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News 2016-2017


On the 23 June we bid farewell to 22 boys & girls.They really were a pleasure to teach here at Galbally NS and we have every confidence they will all do well in their new schools in September.

Click here to see a video of highlights of this classes time at school.

We also bid farewell to Anne who has worked  here since 2002.She has always been  extremely hard working dedicated and committed She always gave fully to any task she undertook. We wish her well in the future.  

Pupil Comments.
It was really fun to be in this school because the work was never too hard and I loved the Science experiments. Dawid   The last 8 years have been great. My favourite part was the sports teams. Holly   The hurling competition is the best part of the year Joseph   I will never forget the time I played a crazy scientist with Raewyn. Brooke   Attending Galbally NS was the best 8 years of my life Tom   I was really happy when we won the schools final & funny when Sir got stuck in the toilet Cathal   I will never forget all the school tours Leah   My favourite school tour was Ballyhass. Mr kearney is great but he gives too much homework. Nikodem   I remember all the great chats we had together Olivia   The biggest doss was the Australia door Robert
I made lifelong friends in Galbally NS.I loved when I got picked for the harmony Mary   My favourite tour was Ballyhass. It was some craic  Raewyn   I really enjoyed the matches in Martinstown Chloe   The Sports days were really fun Kieran   It was really funny when Sir walked in to the fence coming back from the hall Niamh   The best thing in school was the Christmas concerts Nadine   I have made some amazing friendsover the years.We had great craic Peggy
I really enjoyed the matches in Martinstown Eimear   I remember what fun I had at Dublin Zoo Ciara   I remember when Sir fell off his chair Shannon   There were a few times in Juniors
when Sir tied my laces . Tazmania was introduced this year.Anna   I will never forget those beautiful walks to Darbys bed Maria

Corpus Christi
On 18 June we had fabulous weather for this lovely feast day.Temperatures rose to 25 C .The school band led the Parade to the square and First Communicants walked with the Blessed Sacrament

Sports Day
On 16 June we had our sports day.Once again we had great fun . Thanks to Parents Association for providing refreshments.

School Tours
Our Senior classes this year went to Trabolgan. The younger pupils went to Tir na Si.
The rain fell all day but we still had a great time.

First Communion
On 14th May we celebrated the Sacrament of First Communion.Thanks to Parents who provided refreshments in the Community Centre afterwards.Pictured here are Communion Class with teacher Mrs Leahy

Mayor visit - 9th May
Mayor of Limerick, Kieran O'Hanlon visited with our local Councillor Eddie Ryan. In what were perfect weather conditions,Principal Martin Kearney, staff and pupils welcomed the Mayor to Galbally. Mayor O'Hanlon gave a brief insight into the life of a Mayor. He praised Galbally school and its environment and urged all to continue with the good work of keeping our local area litter free. He also spoke about the necessity to be kind to each other both in and out of school. Pupils engaged in a question and answer session with the mayor who very kindly took the time to answer all. Pupils provided some lovely entertaining songs and Peggy Donovan 6th class recited her own poem which she composed as part of class work and was inspired by the WB Yeats poem Isle of Inisfree. Principal thanked the Mayor for his interest in Galbally. He also thanked Councillor Eddie Ryan, who works tirelessly for all projects associated with Galbally NS

Outdoor Classroom - 27 April
Recently we made the most of this glorious weather and went on a field trip on the loop walk around Darbys Bed.We took many photos of the varied wildlife along the way.Here in this video we have included some. Later we enjoyed editing and putting this video together using our ipads .Have a look at the many plants / insects  we found.If you have not been up there it is well worth a visit.

Click on the pic to see video

Damhsa faoi scáth na Sléibhte.
On 6th April we had a great day  with our Irish dancing "Taispeainteas" All classes learned tradititional Irish dancing with visiting teacher Pat O Dea.This video gives a flavour of our work which everyone really enjoyed.The Video starts with Mrs Byrnes class.Mr Kearneys are at 1 16 Mrs Leahys at 4 32 Mrs Cunninghams at 5 40 and Ms O Connors at 6 20                       
                                                                                                       Click on the pic to see video

On 4th April 40 students received the sacrament of Confirmation.

St Patricks Day.
This year we once again attended the parade in Ballylanders.Even though it was a very wet day we enjoyed our visit.Our band performed excellently and you will get a flavour of their performance in this short video.                         
Click here for band in Ballylanders.

Pancake Day.

We had a great day of fun with our wonderful Parents Association who hosted Pancake Day in aid of the National Children's Hospital. All sorts of delights were prepared and served to the whole school with everyone in agreement that they were simply delicious!! Drizzling lemon, chocolate sauce and jam fillings were to mention just a few......looking forward to next year already!!!

Camogie Blitz.
Well done to our Camogie team who took part in the indoor camogie competition in Martinstown which was run by the Captain of the Limerick Hurling Team, James Ryan.

As part of the RTE Operation Transformation programme, we were invited and encouraged like all primary schools in the country to participate in the 10 @ 10 activity today. The whole school took part and loved it! We just love fun activities like this and it is also incorporated into our Active School Activities. Hopefully it will become a regular part of our week.

Click below to see our video from the day

Christmas Concert
We held our Christmas concert over two nights on 19th and 20th December.We had great crowds each night and the children loved the opportunity to showcase their many talents.
Thanks to everyone for supporting us and to the Parents Association for handling the raffle and to the very generous sponsors for donating prizes.

Click play below to see a slide show of pics from the night.

Christmas Jumper Day
On 21st December w
e dressed up in our Christmas jumpers and the children donated €270 of their own money to the UNHCR Syria Winter Emergency.
"Thousands are now fleeing for their lives from Aleppo. They are in dire need of shelter, food and water."We were delighted to help this good cause when we consider how fortunate we are ourselves.

Halloween Fancy Dress.

Click through the photos from our Halloween dress up.

Anniversary Get Together.
On Sat night 22nd October we held our Schools reunion.We had a fantastic night with hundreds of people coming out to celebrate with us.Every one young and old had a lovely time.The local Community choir sang for mass which was concelebrated by Fr. O Neill and Fr Talbot.
Later we danced the night away to Kims People.Every one agreed the night was an outstanding success.

Press play below for a slideshow from the night.

Book Launch / 50th Anniversary open day
We held a full day of celebrations on 21st October.It
was one of those days that will live long in our memory.From early morning everyone was in great form and dressed really well.During the day we played games and sang songs from long ago.In the evening we launched our book and chatted and looked at the old roll books and pictures.The crowd who came to support us was amazing.And once more thank you very much for baking or helping with the teas.In the photos we looked like extras in a movie such was the standard of the costumes

Scroll through the following slide show to see pics of the historic day.

Tipperary Mid West Radio

Tipperary Mid West Radio 104.8FM visited us in the build up to our big Anniversary celebrating 50 years. The Out and About Programme which was recorded last week with past pupil Stevie O'Donnell along with Jim Keane and David Condon.
Pupils sang and were interviewed along with staff and Board of Management. It
make for interesting listening!!

Football Final
What a great day we had today at the Boys Football Final with help from Eimear !
We headed off to Martinstown this morning to face Hospital with one thing on our mind - to bring that cup back to school.
and lucky for us it worked out. We got a good tough game from Hospital.All the team gave superb performances and it was a proud captain Cathal O'Mahony who lifted the cup for Galbally. Of course the promise of 'pizza and chips' on return to school played some part in motivating us to go on to finally win on a scoreline of 5-11 to 1-3

Sponsored walk.
We had our annual walk to Darbys bed on 30 September.This year as we were celebrating our 50th anniversary we didnt ask for sponsorship.It was a lovely autumn day and we were delighted so many parents joined us along the way.

Autumn Newsletter 2017

We would like to welcome every one back again for a new school year.  
We extend a special welcome to our  new Junior Infants – Rhea Browne, James Buckley, Lucy Carroll, William Chan, Michael Davern, Órlagh Donovan, Róise Donovan, Maria Drea, Harry Finnan, William Fitzgibbon, Eva Frazer, Patrick Hayes, Thomas Ryan Henebry, Orna Ivory, Lee Meade, Callum McCarthy, Billy O’Donnell and Max O’Reilly

October 2016 - Galbally NS School Celebration!!

This year we are celebrating 50 years since the opening of the "New School" over w/end of the 22nd Oct.To mark the occasion we are publishing a book of Photos /Memories from down through the years. Even
though it is motivated by the 50th anniversary it is inclusive of the old school as well. We are seeking photos from both schools to include in the book. Our social night will be a community celebration. Any one with any connection to either is welcome .While you may not have attended perhaps your people went to Lowtown as it was known or maybe your grandchildren now attend or have attended  the new school. It will be an opportunity for young and old to renew acquaintances and tickets at just €10  are now on sale in the shops, from the school or any of the committee.

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 )
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.
Children  to arrive between 9.05 and 9.20.
PE / Tracksuit days.

Juniors, Senior Infants &  1st  : Wednesday & Friday
2nd & 3rd  : Friday
4th - 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.
Where do I get ????????

Aileen Ryan Ballylanders for tracksuits / uniforms
Hylands Mitchelstown for books etc….
Bord of Management

Your parent representatives on the Bord of Management are Marguerite Morrissey, and Darren Sheedy.
Parents’ Council

Parents Council meetings are held regularly and new members are always welcome.

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 gate 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 Activities:
 September 2016 - This year we will walk  to Darby's Bed weather permitting on  Friday 30th of September. A most enjoyable day for Parents & Children – not to be missed! We will not be looking for any sponsorship as we will be looking to you for support of our 50th Celebration later on in Oct.
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.
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.
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 an 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.
Holiday Details/School Closures for 2016/2017

Halloween Break – School closed wk of  31st October- 4th Nov back Mon 7th Nov
Christmas Holidays–  Thur 22nd  December and back Mon 9th January
Spring Mid Term Break – 23rd & 24th   February
Easter Holidays – School closed from April 10th  and reopens Mon 24th April .
May Bank Holiday – Mon 1st  May
June Bank Holiday – Monday 5th June
Summer Holidays -  Fri 23 June

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