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Newsletter - Nov 2008

Archives > Parents' Association Archive > 2008-2009

Hello to all,

The Parents' Activities Committee (PAC) of St. Cronan's would like to welcome you to our webpage, aimed at keeping you informed about what we are up to !

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and we are your voice as parents to the principal and the Board of Management Ė therefore we need feedback from you to make your sonís time in St. Cronanís the most beneficial and productive it can be.

Our next meeting will take place on the 2nd December at 8pm in the school - feel free to come and join us !


Tracy Wilson - 086-3481922

School Grounds Tidy Up

We would like to say thank you to those who gave up a few hours on Saturday 20th October. We had glorious weather and got Trojan work done. And I think you will all agree that the grounds are looking much tidier.

Computer Classes

Helen Murphy, who does great work in the area of computers, has set out the Computer Programme for 2008/2009. Each student in the school has been given their own computer account with a unique username and password. This account will allow them to save their work during computer classes to their own class file on the school server.

As you know technology and software are changing all the time so if there are any computer whizzes out there that could help out we would be very happy to hear from you.

Many parents have their own business and we were wondering if you (as parents) would find it of any benefit to have a link page on the website for your businesses? Let us know your ideas?

Projection Technology in the Classrooms

A decision has been made with regard to the Interactive White Boards. With the Ä18,000 we have raised we have decided to purchase two complete Smart Boards, and a number of Laptops and Projectors and an e-beam system. This will mean that 12 out of the 18 permanent classrooms will have permanent IT Projection display facilities. Again a big well done to all the people who helped raise the funds and to Karl ” Broin for all his research and input !

We will keep fund raising so that we can install systems in the remaining 6 classrooms. Unfortunately we cannot install any of the equipment in the Portacabins, but needless to say we will push on so that we have the funds available for the new classrooms when the extension is completed.

Inter-Cultural Coffee Morning

To celebrate the cultural diversity in our school, an Inter-Cultural Coffee Morning has been organised for Tuesday the 11th November. This is to welcome the parents of our international students to the school community, This will be an opportunity to get to know other parents in a relaxed and informal way by enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and a chat. It does not matter what your English skills are, everyone is more than welcome ! In order for this morning to be a success, ALL parents at St. Cronan's are invited to come along to extend the hand of friendship to our multicultural Mums and Dads.

Bag-Pack in Cornelscourt

A big thank you to all our parents who donated their time and energy to bag pack in Cornelscourt on Thursday 6th November. We raised Ä1033, which is fantastic considering how quiet the night was.

Wine Tasting and Cookery Demonstration

We are holding a Cookery Demonstration and Wine Tasting event in the school hall on November 21st. The Cookery Demonstration will be by Fran Broughal (Head Chef of the Martello Bistro on the Seafront), and the wine will very kindly be provided by Anne-Marie Holland.

Notices have gone home in the boys school bags and tickets can be bought at the school or from any parent on the committee. We are looking for Spot Prizes for a Raffle which will be held on the night so if anyone has any unwanted gifts lying around be sure to pass them on (nothing like a good clear out before Christmas). It should be a great evening and it will give everyone a chance to start off the Christmas Party season!! So please come along and support the event.

Christmas Lights in Bray

The children in the junior classes are all going to be making lanterns out of recycled material over the next few weeks. There will be a lantern procession followed by the turning on of the Christmas lights in Bray on the Saturday 22nd November. The children will be supplied with little LED lights for inside their lanterns and also poles to hang them from. They will meet in our school grounds at 4pm and proceed down the hill at 4.30pm to the Civic Plaza where there will be music and excitement for all!! The Town Council are asking all the schools in Bray to encourage the children to attend.

The Christmas Craft Fair will be held on Sunday the 30th November. The Parents' Committee will be organising a used bookstall that will also include DVDís and CDís. We will also be setting up a coffee shop so people can sit down and relax after all their hectic shopping! We will be in touch closer to the time looking for home cooked (or bought) supplies.

The 6th class boys have set up a number of min-companies, which will be selling Match Attax Cards, Chocolate Christmas Decorations, and Glass Candle Holders (thanks to the help of Mrs Noreen Dodd). So again you have a great reason to do a clearout before Christmas by rooting out all you old books, DVDís and CDís (oh and the pile of unused Match Attax Cards lying around). If anyone is available to help out on the day we would really appreciate it.

The last event on the calendar for 2008 is the Christmas Tree Sale on the 13th December. We will need a few volunteers on the Friday night to offload the trees and put them in the hall and again we need plenty of hands on deck on Saturday morning to set them up and sell them! If you arenít available to help please be sure to purchase your tree this year as the money raised goes straight back into the school.

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