Volume 16, Issue 4
17 September 2015
From next Thursday 24th September 2015 the weekly Nuacht ( LSP Newsletter) will be available on the school website www.limerickschoolproject.ie or by email only. Please ensure that Louise has an updated email address for you. Paper copies/ hard copies will not be sent home any more. However, a large A3 copy of the Nuacht will be on display in the foyer of the school and on the windows facing the school playground every Thursday. This is in keeping with our Green Schools policy by cutting down on stationery costs and saving trees and money!
Rabiya Ali, mother of Zoha, 6th class and Yusha, 3rd class spent all day on Tuesday 15th talking to the children about refugees. The difference between migrants and refugees was explained very clearly and we all learned something. We really appreciate the effort Rabiya put in to engage the pupils in all the classes, explain using diagrams and simple sentences and show pictures of children just like the children here in LSP.
Thank you Rabiya from the staff and pupils of LSP.
Maybe you’d like to help in a similar way? If you have an interest or extra information on any curricular topic, that you would like to share with our children please let us know.
Election for Parental / Guardian Representatives for the New Board of Management.
The New LSP Board of Management will start on the 1st November 2015 The Board runs for a period of 4 Years. We are looking for a Female and a Male representative.
The election will be held on Thursday September 24th at 7pm during the Parent Teacher Association AGM. Only those in attendance can put themselves forward for election.
Only those in attendance can vote for the candidates.
Friday 18th September is Culture Night 2015. There are lots of free activities for adults & children taking place around the city. Arts, crafts, music, history & theatre. Check out www.culturenight.ie. Join in, have fun.
School choir: resumed today.
We are looking for 6 or 7 inch plant pots for re-potting plants for next years Plant Sale. Please drop into Louise.
Registration for Catholic Education classes 2015-2016 will take place on Wednesday 23rd September in the halla. Classes will commence on 7th October.
Parent Teacher Association News
The collection for goods for the refugee appeal continue today (Thursday) and Friday morning. Please look at the list of required goods that are being sought by the organizers – it is posted around the school and also can be checked out on the school website www.limerickschoolproject.com Goods can be left in the school foyer to the left of the front door. Thank you for all donations so far.
Parent Teacher Association AGM
The PTA AGM will be held on Thursday 24th at 7pm in the school Halla. It is important that there is a good representation of the parental community at the meeting as it is a chance for parents to get insight into what it is the PTA does, what it has done over the last year, and how it has raised and spent its funding.
At the AGM there will be an opportunity for parents to put themselves forward to help out with the PTA as a committee member.
The committee meets monthly across the school year and is the representative body for the parental community within the structure of the school. It liaises with the Board of Management, the Principal and staff, and the parental community in going about organising numerous events across the school year. Key to its working practices is to both further the level of parental involvement in the school and to add to the extra-curricular activities that the children engage in.
WHILE THERE IS STRONG INTEREST FROM THE FEMALE PARENTAL COMMUNITY IT WOULD BE NICELY BALANCED IF WE COULD GET SOME MORE INTEREST FROM THE MALE PARENTAL COMMUNITY – C’MON THE DADS!
Tea and coffee will also be served.
If you would like to put yourself forward for to be on the committee you need to be present at the AGM.
Ratification of PTA constitution
Over the last year the present PTA committee has been busy putting together a working constitutional document outlying the means for which the PTA can and should operate. This document will be put forward at the AGM for ratification by the parental body. The working document is available to be read online on the school website www.limerickschoolproject.ie under the parent teacher association link. Hard copies will also be available to read in the foyer of the school from tomorrow onwards. We would ask that people have a read and bring any point of interest to the AGM for discussion.
Note for your diary
On Tuesday 13th October at 7pm the PTA have organised for a talk to be given by a National Parents Council Trainer titled “Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing”. Further details will be published nearer the date. There will be crèche facilities on the night in case parents need children minded.
Volume 15, Issue 31
May 21st 2015
Some fabulous fish painted by Senior Infants!
Eamonn Andrews, photographer will be in school tomorrow Friday, 22nd.
Key found in plant pot on day of Plant & Cake Sale, please contact Louise if you think it may be yours.
Term 3 White Envelope Week (WEW). Thanks to everyone who returned their envelope and a little reminder to those who may have forgotten. Receipts have been issued.
School Hall available to rent, city centre location (O’Connell Avenue). For evening and/or weekend use. Cost €25 per hour. Suitable for keep fit, karate etc. Own insurance needed. For further information or to view contact Louise 061 412994.
Please let us know if your child is not returning to LSP in September.
Down Syndrome Ice Cream Day, Wednesday May 27th 11.00am-2.20pm in halla.
Internet Safety Talk: Reminder that internet safety talk with Dr Maureen Griffin will take place on Wednesday 3rd June. There will be crèche facilities available if there is enough interest. Please let us know in advance if you’d like to avail of the crèche.
The children made €627.58, selling cakes at the Spring Fair last week, thanks to all those who baked & bought cakes & buns.
The school choir will perform next Thursday 28th at 1.30pm in school hall for 1st to 6th class. Parents are welcome; particularly those of children who might like to join next year.
UL Sports Day 2015
LSP athletes represented the school at the Primary School Sports in UL yesterday. We are very proud of all the pupils who took part from 1st to 6th class and especially proud of the boy’s team who came 1st and brought a trophy back to school. Well done everyone.
UL was an awesome time. There were boys and girls. The boys had won the running title for LSP. Everybody was super. By Anthony, 4th class
Our girl’s basketball team went to UL to compete against Salesians Primary School last Thursday. We were beaten 16-11. They were really tough but we played really well. We got 2nd place medals. Even though we lost it was great to get to the final. We came 2nd in the Limerick Primary School League. By Alexa 4th class
Dark navy boy’s Adidas jacket with 3 orange stripes on sleeves & a hood missing. Age 11 years. Please drop into office if found.
Parent Teacher Association News
Spring Plant and Cake Sale
A great day was had by all at this year’s Spring Plant and Cake Sale, which took place last Friday May 15th. A wonderful range of plants was on display and many gardening enthusiasts young and old came out on the day to support the event. A wonderful selection of delicacies was 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.
Animal Magic have had to postpone due to unforeseen circumstances, they will reschedule before summer break. LSP.
Final Coffee Morning
There will be a final coffee morning of the year on Friday June 12th outside the staff room from 8.30-10.00 am; all are welcome for a free cup of tea/coffee and a chat with other parents
Talk to incoming Jnr Infants Class Parents
Last Monday evening the PTA chairperson, Pat, was involved, along with the Board Of Management Chair, Richard, the principle Orla and Jenni in giving a talk to the incoming Jnr infants class parents. Pat spoke on the value of the Parent Teacher Association in the school, how it operates, and spoke on the number of events that the PTA has carried out over the past year. He added that the committee is always interested in having new members and that there would be an opportunity to join the committee at the next AGM
The PTA constitution is now up online on school website. This is a working document which will be ratified at the AGM in September.
Second Level School – Expressions of Interest
Are you interested in having an Educate Together Second Level School in Limerick? If so please fill out an Expression of Interest Form. Forms will be available in the school foyer next week. Alternatively you can submit your expression at:
We need as many expressions as possible to demonstrate to the Dept of Education that families in Limerick wish to have an Educate Together secondary school.
The National Parents Council Primary Conference 2015
Building Brighter Futures
Partnership for Success
Date: Saturday 13th June
Time: 10.30 am-4 pm (registration with tea/coffee from 10.15 am.
Venue: National college of Ireland, Mayor Street, Dublin 1 (situated in the IFSC, on the Luas red line, Mayor Square –NCI stop).
Conference is open to ALL parents (not just those on the parent association committee).
ADMISSION IS FREE – lunch will be provided.
Places are limited, to secure attendance you must register in advance, book your place early to avoid disappointment!
Volume 15, Issue 24
March 5th 2015
The photograph above was taken today as the children waited to perform our Green School water song as part of our water flag assessment.
School is closed on Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th March
Our School choir performed in the Peace Proms last Saturday night in UL Arena. It was a great opportunity to sing with 23 other primary schools. We watched the different instruments in the orchestra being played as well as some soloists playing the violin, uilleann pipes and singing. All seats were sold out and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland wrote: ‘Huge thanks and congratulations to all school choirs who performed in Peace Proms at UL on Saturday. It was a fabulous day! Thank you for having your groups so well organised and prepared! The choirs were absolutely fantastic!! Please pass on our congratulations to them for their sparkling and brilliant performances!!’
From all the Peace Proms Team.
The launch for Carole Gurnett’s debut novel The Curtain Falls will take place at Dooradoyle Library on Thursday, March 12th. @ 7pm. All are welcome on the night! Carole’s two daughters are past pupils of the LSP and she is currently working in the After School Club.
The DVD of the Magic of the Musicals can be ordered up to next Friday 6th March. Each order must include €15 as we will only order the amount required. Payment for the DVDs goes towards the cost of recording the concert and the sound system used.
Please let us know if your child will not be returning to LSP next year.
Filling in the POD form is now critical in that allocations will be based on the POD details given to DES.
DES Quote: From the 2016/2017 academic year, it is intended that teacher allocations and capitation grants will be made on the basis of POD data, and the previous basis for allocations, the National Annual School Census will cease operation from that point. Allocations for the School are based on the data received and therefore if parents do not respond the school may not get the learning support allocation we are entitled to.
Childs jacket size 32-34 missing. It is a deep blue colour with green florescent piping, with ‘Dare to Be’ printed on it.
BASIC FIRST AID TRAINING for Parents.
There are posters advertising First Aid training for parents around the school. Contact Niamh Lenihan 061 600918 or email@example.com for booking.
LSP Parent Teacher Association News
- There will be a meeting held on Thursday 19th March at 7pm on the pathway to seeking a Second Level Educate Together school in limerick. Parents are encouraged to attend as it is only through parental involvement that a strategy can be put in place to achieve the goal of a second level school for our children that builds on the ethos of their primary education
- There was great feedback from the children and the staff regards the Tai Chi classes that were started last Thursday. The kids really enjoyed the learning activity. The classes will continue for the next few weeks every Thursday.
- The Playground Project started doing workshops with the children this week. The idea is to involve the children in ways that the playground space could be utilised through interactive workshops. These ideas will be collated and incorporated into possibilities for the yard space as an interactive play/educational space.
- The Plant and Cake Spring Fair will be held on the 15th May; we will be looking for parents to be involved through either baking cakes or donating plants/shrubs etc. More information to follow soon as planting will need to start in the near future so as to be ready for the fair.
- If people are still looking for programmes from the school concert from the Lime Tree, they can be bought from Louise in her office.
- The Parent Teacher association will be holding a “Yard Party” for the children on June 19th, this will be a fun filled day for the children and will happen during school hours.
Minutes for the Board of Management meeting in January can be found here
Tomorrow is the Plant and Cake Sale. Please consider baking tonight. We’re particularly calling on families from Junior Infants to 3rd class who weren’t asked to bake for the Valentine’s Fair, but families from all the classes are welcome to bake for the sale. Also, please come support this annual PTA event!
Thanks to everyone who returned their White Envelope and a gentle reminder to those who may have forgotten. White Envelope Week (voluntary contributions) plays a very important role in maintaining our ongoing financial stability. We are sincerely grateful for any contribution, no matter how small. We receive only 60% of our annual spend from the Department of Education, and the generosity of parents over the many years has ensured we are able to continue to provide a well-rounded educational experience for all children.
There will be a PTA meeting next Monday night, the 19th of May, at 7pm at the school and all are welcome. Agenda – Plant and Cake Sale Reflection and preparation of nominations for the upcoming AGM.
Sixth class will begin knitting classes starting on the week of 19th May. We would really appreciate help from any experienced knitters who may be available. We hope to have knitting classes on Wednesday afternoons, but this is flexible. If you are available to help let Collette or Karen know. Thank you.
Well done to everyone who represented LSP at the Limerick City Athletics Finals yesterday at UL. Despite a rather wet and miserable day, the boys and girls placed well in their respective categories! Certificates to the participants will be presented next week.
We had a wonderful visit from the Augsburg Choir to the school. It was fantastic to have such wonderful young musicians singing in our school, and the interaction between the two choirs was great fun. Peter Hendrickson, the conductor of the choir, wrote saying that the visit to LSP was one of the highlights of their tour. It was also the highlight of the year for the LSP Choir and we are grateful for their willingness to visit the school!
Today 1st and 2nd Classes had the privilege of attending a fantastic show, Bláth, at the Lime Tree Theatre from the puppetry group Branar.
School will operate as normal, tomorrow Friday 5th September. There will be school buses in the morning, but parents will have to collect children at home time as there will be no buses running at this time.
Congratulations to Jenni Oakley who is our new Deputy Principal.
Due to the visit of the Giant Granny to Limerick we plan to bring the pupils from senior infants to 6th class as far as the Crescent/Barrington Street to see the Granny and the Lilliputians. Please fill in the permission slip that went home with your child/ren and return it to your child’s teacher tomorrow, if we do not have permission your child will not be able to leave the school.
The annual permission slips for school events and the pupil person accident insurance forms will be going home with next week’s Nuacht.
After School Clubs: Chess will resume on Wednesday, 1st October. Cost €5 per child per week. Money can be paid directly to Gabriel (coach). Redemptorist Centre of Music for percussion & music classes will be starting up again soon. Art & Craft with Tara will also be starting soon. Choir: we hope to have the choir up and running as soon as possible.
Post Office Savings Stamps Our local post office in 90, Henry Street has offered to start a savings scheme ‘Saving with Cyril’ on a weekly basis. Melissa a parent of a past pupil will call weekly, on a Thursday with the stamps and books. This is a great way to get children saving and a reminiscent of the Sammy Stamp saving scheme we had in the early days of the school. Any family wishing to avail of this service will need to open an account for the child in the post office beforehand. Documents needed will be the child’s birth cert, PPSN number and photo ID, utility bill and PPSN of parent. Any further questions will be answered in the Post Office, 90 Henry St.
PTA coffee morning for new parents will take place tomorrow morning at 8.30am outside the staff room.
Don’t forget to check out our new website www.limerickschoolproject.ie for class updates, upcoming events and PTA news!