Links 27.02 October 2021

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Confirmation 2021

Congratulations to everyone who made their confirmation on September 19th, 2021. Many thanks to Ms. Niamh MacAuley, Mrs. Elaine Connolly, Monsignor Aidan O’Driscoll, Fr. Fergus Tuohy and Mrs. Noreen Minihan. Well done to the choir and cajun player and sound crew – they did a great job!

Clon Guitar Festival

Thanks to Ray Blackwell and Kevin McAnally for organising the Guitar Festival again this year. It was on a big screen in the school yard. Scoilavision bands took centre stage!

Senior Infants – Sense tests

Senior Infants Making Sense! The boys in Senior Infants have been busy learning all about the different senses. Recently, they put their smell and taste senses to the test. They made some fantastic predictions in the smell test and were very eager to try everything in the taste test. 

First Day at School

Please see below photographs of new children to Scoil na mBuachaillí. Click on the image to enlarge.

Junior Infants and Older Children Montage

We have created a montage of your child’s first day at school. If you would like one (free) please tick the Permission App on Aladdin and we will print them out for you. Final date for ticking the App is the 17th of September. The montages will be available after that date. (see below)

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Update

News! Confirmation and Communion Confirmed – see below

Confirmation: for Rang 5 (2020) and Rang 6 (2020) is due to be held on the 19th of September, Rang 5 and Rang 6 both now @ 1.30 p.m. This refers to last year’s classes.

Maximum of eight people per family – (this includes the child who is making Confirmation and Communion. Please click here to see the letter from Monsignor Aidan about the wearing of masks, procedures etc.

We are looking forward to your son receiving his Confirmation this coming Sunday 19th September at 1:30 pm.  Due to the current advice there are a number of restrictions to be aware of on the day.

  1.  The church will open from 1:00 pm and seats are not allocated or reserved. 
  2. Maximum of 8 people per family –  this includes the child – allowed into the church
  3. Photos are not permitted after the ceremony as there is another ceremony at 3:30 pm.
  4. Pupils will go to the altar to receive Confirmation with their sponsor only. (Contrary to previous message, parents will not be going up to the altar.)
  5.  Ms. Mac Auley will provide you with your Confirmation card on the day. 
  6. Ensure your confirmation name is correct on the card. Please bring this to the altar with you when being confirmed.
  7. Everyone over the age of 12 is required to wear a mask.
  8. There are a small number of boys who are providing music on the day. They are singing from the side altar (left hand side as you look at the altar.) Seats will be reserved for their families near them. These are the only seats that will be reserved.
  9. There is an attachment of responses that your son will need to be familiar with on the day. This is below
  10. Please click here to view responses for Confirmation for Sunday 13th of September.

We look forward to celebrating this long awaited day with your son. 

First Holy Communion (second class 2020) is due to be held on October 3rd @ 1.30 pm.
First Holy Communion (second class 2021) is due to be held in May 2022.

Maximum of eight people per family – (this includes the child who is making Confirmation and Communion. Please click here to see the letter from Monsignor Aidan about the wearing of masks, procedures etc.

Children who were baptised outside of the parish of Clonakilty will have to send in a copy of their Baptismal Certificate (unless you have already done so). Please send in this certificate as soon as you can. Children in other classes who have not sent in their Baptismal Certificate can do so at any time – it will be photocopied and the original returned immediately. For children in Junior Infants it is the ideal opportunity to locate and send in your Baptismal Certificate – we won’t have to ask for it ever again.

Singing outside – Rang 2

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Below you can see Rang 2 singing with their teacher Mr. Carmody, outside their classroom, due to Covid rules.

Rugby with Finbarr O’Regan

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Lego in Rang 1

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SnB return to the pool

We returned to Swimming Lessons on Friday 3rd of September for the first time since last September (2020). Although the children have to get changed on the deck, everything else was normal and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their first day.

Zumba with Flav returns – outside

Zumba with Flav started in early September. It was enjoyed by all – as you can see below. This year due to Covid – we did it outside.

Dates for your Diary

  • Musicenrolling for this school year i.e. Kay O’Flynn (guitar, tin whistle, keyboard etc), Adrian Hanly (brass instruments) and Laurie Hedger (drums) is only being done by the Aladdin App. This has been available since July. Please check the school website to see appropriate ages/classes for instruments or just click here.
  • Parent’s Meetings: Information Meetings for parents in October. It’s possible that these will be done via Zoom / Webinar – Social Distancing will determine everything. More details later.
  • The AGM of the Parent’s Association will be held in October. As above: Details later.
  • Mid-Term Break: Monday 25th to Friday 29th of October inclusive.
  • Parent/Teacher meetings : hopefully Thursday 18th of November.
  • Christmas Holidays: Boys will get their holidays on the 22nd of December at 12.00 p.m. Return 5th Jan.
  • February Mid-Term Break: 24th and 25th.
  • St. Patrick’s Day and ..: Wednesday 17th March and Friday the 18th of March
  • Easter Holidays: Friday 8th of April at 12.00 p.m.. Return Monday 25th of April.
  • School Closed: Monday 2nd of May.
  • School Closed: Friday 3rd and Monday 6th of June.
  • Summer Musical: 15th, 16th and 17th of June or the following week.
  • Summer Holidays: Tuesday 28th June @ 12.00 p.m.
  • Sixth Class Party: to be decided.

Facts of the Month

by Finn McCarthy Rang 5

1. The average yawn lasts six seconds. 2. Bees are found everywhere in the world apart from Antarctica. 3. Horses and Cows sleep standing up. 4. Kangaroos can’t walk backwards. 5. Number four is the only number with the same amount of letters. 6.  The Queen of England has two birthdays.

By Josh Wedlock, Rang 5 – October 2021

1 The world wastes  about I billion tons of food each year. 
2 The first potato was planted in Cork by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1588
3 Many feet bones don’t harden until you are an adult.
4 Cotton candy was invented by a dentist!
5 You loose up to 30% of your taste during a flight
6 Rabbits can’t puke!

Gentleman & PenMan of the Month


PenMan of the Week

Adverts – Emmet Hotel and Batemans Footwear


If you would like to book an ad for the coming school year 2021 – 2022 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.

“Cent” Box – Thorntree Project

“Cent” boxes will continue this year in a different format due to Covid-19.
Rang 5 A (Ms. Marguerite Bradshaw) and 5 B (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.

School Fees 2021/2022

Dear Parents, please find the list of fees for the coming year.

Music enrolment is only by the App again this year.

Guitar Rental is the same as last year. The fee for Renting the Guitar is €50. At the end of the year we will return the money to you, once the guitar has been looked after.

Closing date for all fees please is Thursday 30th of September 2021 (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): €12.00
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): €47.00
Drama (all classes): €2.00 *
Elocution (all classes): €7.50 *
French Lessons Term 1 (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €8.00 *
Zumba dancing (Special classes, Junior Infants – Rang 2/3): €5.00 *

* items marked with * will not show up on your Aladdin App if you paid for them last year.
Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance- School hours only: €6.00
Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance- 24 hours: €9.00
Christmas Magazine 2021/2022: €5.00 (all classes)
Milk Term 1 | September – Christmas 2021 (All Classes): €11.16
Milk Term 2 | January – Easter 2022 (All Classes): €10.80
Milk Term 3 | April – June 20202 (All Classes) | €6.84
Music Lessons (Optional)
Music enrolment for 2021 /2022 Term 1 (these lessons are optional) Please note: your child can only study 2 instruments maximum.

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): €80
Kay O’Flynn: Keyboard (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €80
Kay O’Flynn: Tin Whistle (Senior Infants – Rang 6): €80
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.  A deposit of €50 will be taken and returned at the end of the year, once the guitar has been looked after.

Adverts – Old Brewery Montessori School, Clonakilty & Clonakilty Park Hotel

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 Ehan and Ahmadi for looking after the cans this coming year.

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

Basketball 21/22: Basketball training will start 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 ‘21/22: will start in November. Classes from Rang 3 – Rang 6 will be participating. Last year we only managed to do a few rounds, outside in the yard but we are hoping to complete it in the coming year. Cillian Whooley and Pearse Nolan are in charge of the Quiz this year.

Chess: will start in 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 2/3
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 Rang2/3 – starts on 4th of September until the 8th of October.

Wardens – every year Rang 6 act as School Wardens. This year we’re not sure what’s going to happen. We’ll keep you informed.

GAA – Conan O’Donovan on Wednesdays.
Rugby – Finbarr O’Mahony on Fridays. Finbarr is starting on September 3rd until the October break.

Sciath na Scol Competitions – we’re not sure what’s going to happen with Sciath na Scol this year. We’ll let you know as soon as we know.

P.E. / Soccer Timetable

Junior Infants (Mrs. Marie Forristal)Not applicableMondays and Thursdays
Senior Infants (Ms. Gillian Galvin)FridaysWednesdays and Fridays
Senior Infants / Rang 1 (Ms. Michelle O’Neill)Fridays for Seniors
Tuesdays and Thursdays for 1st
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Rang 1 (Ms. Kathryn O’Shea / Ms. Karen O’ReganTuesdays and ThursdaysTuesdays and Fridays
Rang 2 (Mr. Paul Carmody)Mondays and WednesdaysMondays and Thursdays
Rang 2 / 3 (Ms. Carol Ann O’Donovan / Ms. Laura Connolly)MondaysMondays and Fridays
Rang 4 (Mrs. Marie Hayes)TuesdaysTuesdays
Rang 5 A (Ms. Marguerite Bradshaw)WednesdaysTuesdays and Wednesdays
Rang 5 B (Mr. Seán Daly)WednesdaysMondays and Fridays
Rang 6 (Ms. Niamh Mac Auley)ThursdaysTuesdays and Thursdays
This timetable may be updated in September 2021

Extra-Curricular Permission Notes – e.g. Chess, Basketball etc

Please note the only way to join up for Chess, Basketball, Sciath na Scol etc is to tick the Permission App on Aladdin. What you find below is just pdfs of the Permission Notes.
Chess Note for Learner’s Chess – Please click here.
Chess Note for Player’s Chess – Please click here.
Basketball Note – Please click here.
Warden Permission Note – Please click here.
RSE Permission Note for all classes – Please click here.
Sciath na Scol notes for Rang 5 and Rang 6. Please click here.
Swimming Note for Rang 2-3. Please click here.
Altar Permission Notes. Please click here.
Allianz Pupil’s Personal Accident Note. Please click here.

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.

FAQs – Covid -19 – Return to school September 2021

Please check last months Links 27.01 | September

Children cannot be allowed to enter the school building without the Completed Declaration.

Links 27.01 September 2021

Welcome back

Scoilavision Winners 2021

Welcome back to all pupils, parents and staff of Scoil na mBuachaillí. We hope that you all enjoyed and had a healthy and safe summer break. A special welcome to our new pupils in Junior Infants, in our Special Classes and the new pupils who are entering other classes throughout the school. We now have 3 girls in SnB – Freya, Ella and Tabitha.

A special thank you to our SNAs – Josie, Eileen, Susan, Sam, Niamh, Claire and Theresa and to Thelma, Noreen and Finbarr for helping out with the preparation of the school. A special thanks to Finbarr for all the work he did throughout the school during the holidays. Thanks also to Regina Fitzmaurice for all her work throughout the summer holidays. Thanks also to the Board of Management, Eoin Loughnan.

This is the 27th year of the Links. and for the very first time we are going online – only. The Links has it’s own website and not only will be Links found on this site we will be posting other news also. If you subscribe on the homepage you will be notified of all posts.

It has been a busy summer for everyone here in Scoil na mBuachaillí. There has been a lot of preparation for getting back to school safely, even the bulk of the work was done last year.

The following is just some of the work that has has been done in the school:

*  New signs for yards,
* 3 New 76” television screens in Rang 1, Rang 2 and Rang 4. There are now only 2 classrooms left without screens. These have interactive whiteboards.
* New door in our large resource room. Thanks to Pat O’Sullivan’s, Tim O’Regan and Wescos for their help.
* Entire school deep cleaned – thanks to Cathy and Aquila and Finbarr.

Aladdin Connect

This year we are continuing with the Connect App.  As you know you will be able to do many things with this app:
For example:
All messages from the school will in future be sent via the app / email. We will now only rarely send Text Messages.
You can view the school calendar – showing school closures, extra curricular activities etc.

During the school closure (lockdown) parents / teachers used the app to receive and return homework. It proved to be invaluable.
As we are now gone to a Cashless school – you can pay school fees directly via the app or via your computer. You will be able to view your child’s attendance and also send an explanation for your child’s absence via the app. If your child is going to be late, or needs to leave the school during the day, you can now notify us, in advance, using the app.

Parent / Teacher Appointment times will be given out and booked via the app.
Your child’s summer report will be sent via the app and you can view all school reports from 2014/2015.

We have phased out sending out notes to get permission for various activities – going on School Tours, Orienteering etc as there is a Permission facility on the app also. This is now the only way to give permission for different activities.
Parents will now use the permission facility on the app to declare that you have read the Links, rather than signing it and returning it to the school.
The following “notes” will / have been sent home via the Permission App on Aladdin.

Please tick that you have read the note and give permission for the following:
(Please note – they have to be done individually).
Pupil Personal Accident form
RSE Form (Relationships and Sexuality Education)
Sciath na Scol
Not all forms are for all classes. You will know it’s for you if you receive it on your app. For example: Chess is only relevant to Rang 4, Rang 5 and Rang 6.

The Krickets – 2nd place in Scoiavision 2021

Retirements from SnB

At the of June two of our staff members retired from their positions in Scoil na mBuachaillí – Mrs. Thelma Barry and Mrs. Maire Houstoun.

Maire Houstoun and Thelma Barry on their final day in SnB

Thelma Barry has been secretary in Scoil na mBuachaillí for 17 years and has given tremendous service to all the children, parents and stafff over the years.
She knows all the boys, takes an interest in them, the same with all the staff.  Over the past 17 years she has been the rock that SnB stood upon.   She is always a friendly voice on the end of the phone for parents and staff alike. 
She got involved in all activities, during and after school – any fundraising activities, the musicals, pageants, Scoilavision – no matter what was going on, Thelma was there. She is extremely efficient and never forgets anything.  She works very hard and is often here well after 4.00 p.m.
Thelma will be sincerely missed by all the pupils, parents and staff of Scoil na mBuachaillí.   There are no words to express our gratitude for all you’ve done.  Thank you so much.

Maire Houstoun has been a valued member of staff over the past 14 years, an extremely hard worker, an enthusiastic teacher and a great friend and colleague to every here in SnB. 
No matter what was going on in the school, Maire would be actively involved – fundraising, raffles for the musicals, helping out the Parent’s Association with Funday Sunday, Tea Party or whatever was going on. 
Maire always has a smile on her face and brings positivity wherever she goes.  She has brought a smile to all of the boys she has taught over the years and to her colleagues also here in SnB.  She always has the interest of the boys foremost in her mind.  She stays late everyday – getting ready for the next morning, to ensure that everything is right for her boys. Over the years she has taught Learning Support / Resource and 1st class with her job-sharing partner Ms. Kathryn O’Shea

Maire will be missed by us all and we thank you for your service to SnB. 

Elaine Connolly – Master of ceremonies