What a wonderful Opening Celebration we had last month … tremendous credit to the teachers and pupils, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association. Monsignor Brendan Byrne performed the official opening. Guests included Presentation Sisters, some past pupils and teachers, representatives of Kilcock schools and businesses , political representatives including the Lord Mayor of Kilcock and members of the design and building teams who constructed the new building. A large crowd of parents attended on Friday to see the Pageant and they also were very impressed.
The Parents’ Association presented the school with more than €4000 which will be used to fund a new Literacy Scheme in the school.
Thank you to the Parents’ Association for the lovely new TROPHY CABINET for the front foyer. Displayed in the cabinet you will see our camogie trophies, Crystal maze awards, recent awards for Art, a memento of a Japanese student teacher who spent three months in Scoil Choca, St Patrick’s day Parade awards and a special sculpture of the Children of Lir presented by Liz and Aiden Byrne to our school to commemorate their two little girls, Mary Ellen and Kerrie, who died tragically while they were pupils in this school.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Tuesday 13th school closes at 2.25; meeting commences 2.40pm
Wednesday 14th school closes at usual time; meeting starts at 2.55– you have all received notes about times … please notify teacher if you cannot attend. (Junior Infant meetings will take place in New Year)
Presentation Mass 21st November @ 10.00
ARTIST FOR A DAY: continuation of the Willow Sculpture started last year
Sale of Work Wednesday 12th December @ 11.00am; we are looking for donations of good quality goods—toys, books, household ware, etc. You could start gathering “stuff” now and send into school after December 1st
Christmas Pageant Wednesday 19th December @ 12.00 (children home immediately after).
Christmas Holidays Friday 21st @ 12.00 noon
Return to School Monday January 7th.
Mid term Break TERM 2: Thursday and Friday 14th and 15th Feb
Public Holiday Monday 18th March
Easter Holidays: 12 noon Friday 22 March for 2 weeks
A new group of Altar servers will begin duties this week at 10 oclock Mass … they have been practicing very hard and are very excited. Our “more experienced” servers are also returning to duty. Many of the 10 oclock mass goers have commented on how much they have missed the girls.
Please talk to you children about responsible use of internet and mobile phone. It is advised that you check children’s mailing frequently.
Children who bring phones to school MUST have them turned OFF. You can read our Mobile Phone Policy on the web page.
Thank you to Rachel Lunn’s dad who donated some lovely A5 paper to the school ….. A really valuable commodity in any school.
JUNIOR INFANT SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS
Tuesday 20th November
Many local clubs and organisations ask us to advertise their activities by sending in fliers/leaflets
These fliers will be displayed on the PARENTS’ NOTICE BOARD in the yard.
Other items of interest to you as parents will also be displayed there … so keep an eye !
Declan Keogh from the Road Safety Division of Kildare County Council will visit the school on Tuesday Nov 20th. Parents from Junior Infant classes are invited for a short talk on road safety followed by presentation of High Vis jackets to all their children @ 1.15 on that day.
THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY OF SCOIL CHOCA NAOFA SYMPATHISE WITH THE O’BRIEN AND DOWNES FAMILIES ON THE DEATH OF CIARA.
ALL THE TEACHERS HAVE SUCH LOVELY MEMORIES OF CIARA. SHE WAS A PAST PUPIL OF OUR SCHOOL AND SHE ALSO DID HER TEACHING PRACTICE WITH US.
Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.
Confirmation: 9 th March 2013 @ 11.00am
Meeting for parents/guardians of children preparing for Confirmation will be held on TUESDAY NOV 20th at 7.30pm in Scoil Uí Riada.
Parents of 6th Class students
Bus Eireann has advised schools to inform parents about eligibility criteria for Post-Primary school transport system:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Children who reside at least 4.8km from and attending their nearest school.
HOW DO I APPLY: www.buseireann.ie
WHEN DO I APPLY: before last Friday in April (26th Apr 2013)
OUR NEW SCHOOL
It’s a lovely sunny day
We all gather round
In our school grounds
Gold and silver balloons
Fly into the air
Our new school
Was built in 2011
It’s big and bright
Lots of colours
By Megan McCrann and Shona Malone (3rd)