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Dear Parents,

There are many important events and activities taking place in our school at the moment. We’ve been continuing with our assemblies and visits to classes and there is a lovely balance of work and play ongoing in our classes.

Féilire na Scoile chuig on Cháisc 

Wednesday 6th March ; Vex Robotics event taking place in Emo N.S. There may be some disruption to parking at the 1.30p.m and 2.30p.m. pick up times as busses will be picking up children from other schools at that time.

Friday 8th March: School closed due to referendum.

Friday 15th March; Lá Glas

Monday 18th March: (St. Patrick’s Day holiday)School closed.

Wednesday, March 13th @ 2p.m :Bishop Denis Nulty will celebrate Confirmation for the boys and girls in sixth class. The service of light takes place on Monday 11th March at 7.45p.m.

Friday 22nd March : The school will close for the Easter holidays on that day@12.30p.m . Usual arrangements will apply. Juniors and senior infants with brothers and sisters will leave the school at 12p.m. All other pupils at 12.30p.m.

An Chéad Fhaoistin 

First Confession took place on Wednesday, February 28th in St. Paul’s Church in Emo. Our thanks to Ms. Lewis for preparing the children so well. Our thanks also to Fr. Dooley, Fr. Eugen and Ms. Noreen for all their help.

Lá Glas agus Rock your Socks

Friday 15th March will be a Lá Glas (green day) where children are encouraged to wear green into school on the day. The Parents Association will collect either €2 per child on the day or €5 per family. The Lá Glas will coincide with Seachtain na Gaeilge events that are planned at that time.

Every year on March 21, people all around the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, mismatched socks. Why socks for Down syndrome?  Socks sort of resemble a chromosome and people with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome. We request that pupils bring a coin on the day to support Laois Down Syndrome Association. All funds raised in Laois stays in Laois, for the benefit of members here in Laois.


The attendance for this school year so far has been 95.3%. We recently enrolled 25 pupils for junior infants for next September. We will meet with new parents and children on Friday, April 19th @ 1p.m here in the school. More details later.


There’s a super interest in reading in our school at the moment, not least because our Parents Association have very generously supported the funding of new books for our class libraries. Also, last week your child received a scholastic book leaflet in their schoolbag. If you wish to purchase books for your child/children, please do so through the following link:


Please place your order online by March 8th, 2024.

If your order is over €40 you can have it delivered free to your home address. All other books purchased will be delivered to the school for convenience and the school will distribute accordingly. The school also gets credit for books purchased and can subsequently use the credit to purchase books for class libraries.

Cúrsaí Spóirt 

Girls football leagues are ongoing at the moment. Seán Greene is coaching first and second classes on a Tuesday. Hurling for 3rd and 4th classes continues before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Cumann na mBunscol hurling will commence on the 12th March with the camogie commencing after the Easter holidays on the 11th April.

Polasaí Nua

The parental complaints procedure was revised and agreed by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation and the management bodies of primary schools, the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association, the Church of Ireland, An Foras Pátrúnachta, the Muslim Primary Education Board, Educate Together and the National Association of Boards of Management in Special Education in 2023. It is designed to provide an open and clearly defined process to facilitate parents/legal guardians in raising concerns about their own child/children in an agreed, fair and transparent manner. It replaces our “Complaints Policy “. Please see the link below for the full detail.


Lóin Te 

Since being granted funding to introduce hot meals to the school, our pupils, staff and Parents Association members have sampled various companies. A company called Lunch Bag was the preferred option and we are working with them now to put arrangements in place for hot lunches after the Easter holidays.

Tráth na gCeist 

Congratulations to our U13 team who got through to the National Finals of the Credit Union quiz. They came second in the regionals at the weekend. The team is : Caolán Gilliland, Caoimhe Coffey, James Cosgrove and Pierce Milner. Well done also to the U11 team who also participated in the regional event and came third in a tie breaker with first and second. Our U11 team was: Michael Cosgrove, Cormac O’Keeffe, Darragh O’Keeffe and Leah Coffey.


We are part of the “Say yes to Languages” initiative promoted by the Dept. of Education and Skills. Over the next 8 weeks 5th and 6th class will get an opportunity to learn French. We are grateful to Mr. Slevin and Agnes Connolly for facilitating this initiative.

Bluiríní; Snippets 

Kind regards,

Cyril Duggan