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October Newsletter 2023

October Newsletter 2023


The School Photographer was in school yesterday and took photos of the children.  Junior Infants and 6th Class groups as well as a school photo were also taken.  You will receive proofs of the photographs with details of how to order and pay next week.  There is no compulsion on anyone to purchase the photographs.

Coffee Morning

The first coffee morning was held in the school hall this morning.  As mentioned at the Parents’ Evening in September the coffee morning is for all parents and will be held once per month.  The aim of the coffee morning is to welcome parents into the school community and to have an opportunity to chat and to get to know other parents.  If you are free on Friday 17th November please drop in to the next coffee morning,  you will be made feel very welcome.

Student Council

Our Student Council elections are currently underway.  Pupils who have been nominated for the Student Council have displayed their election posters along the corridor.  They are currently working on their speeches.  Voting takes place in school next Monday, 9th October.  8 pupils from 2nd-6th will be elected to serve on the Student Council this year.


You should have received an email this week outlining the following payments which are now due:

Pupil Cover Insurance                                           €  5.30         (per child)

Football                                                                €12.00         (per child)

PE in the Park   *1st-6th Class only                       €  5.00         (per child)  

Payments should be made by:

  • Online banking – IBAN IE20AIBK 9324 2601 2651 56 or
  • Cheque/draft from bank or Credit Union

On or before Friday 27th October.

If using Online banking please put your name on the reference line so we know it’s your payment.

Mrs McBride will issue receipts of payment.

Parents’ Association AGM

The AGM of the school’s Parents’ Association will take place on Tuesday next 10th October at 8.00pm.  The Principal will give a short talk at the start of the meeting.  Elections will take place on the night to elect a new committee.  Please consider volunteering as the school values and relies on the support from the Parents’ Association.

Board of Management

The term of office for the current Board of Management concludes on 30th November 2023.  A new Board of Management comes into effect on 1st December 2023. The Board of Management is made up of eight people:

  • 2 representatives of the Patron (Presbytery of Monaghan)
  • 2 teachers
  • 2 parents
  • 2 members of the wider community (selected by the other 6 Board Members)

Wendy Leonard and Alan Hamilton are the current parents’ representatives on the Board.  We would like to thank them for the contribution they have made during their time on the Board of Management.

Over the coming weeks all parents will receive correspondence from our Chairperson in relation to the nomination of parents to serve on the new Board of Management (2023-2027.  All parents are eligible to serve and there must be one male and one female representative.

Cash For Clobber

Our annual Cash for Clobber collection will take place on Friday 10th November.  All unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, shoes (paired) may be left into school after the October midterm break.  The money raised from the collection will be used to buy much needed resources for the school. Please spread the word amongst friends, neighbours and family members.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Children’s Book Festival

Pupils in the Middle classroom are going to Castleblayney Library on Wednesday 18th October to listen to the children’s author and illustrator  Gerry Daly.  His books include ‘Where Are You, Puffling?’, ‘Puffling and the Egg’ and ‘Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt’.

Pupils in the Senior and Middle Classroom will take part in The Big Book Quiz which is online, during Children’s Book Festival also.


School will be closed from Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November inclusive for mid-term. 

Dates For Your Diary

Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November                Mid Term

November 10th                                                                Cash for Clobber

November 17th                                                                Coffee morning for all parents