times helping the infants play games. This is something we all enjoyed. Click below to read about all the activities that took place during the school year.
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28 June 2017: We are Writers Book Launch
Every child in the school is an author! You can read their stories and poems in the second edition of “We are Writers”. The book launch was held on Wednesday 28th June.
The children were invited to dress up as their favourite character from a book they have read. They walked to Huntington Castle, dressed as their favourite character to emphasise the importance of reading and their imagination.
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27 June 2017: Blue Star Flag Ceremony for EU project of First Class
Congratulations to Mrs Sheppard and First class who have been awarded the Blue Star Flag for their project on the EU. It was well deserved as they had done a huge amount of work during the year. The flag was raised on Tuesday 27th June at 11.00am. Carlow-Kilkenny TD, Pat Deering is invited to the ceremony. He invited the school to participate in the project, visited the class on Europe Day on May 9th and organised their trip to Leinster House.


On this day pupils dressed in the traditional colours of the countries of the EU. And with the EU anthem playing in the background, fruit and vegetables and delicious cuisine from many EU countries were on display. The children involved told about their work, each class provided a short piece of entertainment and the Parents Council organised a cup of tea.

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23 June 2017: School Magazine on Sale
A big thank you to Ms O' Brien who has volunteered to produce the Magazine this year. Her efforts are very much appreciated. The magazine will go on sale on Friday 23rd June and can be purchased in the school office for 5 euro.


20 June 2017: School Tours
On the day of the school tour, please dress your child in school tracksuit with red polo shirt and appropriate weather gear (rain jackets and boots/sun hats and sun cream). If the weather is hot please apply sun cream in the morning and send it with your child for re-application. Children will also need a packed lunch and plenty of drinks.

  • Junior and Senior Infants will visit Woodfield House. The bus will leave at 9.15am and return for 3pm.
  • First and Second class will visit Lullymore. The bus will leave at 8am and return at 4pm.
  • Third to Sixth class will travel to Avon Rí Adventure Centre in Blessington. The bus will leave at 8.30am and return at 7pm. Please refer to the consent form for more information.

19 June 2017: Sports Day During Active Schools Week

The Active Schools Week for this school year will take place from 19 to 23 June. School tracksuits can be worn all week. A big thank you to Ms O'Brien who has organised activities for the week.


On Monday June 19th we will have our Sports Day. Thanks to Mrs Austin who always organises this event. Children need to bring in a potato and spoon for the egg and spoon race and old tights for the 3 legged race. If the weather is fine, and hopefully it will be, don't forget to apply suncream before school and allow children to bring it to school to re-apply. Don't forget to participate in the Fathers and Mothers races! Soccer final will be at 1pm, followed by the Parents races and 6th class races. Thanks to the Parents Council for organising the Bouncy Slide again this year and to Mrs Warren for organising the Soccer League.


12 June 2017: Used Clothes Collection
If you are tidying out your presses and making more space, please consider donating your unwanted items to our Used Clothes Collection. The collection will take place on Monday 12 June. All items need to be in tied plastic bags and in the school before 9.30 am.

Please donate all your clean, unwanted clothes, shoes, belts, bags, soft toys, and household textiles i.e. curtains, towels, and bed linen. Wearable clothes will be recycled and re-used and other items will be recycled for items, such as, industrial wipes or soundproofing.
The following will not be collected: laptops, mobile phones, mats, duvets, pillows, carpets, dirty/wet clothing, and books. Thank you for your support and taking the time and effort to support our fundraising drive.

30 May 2017: GAA Fun Day with Kildavin NS
We are organising an Interschools GAA Fun Day with Kildavin NS in conjunction with Carlow GAA Development. This will take place in Ben Mulhall Park next Tuesday, 30th May. Children should wear their school tracksuit on the day.


We are asking parents to drop their children there at 9.30 am. Teachers will be there to take your child so please find class teacher when you arrive. Children will need the following:
* Packed lunch and lots of water to drink – one small treat allowed
* Suncream/Raingear
* Football boots (if you have them)
* Hurl and helmet (if you have them)


Parents are welcome to stay/return at any time to watch the children. Our day will conclude for all children at 2pm, with children going home at this time. We ask you to collect them from Ben Mulhall Park at this time please. If there are any children going to Afterschools please let us know. If you are not available to transport them, please make arrangements with a friend to do so and let us know. If you can’t make arrangements, please let us know. It would be helpful, if a few parents who are Garda Vetted for the school could be available in the morning and again in the afternoon to organise the parking in Ben Mulhall Park. Thank you for your co-operation in all of the above.


18 May 2017: Music Generation Concert

The music generation initiative provides vocal training for all classes. The children really enjoy the work! Our annual Music Generation Concert will be held on Thursday, 18th May at 7.00pm in St. Brigid’s Church, Clonegal. Every pupil in the school will be involved and it is a showcase of the work they have done with Anita during the year. It will be a wonderful performance!


We are asking every family to make a huge effort and sell 5 tickets at €5 each for the concert. The money raised goes towards paying for Music Generation classes next year. If every family makes the effort the burden is shared – and those who attend will have a very enjoyable night.


Tickets are numbered and if for any reason you do not sell the 5 tickets, please return the unsold tickets to the school. Money and any unsold tickets must be returned to the school on Wednesday 17th May at the latest. Please check your child’s schoolbag for the tickets.


4 May 2017: Opening New School Gardens
During the most recent building project, the school’s sensory area and herb garden had been destroyed. They have been redeveloped and “An Seomra Ranga sa Ghairdín”, the classroom in the garden, was officially opened on 4th May, with Fr. Fleming doing the honours and cutting the tape. To ensure the messages on the importance of biodiversity and waste management were shared with their parents and the local community, the children spoke of the work they had done and explained how important it is to protect our environment. Well done to all the children who spoke so confidently and to all involved in bringing this project to a beautiful conclusion.
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4 May 2017: Parents Welcome at 1pm for Science Day
Our annual Science Day is on 4th May. This is part of our yearly application for the Discover Primary Science and Maths Award. On this day the children can bring their pets (small animals will need to be in a cage). Parents are welcome at 1pm. The children will talk about their projects. This is wonderful for oral language development and confidence building.


We were very fortunate to receive funding from Carlow Co. Council, under the “Local Agenda 21” scheme to revamp our herb garden and sensory area. As part of the scheme we need to ensure the local community is aware of the work and may even learn something from it. We are highlighting the themes of biodiversity and composting to “grow your own”. We will officially open the “Seomra sa Chlós” at 2.10pm. All are invited to attend and we really would appreciate it if you could come along and see our work.
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7 April 2017: World Water Day - Water and Waste Water

World Water Day was officially celebrated on 22nd March, but we decided to celebrate it on 7th April – the day of the Easter holidays. The theme for this year was – Water and Waste water. We decided to celebrate the day to raise awareness of the hardships endured in some parts of the world where water is scarce. We wanted to experience the reality of carrying water long distances for use in homes.
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4 April 2017: We are Writers Book
Every child in the school is an author! You will soon be able to read their stories and poems in the second edition of “We are Writers”. The order is with the publishers. We will arrange the launch when we are informed of when the books will be available. On that day, we will be inviting the children to dress up as their favourite character from a book they have read for the launch – so they can prepare now.


4 April 2017: Results 5-Week Raffle
Thank you to all the families who made a real effort to sell lines again this year. Congratulations to all the winners. The profit on the raffle was €4715. This was a wonderful achievement and your children will benefit from resources and activities in the school.


31 March 2017: World Autism Awareness Day
Sunday 2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day. To mark the occasion and to celebrate our two classes for children with autism, we are inviting children to wear a blue top to school on Friday 31st March as blue is the colour for Autism. Pupils should wear the school track suit bottoms and any blue top. We will walk down through the village at lunch time - weather permitting.

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14 March 2017: Handmade Wooden Door Signs for Junior Entrepreneur Programme
For the Junior Entrepreneur Programme fifth and sixth class has decided to sell handmade wooden door signs. These fabulous personalised door signs will cost €6.00 for one and €10.00 for two. All you need to do is choose a colour out of our selection: pink, green, yellow, purple, red or blue, tell us the name or phrase you’d like on your door sign (20 letters max.) and pay us. You will hopefully be impressed with the finished product and we’ll even throw in free gift wrapping. You can pick up an order form from the school office and order your dream door sign today!
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4 March 2017: Engineers Week from 4th – 10th March
Engineers week is celebrated from 4th – 10th March. This week gives the children an opportunity to learn about the work of engineers and perhaps to inspire some of them to think of becoming the engineers of the future.

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1 March 2017: Seachtain na Gaeilge from 1st - 17th March
It could only happen in Ireland – Seachtain na Gaeilge – Irish Language Week – runs from 1st – 17th March each year! It is an international Irish language festival and a great celebration of our Irish language and culture. We encourage the children to speak as much Irish as they can during this period. On 16th March we will celebrate 'Lá Glas'. Children are invited to wear green on the day and we will enjoy our annual celebration of Irish music, song and dance in the hall.
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28 February 2017: Silver Medal in Handball for Luc Devlin
Congratulations to Luc Devlin, 6th class who represented the school in the Cumann na mBunscoil Handball League recently. He was awarded the Silver Medal in the U13 boys competition in the County Final on 7th February. Well done Luc! We are very proud of your achievement.

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28 February 2017: GAA Training in School
Pupils from 2nd – 6th class are enjoying hurling training with Ger each Thursday. He is doing an 8 week programme with them. The school participated in the Cumann na mBunscoil football, hurling and in-door hurling before Christmas.

28 February 2017: Shrove Tuesday
It is always a very busy day in the school as every class makes pancakes. The children enjoy the excitement of mixing, cooking and of course eating the pancakes. Many of them also engage in Procedural writing in Irish and English after the event!
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28 February 2017: New: Communications Policy
The Board of Management have ratified a Communication Policy.


21 February 2017: Thank you for your Support of the Book Fair

Thank you for your wonderful support of the Book Fair. The school can now select books, from Scholastic, to the value of €1174.20. These books will be shared between classrooms and the school library. Thank you to all who continue to donate lovely books to the library.


21 February 2017: Advance Notice First Holy Communion
Parents of this year’s group have requested that the school choir should sing at the Mass on Saturday 13th May. If sufficient pupils are available to sing in the choir we will be happy to oblige. Please support the children receiving their First Holy Communion.


21 February 2017: 5-Week Raffle to Raise Funds for School Resources
Thank you for your continued support. Please sell as many lines as possible each week – €3 per line per week. Don’t forget to return cards on Monday – after midterm break.


10 February 2017: Book Fair from 10 to 17 February
The Book Fair is held from 10 to 17 February in Clonegal National School. Parents may view and purchase books before school and before children go home. There are over 200 of new children's books for you and your child to choose from. Prices are from only 3.60 euro! There is sure to be a book for everyone. Don't forget that every book you buy can help to get free books for our school library.


4 February 2017: Catholics Schools Week Mass

Catholic Schools Week runs from Sunday 29 January to Saturday 4 February. We will have a special Mass on Saturday 4 February here in Clonegal at 6.30pm. The school choir will be performing during Mass. Please have the children wear their school uniform. All are invited.


1 February 2017: Grandparents Day
As part of Catholic Schools Week we will celebrate Grandparents Day on Wednesday 1 February, commencing the day with a short celebration in the Church at 1.00pm. They are then invited over to the school to visit the classrooms and share their memories and stories. Spending some time talking to the children and answering their questions, they can then enjoy a welcome cup of tea and reminisce with the other grandparents. Please invite Grandparents to attend.
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31 January 2017: 5-Week Raffle to Raise Funds for School Resources
Each year the school organizes a 5-Week Raffle to raise funds for school resources. The Capitation Grant paid to schools by the Department of Education just about covers items such as heating, light, insurance etc. The Teaching Resources needed for your children, are, for the most part, paid for by the proceeds of this raffle. This year it will commence on Monday 13th February. Each family is asked to sell as many lines as possible each week – €3 per line per week. It would be very helpful if you could have the cards back on Friday of each week, so we can get ready for the draw. Details of expenditure of last years Raffle income will be sent out shortly.


29 January 2017: Credit Untion Quiz Winners
Congratulations to our U11 Quiz team who won their section at the Credit Union Quiz on Sunday 29th January in New Ross. The team members were Cillian Murphy, Nicole Roberts, Darragh Roberts and Áine Sharry. They will now progress to the next round in Gorey on 5th March and we all wish them the best of luck. They had qualified for this round in St. Aidan’s Hall Bunclody on Saturday 21st January. The school’s U13 team, Aoife McGrath, Clark Burgess, Róisín Carroll and Isabel Whitty also qualified by winning their section in Bunclody. 4 other pupils – Shauna Doyle, Josh Tobin, Jack Byrne and Chloe Roberts participated in the quiz. Thank you to Mrs Warren prepared the quiz teams and travelled to both venues with them.
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17 January 2017: Accepting Enrolments for Next School Year
We are now accepting enrolments for school year 2017-2018. Please send in the completed enrolment form as soon as possible.

17 January 2017: Just a Few Reminders

  • Board of Management stress that morning supervision of schoolyard is only provided from 9.10 -9.20am. Children should not be on the premises before this time as there is no supervision.
  • Please do not park in the area in front of the school as it is needed for buses and taxis.
  • Due to serious allergies please do not include fish, eggs, kiwi, nuts, ground almonds and pulses such as peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc, in lunchboxes. Check these items are not included in other foods – mayonnaise, hummus, etc.
  • Also, have a look at the school calendar for upcoming events and holidays.

We would also like to ask pupils who wear astro-turf runners to school to bring a change of footwear as these runners bring in a huge amount of clay etc and carpets are being ruined. A box will be provided to store shoes. Any light shoes/runners will be suitable for classroom wear.

10 January 2017: Our Award Winning 'Cinnamapple Bread' Now Available in SuperValu Bunclody
Ms Cawley and her class were declared Master Bakers at the Bunclody Bake Off Awards ceremony in SuperValu Bunclody on Friday 2nd December. Their “Cinnamapple Bread” beat off opposition from 5 other schools who participated in the competition. You can now buy lots of their delicious “Cinnemapple Bread” in Supervalu Bunclody. It will be on sale for the full year and all profits will be paid to our school. Please tell everyone about it!
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20 December 2016: Credit Union Art Competition
Congratulations to seven pupils from the school who won prizes in the Credit Union Art Competition.
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15 December 2016: Carla Byrne wins County Award in “Someone Like Me” Competition
Congratulations to Carla Byrne from 2nd class who won the County Award for Wexford in a National Competition, “Someone Like Me”, organised by the Department of Justice and Equality. Well done to Mrs O’ Meara too.
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13 December 2016: Carol Service in St. Brigid’s Church
Well done to all the pupils and staff on the wonderful Carol Service held in St. Brigid’s Church on 6th December. The children told the story of the Nativity through readings, music, song and drama. The packed Church supported the children in their efforts by their respectful presence and attention. The standard of the singing and music was excellent. The Nativity story was dramatized by the children who will receive their First Holy Communion in 2017 and they gave a wonderful performance. Every pupil in the school participated and they and their teachers can be very proud of their hard work. It was a heart-warming reminder to all of us of the true spirit of Christmas. Thank you to all who donated to Bóthar and to the Parents Council members who guarded the bucket in the Church porch for us!!
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22 December 2016: Christmas Cards and Presents for Teachers
If children wish to send Christmas Cards to each other in school, they may post them in the special post box in the front hall. They will be sorted by Mrs Mapolisa's class and distributed on 22 December.

Traditionally many parents sent presents to teachers at Christmas. We are very aware of the huge expenses associated with Christmas and do not expect you to include us on your present list. If you wish to express your appreciation to staff members, a Christmas card with a short message can be very meaningful. If you really want to give presents, please consider a donation to a charity.

6 December 2016: Christmas Carol Service
From 7 to 8 pm in St. Brigid's Church
This is always a very meaningful and enjoyable way to prepare for Christmas. The teachers have put a lot of work into preparing for it and our pupils are really excited to perform for you. It would be really nice if they could perform for a packed Church! We would love to see you there and please, do invite as many people as possible to come along. It is free of charge, but there will be a Bóthar Appeal bucket at the Church door, so please donate generously.

Children need to be in their places at 6.45pm wearing red Santa hats, school track suit bottoms and red polo shirt. Pupils from Mrs O' Meara's class should arrive wearing their costumes.

Please use this form to talk to your children about the need to be careful about giving out personal information to others - even Santa! We would like you to sign the letter to emphasise the need to check with you before giving out personal details.

6 December 2016: Parents Council Christmas Raffle
Line cards for the annual Christmas Raffle will be sent to you shortly. Please support the Christmas Raffle by selling as many lines as possible. The cards need to be returned by 15 December. Also, any donations of nonperishable items for the prize hampers are welcome and can be left in the school before 15 December. The more hampers, the more winners! Winners will be drawn on 20 December.

6 December 2016: Letter from Santa
Every pupil received a form in his/her school bag. Santa is updating his database. As our school is on the borders of three counties he is afraid some child might be missed. Therefore he needs details on every child. Santa will reply with a personal letter! The form needs to be posted in Santa's special locked post box by 15 December at the latest.

16 November 2016: Winners Summer Memories Competition
Congratulations to the winners of this beautiful competition. We all had a very pleasant time looking at the wonderful photos which depicted so many of the children really enjoying the summer.

1st prize: Caolán Breslin (Visit to Wells house and a family meal)
2nd prize: Nathan Redmond (Family tickets to the IMC Cinema, Carlow)
3rd prize: Laura Burgess (€20)
Highly commended prizes: Katie Tobin-O’Reilly, Reese and Ava Coleman, Herbert and Esmonde Durdin-Robertson (€10 each)

The very high standard of the photos and the memories they captured made it a very difficult task for Tom Nolan, the professional photographer who judged the competition. We are very grateful to him for his time and to the family who organised and sponsored the competition.
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16 November 2016: Thank You
Thank you to everyone who supported the Shoebox Appeal. There was a huge response to it this year - with 133 boxes donated. They were collected by pupils from FCJ Secondary school. It's very heartening to see so many being generous to less well off children at Christmas.

And thank you to everyone who donated used clothes for the collection. There was a very good response to this collection too, so our storage shed should soon be a reality! Don't forget to keep your used clothes for our next collection in the new year.

31 October 2016: Halloween Fun
On Friday 28 October everyone dressed up, coming to school in their Halloween costumes. We went on a “Witches Walk” to Huntington Castle. In the evening all children were invited to the Halloween Party for some freaky fun and ghoulish games.
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26 October 2016: Someone Else Collecting your Child?
In the interest of safety, it is important that the class teacher knows who is collecting your child at 2pm or 3pm. If you have made arrangements for your child to go home with a friend or to be collected by someone who doesn't normally do so, please leave a note to the class teacher in your child's homework diary or send an e-mail to the office.

26 October 2016: Hope Shoebox Appeal by 10 November
Please support this very worthwhile initiative to bring happiness to poor children at Christmas. Boxes need to be returned on or before Thursday 10 November. Please enclose €4 with each box.

26 October 2016: Used Clothes Collection on 14 November
If you are tidying out presses and making more space over the Halloween break, please consider donating your unwanted items to our Used Clothes Collection. The collection will take place on Monday 14 November. All items need to be in tied plastic bags and in the school before 9.30 am on 14 November. Any funds raised will again go towards the purchase of a storage shed which we need very badly – but we are almost there now! Please tell your family and friends and encourage them to support our collection.

They will collect men’s, women's and children's clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, household textiles i.e. curtains, towels, laptops – not damaged (no cracked casings or screens) and are complete with power leads, and mobile phones that are under 4 years old and not damaged. Please note that they will not collect duvets, pillows , dirty/wet clothing, mats, carpets or books.

25 October 2016: Halloween Celebrations on 28 October
On Friday 28 October pupils may dress up coming to school. No sharp or dangerous items or masks will be permitted in the playground or on our annual Halloween walk to Huntington Castle.

School closes for mid-term break at 3pm on Friday 28 October and re-opens on Monday 7 November at 9.20am. School yard is supervised from 9.10am.

The Parents Council invites all children to the Halloween Party, held from 5 to 7 pm in Ben Mulhall Complex in Clonegal.
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15 - 23 October 2016: Maths Week
One of the aims of Maths Week is to promote the usefulness of maths and to encourage us to use the real world as a starting point for the exploration of Maths. In our school, every class was engaged in interesting and thought provoking activities that enabled them to see maths as an enjoyable activity that has relevance to their lives. Teachers used the environment as they completed various activities.
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20 October 2016: How our School Teaches Maths
The school staff has put togeher some guidelines on how we teach Maths from Infants to 6th class. It is intended to assist you if you are “keeping an eye” on the homework or just giving a small amount of assistance without confusing your child by teaching them methods you might have learned at school yourself.
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20 October 2016: Three New Policies Available
Three new policies have been added to the Parents section of this website. The policies are Attendance at Religious Ceremonies, Exemption from Irish, and Separation/Divorce/Custody. If you have any concerns about the content of these policies, please let the school know. The Board of Management will consider your views.
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20 October 2016: Parents Needed for Swimming
For pupils from 2nd to 6th class and all pupils in ASD class swimming lessons started on Tuesday 6 September and are held in Graiguecullen Pool. Pupils from 1st class will commence their 10 week swimming programme in Mount Wolseley in Tullow on Friday 11 November. Bus leaving school at 12.20.

We need 2 parents to help the children in the dressing rooms each week – both in Graiguecullen and Tullow. Only parents who have Garda Vetting may assist the children. Forms are available in the office and the vetting can be completed in a week. Volunteers essential to allow swimming to take place. If it is more convenient for you to travel by car and meet the children at the pool, this is very acceptable and even welcome as places on the buses are limited.

13 October 2016: Please Send in your E-mail Address
As we are now working towards a Digital School Award, we strive to send all newsletters and letters from the Principal by e-mail. If you have not already sent in your e-mail address, we ask you to please leave your details with us as soon as possible. You can walk in to the office at any time or leave a note in your child's bag. For now, any hard copies will be printed on yellow paper and left in your child's bag.

We also use text messages to notify you of specific events and activities during the year. If your mobile number changes during the year please notify the office immediately so we can update our records.

28 September 2016: Primary Schools Cross Country Event
St. Laurence O’Toole Athletic Club organized the Primary Schools Cross Country Event that took place in Carlow Hurling Club on 28 September. Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class participated. Róisín Carroll came in third in the 5th class girls race.
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21 September 2016: Tullow Show Winners
Congratulations to the following children who received Awards for their entries in the schools section of the Tullow Show. The entries were in handwriting, art, essay writing and poetry. Well done to the teachers involved who helped and encouraged the children. The winners were – Amber Cleary, Donnacha Cosgrave, Conor Slye, Abbie Gray, Chloe Roberts, Isabel Whitty and John Gilchrist. There were 2,500 entries in the competition and 60 prizes were awarded so well done everyone involved.
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20 September 2016: Summer Reading Challenge
Congratulations to the pupils who completed the Summer Reading Challenge in the local Libraries. Please encourage your children to read as it is really important for their education, enjoyment and general living. The pupils were Caolán & Ohran Breslin, Amber and Emma Cleary, Cian & Lia Dunne, Joshua Armitage-Ennis, Darragh Plunkett, Nathan Redmond, Chloe and Craig Roberts, Ava, Ben and Tom Tracey, David, Isabel and Thomas Whitty, Donnacha and Aideen Cosgrave and Lisa Byrne. Those who completed it through Bunclody Library received their certs and medals in the school on 20 September.
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16 September 2016: Camogie Champions Visit School
We were honoured and delighted to welcome some of the Carlow All-Ireland Camogie Champions to the school on Friday16th September. They brought the Kay Mills Cup with them and the excitement was fantastic. Hopefully it will inspire some of our camogie players to persevere and help bring the Cup to Carlow in future years. Grainne Nolan spoke to the children about the commitment and dedication needed to be successful. She also spoke to them of the fun and friendships enjoyed through involvement with team sports. Each class published some photos in their news section.

September 2016: Gardening Club
You have probably noticed the new shrubs planted at the front of the school during the Summer. It was necessary to plant this area for safety as there is a steep incline here and the ground is very close to the top of the boundary wall. Thank you to Fergal O’ Connor, Gary Sinnott and Liam Cosgrave who assisted me with the planting.

Our Sensory garden and herb garden were both destroyed during the building project last year. We have been granted funding from Carlow County Council, which will be used to re organize this area. Much of the work will be carried out by the children, especially in the after school Gardening Club. We will probably need some adult helpers, so hopefully some people will be available when we get started.