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Eglish National School

“Work together, do our best, repect each other


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

NEWSLETTER Christmas 2014

Dear Parents / Guardians

We have had a very busy, productive and fun First Term here in Eglish NS. Here is an update on what’s been happening in Eglish NS since September

Welcome to Eglish: Welcome Mrs Hilary Hussey to the staff of Eglish NS.

Ice bucket challenge: Our students helped some of our teachers take the Ice-bucket challenge in September. In the process, we raised €50 plus individual Teacher donations for MND. Well Done and many thanks to all who contributed.

Mini 7s and Sport: On September 25th, our hurlers took part in the Mini 7s competition in Moylough. They did themselves and their school proud. Thank you to Mrs. Hussey for training them. Well Done to Katie who played in Croke Park in October and has been playing blitzes with the Galway Girls Football squad.

Multi-Sensory Room: On October 10th, we celebrated the official opening of our Multi-Sensory Room, named ‘The Wonder World’ by one of our 4th Class students, Daniel. All of our students have had the opportunity to use it in small and class groups on an ongoing basis. Thanks again to Bernie Pollock (SNA) and her husband, Nick who initiated the fundraising cycle which raised €1500 to furnish the room and thank you to all of you who contributed in any way.

Debating: In November our 6th Class Debating Team debated the motion that “Homework should be abolished” in the Presentation Primary School in Tuam. Well Done to Alana, Mary and Katie for putting up a wonderful performance on the day.

Credit Union Art Competition: All of our students took part in the Credit Union Art Competition, ‘Art Fest’. Well Done to all.

Christmas Decoration exchange: Through the Europe Direct Centre in Ballinasloe Library, our students took part in the Christmas Decoration Exchange this year. We made decorations which we sent to 35 centres and schools throughout Europe and we received decorations and information about others’ Christmas traditions. As a ‘Thank you’ for our participation in this programme, a wonderful story teller and puppeteer visited our school on December 11th to entertain our students with magical Christmas stories from across Europe.

Erasmus: We are delighted that our school has been successful in the application process for two Erasmus European Projects: Schools’ Partnerships and Staff Training in Europe. Many thanks to Mrs. Mulry for the time, effort and expertise she gave towards the application process.

Ballinasloe Art Competition: Congratulations to Kate, Mary, Laura, Kate, Chloe John, Emma, Leanne, Rachel and Abtai who won prizes in the Ballinasloe Art Competition recently and Well Done to all of our students for taking part.

Doodle for Google: You know the doodles you see when you are googling? All of our students took part in the ‘Doodle for Google’ competition. Well Done.

Confirmation and First Communion: This year 3 students will receive their First Holy Communion on May 2nd and 4 6th Class children will receive their Confirmation on April 14th. It is extremely important that parents bring the children to Mass regularly in preparation for these important sacraments, especially the Masses that have been organised specifically for preparation purposes. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6)

Fundraising: Our Parents’ Association have been working tirelessly making and selling beautiful Christmas wreaths. Many, many thanks to all who have given of their time and expertise to help support our school. We really appreciate it. This week, we raised €249.35 from our Carol Singing Service outside of Tescos. Thank you to all who attended. It was a lot of fun and you represented the school very well.

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 a very Happy Christmas

Le gach dea-ghuí’

Siobhán Fitzgerald, M.Ed. (Principal)