Mosaic 2


 09th February 2015






We Love Mia Cake Sale                Friday 13th February 1.30 – 2.45 pm

Half-term Break                               Monday 16th – Friday 20th February

Féile Seachtain Na Gaeilge         Friday 13th March 1.20 – 2.30 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Parade                 Tuesday 17th March

End of Spring Term                           Friday 27th March

Start of Summer Term                      Monday 13th April               



Verse of the Week

My light is pressed by darkness round;

It is not easy to stay upright, strong and sound!

The Dragon, lurking, would devour

My shining radiance with his power.


But I, remembering how on winter’s Holy Night,

In darkness shone the Midnight Sun that is the world’s true Light,

Need have no fear of dragons wild

For I am led by the Holy Child.


From – In the Light of a Child, Michael Hedley Burton






 Laundry Rota:

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.


Week starting 09th February: Mark Browne & Mel White

Week starting 23rd February: Peneleapaí Chung

Week starting 02nd March: David & Michele Coleman

Week starting 09th March: Mark Connolly & Niamh Ruiséal


Many Thanks


Marvellous Mia:

Did you know that our wonderful handwork teacher Mia Foley is half way through her yearlong Handwork Teacher training?  One weekend a month she heads off to the U.K.

It can take up to four different types of transport to get her there! This is a huge expense for her on top of childcare costs, accommodation, food, materials etc.

The Board of Management is paying for the fees so a few of us (Deb, Franci and Niamh so far , are you interested in helping?)  have decided to get together to raise some money for Mia to help towards these other costs.

We hope to start with a “We Love Mia” cake sale before Midterm on Friday 13th February.

Any money raised will go directly to Mia and is not connected to any donations parents give to the school.

So watch this space for other fun events!

Deb, Franci and Niamh


 School Inspection Update

I myself and David Coleman, Chair of the Board of Management, met recently with officials in the Department of Education and Skills.  The meeting established that our ‘Follow-through Inspection’ (following on from the Whole School Evaluation of November 2010), will take place some time after the February half-term.  The exact date we will only know two days before the visit.   We will continue to keep you informed of developments.

Seamus Devane,  Principal


St. Bridget’s Festival –  Thank you

Many thanks to all the parents who helped us celebrate St. Bridget’s by walking with the classes, helping with the road crossing, preparing delicious pots of soup or supporting children with the cross-making.  A special thank you also to Fionnuala Bates for her amazing assembly!   In the end the weather was incredibly kind to us and the children had a wonderful day. Alan Dickey     For the Teachers

Open Day   – Thanks

Once again this year the Open Day on Saturday 7th was extremely busy with lots of interest from families wanting to enrol their children here, not just in Kindergarten but in the older classes also.  Many thanks then to all those parents who helped with the essential tasks of welcoming visitors and talking with them, organising activities and hospitality. Your presence gives a great impression of the school.

Alan Dickey    For the Teachers


Parent Workday –  Thank you

Many thanks to the hardy souls who helped out with the first workday of 2015 last Saturday.  20 tonnes of stone was spread on our carpark and footpaths!    Many other groundskeeping jobs also, much appreciated.   Next workday will be Saturday 7th March.

Tristan Lienhard


Mobile Phones in School:

We would like to remind parents that children are not permitted to use mobile phones at any time during the school day. If any parent deems it necessary that their child have a mobile phone in their bag, please notify the school of this. Phones that are used during school hours will be confiscated and can be subsequently collected, by a parent, from the office.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Seamus Devane


Upcoming – Seachtain Na Gaeilge

Once again this year we will be contributing to the national celebration of Irish language and culture by creating an afternoon festival for parents where you can come to join the children and play, eat, sing and dance all as Gaeilge. The date for your diaries is Friday 13th March.   In the days leading up to the festival the classes will be preparing Irish-themed displays.  Svetlana O’Farrell and the Parent Association have once agin kindly agreed to organise the school’s part in the Scarriff Patrick’s Day Parade the following Tuesday – details to follow in the next Newsletter on 2nd March.



“Pow Wow Now” –                           The Ogonnelloe Coffee Exchange:

We are proposing to open a community café in Ogonnelloe, to act as a community facility and which will be used to hold workshops and events in the evening. This will be open selectively for the duration of this project. The Ogonnelloe Coffee Exchange project and the associated workshops will take place in the community hall.                                       It will simply give people a place to chat, a place to go in the area, and a civic platform to get involved in their community.


The Ogonnelloe Coffee Exchange


The workshop listing and other information is on the poster in the car park noticeboard.


Family Learning Day 2015 at Scariff Public Library:
Scientist Dipankar Biswas returns to the library with another Fun Science Workshop to celebrate family learning day on Saturday 28th February at 10.30a.m. Lots of new experiments for families to try; fly a balloon rocket, balance a dragonfly and enjoy a slime fest! Places are limited so please call Scariff Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 922893.          Free event.


Killaloe Scout Group Fundraising Recycling Collection:
Last year, the 5th/22nd Killaloe Scout Group had several fundraising events to raise money to buy a new bus. The recycling collection was especially successful, so this year, we’ll be running the event again. This year the proceeds will go towards funding camping and pioneering equipment for the scout group.  We’re linking up with Lenrec Ltd., a licensed, Irish recycling company, which helps to create employment in Ireland. They are fully registered and work with local county councils, charities/schools and parishes. This is a good opportunity for a spring clean!  Items for collection include:

  • Clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains
  • Shoes, bags, belts and soft stuffed toys
  • Books (but not school books)
  • Laptops, complete with power cable
  • Mobile phones (keep these separate)

The final collection day is on Saturday 21st Feb, 10am -12 noon  and 2-4pm @ the Scout Den in Killaloe.  If you would like to support this initiative, but can’t make it to Killaloe on that date, please contact Michele Coleman @ 087-292 7739 to arrange an advance drop-off.



Harpsichord Recital:                                                                                                                                         You are cordially invited to my solo harpsichord recital on Tuesday, February 10 from 1:10–2:00pm.

I’ll be performing chromatic works by Macque, Trabaci, Merula, Sweelinck, Luython, Frescobaldi, M. Rossi, and Froberger.

Mary Immaculate College, Chapel


Admission is free.

Very best,

Yonit Kosovske




Meditation – creating a peaceful space in your life.

Date: Starts 6th February 2015

Cost: €65 per person for 8 sessions or €10 per class (concessions available)

Duration: 8 week course (1 hour each week)     Time: 7–8 pm

Venue: Satmya, 3 Royal Parade, Killaloe

Suitable for: Complete beginners and more experienced meditators

For Bookings & more info: email or call Andrew on 086 4096819, and see


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