Links 28.04 November 2022

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Applications are now being taken for Producers, Bands, Presenters, Judges, Backstage/Roadies, Front of House, IT, Video etc.

Application forms available from the office. Final date is 14th of December, 2022

Dates for your Diary

Chess is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school until 4.00 p.m. Chess started on the 25th of October.

Christmas Concerts: December 14th, 15th and 16th – see more details below.

December 21st: The children get their Christmas Holidays @ 12.00 p.m.

December 22nd – January 4th: Christmas holidays

5th of January 2023: Back to school after Christmas.

1st of February 2023: Enrolment / Open Day in SnB. Places are offered to children for 2023/2024.

6th of February 2023: School closed, Bank Holiday.

15th of February 2023: Final date for accepting a place in SnB for 2023/2024.

16th & 17th of February 2023: School closed, mid term break.

17th of March 2023: School closed, St. Patrick’s Day.

31st of March 2023: The children get their Easter Holidays @ 12.00 p.m.

3rd – 14th of April 2023: Easter Holidays.

Monday April 24th : Scoil na mBuachaillí & Knockskeagh N.S. Confirmation in Clonakilty Church. All the Confirmations are at 10.30am.

1st of May 2023: School closed, Bank Holiday.

Saturday 6th of May, 2023: First Holy Communion date @ 10.30 a.m. in the parish church.

15th of May 2023: School closed, holiday.

5th & 6th of June 2023: School closed.

21st and 22nd of June 2023: Proposed dates for Scoilavision 2023.

Sixth class party: to be decided

28th of June 2023: The children get their Summer Holidays @ 12.00 p.m.

Third class enjoying the new books from the library grant

Friends for Life – Rang 2/3

Parent’s Association donate €1060 to the school

Many thanks to the Parent’s Association who donated €1060 to the school. This money was raised from last year’s Christmas Cards. The money will be used to purchase games for the yard.

David O’Regan RIP

It is with great sadness that we heard of the sudden death of our past pupil David O’Regan.  David is the son of Eileen O’Regan, who is the treasurer to the Board of Management of our school.  David was the school accountant and for many years has been a great support to us here in SnB.  He will be sincerely missed by his family, friends and the school community of SnB.  We extend our sympathy to his parents – Eileen, Tim, to his siblings – Shane, Cathal, Timmy, Claire, Paul, to his wife Helen and daughters Lucy and Katie, all his extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh ag a anam dílis.

We’re Off to See Oliver!

Literacy Lift Off in Juniors B

Nick the Elf

Nick the elf came to visit Senior Infants with Alex this week!

Debating Win v Kinsale Gaelscoil

Congratulations to our school debating team who won their debate against Kinsale Gaelscoil and are now through to the third round of the competition. Many thanks to Ms. Niamh Mac Auley, Mr. Seán Daly, Ms. Carol Ann O’Donovan and all other staff members who helped the team.

Science Week

The boys in Senior Infants have been busy doing experiments for Science week. 

Rang 7 were very busy this week with experiments. We separated rainbow milk, built rafts, watched as worms expanded and made some toast!

Baking with Mr. David Lynch

Last week the Ukrainian boys practiced their baking skills. They have been working on the topic of food for the month of November. What better way to learn the verbs associated with food than by baking some Smarties Cookies?

Haunted Houses in Rang 3

Third class had great fun making haunted houses for Hallowe’en! They first made a mini template of their houses in maths class, carefully measuring and assembling the different shapes. The children then worked in groups to use recycled and natural materials to construct their houses. In their teams they each had different jobs such as constructing the house, making accessories and painting. They used their problem-solving skills to fix issues as they arose and to find resources suitable for their needs. We also spent time learning about many natural resources and looked at how unusual homes around the world. Overall, the children did a tremendous job and were very proud of their creations!

Cycling with Ulick

Shoebox Collection 107 boxes collected

Thanks to everyone for supporting our Shoebox Collection for 2022. Please see below Finn and his brother Tom with the 22 hats his granny made for the Shoebox Collection this year.

SnB Brass Band with Ger

Cycling with Ulick

The children had great fun this week with Ulick.

Orienteering 2022

Ms. Regina Fitzmaurice can be seen below explaining “What is Orienteering” to Rang 5 & Rang 6. Also below you can see photos of Fota Island Orienteering Meeting.

Credit Union Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Jim and Liam (pictured below) who won prizes for their art work in the recent Credit Union Art Competition. Thanks to their teachers and to Ms. Orla O’Keeffe for organising the competition in our school.

Mercy Hospital Fundraising

€1.417.00 was raised for the Mercy hospital Appeal by our Hallowe’en Fancy Dress Parade. Many thanks to everyone who supported this very worthy initiative.

Christmas “Gigs”

  • Tuesday 6th of December is the date for Bushmount carols @ 11.15 a.m.
  • Thursday 8th of December is the date for Clonakilty Hospital @ 11.15 a.m.
  • GAA Annual Mass for the Deceased @ 7.00 p.m. in Ahamilla. Date to be confirmed.
  • Emmet Square Gig on the 16th of December @ 11.15 a.m.

2022/2023 Calendar

Parent’s Information Meetings

Senior Infants: Parent’s Information Meeting is being held @ 7.00 p.m. in the school. Ms. Michelle O’Neill will be present. Will be held at a later date.

Rang 1/2 Parent’s Information Meeting will be held @ 7.00 p.m. in the school. Miss Therese Crowley will be present. Will be held at a later date.

Rang 4’s Parent’s Information Meeting is being held @ 7.00 p.m. in the school. Present at this meeting will be class teachers Mrs. Marie Hayes and Ms. Rebecca Hourihane. Refreshments will be provided by the Parent’s Association. Will be held at a later date.

Rang 5’s Parent’s Information Meeting is being held @ 7.00 p.m. in the school. Present at this meeting will be class teachers Ms. Carol Ann O’Donovan and Mr. Seán Daly. Refreshments will be provided by the Parent’s Association. Will be held at a later date.

Christmas Concerts timetable

Wednesday 14th of December10.00 a.m. Juniors A10.30 a.m. Juniors B11.30 a.m. Seniors
Wednesday 14th of December12.00 p.m. Rang 1/21.30 p.m. Rang 42.15 p.m. Rang 5/6
Thursday 15th of December10.00 a.m. Ms. Galvin’s Class10.30 a.m. Rang 311.30 a.m. Mr. Carmody’s Class
Thursday 15th of December12.00 p.m. Rang 11.30 p.m. Rang 2/32.15 p.m Rang 5
Friday 16th of December10.00 a.m. Rang 6

Applications / Enrolments for Clonakilty Community College

What is the closing date for making an application?
Thursday 10th November 2022 at 5pm.
How do I apply for a place?
Applications can be made by going to our website
Click on “Enrolments” and you will see a link to “APPLY HERE”. This will allow you to
enter all of the information to apply for a place in September 2023.
What if I miss the deadline?
If you miss the closing date you can still apply but you will then be placed on a waiting list.

What are the criteria to get a place in 1st Year 2023?
Our full Admissions Policy is available on the “Enrolments” section of the website.

This Policy outlines clearly the full list of criteria and includes a full list of our eligible feeder schools.
What if I am not in a feeder school/in the local catchment area/have no siblings in the

You can still apply but priority will be given to others according to the criteria laid out in
the Admissions Policy.
NOTE: On the same page on our website you can see the Admissions Notice which
outlines all of the deadline dates.

Please click here to view their October newsletter.

Rustam tells his father’s story

Ms. Fitzmaurice thanks Danny for finding her card

School Fees 2022/2023

Dear Parents, please find the list of fees for the coming year.
Music enrolment is only by the App again this year.
Guitar Rental: we are changing the guitar rental scheme this year as new instruments will have to be purchased. The new fee is non refundable but is reduced to €25 instead of €50.
Closing date for all fees please is Friday 30th of September 2022 (except for Milk and Swimming which are due on their due dates).
If you are worried about any of the fees below – please don’t worry!
Contact Barth Harrington on 023 8834487 to discuss the matter.
Art and Craft (all classes) (€12) + Drama (€2): €14.00
Christmas Magazine 2022/2023: €5.00 (all classes)
Elocution (all classes): €8.50
French Lessons Term 1 (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €8.00
French Lessons Term 2 (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €8.00
Photocopying & Printing (all classes): €20.00
Rental Scheme (Rang 1 – Rang 6): €30.00
Swimming (Rang 1 – Rang 6): €49.00
Zumba dancing (Special classes, Junior Infants – Rang 2/3): €6.00
Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance- School hours only: €6.00
Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance- 24 hours: €9.00
Milk Term 1 | September – Christmas 2022 (All Classes): €?
Milk Term 2 | January – Easter 2023 (All Classes): €?
Milk Term 3 | April – June 2023 (All Classes) | €?
Music Lessons (Optional)
Music enrolment for 2022 /2023 Term 1 (these lessons are optional) Please note: your child can only study 2 instruments maximum.
Cajon Lessons with Laurie Hedger (Rang 1 – Rang 6) €20
Drum Lessons with Laurie Hedger (Rang 3 – Rang 6): €40
Brass Instruments with Adrian Hanley (the instrument will be supplied to the child) (Rang 3 – Rang 6): €150
Kay O’Flynn: Guitar (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €84
Kay O’Flynn: Keyboard (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €84
Kay O’Flynn: Tin Whistle (Senior Infants – Rang 6): €84
Kay O’Flynn: Accordion (Individual lessons): (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €110

Following the surveys we conducted in 2019 with regard to music in our school,
the Parent’s Association and the B.O.M. have put aside money for parents who may find the cost of the Music Lessons prohibitive.  Please contact Barth Harrington about this on 023 8834487.
Also money is available to purchase instruments which can be loaned to children.  Many thanks to the P.A. and B.O.M. for this.  We purchased 12 guitars for the scheme.  These guitars are excellent and will have to be cared for by the boys.   


If you would like to book an ad for the coming school year 2022 – 2023 please let Noreen know as soon as possible.  The number of ads is limited.  Our Links goes to all parents in the school – 10 times a year – at the beginning of each month. Now due to the fact that it’s online many more people will view the Links. The cost is €20 per issue or at a discount of €150 for the entire year!  Please ring 8834487 if you are interested.

Old Brewery Montessori School

Clonakilty Park Cinema

The Emmet Hotel

Gentleman, Lift Off Boy, PenMan of the Week & Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine

What’s going on? … in school and extra-curricular activities.

Basketball 22/23: Basketball training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the end of September / early October. Thanks to Ms. Carol Anne O’Donovan / Seán Daly / Paul Carmody for assisting again with Basketball this year. This year it have to be run as last year – Tuesday will be for Rang 5 / Thursday will be for Rang 6.

Quizzard ‘22/23: will start soon. Classes from Rang 3 – Rang 6 will be participating. This will start in November.

Chess: starts at the end of September. Boys in Rang 4, Rang 5 and Rang 6 may participate. It will run on Tuesdays and Wednesday after school. We hope to start before the end of September and end before Easter.
Thanks to Ms. Niamh Mac Auley for her help with the players. Thanks to Ms. Gillian Galvin for her help with the Learners Chess Club.

Soccer Competitions

Senior Infants Soccer
Held on Fridays only
Rang 1
Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teams are on website.
Rang 2
Held on Mondays / Wednesday – depending on what team you are on. Teams are on the website.
Rang 3
Held on Mondays. Teams are on website.
Rang 4
Held on Tuesdays. Teams are on website.
Rang 5
Held on Wednesdays. Teams are on website.
Rang 6
Held on Thursdays. Teams are on website.

Multi-Media Authoring / Video Editing / Computer Lessons / Coderdojo – for Rang 2, Rang 3, Rang 4, Rang 5 and Rang 6 will hopefully start this year. Thanks to Mrs. Margaret Deegan for hopefully teaching Coder Dojo to Rang 2 each week.

Swimming: for Rang 2/3 starts on the 9th of September.

Wardens – every year Rang 6 act as School Wardens. The scheme is up and running. Thanks to our team of SET teachers who are looking after the wardens again this year. Thanks also to Chris Hinchy for his help again this year.

GAA – Conan O’Donovan on Wednesdays.
Rugby – Finbarr O’Mahony on Fridays starting on the 2nd of September.

Sciath na Scol Competitions – training will start soon.

21,000 Bottles refilled at the Water Cooler

P.E. / Soccer Timetable

Junior Infants (Mrs. Marie Forristal)Not applicableMondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Junior Infants /Senior Infants (Ms. Michelle O’Neill)Fridays for SeniorsWednesdays and Fridays
Rang 1 (Ms. Kathryn O’Shea / Ms. Karen O’ReganTuesdays and ThursdaysTuesdays and Fridays
Rang 1 / 2 (Miss Therese CrowleyTuesdays & Thursdays for Rang 1
Mondays & Wednesdays for Rang 2
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Rang 2/3 (?)Mondays & Wednesdays for Rang 2
Mondays for Rang 3
Mondays and Fridays
Rang 3 (?)MondaysMondays and Thursday
Rang 4 (Mrs. Marie Hayes)TuesdaysTuesdays & Wednesdays
Rang 5 (Ms. Carol Ann O’Donovan)WednesdaysTuesdays and Wednesdays
Rang 5/6 (Mr. Seán Daly)Wednesdays for Rang 5
Thursdays for Rang 6
Mondays and Fridays
Rang 6 (Ms. Niamh Mac Auley)ThursdaysTuesdays and Thursdays
This timetable may be updated in September 2022

Contact Numbers

If you have moved, changed phone/mobile numbers or changed doctor or emergency contact person or got a new email address – please update these details on the Aladdin App yourself so that we can contact you in case of emergency. You can do this yourself, there is no need to ring in, just change it on the App and we will be notified automatically.

We will no longer be sending texts to parents – we will just use the Aladdin app.

“Cent” Box – Thorntree Project

“Cent” boxes will continue this year.
Rang 5 (Ms. Carol Ann O’Donovan) and Rang 5/6(Mr. Seán Daly) will be in charge of this and will inform you later of how it will be organised. We have been assisting the Thorntree Project since 2015, when we release a Christmas single “Butterfly Child”. Please support this worthy cause, when asked to do so.

Nut Allergy – IMPORTANT!

Quite a significant number of boys in our school are allergic to nuts and for them any contact with nuts or products containing traces of nuts can be dangerous for example NUTELLA or Peanut Butter!!!!
Please be aware of this when organising your child’s lunch and DO NOT allow your child to bring anything containing nuts to school. Your help in this matter is very much appreciated.

Please give your children water to drink coming to school – not sweet or fizzy drinks. NUTELLA OR PEANUTS are not permitted. This is for safety reasons. them. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Contact Numbers

If you have moved, changed phone/mobile numbers or changed doctor or emergency contact person or got a new email address – please update these details on the Aladdin App yourself so that we can contact you in case of emergency. You can do this yourself, there is no need to ring in, just change it on the App and we will be notified automatically.

We will no longer be sending texts to parents – we will just use the Aladdin app.

Recycling – Green Waste

Over the past few years we have tried – in vain – to recycle our Green Waste and unfortunately it hasn’t worked out, probably because the only waste was fruit.
The Recycling bins have being attracting visitors that we don’t want! Because of this we are asking boys to bring home their apple cores, banana skins (organic waste) etc from now on.

Tin foil and uneaten lunches will be brought home also. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Can Can-Paign

All cans gratefully received. Please contact Ms. Regina Fitzmaurice if you have any query re. this matter. Many thanks to Ms. Fitzmaurice.
She and 6th class will also look after the school garden and glasshouse. The money that is collected by this scheme is used in the school garden.
Thanks to Maroof and Colin for looking after the cans this coming year.

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an international, universal,  evidence-based, classroom programme that has shown dramatic effect in reducing aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. Barnardos was chosen as the lead agency to deliver the programme in Ireland in 2011.
The programme has been delivered in a hundred and thirty primary schools around Ireland with a small number of schools in Cork and Waterford already participating. As a result of support from the Tomar Trust, Barnardos is now in a position to roll out the programme in West Cork & Waterford schools. They are currently developing a three year plan to involve schools in Cork and Waterford in the Roots of Empathy programme. We have been chosen as one of the West Cork Schools and will be implementing the programme this coming year. Please note Covid-19 may change these plans.

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