December 2018 Newsletter

Welcome everybody to the new school year edition of Our School Community Newsletter.

Greetings to everyone for 2018/19.  We would like to say a special welcome to the Junior Infants and to the new pupils who joined us here in St. Anne’s for the coming school year. We would like to welcome Ms Maguire,  & Mr Smith our new school teachers  and to Mr McKiernan who will join the staff after Christmas. Congratulations to Ms Moriarty who was appointed as a permanent member of staff recently.

Board of Management

Máire O’Donoghue, Chairperson, of the Board of Management (BOM) would also like to extend a good wishes to all the children and families in the school. The BOM had their first meeting of the new school year on Wednesday 24th October. The BOM will continue with their 4 objectives – Communication, Inclusiveness, Curriculum and Maintenance for 2018/19.

Relocation Announcement

Mr Gaffney announced to the Board of Management and the staff that he wished to take the opportunity to relocate. Interviews took place and Mr McKiernan was selected to take over this vacancy in the new year.

Junior Infants  2019

The application process for Junior Infants 2019 has taken place. We currently have some vacancies. If you have a child or if you know someone with a child for Junior Infants please call to the school office for a form to ensure you have a place for your child for 2019.

Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association is a vital asset to the school as they do so much behind the scenes.  If you have any free time and would like to get involved or have professional expertise please let the PA know you’re available. Our Parent’s Association is a member of the National Parents Council and have access to a various training sessions during the school year. If you would like further information please visit www.npc.ie

Dates to Remember

12th December – Staff Meeting  – All children  finish at 2 p.m.

21st December  Christmas Holidays – School closes 12 noon  / 7th January  2019 School re-opens

School Services     

A very big thank you to all the parents involved in organising the book rental books for all the children returning this year. This is an invaluable contribution to the school and very much appreciated.  We would appreciate if you have outstanding School Services payments to send in your monies urgently.

Yard Line Up

In order to facilitate the movement of children in the morning will you ensure your child walks to their line and stays in their class line. Remind them this is assembly time and not play time. Thank you for your co-operation in relation to this. Please ensure your child wears a coat / raincoat as there are no shelters in the senior yard.   School Times:

As you are aware school starts @ 9.15a.m. The security locking system maintains safety for all in the school. Please ensure your child is in line on time to go to class as they find it very stressful walking into the class late.

Christmas Annuals

The Christmas Annuals are now for sale in the school. The cost is €4 each. There is no obligation to buy the annuals.

Healthy Eating

We recently enjoyed the Food Dudes healthy eating programme.  We ask that children bring a healthy lunch to school each day.  Please ensure that children have a sandwich and at least one piece of fruit or veg.  We recommend one small treat on a Friday only such as:  a bun or a biscuit. Crisps (and other crisp like foods), popcorn, fizzy drinks, chewing gum sticky bars / winders, lollipops are not permitted.

Sporting Activities

The GAA have started their football and hurling programme in the school for all classes from Junior Infants to 6th Classes in a rotational basis. Eoin Lynch, Navan O’Mahony’s, GPO (Games Promotion Officer) is in working with the children on this programme every Friday. Thanks to Meath GAA and Navan O’Mahony’s.

Leinster Rugby have also held sessions in the school with 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Thanks to Evan Dixon, Navan RFC, CRO (Community Rugby Officer) for taking the sessions with the pupils.

Literacy and Numeracy

Our Lift Off to Literacy is currently running in Mrs Cassidy’s and Ms Moriarty’s 1st Class previously. We would like to extend our thanks to all the parents who are giving their time with these initiatives.

Cyberbullying

Paula O’Connor ran her programme “Don’t be Mean Behind Your Screen” with 5th and 6th Classes in September. This is a very important programme teaching the pupils on use of android/smart devices and this is also a reminder to us adults as role models to be mindful in  our own appropriate use of social media towards others.

Mental Health Week

The whole school participated in Mental Health Week. The pupils created lovely colourful posters with positive messages that were displayed around the school to inspire positive thoughts and random acts of kindness to all.

Stay Safe Lessons

This programme  has been running from October up to December. This personal safety skills programme is imparted to all classes to give children the skills and confidence to deal with challenging situations they may encounter in life.

Friends for Life

Friends for Life is a resilience building programme and this will be starting in the near future.

Christmas Raffle

The Annual Christmas Raffle will be held again this year with the draw taking place on Friday 21st  December in the school hall. The funds raised from the raffle go to support the Loreto Sisters in Rumbek, South Sudan. They are currently fundraising to support their Primary School. If you would like to learn more about this visit their web page www.loreto.ie/rumbek. Tickets will be available from Monday 10th December.

Decorate a Decoration

Our now annual “Decorate a Decoration” will take place again this year where the children were given a blank Christmas decoration to decorate for the school Christmas Tree. The display in the hallway of the school is very impressive and is being admired by all the visitors to the school.

Charity Hampers

We will start collecting for our annual charity hampers from Monday 10th December. We would appeal to you to send in non-perishable goods but also to include treats such as cakes, biscuits, chocolates and sweets. The hampers will be distributed to local charities and families. Thank you all for your generosity and support.

School Website     

Our school website address is www.stannesnavan.ie. Please check this website regularly for updates.

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