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Plant and Cake Sale a great success – May 15th


A great day was had by all at this year’s Spring Plant and Cake Sale. A wonderful range of plants were on display and many gardening enthusiasts young and old came out on the day to support the event. A wonderful selection of delicacies were sold in the school halla and all the children enjoyed the event.

A big thank you to all those who volunteered to help out on the day and to all those who donated plants and cakes.

Thanks to the parents, grandparents, teachers, school staff and children for all the support.


Spring Plant and Cake Sale – Friday 15th May 8.30am

Come along to this year’s Spring Plant and Cake Sale.

Friday 15th May, Starting at 8.30 am.

A great selection of plants, shrubs, veg and flowers on sale.

Don’t forget to buy your child’s plant. All the classes have been busy growing plants!

Have a cup of coffee or tea. And buy a cake.

There are great raffle prizes – tickets can be bought Wednesday and Thursday morning and afternoon and during the fair on Friday.

Can you bake a cake, tart, buns etc.?? Please bring in on the day.

Volunteers needed to help out at the sale. Please email

All funds raised go towards extra curricular activities for all the children at LSP.

Thank you for your support.


Parent Teacher Association Monthly Updates – March/April

Parent Teacher Association

Monthly Updates – March /April


  1. Tai ChiTai chi classes continued on Thursdays throughout March and April with Tai Chi Instructor John Sheehan. Overall this has been a great success with positive feedback from both the children and the teachers. Classes are due to end on April 30th.
  2. The Playground – Workshops where held with all the classes on March the 2nd and 5th. Children were asked to imagine how they would like to see the schoolyard improved and enhanced. What is important to them when it comes to yard time? There was a great response from all the children.
  3. Second Level School. Meetings regarding setting up a group to campaign for an Educate Together Secondary School were held on the 19th of March and 17th of April. A working group has been formed. A website has been designed and can be found at Please visit and share to let others know about it. Particularly can you fill in the Expression of Interest form if you would be interested in sending your child to an Educate Together secondary school. There is now also a Facebook Page which people are asked to LIKE and SHARE. . Fundraising events will be taking place to provide funds to support this effort. Both the website and the Facebook page will be used to inform people of updates to the campaign.
  4. Great Limerick Run Kids Run – The Parent Teacher Association arranged for Trainers to visit the school and work with all the children in preparation for the Kids Run, May 2nd at UL sports arena. If you would like to register for the Kids Run go to
  5. Parental Involvement PolicyThe Parent Teacher Association Committee reviewed LSP’s Parent Involvement Policy at the request of the Board of Management.
  6. Proceeds from the Magic of the Musicals – The raffle and programme sales from the school production Magic of the Musicals resulted in a profit of €2,000. This will be put towards the costs of putting on the show.
  7. Classroom Resources€1000 was contributed towards classroom resources throughout LSP.


Upcoming Events


     1. Poetry Day Ireland – Thursday, 7th May. The poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice will visit      the school on May 7th for Poetry Day Ireland.

  1. LSP Spring Plant and Cake Sale – Friday, May 15th from 8.30am.  All the classes have been planting for this year’s Plant and Cake sale. Come along and buy your child’s plant. There will also be cakes on sale, tea and coffee, and a raffle. All funds raised go towards extra curricular activities for the children.                          We need volunteers to help out on the day. From 8.15am onwards. If you can  help  please email
  1. Animal Magic to visit LSP – Thursday, May 21st. Animal Magic is a rehabilitation/rescue centre for orphaned and abandoned animals. They visit schools and bring along a selection of highly trained animals and birds and provide a unique learning opportunity for the students. Animal Magic will visit LSP on Thursday May 21st. You can check them out on
  2. 25th Year Celebratory Yard Party – Friday 19th June, 11am to 1pm. To mark the schools 25th year the Parent Teacher Association are organising a Yard Party for all the children. There will be entertainers, games, food and a few surprises.


 If anyone has an idea for an event, a talk, an activity or would simply like to get in touch, you can email

Parent Teacher Association – Monthly Updates February

Parent Teacher Association

Monthly Updates – February

During the month of February the following took place:

  1. The Parent Teacher Association invited the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to LSP for the opening of the Time Capsule on February 9th. The Time Capsule was buried when LSP first opened and now in its 25th year it was recovered and opened to mark this momentous occasion. Pupils both past and present celebrated the Ministers visit and the schools 25th year in both song and word.
  2. An Open Forum was held for all parents and guardians on Monday 9th of February. This was an opportunity for parents to learn more about the Parent Teacher Association, to bring an idea, to raise an issue or ask a question. There was a very low turnout from parents but a very productive discussion took place.
  3. A Coffee Morning was held for parents and guardians on Friday the 6th.
  4. The Parent Teacher Association produced the programme and poster for the Magic of the Musicals and ran the raffle on both nights. Funds raised from these will go towards the cost of putting on the show. The Parent Teacher Association would like to thank all those who sponsored raffle prizes, Liz Nolan for MC-ing, and all those who volunteered to sell raffle tickets and programmes over the two nights.
  5. LSP Parent Teacher Association has taken out membership with the National Parents Council (NPC).
  6. There was another joint meeting between the Board of Management and the Parent Teacher Association.
  7. The Parent Teacher Association committee, at the request of the Board of Management, reviewed the policy Transition to Second Level.


Upcoming events:

  1. The Parent Teacher Association has arranged that Tai Chi instructor John Sheehan will commence Tai Chi classes on Thursday February 26th. Tai Chii will be taught to all the years from junior up to sixth, and will run for eight weeks. Students are asked to wear loose clothing and soft shoes or runners (the plimsoles worn on the stage for the “Magic of the Musicals” would be suitable). Information about Tai Chi has been published in the Nuacht and will be posted on the school website.
  2. Workshops regarding the school playground will take place with all the classes. Children will be asked to imagine how they would like to see the schoolyard improved and enhanced. What is important to them when it comes to yard time? Workshops will commence in early March.
  3. The Parent Teacher Association will be arranging another open meeting regarding an Educate Together second level school for limerick.
  4. The Parent Teacher Association will run the Plant and Cake Sale in mid May.
  5. The Parent Teacher Association will run a “Yard Party” for all the children to celebrate the school’s 25th year. This will take place towards the end of June. We hope to have a number of entertainers, activities, etc. If anyone has any ideas they would like included or suggestions for the party please get in touch by emailing
  6. The Great Limerick Run Kids Run takes place on Saturday the 2nd May in UL. The Parent Teacher Association has now signed up LSP for the Great Limerick Run Kids Run training programme. If you would like your child to participate in the Kids Run registration is now open and costs €12 to register, €5 of each entry will be donated to the child’s primary school. It is important that the school’s name is entered into the registration form. A contribution will also be donated to the Special Olympics. Go to
  7. €1,000 of funds raised so far this year by the Parent Teacher Association will be distributed amongst the classes. This will go towards classroom resources.


If anyone has an idea for an event, a talk, an activity or would simply like to get in touch, you can email



Tai Chi classes for the LSP children

Tai Chi Classes Beginning Thursday February 26th.

The Parent Teacher Association has organised for Tai Chi Instructor, John Sheehan, to come to the school and give Tai Chi classes to all the children. This will begin on Thursday 26th February and will run for 8-10 weeks.

On the day of the classes, the children will need to wear loose clothing and soft shoes, the pumps that they used for the Lime Tree concert would be ideal for this, or else a pair of runners. The classes will take place during school hours

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese of form of relaxed movement for children and adults. It helps improve balance, posture, flexibility, body awareness, relaxed movement, breathing, concentration, attention span and learning in a positive and fun environment.

The classes for the children in Limerick School Project will include mobility of all body joints through a large range of movement, ‘fun’ moving and standing balancing exercises including specific ‘Reeling Silk’ exercises and learning a Tai Chi form. Many of the terms and animal names of each posture will become familiar. The pupils will gradually progress from single basic postures to moving smoothly and continuously with minimum effort.

The moves learned can be practised for very short time spans of a few minutes to a full class. The fun can be shared with other pupils, teachers and the family when at home. It is a lifelong activity with many health and well-being benefits

Below are links to two youtube clips that further give insight into Tai Chi and its benefits for children.

Tai Chi for Kids – everyone has fun

Tai Chi 4 Kidz



Monday 9th February 2015



25 years ago the first students of new school Limerick School Project buried a time capsule with then Minister for Education Mary O’Rourke. This morning current Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan examined the contents of that capsule with today’s pupils of the school.


Established in 1989 with two teachers and 56 pupils, the Limerick School Project was originally located in the Old Red Cross building on Cecil Street. 25 years later the school has 221 pupils, 9 teachers and is located in a bright and airy purpose built building on O’Connell Avenue.


“The Limerick School Project has come a long way from its early days. And as we celebrate our 25th anniversary we pay tribute to the parents who started the school. It was thanks to their forward thinking, enthusiasm and determination that we have such a fine school today” says Principal Orla McCoy, who has been teaching at Limerick School Project since it first opened its doors 25 years ago.


In a welcome ceremony that included songs by the children and speeches from Minister O’Sullivan, Principal Orla McCoy, past pupil Adam Chapell, and Chairperson of the Board Richard Allen, the contents of the time capsule were displayed and examined. While the ravages of time had clearly affected the contents of the capsule, the children were eager to see the photos and notes left from their predecessors. Also included in the capsule were crisp packets, to represent the children’s favourite snack, chalk as the children 25 years ago thought that the schools of the future might not have chalk, and wool to represent the school’s knitting club.


Commenting on the visit to the school Minister O’Sullivan said “This is a very special school as it was the first of this kind where everybody from all different backgrounds come to learn together. I was here 25 years ago when the Limerick School Project first started and I remember when the time capsule was buried in the ground by then Minister Mary O’Rourke. I’m delighted as Minister for Education that I’m able to be here today to mark this special day.”


Minister O’Sullivan then announced that this was to be a no-homework day which was greeted with whoops and cheers from all the children.


Limerick School Project will have a number of events throughout the year to celebrate this important landmark for the school. On February 17th and 18th the pupils of the school are performing ‘The Magic of The Musicals’ in the Lime Tree Theatre. Tickets are just €10 and can be purchased from There will also be a re-union for former pupils taking place on 18th April in Dolan’s (18+). For further information about Limerick School Project visit


Open Forum for Parents and Guardians, Monday 9th feb, 7-8pm

The PTA committee invite Parents and Guardians to attend an open meeting. Monday 9th Feb, 7-8pm, LSP Staffroom

  • Do you have an idea for an event?
  • Do you wish to raise/bring an issue you are concerned about?
  • Do you want to ask a question?
  • Do you wish to get to know the PTA committee?

All Welcome

If you need any further information about the meeting please email