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News 2014-2015


Ipad Project
We have purchased a number of Ipads.They are a great help to us in our work and make learning alot of fun. All classes use them from Juniors to 6th.Recently we did a Geography project.There were 5 groups and we made a video of local photos which showed the beautiful sites in Galbally.Many are well known and others are hidden beauties.As well as learning to work together in groups we also learned alot about the History &  Geography of our locality.We also learned alot about the Internet.We shared our work on Youtube and learned how to promote videos online.We learned Maths too - Percentages and bar charts about visitors to our channel.We researched various songs that would be appropiate to play with the video.All our hard work payed off when we discovered that over 2000 people viewed our work from 25 different countries.
You can view the winning video that got most views here.

Mini 7’s

On the 22nd of March 2015 the Galbally took part in the Mini 7’s competition in Martinstown.Eight teams took part.In our group were Hospital Bruff & Bruree. We played Hospital in the first game and won out in the end.
Our second game was against Bruree who were another very good side. However we had great performances from all our team especially our two forwards Aidan Carew and Nathan O’Mahony who kept the scoreboard ticking.  In the end we ended up at the right side of the score board achieving our second victory.
In our third match we played Bruff - a determined team who didn’t give anything away. It was a well fought game with star full back Robert Sampson  really keeping us in the game.  But try as we might we were sickened to lose out with Bruff scoring a late goal.
As a result of losing to Bruff all teams had won 2 games so all then had to play each other again.Having just edged out Bruff we then had to play Bruree a second time. Our midfielders did trojan work and goalkeeper Jordan Dineen saved us many a time. Now we qualified to play Knockaney in the final who won the other group against Kilmallock Bulgaden & Knocklong.At the start of the game Knockainey looked the fresher of the two teams but this was because they had less matches to play than us. It was an all round great performance from the whole panel. When the final whistle blew there was a great cheer from all our supporters.We had just played 6 games and finally come through. We will now go on to represent the South in UL on April 22nd.

St Patricks Day
This year we once again went to the parade in Ballylanders.It was a lovely occasion and we were delighted when asked to lead the Parade.
Click the arrow under the pic to see more pics from the day

This is one of our favourite Apps.We have been learning how to use it and will be posting links here to some of the Showmes we make.
This first one is one of our Science Experiments.

Grandparents Day
We had a really lovely day today to celebrate Grandparents Day.It was all hands on deck from early morning as every thing was put in place for our VIP guests.Children practiced their tributes written in English class and Parents were busy delivering all sorts of treats for the party.Songs from long ago were rehearsed and questions were composed in preparation for interviews with some of the visiting Grandparents. It was one of the most special days ever at the school and was enjoyed by all - children , parents and grandparents.To hear the tributes written by the children and the thanks generously lavished by the Grandparents was heart-warming.

Click the arrow under the pic to see more pics from the day

Galbally NS Christmas Concert
Click on link to bring you to video of Rumplestilskin performed by Parents at Concert
Our Christmas concert took place on 15th &16th December. Infants performed the Nativity telling the true meaning of Christmas in their own unique tender style.1st & 2nd classes performed the hugely popular Frozen  - ish!! Jack and the Beanstalk with the giant was staged by 3rd class featuring songs like Hit the road Jack. 4th & 5th class scared the audience with their vampire themed show Fangs -a-lot! 5th & 6th performed Cinderella with the most colourful of characters!We also had Irish dance and  Zumba to keep us entertained.
We remembered our local heroes in the Great War with a Readers Theatre performance by pupils from 5th & 6th. This was a most moving performance, ending with the very popular song Christmas 1915. Our adults gave a performance of Rumplestilskin which got a great response and even had audience participation!The school band performeda festive selection.
We had a packed hall on both nights and a huge thanks to all our generous sponsors of spotprizes.

Click under the pic to see other pics on the night.

Clothes Collection
The Parents Association recently organised a clothes collection for the school. This collection has been running for the past few years and has become a hugely successful method of fundraising. Of course in order to be successful it has to be supported by the parents and the wider community. This recent collection has surpassed all expectations, raising a total of €1174.56. The Parents Association worked tirelessly in bagging and weighing the items and it is really appreciated. Galbally NS would like to say a huge thanks to all parents and the community who supported this fundraiser and who continue to support the school. Chris Fahey representing the Parents Association presented Gráinne McCarthyTreasurer of Galbally NS Bord of Management with the cheque.

School Sports
We were delighted to have both our Boys and Girls contesting both Cumann na mBunscol Finals .The boys played Croom and the girls played Bruree . We had already beaten both teams after tough games in Blitz format earlier in the competition.However on the day we lost both finals but were delighted to have made it this far.Well done and congratulations to both Croom NS and Bruree NS.

Green flag
This year we are going to go for our second green flag. The teacher in charge of the committee is Mrs Cuningham. Mrs Cuningham, the committee and the rest of the school worked so well last year. We have a new committee this year. It is Ciara Boland Cathal Maguire Molly Fahey Saoirse Hanrahan Patrice Walsh Nikodem Rajski Conor Donovan and Chloe Shannon  Joseph Hennessey and Chloe Hennesesy. Best of luck on getting a second Green Flag!!!!!

Active flag
We love sport in our school so we've decided to go for an Active Flag. We don't know everything about it yet but we are sure it will be lots of fun. It's all about teamwork and being kind. We do all sorts of fun sports but its not all sports there is rounders and other games too. There will be a committee on the active flag too. Wish us luck and we will see how fun it is!!!!!

In Mr Kearney's class we have been cooking. We have all taken part in cooking mashing squashing chopping and everything else you can think of. We have been cooking smoothies and homemade soup as well as eggs Kearney. The smoothie well Mr Kearney decided to put in carrots, turnip and other disguising things and it was rotten. The homemade soup was so different to the smoothie it was glorious just like yummy homemade soup. We will be making other recipes during the year!!!!!

Sponsored Walk
We held our Annual walk on 18th September.It was a lovely occasion for all.Thanks to everyone for their kind sponsorship of this event which raises funds for many of our extra-curricular events.

Click at the bottom of pic for thumbnails of other pics we took on the day.

Infants 2014

We would like to welcome every one back again for a new school year.  
We extend a special welcome to our  new Junior Infants –
Ruairi Cunningham, Michael Hennessy, Jason Walsh, Cormac Walshe-Carrie, Ciara Boland, Lorna Browne, Ella Burke, Ava Drea, Alisha Hassett and Ellen Moriarty.
We also wish to welcome  Maurice Reynolds, Cillian Cleary, Michael and Kirsten McCormack, Ella Frazer and Mary and Rebecca Murphy.

Holiday Details/School Closures .
These are the days off / holidays for the coming school year.
Halloween Break – October 27th to 31st.
Christmas Holidays – 22nd December to 5th January.
Spring Mid Term Break – 19th & 20th  February
St Patrick’s Day – Monday 17th March
Easter Holidays –School closes on 27th March and reopens on  13th April .
May Bank Holiday – Monday 4th
June Bank Holiday – Monday 1st
Summer Holidays 24th June

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.
Infants to 2nd Friday.
3rd to 6th 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 2014
Sponsored walk to Darby's Bed
Weather permitting will be held Friday 19th 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 November. 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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