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Dates for your Diary
- 1st of October: online enrolment starts for 2023/2024.
- Parent’s Meetings: Information Meetings for parents in October. Details on Principal’s message on Aladdin and below.
Tuesday 10th of October:
Seniors A and B @ 7.00 p.m.
Junior Infants & new children to the school @ 7.00 p.m.
Rang 2 @ 7.00 p.m.
Rang 3 @ 7.00 p.m.
Rang 2/3 @ 7.00 p.m.
Rang 4/5 @ 7.00 p.m. TBC
Thursday 19th of October
Rang 6 @ 7.00 p.m.
Rang 5/6 @ 7.00 p.m.
- The AGM of the Parent’s Association will be held in October. As above: Details later. At this meeting we will be choosing a mother and father to be members of the Board of Management for the next 4 years.
- 20th of October: Swimming starts for Rang 3 and Rang 4/5. Finishes 1st of December.
- 30th of October – 3rd of November: Mid-term break.
- November 16th: Parent / Teacher meetings day, but they will be held throughout November in reality.
- 8th of December: Swimming starts for Rang 2 and Rang 4. Finishes on the 2nd of February 2024.
- December 22nd: The children get their Christmas Holidays @ 12.00 p.m.
- December 23rd – January 7th: Christmas holidays
- 8th of January 2024: Back to school after Christmas.
- 5th of February 2024: School closed, Bank Holiday.
- 7th of February 2024: Enrolment / Open Day in SnB. Places are offered to children for 2024/2025.
- 9th of February 2024: Swimming starts for half Rang 6 and all Rang 5/6. Finishes on 12th of April 2024.
- 15th & 16th of February 2024: School closed, mid term break.
- 21st of February 2024: Final date for accepting a place in SnB for 2024/2025.
- 18th of March 2024: School closed, St. Patrick’s Day.
- 22nd of March 2024: The children get their Easter Holidays @ 12.00 p.m.
- 23rd of March – 7th of April 2023: Easter Holidays.
- Back to school after Easter Holidays: 8th of April, 2024
- 19th of April 2024: Swimming starts for Rang 1 and the second half of Rang 6. Finishes on 24th of May.
- 6th of May 2024: School closed, Bank Holiday.
- 7th of May 2024: School closed.
- 3rd of June 2024: School closed, Bank Holiday.
- 4th of June 2024: School closed.
- 27th of June 2024: Sixth class party
- 27th of June 2024: The children get their Summer Holidays @ 12.00 p.m.
- 28th of June 2024: Summer school starts.
Enrolment starts on 1st of October for 2024/2025
Enrolment starts on the 1st of October for 2024/2025. Please click here to view all information about the enrolment process and click the link to complete the online form to request an Enrolment form.
1st Class had A Busy Start To October
A great day at the Rugby Blitz. As part of ‘Our Town’ Project 1st Class will be out and about visiting places around Clonakilty- Already they have visited Bushmount Grounds and The Church to view the Stain glass windows. And some P.E. fun in the Autumn sun.
LLO in Junior Infants
New Infants – First Day Photo
If you wish to order a photo of your child’s first day at school, please go to the Aladdin App and tick the permission section to request a copy of the photo (free).
Parent’s Association Clothes Collection
Presenting Projects in Rang 6
Rugby World Cup in Rang 7
To celebrate Ireland’s success to date in their group, Rang 7 and Rang 2 delved into the host country’s culture. They learned some French phrases with help from Théo and Sam, discovered more about famous landmarks and enjoyed some crêpes! ALLEZ LES VERTS!
Gentleman, PenMan, Lift Off Boys, Gaeilgeoir of the Week
Getting Ready for First Friday Mass
Many thanks to Geoff Murphy and all at the Rugby Club for organising a fantastic blitz last week. Thanks to Mr. Seán Daly for organising the classes at SnB.
School Fees 2023/2024
|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 Saturday 30th of September 2023 (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 Crafts (all classes, including Special Classes) (€12) + Drama/other activity (€2): €14.00|
Christmas Magazine 2023/2024: €5.00 (all classes)
Elocution (all classes except Ms. Galvin’s class): €8.50
French Lessons Term 1 (Rang 2 – Rang 6): €8.50
French Lessons Term 2: NO Charge as we are enrolled in the “Say Yes to Languages” Scheme and the Department is paying.
Photocopying & Printing (all classes): €20.00
Rental Scheme (Rang 1 – Rang 6): No charge, this year as the Department of Education is paying.
Swimming and Bus to pool (Rang 1 – Rang 6, including Special Classes): €52.00 – increase in price from the Leisure Centre and the bus company.
Zumba dancing (Special classes, Junior Infants – Rang 6): €6.00 (to be confirmed – not on Aladdin)
GAA (all classes including Special Classes) Term 1: €5.00
GAA (all classes including Special Classes) Term 2: €5.00
Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance – School hours only: €6.00
Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance – 24 hours: €9.00
Milk Term 1 | September – Christmas 2023 (All Classes): €12.80 (Milk starts on Monday 4th of September.)
Milk Term 2 | January – Easter 2024 (All Classes): €10.00. (Milk starts on Monday 8th of January.)
Milk Term 3 | April – June 2024 (All Classes) | €10.80
|Music Lessons (Optional)|
Music enrolment for 2023 /2024: 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 Gerard Conlon (the instrument will be supplied to the child) (Rang 3 – Rang 6): €160
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 22 guitars for the scheme. These guitars are excellent and will have to be cared for by the boys.
P.E. / Soccer Timetable 2023
|Junior Infants (Mrs. Marie Forristal)||Not applicable||Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays|
|Senior Infants A (Miss Therese Crowley)||Fridays||Thursdays|
|Senior Infants B |
(Ms. Michelle O’Neill)
|Fridays||Tuesdays and Thursdays|
|Rang 1 (Ms. Kathryn O’Shea / Ms. Karen O’Regan||Tuesdays and Thursdays||Tuesdays and Fridays|
|Rang 2 (Ms. Rebecca Hourihane)||Mondays & Wednesdays||Thursdays and Fridays|
|Rang 2/3 (Ms. Laura Connolly)||Mondays & Wednesdays for Rang 2|
Mondays for Rang 3
|Mondays and Fridays|
|Rang 3 (Mr. Ciarán Crowley)||Mondays||Mondays and Thursdays|
|Rang 4 (Mrs. Marie Hayes)||Tuesdays||Tuesdays|
|Rang 4/5 (Ms. Carol Ann O’Donovan)||Tuesdays for Rang 4|
Wednesdays for Rang 5
|Tuesdays 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)||Thursdays||Tuesdays and Thursdays|
New Extension begins
Signing the contract
Machines move in
Completing the deadwork
Pouring the floors
What’s going on? … in school and extra-curricular activities
Chess: is starting on Tuesday 3rd of October for Boys in Rang 4 only.
Rang 5 and Rang 6 are starting once Sciath na Scol is finished on Wednesdays after school.
Thanks to Ms. Niamh Mac Auley and Ms. Laura Connolly for their help with the players. Thanks to Ms. Gillian Galvin for her help with the Learners Chess Club.
Basketball 23/24: Basketball training will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the end of September / early October. Thanks to Ms. Carol Anne O’Donovan / Seán Daly / Paul Carmody / Ciarán Crowley 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 ‘23/24: will start in October. Classes from Rang 3 – Rang 6 will be participating. This will start in early October.
Senior Infants Soccer
Held on Fridays only
Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teams are on website.
Held on Mondays / Wednesday – depending on what team you are on. Teams are on the website.
Held on Mondays. Teams are on website.
Held on Tuesdays. Teams are on website.
Held on Wednesdays. Teams are on website.
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 and Ms. Galvin’s class starts on the 8th of September.
Wardens – every year Rang 6 and some Rang 5 act as School Wardens. 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.
If you would like to book an ad for the coming school year 2023 – 2024 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
PPS. Numbers: Please send in your child’s PPS number if you have not already done so. You can also add this yourself on the Aladdin App.
If you cannot find the PPS you can ring 023 – 8821900 and they will be able to locate the number and give it to you over the phone. Noreen will be contacting parents who have not yet sent in their child’s PPS number later in September.
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. Last year we raised €1000 for the Thorntree Project.
Rang 4/5 (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.
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.
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.