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22 June - Open night / Slán le rang Sé /Green Flag
On Monday night 25th June at 7 we had a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the end of the school year .We also honoured those pupils who were finishing at Galbally NS.Each of the 18 boys and girls have been a pleasure to know and teach .
This is always a night enjoyed by all.We were delighted to welcome the wider Community  to celebrate with us.Refreshments were served afterwards.As temperatures soared during our long hot summer Mass was held out of doors.
We will also celebrated our 3rd Green Flag.We achieved this for water conservation.
here for a video of memories of the 6th class pupils who were finishing.

14 June - Gone Fishing

The weather has been so nice lately .And we have been working really hard during the year .So today we decided to go fishing.Yes everyone in the whole school. (It really was more a Field Trip to the River Aherlow) We were fortunate to have two patient enthusiastic knowledgeable instructors - Noel and John visit from Inland Fisheries Ireland .The purpose of this trip was to investigate water quality and marine life in our local river. It was also part of our ongoing studies in the Green schools area.
We went into the river and looked under the stones to see if there were any insects on them. John and Noel started collecting fish which included trout, salmon, eel and Lamprey. Some children got to hold and feel the fish. 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 are delighted to report that the water quality is very good and is brimming with many types of marine life. Mr Kearney thanked Noel and John for their visit which he said was educational, informative and enjoyable .He also thanked Local farmer Tim Blackburn for facilitating the field trip

Schools Hurling Final
We played Kilfinane today in the schools hurling final. It was a very close game all through with some excellent passages of play and scores got by both teams. Galbally were 3 points in front coming up to the final whistle but with the last puck of the game kilfinane got a goal resulting in a draw. Kilfinane went on to win in extra time. Well done to all on a great game.

5th June - Tours
Today we went on Tour to Parsons Green , Mallow & Watergrasshill. The Weather was fab and everyone came home exhausted but delighted with the day

Dr Norah Patten.
Norah is a Mayo woman and is on course to become the first Irish person in space.She is one of 12 participants from all over the world taking part in a unique scientist-astronaut training programme in Florida. Yesterday she visited us as part of our Science week activities.This visit was originally planned for March but had to be cancelled due to the weather. She spoke to all classes and the children were enthralled with her experiences.We have many boys and girls who now want to be engineers scientists and astronauts.And this she told us is one of her aims - " to inspire young people pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)"
Her final words were "Reach for the stars. The sky is not the limit." This is some thing that will remain with us.
It was truly a privilege to have such a famous and amazing person visit us in Galbally NS.

First Communion
On Sunday 13th May 11 boys & girls received First Communion .Everyone had a great day.Thanks to the Parents who provided refreshments in the Community Centre afterwards.Pictured here are the Communion Class with teacher Mrs Leahy

Céilí Mór
We were learning Irish / Sean Nós dance with Pat our visiting dance teacher.All classes took part and each performed at the Céilí Mór on Tuesday the 8th May.
click here to see two videos from the Céilí.
             Céilí Mór1                               Céilí Mór2

Green Flag
On 3rd of May we were delighted when we were presented with a Green Flag for our work in water conservation.We received the flag at the presentation ceremony in Cork.

St. Patrick's Day Parade
We had a lovely day at the Tipperary Parade.Our band looked and sounded splendid . And the younger pupils reinforced the important message from the Green Schools Committee - namely dont waste water.They looked amazing in their homemade outfits and completely ignored the cold weather.And we even got a look in on the 6 o'clock news

School Closure
In line with the Govt directive and the red weather alert both our Preschool & National school once again closed on Thursday & Friday 1st and 2nd March

Our girls took part in a camogie blitz in Martinstown on 27 February.The boys blitz was cancelled due to the severe snow that came on 1st March

Green Schools

We are busy busy all year as we prepared our application for the Water flag.Wednesday 14th February we had an Action Day. Mrs Cunningham and the Green schools Committee provided a very interesting talk on water usage in the Galbally area. All classes explored lessons related to the theme in different subject areas. And finally with buckets at the ready we walked to the local pump in the square. This gave us an appreciation of what it is like for children in 3rd world countries who dont have running water. It also helped us appreciate what life was like in Ireland in past times.
In march the Green schools judge came to assess our work.She was full of praise for our efforts.
We were thrilled to hear later we had been successful and on Thursday 3rd May we proudly accepted our 3rd Green Flag at the awards ceremony in Cork.

Grandparents Day
On 31 January we had Grandparents day.It was part of Catholic Schools week.From early morning home baking started arriving and we were overwhelmed by parents generosity.At 1 o'clock our VIP guests arrived and we welcomed them with a guard of honour.It was followed in our school hall with a service performed by Fr O Neill. Then we had songs essays readings & prayers.We concluded with refreshments and we chatted right up to home time. This was a day when we honoured our grandparents & indeed some great-grandparents.And we learned or were reminded of some very important life lessons - namely the importance of family and the love that flows between the generations.Well done to all who helped out.

Carols & Nativity
On 23rd December we held our Carol Service & Nativity Play.It was a really lovely night.The singing / poems started with the younger classes who were so well dressed for the occasion. They stole the hearts of everyone with their angelic smiles and sweet voices.Then it was the turn of the older pupils who dramatised the Nativity.Once again they had the whole congregation listening attentively as we heard this beautiful story retold as only children can.
We concluded with what many have told us was a very emotional Readers Theatre .It told of the 1915 truce during the Great War and the locals who were involved.The theme of this was very fitting in that it emphasised friendship & peace We concluded with the song "1915" which again was sung so softly & sweetly
Click on this thumbnail to see a video                                 

Christmas Jumper
On 21 December we wore our Christmas jumpers for charity. Every one looked very festive. The children had an opportunity to think about others who are less fortunate than ourselves.We raised €220

Active Retirement
On 12th December our Senior classes visited the Active Retirement group.They were having their Christmas get together.We sang some Christmas carols and songs together. Later we chatted .It was a lovely evening out of class.And we came away with boxes of Quality Street , Roses & Celebrations

Tipperary Christmas Lights.
On the 19th of November our band were invited to play at the switch on of the Christmas lights.We were delighted to accept as it was an ideal opportunity to show the wider Community the progress we have made.

Cookery Demonstration.

Our Parents Association held a very successful and enjoyable demonstration in the Community Centre on 17th November.Verrettes Kitchen facilitated this event.

Shoe Box appeal
Once again we were delighted with the response to this very worthy cause. In all we had approx 100 boxes. Thanks to Mary Ellen O Donoghue who organised it all in this area

We had excellent costumes for Halloween.Every one got into the spirit of the day as usual.

Storm Ophelia
Ophelia was really a hurricane. It arrived in October and caused alot of havoc all over the country.It meant we had to close for 2 days as the Government issued a red weather alert for our area.

Sponsored Walk

We had our annual sponsored walk on on 22 September.Thanks to every one who sponsored any of our pupils.Funds raised are vital to our school and are used for extra-curricular activities like Sports Music Technology and extra Special Needs equipment.All our walkers enjoyed their day though all were tired at the end.


We would like to welcome every one back again for a new school year.
We extend a special welcome to our new Junior Infants
Molly Barrett Michael Sheehan John Downey Steven Davern Killian Barry Max Hickey Jake O Sullivan Niamh Crawford Ellie Walshe Evan Hennessy Aoife Kiely Joseph Crawford.Welcome also to Tom & Eoghan Ryan ,  Daniel O Dwyer & Rua Flynn who  joined other classes.
Staff :We welcome Mr Gerard O Connell who is temporary Special Needs teacher, Ms Amie Hickey who is shared Special Needs teacher and Breda Walsh who is our new School Secretary.

Textaparent/Contact Details
We operate group texting to parents’ mobile phone. Please keep us updated if you change your No. Also provide mobile No. of parent who is most easily contacted. Please let us know also if there is any change of address.

Holiday Details/School Closures are as follows;
Halloween Break:   School closed - Week 30 October – 3rd November.
Christmas Holidays:  School closed Fri 22 Dec  re-opens  Mon 8th Jan
Spring Break :   15th & 16 th February
St Patrick’s Day :   Monday 19/03/2013
Easter Holidays :  26thMarch to 8th April.   
May Bank Holiday :  Friday 4th May & Monday 7 th May..
June Bank Holiday    Monday 4th  June.
Summer Holidays:  Half day Tuesday 26th June
PE / Tracksuit days.
Mrs Cunningham:  Wednesday & Friday
Miss O Connor   Wednesday &  Friday
Mrs Leahy:    Wednesday & 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.

Parents’ Council
Parents Council will hold  AGM  shortly. Hope as many parents as possible can attend this very important meeting

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 )
This year we will continue to offer a variety of afterschool activities. Full details available soon.  

Head Lice
Each year there is a constant problem with headlice. Please be vigilant and treat whole family promptly if you find eggs /lice. Also make sure children with long hair have it tied back neatly so to minimise risk.
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.
Please DO NOT  put 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 in mind when buying. Also, it is advisable to place bottles in a plastic bag in case of leakage.
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 a child they will return to classroom and can be collected there. 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.
We ask parents to drive with great caution and to allow for the unexpected errors that children of school-age can make.
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.
Parent—Teacher meetings.
Formal Meetings: take place in November. However if a parent wishes to arrange a meeting at any stage during the year to discuss their child they may do so by contacting the class teacher and making an appointment.
Online Payments
We hope to start introducing online payments. This reduces the amount of cash coming in to the school and will be more convenient for class teachers. You will receive a text with a link to the payment operator which is Stripe. Stripe is easy to use and secure.
Office. Breda works -  Monday10 to 3 Wednesday 10 to 3 & Friday 9 to 3 . If you need to contact the office please do so during these times.
Support Teaching
In line with recent Department of Education guidelines we will support children with additional learning needs in a number of ways:
Within the classroom
In small group settings
On an individual basis
Occasionally, we will also withdraw children for social games and activities – this will include children with both additional learning needs and none. If you do not give permission for your child to be part of these groups, please inform the class teacher in writing.
As always, if you have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the class teacher.
Education Welfare Board.
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 Journal  this year includes absent notes .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.
If your child is sick keep them at home as they may pass the illness to other
children .
They will be uncomfortable in school and staying at home  will speed their recovery. If a child is well enough to return to school but needs to stay in at break/lunch time, you must send note to class teacher requesting same.
Homework Guidelines
The following is the approximate times that classes should spend at homework.
Infants    15 to 20 minutes
1st—2nd Class   20 - 30 minutes
3rd—4th Class   30 -  40 minutes
5th—6th Class   1 hr
If a child is spending considerably longer than the suggested times allow children to finish up and leave the work that was delaying them.  Write a note to the teacher in the child’s diary. We also ask that homework would be signed and timed  so that we are aware of pupils who spend a long time doing it and may be having difficulties.

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 ask that children would arrive between 9 05 and 9 20.
Where do I get ????????
Aileen Ryan Ballylanders for tracksuits / uniforms. Hylands Mitchelstown for books etc….

Upcoming Activity: Sponsored walk to Darby's Bed
Weather permitting will be held  in mid to late September.
A most enjoyable day for Parents and children – not to be missed!

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