Autumn Term Newsletter 2017
Welcome back to school. We hope you had an enjoyable summer. This year we welcome new Junior Infants; Eva Janczak, Lucas Jeziorski, Frank Moszczynski, Zsombor Terza, Lydia Thompson, Lilja Vaisanen and Oliver Wood. We also welcome Robin O`Connor in Senior Infants, Samantha Wood in 1st class, Robin Duignan in 3rd class , Daniel Morrison and Alejandro Ruiz Maroto in 5th class.
School Opening Time
School opens at 9.05am. Children are supervised from 8.55am. There is NO supervision before this time. Lessons commence at 9.25am Please ensure you arrive before 9.25 as homework and corrections etc are addressed at this time. Late entry disrupts your child’s day. Junior and Senior Infant collection is at 1.45pm and 2.45pm for the remaining classes. Please collect infants promptly at 1.45pm. This ensures first class have their teacher to themselves for the last hour of the day.
Orla Brickenden – Class Teacher Junior Room and Principal
Rachel Bourke- Class Teacher Middle Room and Deputy Principal
Meriel Donaghy- Class Teacher Senior Room
Linda Campbell and Elaine Maxwell (Job sharing) – Special Education Teacher
Leone Munnelly-Special Needs Assistant
Al Loveday – Secretary (Part-time-Tues and Thurs Mornings)
Fiona and Rob Bradwell – Caretakers/Cleaners
We operate a book rental scheme. All textbooks are rented for a small fee. Workbooks and copies have to be paid for in full. A bill will be sent to you at the end of September. Please ensure homework journal and textbooks are covered.
As part of the Green Schools’ Programme we aim to lessen the amount of litter produced from our lunches. We compost our organic waste and recycle whenever we can. Please use re-useable lunchboxes and drinking bottles. Also we encourage healthy eating so please do not give your child fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate bars or crisps for lunch. We ask that each child has a lunchbox and takes home his/her own lunchtime waste.
We also encourage all families to park and stride as parking is restricted at the Maxol garage.
Harvest Soup-date TBC
Fri 27th Dressing Up Day
30th-3rd Mid-term break
Thurs 21st Dec 1pm
Christmas Holidays school closes 22nd at 12.30 reopens 8th January
Mid-term 15th and 16th
School closes 17th St Patricks Day
school closes Fri 23rd at 12.30 and reopens Mon 9th April
Public Holiday Mon 7th
Mid-term Fri 1st and Mon 4th
Summer holidays school closes Tue 26th June at 12.30
The church Harvest Festival date is yet to be confirmed. On this day 5th and 6th classes will prepare a harvest soup from vegetables grown in the school garden. We also ask that each child bring a vegetable to contribute to the soup. Also, please bring a bowl and spoon to eat the soup. Any vegetables that are left over will be used to decorate the church.
We are looking for a parent to look after the school garden, if you would like to help please contact the school. The work could be shared among a number of parents.
Soccer training is on Wednesdays at 2.45 and finishes at 3.30. We would like to thank Pat Larkin for his coaching and team management. If any other parents would like to help it would be greatly appreciated, please contact school.
Board of Management
The Board of Management has overall responsibility for the school. It has 8 members and its tenure is renewed every 4 years. The board is currently working towards a new school building.
The current board members are:
Julian Ellison Chairperson
Val Rogers Rector
Orla Brickenden Principal
Meriel Donaghy Teacher Representative
Siún Brickenden-Stevens Parent Representative
Gerald O`Toole Parent Representative
Lesley Emerson Community Representative
Michael McLaughlin Community Representative
Our Chairperson, Julian Ellison will retire from the board of management this term, as he has secured a new position in London. Julian has served on the board for many years and will be greatly missed. We all wish him well and the very best in his new job. Bishop Rooke has appointed Lesley Emerson to fill the position in the interim.
The following positions have been appointed for the school year 2017/2018; Bill Brady - Chairperson, Dominik Janczak - Treasurer, Ciara O'Driscoll – Secretary. The next parents association meeting will be held on 11/10/17 at 20.00 in Holy Trinity school. All are welcome to attend.
Halloween Bake Sale
There will be a Halloween Bake Sale on Sunday October 22nd. If you are a home baker and wish to contribute please do! There will also be some traditional Halloween games and fancy dress on the day.
Football Team Sponsor
Any person or company that would like to sponsor the new Holy Trinity football team and have their company name/logo printed on the jersey please contact either Orla Brickenden or Bill Brady.
Croke Park Agreement
School management implements the Croke Park Agreement, which stipulates that teachers work 36 additional hours over the course of the primary school year. This time is spent on school planning, continuous professional development, induction, policy development, supervision, staff meetings, nationally planned in-service and school arranged in-service.
School Website and Facebook Page
Do check out the school website and facebook as it is regularly updated and school activities are displayed there. www.holytrinityns.com
National Education Welfare Board
The school is obliged to advise the board if a child is absent for 20 days or more in the school year. If your child is absent from school for any reason it is very important the absence slip they are given on return to school is completed so that we may account for his/her absence.
Drama, Tin Whistle, Irish Dancing classes continue in school this year.
We are very sorry that Aoife Creaby who teaches Speech and Drama, is ceasing primary school work this year. However, we welcome June Allison who will be teaching drama throughout the school. June runs Mayo Performance Academy and we welcome her to Holy Trinity.
Des Cafferkey teaches Tin Whistle to 1st to 6th classes on Mondays. Bernadine Cresham teaches Irish Dancing to all classes on Thursdays during Autumn and Spring Term.
Please make sure your child has their tin whistle with them each Monday. A subsidised bill for activities will be sent to you at the end of term.
Monday: Tin whistle 1st to 6th classes. PE Junior Room
Tuesday: Starting 3rd Oct, GAA at the Westport pitch, Middle and Junior Room. Please have boots/runners.
Wednesday: Drama all classes
Thursday: Dancing all classes
Friday: Middle and Senior Room PE
Please ensure your child comes to school in appropriate clothing and footwear on PE days. Also please have a raincoat every day as even if it is raining during break times we endeavour to go outside.
Dressing Up Day
Dressing up day will take place on Friday 27th October. Children may come to school in any costume they wish. The emphasis is on re-using and re-cycling and is part of our green school`s programme.
Diocesan School`s Service
Bishop Rooke has invited us to his annual schools’ service in Tuam Cathedral on Friday 1oth November. The Middle and Senior Rooms will attend. This takes place during school day and we will be back by 2.45pm.
Homework is set each day Monday to Thursday. It usually consists of oral and written work and tends not to be ‘new’ work. It reinforces what has been done in class. You can help by providing a quiet place to work, by asking spellings and tables, by listening to reading and by giving help where needed. Please feel free to correct work where necessary. Please ensure your child’s homework is completed and presented as well as they are able, and sign their homework diary accordingly. It is especially important as your child progresses through primary school to check homework as future study patterns are set in these years. The homework diary is a good way to communicate with your child’s teacher so feel free to use it to send notes and messages.
Please ensure your child is equipped for the school day.
Senior Room: Black, blue and red biro, pencil, eraser, sharpener, ruler, colouring pencils, protractor, a named pritt stick and a simple calculator.
Middle Room: Pencil, eraser, sharpener, ruler, a named pritt stick and colouring pencils. 4th class also need a simple calculator.
Junior Room: Named writing pencils, colouring pencils, eraser, a named pritt stick and sharpener.
We wish to work in partnership with you. If you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to make an appointment to meet with your child`s teacher. We will have Parent/Teacher meetings later on in the term but we are very happy to meet with you at an arranged time throughout the year.