KILGARRIFFE NATIONAL SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Week 14 (08/12/22)

Costumes

Please can costumes be in school in a named bag by this Friday 9th December’22

Full dress rehearsal in school next Monday 12th Dec’22.

 

Peter Pan Rehearsals in Parochial Hall (beside Chunky Chip)

Tuesday 13th Dec’22: 1st to 6th Class ONLY in the Parochial Hall.

Friday 16th Dec’22: All classes in the Parochial for full dress rehearsal.

Please drop the children to the hall from 9:00/9:15am and collect 2:30/3pm.

Infants to be collected as usual at 2pm.

Arrangements have been made with the school bus driver to accommodate this.

 

Raffle Prizes

Raffle prizes needed for our big Raffle in the hall on the day of our ‘Peter Pan’ performance. If anyone would like to donate a prize (voucher, chocolates, flowers, plants, beauty products, candles etc.), please send into school to class teachers, marked ‘Raffle’. The proceeds of this Raffle helps to cover the costs of props, costumes, sets, etc. for our performance. Thank you in advance.

 

Community Carol Service

On Sunday 18th Dec’22 all 2nd to 6th Class pupils will be taking part in the Community Carol Service in the Catholic Church in Clonakilty from 7-8:30pm, along with all the other Primary School in the Clonakilty area. The children will be singing along with Rev. Kingsley Sutton, who will accompany them on guitar & we will be practicing in school over the next 2 weeks.

Please let us know ASAP by text (083 0658096) if your child/children will NOT be available to participate ASAP. Thank you.

 

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards ordered have arrived. Check school bags.

 

Nativity – Kilmalooda Church

This Sunday 11th Dec, some of our pupils will be starring in a Nativity at Kilmalooda Church in Ballinascarthy (eircode P85RD28). It’s at 11am & we’d love to see you there. It’s a great way of getting into the meaning of Christmas.

 

Dates to Remember

Community Schools Carol Service: Sunday 18th Dec 7pm

Peter Pan Musical: 12 noon on Tuesday 20th Dec’22 in Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Curriculum Half days: Friday 6th Jan’23 and Friday 10th Feb’23. 12 noon close.

 

Community Events

Clonakilty Christmas Crafts & Produce Stalls: Sat 10th & 17th Dec’22 At O’Donovans Hotel & nearby alleyway, from 9am-5pm.

Children’s Nativity Service: Sunday 11th Dec’22 at 11am in Kilmalooda Church, near Ballinascarthy.

All welcome.

Week 13 (01/12/22)

Costumes for Peter Pan Musical

Please can the children bring in their costumes by next Monday 5th Dec’22 if possible, in a bag with their name on it.

The following items are needed for costumes:

Croc legs: (Junior & Senior Infant Boys): Plain green tracksuit/ leggings & a long sleeved green top. Dark coloured shoes/trainers. Rest of costume & props will be made by school.

Fairies: (Junior & Senior Infant girls + Iris): Bright coloured fairy dress or Tutu skirt.

Co-ordinating leggings and long sleeved top for underneath. (We have some spare small fairy costumes & skirts if your child doesn’t have these… let us know)

Wild Warriors: (all 1st class + Luca, Alex, John & Slava C) + Chief (Arsenii) + Sara (Tiger Lily): Black leggings/ track pants & black long sleeved black top. Dark coloured shoes/ trainers. Warrior tunic, head dresses & props supplied by school.

Mermaids: (Rosanna, Gia, Leah, Iris, Maya, Juliet, Emma, Rachel H): Bright coloured leggings & long sleeved tops to match tails (tails supplied by school unless have one!) Accessories like beady or shell necklaces, hairbands, hairclips, tiara etc.

Lost Boys: (Sophie, Dennis, Hannah, Slava D, Danila, Naoise): old trousers, shirt (striped or cheque if possible), old shoes etc. - untidy, scruffy look!

Pirates: (4th, 5th & 6th): Black, white, red pirate themed clothes top & bottom. Stripes, bandana, hats, eye patch, sword etc.

Darling Family Boys: (Ruadhán + Daniel Buttimer) Pyjamas & slippers.

Wendy Darling: (Emily) Nightdress, dressing gown + slippers with leggings & long sleeved top underneath.

Crocodile (David) / Nana dog (Beatrice) / Maid Liza (Emma): Black leggings & long sleeved tops, dark coloured shoes/trainers. All other costume parts & props supplied by school.

Mr. Darling: (Valentino): Suit, shirt, tie/bowtie, dark shoes.

Mrs. Darling: (Samanta): Party dress & shoes.

Peter Pan (Jacob), Tinkerbell (Rosanna): in progress with teacher already!

 

Peter Pan Rehearsal & set painting

The Senior Room (4th, 5th and 6th classes) will be having a preparation and art day for our school drama next Tues 6th Dec at the Parochial Hall (next to the Chunky Chip). Please drop children to the hall any time between 9.00 and 9.30am and collect between 2.30 and 3.00pm. Please bring school bag, lunch etc. as normal. Arrangements have been made with the school bus driver to accommodate this.

 

Raffle Prizes

Raffle prizes needed for our big Raffle in the hall on the day of our ‘Peter Pan’ performance. If anyone would like to donate a prize (voucher, chocolates, flowers, plants, beauty products, candles etc.), please send into school to class teachers, marked ‘Raffle’. The proceeds of this Raffle helps to cover the costs of props, costumes, sets, etc. for our performance. Thank you in advance.

 

Community Carol Service

On Sunday 18th Dec’22 our 2nd to 6th Class pupils have been invited to take part in the Community Carol Service in the Catholic Church in Clonakilty from 7-8:30pm, along with all the other Primary School in the Clonakilty area. The children will be singing along with Rev. Kingsley Sutton, who will accompany them on guitar & we will be practicing in school over the next 2 weeks.

Please let us know by text (083 0658096) if your child/children will NOT be available to participate ASAP. Thank you.

 

Cycle Sense

Last day of Cycle Sense tomorrow Friday for the Senior room pupils (4th- 6th Class).

All MUST have a raincoat please. 

 

Christmas Cards

Packs of Christmas cards designed by your children have now been ordered.

We will distribute them as soon as they return from the printers.

 

Dates to Remember

Community Schools Carol Service: Sunday 18th Dec 7pm

Peter Pan Musical: 12 noon on Tuesday 20th Dec’22 in Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Curriculum Half days: Friday 6th Jan’23 and Friday 10th Feb’23. 12 noon close.

 

Community Events

Lisavaird Co-op Christmas Event: The Pike, Lisavaird Saturday 3rd Dec. 10% off day, Santa, Raffles & all the Children’s Art on display, etc.

Clonakilty Christmas Crafts& Produce Stalls: Sat 3rd, 10th & 17th Dec’22 At O’Donovans Hotel & nearby alleyway, from 9am-5pm.

Funday Sunday: this Sunday 4th Dec’22 from 11:15am to 12:30pm in the Parochial Hall (beside Chunky Chip). All children welcome.

Children’s Nativity Service: Sunday 11th Dec’22 at 10am in Kilmalooda Church, near Ballinascarthy. All welcome.

Week 12 (24/11/22)

Christmas Cards

The children’s Christmas cards have returned & each child has received a sample of their unique card which all may keep. 

Parents/guardians now have an opportunity to buy packs of 10 of your child’s own Christmas card for €8 per pack. 

If you wish to buy them, all you need to do, is fill in the order form, enclose payment and return to school in the bag provided by next Tuesday 29th Nov’22 at the latest.

The sooner cards are ordered, the sooner they will be back.

 

Coats

All pupils need a coat every day in school please.

 

Costumes

Wondering if anyone has a dog or crocodile/dinosaur onesie that would fit 8 to 10 or 10-12 year old, that we could borrow for the school play please.

 

Lisavaird Christmas Art Competition

Good luck to everyone who has completed their Christmas picture for the annual Lisavaird Art Competition which will be submitted this Fri 25th Nov.

 

Cycle Sense

Cycle Sense continues tomorrow Friday for the Senior room pupils (4th-6th Class).

All MUST have a raincoat please.  

 

Peter Pan

Lots of practice of our drama and songs taking place daily in school, as we work towards our Christmas performance on stage on Tuesday 20th Dec’22 at 12noon. All children now have their lines and songs to learn & we would be most grateful if parents could remind and help their child to learn them.

Costume requirements will be notified soon.

 

Dates to Remember

Peter Pan Musical: 12 noon on Tuesday 20th Dec’22 in Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Curriculum Half days: Friday 6th Jan’23 and Friday 10th Feb’23. 12 noon close.

Community Events

Christmas Fayre: Saturday 26th November'22 2:30-5pm in the Parochial Hall in Clonakilty. 

Week 11 (17/11/22)

Spare clothing

Please could all children in the Junior room have a spare pair of leggings or track bottoms in their schoolbags, as there’s lots of slippy areas around the school at present. We have only a limited amount of spare clothes in school for anyone who gets excessively wet or muddy. If your child has come home in these, please can they be returned to school ASAP after they’ve been washed & dried. Thank you.

 

Cycle Sense

Cycle Sense continues tomorrow Friday for the Senior room pupils (4th-6th Class). All MUST have a raincoat please.  

 

Primary Science Week

Tomorrow is the last day of a very successful and fun ‘Science Week’, with lots of budding scientists performing a great variety of experiments during the week. There was lots of fizz, pop & excitement, as well as plenty of opportunity to develop their organisational and presentational skills. Well done everyone and thanks to all the parents who helped their children decide what to do & gather the needed ingredients.

 

Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Many thanks to everyone who donated a shoebox of Christmas goodies. We collected a total of 19 shoeboxes and they are now on their way to a needy child.

 

Oliver Musical

The Sacred Heart Secondary School are presenting the musical ‘Oliver’ this year.

The Senior Classroom have been invited to attend a matinee performance next Tuesday 22nd Nov at 11am. Please can everyone in this classroom bring in €2 to contribute towards the cost of the tickets. School will fund the rest. Coats will be essential that day as all will be walking to and from the school. Many thanks.

 

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the Welsh family to our school. We are all delighted to have Gia (5th Class) & Juliet (2nd Class) back with all their friends.

 

Peter Pan

Lots of practice of our drama and songs taking place daily in school, as we work towards our Christmas performance on stage on Tuesday 20th Dec’22 at 12noon. All children now have their lines and songs to learn & we would be most grateful if parents could remind and help their child to learn them.

Costume requirements will be notified soon.

 

Dates to Remember

Peter Pan Musical: 12 noon on Tuesday 20th Dec’22 in Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Curriculum Half days: Friday 6th Jan’23 and Friday 10th Feb’23. 12 noon close.

 

Community Event

This Sunday the 20th of November C-FAB, a memorial concert celebrating the life of Caitlin Buchan (14yrs) will take place from 3 to 7pm at De Barras Clonakilty.

The concert, which promises to be an incredible afternoon of entertainment, features a host of West Cork musicians as well as 3 bands from BIMM college of music Dublin. There will be a collection bucket at the door for anyone wishing to leave a donation for the children’s charities, Bumbleance (Children’s National

Ambulance Service) and Cian’s kennels (Children’s Health Ireland, at Crumlin Hospital).

Week 10 (10/11/22)

Junior Infant HSE Vaccination Forms

HSE vaccination forms have been given to all Junior Infant pupils. Please can these be completed immediately, whether taking part in the vaccination scheme or not and returned by tomorrow Fri 11th. Thank you.

 

Cycle Sense

The Senior room pupils (4th-6th Class) will be taking part in a road cycling safety programme for the next four weeks on Fridays.

Pupils MUST have a raincoat for these days. Also welcome to bring in their own hi-vis vest and cycle helmet if they wish, otherwise these will be supplied to all by ‘Cycle Sense’.

 

Primary Science Week

Primary science week is next week. All classes will have extra Science related lessons and they may get a chance to be ‘the scientist’ themselves!!

 

Christmas Cards

Once again this year, the children are designing their own individual Christmas card and these will be sent away to be printed professionally.

When they return, each child will receive a sample of their unique card today, which they may keep. 

Parents/guardians will have an opportunity to buy packs of 10 of your child’s own Christmas card if they wish.

 

Christmas Annuals

Christmas Annual orders have been distributed to all children who ordered them before midterm… enjoy!

 

Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

All completed Team Hope Shoeboxes must be in by tomorrow Friday 11th November.

 

Used Clothing Collection (School Fundraiser)

Thank you to everyone who donated to Our ‘Used Clothing Collection’. They collection date has been extended to next Fri 18th November, so if there are any more bags available, keep bringing them in until next Thursday 17th.

 

Thank you

Many thanks from all our staff for our mystery ‘Beano & Ginger’ surprise received recently. We will enjoy using it soon.

 

Dates to Remember

Peter Pan Musical: 12 noon on Tuesday 20th Dec’22 in Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Curriculum Half days: Friday 6th Jan’23 and Friday 10th Feb’23. 12 noon close.

Week 9 (27/10/22)

Halloween Dress Up tomorrow

Tomorrow Fri 28th Oct’22, the children are invited to come to school dressed in ‘Halloween Costume’ for the day.

Some small treats can be brought in to share at party time when we will be organising Halloween Fun and Games for them.

This year we are supporting ‘Mercy Heroes’, the Children’s cancer unit in the Mercy Hospital, Cork, a small donation from all would be much appreciated.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Rachel Buttimer (6th Class) and her Ballinascarthy U12 Camogie Team mates on their recent County Final success. Many thanks for bringing in their big cup for all our pupils to see.

 

Mid Term Break

School will be closed from this Sat 29th Oct’22 for Halloween Midterm Break.

School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22. Wishing everyone a restful & safe holiday.

 

School Play

The parts have been distributed to all pupils for our ‘Peter Pan’ musical.

The children have their scripts so they can get familiar with their lines over the midterm break. Production to take place in Parochial Hall on Tuesday 20th Dec’22.

 

School Collection for aid going to Ukraine

Tomorrow is the last day for donations of non-perishable food items, medical & hygiene supplies, socks, underwear & small new soft toys for the West Cork Christmas Appeal who are sending lorries of supplies to Ukraine in time for Christmas. Large collection box in the school entrance hall for donations.

Thank you for your help with this collection.

 

Christmas Annuals

Tomorrow is the last day for Christmas Annual orders. If you wish to order, please complete order the form supplied & attach correct money (€2.50 each), before returning to your child’s class teacher.

 

Parental Contribution to Extra Activities

It would be great to receive the last few annual contributions (€60 per child) due by tomorrow Friday 28th Oct’22 or immediately after midterm.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

The children received a ‘flyer’ last week to assist & inform about what items are needed in the shoebox that your family may wish to donate.

Mid-term break is a perfect opportunity for your child to get their gift box organised for a needy child throughout the world.

Completed boxes need to be brought into school immediately after mid-term please.

 

Used Clothing Collection (School Fundraiser)

Our ‘Used Clothing Collection’ is coming up soon on Wednesday 9th November’22 (straight after midterm). Please leave any sacks of clothing you have for this collection outside school entrance doors any day you wish & we will store them in our ‘Garden Room’ until collection.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 31st Oct to Fri 4th Nov’22. School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22.

Used Clothing Collection Fundraiser: Wed 9th Nov’22

Peter Pan Musical: Tuesday 20th Dec’22 in Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Curriculum Half days: Friday 6th Jan’23 and Friday 10th Feb’23. 12 noon close.

 

Community Notices

Samhain ’22: Púca Parade in Clonakilty from Pearse Street to Emmet Square. Sunday 6th November’22 at 5:30pm.

Foróige Junior: hoping to start in the new Youth Centre in Clonakilty for 10-12 year olds. If anyone is interested in their child becoming a member, contact:

John Dennigan: 086 9795199 / john.dennigan@foroige.ie

Niamh O’Sullivan: 086 0672820 / nosullivan@mac.com

Full info on flyer given to senior room pupils, on school noticeboard & parent 'Whats Ap’

Week 8 (20/10/22)

School Play

Auditions in progress for main parts in ‘Peter Pan’ musical. Hoping to cast parts before midterm break to give those children plenty of time to get familiar with their lines over the break, as second half of this term is quite short.

 

Teachers Curriculum Planning half days

This year teachers are required to have some in school curriculum planning half days.

On Friday 6th January’23 and Friday 10th February’23 our school will close at 12 noon & all children need to be collected by 12:15pm. Buses will take their usual pupils.

 

Maths Week

National Maths week in progress with Maths games, activities & class group Maths challenges.

 

Credit Union Art Competition

Good luck to all of the Middle room pupils who have entered the Credit Union ‘Our Wonderful World’ Art Competition this week.

 

School Collection for aid going to Ukraine

West Cork Christmas Appeal are sending lorries of supplies to Ukraine in time for Christmas. Next week there will be a large collection box in the school entrance hall for donations of non-perishable food items, medical & hygiene supplies & small new soft toys. Your help with this collection would be really appreciated. Thank you. Full list of what is recommended on flyer posted on Parents What’s Ap.

 

Halloween Dress Up

Next Fri 28th Oct’22 the children (and staff) are invited to dress in ‘Halloween Costume’ for the day in aid of ‘Mercy Heroes’ (children fighting cancer), the Children’s unit in the Mercy Hospital Cork, as they aim to raise money for mobile at home care & treatment for these sick children.

Costumes are to be age appropriate please (not too scary!) and we will be organising Halloween Fun and Games for them all to enjoy. All contributions (approx.€2 + per child) welcome. Thank you.

 

Used Clothing Collection (School Fundraiser)

Our ‘Used Clothing Collection’ is coming up soon on Wednesday 9th November’22 (straight after midterm). Please leave any sacks of clothing you have for this collection outside school entrance doors any day you wish & we will store them in our ‘Garden Room’ until collection.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Parental Contribution to Extra Activities

This annual contribution (€60 per child) is due by mid-term Halloween break next Friday 28th Oct’22. Please can this be sent in ASAP so that we can plan extra activities for the next half of this term and onwards.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Our school has made a big effort for this very worthy cause over the years and no doubt this year will be the same.

Mid-term break is a perfect opportunity for your child to get their gift box organised for a needy child throughout the world. Often the contents of these little Shoeboxes are the only little gifts that a needy child receives in the whole year.

Completed boxes need to be brought into school immediately after mid-term.

The children have received a ‘flyer’ today to assist & inform about what items are needed in the shoebox that your family may wish to donate. Please check homework packs for flyer!

 

Christmas Annuals

We have received samples of this years’ Christmas activity Annuals from educate.ie and they have been distributed within the classrooms for the children to see. Order forms were distributed today & are in homework pack. If you wish to order, please complete order form & attach correct money (€2:50 each), before returning to your child’s class teacher ASAP.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 31st Oct to Fri 4th Nov’22. School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22.

Used Clothing Collection Fundraiser: Wed 9th Nov’22

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Curriculum Half days: Friday 6th Jan’23 and Friday 10th Feb’23. 12 noon close.

 

Community Notices

Samhain ’22: Púca Parade in Clonakilty from Pearse Street to Emmet Square. Sunday 6th November’22 at 5:30pm.

Week 7 (13/10/22)

School Play

We are delighted to announce that ‘Peter Pan’ has been selected as our school drama production for this year. Auditions will be held shortly for the many lead parts & the production will be performed by all the children in our school, just before the Christmas holidays, on stage in the Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

 

Maths Week

Next week is National Maths week, when we will endeavour to encourage a love of Maths through lots of extra Maths games, activities & class group Maths challenges.

 

Space Week

Last week during Space week, all classes had lots of fun taking part in lots of ‘Space’ related activities from constellations, stages of the moon, rocket design & production with plenty of lift off experiments & rocket launching last Friday!

The Junior classroom is continuing their ‘Space’ fun this week.

 

Homework

It has come to our attention that homework assignments are not always being fully completed by many children, to the required standard. Please can parents check their children’s homework journals & ensure that all parts are fully completed & come to school in their homework folders every day.

Thank you for everyone’s cooperation.

 

Grace Kiely Play

This Friday 14th our 2nd & 3rd Class pupils will visit the library in Clonakilty to attend a short play by Grace Kiely called ‘An Seanbean Óg’ for the morning. Please ensure all children are in school on time in a correct and tidy uniform, wearing a jacket, as we will be leaving at 9:20am.

 

Indoor Shoes

As the weather is now getting wetter and our school play areas are getting muddier, please ensure that your child has a pair of comfortable indoor shoes, trainers, crocs etc. that stay in school to wear in the classroom. This ensures your child’s feet are not wet during class time after playtime & hugely cuts down on the amount of cleaning required within the school rooms at the end of each day. Thank you.

 

Halloween Dress Up

On Fri 28th Oct’22 the children (and staff) are invited to dress in ‘Halloween Costume’ for the day in aid of ‘Mercy Heroes’ (children fighting cancer), the Children’s unit in the Mercy Hospital Cork, as they aim to raise money for new cancer treatment equipment. Costumes are to be age appropriate please (not too scary!). All contributions (€2 + per child) welcome. Thank you.

 

Used Clothing Collection (School Fundraiser)

Next ‘Used Clothing Collection’ will be on Wednesday 9th November’22.

The following items are welcome to be put into Black Sacks and delivered to school anytime over the next few weeks.

Please leave sacks outside school entrance doors & we will store them in our ‘Garden Room’ until collection.

Your support with this fundraiser will be much appreciated.

* Men’s / Women’s / Children’s Clothing

* Paired Shoes

* Handbags

* Belts

* Household Textiles (Curtains/ Towels / Bed linen / Cushion covers)

* Teddy Bears/ soft toys

Please Note: NO duvets / Pillows / Cushion Inserts.

 

Annual Contribution towards Extra Activities

Extras activities, art supplies & personal accident fees of €60 per pupil are due to be

paid by midterm break at the end of October’22 please. There will be a charge of €50 per child for swimming lessons later in the school year, but if you wish to pay both together, that’s fine. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 31st Oct to Fri 4th Nov’22. School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22.

Used Clothing Collection Fundraiser: Wed 9th Nov’22

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

 

Community Notices

Rubella outbreak: We have been informed that there have been some confirmed cases of Rubella and in the local pre-schools.

Autism Awareness Family Fun Day: Kennedy Quay Cork City. Sunday 30th October from 12noon-5pm. Super Heroes meet & greet,

Truck Pulling & Face Painting. Fun for all the family.

Monthly Family Fun service: Kilgarriffe Union of Parishes 'Share A Share Tree' in Kilgarriffe Church, Clonakilty. This Sunday 16th October 11:30am.

eircode: P85 DV27. Everyone welcome.

Week 6 (06/10/22)

School Gate

Reminder to parents & children who arrive late to school or come in during the school day, to please CLOSE THE SCHOOL GATE after them, as this is often left open at the moment. Thank you.

 

Space Week

This week is Space week. Lots of fun as all classes are taking part in lots of ‘Space’ related activities as part of our Curriculum.

 

Halloween Dress Up

On Fri 28th Oct’22 the children (and staff) are invited to dress in ‘Halloween Costume’ for the day in aid of ‘Mercy Heroes’ (children fighting cancer), the Children’s unit in the Mercy Hospital Cork, as they aim to raise money for new cancer treatment equipment. Costumes are to be age appropriate please (not too scary!). All contributions (€2 + per child) welcome. Thank you.

 

School Play

The school play for this school year is being selected & organised at the moment. All will be revealed soon before midterm. Play will be performed by all the children in our school just before the Christmas holidays.

 

Tag Rugby Lessons

Tag Rugby continues every week for all children. Many thanks to Josh and the Clonakilty Rugby Club for organising these coaching sessions.

 

Annual Contribution towards Extra Activities

Extras activities, art supplies & personal accident fees of €60 per pupil are due to be paid by midterm break at the end of October’22 please. There will be a charge of €50 per child for swimming lessons later in the school year, but if you wish to pay both together, that’s fine. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 31st Oct to Fri 4th Nov’22. School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22.

Used Clothing Collection Fundraiser: Wed 9th Nov’22

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

Week 5 (29/09/22)

School Collection at 3pm

As the 3pm collection time with 2 buses now please:

  1. Allow buses to queue first in carpark. Teachers will let the children on these buses out first, so they can leave & allow more space for car users collecting.

  2. No parking at exit of carpark as buses can’t fit past.

  3. Park above school, drive into the carpark from above & exit carpark from below school going downhill.

Thank you for your co-operation to ensure a safer & swifter collection for all.

 

Bereavement

Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan (our principal) and her family this week on the sudden passing of her father Rex Lovell on Wednesday morning. Funeral arrangements on:

https://rip.ie/death-notice/rex-lovell-timoleague-cork/509202

 

Space Week

Next week is Space week and all classes will take part in lots of ‘Space’ related activities as part of our Science Curriculum.

 

Annual Contribution towards Extra Activities

Extras activities, art supplies & personal accident fees of €60 per pupil are due to be paid by midterm break at the end of October’22 please. There will be a charge of €50 per child for swimming lessons later in the school year, but if you wish to pay both together, that’s fine. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 31st Oct to Fri 4th Nov’22. School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22.

Used Clothing Collection Fundraiser: Wed 9th Nov’22

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

 

Community Notes

Funday Sunday: is back this Sunday morning 2nd Oct’22 11:15-12:30.

It’ll be a fun morning of games, crafts, songs and Bible stories.

It’s on as usual at the Parochial Hall, next to the Chunky Chip Shop.

'Little Treasures' -Parent & child playgroup: Every Monday 10-11:30am in Parochial Hall, Clonakilty.

All welcome & great way to meet other parents while your child plays.

Week 4 (22/09/22)

School Collection at 3pm

As the 3pm collection time has become a bit busier this term, we are asking for everyone’s co-operation with the following:

  1. Allow buses to queue first in carpark. Teachers will let the children on these buses out first, so they can leave & allow more space for car users collecting.

  2. Drive in to the carpark from above & exit carpark from below school going downhill.

Thank you for your help to ensure a safer & swifter collection for all.

 

Reading in Junior Classroom

Many thanks to our 6th Class pupils who are currently helping individually with reading in the Junior classroom each morning from 9-9:20am. Please ensure that all  the children in the Junior room are in school on time so they don’t miss this important practice each morning.

 

Annual Contribution towards Extra Activities

Extras activities, art supplies & personal accident fees of €60 per pupil are due to be paid by midterm break at the end of October’22 please. There will be a charge of €50 per child for swimming lessons later in the school year, but if you wish to pay both together, that’s fine. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Coats in School

As the weather is getting colder & more unpredictable, please ensure children are bringing a coat to school. We hope to have then outside playing as much as possible for break times.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 31st Oct to Fri 4th Nov’22. School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22.

Used Clothing Collection Fundraiser: Wed 9th Nov’22

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

 

Community Notes

Yoga and Art classes: starting Tuesday 20th of September in Ardfield, Rathbarry Hall.

For full details contact Susan Montgomery 086 8922744

 

Online Parenting Programme: available from the Parents Plus charity one of Ireland’s leading providers of high-quality evidence-based parenting programmes: For further information and to register, you can access parenting programmes here

 

Clonakilty Culture Night 2022: This Friday 23rd Sept in various locations around Clonakilty mostly from 3-9pm. View this link for all event details https://culturenightcorkcounty.ie/whats-on/clonakilty/

Week 3 (15/09/22)

Michael Collins Visual Arts Competition

We were delighted to hear this week that our school Kilgarriffe NS & Rathbarry NS were joint winners of the Michael Collins Visual Arts Competition.

We took part in this last term as part of the Michael Collins Commemoration in Clonakilty, during the Summer Festival. Our project has been on display in the window of ‘Nuala’s Corner’ on Rossa Street during the Summer months.

Some of the children involved were photographed in school on Tuesday receiving the prize & will appear in the Opinion & Star Newspapers shortly.

Well done to all the children involved & a special thanks to Sheila for co-ordinating the project & display.

 

Tag Rugby

Tag Rugby will commence for all classes from Friday 23rd Sept, every Friday that the weather permits!

 

Annual Contribution towards Extra Activities

Extras activities, art supplies & personal accident fees of €60 per pupil are due to be paid by midterm break at the end of October’22 please. There will be a charge of €50 per child for swimming lessons later in the school year, but if you wish to pay both together, that’s fine. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope.

Thank you to those who have already contributed.

 

Coats in School

As the weather is getting colder & more unpredictable, please ensure children are bringing a coat to school. We hope to have then outside playing as much as possible for break times.

 

School Uniform Sweatshirts

Please could you ensure that all your children’s school sweatshirts are CLEARLY NAMED. Once they are taken off in school, they are all the same and it’s impossible to know whose jumper it is. 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 31st Oct to Fri 4th Nov’22. School reopens Mon 7th Nov’22.

Used Clothing Collection Fundraiser: Wed 9th Nov’22

Christmas Holidays: Half day Wed 21st Dec’22. School reopens Thurs 5th Jan’23

 

Community Notes

New monthly Family Fun service in Kilgarriffe Church, Clonakilty (eircode P85 DV27), starts this Sunday 18th Sept’22 at 11:30am. Everyone Welcome. Theme this month ‘Share a Spare….Plant!’

Flyer in schoolbags with details.

Week 2 (08/09/22)

Junior Infant Home time

Reminder Junior Infants will now stay until 2pm each day from next Monday 12th September’22.

 

Annual Contribution towards Extra Activities

Extras activities, art supplies & personal accident fees of €60 per pupil are due to be paid by midterm break at the end of October’22 please. There will be a charge of €50 per child for swimming lessons later in the school year, but if you wish to pay both together, that’s fine. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope. Thank you.

 

Computer Lessons

Marleen commenced Computer lessons with all pupils from Senior Infants to 6th Class. These will continue each week for the whole school year and the children learn a variety of computer skills including word documents, copy & paste pictures, etc. as well as how to type & use a key board correctly.

GAA Football

Conan has started coaching football skills to all classes this Monday 5th Sept. These lessons will continue every Monday morning, that weather permits.

 

School Uniform Sweatshirts

Please could you ensure that all your children’s school sweatshirts are CLEARLY NAMED. Once they are taken off in school, they are all the same and it’s impossible to know whose jumper it is. 

Used Clothing Collection (School Fundraiser)

Our next ‘Used Clothing Collection’ will be on Wednesday 9th November’22.

The following items are welcome to be put into Black Sacks and delivered to school nearer to the date.

Your support with this fundraiser will be much appreciated.

* Men’s / Women’s / Children’s Clothing

* Paired Shoes

* Handbags

* Belts

* Household Textiles (Curtains/ Towels / Bed linen / Cushion covers)

* Teddy Bears/ soft toys

Please Note: NO duvets / Pillows / Cushion Inserts.

 

Community Notes

Family Fun Sports Day at Clonakilty GAA Sports Grounds, Ahamilla

Sunday 11th September 2022 12.30pm 

Entry €15.00 per family €5.00 Single

Great Day Guaranteed (Flyer with all details on school noticeboard)

Week 1 (01/09/22)

Welcome Back

As we start a new school year, we would like to extend a very warm ‘welcome back’ to everyone. We hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and are ready for all the fun & activities in the new school year ahead.

 

New Pupils and Families

A special welcome to the new pupils & their families who has joined our school : Aela, Luke, Kamil, John, Iris and Arsenii. We hope that everyone will help them to quickly settle into our school life.

 

Our Newsletter

Our school newsletter is issued every Thursday & displayed on our notice board outside school as well as on our website www.kilgarriffens.ie

A mobile phone version is available for your convenience.

This is our main way of communicating & informing families what’s happening in school, so please read it each week!!

In it we hope to keep all families regularly informed about:

● As many aspects of school life as possible.

● Any student achievements and/or successes both from within and outside   

    school, so let us know when they happen, otherwise we may not know!

● Information from our Parent’s Association and/or Board of Management 

    (BOM) that they may wish to inform parents of.

 

If anyone wishes to contribute news or information to our newsletter please submit via text or What’s Ap to our school mobile (083 0658096), or by email to kilgarriffens.office@gmail.com before 3pm on a Wednesday and we will do our best to include it in the next day issue.

 

School Books & Stationary

Everyone was issued with a Book List for each child. Please ensure your child has all the required books & stationary in school as soon as possible, thank you.

 

Book Rental  

There is a €10 Book Rental (for reading books & digital interactive programmes) charge due for all new Junior Infant pupils. If this has not already been paid, please can it be sent into school next week in a named envelope with your child.

 

Annual Contribution (per child)

Extras activities, art supplies & personal accident fees of €60 per pupil are due to be paid by midterm break at the end of October’22 please. There will be a charge of €50 per child for swimming lessons later in the school year, but if you wish to pay both together, that’s fine. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope. Thank you.

School Uniform Sweatshirts

Please could you ensure that all your children’s school sweatshirts are CLEARLY NAMED. Once they are taken off in school, they are all the same and it’s impossible to know whose jumper it is. 

Drop-off and collection of children

Reminder that we operate a ‘Drive in drop off / collection’ system in the morning & at home times in the afternoon.

At home time, please allow the school bus to exit first at 3pm. The children travelling on the bus will be let out of school first, so the bus can depart quickly & easily, thus allowing plenty of space for collecting cars to drive in, collect & drive on out from school again.

Cars need to drive in from the hill above the school & exit out the lower part of the car park. If you need to park or queue for drop off/ collection, please do so above the school on the left hand side coming down the hill. Thank you for your co-operation with this to ensure the safety of all children coming to & departing from school. The few car park spaces outside the school wall are for teachers cars only.

 

School opening hours

Our school officially opens from 8:55am to 3pm. All pupils are expected to be in school to start class by 9.15am. Junior Infants finish at 1pm until Fri 9th Sept after which all Infant collection will be 2pm.

After 9.15am the school doors are secured for the safety & security of the children and late arrivals will have to wait for the doors to be released again. This causes disruption to classes that have started. A big effort to be ‘on time’ is greatly appreciated.

Parents/ visitors calling to school during the day, please let us know beforehand, via the school mobile (083 0658096).

Please do not drop children at school before 8:55am and always ensure that a member of staff is there and your child has gone through the school gate, before departing.

 

Absent Notes

Please remember that absent information is required on each occasion that a child is out of school for a day or longer. Please ensure that absences & reason are logged on your family Aladdin account, on the day that your child returns to school.                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                            

Parent/ Teacher Communication

As much as possible, please can communication be made to teachers through messages on our school mobile or through Aladdin.  If a private, or more serious discussion is needed, please request a meeting with the Principal and/or class teacher and an appropriate time can be arranged, usually after school hours. Thank you for your co-operation.

Healthy Lunch Boxes

Children are encouraged to bring a ‘Healthy Lunch’ to school including some daily fruit and/or veg. Please keep sugary treats to a minimum.

Any cutlery required for your child to eat with, must be provided in their lunch box.

Reminder that chewing gum & fizzy drinks are not permitted in school. Crisps & popcorn are also discouraged as they cause extra mess!!

To help preserve our environment, please can children use reusable drink bottles instead of a disposable plastic bottle every day!!

 

Indoor/ Outdoor Shoes

To help with the workload of keeping the school clean, all children are asked to have a clean pair of indoor shoes for use in the classrooms. These will stay in school & help to keep the mud level coming inside to a minimum! These shoes can be light canvas, trainers, crocs etc. but must have a proper sole, so they are safe & will not slip on floors & provide adequate support to young feet.  Please also ensure child can easily put them on & off by themselves. Slippers are discouraged as often slippy & don’t support young feet.

 

Community Notes

Funday Sunday is back: This Sunday 4th September from 11:15am to 12:30pm in the Parochial Hall (beside Chunky Chip).

This is a fun kid’s club that takes place on the first Sunday of every month. There will be games, crafts, songs, Bible stories & lots of fun. Just come along on Sunday & everyone is welcome.

 

Art/ Craft Classes
After school art/craft classes now in the Parish Hall  Clonakilty commencing Monday 5th Sep’22 3:15-4:45pm. Six Week programme €108.

Contact Joanne 086 8366002 / Eilbhe: 087 3445137

These classes are teacher led, fully registered with the teaching council of Ireland, offering a wide range of creative disciplines which both compliment and expand on the primary school curriculum for Art.

Flyer on School Notice board.