Dear School Community,

14th June 2017

Paper copies of the newsletter are available beside the new noticeboards in the main foyer.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our school will close at 12.30pm on Friday 30th June for the Summer break.

School Calendar – please note there is a change to the school calendar 2017/2018. School will re-open on Thursday 31st August for all children. Updated school calendar attached.

Correct Email Address for School Reports – Our school reports will be sent by email early next week and so it is imperative that we have correct email addresses for each of our families. If you have changed your email address, please contact us immediately.

Board of Management – Vacancy for Male Parent Nominee – We have three male parents nominated for Parents’ Nominee. Ballot papers were sent home last week. Please return ballot papers to the ballot box outside Fran’s office.

Sports Day – School Sports Day takes place on Thursday 15th June on school grounds. Please ensure that all children are appropriately dressed to fully take part in the day, as well as having plenty to drink. Children from 3rd to 6th class, will either be in the GREEN team or the RED team. If possible, could your child wear a top of that colour.

Sports’ Day times are as follows:

Junior Infants and Senior Infants 9.00am – 9.40am
1st and 2nd class 9.50am – 10.30am
3rd and 4th class 11.00am – 12.30pm
5th and 6th class 1.00pm – 2.30pm


Extra-Curricular Activities – Please see below finish dates for each of this terms extra-curricular activities:

Science, Yoga, Soccer, Guitar Monday 19th June
Playball Tuesday 20th June
Athletics Wednesday 21st June
Paula’s Library Club (Wednesday) Wednesday 21st June
Arts & Crafts, Irish Dancing Thursday 22nd June
Paula’s Library Club (Thursday) Thursday 22nd June
Aftercare Thursday 29th June

Breakfast Club Launch Wicklow Educate Together N.S. – We are delighted to confirm that we will launch our new Breakfast Club here at the school in early September 2017. Breakfast club will open at 7.30am every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning and will finish at 8.50am. Children attending breakfast club will be brought out to line up with their classes each morning before the bell. Breakfast will be served from 7.40am until 8.15am sharp. We will serve a healthy breakfast menu, which will be available on our school website. To promote independence the children will be encouraged where possible, to serve themselves. After breakfast, we will have supervised outdoor play (weather permitting), a relaxing reading corner, drawing/colouring materials and board games, giving the children time to relax and socialise with their peers. Our breakfast club will cost €5.00 per child per day (including breakfast) for regular attendees and €6.00 per child per day for ad hoc attendance. Full details on email communication sent yesterday. Registration form attached and copy available in the foyer outside Fran’s office.

Breakfast Club Co-ordinator Job Vacancy – We are currently recruiting for an enthusiastic person with experience working with children and excellent communication and organisational skills to manage the day to day running of our school breakfast club, catering for children aged 4-12 years. Please see job description attached. Applications in writing to [email protected] Closing date Tuesday 27th June 2017.

Graduation 2017 – 6th Class graduation will take place on Thursday 29th June in the school hall at 12 noon.

School Photos – School photos were sent home in school bags last week. If you would like to purchase photos, please return the form and payment by tomorrow Thursday 15th June. The photographer will be back on Monday 19th June to take photos of any children who were absent on the day the photos were taken.

Book Rental & Sundry Payments 2017-2018 are now due and our online payment option is now live. An email request was sent to all families so you can avail of our new E Payments online system. If you are paying in cash at the school office, where possible, please bring exact change. Any outstanding payments for Book Rental & Sundries for 2016/2017 must be paid immediately to the school office. Many thanks

Books Belonging to the School – Please have a good look around at home for any books with a school label on them, or any books which you have borrowed from a classroom library, and are not labelled.  Please bring them all back in to school and give them to your teacher. Thank you.

Book Rental – Volunteers needed – Last September a lot of parents put in a huge number of hours to catalogue and cover hundreds of text books and we are so grateful. From now on, we just need to add a little to this collection each year but it is still a big annual job. We are hoping to do as much as we can before the end of June to have everything ready for September. Could you write your name on the sheet in the front office, if you have a little time to give? I’ll let you know then, when the new books are in. Thank you so much. Paula 

Zeeko Workshop – Thank you to everyone who attended the Zeeko workshop last Wednesday evening. If you would like to receive a copy of the Zeeko Digital Trend Report and Internet Safety Guide, please email your request to [email protected] if you have not already done so.

Percent for Art Committee Update – WE HAVE A BRIEF!!! – The Percent for Art Committee met on Monday, 29th May to finalise our Brief. We are inviting interested artists to attend an Open Day on Saturday, 24th June from 1PM – 3PM. If you or someone you know is interested in attending the Open Day they should RSVP to [email protected]. Final day for submission on this first stage of the commissioning process is Friday, 29th September.

The full brief will be posted on the school website ASAP or you can find it here view news article | News | Public Art

Brendan Memorial Ideas – Brendan O’Connor was a very dear friend of our school community and a man who embraced the spirit of Wicklow Educate Together.   We wish to mark his valuable contribution to our school and invite the school community to submit their thoughts/suggestions/ideas around how they would envision that happening.  Please leave your suggestions in the box in the main foyer by Friday 16th June.


W.O.W. (Walk/wheel on Wednesdays) – Well done to all who participated on our 1st WOW last week! Almost 50% of the school took part with Eileen’s junior infants scooping the Golden Boot award in the junior section & Rory’s 5th class winning in the senior section. Numbers are in for today’s WOW (all cyclists included of course!) & results will be announced at assembly on Friday!

WETNS Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Our annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic for the Sept 2017 incoming junior infants will take place on Saturday 26th August in Kilmacurragh from 11 – 1pm. (Please note time change!). All are welcome to join us on the day. Don’t forget your teddy!

Lost Property – We have a large amount of Lost Property here at the school and would really like to return all the coats, jackets, hoodies, cardigans, t-shirts, hats and gloves to their owners before we close for the Summer break. All unlabelled items are now on individual hangers in the main foyer. One rail for smaller items and one for larger. Please click on the link below to see 3 short videos of all the individual items in lost property. They can be collected in the main foyer. Any unclaimed lost property will be given to charity at the beginning of the summer so please check rails as soon as possible!                                                                                                  


School Tours

CLASS LOCATION Date Time Leaving School Time Returning Cost Per Child
To School
Kate – Jun Infs Kia Ora Farm Wed        9.15am 1pm € 12.00
21st June
Eileen – Jun Infs Kia Ora Farm Wed        9.15am 1pm € 12.00
21st June
Paul – Sen Infs Tick Tock Fri            9am 1.15pm € 14.00
Activity Farm 16th June
Brian & Caoimhe Festine Lente Tue 9am 2.15pm € 21.00
1st Classes 20th June
Sally & Leanne Clara Lara Fri 9am 2.15pm € 26.00
2nd Classes 23rd June
Alison x 35 Squirrel Scramble Mon 9.30am 2.15pm € 25.00
3rd Class 19th June
Edele & Eamonn World of Adventure Fri 9.30am 2.20pm € 36.00
6th Classes Courtown+Archery 16th June



Family Active Day – Congratulations to all families who took part in the Family Scavenger Hunt. Thank you to everyone from the school community who helped in any way before or during Active Day. We had great support from the wider community including St Patrick’s GAA, Wicklow Rugby Club, Maxine Bonus Yoga. A big thank you for the generous donations of prizes and materials for the day to the following:

Farmer Minion

Wayne’s Fruit and Veg


Ricks Mini Coffee Cart

Wicklow Tyres

River Valley Park -Footgolf

ESB Turlough Hill

Squirrel Scramble

Bluetooth Speakers Mark Jervis

Ocean Art by Yvonne Garrigan

Curtain and Blind Shop Wicklow

The proceeds raised were approximately €400 and will go to fund improvements to the teaching garden.

Coffee Morning 23rd June – Parents coffee morning at 9.00pm on Friday June 23rd. Details to be confirmed.

Breakfast Club Job Description June 2017 Registration Form Breakfast Club School Calendar 20172018 Final