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Spring Term Newsletter 2019
Well done to all the children who performed brilliantly in the Christmas Concert.  Last term we had our annual dressing up day, harvest soup, visiting author Nicky Dowd, spikeball, GAA training and lots of other activities.  We also said farewell to Al as she started a new role in the Leisure Park and we welcomed Kate as our new school secretary.


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (School Charter)
As a whole school we have been looking at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The right to an education, the right to be listened to, and the right to play have particularly stood out.  Arising from this we drafted a School Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.
You received a copy of the draft last term.  We are now ready to publish the Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.  This is a partnership of children, parents and school.
We invite you to come to the launch of Our School Charter on Thursday 14th February at 1pm, where our special guest Enda Kenny will inaugurate our School Charter.

Stay Safe Programme
All classes are following Stay Safe programme this term.  Please see Weekly Home / School Link Sheets to sign and return.

Seachtain na Gaeilge
Please keep 1pm Thurs 14th March free as we will have an afternoon of Irish dancing and music with Bernadine and Des.  All classes will perform dancing, drama poetry or music as Gaeilge.

Calendars There are still a small number of 2019 Holy Trinity School Calendars available. Calendars cost €10 and are available to purchase at the school.  

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

Forest School
We all enjoyed our new Forest School initiative last term.  It was a great opportunity to be outside and we all saw benefits to learning and playing in a woodland setting.  All classes participated in science, art and SPHE activities in the outdoors.  We are especially grateful to parent volunteers who have helped us on Forest School days.  We will start Forest School again in February.  More details from your class teacher.

New School
We are in regular contact with Dept of Education regarding our new school.  The Dept of Education assures us that we are on the Dept’s school building list and that “the Department’s plan to deliver accommodation for Holy Trinity NS remains”.  The transfer of the old Scoil Phadraig site to the Dept of Education has been a complicated process.  The latest information is that the conveyance is almost complete and will be finalised early 2019.  
We are working closely with the Dept of Education to ensure that this process is moving and that our new school can be built as soon as possible.  Our children deserve the best facilities.

School Policies
The board has updated Geography and History Policies, Attendance Policy and Critical Incident Policy.  As we update new policies they will be made available to you for your ideas and suggestions. The Board has ratified our new Digital Learning Strategy, which is part of our school improvement plan. All policies are available on our school website.

School Language Curriculum Planning Day
Please note that school will be closed on Fri 15th Mar to facilitate school planning day.

Parents Association
Christmas Concert Raffle & Auction.  The Holy Trinity Parents Association would like to thank all the businesses and people who very generously donated prizes for the raffle during the Christmas concert.  We would also like to thank all those who participated in the raffle and auction.  A total of €1,273 was raised for the school.

Flag Day
The annual Flag Day collection is taking place this year on Saturday April 13th.  It would be greatly appreciated if everyone can try to ensure that they are free to give just one hour of their time for their child’s school on the day.

The purpose of all the fundraising is to contribute to and assist the school in the general maintenance of IT equipment such as the iPads and whiteboards etc. The fundraising also contributes to subsidising school activities such as Irish dancing and drama. From time to time other items are needed to be updated or replaced; over the coming months we will be fundraising to purchase new soccer goals for the school.

Parent Association Meetings
Holy Trinity Parents Association Committee meetings are open to any person that should wish to attend. The next P.A. meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 6th at 20.00

Church Sacraments
This year we facilitate RC Confirmation preparation.  Father Gerard, from St Mary’s is preparing the children.  The classes take place after school.  Church of Ireland Confirmation will also take place this year.  More info from Val later in the year.

We will always endeavour to get outside at break times.  Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat, otherwise your child will get wet!  You may like to keep a spare pair of shoes or boots at school.

Contact us
E-mail: school@holytrinityns.com
Tel: 098-27216

School Charter visit
Enda Kenny 14th 1pm
Thurs 21st & Fri 22nd

School closed Planning Day
Fri 15th
St Patrick’s Day
School closed 18th

Easter Holidays:
school closes:
Fri 12th at 12.30
Mon 29th April

Public Holiday
Mon 6th

Mon 3rd & Tues 4th

Summer holidays
School closes:
Tue 25thJune at 12.30

Thurs 29th Aug

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