Please see some important notices for your attention.
We are delighted to notice the brightening mornings and slight stretch in daylight hours. There is also an excellent atmosphere of hard work in the school at present and all the teachers are happy with the positive attitude of the pupils. Next Monday we will have 10 weeks to the Easter holidays and this is a busy time for teachers and pupils.
Our school staff and school community were saddened at the recent death of Teresa Ryan. Her positivity and good humour in spite of the great challenges she faced over the last few years were an example to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry, Hannah, Katie, Páidí, the McEvoy and Ryan families and her so many friends in Woodbrook and beyond.
Féilire na Scoile chuig an Cháisc
The following are the key dates which will take us up to the Easter holidays. The school will be closed on the following dates:
- Thursday and Friday 16th and 17th of February
- Thursday 16th March; School Staff Seminar on inclusion. The school will be closed for children on the day.
Curaclam na Scoile
This term we are placing an emphasis on literacy in both English and Irish.
Our supplementary reading scheme is continuing for each child in the school. Your child receives a book each night and we thank you for your support in setting aside time to read with or listen to your child reading.
It’s wonderful to see the return of buddy reading in the school. We are also replenishing libraries in the school to ensure there are enough high interest readers for our pupils.
People often ask us how they can help to improve their child’s language and comprehension. The following advice comes directly from our school improvement plan:
As a parent you can help us by:
- Setting up a specific family reading area in the home. This sends children a dual message that reading is an important value in this family and that everyone in this family, no matter their age, reads.
- Increase the reading for pleasure time.
- Read aloud and thinking aloud. While you are reading to your child, think out loud about the images you see or the questions that may arise. That means explaining the ideas, pictures, questions, and connections that go through your mind as you read a passage.
- Keep the reading material interesting, varied and relevant.
A Science fair will take place in the school hall on the 23rd and 24th January. All classes will participate and the children are very much looking forward to the event. Our thanks to Ms. Casey for organising same.
Seachtain na Scoileanna Caitliceacha;
Catholic Schools Week 2023, themed as ‘Walking Together in Faith & Love’, will take place from Sunday 22 January to Sunday 29 January next and we will celebrate it in school during the week. Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of contribution of Catholic education to individuals, to society, and to the global common good. Over the week, our pupils will reflect on their own relationship with God, with their school community, and with their families.
The attendance for the school year up to last Friday was 93%.
- Please see the link below for important information from the H.S.E. about infections.
- We remind parents that they should continue to check their child’s hair regularly for head lice.
Snámh agus Iománaíocht
Swimming is ongoing for 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Our thanks to our Parents Association who have subsidised the cost of same by ten euro.
Hurling coaching is ongoing for 1st -4th classes. The boys and girls are enjoying their weekly sessions. We look forward to Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie training for 5th and 6th classes in February.