Colette

Colette

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 14:09

Class allocation Change

There has been one change to the  class allocation schedule. Jane Feely will now be the teacher in 4th Class Green and our new teacher Niamh will be teaching 3rd class red. Here is the revised class allocation schedule

Class

Green

Red

Junior Infants

 

Seona

Deirdre Walsh

Senior Infants

 

Niamh

Komeera

1st Class

 

Tania

Aoife McHugh

2nd Class

Emma/Etaoin

Emma Duggan

3rd Class

 

Karen

Niamh(new teacher)

4th  Class

 

Jane

Robert (new teacher)

,

 

Paula

Linda

6th  Class

Sinead

Katie

SET

Grace,  Rob, Sarah

Catherine, Rebekah

 

Aoife Burke, Heidi,

Leah (Eleanor Sub)

Language Support)

Carmen

Liz (Maternity leave)

Ruth

Noeline (maternity leave) Caoimhe

 

Gemma hscl

Colette (Principal)

 

 

 

Welcome back to all our children and families to the beginning of our new school year and a very special welcome to our new Junior Infants and new children coming in to us up the school. School opens for all children on Thursday 31st August at 9:20 am. Returning children line up as usual in the yard in their new class lines where they will be met by their new teacher.

New Junior Infants can go straight to their classes at 9:20 am, rather than go to the yard. New Junior infants go home every day at 12:20pm until Monday 18th when school will close for all infants at 2 pm. There is no booklist for Junior Infants. The Book rental scheme covers all the books that are used. You will be asked to pay for a maths workbook later in the year. New Junior Infants need a school bag, lunch and a drink for the first two weeks. School lunches will be provided from September 18th when the children begin their long day.

New children (and parents) for other classes should go straight to the school hall on Thursday 29th at 9:20am where they will be met by teachers who will help to sort everything out with you. They also will need to bring lunch and a drink until they have been set up with the lunch company, Carambola

All returning first class children to go to the yard with the rest of the school. Every family in the newly mixed first class should know which class (red or green) their child should be going in to. But do not worry if you have forgotten, we have all the lists here and there will be someone to guide you if you are in doubt.

Please be aware of difficulties of parking in the school grounds. There are very few spaces available for parents. The car-parking for parents is designed to be a drop off and collection point only. In other words you may drop your child and keep moving but you cannot leave your car or block the flow of traffic for other cars. The staff car park is reserved strictly for teachers and other members of staff. I would advise you to park at the Castle Road entrance where there is much better availability and you can walk through into the school grounds. Otherwise, you might be best advised to park outside the school. If doing so please be very careful to park correctly and legally and never to park on the grass verges or to block the entrances of our neighbours. This has caused difficulty in the past.

Booklists for all classes are available in the Parent section of the website. Most of the books being used this year are on the book rental scheme. You pay for that through the yearly materials money you pay to the school. The only books that you are being asked to buy are workbooks that must be written on, or books that your child will keep over the next number of years such as Dictionaries and Atlases. This keeps your book bill to a minimum.

School calendar for 2017-2018 also available in the Parent section of the website

Looking forward to working with you all again. Enjoy last week of you holidays.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:58

Who is my teacher this year?

Who will my teacher be in September?

 

 

 

We have now finalised the class allocation for the 2017/2018 school year. We have a number of new staff this year who are filling in for teacher on career break/jobsharing positions. We have a new Niamh and a new Rob, not to be confused with our permanent longstanding members of staff, Niamh Gallagher  and Rob O’Brien who are still with us.  We also have other new teachers Heidi, Eleanor and Caoimhe. We welcome them all to our school and know that they will be very happy working with us next year.

 

Class

Green

Red

Junior Infants

 

Seona

Deirdre Walsh

Senior Infants

 

Niamh

Komeera

1st Class

 

Tania

Aoife McHugh

2nd Class

Emma/Etaoin

Emma Duggan

3rd Class

 

Karen

Jane

4th  Class

 

Niamh  (new teacher)

Robert (new teacher)

,

 

Paula

Linda

6th  Class

Sinead

Katie

SET

Grace,  Rob, Sarah

Catherine, Rebekah

 

Aoife Burke, Heidi,

Leah (Eleanor Sub)

Language Support)

Carmen

Liz (Maternity leave)

Ruth

Noeline (maternity leave) Caoimhe

 

Gemma hscl

Colette (Principal)

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:58

Story telling and Puppetry

In the last term we welcomed two entertaining and fun performances to our school. Niall de Burca the renowned and very skilled story teller came to our school and hooked us all with his magical characters and very tall tales. We also welcomed The Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre Company who entertained the children with their comical and educational performances
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:46

New School GArden

ON Wednesday 31st May 2017 the PTA garden club held their Grand opening of the new school garden, which they had worked very hard on for the last few months. Each child painted a stone which were cast into flagstones to make a pathway through the garden . The oldest child and the youngest child in the school crossed the "droichead" together marking that the garden is now open for play. It is a little oasis of calm for our students and a great resource for Aistear.

 

 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:49

PTA organisers of the Spring Raffle

Our wonderful PTA members who worked so hard on our Spring Raffle. Well done all

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:49

Spring Raffle

Look at all our winners for the Spring Raffle , beautifully organised by our PTA. Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to the PTA for the work on behalf of all the children ion the school. I know that they are funding many fun and edcuational events in the school for the last term including a Skipping Day and a Science exhibiton.

Monday, 08 May 2017 22:45

Walk for Water

A Walk for Water On 22nd March Colette, Gemma and the Green School Committee went to Glendalough to take part in a walk for water with An Taisce. The idea behind the walk was to walk in solidarity with other children around the world who have to walk for water daily. We were learning about the value of water, especially clean water and how we have a responsibility not to waste it. We began our day by meeting with students from other schools and An Taisce. The Glendalough park ranger was there to point out the wildlife we spotted on our walk. All of these animals, from feral goats, deer, and ravens depend on water to live. We went to the upper lake and filled up containers full of water and placed them in our back packs. The weight was considerable, and it made our 6km walk that bit tougher. The weather was against us that day, it was freezing cold and rained a lot. As we were walking in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in developing countries, we could not let a bit of bad weather discourage us. The children did so well on the walk, and never complained once. They were fascinated with the surroundings and even enjoyed spotting and discussing natural landscapes, and clouds that they had learned about in geography. They realised how lucky we all are that we can simply turn on a tap when we are thirsty or dirty. We don’t have to boil our water to avoid getting sick. They realised that we need to make a concerted effort not to waste such a valuable resource. The Green School committee presented what they learned to the school at assembly which was based on the Global Goal 12 – responsible consumption.
Monday, 08 May 2017 22:45

Active Week

A Walk for Water On 22nd March Colette, Gemma and the Green School Committee went to Glendalough to take part in a walk for water with An Taisce. The idea behind the walk was to walk in solidarity with other children around the world who have to walk for water daily. We were learning about the value of water, especially clean water and how we have a responsibility not to waste it. We began our day by meeting with students from other schools and An Taisce. The Glendalough park ranger was there to point out the wildlife we spotted on our walk. All of these animals, from feral goats, deer, and ravens depend on water to live. We went to the upper lake and filled up containers full of water and placed them in our back packs. The weight was considerable, and it made our 6km walk that bit tougher. The weather was against us that day, it was freezing cold and rained a lot. As we were walking in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in developing countries, we could not let a bit of bad weather discourage us. The children did so well on the walk, and never complained once. They were fascinated with the surroundings and even enjoyed spotting and discussing natural landscapes, and clouds that they had learned about in geography. They realised how lucky we all are that we can simply turn on a tap when we are thirsty or dirty. We don’t have to boil our water to avoid getting sick. They realised that we need to make a concerted effort not to waste such a valuable resource. The Green School committee presented what they learned to the school at assembly which was based on the Global Goal 12 – responsible consumption.
Student Council Educate Together One Day Fundraiser Educate Together is committed to providing equality based education for all children. Educate Together is child centred, democratic, and multi denominational. Funds are needed to set up new schools throughout the country. Educate Together rely heavily on donations to help run the organisation. On hearing this, the student council decided that they wanted to contribute to the Educate Together movement, and wanted other children to have the opportunity to go to a school like Esker ETNS. They decided on a movie day fundraiser for the school, and titled it ‘Esker goes to the movies’. Every child donated €2 which bought them a movie ticket and a bag of popcorn. Delicious!!! They introduced the idea of the democratic process into the junior classes. Every child was given a vote on what they would like to watch. Children voted with their feet in the junior classes and walked toward the movie poster of their choice. The senior classes took part in a secret ballet. They understood the value of their voice. As the vote was very close they could see that every vote counts. If we are lucky enough to have a vote, use it! The junior classes voted for Trolls and the senior classes voted for The Secret Life of Pets. A great day was had by all, and the student council raised over €800. Well done to our very hard working Student Council!!!
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