Newsletter 13th January 2020

Primary Language Curriculum Training          Tuesday 14th January School Closed

St. Bridget’s Festival                Date TBC

Candlemas Festival                  Date TBC

Open Day               Saturday 8th February 10am to 12.00pm

Class 1 / 2 Play A Taste of Aesop’s Fables        Tuesday 11th February

Half Term Break:           Monday 17th – Friday 21st February

St. Patrick’s Day Holiday              Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March

Easter Holidays           Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April


Verse of the Week

When winter wraps a mantle dark and drear

Around the world beyond my own warm hearth,

Then am I called to rise and conquer fear

And bravely meet this darkness in my path.


My light each day in brightness is increasing.

Its glow of warmth reveals the stir of life.

The light-stream of my heart is never-ceasing.

And so I’m strong, come grief or pain or strife.


From – In the Light of a Child,                                         

  Michael Hedley Burton


School Closure January 14th:                                                                                                        As sanctioned by the Department of Education, the school will be closed on Tuesday 14th January to facilitate a full-day’s training for the teachers on the new Primary Language Curriculum.


St. Bridget’s Festival

The first festival of 2020 arrives at the start of February, welcoming the return of light in the mornings and the onset of Spring.  As before we will be marking the day by walking the hills of Ballymalone to gather rushes, and returning to school to make Bridget’s Crosses.  The event requires as much parental support as possible – road safety supervision, soup making, and help with the cross making.  Your class rep will be in touch.

The dates for St. Bridget’s Festival and Candlemas will be confirmed as soon as possible.


Open Day   –  Saturday 8th February

Our annual Open Day comes up next month. Kindergarten will open for the morning to allow prospective parents and their children to get a flavour of what it is we offer here. In recent years the event has been extremely well attended, and it is certainly a factor in maintaining and improving pupil numbers in the school.  It can only run successfully with the support of parents – welcoming visitors and talking with them, organising activities and hospitality.  The PA will be in touch to gather volunteers for the day!


Parent Meetings – Spring Term

This is the term when the Parent Meetings take the form of individual meetings with class teachers to review and discuss the progress and development of each child.  Kindergarten and Main school teachers will be in touch in the coming weeks with arrangements for their classes.


Reminder of New

 School Bank Account Details:

Account name:   LCETB Raheen Wood

Account Number:  06757324

Sort Code:  93-54-76

IBAN:  IE89 AIBK 9354 7606 7573 24

Swift:  AIBKIE2D


Please put family name on all lodgements


Craft Group News:                                        

A happy New Year to the whole school community and friends from the craft group.

Our craft sale and raffle at the Parent Festival made another amazing €421. Tristan won the raffle prize. We hope the badger and the hedgehog family settled well into their new home maybe with their den under the Christmas tree?

Craft Group will meet as usual every Thursday morning in the handwork room starting on the 16thof January. If anyone has a special interest to learn e.g. wet or needlefelting let us know and we will run another workshop. We will be starting with spring crafts and work towards the next Open Day and the Easter Festival.

And if you need a special present made and we are able to help just ask us. We are happy to take on commissions.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at craft group. It’s a very social gathering surrounded by your children’s beautiful handwork!


Renate, for the craft group


Book Fair

Thanks to everyone who supported this year’s school book fair. Together we raised €617.85 for the school and also contributed €230 worth of books to the school.

A big, big thank-you from all of us to Maryrose who organised and ran the Book Fair again so successfully!


Emergency School Closures 

In the event that the school needs to close unexpectedly, due to a power or water outage, or for any other reason, we will endeavour to contact all parents via text message as early as possible. Please ensure that the office has your correct mobile phone number.


Request from Norma

Hello everyone, I am looking for a couple more model train sets for use in the Special Education Room. If you have a set you’re not using, we would make fantastic use of it in Special Education.

Or, if you have a set you would be willing to donate on a borrow-basis, it would be very much appreciated. We would get great enjoyment from its use and we would return it to you in its original condition at the end of the year.

With thanks,

Norma, Special Education Teacher



Joey Pouch Appeal                                   

The bush fires in Australia have done a lot of damage to the habitat of millions of animals. But there are some wonderful folks doing everything they can to help people and animals.

We’ve decided to knit some joey pouches, which will be sent to the Aussie organisation, WIRES. They are the group that look after Australian Wildlife.

Joey pouches can be used by lots of different animals, not just baby kangaroos. Possums, fruit bats, koalas and wombats can all benefit from some comfort.
If you have some spare wool and a pair of knitting needles, perhaps you’d like to knit up a pouch or two.

Saoirse (Class 4) will collect the pouches, and we will send them across the world to Australia.
Instructions are below with much gratitude,

The Wynterburys



I’m looking for a family with a 5 years old child that is interested in learning French.

Could you please post this mail so if a serious family would like to exchange with me and my 5 years old son during vacation, they could contact us and it will be a rich experience for our kids.

Thank you for your help.

King regards ! A bientôt, Tom & Valérie from LYON in FRANCE


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