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Oct 2009

Archives > A Word From The Principal - Archive > 2009-2010


23rd October 2009


Dear Parents / Guardians,

Mid-term provides us all with the opportunity to take stock after a hectic start to the school year. So many routines now well set in place, new pupils well settled in and new initiatives in place for the run to Christmas.

It was a little surreal to celebrate Hallowe'en in school a week before the real evening but the excitement in the school was infectious. We really appreciated the effort our parent/grandparent team made to enable our 1st and 2nd class pupils to get into the spirit with a fun morning full of games, activities and goodies in the school hall.

Our Parents' Activities Committee (PAC) has been co-ordinating fund raising by bag packing in Dunnes Stores and our ambition is to fit out our new computer room as soon as possible. This will of course require everybody's support so please spread the word that we will be having our annual Craft Fair and Christmas tree sale later in November and early December. The aim of this hard work is simply to enable our pupils to have the best facilities possible so as to enhance their learning. You will soon receive notification of Parent/ Teacher meeting times which will enable the teacher to update you on your son's progress.

During the coming term our senior classes will be joining two other primary schools in a Comenius project, an interschool network of primary schools sponsored by the EU. Our link schools are situated in Galicia, northern Spain and in Manchester. An agreed cultural programme closely aligned to our curriculum has been agreed between the three schools under the theme of Celtic Roots. You will be able to monitor the progress of this project through our website.

Staying with the intercultural theme, last week we were honoured to have our friend Stary Mwaba and his co-artist Andrew Mwali paint a beautiful mural on our school hall with the assistance of senior pupils. The painting is based on the baobab tree commonly found in Zambia, home of the artists. This is the third such work from Stary in our school and it complements the other hall mural painted by Cassandra Gibbs from Australia. We are indebted to Colm Regan and the staff of 80:20 for sponsoring and helping with this work.

Given the number of different activities, initiatives and programmes over the past year we have decided to hold our AGM within the next few weeks to brief parents on what is happening in the school and to discuss our plans for the coming year. Please check schoolbags for letters.

Finally, may I urge all parents to adhere to our flu protection procedure. We continue to daily monitor unusual absences but it helps if we are contacted first should the evidence at home indicate that there might be a problem.

Thanking you for your co-operation and support,

Vaughan Dodd
Principal



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