Links 28.09 April 2023

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Dates for your Diary

Tickets for 100 Voices are now on sale and going fast!

Basketball will start in May before school at 8.50 a.m. No more after school.

Scoilavision Practices have started on Mondays and Wednedays after school until 4.00 / 4.20 p.m.. Bands will be given individual times and days. Please check the Principal’s Daily Message on Aladdin for more up to date details.

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.

18th of May 2023 @ 7.00 p.m.: 100 Voices

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

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

Sixth class party: to be decided

School Tours:
* Ms. Gillian Galvins’ class / Mr. Paul Carmody & Ms. Michelle O’Neill’s class 
are going on school tour on Thursday May 25th to the Treehouse in Skibbereen. The total cost for each child is €15.
Juniors A and Juniors B school tour for May 24th. Top of the Rock Drimoleague. €21 (€10 for entry fee and €11 for the bus.)
Rang 1 and Rang 1/2 school tour on Thursday 15th of June.  Smuggler’s Cove Rosscarbery. Total price including bus and ice cream is €30.
* Rang 2/3 class and Rang 3 will be going to West Cork Secret on May 19th. To help parents with the cost of the tour – children will start saving stamps next week.
Rang 4: Thursday May 25th.  Zip-IT Farran. Leaving at 9.00 a.m.  The boys are using saving stamps to help pay for the tour.
* Kayaking: in May for Rang 5. 25th and 26th of May
* Surfing: in May for Rang 6. Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 10th, Tuesday 16th & Tuesday 23rd (Surfing begins at 12:30 and collection at 2:45 from the Surf School.  Price remains the same at €20 per lesson.)

Hurling with Conan

First Confession

Daffodil Day raises €2020

St. Joseph’s Convent Confirmation – March 2023

When I Grow Up!

6th Class Confirmation Retreat with Fr. Fergus

6th Class Project work

Scoilavision Interviews – Results

Rohan O’Donoghue and Eoin O’Sullivan have been appointed as IT/Video Managers

Jack Allen and Morgan Cregan have been appointed as Sound Crew Managers. Colin O’Reilly has been appointed as Assistant Sound Crew Manager. The Sound Crew members are Liam McCarthy, JJ O’Donnell, Oliver Hassett, Rian Kelleher, Ruarí O’Donnell, Finn McCarthy and Bobby Fitzgerald.

Joseph Cahalane, Matthew Afonso, Malachy Lyons, Ben O’Regan and Nicholas O’Sullivan were appointed as this year’s Producers for Scoilavision 2023.

Gavin O’Brien, Jim Darren La Madrid and Evan Grimes were appointed as our Graphic Designers.

Evan White, Harry Lyons, DJ O’Sullivan and Josh Wedlock have been appointed as Presenters.

Cillian Whooley, Luka Bosnaj, Fionn McCarthy, Tom Antoine, Tomás Lowery, Adrian McCarthy Keohane, Kevin O’Brien and Jacob Gallwey have been appointed as Judges.

100 Voices Concert –  A Celebration of Positivity through Music and the Arts

This year we have decided to run a choir with the boys from 1st 2/3rd 3rd and 4th Classes.

This Choir Project began back in 2019 with Mrs. Marie Hayes and Ms. Karen O’ Regan they felt it was such a fantastic experience for all involved it was one that needed to be repeated!

Bringing together one hundred voices is a powerful thing and an experience allowing every voice to count!

We will by the end of term 2 we will have completed a wonderful program of songs.

All the songs chosen have running themes of Love & Joy, Bravery & friendship, Appreciation, resilience and self belief. This Concert is a Celebration of Positivity through Music and the Arts , after recent times is now so important we promote a feeling of well being and no better way to instil this than through music Art and Drama and Dance.

We are honoured to have a brand new Song written by Mr Barth Harrington  entitled – “Without Music Life Would B Flat” this  upbeat  tune fits perfectly into our theme of songs , and we are so excited to perform this song with the help of some talented brothers from Snb! The B- Flats!

The boys will have a Performance concert on Thursday May 18th at Scoil na mBuachaillí in our state of the art Hall with full sound and lighting to enhance this experience.

Thanks to the boys in the sound and lighting crews who are working so hard with the team to make this night a memorable one.

With the amazing artistic talents of Ms Kathyn O’Shea and Ms. Áine Mc Carthy , we will be hosting an Art Exhibition prior to the Concert. All songs have been interpreted through the Boys own original Art with the creative encouragement of their teachers.

We are so lucky to have the skilled and creative minds of Finbarr O’Connor, Mrs. Sam Aerts and Ms. Niamh Whelton who are helping to create a wonderful stage for these 100 voices to shine from

They are also helping to display all the Art for the Exhibition on the night .

Mrs. Elaine Connolly and Ms. Laura Connolly have been guiding the boys not only musically but through dance and mime to allow the boys to use movement and dance in a number of the performances on the night.

We are very proud to be signing one of our songs  “A Million Dreams”  using Lámh  with the help of Ms. Gillian Galvin, Mrs. Claire Kavanagh and Eilish McSweeney, a fundamental Signing method being actively used here in Snb!

On the performance night the boys will be accompanied by a live band, with Staff members, Mr Harrington, Ms Josie Files -who we are so delighted to have returning to us at Scoil na mBuachaillí, to accompany the choir on piano.

Mr. David Lynch, Mr. Paul Carmody  Ms Caoimhe Hennessy  and the talented pupils from 4th 5th and 6th with add rhythm on Acoustic ,Electric and Bass Guitars. Tadhg will keep us up to beat with his magic ability on the drums!

Parents both past and present Margaret Deegan and  Anne Mc Carthy , will play Flute and Violin. What an amazing combination of talents!

We are making fantastic progress, and this is thanks to a wonderful team of Teachers Staff and Pupils. This will be an amazing night of Music Art movement and Fun. One not to be missed!

Tickets go on sale after Easter Break, keep an eye out on Aladdin .

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2023/2024 Calendar

2022/2023 Calendar

School Fees 2022/2023

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
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

Conan GAA Coaching: €5

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


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

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.

Chess: is now drawing to a close. Only the school teams are playing.

Soccer Competitions

Senior Infants Soccer
Held on Fridays only
Rang 1 & Rang 2
Held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Teams are on website.
Rang 3, Rang 4, Rang 5 & Rang 6
Held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and 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 1 and the rest of Rang 6 starts on the 21st of April and finishing on the 26th of May, 2023.

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.

29,000 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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