Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dates for your diary

Thursday 1st September - School re-opens
Thursday 6th October - School closed at 12.30pm - Staff Meeting

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Dates for your diary


Tuesday 31st May 12.30pm close - Staff Meeting  
Friday 3rd June - School Closed - Staff Training
Monday 6th June - Bank Holiday - School Closed 
Tuesday 14th June - Annual Student Council Jumble Sale
Wednesday 15th June - 1st & 2nd School Tour
Friday 17th June - 3rd - 6th School Tour
Tuesday 21st June - Graduation 
Wednesday 22nd June (weather permitting) - Pet Day
Friday 24th June - Sports Day at the Community Centre
Thursday 30th June 12.30pm close - Summer Holidays

June Update



P.E. in the Community Centre after the May break has now commenced on Thursdays (1st-6th classes).  Students will have Badminton, Hurling, Athletics, Orienteering among other activities in the Community Centre and adjoining pitch.The Badminton sessions and bus transfers will be subsidised by our DEIS fund. Costs have issued. Thank you to all who have paid €20. Please remember to leave space for two or three buses out the front as well as the usual spaces for our 3pm buses in the turn around. Thank you for your patience with this, it makes all the difference at 3pm after P.E.

Parking With the lovely weather we would urge everyone to park further away and get children walking the last little section of the journey to school. Ideally park at the Arches (they have kindly agreed to us using their parking facilities)  and walk the rest of the way with your own children. This would have the added advantage of alleviating the parking situation at the very front of the school.

P.E. for Infant classes in the school Stretch & Grow sessions have begun for Infants after the May break. These sessions are subsidised by our DEIS fund. Thank you to those who have sent in the small remaining €10 fee.

Hurling and Camogie Training in Claregalway pitch every Tuesday unless otherwise advised. Collection at the pitch at 4pm. Parents needed for lifts to the pitch. Well done on both our camogie and hurling teams in recent Cumann na mBunscoil matches and thanks to parents and coaches for all the behind the scenes co-ordinating and lifts. Camogie Blitz on May 25th in Claregalway Pitch.
Infants are half way through 6 hurling sessions provided by Gerry Spellman from Galway Coaching and Games.

Volleyball  Sessions each Wednesday unless you receive a webtext cancellation.  

Guitar Classes Ger Mooney (Retired Primary Principal also teaching guitar in Lackagh N.S.) has started teaching classes on Mondays and Thursdays from  May 19th until June 23rd. 6 sessions in total. €30 for the term. 3pm-4pm in the pre-fab on Thursdays and in Niamh’s class on Mondays. Great turnout, so popular we had to do two days. Very patient teacher with a great repertoire of songs and a sense of humour.

Green Committee Well done to Asta and Gabija who helped with the Spring Clean last month. Lovely window boxes and hanging baskets done up too on the day. Congratulations to Ayana and Fergal O’ Brien who received our sparkling new Green Flag (our 5th!) last Thursday at a reception in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. Well done to Hilary and Niamh who work with the committee.

Student Council The Student Council have re-opened the Stationery Shop in Terri’s support room before the start of class. Red biros, pencils and rulers are all available for the student who may need to replenish his/her supplies. Student Council Jumble Sale date has been set- Tuesday the 14th of June. Thank you all for your support every year. The gathering of items can begin in earnest now. Please do hold all at home until the week of the 14th of June as space is at a premium. Good quality used toys, games and books as well as cakes and all baked items  welcome from Mon the 13th of June. No clothes, shoes, broken toys or adult books please.  Fund this year will pay for the Buddy Bench which the Andy Morgan Foundation are making for us. The Student Council have ordered a bench and we are receiving delivery on Friday the 10th of June. The foundation really only deliver in Dublin but were so moved by the speaker call from our Student Council they are hiring a van to visit us on the 10th with the bench. They would like to do a song and dance for us and film in the school to promote positive mental health. Please let us know if you have any concerns around filming for this. See the Andy Morgan Foundation fb page for more information about Buddy Benches.


SMA Family Day June 5th. 1pm-5pm. A day to get out and have fun. Our school joins local schools in providing art for an exhibition on the day.

School tour/trips  As we said in last month’s Update, the emphasis of each school trip is on bonding with the class socially so even if your child has visited the venue the tour will be a very special visit with classmates. Please encourage your child to look forward to being with their friends rather than focussing on the venue.Tours are also times when we expect and need excellent behaviour.  Each teacher has now researched venues carefully to ensure safety and to ascertain educational value etc as well as looking at variety from year to year. Tours have now been planned and buses are being booked. Exciting days ahead.  

Class Allocation for next year Decisions have now been reached with regard to allocation of classes. These may change as we interview for Maternity Leave in June but as of today…. Hilary will join the S.E.N. team (Special Education Needs). Siobhán will take 5th & 6th class. Niamh will take 3rd & 4th class. Damien will take 1st & 2nd class. Eimear will teach Senior Infants and Helen will teach Junior Infants. Maria Ní Niaidh, an experienced support teacher also joins our Special Education Needs team. She will be with us three days a week. Unfortunately we lose Anne Marie Connell and Deirdre Broderick who were here on a part time basis this year. Our hours have changed so our clustering arrangements change too. Sorry to lose two lovely teachers.

Literacy Lift Off Eimear leads the team with the new Literacy Lift Off Programme. The school has purchased Collins Big Cat Readers (over 2,000 books) for this new reading programme due to be rolled out in September for Junior Infants – Second class. Eimear is asking for volunteers to cover the new books with contact this month in preparation for September so please get in touch through the office if you can help.  091 798356 or info@claregalwayeducatetogether.ie  We will pass on all offers to Eimear.

Rental Properties We have several families moving into the area and joining different classes. Some are have difficulty finding rental properties. If you have contact numbers please forward them to the office. We will forward them on.

Attendance/Punctuality
It is widely accepted that there is a direct link between school attendance and pupil progress. Your co-operation with maintaining high attendance and punctuality (for a 9.20am start) is greatly appreciated.  As teachers have to
fill in the category of absence when informing the Túsla, it is essential that a note is sent in after every absence explaining it. Absence notes are available in the front hall on the Parent Association Notice Board or from Deirdre in the office - mornings only.
Please note if a student is late it is better to come in and attend for the rest of the school day rather than miss the whole day.

Updates electronically In line with our green endeavours all Updates and letters now go out by email. Please ensure the school has your current email address and do check it regularly. This initiative has reduced our carbon imprint considerably especially as the school grows.

Website Keep an eye on our website for news www.claregalwayeducatetogether.ie   Thanks to Siobhán who updates the site regularly.

CET Today Well done to Chris, Hilary and 5th & 6th for the weekly slot on facebook. Very entertaining and we all know so much more about each teacher now thanks to Spotlight.
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Water bottles and suncream : Please ensure all children have an extra sports bottle for water every day especially in hot weather and when P.E. begins. Apply suncream in the morning if possible. What a lovely request!

Gift to Tuam ETNS. On Wednesday the 25th of May, Frank our chairperson, presented Nuala Bourke (principal of Tuam Educate Together) with a box of percussion instruments to commemorate their opening this year. As the Tuam school grows Nuala and her staff will be able to deliver this element of the music curriculum without having to fundraise for the instruments. Eimear and her class entertained the visitors with our percussion instruments. A lovely day with superb music.  
Also visiting for the presentation ceremony was Sarah Calvey principal of Castlebar Educate Together due to open in September 2016.
The Educate Together sector is expanding. 2015 statistics- 77 primary schools, 4 second level schools, current enrolment > 21,000 pupils. Educate Together schools and start up groups report thousands being signed up to already over-subscribed waiting lists. Three new primary schools were opened this year- Pelletstown ETNS in north Dublin, New Ross ETNS in Co. Wexford and Tuam ETNS in Co. Galway. There is increasing demand all over Ireland to open up new equality-based primary and secondary schools. In county Galway there are now 5 Educate Together primary schools- Galway ETNS, Claregalway ETNS, Kilcolgan ETNS, Knocknacarra ETNS and Tuam ETNS and a very active second level start up group.

Moral of the Month June: Safety and Security  



Update to Parents from B.O.M. Meeting, 12th April 2016
  • Treasurer's Report: Accounts are healthy.
·         Premises: Lease negotiations continue. Planning for additional classroom lodged with county council.
·         Policy Review: Policies ratified – Complaints and Code of Behaviour.
·         Next Meeting:  Tues June 14th @ 8pm

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dates for your diary

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th May - School Closed
Tuesday 31st May 12.30pm close - Staff Meeting  
Monday 6th June - Bank Holiday - School Closed
Tuesday 14th June - Annual Student Council Jumble Sale
Tuesday 21st June - Graduation 

Wednesday 22nd June (weather permitting) - Pet Day
Friday 24th June - Sports Day at the Community Centre
Thursday 30th June 12.30pm close - Summer Holidays

April/May Update

Open Day We had a lovely day the 8th of March. Asta and Gabija did super work on the garden and in pots ahead. Eamon also helped out ahead with signs and tidying. The school looked particularly colourful with our personalised bunting made by Róisín and Naomi last year, (with a little help from staff). We also had Lorrha bunting (same colours) and a flag from Eimear’s hometown- kindly loaned by Eimear’s mum. A great turn out of parents to welcome new parents and help with refreshments. Thanks to all the parents who sent in treats. The Student Council and volunteers met the new parents and showed them around. Deirdre was on standby all day for queries. A special word of thanks to Antonia who spoke about Parents Together and co-ordinated parental help on the day. ‘R Tunes and our young musicians entertained. All in all a lovely vibrant day. Our biggest intake to date!  Well done everyone.

Seachtain na Gaeilge We had a fabulous time singing and listening to traditional tunes on the day of the Ceolchoirm. Well done to Eimear for organising such a wonderful session which is now an annual event. Thanks to all the students who played instruments, danced and sang on the day. Bhí Céilí sa Chlós iontach againn freisin . Bhain na páistí an-taitneamh as Tráth na gCeist . Maith sibh go léir.   

P.E. in the Community Centre after the May break starting on Thurs 12th May (1st-6th classes). 1st -6th will have Badminton, Athletics and Orienteering in the Community Centre and adjoining pitch.The Badminton sessions and bus transfers will be subsidised by our DEIS fund. Costs will issue shortly.

P.E. for Infant classes in the school after the May break starting on Friday 13th May Stretch & Grow sessions will begin for Infants after the May break. These sessions will be subsidised by our DEIS fund. Costs will issue shortly.

Hurling and Camogie Training returns to Claregalway pitch every Tuesday unless otherwise advised. Collection at the pitch at 4pm. Parents needed for lifts to the pitch. Groups for Camogie Cumann na mBunscoil Championships 2016 have been released. Claregalway ETNS ,Tullykyne, Merlin Woods and Kilglass. Match dates to be confirmed. No groups for Hurling released yet.

Flag Raising Ceremony on the 15th of March  Warm thanks to Seamus O’Connell who spoke so well and raised the flag on the day. The sun shone and the school looked beautiful thanks to Asta and Gabija who had the organic garden looking so well. The students of 3rd class – 6th class composed their own Proclamations and they had lovely positive aspirations for Ireland. Thank you to the musicians who accompanied the children singing Amhrán na hFiann. Well done Eimear for overseeing this. Special thanks to Hilary our Deputy Principal who co-ordinated the event.

Volleyball Well done to our team who played so well at the All Ireland Finals on Tuesday March 15th in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Our second year to make it to this level and this year we came within two points of getting into the final. Our team captained by Laura with Siofra, Ayana, Luke, Divonis and Michael did the school proud with their excellent display of skills and talent. Emma and Deimantas were very reliable and supportive substitutes. It was a day that will live long in our memories. A special word of thanks to the parents who travelled to Limerick to support the team. The flag waving and cheering kept spirits up right through the day. It is a tough day requiring real stamina. We saw some excellent volleyball and learned new skills. 
Sessions resume each Wednesday unless you receive a webtext cancellation.  Claregalway Drama Festival needed the hall for the weeks leading up to the break. The festival which takes place annually was a great success.

Conor Flood from the Volleyball Association of Ireland has been in touch to let us know the Association Cup semis and shield finals are on in NUIG Kingfisher next Saturday 9th April starting at 10.30 am. Great opportunity to watch volleyball. All are welcome to support the teams.

Guitar Classes Ger Mooney (Retired Primary Principal teaching guitar in Lackagh N.S.)  will give a free taster lesson on Thursday this week from 3pm-4pm here in the school. The afternoon is yet to be decided if there is interest. He can do either Wednesdays or Thursdays at 3pm here in the school. €5 per session if there is interest. Ger needs about 9 or 10 students to make it feasible.



Green Committee We were delighted to welcome Tiarnan McCusker to our school before the holidays to carry out the assessment for the Bio-Diversity Flag. He was very impressed with all the work we have done to date especially the Bug Hotels in the organic garden!  We intend to have a Spring Clean day sometime in the month of April and hopefully we will be attending the Flag presentation day in May/June.

Student Council The Student Council were about to launch a digital magazine this term but 5th and 6th have beaten us to it with Chris. Well done to Chris Mahony who is doing up a storyboard and developing the idea in Hilary’s class. Chris is also taking on the Graduation Film this year. As the school grows and this Principal gets ever busier it is so good to be able to lean on talented parents like Chris for projects such as this. Thanks again Chris. The Student Council will now focus on the upcoming Jumble Sale in June. A date has been set- Tuesday the 14th of June. Thank you all for your support every year. The gathering of items can begin in earnest now. Please do hold all at home until the week of the 14th of June as space is at a premium. Good quality used toys, games and books as well as cakes and all baked items  welcome from Mon the 13th. No clothes, shoes, broken toys or adult books please. 

Playground Thanks to Eamon who carried out a few measures to improve drainage in the playground while we were on our break.

Updates electronically In line with our green endeavours all Updates and letters now go out by email. Please ensure the school has your current email address and do check it regularly. This initiative has reduced our carbon imprint considerably especially as the school grows.

School tour/trips  School trips are hugely beneficial to the children. The emphasis is on bonding with the class socially so even if your child has visited the venue the tour will be a very special visit with classmates. Many of the children’s memories of school will be of things that happened on the annual school trip. No money can buy the social aspect. Each teacher researches venues carefully to ensure safety and to ascertain educational value etc as well as looking at variety from year to year. Details will issue soon.

SNA Theresa has had her follow-up operation to remove the plate in her kneecap. Wishing her well as she recuperates. Geraldine is covering for her at the moment.

Attendance/Punctuality
It is widely accepted that there is a direct link between school attendance and pupil progress. Your co-operation with maintaining high attendance and punctuality (for a 9.20am start) is greatly appreciated.  As teachers have to
fill in the category of absence when informing the Túsla, it is essential that a note is sent in after every absence explaining it. Absence notes are available in the front hall on the Parent Association Notice Board or from Deirdre in the office- mornings only.
Please note if a student is late it is better to come in and attend for the rest of the school day rather than miss the whole day.


Water bottles: Please ensure all children have an extra sports bottle for water every day especially in hot weather and when P.E. begins.

Moral of the Month April: Co-operation  May : Peace 


Update to Parents from B.O.M.
Next Meeting:  Tues April 12th @8pm

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 3rd February 12.30pm close - Staff Meeting
 Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th February - Activity Week
 Thursday 18th & Friday 19th February - School Closed - Mid-term break
 Tuesday 8th March 1-3pm - Open Day

February Update

Open Day Tues 8th  March 1pm-3pm Help from parents would be very much appreciated on the day.  We will have tea and coffee for all new parents. Carambola provide treats. Homemade treats would be very welcome too. It is always superb to have experienced parents around to talk to and show new people around. Very entertaining day too with ‘r Tunes performing for all. If weather permits we can invite the new children to use playground equipment e.g., sidewalk chalk, ropes, balls, hoola hoops etc.

Independence in Infants Well done to all Infants who are saying goodbye at the gate. At this stage in Infants, by term two, we hope to see this level of independence. We encourage independence with coats, schoolbags, lunches etc. It has happened naturally for most. It can be a little trickier for others so do keep up the encouragement. Great preparation for Senior Infants and 1st class. What a wonderful set up in the Infant room. Who wouldn’t like going in every morning! Well done Helen and Karen.

Spikeball County Championships in Loughrea on Monday  Feb 1st.  It will take place during school time and teachers will drive the teams to the venue. Leaving our school at 8.30am to be there in time. We are taking a mixed team and a girls team thus 12 students in all. We encourage all spikeballers to keep coming to practice as there will be further friendlies and we may be able to take more teams. Well done to the team chosen by the selectors. No session on Wednesday 3rd of February due to Staff Meeting.  Sessions will also have to stop from March 7th to accommodate the Claregalway Drama Festival. Sessions resume on  April 6th after the Spring Holidays. 

Claregalway Festival of Drama 7th- 19th March
We wish the Drama Festival organisers well and look forward to a week of excellent entertainment. Do put the dates into your diary as this is a festival not to be missed. (Spikeball is cancelled before, during and after the festival )

Activity Week.15th-17th Feb (Afterschool Activities are cancelled for this week in February)
Monday 15th,,Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th February. Very limited slots still left.
We would love any activities on the theme of Biodiversity as this is the focus of our 5th Green flag also, but doesn’t have to be.
Reminder: For new parents, this is a three day break from the usual timetable. If you have an idea for a workshop or a speaker, please talk with your child’s class teacher re. age appropriateness and materials needed. Each teacher will fill in an Activity Week Timetable, which will be placed on the classroom door, so get in early to select a specific spot. We have a limited budget so expenses will be covered. However please agree any costs with the teacher first and then hold on to receipts. An opportunity for those hidden talents/skills to be showcased! (We will down academic tools as usual for the three days Mon February 16th , Tues 17th  and Wed 18th). Then we will have the Mid-Term break for two days. Only two weeks away. Teachers try to co-ordinate workshops so that the children do a good mix of hands-on activities as well as hearing speakers. Timetabling can be tricky so do bear with us. Parents don’t necessarily have to work in the class of their own child - if you have an ideal speaker for a senior group but your child is in Infants do run it by us and vice versa. Get those ideas in before you are disappointed to find all slots gone!

All Afterschool Activities cancelled during Activity Week Religion , French, Spanish, Storytelling, Spikeball and Homework Club are all cancelled. Spanish is usually on Thursday but we will be on Mid-term break.

Walking Bus Aline has sent out information and forms to gauge support for this idea. Please ensure they are returned. It is an excellent initiative to get everyone active, reduce our carbon footprint and waken everyone up in the mornings. The children travelling by bus are already reducing our carbon footprint well done.



Secondary School Enrolment All parents are urged to research second level schools as early as possible. We refer you to their admission policies, all of which are online. These vary greatly and some are changing especially where new schools are concerned. As the schools evolve they adjust their policies depending on interest. Please try not to leave this until your child is in sixth class. Also advisable to check the accommodations they make for Special Needs and subject choice for Leaving Cert.(esp where language exemptions apply). They may require Assessments to provide support. Generally Assessments must be current (within two years) to be considered for support hours where resource hours apply.  

Junior Cert/Leaving Cert French classes on Saturday/Monday in the school. Aline O’ Connell is running Jun Cert and Leaving Certificate Preparation classes on Saturday mornings from 10am.  Contact Aline
Aline also has spaces for Afterschool French if anyone has not signed up and wishes to.

Swimming will recommence for children in 3rd-6th class after Spring Holidays. Further details later. Reminder €38 for 1st and 2nd class if you haven’t already sent it in.

Ethos The moral of the month for February is Love. Please support your child’s class teacher in the promotion of this quality and encourage everyone to show love in their lives.

Hurling Training to recommence on the first Tuesday in March 01/03/2016

Website Keep an eye on our website for news www.claregalwayeducatetogether.ie   Thanks to Siobhán who updates the site regularly.

Infant Toys Volunteers needed to take lego etc to steep in Milton over weekends or holidays. Please check in with Helen.

School Policies Some are on our website. We rotate what we have on the website and all policies are available from the office- Deirdre is available every morning until 12.30pm and can download all you request.

Aistear in the Infant Classroom.  Any parent who would like to help out between 1.10p.m. and 2p.m. can pop in any Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  No need to tell us in advance!.

Up and Coming events Seachtain na Gaeilge 1ú-17ú Márta as we mentioned in the January Update. Activities planned - Céilí sa chlós, Tráth na gCeist, traditional Irish music session with Damien and Eimear. (Any parents who play welcome to join in). If any children in the school play Irish music or do Irish dancing after school we would love them to participate in the session.  Dates will issue soon. 


 B.O.M.  Next Meeting, 9th February, 2016   @ 8pm