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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 http://let2ndlevel.com/ 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. https://www.facebook.com/let2ndlevel/timeline . 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 greatlimerickrun.com
  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 pta.lsp@gmail.com
  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 animalmagic.ie
  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 pta.lsp@gmail.com

An Nuacht – 26th February


Volume 15, Issue 23

February 26th 2015


School is closed on Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th March

New after-school basketball club has commenced. The senior group is now full, cost €16 per child. Please drop money into office if you haven’t already paid. This will run until Easter Holidays

Term 2 White Envelope Week (WEW). Thanks to those who have contributed & a reminder to those who may have forgotten. Receipts have been issued.



Carole Gurnett, a past parent of this school and currently involved with the After School Club, has written a historical novel for adults entitled The Curtain Falls. The book opens in 1897 and it tells the story of actor, Edmund Jeffers, who is at the height of his fame and is very well respected but has a secret life that threatens to undo him. The action switches between London and South Africa during the Boer War.

Carole’s two daughters, Julie and Tess McLoughlin went to LSP and are now in fifth year and second year at Laurel Hill Colaiste. The book launch will take place on March 12th  in Dooradoyle Library at 7pm and the book will be on sale from this weekend in all good bookshops!


Peace Proms will take place on Saturday 28th February in UL. The LSP School choir will be taking part in the 8pm performance. Tickets can be booked on the peace proms website www.peaceproms.com  and family tickets are 50 euro for 4.

On Friday 13th February we had our 5th annual Valentine’s Fair, and we raised €450 towards the school concert. Many thanks to all the families who baked such lovely cakes.


Parent Teacher Association News

Sponsors of The Magic of the Musicals Raffle

The LSP Parent Teacher Association kindly received sponsorship for the raffle prizes from the following businesses:

  • Niamh Bowen @ Baby Dessa
  • Jack Mondays
  • Crust Café
  • Zest Cafe
  • Bellissimo Salon
  • Del Arte Restaurant
  • Bobby Byrnes Pub and Restaurant
  • Bonkers Shoes
  • The LSP Homework Club
  • Cornhill Fire Protection
  • John Coughlan @ The Edge Clothing
  • Ruth @ The Stormy Tea-cup
  • The Card Company

Our sincere thanks to all those who contributed.

Thank you also to all those who volunteered to sell programmes and raffle tickets on both nights of the show. Also thanks to Liz Nolan for MC-ing. All the help is much appreciated and all the funds raised will go towards the cost of putting on the show.

Tai Chi Classes Beginning 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 today, 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 wellbeing benefits

Tai Chi for Kids – everyone has fun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaZwO3Z8k0sTai Chi 4 Kidz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cANSD9G6Wc

Photos of the Show Photos of The Magic of the Musicals are in the process of being uploaded to the school website. www.limerickschoolproject.ie Keep an eye out for them!

Post Office Savings Stamps

‘Saving with Cyril’ is back 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. There are some post office account application forms available in the office. Please let Louise know if you are interested. Melissa will be in school next Thursday.

The PTA monthly update for February can be found here.


LSP 25th Anniversary concert has been a huge success. We are awaiting final figures but we hope to almost cover our costs.

Thank you to:

The BOM for providing the opportunity to every child in the school to sing and dance on a real theatre stage;

Gerdi McGlynn for working her magic and producing a fantastic show;

The PTA for the fabulous posters, programmes and for organising the raffle, selling tickets and generally helping out anywhere necessary;

The entire staff and helpers for the hard work involved in rehearsing, fitting costumes, supervising and entertaining backstage;

The soloists for showcasing their talents;

The parents for helping, buying tickets and coming along to see the show

And lastly the children of the LSP for being so talented and performing so well.


DVDs will be available soon and we will pass on the details as soon as we get them.


Some quotes from pupils:

‘Great fun, especially on stage’ Julia, 5th class

‘A lot of the acts were hilarious. Mairead was really funny. She’s a great actress’ Kallen, 5th class

‘It was a great show. My mum was shocked that I had a part’ Luke, 6th class

‘I loved all the songs. I was in Annie’ Alannah, 3rd class

‘We were very lucky to be in the show. I really enjoyed it.’ Elio, 4th class

‘It was an amazing experience for everyone in the school, even if you didn’t have a solo part’ André & Isobel, 6th class

‘It was awesome!’ Danilo, Junior Infants.

‘I loved the show’ Pattharawarin, Senior Infants.


PTA Monthly Updates


The PTA would like to welcome everyone back to a new term at LSP. The committee had its first meeting of the year this week and at that meeting the figures for the Winter Fair were finalised. We are excited to announce that the amount of money raised by the fair was €3,700. This demonstrates both how successful the fair was, and the level of commitment and engagement by the school community with the fair. The money will be used to fund extracurricular activities and events for the school community over the rest of the year. With that in mind we would like to outlay some of the events that we will be organising over the coming months:

  • The PTA has arranged Tai Chi classes for all the children at LSP . A Tai Chi instructor will attend the school and classes will commence the end of February, and run for 8 weeks. More information on this event will be posted in February.
  • The PTA will contribute €1000 from moneys raised towards classroom resourses.
  • As part of the 25th year celebrations, the PTA will be organising a “Yard Party” for the children. This will take place in June (date to be confirmed) and will be run during regular school time. More information on this event will be posted nearer the date.
  • The school is organising “the Magic of the Musicals” concert where all classes will perform on stage at the Limetree Theatre – Tickets for the event can be bought from the Limetree website. The PTA’s contribution will be organising the programme for the event and also running a raffle on both nights.
  • The Plant and Cake Spring Fair will be held in mid-May (date to be confirmed.)
  • Two further coffee mornings will be held between now and the end of the school year. The next one takes place on the 6th of February from 8.30am outside the staff room. Coffee mornings are open to the whole school community and we would encourage people to come along. It is a great opportunity to chat with other parents, chat to the committee and also have a nice cup of coffee/tea.
  • The PTA has commenced a project looking at the school yard and the possible ways of making it a more engaging space for the children. With that in mind, workshops will be run with the children to get some insight into how they view the yard and their ideas as to how the yard could be enhanced as an activity space.
  • The PTA committee will hold an open meeting for parents / guardians at its next committee meeting on the 9th February in the staff room of the LSP. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to bring an idea for an event, to raise/bring an issue they are concerned about, ask a question, or simply get to know the committee. The time of this meeting will be announced nearer the date.