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Dear Parents ,

Please see the following notices for your attention :

Cosaint Páistí; Child Protection

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has commenced the remaining provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 .

The purpose of the new procedures is to give clear direction and guidance to school authorities and to school personnel in relation to meeting the new statutory obligations under the Children First Act, 2015 and in the continued implementation within the school setting of the best practice guidance set out in the updated Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017.

From 11th of  March 2018 the requirement to have a Child Safeguarding Statement replaces the previous requirement to have a child protection policy which was in place under the previous Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools published in 2011.

We have published our Child Safeguarding Statement. Parents can access this statement here. 

Féilire na Scoile: School Calendar

Reminder; Next Monday 19th March is a public holiday .There will be no school on that day . The school will close at 12.30p.m. on Friday 23rd March  for the Easter holidays .The usual arrangements will apply . Junior and seniors along with brothers and sisters will leave at 12p.m.   The school re-opens on Monday 9th April at 8.50a.m.

Céad Faoistin; First Confession

First Confession will take place on tomorrow night, Wednesday 14th March in St. Paul’s church in Emo @7p.m. Sixth class continue their preparations for their Confirmation on the same night in the school at 8p.m.

Carrchlós : Car Parking and Dropping off Children at the School 

Please see the document at the link below which guides how we use the car park outside the school gates. It’s important for the safety of all the children and adults using the car park that these guidelines are observed . It is particularly important that you make your child minder , grandparents or any other possible car park user aware of these guidelines .

Car Park Guidelines 

Many thanks in advance for your co-operation on this important matter  .

Cúrsai Spóirt; Sports News

The brighter days sees the return of hurling/camogie . Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie games will commence this week .

Cuairteoirí : School visits

Ms. Lewis’ class recently took part in the K’nex Engineering Challenge as part of Carlow IT’s Engineering week.

Mary Dillon will complete a programme with 4th, 5th and 6th classes in April which supports the Relationships and Sexuality Education in the school. The programme is called In My Own Shoes.

Curaclam na Scoile ; School Curriculum


Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place in our school both this week and next . Our main emphasis in our school this year is on the improvement of Gaeilge. We have implemented a School Improvement Plan for Gaeilge and we are happy with it’s progress. Please see some useful information and links to practical helpful websites here  

Lá Glas

Next Friday, the 15th March the Parents Association are organising a Lá Glas where children are encouraged to wear green into school on the day. They bring €2 per child to school which contributes to Parents Association funded activities .


The children have completed their swimming lessons in Portarlington and I would like to thank the many parents who helped out.We would also like to thank the Parents Association who have kindly subsidised the lessons .


Mathletics is continuing to prove very popular with the children in this school and we have renewed the membership for all pupils from 1st to 6th class up to June 2019 at a cost of  €1,300 approx . We are delighted to see so many of our pupils benefit from the extra Maths . We have presented 1,347 bronze certificates, 251 silver certificates and 75 gold certificates in the school this year .


Our buddy reading is continuing with Junior and Senior infants every morning and will continue until the end of the year. Well done to all their “buddies” in fifth and sixth class  for helping them out .


Siniú ,

Cyril Duggan; Príomhoide