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Eglish National School

“Work together, do our best, respect each other

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege,
than the raising of the next generation.”
-C. Everet Koop, M.D.

NEWSLETTER Summer 2017

Dear Parents / Guardian

 Here is an update on what’s been happening in Eglish NS since Easter.

SACRAMENTS:  Congratulations to Pat, Daniel, Neil and Seán who received their Confirmation on March 22nd and to Leanne, Elisha and Kate who received their First Holy Communion on May 6th.

Health Promoting School FlaG AWARD:  We were awarded our Health Promoting School Flag on June 26th for the great work that we have been doing over the last few years in the area of promoting health: physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual and cognitive across our school  Well done all and thank you to the Health Promoting School Committee led by Ms. Devine.

Changemaker Visits:  On June 21st, 6th Class from our fellow Changemaker school in Donabate Dublin came to visit us with two of their staff.  This gave us an opportunity to continue to share ideas on the topic of Dreams, to exchange ideas regarding ‘Changemaker’ best practise and to strengthen our connection and relationship.  ‘Changemaker’ is a new programme to identify, support and connect innovative schools around the world and support them in inspiring other schools to empower students to be changemakers.For further information, check out

Erasmus Plus:  Our final mobility trip of our current Erasmus+ project took place from May 8-13th .  4  students, 2 parents and 2 teachers travelled.   Again, it was a wonderful cultural and educational trip where our students had the opportunity to work collaboratively with children from our other partner countries:  Finland, Spain, Italy, UK, Poland, Romania.  This time, it was tinged with a little sadness as we were saying ‘Goodbye’ (for now) to the teachers from these countries that we have worked closely with over the last three years.  Many thanks to Mrs. Mulry for the on-going huge amount of work she is doing in coordinating this project.

Traveller Pride Week:  We celebrated ‘Traveller Pride Week’ from the 5-9th of June.  On Wednesday, June 7th, we welcomed three volunteers from the Galway Traveller Movement who came to talk to us about the Traveller culture, the language of ‘Cant’ and to share with us some very interesting and inspiring stories.

AcTive School’s Week:   We held our annual ‘Active School’s Week’ from June 12th - 16th.  Many thanks to Ms. Moore for organising it and to all the staff who went the extra mile to ensure students were very active and had the opportunity to make and sample a variety of different healthy treats. We held our now, annual Family Race on Sports’ Day.  We plan to continue this into the future and encourage more parents and families to get involved.

Local History Project: ‘Exploring how our local community has evolved over the last 100 years’.  During our final term, our students worked with Ms. Keogh to present the information that they have gathered.  Much of it is now displayed on the side of our prefab.  You are welcome to come in to have a look.  Parents and grandparents are still very welcome to get involved in this project.  Please continue to share stories with your children about their background and heritage.  This is a work in progress.  We have already observed the positive impact this projection is having on our students’ sense of pride.

Farewell and Good Luck:  It is with regret that we say ‘goodbye’ to Miss Kathy Colohan and Miss Lynn Daniels.  In their short time with us, they greatly enriched the life of our school.  Thank you for your dedication and your hard work. 

Graduation:  The 6th Class Graduation was held on June 26th.  Local, National and International Boxing hero, Pat Mongan visited our school to present the  ‘Tiny Twinkle Award’ (Congratulations Maria Martin), ‘Flickering Flame Award’ (Congratulations Philip Fitzgerald) and ‘Leading Light Award’ (Congratulations Chloe Martin).

Please be reminded, your child’s happiness and all-round educational development is our priority here in Eglish School.  If you have any concerns in relation to this, please do not hesitate to let us know.  To ensure that these concerns can be dealt with efficiently and in a dignified manner, please follow the steps as outlined in the Complaints Procedure Policy, a copy of which was sent home in September.

Many thanks for your support and ongoing cooperation.  Wishing you an enjoyable Summer.

 ‘Le gach dea-ghuí’

Siobhán Fitzgerald, M.Ed. (Principal)