Spring Newsletter 2018


St Joseph’s N.S


February 2018

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

February 2018

As we are approximately half way through our School Year, it is time we took time to inform you all of our achievements and activities. Parents Association is a group of volunteer parents getting together to work with, and support, our principal, Cait Ui Raghallaigh, and the Board of Management in fundraising to maintain and improve our school.  A successful year was had Sept 2016 / June 2017 under this committee which was set up for a 2- year reign. The school obtained a grant to purchase new iPads.  There was a shortfall of €2,300 where the PA stepped in and fundraised for.   Also, thanks to the PA’s fundraising new ‘Playground markings / games’ were painted on our tarmac, brightening up the schools surrounding as well as entertaining the girls. The Officers Roles of this Committee remain in place for the year of Sept 2017 / June 2018, but new committee members are always invited and welcomed on board.

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 Joseph’s Girls Parents Assoc., Skibbereen” on Facebook.

Officer Roles :

Chairperson: Julie Fitzgerald (4th Class)         Vice Chairperson:      Karen Geaney (6th Class)

Secretary: Finuala Collins (Seniors)               Vice Secretary: Eugenia Humston(Juniors / 2nd)

Treasurer: Alison O Neill (Seniors)               Vice Treasurer: Kerry Mc Carthy (2nd/ 4th /6th)

PRO: Clare Gallagher (6thClass)                     Vice PRO: Marge Doolan (Seniors)

Committee Members:                                  

Finuala Mc Carthy (1st/ 3rd), Lucy Mullins ( Seniors), Marie Tobin (Juniors / 4th),  Ber Hegarty (Juniors, 4th  / 5th),  Maura O Donovan (2nd),  Ann O Donovan (2nd)

New Committee Members Are Always Welcome. 

Student Achievements :

Library Quiz –     Well Done to St Joseph’s Girls, Junior Team who came 2nd in the Credit Union Quiz final.   They came in 2nd place after two tie-breaker rounds with St Patrick’s Boys National School. They qualified for the final after coming in 1st place in their round.  Superb work all round by Fiona, Leah, Aoife and Eabha, Mr Hickey and Ms Lyons.

Lifetime Lab Science Quiz in UCC. In November. 5th Class won outright. Congrats to Fiona, Ellen and Tara. Well Done Girls. And of course, to Mr Hickey & Mrs Lyons with their superb tutoring.

Also, in the Lifetime Science Quiz at UCC. 6th Class made it to a Tie-Breaker. Congrats Ava, Lara and Ellen. Well Done Girls for making it so far.


Christmas Carol Service:  –  Thursday 14th Dec 2017 @ 6.30 pm in the Cathedral

A truly memorable experience with outstanding talent shining through from Junior Infants right up to 6th Class. 

The teachers really deserve a ‘round of applause’ for all the work they put into pulling this one off.  Again, a massive Thank you to Kornel Szolcsanyi of Kornel Photography made a video of the performances and made this available to us to watch on St Joseph’s Website.


VES Robotics @ CIT in January 2018.

4th Class girls participated Vex Robotics in CIT. They were one of the 8 teams that made it through to the final which will take place on March 1st in CIT. An enormous Thank You to Ms Quinn for giving the girls the marvellous experience and opportunity.

Golden Boot Walk to School:  –  Has been put on hold till after Midterm due to weather conditions.

 Active Week  –  April 23rd to April 27th  2018.

The girls will experience a truly active week with a variety of activities.

Parent’s Association past activities:


Clothes Collection  –  Monday 25th September – € 496 raised

Halloween Disco –   Tuesday 31st October –  Joint with St Patricks’ Boys School it was a major success.  A very social and entertaining afternoon. After the purchase of some fabulous decorations and decorating the hall superbly in a Halloween Theme, A profit of €540 was made and was split with St Patricks.  Many thanks to all who helped in making this the event of the year, to date.  Enormous Gratitude has to go to Kornel Szolcsanyi of Kornel Photography who took photographs on the day to capture the atmosphere and shared them with us all on Facebook.   Thank you, Kornel, Much Appreciated.


Fri 29th Sept –  Non-Uniform Day – No Theme, therefore, € 2 charge.  This brought in € 356

Fri 27th Oct   – Non-Uniform Day –   Halloween Theme (No Charge)

Fri 24th Nov   –  No Theme, therefore, € 2 Charge.  This money was a donation to the Missions.

Winter Warmers –  Our Draw took place on Wednesday 6th December and raised a massive €2471

Among the lucky winners were:

1st Prize – Trailer of Wood – Lelia O Driscoll (2nd Class),

2nd Prize – Trailer of Wood – Monica Buckley.  Seller Ana Lacko (Juniors),

3rd Prize – Hamper – Laura O Neill (3rd Class)

4th Prize – Hamper – Maura Mc Carthy .  Seller – Erin, Ellie & Mia McCarthy

Sellers Hamper –  Tara O Regan (5th)

Cake Sale   –   Thursday 21st December –   € 695 was raised on the day. A Huge Congratulations to Grace In 6th Class who won our 1st Prize in the raffle. Thank you so much Laura Collins for donating such a beautiful cake. 
The many winners of our goodie bags were: 
Lelia (2nd), Zuzia (4th),  Mr Hickey,  Mia (1st), Paulina (2nd), Eve (Juniors) , Emma H (Juniors),  Elvira (6th), Elsie, (3rd) ,Mc Carthy Family, Kamilla (1st), Aoibheann (2nd), Miss Power .,Elmer (2nd), Andrea (3rd),  Emma K (Juniors),  Faye (3rd), Auske (3rd), Abigail (4th), Tena ( Juniors), Amber (1st), Amie Mc (2nd)

Dates for Your Diaries. :

Midterm  –  Thursday 15th & Friday 16th Feb 2018

Clothes Collection  – Monday 26th Feb 2018

Enrolment Week  –  19th Feb –  23rd Feb 2018

Welcome Morning  –  Tuesday 20th Feb 2018 – 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

POP UP Morning in Abbeystrewery   –  March 10th   – 10.00a.m. –  1p.m.

Ceremony of Light  (Confirmation Class) –  8th March @ 7pm

1st Penance – ( Holy Communion Class) –   13th of March @ 7pm

St Patrick’s Day Parade  –   Saturday 17th March   @ 4.30pm

Bank Holiday :  Monday 19th March 

Easter Walk in Lissard –  Sunday 25th March 2018

Easter Holidays : School Closes half day Fri. 23rd March & re-opens on Mon. 9th  April

Confirmation Date :   11th April 2018

School Closed :   Friday 4th May 2018

1st Holy Communion :  –   12th May 2018

Flag Day :   Friday 18th May  2018

School Closed:  Tuedsay 5th June 2018.

Sixth Class Graduation Tuesday 26th

End of Year Holidays  – Friday 29th June 2018 @ 12 noon


Non Uniform Dates  :

Reminders will be sent of these dates.

Friday 23rd March 2018  –  No Theme  €2

Thursday 3rd May  2018-  No Theme  € 2

Friday 1st June 2018   –  No Theme  €2

Friday 29th June 2018 –  Holiday / Summer Theme (No Charge)