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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.



June 2013

Dear Parent / Guardian,

What a wonderful action-packed year it’s been here in Eglish NS. Here is an update on what’s been happening since our last newsletter in March.

Blue Star Programme and a Special Visitor: As part of our involvement with the Blue Star Programme, a programme aimed at cultivating a greater awareness of the EU in Primary School Children, we received a visit from Lucinda Creighton, the Minister of State for European Affairs, to our school on Tuesday, April 9th. Our students once again used their many talents to show off all they Hs learned as part of the Blue Star Programme. We were subsequently awarded our Blue Star Flag.

Fleadh Ceoil Cúige Chonnacht: Congratulations to Katie Fitzgerald who won her way through to the Connacht Fleadh in the Comhrá na Gaeilge competition. Congratulations also to Ciara Cusack, Laura Glynn, Laoise Kirwan and Katie Fitzgerald who will also be taking part in the Connacht Fleadh in Figure Dancing. ‘Go n-eirí an t-ádh libh’ on July 7th in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Community Games National Finals: Congratulations to Liam Mc Donnell, Mary Mc Donnell, Ciara Cusack. Laoise Kirwan and Laura Glynn who took part in the National Final of the Community Games Comedy Act in May in Athlone. Many thanks to Mary Glynn who has given of her time and expertise freely to help and encourage our students become involved in the Community Games

Trip to Italy as part of the Comenius Programme:A delegation from Eglish NS, comprised of Senior Room students, parents and teachers travelled to the Tuscany region of Italy in early May as part of the Comenius Programme. This was a fantastic educational experience for all involved. Students who travelled shared traditional songs, music and dance as well as popular Irish Myths and Legends with their Spanish and Italian peers. All of the students in Eglish had contributed to a book of Myths and Legends by way of writing or illustration.

Confirmation and Communion:Congratulations to the 7 boys of Sixth Class who were confirmed in Caltra Church on the 15th of April and the 3 boys of Second Class who received their First Holy Communion in St. Cuan’s Church Ahascragh on May 5th.

May 13th-May 17th: Active Week. We enjoyed even more activity than usual as we ran our first “Active-Week” in May this year. During this week, many sportspeople from our local community came into the school to talk to our students about their respective sports and activities. A very special “Thank you” to past pupils: Luke Cosgrove, John Finnerty and Sheila Fitzgerald and also Sarah Noone, Handball trainer: Peter Mulryan, Swimming Instructors: Barry and Daniel from the Kingfisher, Irish Dancing Teachers: Michael Cusack and Ciara Farragher and ‘Skool Yard Gamz’ founders and Judo trainers: Aiden and Liz. Many thanks also to the parents who participated by sending in some of their medals and trophies which helped inspire the students. We were also delighted to welcome back Past Principal Seamus Ryan who has done so much over the years for the students and parents of our school. Seamus gave advise, assistance and support to all, students and staff alike. Many thanks. We are well on our way to achieving our first ‘Active Flag’ thanks to the collaboration of all in our School Community and our dedicated staff under the leadership of our Active Flag Coordinator, Miss Rourke.

‘Write-a-Book’ and ‘Scríobh Leabhar’: All of our students took part in the Galway Education Centre ‘Write-a-Book’ and ‘Scríobh Leabhar’ Project earlier this year. Well Done to all! Many of our students received MERIT awards for their books. Congratulations to all the students in Ms. Devine’s room for their group book. For ‘Write-a-Book’ and ‘Scríobh Leabhar’ Merit Awards, Congratulations to Cian Cosgrove, Pat Corcoran, Calum Finnerty, Nora Corcoran, Ellen Martin, Katie Fitzgerald, Geraldine Corcoran, Ciara Cusack and Luke Casserly. No doubt, authors to watch out for in the future!

‘How we Care’ and other Art Projects: Many of our students took part in a Writing and Art competition run by ‘Caring for Carers Ireland’, the theme of which was ‘How we Care’. Well Done to Geraldine Corcoran who came third in this national competition. She travelled to the Mansion House in Dublin to receive her prize. Many of our students have also recycled and put much of their household waste to extraordinary use by designing and making playground activities as part of an Art Competition run by the Ahascragh Development Association.

Ahascragh Community Garden: Some of our students planted the first seeds and vegetables in our school’s section of Ahascragh Community Garden under the guidance of Mrs. Mulry and Lilly Frisby. Mrs. Mulry has also overseen the re-planting of vegetables and fruit in our school’s poly tunnel. Many thanks.

Cycling / Walking to School: We are delighted to see an increase in the number of students cycling and / or walking to school. Well Done and please continue to remind your children regarding Safety Rules on the road.

‘Leading Light’, ‘Flickering Flame’ and ‘Tiny Twinkle’ Awards: This year, we put a strong focus on encouraging and developing the habit of positive behaviours in our students. To this end, we came up with a list of ‘Réalt’ or Star behaviours which all students were made aware of. We keep a log of ‘Réalt behaviours ‘to encourage the students and try to draw attention to these when and where they happen. At the end of the year, we gave awards for the students who have had the most ‘Réalt’ Behaviours logged. One bullying act however, can erase 5 ‘réalt’ behaviours. This is to stress the serious impact of any bullying behaviour. These awards will be given annually.

This year, the Awards went to:

Junior Room - Tiny Twinkle Award - Emma Mulry

Middle Room - Flickering Flame Award - Adam Mulry

Senior Room - Leading Light Award - Pat Corcoran

‘Slán go Fóill’ to our 6th Class Students (Luke, Eddie, Pat, Kevin, Liam and Jamie) who are moving on to the next stage of their journey through Formal Education. We hope that each of you will continue to achieve your potential and soar!! Come back and see us soon!

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. Research shows that children perform best where there is a close link between home and school.

‘Le meas’


Siobhán Fitzgerald (M.Ed. ) Principal