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News 2015-2016


2nd Green Flag
We had the Raising of our Second Green Flag Ceremony on 17th June.. It was a lovely relaxed ceremony starting with Mr Kearney welcoming and thanking everyone for coming, in particular our guests Fr O'Neill, Tim Ryan representing Galbally Tidy Towns and Councillor Eddie Ryan.
Mr Kearney went on to give a brief insight into the last two years efforts in trying to achieve Green Schools Status and mentioned the good relationship between the school and the Tidy Towns and thanked them for their interest and help with achieving the flag. He also thanked Eddie Ryan on behalf of the whole school community for all his help with securing the car park and road markings etc and his willingness to help out whenever he was asked.
Fr O'Neill praised the efforts of the teachers, pupils and parents and encouraged them to continue on the route they were travelling. Councillor Eddie Ryan echoed Fr O'Neill's sentiments and said he was delighted to be able to help the school when ever he could. Tim Ryan again praised the whole school community for the work put into getting this status and went on to outline the environmental benefits from getting involved in this project and outlined the criteria as set out by the judging committee for the Tidy Towns.
Before the flag was raised we heard facts, figures and findings from Green Schools Committee members, Raewyn Downey, Ciara Ryan, Peggy Donovan, Ciaran Beston, Paddy Kennedy along with Tom Carew. All of this went to prove how important it is for us all to help our environment as in doing it we are helping ourselves in a number of ways.
Mr Quaid, as a staff member but also in his celebrity role as Captain of Limerick Hurling Team made a short speech again praising the efforts of all the school before going on to raise the flag. Thanks to all the parents who turned out today, it is really appreciated.

Field Trip Irish Fisheries Board/Tidy Towns
On 21st June 5th & 6th class went on a Field Trip to the River Aherlow with two instructors Noel and John from Inland Fisheries Ireland and Tim Ryan on behalf of Galbally Tidy Towns. The purpose of this trip was to investigate what life if any is in our local river. We walked across Blackburn’s field to the river. The river was in a great state as you will see from the photos.
Firstly we went into the river and looked at the stones to see if there were any insects on them. Whe
n we got out John and Noel started collecting the fish. They caught trout, salmon, eel and Lamprey and put it in a bucket. We all got a chance to hold and feel the fish. Some of us caught the eel, which was very slippery so it was hard to catch. Afterwards John and Noel returned the fish to the river. We had microscopes which allowed us to see the microscopic life that lives in the water.
We separated into groups and had to identify the quality of the water – if it was poor, moderate or good. Every group guessed ‘good’ and we were right. It was a very knowledgeable, informative and enjoyable morning. Tim Ryan thanked Noel and John for coming and also Mr Kearney for bringing 5th & 6th class so that they could learn about local river life.

Hurling final
played the final on 9th June against Croom in Martinstown. We emerged as winners on a scoreline of 2-6 to 2-4.
Mr Quaid thanked Croom for a sporting match and went on to present the cup to a thrilled captain Paddy Kennedy.  It was great to see all the team wanting to have their photo taken with our own hurling hero - Mr Quaid!
Team as follows: Paddy Kennedy, Carmel Burke, Ciaran Beston, Paddy Cleary, Eimear Looby, Tom Carew, Joseph Kearns, Cathal O’Mahony, ,Eoghan Beston, Dylan Moriarty, David O’Mullane, Kieran Fitzgibbon, Barry Donovan, Conor Donovan, Nikodem Rajski, Dawid Sadlowski, Liam Boland and missing on day Robert Finnan. Well done to you all. Gallbhaile Abú

Green Schools
On 17th May we were awarded our 2nd Green Flag.This year we worked on the Energy theme and were delighted to be successful.It was a great achievement for the whole school community.We followed our Energy Saving plan over the last two years and made considerable savings on our Heating and Electricity bills.In our school work such as Geography & Science we studied alot about Energy conservation and the various sources of Power.We are very proud of our work.

First Holy Communion.
We celebrated First Communion on Saturday 14th May.It was a lovely sunny warm day .The Communion class were well prepared by teacher Mr.Quaid.The school choir as usual were excellent . Afterwards we were treated to refreshments in the Community Centre which were kindly provided by the Parents Council.Pictured here are Communion Class with Celebrant Fr O Neill ,Teacher Mr.Quaid & Canon Talbot.

Hurling Training.
We love our hurling here at Galbally NS even though we are from a strong Footballing area.We had quality training sessions during the year and our teacher Mr.Quaid current Limerick Captain had many new shills to show us.

Proclamation Day
Proclamation Day was held in Galbally National School on Tuesday 15th March. We invited the wider community to come and join us as we remembered and payed tribute to those who fought in the Rising both nationally as well as locally.
Bhí lá álainn ar scoil againn.The sun shone in a cloudless sky "agus ni raibh puth gaoithe"We had music song drama and poetry.All was in fitting with 1916 celebrations.Our National Flag was raised by 2 pupils with a direct connection to local volunteers who fought in the war of Independence.Canon Talbot excelled with his brief talk on our National Flag and its meaning for Ireland in our quest for peaceful unity and also personally in our own lives.Later we adjourned to the school hall where a capacity crowd were entertained with a dramatised version of events.We had poetry from Pearse and Yeats as well as emotional renditions of "Grace" and "James Connolly"

Click on the link here to see a youtube video from the day.

Cast of our play "Atriumph of All Sorts " which told the story of the 1916 rising.

Internet Safety.
Dr Sinead Devine came and gave an excellent talk on 'Keeping our Kids safe Online' to pupils in Galbally NS 22nd February. This is a hugely important topical subject and of concern to all parents at every level.Sinead spoke to parents in the evening. All present agreed it was both informative and interesting.

Infant Nativity 2015

Senior Classes Nativiity


U21 All Ireland Trophy visit.
On Friday 2nd October, John Kiely manager of the  Limerick U21 All Ireland winners accompanied by Darragh O'Donovan and Barry O'Connell visited Galbally NS. John Kiely spoke about his experience as manager and the pride and faith he had in the team and praised them for their commitment to the game. He told the children to keep playing the games and that one day they too might  represent their county.
Darragh O'Donovan and Barry O'Connell spoke to the children about the importance of commitment and to have pride in their county.They outlined the efforts needed to play at county level. They spoke about diet, training and match preparation.

Click here to see a video we made about the visit.

Penalties for Autism
We were delighted to take part in this initiative.
Former Limerick hurler Tadgh Hayes from Doon  launched a fundraising initiative for Irish Autism Action, backed by former Manchester United star Paul Scholes and Kilkenny All-Ireland champion hurler Tommy Walsh.
The initiative, Penalty for Autism, asked members of the public to take a penalty of any kind – from soccer to hockey – in any location and post it on a social media network of their choice.
Participants were then asked to text the word PENALTY to 50300 to donate €2 to Irish Autism Action (IAA), and nominate two people to do the same.

Click here to see our penalties video.

Jersey Day/Under 21 All Ireland Hype!!
We have been following the current refugee crisis in school and the children are keen to help out in whatever way they can. With this in mind we held a Jersey Day in school today. This cause was greatly supported - a huge thank you to all the children and parents. We are delighted to tell you that so far €370 was collected, all of which will be forwarded to GOAL.

Sponsored Walk.
We went on our walk to Darbeys Bed on 15 th September.Every one enjoyed the afternoon though we were a little tired afterwards.

Junior Infants 2015

We would like to welcome every one back again for a new school year.  
We extend a special welcome to our  new Junior Infants –
Jerry Barrett, Igor Caputa, Ryan Cleary, Bronagh Commons, Kara Morey Cronin, William Finnan, Danny Hanrahan, Jack Hanrahan, Sam Hickey, Ruairi Ivory, Samuel Johnson, Ruth Kiely, Seán Maguire, Isobel O’Donoghue McMahon, Eugene MacRaith, Alice MacRaith, Cody O’Donnell, Ellie Kate Reynolds, Lucy Reynolds, Jenna Walsh.
We also welcome Zarah Fahey, Kirilis Vengeruka, Denise and Paddy Cleary who joined other classes.

Holiday Details/School Closures .
These are the days off / holidays for the coming school year.
Halloween Break – Week 26th to 30th October.
Christmas Holidays– Half Day Tues 22nd  December and back on 6th January
Spring Mid Term Break – 18th & 19th  February
Easter Holidays – Half Day Wednesday 16th March and reopens on 4th April .
May Bank Holiday – Fri 29th April & Monday 2nd May
June Bank Holiday – Monday 6th June
Summer Holidays - Fri 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  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  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.
Junior Infants : Wednesday & Friday
Senior Infants & 1st: Friday
2nd 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 stamps 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.

087 7730000
This no 0877730000  is a 2 way number we use occasionally. The reply comes back as an email and sometimes may take some time to be opened.
Text a parent

We operate group texting system 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 2015
Sponsored walk to Darby's Bed
Weather permitting will be held Friday 18th 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 10 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

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 .

If you would like a quick word with the Principal you can do so any morning from 9.05 to 9.20 while I am on yard supervision. Please contact the office to make an appointment if you wish to discuss issue that may need more time.

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.  Absence notes are in your child’s homework diary.  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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