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The West side Story Scoil Bhríde Newsletter ISSUE 17

March 2008 PRINCIPAL’S LETTER Dear Parents, This has been a relatively short term but hectic none the less. A lot of positive work has been ongoing in the school. Over the past term the school has worked on two policy documents with the Parents Council that may be of interest to you. There has been an amendment to our Code of Behaviour and we now have adopted a staged approach. A grievance procedure for dealing with complaints for parents is now in place. Both these are available from the office or from our HSCL Coordinator. We will circulate both documents once they have been ratified at Board level. Currently there are 380+ children enrolled in the school. This is a completely accurate reflection of the numbers in the school and there are currently 34 teachers, 8 Special Needs Assistants, 1 Childcare Worker in The Early Start Unit, employed by the Department of Education and Science working under the direction of the Board. The Board employs the following ancillary

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staff: a school secretary, a caretaker, a gardener and 4 cleaners that are paid an hourly rate. This shows haw much we have

Book Week Photos

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Parents’ Council

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International day

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grown. We also deal with many agencies, so it is important that parents continue to make appointments if you need to discuss issues. As part of the ‘Delivering Equality In Schools’ Programme, we are requires to have a three year plan in place. Five targeted areas were selected for our school. Literacy, Numeracy, SEN, Attendance and Parental Involvement were seen as the key areas requiring in depth planning in order to improve the quality of education being provided and to enhance the educational opportunities for the children in school. Committees were appointed to deal with each and we are working on these

Newsround

4 A huge drive for fund raising for the Local Contribution has taken place this year. The draw has realised €3,900. The draw needs to take place but we are still tracking some outstanding cards and contributions from certain families. One final letter has been sent out in an effort to complete a contribution from parents. Fr. Malachy has also offered to assist with a parish contribution which will be sorted out during the last term. I have arranged a meeting with the Trustees to discuss their role in assisting with the current financial difficulty An Alarm system has now been installed in the school following a spate of break –ins. Sensor lights in both offices have been installed as well.. Sacramental Preparation is ongoing in the school. The monthly mass for Holy Communion seems to have added impetus to this and Sr. Mary is continuing this work in school. Fr. Malachy and Fr. David have continued to work with the second and sixth classes. Children from Sixth Class have applied for positions in second level schools. These are currently being processed by the second level schools. These applications will be monitored in an effort to ensure that all children are placed in a second level school.

Scoil Bhríde Shantalla Galway Tel/Fax. (091) 525052 Email. Sns.ias@eircom.net

After School Activities: The UNI 4 U project is up and running and the children are currently going to the University. The homework clubs are ongoing on a daily basis. SCP workers have started to work in the school. They provide in and out of school supports and an after school activities programme for infants started on Tuesday February 12th. School Completion also offers individual work to a number of targeted children in the school. In-Service and Career Development: The school has undertaken Maths Recovery as an initiative and this is currently going well. The school is also involved in The Challenge to Change project and out topic celebrating interculturalism is in full swing. All classes are working on this and the evidence of this work is to be seen throughout the school. We have also had our project guidelines published in the National Challenge to Change Newsletter. Finally we are now accepting enrolments for 2008-2009 school years. If your child is 4 by the first of September, it is vitally important that you get an enrolment form from the office and have your application submitted as places are filling up very quickly. I have included a form in the newsletter for you. Thanks again for your support all term. Enjoy the Easter.


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Book Character Day

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March 2008

Many thanks to Ms. Brogan, Ms. O’Loughlin, The Library Committee, teachers, parents and pupils for organising and taking part in our recent Book Week and Character Day.


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Parents’ Association News 

Sincere thanks to all our parents and pupils who supported our January Cake Sale. Organised by the Parents’ Council, the cake sale raised €506 for the Lifeboat Association.

Our Easter Egg Raffle will take place on Friday 14th March in school. Good luck to all!

The Parents’ Council, on your behalf, has worked on the development of two school Policies this term ie. Our Code of Behaviour and Grievance Procedure for parents.

The Council has also sponsored an upcoming after-school Art Programme for pupils.

Wishing all our parents a very Happy Easter. Martina O’Connor -Chairperson, Scoil Bhride Parents’ Council.

Parents’ Classes English Language Classes for parents are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings in school. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents from Poland, Latvia, Slovakia, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iraq to meet , enjoy the social gathering, share their experiences, customs and recipes and hopefully improve their English! We are delighted to be able to provide this service for our international parents and classes will continue next term. Sr. Mary Doyle – Group Co-ordinator.

Scór 2008

Challenge to Change Project

Participation in the GAA SCOR National Schools Competition brought a lot of excitement to Scoil Bhríde this term. Pupils from our Fifth classes worked on drama, singing, instrumental and dance activities in preparation for the competition which was held on 24th of February in Labane Community Hall. The Set Dancing Group progressed to the county final in Abbyknockmoy on 9th March.

Sr. Bríd with some of our international pupils, celebrating multiculturalism as part of the ‘CHALLENGE TO CHANGE’ project which has been happening in the school this term. Information about lots of different countries, culture and customs, not to mention food and dress can bee seen in the school hall at present. Sincere thanks to Sr. Brid for all her work organising the project.

Congratulations to all the pupils who participated in Scór 2008 – we are very proud of their achievement and the way they represented the school in the competition. Sincere thanks to Ms. Moran, event organiser, and to Ms. Moffatt and Ms. Mulgannon, who put huge amounts of time and effort into preparing the children and providing them with a wonderful experience in the performing arts. This was our first venture into the Scór competition with a school group and already we have lots of ideas for next year’s entry. Watch this space!


NEWSROUND NEW BOM This term saw the formation of a new Board of Management in the school. Details of the new Board and its plans for the next four years will be available shortly. Car Park The Patents’ Association and the BOM have asked us to remind you that the car park is for staff only. Parents driving into the car park are a cause for concern. This is a safety issue. Children are at risk and we are asking you to cooperate by parking outside the school grounds at all times. Secondly, parking directly infront of the school gates is not acceptable. This entrance must be kept clear at all times. We again ask you to help us prevent accidents by parking safely. Finally, our lovely Lollipop Lady, Kathleen, does an excellent job and we are very lucky to have her. She is keeping all our children safe every morning and afternoon. Thank you , Kathleen – your work is much appreciated. Arts and Crafts The Visual Arts continue to thrive in Scoil Bhride. If you get a chance, pop in to view the fabulous art work on display around the school this term. Thanks to Mr. Ferguson, Art Co-ordinator, Sr. Laboure for her group work focusing on crafts, and to all the teachers and pupils who have produced some excellent art work this term. It certainly makes the school a much nicer and brighter place to learn. Phone Numbers Please, please check with the school office that we have your correct phone number and address on file. It is vitally important that your emergency contact number is up to date. If your child becomes ill or has an accident at school, we must be able to contact you immediately. UNI-4-U Our Uni-4-u programme, formerly known as sports for success, is coming to a close for this year. Yet again it has been a resounding success, a wonderful learning opportunity for the pupils and thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. The Graduation Ceremony will be held on 16th April ‘08 in NUIG for the pupils who took part and their parents. This is a lovely event and we urge you to attend. Sincere thanks to Mr. Carey who co-ordinated the programme this year.

School Band As St. Patrick’s day falls during the Easter Holidays, the school band will not be marching in the Parade this year. But fear not! They will be back in force for next year’s parade. In the meantime, the band continues to practise and will parade on a number of occasions around the community next term. Saturday School The Lithuanian Saturday school continues to grow. The children attend Scoil Bhride every Saturday morning to develop skills in their own language. The school is delighted to facilitate this project as part of our Community Outreach Programme. On the right is a photograph of their Christmas Pageant this year. This was a lovely celebration and the school thank them for the invitation.

Congratulations to Ms. Lowrey’s sixth class who won this year’s Attendance Blitz with 98% attendance. WOW! They win a trip to the cinema and a visit to McDonalds. DIARY DATES CONFIRMATION : 2ND M AY 2008

And Finally,

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION : 18TH MAY 2008

Happy Easter !


Scoil Bhride Shantalla - March 2008