Spring News Letter


St Joseph’s N.S.

    Parents’ Association



St Joesph’s N.S. Parent’s Association.

                                                                                    February 2017

As we are halfway through our school year, the committee would like to take a moment to update you all on the activities and achievements since our previous newsletter.  Also, we would like to highlight dates to remember for the remainder of the year.  Any fundraising that is undertaken by the Parents’ Association is to enable the school in improving their Digital School Status. To do this it means updating and maintaining our technology within the school.  Further Information and photographs for these and more can be found on the school’s new website http://www.stjosephsskibbereen.ie . Please Sign Up for email alerts.  Alternatively, you can also be a friend of our “St Josephs Girls Parents Assoc, Skibbereen” on Facebook.

Credit Union Quiz – Friday 27th January 2017.

4th Class girls, Ellen, Tara , Fiona & Lucy won 1st place in the Skibbereen Chapter.  They will be going forward to represent The Chapter in Cork in March.   Well Done Girls & Best of Luck.

Lifetime Lab Science Quiz in UCC. –  Wednesday 23rd November ,  St Josephs’  competed in the Lifetime Lab Primary Science Quiz along with 56 teams. Our 6th Class girls, Saoirse,  Aoife and Lily scored a brilliant 58 points out of 64, to win their category.   Overall they were placed 2nd, beaten narrowly by 1 point by Glandore N.S..  Our 5th class girls, Ava, Ellen and Mary Elizabeth finished with an excellent score of 55 points out of a possible 64 points.    Congratulations to all …… St Josephs ‘ are so proud of you all.

Enterprise Town – Our 5th Class Girls attended the Enterprise Town Event in the Sports Centre on Friday 25th Nov to display their Biz World Project.  This team won the Biz World programme which was running in St Josephs School during the week running up to the 25th November.  Each one of the 5th Class students were presented with their Biz World Certificate by RTE Presenter, Daithi O Shea.

Winter Warmer – Winter Warmer Raffle took place in the school on the 8th of December.  The lucky winners were :

1st prize ~ Trailer of Wood   –  Lorraine Heaton-Jones

2nd prize ~ Trailer of Wood   –  Ava Brownie

3rd prize ~  Hamper by Drinagh  –   Cliona Herlihy

4th prize  ~  Hamper by Fields   – Emmet O’ Brien

Sellers Prize ~  Hamper Chocolate – Rebecca Connolly ( 6th Class).

The Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity. This raffle was a huge success and raised a massive   € 2340.

Cake Sale :   A fabulous morning was had at the school.  A massive Thank You to Laura Collins, who donated a Christmas Themed Chocolate Biscuit Cake as 1st prize in our raffle.

Prize winners of the raffle were :

1st prize :  Sylvia our Secretary

2nd prize :  Molly O Neill (Juniors)

3rd prize  :  Bella Mullins (Juniors)

4th prize :  Ava Collins (2nd Class)

5th prize : Millie Balsa  (2nd Class)

6th prize : Jessie Holmes (6th Class)

€710 was raised of which  €200 was donated to the Simon Community Cork Christmas Appeal on behalf of St Joseph’s.

Christmas Plays –  Videos of 3th & 4th Class Christmas Play and 5th & 6th , have been entered into Bord Gais Energy Awards in various Categories.

Cor Na Og Concert will be on in Drimoleague Church on April 5th.  5th & 6th Class students will be attending.

Dates for your Diary : Your Support would be appreciated in all.

Enrolment Week  –  6th Feb to 10th Feb 2017 with

Welcome Morning  – Tuesday 7th Feb from 10 am to 12 noon.

Pop UP Morning in Abbeystrewery  –   18th Feb 2017. 10 am – 1pm.

1st Confession  –  Tuesday 7th March 2017

Clothes Collection  – Mid March 2017  – Date to Confirmed

Fun  Family Walk in Lissard –  Sunday 26th March 2017

Cake Sale –     Friday  May  19th 2017

Dates for your Diary  :  –  Cond.,

1st Holy Communion  – Sat 20th May  2017

6th Class Graduation  –  Thursday 22nd June 2017.

Non  Uniform Days  =   Friday 28th Feb 2017   –  No theme  –  € 2

                                         Friday 31st March 2017   –  Easter Theme

                                         Friday 28th April 2017  –  No Theme    –  € 2     

                                         Friday 26th May 2017   –  Summer Theme

Activities in School Update : 

Swimming Lessons for the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Classes have begun in Dunmanway Swimming Pool on Friday 3rd Feb.  All classes will have 5 lessons and the dates are Fri 3rd Feb,  Fri 10th Feb, Fri 17th Feb, Fri 3rd March and  Fri 10th March.

Clan Cluana, Theatre Co. Fennor, Urlingford, Co. Tipperary – Wed 1st March

Clan Theatre will perform Diarmuid and Grainne for the children in the School Halla.

Book Fair – (Celtic Travelling Company) will be held on the 2nd March to 6th March inclusive. This event always proves worthwhile and is a great opportunity to get the children excited about books.  All classes will be given a chance to go and view/purchase the books.

St Patrick’s Days Parade  -Friday 17th March.   This year the parade has an extremely apt theme of ‘Local Heros’.  However, we would like to encourage all parents to come together and make an effort with costumes for the parade.  Also to encourage parents to come out in force.

School Photographer – 28th March 2017.  Donal O Donovan will come to the school and photograph Sixth Class & Junior Infants.  Permission Slips will be issued nearer the date by the school.

Activities in School Update :  – Cond.,

Easter Holidays  –  The School will close  Half Day on Friday 7th April and Re – Open on Monday, 23rd April 2017.

Cycle Right will begin on Thursday 27th April and continue every Thursday up to and including 1st June.   5th Class students are allowed to cycle to and from school.

A note for parents:

Birthday Party Gift Guidelines

In previous years the Parents Association recommended a guideline where a limit of €5 be put on birthday presents given by students in the school where the whole class are invited (particularly in regard to the Junior Side of the school.)