Colette

Colette

Second level Schools 7:15 pm and RSE 7:45 pm for Parents of Children from 3rd to 6th Class

We are holding an information meeting next Wednesday evening for parents of 3rd class to 6th class on two very important topics. The first meeting will be an introduction to the process of choosing a second level school for your child and a description of what you might expect when your child makes the important transition to Second level. This meeting will begin at 7:15 pm and will be conducted by Tom Costelloe (Deputy Principal and Home School Liaison Teacher) and Colette Kavanagh (Principal) who will be available to answer your questions.

This second meeting will be an introductory meeting to present the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Programme as it is delivered to children from 4th Class to 6th class. This will be hosted by Colette (4th Class programme) and by a representative from Accord (5th class and 6th class children). Please note that this is the same meeting as we held last year for 4th, 5th and 6th class parents. We have invited Accord, an agency which has experience and expertise in this area, to speak to the children in 5th and 6th classes. These lessons, which will be delivered by a representative of Accord to 5th class and 6th class separately, will take place here in the school during the school day on Monday 6th April. Parents of 5thand 6th classes will be asked to sign a consent form to allow their children to take part in these lessons. Accord are experts in the field of delivering RSE to primary school children and have worked with us very successfully over the last four years. The aim of the programme is to provide children with structured opportunities to develop their knowledge, attitudes, values, beliefs and practical skills necessary to establish healthy personal relationships as children and subsequently as adults.  

We strongly advise all parents and parents of pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th Class attend, particularly if you were not at last year’s presentation. We also strongly encourage you give consent for your children to participate in these lessons to ensure that the information they receive is factually correct and is delivered in a safe environment. Children receive messages from television, advertising, videos, magazines and computers as well as from their friends about this subject. Parents may not even be aware or, or indeed may not like, the messages their children get from informal sources. We believe that it is preferable that this information is presented accurately and sensitively by a professional educator.

Further information available on the parents section of the website, under Policies, RSE doc and PowerPoint Please do not bring your children with you to this meeting as it is reserved for parents only.

 

 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:39

School Remembers Paul

The children and the staff of Esker ETNS have invited Paul's family to a special assembly "Remembering Paul" on Friday 28th March. Both third classes and both fourth classes (all of whom have been taught by Paul) will host an assembly with memories and songs in Paul's memory. 6th Class are also invited. The choir will perform Over the Rainbow and our school song, Wonderful World. Our Green Schools' Committee and our Pupils' Council will also share memories with Paul's partner and family. We will be asking Paul's parents to present a new award in Paul's memory, 'The Paul Kilgarriff Croí na Scoile Award', to the 6th class child who we feel best reflects the spirit of Esker ETNS, the heart of our school.  This will be awarded on an annual basis at our 6th class graduation ceremony. 

We regret that we cannot invite the parent body to the ceremony, due to the small size of our hall. We cannot even have all of the children there. Again, we would like to thank all of our parents and friends who sent us cards, mass cards, flowers and messages of condolences. They really meant a lot to us. And a special thank you to Maureen Kelly Fox who made the beautiful cover for our programme for the assembly, shown above. 

Friday will be a very emotional day for all concerned.

Important meeting in the school on Wednesday April 2nd 2014

Second level Schools 7:15 pm and RSE 7:45 pm for Parents of Children from 3rd to 6th Class

We are holding an information meeting next Wednesday evening for parents of 3rd class to 6th class on two very important topics. The first meeting will be an introduction to the process of choosing a second level school for your child and a description of what you might expect when your child makes the important transition to Second level. This meeting will begin at 7:15 pm and will be conducted by Tom Costelloe (Deputy Principal and Home School Liaison Teacher) and Colette Kavanagh (Principal) who will be available to answer your questions.

This second meeting will be an introductory meeting to present the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Programme as it is delivered to children from 4th Class to 6th class. This will be hosted by Colette (4th Class programme) and by a representative from Accord (5th class and 6th class children). Please note that this is the same meeting as we held last year for 4th, 5th and 6th class parents. We have invited Accord, an agency which has experience and expertise in this area, to speak to the children in 5th and 6th classes. These lessons, which will be delivered by a representative of Accord to 5th class and 6th class separately, will take place here in the school during the school day on Monday 6th April. Parents of 5thand 6th classes will be asked to sign a consent form to allow their children to take part in these lessons. Accord are experts in the field of delivering RSE to primary school children and have worked with us very successfully over the last four years. The aim of the programme is to provide children with structured opportunities to develop their knowledge, attitudes, values, beliefs and practical skills necessary to establish healthy personal relationships as children and subsequently as adults.  

We strongly advise all parents and parents of pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th Class attend, particularly if you were not at last year’s presentation. We also strongly encourage you give consent for your children to participate in these lessons to ensure that the information they receive is factually correct and is delivered in a safe environment. Children receive messages from television, advertising, videos, magazines and computers as well as from their friends about this subject. Parents may not even be aware or, or indeed may not like, the messages their children get from informal sources. We believe that it is preferable that this information is presented accurately and sensitively by a professional educator.

 

Further information available on the parents section of the website, under Policies, RSE doc and PowerPoint Please do not bring your children with you to this meeting as it is reserved for parents only.

Important meeting in the school on Wednesday April 2nd 2014

Second level Schools 7:15 pm and RSE 7:45 pm for Parents of Children from 3rd to 6th Class

We are holding an information meeting next Wednesday evening for parents of 3rd class to 6th class on two very important topics. The first meeting will be an introduction to the process of choosing a second level school for your child and a description of what you might expect when your child makes the important transition to Second level. This meeting will begin at 7:15 pm and will be conducted by Tom Costelloe (Deputy Principal and Home School Liaison Teacher) and Colette Kavanagh (Principal) who will be available to answer your questions.

This second meeting will be an introductory meeting to present the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Programme as it is delivered to children from 4th Class to 6th class. This will be hosted by Colette (4th Class programme) and by a representative from Accord (5th class and 6th class children). Please note that this is the same meeting as we held last year for 4th, 5th and 6th class parents. We have invited Accord, an agency which has experience and expertise in this area, to speak to the children in 5th and 6th classes. These lessons, which will be delivered by a representative of Accord to 5th class and 6th class separately, will take place here in the school during the school day on Monday 6th April. Parents of 5thand 6th classes will be asked to sign a consent form to allow their children to take part in these lessons. Accord are experts in the field of delivering RSE to primary school children and have worked with us very successfully over the last four years. The aim of the programme is to provide children with structured opportunities to develop their knowledge, attitudes, values, beliefs and practical skills necessary to establish healthy personal relationships as children and subsequently as adults.  

We strongly advise all parents and parents of pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th Class attend, particularly if you were not at last year’s presentation. We also strongly encourage you give consent for your children to participate in these lessons to ensure that the information they receive is factually correct and is delivered in a safe environment. Children receive messages from television, advertising, videos, magazines and computers as well as from their friends about this subject. Parents may not even be aware or, or indeed may not like, the messages their children get from informal sources. We believe that it is preferable that this information is presented accurately and sensitively by a professional educator.

 

Further information available on the parents section of the website, under Policies, RSE doc and PowerPoint Please do not bring your children with you to this meeting as it is reserved for parents only.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 09:37

Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh, do gach duine in Eiscir. Happy St Patrick's Day to all of you who celebrate Ireland's religious and cultural festival. St. Patrick's Day 17th March, 2014 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:15

Seachtain na Gaeilge

 

This week in Esker Educate Together we are celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge- a week in which we celebrate all things Irish, especially the Irish Language. Children in all classes will be working hard on their Irish language and trying out new phrases. Children will be learning songs, poems and dances ‘as Gaeilge’ this week, getting ready for a ceolchoirm (Irish concert) at the end of the week. Some classes will be having quizzes and games though Irish as the week progresses. 

As you know, in Esker, our families come from many different countries and cultures. This great intercultural mix is celebrated in our school throughout the year, at intercultural assemblies and Mother Tongue week in particular. This week it is all about Ireland and the Irish language and culture.  What we all have in common whether we were born or raised in Ireland or not, is that we all now live together in Ireland and Ireland is our home (at least for the moment). Seachtain na Gaeilge is the time when we celebrate that fact.  

The Irish flag as you know is Green White and Orange and Green is the colour most associated with Ireland. We are asking the children (and staff) to dress up in green (or if they are adventurous and brave in green white and orange) for Friday next (14th) when we will have our ceolchoirm and ceilí Concert and dance through Irish).

Try these phrases with your children this week

Dia duit (pronounced Deea ghuich) meaning Hello

Your child should answer, Dia’s Muire Duit  (Deea is mwira ghuich)

Slán leat (pronounced slawn lath) Meaning good bye

Slán (Good bye)

 

Good Luck!

Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:46

February 2014

26-02-14

 

Dear Parents,

As you are all aware by now our teacher in third class Red, Paul Kilgarriff, R.I.P.  died in a tragic accident while he was abroad on holidays last week. All of the school staff and some of the parents and pupils in third class (Red) and other classes attended his funeral service in Ballygar, Co Galway on Monday and we all extended our sympathies to his family and friends on behalf of the school community. Sinead Harrington (Chairperson of the PTA) represented the parents officially at the funeral and Peggy Masterson (Chairperson of the Board of Management) represented the Board of Management and the Patron, Educate Together.

We had a short assembly here in the school on Tuesday morning to express our grief at what has happened in our school. Children from 3rd to 6th attended this assembly and participated in a minutes’ silence where they were encouraged to say a prayer if they wished or to reflect about our sad loss. Tom and I also visited all the classes from 1st class to 6th class to listen to what the children wanted to say about Paul and to answer any questions that they may have had. We have spoken to your children about the accident and how sad that we all are as a school community to lose Paul. We have asked the children to talk to you, their parents, about how they are feeling and particularly about how you deal with a sudden death in your community or your religion. Children need a lot of reassurance at sad times like this.

I have asked Emma and Rebekah (two of our language support teachers) to take over Paul’s class for the rest of this week. From Monday, Seona Maguire, another Language Support Teacher in the school will take over Paul’s class for the remainder of the school year. I am very grateful to Seona for agreeing to take on this task in such difficult circumstances. I am very pleased to have such a competent teacher who is known to the children who is in a position to take over the class.

As a mark of respect to Paul’s memory we will not now be holding our Esker Loves Books ceremony on Friday next as previously arranged. I also understand that PTA are postponing their PTA meeting due to take place this Friday.

Thank you to the parents who came to the funeral with their children, those who came to the school on Monday to convey their condolences and those who  have already signed the book of condolences,

Your kindness is  very much appreciated,

 

 

Colette Kavanagh

 

Principal

Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:44

Esker Loves Books Postponed

As a mark of respect to Paul’s memory we will not now be holding our Esker Loves Books ceremony on Friday 28th February as previously arranged. I also understand that PTA are postponing their PTA meeting due to take place ton the same day.

The school will be closed on Monday 24th February to allow teachers, staff, parents and children to attend the funeral of our much-loved colleague and teacher of third class (Red), Paul, who died so tragically earlier this week.

The Funeral Mass for Paul Kilgarriff of Main Street, Ballygar will take place on Monday 24th February at 12 o'clock in St. Mary's Church, Ballygar. The family have requested family flowers only. Donations if desired to Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, Newry. Reposing at his parents' residence on Sunday evening, prior to the funeral, from 2 o'clock until 7 o'clock. More details on RIP.ie website.

Directions to Ballygar from Adamstown have been included below. The AA route planner estimate the journey time to be 1 hour and 54 minutes 

 School will open at the normal time on Tuesday morning at 9:10 am.  

 Rest in Peace, Paul.

Driving directions From Adamstown to St. Mary’s Church   (53.522653,-8.325374)

 
 

 

From Adamstown/Lucan, take the N4/M4 (west)

 

 

 

46.5km

 

Important!! - Keep left to continue on M6, follow signs for Galway/Gaillimh/B. Átha Luain/Athlone - Partial toll road

 

 

 

57.1km

 

Continue onto N6

 

 

 

7.9km

 

At junction 13, take the R362 exit to Tuaim/Tuam/Fearann na Manach/Monksland

 

 

 

210m

 

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R362

Go through 2 roundabouts

 

 

 

6km

 

Continue onto R363

 

 

 

18.8km

 

Continue onto L3213

 

 

 

2.4km

 

Continue onto Killeroran Road

 

 

 

2.7km

 

Turn left onto Main Street/N63

 

   

250m

 

St. Mary’s Church

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

I am devastated and heartbroken to report the death of our teacher Paul Kilgarriff who died last Sunday night following a tragic accident on holidays in Austria. Paul has been with our school since 2007, two months after we opened, and was a much loved and respected colleague  and teacher. As a founder member of our staff Paul has been instrumental in building our school to be the wonderful, warm  school that it is. His kindness and care for each and every child in his class, present and past, has been exemplary and his support for his teaching colleagues as a language support teacher and a class teacher has been greatly valued. We will miss Paul for his  wonderful sense of humour and lively spirit in the classroom and the staffroom. The staff, the parents, the Board of Management, the PTA and not least  the children are extremely saddened by his untimely death. We all extend our deepest sympathy to his partner, family and friends and all those who knew and loved Paul as we did. We also send our sympathies to the children of third class (Red) especially who we  know are deeply saddened and shocked by this news. 

There is no news as yet of funeral arrangements but I will contact the school community by text message and on the website as soon as I have information. 

 

Rest in Peace, Paul

Colette