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News 2013-2014


School Tours
We went to Kartworld Watergrasshill on our senior  tour this year .It was a really warm day and we had a lovely time.
Click play under this pic to see a slide show of more pics

Camogie Co. Final
We represented South Limerick in the Co Final in UL on 17th June.It was a scorching hot day but this didnt affect the Galbally Girls.We had a great win in our 1st game against the Model school on a scoreline 4 2 to 0 3.
In the second match we were playing Newcastle West and got off to a bad start .We were behind 2 1 to no score at half time but true to form our girls didnt give up.We soon had some quick scores but in the end we tired due to the heat and lost 2 - 1 to 2 - 5

Green Flag
We achieved Green Flag Status this year.We learned alot about recycling and waste and it was fun too.

We had a special ceremony to raise our flag on 13th June.Thanks to everyone who attended.It was a lovely occasion.

Click here for video of our Green Schools work this year

First Holy Communion.
On the 10th May 19 boys and girls celebrated First Holy Communion.It was very wet on the day but everyone still had a great time.

INTO Mini 7s
Our boys and girls teams were both nominated to represent South Limerick in the finals of this competition in UL on Wednesday 30th April.The boys were first to play and did really well against Caherdavin Lisnagry and Ardagh.

Our girls team played Monaleen Knockea and Killoughteen NS .The girls came 2nd in their competition and because of this Galbally NS will now be represented in Croke Park in August when an exhibition game will be played at half time in the All Ireland Football semi-final.Shelly Fahy was chosen by Cumann na mBunscoil based on her superb display on the day to represent Galbally.

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Ballylanders
The school band took part this year in the local parade in Ballylanders. They performed several tunes and received glowing reports in the local newspapers. Their performance was greatly enhanced by the younger children leading with the pom poms.  The infants and first class took part with their theme this year being ‘Road Safety’. They looked really cute carrying Road Safety Signs and wearing their ‘high viz’ jackets.

Happy New Year From the Afterschool.
Galbally Childcare welcomes back all our children and parents ! We hope you enjoyed Christmas and wish you a very happy, healthy and safe new year.
The new year promises more fun and creative activities in our afterschool service beginning next Monday 13th Jan with BASICALLY USEFUL.
The Course will run for 6 weeks. This includeds practical life skills & social etiquette for boys and girls. Essential life skills that will give your child confidence in any setting allowing them stand apart. Give your child independence in a fun and creative environment.

Children will learn to cook a variety of healthy meals, develop practical skills, create invitations, learn and practice communication skills and host a party for parents on the final evening to receive certificates.

Other activities include 'Basically Dining Skills, Basic House keeping sewing/stiching making heart & ribbon gifts/beanie hats and friendship bracelets etc.

Places are limited so we are offering the senior classes (from 4th class upwards) the opportunity to take part inthe classes. We may be able at a later date to offer the younger classes a chance to participate. Contact the Afterschool to book your place on 086-8231838


Nativity Play & Carol Singing.
We held our Nativity play & Carol Singing in The church on 21st December.All classes took part.5th and 6th dramatised the story and the other classes were involved in the choir.It was a huge success and  many in the congregation said it was the highlight of their Christmas. All the children looked splendid in their costumes which you can see in the slidehow below.

Press play under the pic to see other pics of the night.

We took part in a World Record Attempt to become the world’s largest group of Christmas Carol singers in Croke Park on Thursday December 19th. It was an unforgettable festive evening of carols and fun.We sang Christmas favourites old and new while at the same time helpied to support the work of two unique charities including  Cliona’s Foundation Miriam O’Callaghan hosted the show and guest performers included The Army No.1 Band, Celtic Tenors, Dublin Gospel Choir, RTE Cór nÓG, Tallaght Choral Society and Celine Byrne.Unfortunately we didnt achieve the record but still we had a night to remember.

Press play under the pic to see other pics of the night.

Green Schools
Autumn has been a very busy period for Green schools work.We have been working hard with the local Tidy Towns group and we had a most enjoyable visit from their wildlife planner who spoke about plants and animals that can be found locally.He had many stuffed samples to show us.

Celtic Image Shield
Galbally NS who won the Celtic Image Shield  in UL. on Thursday  28th November. Galbally represented South Limerick and had a great win against Ardagh who represented the west in the semi-final. In the Final Galbally overcame Knockea NS who had beaten Monaleen NS in the other semi-final.This is the premier football competition so is a great honour for the school.

First Semi-final: Knockea NS V Monaleen NS
Half-time: Knockea 3 – 3 Monaleen 2 – 3
Full time: Knockea NS 5 -7 Monaleen NS 3- 7

Second Semi-final: Galbally NS V Ardagh NS
Half-time score: Galbally 3-1 Ardagh 1-2
Full time: Galbally NS 4 – 2 Ardagh NS 1 – 4.

Final: Knockea NS V Galbally NS
Half-time: Galbally 3 – 2 Knockea 0 – 1
Full time: Galbally NS 4 – 2 Knockea NS 1 – 4

We dressed up for Halloween.Click play under the pic to see a slideshow of other pics we took on the day.

Girls Football Final.
The  girls Football Final was on the 24th of October in Staker Wallace.  Galbally and Bruff were not beaten during the group.  They were both eager to win the ‘A’ Final.  It was an exhilarating final but only one team could win.  Galbally dominated the first half as they went in leading 3–5 to no score.  The second half was just the same as they scored 6-5. In the end they won.  Bruff dominated parts of the game but Galbally were too strong.  Caitlin proudly lifted the cup.  The girls were delighted to win the ‘A’Final.  They were deserved winners and Bruff were unfortunate to lose.Report by Josh Dineen.

Green Schools

Click here to see our full Green Plan Policy

We are now at the stage where we are ready to apply for the Green Flag as we have been working hard to control our litter and waste over the past few years.  Achieving this flag is a community effort and we greatly appreciate your continued support in this area.
The following would be of great benefit to our Green Flag application:
Children to use reusable drink bottles;sandwich wrapping (tin foil/cling film) – use a lunch box instead;type cartons/Capri sons etc to be recycled at home.

We have established a Green Flag Committee which has pupils from all classes.This committee will meet regularly to discuss our progress.The following are our ideas for achieving our flag.

Sponsored Walk.
Our sponsored walk was held on the "1st September.It was a lovely day in the midle of our "Indian summer"As well as collecting some funds for our school we had a lovely time and we had a picnic at the top.

Click play under the pics to see a slide show of other pics we took on the walk.

We would like to welcome every one back again for a new school year.  
We extend a special welcome to our  new Junior Infants–
Ryan Cunningham, Ciarán Donovan, Thomas Hennessy, Cathal Maguire, Oskar Papke, Natan Rajski, Oran Sheedy, Seán Walshe-Carrie, Holly Chambers, Natasha Cussen, Caitlin Moriarty and Chloe O’Sullivan.
We also wish to welcome  Tiernan Quaid and Ethan  Leigh Creighton who joined other classes.

Holiday Details/School Closures .
These are the days off / holidays for the coming school year.
Halloween Break – Monday 28 October to Friday 1st November inclusive
Christmas Holidays – Half day Friday 20th December and re-opening on Tuesday 7 Jan 2014.
Spring Mid Term Break – 20th & 21st  February 2014 .
St Patrick’s Day – Monday 17/03/2014.
Easter Holidays –School closes on Friday 11th April and reopens on Monday 28 April 2014.
May Bank Holiday – Monday 5th May 2014.
June Bank Holiday – Friday 30th May and Monday 2nd  June 2014.
Summer Holidays half day Wednesday 25th June 2014  

If your child is sick  keep them at home as they may be uncomfortable in school and also to speed their recovery. If when your child returns to school but is still recovering from illness and you wish them to stay indoors at break/lunch time, you must send note to class teacher requesting same.

Head Lice
Each year there is a constant problem with head lice. Please be vigilant and treat promptly if you find eggs /lice .Also make sure children with long hair have it tied back neatly  to minimise risk.
Galbally Childcare Service
Tel 086-8231838 to book your child in for after school/Homework Club. The home work club is a tremendous asset to the school. Children have the opportunity to complete a large part of their written work in a supervised atmosphere. They then have a wide range of indoor / outdoor activities available to them afterwards. The cost is kept as low as possible as the service is a non profit organisation. (note children who live in excess of 2 miles from school traditionally have the 2 to 3 session free if they have older brothers and sisters in school )
PE / Tracksuit days.
Mrs Cunningham: Friday
Ms O’Neill:   Wednesday
Ms Kearney:  Friday
Mrs Byrnes:  Wednesday
Mr Kearney:  Wednesday

It is important that children should have their names clearly marked on their uniforms , coats, tracksuits ,school books and other personal belongings.

Birthday parties and invitations.
Party invitations are not to be distributed amongst pupils in school. We hope that parents would establish their own network of phone numbers .We do not want a situation where some children are upset at not getting an invitation.

Saving Scheme

Each Friday  Sammy Stamps are sold for Mitchelstown Credit Union to encourage thrift / saving. The stamps are stuck in a card. We encourage children to buy between €1 and €5 worth each week. These Sammy Stamp books can then be presented at the Credit Union office in either Mitchelstown or Ballylanders.

Where do I get ????????
Aileen Ryan Ballylanders for tracksuits / uniforms
Hylands Mitchelstown for books etc….

Board of Management
Your parent representatives on the Bord of Management are Catherine Burke, and Declan Dineen . Gráinne McCarthy is also a member as Patrons Nominee. Tom Casey and Siobhan Morrissey are representatives of the local community  

Parents’ Council
Parents Council meetings are held regularly and new members are always welcome. There will be a meeting later in September and you will be notified in due course.

Opening / Closing Times.
The school day runs from 9 20 to 3 00.We ask that children do not come to school too early. Teachers may be in their classes but they need this time to prepare for the day ahead. We suggest that children would arrive between 9 05 and 9 20.
All children from Junior Infants to 3rd class will be accompanied to the school gates by their class teacher at home time. If there isn't some one present to collect child , they will return to classroom and can be collected there. If Parent is  
delayed child may be cared for at afterschool
Please ensure your children are under your supervision after hand over and stay in car if driving or by your side if walking.
Children should not play on road , climb on walls or partake in any other dangerous activity.
Also Please do not park  directly in front of school as it obstructs view of children and drivers.

If a child has an appointment and must leave school early the teacher must be informed in writing in advance.  Parents/ guardians are asked to call personally to the classroom to collect the child and to accompany the child to the classroom on his/her return to school.
We operate group texting to parents mobile phone. Please keep us updated if you change your number. Also please provide mobile no. of parent who is most
easily contacted.

Upcoming Activity:
September 2013
Sponsored walk to Darby's Bed
Weather permitting will be held Friday 20th of September.

A most enjoyable day for Parents & Children –
not to be missed!

Homework Guidelines
The following is the approximate times that classes should spend at homework.
Infants 15 to 20 minutes                1st—2nd Class 30 - 40 minutes
3rd—4th Class 40 - 50 minutes     5th—6th Class 1 hr
Where a child is spending considerably longer than the suggested times parents will allow children to finish up and leave the work that was delaying them. A note to this effect will then be written to the teacher in the child’s diary. We also ask that homework would be signed and timed each evening so that we are aware of pupils who spend a long time doing it and may be having difficulties.


There is a digital version of this newsletter together with many other articles on our website All other latest news will be posted there regularly.

Parent—Teacher meetings.

Formal Meetings are timetabled to take place in October. However if you wish to contact a teacher at any other time please feel free to do so. If you wish to arrange an appointment please contact the teacher in advance to arrange the meeting .

Healthy Eating

In line with our Social Personal & Health Education  programme we would ask that parents would help us with our Healthy Eating policy.  We would hope that your child would have something healthy each day e.g. a piece of fruit.  We ask that you would not put  coloured fizzy drinks, crisps or chewing gum in your child’s lunchbox
Remember your child should be able to open bottles and containers themselves and to bear this mind when buying. Also, it is advisable to place bottles in a plastic bag in case of leakage.

Education Welfare Board.

As part of the Education Welfare Act we are obliged to keep a record of all absences for the Department.  Any child absent in excess of 20 days has to be reported to the National Education Welfare Board (N.E.W.B).  If a child has a genuine absence there is no need to worry. The absence will be reported but the N.E.W.B. will make an allowance.  Notes must be provided for each absence/partial absence.  School has issued standardised notes and a supply of same will be distributed to you shortly. A Child absent at Roll Call will be absent on Roll book but if child comes in later and is present for a total of 4 hours and has note, the absence will not be recorded as having missed 1 full day.  If child has to leave school for any length of time a note is required.

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