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Printable version: Newsletter 2018.1

9th November 2018
Dear Parents,
A warm welcome back to all our children, parents and staff and I hope everyone had a spooktacular mid-term break!

The infants have settled into their new school environment and are busy learning their Jolly Phonics and enjoying Aistear an essential part of their day as they engage with learning through play. We had many new students begin in other classes and they are very happy here with us including Joshua, William, Mickey, Tom, Darragh, Cormac and Ryan. We wish them every success in their new surroundings and for the coming school year.

We welcomed back Ms Maloney and welcome new members Ms.Moore, Mr.Oliver Burke and Ms.Katie Crean on staff. We are delighted to have Ms. Órna O’Doherty and Ms.Hand on staff again this year. I would like to congratulate Ms.Louise Cosgrave on her permanent appointment and wish her all the best as she embarks on maternity leave and welcome Ms.Shauna Dempsey in her place. We hope they will be very happy here with us.

The last term was action packed, starting with the opening of our new school building which we are all thoroughly enjoying along with our new outdoor spaces. The basketball court was finished over the midterm break, we also set up a mini pitch at the bottom of the field thanks to Ms.Anne Ahern from CBS Carlow as they donated their goal posts to our school. Thank you to Dennis Griffin, Donal Brennan and Cormac Bailey for dismantling, delivering to our school and the additional welding that was required in order to reuse them.

Duckett’s Grove A Day with the Ducketts took place in Duckett’s Grove Historic House and Walled Gardens on September 8th and 9th. The event recreated the setting of Duckett’s Grove as it was in the early 1900’s through a series of exhibitions, tours and demonstrations with Ms.Molloy, MS. O’Doherty and Ms.Mulhall along with children from our school taking part in the recreation of a peasant’s house. The children raised €700 from raffle ticket sales which will go towards playground markings. The prize was kindly donated by Mount Wolseley Golf Club. Thank you to Grange GAA Club and Carlow Tourism Board for making the weekend possible.
VEX Robotics is an exciting and fun program Mr.Twoney’s 5th class are partaking in. They are learning about Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) while having fun! They are in the process of designing, building and programming their robot and will take part in in a competition organised by Dell. In addition to STEM the students are acquiring other skills such as project management, presentation skills, teamwork, leadership, PR and much more.

SCRATCH workshop with Ms.Moore. All teachers took part in a SCRATCH training afternoon with Ms. Moore. Ms.Moore is also working with children from the senior rooms on the SCRATCH programme. More info to follow as Shane Hogan is taking a leading role in working with and assisting in training his peers. Well done Shane.

Science Blast – Sixth class are taking part in Science Blast. The children are in the process of coming up with a simple question which they will investigate the science behind. If they are successful in their initial investigation they will be invited to the RDS to display their work at a showcase event. Good luck 6th class you have come up with some great questions, we are looking forward to hearing your final choice!

Peace Proms
Peace Proms is a choral education project for Primary Schools. Peace Proms engages children and young people in music and enriches their lives through exceptional musical experiences and performances.
The school choir comprising of 3rd-6th class will venture to Waterford in February to partake in this event. Students have been working hard since the beginning of the year to learn the pieces of music that will be showcased. Peace Proms brings schools from all over Ireland together to showcase the talent that is available in school right across the country.

George Bernard Shaw Visual 2nd Class artist in residence
At the beginning of the year 2nd class entered a competition run by the visual arts centre in Carlow to design a piece of art around the subject of shelter and the idea of open and closed space. We were fortunate enough to be chosen as winners of the competition and now have artist in residence Clare Breen working with us for four weeks to design a piece of artwork around the idea of shelter.
We visited the visual on the 18th of October and had a wonderful time interacting with the exhibition. The class took part in a workshop around the topic of shelter and groups designed their own shelter using materials. We visited the Dolmen on the way home from the exhibition and took in the amazing local landmark Carlow has to offer.(Submitted by Ms.O’Doherty)

Pen pals for 2nd & 3rd class with Wybourn Community Primary School Sheffield, England
Second and Third class have connected with two classes in Sheffield England. Over the year they will be sending and receiving letters and cards along with sending a class mascot over and receiving one in return. Both classes are very excited to begin their pen pal journey and will document each step along the way.(Submitted by Ms.O’Doherty)

Literacy Lift Off
We were delighted to begin the year with “Literacy Lift-Off” in 1st class. The programme is a huge undertaking with regards to resources, school personnel and organisation. We began working with First class in term one followed by Senior Infants in term two. The programme will move into 2nd class next and then junior infants. “Literacy Lift-Off”, is an intensive programme of Reading and Writing, which gives the pupils lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency. It gradually lifts the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing by equipping them with the necessary problem-solving skills. The aim of Literacy Lift-Off is to make pupils constructive learners. It teaches them ‘how’ to problem-solve independently.

Digital Schools of Distinction We are working towards the Digital Schools of Excellence award with all classes participating in STEM education, the junior classes over the year will learn basic coding using the BEEBOTS. Third class are currently working on a project called Mission Moon using LEGOWEDO2. Mr.Twomey’s fifth class are currently building a robot which they will code. Mr.Twomey attended training earlier in the year in the I.T Carlow and the VEX Robotics material was supplied to the school by the I.T Carlow.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Third class are taking part in ‘First Lego League Junior’ where they have begun an exploration of a real-world theme ‘mission moon’ using a LEGO Education Inspire Model. Using this model as a starting point, they are designing a new model of their own with LEGOWEDO2. As they work, they are learning basic engineering and programming skills with LEGO Education WeDo and applying these concepts to make their model move. The teams are documenting their work in an Engineering Notebook and sharing their journey through a team Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, the teams are operating under the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism. We look forward to viewing the final models.

Space Week On the 4th to the 10th of September our school celebrated international Space Week. We found out lots on facts and information about space, children from the younger classes even made models of the planets and their atmosphere. Sixth class

Roots of Empathy
Swimming Third and fourth class attended swimming last term and 5th and 6th class are currently attending swimming lessons. First and second class will commence swimming lessons in February.

Rugby Last term, Mr.Larry Cavanagh took 5th and 6th class for a session of tag rugby every week at 10 o’clock. All of the students really enjoyed training. Third and 4th class commenced training with Larry for the term this week – by Harry Nolan.

Student Council is starting again for the 2nd year. Each child in 6th class had a chance to be on the student council if they wish, then each child wrote a letter to Ms.Mulhall and our 6th class teacher Ms.Kinsella. The week after we read our speech in front of our class, our teacher and Ms.Mulhall. Everyone did great and the teachers were very impressed. Next week we will find out who is on the student council.There will be ten people on it including a head girl and head boy. Lastly well done to everyone who tried out for the student council –
by Lena Omar
Marathon Donation we would like to congratulate Mary Behan and Grainne Aylmer on completing the Dublin City Marathon and for the generous donation of €500 which the school received form their sponsorship. The money will be put towards new sports equipment for the school. Thank you from all the children & staff at Grange NS.

Visit from the PDST Teachers attended gsuite training with mentors from the PDST in September. Third class took part in a legowedo2 class & 1st class also enjoyed a beebots coding class with the two ladies from the PDST.

After school art class with Ala Blaszczyk – Classes will commence Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th November for six weeks. Art classes will take place in the prefab. Junior Infant, Senior Infant, 1st & 2nd class children attending the art lesson will be brought to the prefab at two & three o’clock respectively by their class teacher. Please collect your child at the end of their lesson from the prefab.

Piano Good luck to all of Edwina’s piano students in their piano exams this month.

Student Teachers Well done to Amy Hennessy, Garry McNabb, Sean Dermody and Rebecca Dowling who completed teacher placement with us since September and to the teachers and children for facilitating them.

Parent’s visit to school Earlier last term all parents were invited to look around our new school building. If you missed this opportunity the new building will be open to all parents on the night of the Carol service.

Incredible Years Ms. Laura Courtney and Ms. Leah Mulhall are undertaking training during the year in The Incredible Years Teacher Management Programme. The programme focuses on building positive relationships with students and preventing behaviour problems using proactive approaches Giving attention, encouragement and praise Motivating children through incentives and decreasing inappropriate behaviour.

RSE Ms.Sarah Kinsella & Ms.Katie Crean are attending RSE training during the term which will focus on teaching the sensitive elements of RSE from Senior Infants to Sixth class, in the context of Social, Personal and Health Education.

St Kevin’s B
We have a great first term in St. Kevin’s B. We have been working hard and having a great time in the process. To mention just a few things:
– We have learned about the Stone Age and made cave paintings
– We completed self portraits
– We made cup cake pots
– We really enjoyed Space Week. We made space rockets and learned how to launch them
– We learned about different types of extreme weather
– We are working really hard on punctuation and have made huge improvements in this area
There are some samples of our work on the school website if you would like to have a look! We look forward to more hard work this half term and more adventures to bring us up to Christmas holidays!(Submitted by Ms. O’Toole)

Craig Coffey
Thank you so much to Craig Coffey for his continued hard work with in St. Kevin’s. Craig comes to us on Tuesdays and implements an intervention exercise programme that works on strength, balance, coordination and stamina. Craig has a fantastic way with the children and manages to engage them in games and activities in a way that encourages spontaneous interaction with each other during each game. Craig encourages self-improvement against comparison of self with other pupils. Lessons are fun, engaging and challenge the children in a gentle and constructive way. Pupils has become more flexible, play skills and cooperation have improved as well as attention span and stamina. Craig has a natural way with the pupils that puts them at ease and means they are ready for action. Thank you Craig!!!(Submitted by Ms.O’Toole)

CPI Training
Staff from St. Kevin’s attended CPI training with Educate Together in Carlow on Saturday the 20th of October. The CPI training course equips us with the skills, confidence and an effective framework to safely manage and prevent difficult behaviours. This allows us to enhance the care and support we provide, improve communication, comply with legislation and promote a culture of safety in the school. Thank you to Educate Together for facilitating us and for organising a delicious lunch!(submitted by Ms.O’Toole)

Green Schools
This year Green Schools will be working on getting the Global Citizenship, Litter and Waste Flag. We will be revisiting the Theme of Litter of Waste and reviewing how we are doing as a school regarding litter and waste management. We will also be celebrating all of the different nationalities within our school.(Submitted by Ms.O’Toole)

Signature Care Award Ceremony Clara Hutchinson, activities coordinator of Signature Care Killerig has been shortlisted as a finalist for a Nursing Homes Ireland “community initiative” award for the work she has been involved in to promote the involvement of the residents in their community. A central part of this work is the community choir with the children of Ms. Molloy’s class both this year and last year.
Clara has extended her thanks to the current and last years 4th class children for their help and partnership in facilitating the project. Ms.Molloy & Ms.Mulhall with great pleasure will join Clara at the NHI care awards night on Thursday the 15th November in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. We wish Clara all the best in her nomination.

Bucks 4 Books Last year we were very lucky with the Bucks for Bucks and the children raised over €3,000. This year to date we have raised €1,100 and there is still time to raise more, the closing date is Wednesday the 14th of November. All the money raised will go towards setting up our new library and new books for Literacy Lift Off. If you have any books you don’t want don’t throw them away, donate them to the school library, it would be very much appreciated. Remember Bucks for Books ends on the 14th, that is next Wednesday – by Tom Hughes & Aidan Burrows
Cash for Clobber Please send all your unwanted clothes etc. to the hall outside the office by Wednesday the 14th of November.

Scholastic Book Fair will take place from Thursday the 22nd of November until the 6th of December. The book fair will take place in the library.
Called by name 14th November in Tullow church
Enrolment for Confirmation will take place on the 18th of November at 9am Grange church.

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal: Thanks to all who have sent in the lovely decorated shoe boxes for Team Hope. We have extended the closing date to Wednesday, November 14th

We participated in Maths week before the mid term break. This is a nationwide event which promotes using maths in a practical way in our daily lives. Pupils from all classes took part in class activities and participated in maths trails around the school grounds.
First Holy Communion The next Mass in the programme is Sunday, December 9th at 9.00.

Head Lice has been raised as an issue again in all classes, particularly at Junior and Senior Infant level, but also in senior classes. In order to deal with it we are asking all families to help in a blitz of the problem by checking your child’s head regularly.

Parent Teacher Meetings: Scheduled dates are Tuesday the 27th and Thursday the 29th of November. Teachers will be in contact shortly to organise times. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need to arrange an alternative date and time.

GAA news: Cumann na mBunscol Final
Congratulations to the Boys Gaelic football team who reached the Cumann na mBunscol Final again this year. After wins against Rathvilly, Tinyland, Borris and Ballinabranagh, they took on Ballinabranagh once again in the decider at the Fenagh Centre of Excellence. Congratulations to Ballinabranagh who won on the night and well done to all the boys it was a great final! All support was greatly appreciated. Thank you to the parents for providing transport to some of the games. Thanks also to Grange GAA club for the use of their facilities throughout the year. Training for Gaelic football has now ceased for the winter but will recommence in the spring.

The girls played so well but unfortunately did not get to the final. We all tried so hard so we want to say a special thank you to Mr.Twomey, Mr.Burke and Ms.Courtney for taking time out of their day to train us for the matches. You were all so kind to us and trained us so well – by Milly & Chloe
Parents Association News:
St.Brigid’s NS Grange Parents’ Association AGM took place on Tuesday November 6th in the school. Continued parental involvement in school life is vital and greatly welcome. A full and resourceful PA committee was formed and I would l like to thank the following people.
Claire Kirwan – Chairperson
Aisling Alcock – Vice Chairperson
Aisling Fagan – Secretary
Karina Dempsey – Assistant Secretary
Breda Monahan & Deirdre Griffin – Treasurers
Christine Connolly Moran – PRO
Keith Darcy – Assistant PRO
We would encourage new parents and families who have never thought about getting involved in the Parents Association to express an interest and engage with organised activities.
The first event is a Christmas evening at Duckett’s Grove on Sunday the 8th of December. Grange NS PA were asked to set up the tea and coffee stand with all proceeds coming to the school. The PA would like to ask parents to donate along with their time, cakes, buns, mince pies, tarts etc and leave them into the school for the event. The PA will send a reminder message closer to the event.

Science Week: November 11th to 18th: This year we have an array of activities lined up including a visit from the Big Bear Planetarium and a visit to the I.T Carlow for 5th & 6th class children, who will participate in a physics presentation.
Transition Year Pupil on work experience We welcome Owen Dalton back to Grange school next week as he completes a weeks work experience

Book Rental Scheme: Our Book Rental Scheme has been a great success again this year, with the cooperation of all parents. It represents a great saving to all families. Outstanding bills should be cleared as soon as possible please.

Carol Service A whole school Carol service will take place on December the 5th weather permitting, (alternate date is December 12th), at St.Brigid’s NS. The service will take place in the courtyard area between the old new and new school building. It will be an action packed night kicking off with the lighting of the Christmas tree, a carol service, a visit from a very special visitor. Face painting, hot chocolate, mince pies for the Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandads etc. This is a brief preview of what’s in store for the night. So make sure you have your wooly hats, gloves, scarves and winter coats and wrap up warm for the night.

Thank you to Liam, the school caretaker, for repainting the junior classrooms and work in general around the school.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish a member of our staff Annmaire & her husband to be David all the best and a wonderful day, they are getting married on Saturday the 17th of November. Enjoy!

Dates for the Diary:
Big Bear Planetarium 13th November
Final day for Shoebox Collection – Wednesday 14th November
Bucks for Books final collection day – Wednesday 14th November
Science Week 11th to 18th November
Parent Teacher Meetings – November Tuesday 27th & Thursday 29th
Una Halapin Energy Workshop 2nd, 3rd and 4th class
Enrolment for Confirmation 6th class 18th November- Grange Church 9am mass
School Carol Service Wednesday 5th December (weather permitting) alternative date 12th November
First Holy Communion Mass – Sunday 9th December
Christmas Holidays: Half day Friday the 21st of December
Junior and Senior Infants collection at 12pm and the rest of the school at 12.15pm
School will reopen on Monday the 7th of January
We will have many other exciting activities to inform you about over the year such as the ‘Roots of Empathy Programme’ and STEPS Young Engineers Award taking place in 4th class.

Check out our school website on a regular basis to see what we are up to http://www.grangens@wordpress.com
Sixth class have suggested creating a school newspaper or magazine so watch out for the great reporting and thank you for all the submissions for the current newsletter.

Is mise le meas,
Ms.Mulhall