June 9th 2016
Some very Important dates to note for your diaries.
School Inservice Half day on Friday June 24th:
School closes at 12:20 pm for all children
All primary schools have been instructed to take a teacher in-service half day before the end of the school year. This is designed to train teachers in the implementation of the new language curriculum in English and Irish coming into force in Junior Infants to 2nd class over next two school years.
Other dates to note
· Sports Day Thursday June 16th
· 6th Class Graduation Thursday 23rd June 1 pm
· Raising of the second Green Flag Friday 24th June: This will take place at 11:45pm and the children will be free to go home at 12:20 (See above).
We have had a very busy final term with much to celebrate
Mary Poppins: A spectacular show: A great big congratulations to all staff, crew and cast of Mary Poppins. It was a spectacular event, much appreciated by all of our four audiences. The children were genuinely magnificent and the production was of the very highest standard. The acting, dancing and singing were wonderful. The set, costumes and props added enormously to the high standard of the show. We can be really proud of the effort of the whole staff who supported the director, Deirdre, the choreographer Catherine and choir director and music co-ordinator, Paula. The singers were uplifted by the Mary Poppins Band which also consisted of teachers in the school. Tom on keyboard, Deirdre and Etaoin on violin and Aoife on accordion. It was a huge collaborative effort from all teachers, SNAs and Barry our caretaker, and his brother! It was a great success. We hope to do a performance on this scale once every three years, so that each child in the school will get the chance to perform is such a major, gala performance.
Congratulations to all our athletes: A very hearty congratulations to our field event and sprint/relay teams who represented our school at Cumann na mBunscol interschool athletic competition recently. The team did very well and brought home three individual medals. Fade won bronze medal for the hurdles, Malvina won silver medal for a spectacular jump of 3 metre and 50 cm and Frank brought home a gold medal for shot putt. Congratulations to all involved, the athletes who represented our school so well and a very big thank you to their teacher trainers, Karen M, Seona, Rob and Sinead.
More congratulations: Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Plaque of STEM Excellence for the 2015/16: Esker Educate Together National School has just been awarded a third ScienceFoundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Plaque. We are thrilled to see that all of the science, technology, engineering and maths work, carried out in our school has been acknowledged and celebrated with this award. I know that the children really enjoyed taking part in the Awards programme this year. A most hearty congratulations to 6th Class Green and their teacher Deirdre who organised and led the programme in the school this year. I know that Deirdre also wanted to thank Niamh for her support with this scheme Niamh has spearheaded the award for the previous two years.
Congratulations to our Green School Committee: Second Green School flag Award
Our extremely hardworking and dedicated Green School Committee has been awarded their second Green school flag. After two years of meetings, action plans, reading electrical and gas meters, and reminding our school to ‘Do what is right and turn off the light’, the time finally came to collect our beautiful new Green Flag for Energy. The award ceremony was held on 24th May in DCU at the Helix. Our two pupil representatives were Denisa and John for 6th class green. During the ceremony, we heard lots about the work that An Taisce does in protecting the environment, and lots about how schools make a difference when they commit to making a change in behaviour and attitude. This change is then brought home and positive differences can be seen in reducing the amount of waste, litter, and non-renewable resources we use. Make the change!
We are very proud of our school, our committee and our parents who helped us get this award. We will be raising the flag for the first time in our school on Friday 24th of June.
Internet safety Evening: We had a good turn out for a very important meeting here in the school last night. A speaker from the National Parents Council, Bonita, talked to the parents about internet safety for our children and gave them great tips as to how to manage social media sites and cyber bullying. She particularly recommended webwise.ie
Global Citizenship School Award.
A delegation from our school was invited to attend the Mansion House on Tuesday 31st May to celebrate the unveiling of our Global Citizenship School Initiative with the President of Ireland Mr. Michael J Higgins and his wife Ms Sabine Higgins and the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Luqman from 6th and Jessie from 5th represented the children at the ceremony. They were accompanied by Paula, who spearheaded the initiative in our school and by Colette. Our school was congratulated by the President for the important work we do in the school to promote positive relations and for our long term commitment to work for a better and fairer world. We are one of the first twenty schools in the country to be involved in this b=very important initiative.
Thanks for reading through to the end. We’ve had a wonderful school year. Reports will be sent out next week and a final end of year newsletter, the great annual Esker Gazette, will be sent out shortly though the school bags.