School Bulletins

 

School Bulletin No 2 2016-2017 

school-bulletin-no-1 2016 – 2017

School Bulletin No 3 2015 – 2016 

School Bulletin No 2 2015 – 2016 

School Bulletin No. 1 2015 – 2016

School Bulletin No 3 2014 – 2015

School Bulletin No 2 2014 – 2015;

School Bulletin No 1 2014-2015:

School Bulletin No. 1 (2013-2014)

  • Ø  We would like to thank all those parents who gave up their time during the summer holidays to cut the grass, paint the interior of the school and clean up after the painters. Your support is greatly appreciated. The school is also grateful to M.D.O’Sheas, Link Road Ballincollig for their support during the summer.
  • Ø  We welcomed back all our students and a special welcome to our twenty new Junior Infants on Aug. 29th.
  • Ø  Our special unit “Nead na Coille” also opened on that date. We have three pupils in the A.S.D.1Class and from early Jan. 2014 we will have 6 children in the Early Intervention Class.
  • Ø  We welcomed on board new staff members, two mainstream class teachers, Stephen and Helen, our two teachers in Nead na Coille, Breda and Fiona, and our four new Special Needs Assistants, Maura, Nuala, Monica and Jane.
  • Ø  Helen Ryan is again this year giving P.E. classes. For this year our P.E. classes will take place in the community hall as our unit “Nead na Coille” is housed in the school hall until the new building is ready. Our thanks to Barry Downs of Downs Super Valu Ballincollig for providing a shopping trolley for transporting our equipment from the school to the hall. We would also like to thank the hall committee for allowing us to use this facility.
  • Ø  We’re also grateful to the Éire Óg ladies football club for sponsoring Charlie McLoughlin who visits the school each week for football training.
  • Ø  We held a “Rebel Red” day where each child wore something red and brought in a small contribution towards a fundraising drive for Ghana.
  • Ø   The pupils in 5th and 6th class who are not involved in the Sciath na Scol campaign took part in orienteering with Ms. kDunlea and travelled to Farran Woods to participate.
  • Ø  We had a rebel red day in school to show our support for our Cork hurlers.
  • Ø  The enrolment Mass for the children who are to receive their First Communion and Confirmation later in the year took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Farran in early October.
  • Ø  The Speech and Drama classes organised by the Parents’ Association continue again this year for the children in Junior Infants to 2nd class. These classes will be held in the adjoining community hall.
  • Ø   To mark Halloween the Parents Association held an afternoon of fun and games in Chuckies for the junior classes.
  • Ø  Well done to Sara Murphy in Senior Infants who was chosen to sing with other children on a charity song for Childline with Star Camp?
  • Ø  Congratulations to all involved in the Sciath na Scol football campaign. After our successes of late we were in a very difficult group. Our thanks to Ms. Murphy and to Paddy O’Sullivan for giving their time to train the children and to the children who put in a great effort at all the matches.
  • Ø  Well done to the pupils who represented the school in the Ballincollig Credit Union Quiz, and congratulations to Brendan in 2nd class who won an ipad for being a regular saver with the Credit Union.
  • Ø  The Diocesan Inspector visited the school and spent some time with each class group.
  • Ø  Congratulations to Kevin in 1st class and to Ciara in 6th class who both won prizes in the Ballincollig Credit Union art competition “Gotta Lotta Colour”.
  • Ø  The children in 3rd and 4th class were put in contact with the Regina Mundi School in Goa in India and will correspond with pupils in that school. This should prove a very interesting and enlightening experience for all involved.
  • Ø  Parent / Teacher meetings were held in November.
  • Ø  The Parents Association organised a Lego day with Learn it Education. The children from 1st class to 6th class took part in workshops in the community hall. They all found the experience very interesting and absorbing.
  • Ø  Well done to all who participated in this year’s M.S. Readathon. €1,888.40 was raised in total.
  • Ø  The Farran Action Community Team organised the printing of a tea towel with each child’s “self portrait” and the school logo on it. This was a fundraising venture for both the school and F.A.C.T.
  • Ø  The children in the Infant, 1st and 2nd classes went to a very enjoyable show “Rudolph The Musical” in the Briery Gap in Macroom in early Dec.
  • Ø  Well done to all involved in the presentation of the Christmas pageant held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. We’re very grateful for the support of all the parents, family members and parishioners who attended on the night.
  • Ø  Our thanks to all for the wonderful response to our collection for the St. Vincent de Paul.
  • Ø  Our plans for the school extension and refurbishment are progressing and we expect to have a very busy year in 2014.
  • Ø  Finally may we wish everyone a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas break. The school re-opens on Monday January 6th.

School Bulletin No2 (2013 – 2014)

  • We began this term on Jan. 6th and to mark the feast of the Epiphany all attended Mass on that morning.
  • The children in 3rd and 4th class started their six swimming lessons in the Leisure Centre in the Castle Hotel in Macroom. The school is very grateful to the six people who assisted as escorts on these trips.
  • Speech and Drama classes continue this term for Junior Infants to second class.
  • To encourage the use of Irish among the children we’ve introduced “Gaelgeoir na Seachtaine”. The pupil who makes the best effort to use the language where appropriate will have his/her photograph put on display for that week in the classroom and in the corridor.
  • Well done to the 4th class boys and girls who won the indoor hurling blitz in Cloughduv. Both teams went on to take part in the final in the hall in Na Piarsaigh club and congratulations to the girls team who won the county final on the day. They were interviewed post match on T.G. 4.;p
  • The school population attended the special Grandparents Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The children sang and assisted with the presentation of gifts at the offertory procession.
  • Well done to the children who represented the school in the Ballincollig Credit Union Quiz.
  • A number of our pupils took part in the fundraising concert which was held in the community hall.
  • Well done to all involved in the Scór na bPáistí competition. The children qualified for the final in six different categories and were placed in three on the day of the final. The school was placed 2nd overall.
  • The 5th and 6th class had knitting lessons again this year. We’re very grateful to the ladies who give their time each Friday afternoon to help the knitters, a big thank you to Kitty, Agnes, Elmarie, Anne, Rose and Joan. This year they again knitted squares and donated one blanket to each of the classes in our unit Nead na Coille for use in their “quiet corner”. The other blankets were donated to the “Girls Club” which was set up to support women who are undergoing chemotherapy. This treatment can sometimes take a number of hours and it can get quite chilly at times, so the club put out a call for donations of blankets and we know our two are going towards this good cause.
  • The children in 2nd class made their First Confession in February.
  • Bishop Pádraig O’Donoghue visited the school and spoke to the 5th and 6th class children.
  • The 1st class pupils had their entry in a poster competition sponsored by the Road Safety Authority shortlisted for a prize and were invited to attend the prize-giving in Dublin Castle and a visit to Dublin Zoo. They also won €500 for the school.
  • Eightteen children in 6th class were confirmed with the 6th class children from Ovens school in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Farran in early March. On the day after the ceremony we had our usual “fashion show” held this year in the community hall for a very appreciative audience!
  • We began our major fund-raising drive for our school building project. We realise we are fund-raising at a very difficult time financially and are very grateful for all the support given. We are also very grateful to the co-ordinators who are visiting the houses in the school catchment area on behalf of our school.
  • Well done to Olivia who represented the school in the Easons Spelling Bee which was held in the Rochestown Park Hotel.
  • We held our open day for new entrants to the school on March 27th. This year, due to lack of space we asked the parents not to bring the children with them on the day, we intend to bring the new infants in for a few hours one day in June.
  • The Parents’ Association are organising an Easter Egg Hunt in the Lifetime Lab on the Lee Road again this Easter week-end. We hope everyone who attends will have an enjoyable time.t
  • The school will re-open on Mon. April 28th. May we wish everyone a happy, holy and a safe Easter break. 

School Bulletin No 3 (2013 – 2014)

  • Ø Twelve children received their First Holy Communion in May in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Our thanks to the Parents’ Association for hosting their usual lovely reception for the children and their families in the community hall after the ceremony.
  • Ø Fiona from Jansen Cilag came to the school and spent time with the 3rd and 4th class who took part in the Junior Achievers Programme.
  • Ø Our thanks to Colm Sheehan who organised a most informative and enjoyable visit by the 5th and 6th class to EMC
  • Ø Congratulations to all the children who represented the school so well in the Cork City Sports.
  • Ø We had a wonderful win in the final of the Sciath na Scol in Páirc Uí Rinn, well done to all involved, and our thanks to Diarmuid and Con for their constant support in training the children. Our thanks too to the Parents’ Association who hosted a very enjoyable reception in the community hall on our return to the school.
  • Ø Four members of our Green Schools Committee attended the presentation of Green Flags to Cork schools in the Silver Springs Hotel. It was very rewarding after many months of work to receive our second green flag for energy conservation.
  • Ø The school nurse visited the school and tested the vision of the children of Junior Infants and 6th class. She also had a second visit to test the hearing of the children in Senior Infants.
  • The Junior and Senior Infants together with 3rd and 4th class went to the Mardyke Sports Arena for a day of activities for their school tour. The two Infant classes also visited Fitzgerald’s Park for a picnic lunch and spent some time in the playground. They all had a very enjoyable day out.
  • Ø The Parents’ Association organised for the Planetarium from Blackrock Castle Observatory to visit the school. They were set up in the community hall and each class group spent some time there. All found the experience totally absorbing and fascinating.
  • Ø Our new Junior Infants for Sept. 2014 spent a few hours in the classroom one morning, in preparation for joining us in the next school year.
  • Ø The children in 1st and 2nd visited Crag Cave, Crazy Cave and the Kerry County Museum in Tralee for their school tour. They had a long day but everyone enjoyed their visit.
  • Ø The 6th class took part in an inter-schools basketball blitz in Macroom.
  • Ø The children in 5th and 6th travelled to Dublin in June for their tour. They visited Glasnevin Cemetry, The Natural History Museum and Dublin Castle.
  • Ø The school sports were held in the school grounds and adjoining sports field.
  • Ø Congratulations to Ciara Beechinor, Josh Cotter and Joseph Cooper who were chosen to play in the Primary Games this year.
  • Ø Earlier in the year the 3rd and 4th class children began corresponding with their counterparts in Regina Mundi School in Goa in India. On Friday June 20th we had a visit from representatives from this school who spoke to each class group in the school. It was very interesting to hear of schooldays in such a different setting to our own.
  • Ø We intend to end the school year by attending 9.30 Mass on Thurs. morning. All are welcome to attend.
  • Ø We would like to give a big thank you to all those who supported the school in so many different ways during this past year, and wish everybody an enjoyable and safe summer break.
  • Ø We wish the students in the present 6th class every success in the future as they leave us for second level schools.
  • Ø The school re-opens on the Monday Sept. 1st and we look forward to welcoming back our pupils and especially our new Junior Infants.