Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, – December 2021

Message from the Principal
This past month has been an incredibly busy one in our school, as we try to teach our children in the midst of a significant growth in absences due to illness and Covid infections. We are all aware of the high level of infection in our local community so we encourage everyone in our school community to please strictly adhere to public health guidelines.

It is only a matter of weeks to Christmas and as we look forward to the holidays, let us all make a concerted effort to stay safe so that we may enjoy a Happy Christmas with our families.

I am pleased to share the good news that we will be moving our school to temporary accommodation in the Youthreach building on the Tara Road, possibly before Christmas. We are awaiting news from the Dept. of Education on an exact moving date, once current renovation works are completed. We will share further information with our school community once arrangements are finalised. We have been waiting for our new school for a long time and we are really looking forward to getting the new build underway at last.
Blaithin Maguire, Principal

Enrolment for September 2022
Enrolment for 3rd class in September 2022 is now closed. Offers will be made to parents who have applied for places by 6th December. Offers must be accepted within 7 days of the date of the offer. Late applications will be placed on a waiting list. (Children currently in 2nd class in Scoil Oilibheir Naofa must send in a completed application form to attend our school in September).

Applications for our ASD classes in September 2022 are now open. Applications must be received before 21st January 2022.
Application Forms are available on our school website or by contacting the Secretary’s Office on 041 9828091 or by email

Christmas Holidays:

School will close at 12.10pm on Wednesday, 23rd December. School will re-open on Thursday, 6th January 2022.

School Book Fair
As we go to press we are looking forward to our Book Fair – Monday 29th November until Friday 3rd December. A communication regarding how to purchase books this year will be sent to parents from the Parents Association. We hope that you will all support our Book Fair, which is a wonderful opportunity to purchase books both for your own children and as presents for others. I helps to raise much needed funds for our school. Our thanks as always to our wonderful Parents Association for organizing the Book Fair.

IT Resources for our School
We were delighted to take delivery of a new suite of chromebooks this month, which are a welcome addition to our existing school IT resources. All of our children are now timetabled for regular digital classroom lessons each week. This is helping to grow their skills in digital technology and on-line learning. Thank you to everyone who contributes to PA fundraisers which helps to support our IT resources for our school.

Lovely artwork in Ms Carroll’s 4th Class:
Mrs Carroll’s 4th Class have been very busy this month. They have been studying weather symbols and writing weather reports. They used this theme to inspire their art and created lovely ‘Windy Day’ weather scenes. Much to their surprise the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ made an early appearance in their classroom!.
Ms D’Arcy’s 6th Class are working hard on their Geography projects on their Chromebooks. This month they enjoyed presenting their research on their chosen countries to their classmates. 

Basketball training for 6th class
6th class are currently enjoying a 6 week basketball training session every Friday. It is a great opportunity for the children to learn a new game and enjoy the outdoor weather, which thankfully has remained mild for the time of year. Ms D’Arcy’s 6th Class are pictured here earnestly planning their game strategy during a basketball coaching session with Ms Elaine Ryan
Be Safe, Be Seen!

Hi-vis armbands were distributed to 3rd class children recently and a class lesson in road safety was delivered as part of Road Safety Awareness. We remind parents to ensure that children have hi-viz reflectors on school bags or jackets to help make them more visible in poor visibility conditions. §¶

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