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Free Talk for Parents – “Supporting Parents to Support their Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing”

A Guest speaker from the National Parents Council (NPC) will give a talk about children and their mental health.


Tuesday, 13th October, 7pm, at  LSP.

All parents/guardians are invited to come along.

This is a free event organised by the Parent Teacher Association.

Positive mental health and wellbeing enables young people to lead fulfilling lives. It is recognised that the family is the primary source of nurturing and support for children and plays a central role in the promotion of their positive mental health

This talk supports parents to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. The programme also explores how the building of resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day to day stresses of life as they occur.

Parents who attend this session will:

  1. Explore the factors that influence mental health and well-being in their child.
  2. Learn how to build and nurture resilience within their own child.
  3. Be given tips on how best to support their child’s positive mental health and wellbeing.

This will be a worthwhile talk to attend with plenty of time for questions and answers.

LSP HELPING REFUGEES, Donations Collection Point @ LSP




The PTA and the school have organized for a drop off zone to be created in the school this week for donations of much needed items for the refugee camp in Calais, France.

Items can be dropped into the school hall Wed, Thurs, and Friday the 16th,17th,and 18th of September, 8.30 to 9am.

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LSP Parent Teacher Association (PTA) AGM, Sept 24th, Thurs, 7-8pm

The Parent Teacher Association AGM will take place on Thursday 24th September at 7pm, in the school.

At the AGM new committee members will be elected thus it is an opportunity for you to become part of the representative body of the parent community of the school and join in on the journey of enhancing the education and experiences of both the children and the families that make up Limerick School Project Community

The Work of the  Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Committee

The team has shared responsibility for:

  • Planning for the future and developing a vision for the PTA
  • Planning and managing the annual programme of activities for the PTA
  • Communicating, consulting with and involving as many parents as possible in the activities of the PTA
  • Communicating and consulting with the Principal and Board of Management
  • Planning agendas and keeping records of meetings
  • Managing the PTA finances
  • Drawing up the constitution by which the PTA operates
  • Valuing diversity and inter-culturalism and making sure parents who might find it hard to get involved are encouraged and supported to do so.

What’s the committment needed?

  • Commit to attending a majority of the monthly meetings across the school year. (Meetings to be held in evenings, second Monday of each month 7-9pm)
  • To work as a team.
  • To help plan and carry-out a programme of activities/events.

If you would like to get involved in the work of the PTA Committee please come along to the AGM and put yourself forward for the new committee.

The LSP Parent Teacher Association Constitution (Working Document) will be ratified at the AGM.

Click on the link to read the constitution prior to attending the AGM.





Parent Teacher Association Monthly Updates – May/June

Parent Teacher Association

Monthly Updates – May/June


  1. The Poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice visited the school on May 7th. This event was really enjoyed by the children and cost €150.
  2. The Plant and Cake Sale was held on the 15th This was a great success and was well supported by the LSP community and raised approx €1,850.
  3. The Second Level School campaign is now well underway. Parents from both LSP and LETS in Mungret have now formed a committee. Expression of Interest forms were made available in the school foyer and sent home in school bags. To date there are approx 350 Expressions of Interest. There is now a website were you can express your interest. Also Facebook and Twitter are playing an important role in highlighting the campaign.

Website address:

Facebook page:

Twitter: @Let2ndlevel

  1. The LSP Community Meeting was held on 3rd of June. Dr. Maureen Griffin spoke about Internet safety. The Chair of the PTA Pat Fitzpatrick also had an opportunity to speak about the Parent Teacher Association and the Second Level School Campaign.
  2. A leaflet highlighting A Year in the life of Limerick School Project Parent Teacher Association” was produced and sent home in all the school bags. This is hoped to encourage more involvement from the parent community.
  3. €2,000 raised by the Parent Teacher Association through the raffle and programme for the school show in February was transferred to the school to cover production costs. A further €500 has been made available from the Parent Teacher Association to cover the final outstanding costs of the show.
  4. Animal Magic visited for the day on June 10th at a cost of €350. This was a very successful visit with the children getting an opportunity to learn about animals in the wild and to handle many of them.
  5. The final Coffee Morning of the year was held on Friday the 12th of June and was well attended.
  6. The School has asked if the Parent Teacher Association could provide funds to put towards Aistear, the new program of structured play developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). €600 is to be made available for this.
  7. An NPC Training Workshop for parents on Mental Health and Your Child’s Wellbeing will be run in October 2015. This will be a free workshop for parents. Date to be annonuced in the new term.
  8. The Yard Party was hosted by the Parent Teacher Association on Friday the 19th of June. This was a wonderful way to round off the 25 year celebrations and was enjoyed by all the children. Entertainers included a Magician, Balloon artist, Puppet shows and Face painters. Giant games were run in the yard (snakes and ladders, checkers, etc.). There was a food bag for every child, popcorn, candy floss and an ice cream van. Cost of Yard Party is approx €1500. A number of Parent Volunteers turned up to support the event and their help made the day a great success.
  9. The next Parent Teacher Association AGM will take place on Thursday September 24th. New committee members will be elected and Parent Reps for the Board of Management will also be elected at the AGM. The Parent Teacher Association Constitution will be ratified at the AGM. The Constitution (Working Document) can be viewed on the LSP website.

Have a great summer and thanks for all the support over the last year.


Last Friday the 19th of June saw LSP round of its 25th year celebrations with a wonderful Yard Party. All the children at LSP were thoroughly entertained by Puppeteers from Honest Arts,  Aaron Lewis AKA Aaron the Balloon Man, Leon the Magician, and a troupe of face painters. There were giant games of Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, Snap, and hopscotch in which the children themselves were the pieces. Chalk drawing which started out on the yard ground rapidly moved to the walls of the yard to the delight of the children. Treats included a bag of party nibbles, popcorn, candy floss  and to top it all off an ice cream van handed out 99’s to all.

A fabulous celebration was had by all. Thanks to all the parent volunteers who turned up on the day and helped to turn the yard into a truly festive zone. For all the commitment and hard work, it is very much appreciated and was reflected in the delight of all the children and the teachers.

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Animal Magic visit LSP 10th June

Animal Magic the wild animal rescue centre from Killmallock spent the day at LSP on Wednesday the 10th of June. The children had an opportunity to learn about the habits of particular wild animals and how they can be protected. There was great delight when they were introduced to a five week old Long Eared Owl, a Barn Owl, two Dragon lizards, a couple of cuddly bunnies, which they all a got chance to hold, and finally a boa constrictor, which was draped around the shoulders of many of the children.

This was a very exciting visit and excellent learning opportunity.

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To the future and beyond with Limerick School Project


The Limerick School Project, National School, has launched a new book,Limerick School Project – The Next 25 Years and Beyond’. Compiled, written and illustrated by the children of the Limerick School Project under the guidance of their teachers, this book imagines school life in the future.

The celebrations this year of the Limerick School Project’s 25th anniversary has prompted many discussions about the lives of children at that time, compared to the present, and in turn, to the lives of the children of the future. The result of these discussions is the creation of a book that every child in the school has contributed to, in drawings, poems and stories.


Commenting on the book ‘Limerick School Project – The Next 25 Years and Beyond’ Principal Orla McCoy said:

this is much more than a collection of drawings and stories by the current pupils in the school – it embodies the energy and diversity of the pupils and teachers past and present, a vibrancy and imagination that bodes well for the future of LSP and equality based education in the city.


Jason Nash, Limerick College of Art and Design, was responsible for the overall design of the book, said:

“It’s always a lot of fun when working with children, they have very imaginative and creative minds…..coming up with great ideas and wacky inventions. That’s ideal for making a fun and exciting book and makes my work as a designer much more interesting.”


In 1986 the concept of a ‘multi-denominational, child-centred, co-educational and democratically run’ school was set in motion when a group of foresighted parents met in Cruises’ Hotel and the Limerick School Project was born. The school grew, over the years, from 56 pupils and 2 teachers to its present population of 220 pupils and 13 teachers. Now well established in O’Connell Avenue, during this school year of 2014-2015, the school is delighted to be celebrating 25 years of LSP.


‘Limerick School Project – the next 25 Years and Beyond’ is available for purchase for €10 from the school secretary 061 412994. All proceeds go towards the cost of printing the book. For further information about Limerick School project visit