Student Council 2018/2019

We had a great time going to Stakelums and choosing toys for the children in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, using the money we raised at the Christmas Cake Sale. We made a fantastic, varied selection for children of all ages and we hope we covered a lot of interests too. Aaron gave us some great advice on what would be most suitable and we had some great discussions on what toys would work best. Stakelums gave us a very generous donation also which we really appreciated and we know the children in the hospital will too. Thanks to Karen Gleeson for all your help and advice and Aaron for some brilliant ideas and guidance. It was a day we will never forget.

Seachtain na Gaeilge was a big success with super events planned for all the classes. Bhaineamar a lan taitneamh as an gCeili Mor sa halla agaus bhi Trath na gCeist thar barr. Bhiomar ar muin na muice ag an Maidin Caife freisin. D’olamar seaclaid te agus bhi cupla “chats” againn as Gaeilge. Bhi an craic ar fheabhas gan dabht.

The Student’s council organised a fantastic Action Day in conjunction with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean event. We decided to take part in the National Spring Clean Project in conjunction with An Taisce. Everyone in the school was involved in tidying areas around the school, schools grounds and the village. Incredible work was done in the area and the place is looking spotless. It was a fantastic community effort with so many people getting involved and helping out. Thank you to everyone who gave their time to help out, we really appreciated it. A special thank you to the Tidy Towns committee who work so hard and organised a fabulous treat for all the children after their busy day picking up all the litter. Photos from the day are on the Twitter account. For all other Green Schools updates that the student’s council have been involved in please check the Green Schools part of the website.

The Student’s Council would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who helped us and came to our bake sale before the Christmas holidays.

Thank you to everyone who worked at a stall, everyone who donated baked goods for sale, everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, everyone who sang in the choir, everyone who donated decorations and lights, everyone who helped set up and clean up afterwards and everyone who attended with such good cheer on the day. We all had such a wonderful time and we really appreciate all the donations and custom.

We are thrilled to inform you all that we raised €965 on the day. As previously mentioned, half of this amount is going to the Green Schools committee and will be used for resources and activities organised towards earning our first green flag for Litter and Waste. The second half will be used to purchase toys which will be donated to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. We will keep you all updated with these two initiatives as they progress.

We would also just like to remind people that there were some containers left behind on the day of the bake sale which can be collected from the school any day.

The Student’s Council

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The Student Council are holding a Bake Sale in the school Hall on Friday 21st December 2018 at 9.30am. Classes will be scheduled during the day to go down to the hall and buy some treats if they wish. There will be complimentary tea and coffee for anyone who would like to pop down at 9.30 am that morning to sample some of the delights!

Proceeds will be going to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and will also be used to fund further projects that the Student Council are working on. Donations of any kind of buns, cakes, biscuits and treats would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped into the school hall at 9am on Friday morning.

If you are bringing money to school that morning please keep it somewhere safe like in a zipped pocket or wallet. Please write your name on any plates, bowls, boxes or trays that you send in so everything can be returned efficiently. There will also be a raffle and games to take part in with plenty of festive prizes up for grabs. Your custom would be greatly welcomed.

BOM Agreed Reporting 2019

B.O.M. Meeting 10th of June 2019

  • Classes for 2019/2020

JI   & SI  – Ruth O’Dwyer

1st– Mary Hurley 

2nd – Ciara O’Dwyer

3rd& 4th – Ciara Lanigan

5th& 6th – David O’Dwyer

Special Ed. 1 – Ciara Ryan

Special Ed. 2 – Job Share Sarah Kelly and Ann Marie Cullen

  • New PE/Sports Plan to be implemented from September 2019
  • GNS are re- engaging with School Self Evaluation and the focus for September 2019 will be on Science.
  • Gortnahoe NS Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed by the staff, parents and Board of Management in September 2019.
  • Scholastic Book Fair -the school will received 1213.17 in the value of books from the fair.
  • Well done to Múinteoir Mary, the Student Council and Green School Committee on receving our Green Schools Flag for Litter and Waste.

B.O.M. Meeting 20th of March 2019

  • The school has received emergency works funding for a new toilet.
  • Well done to Ciara Lanigan who won an award with Children’s Books Ireland for the school.

B.O.M. Meeting 5th of February 2019

  • Enrolment Application Forms are currently distributed and are to be returned to the school by February 28th, 2019.
  • The next B.O.M meeting is on the 20th of March and after this meeting anyone who sent in an application form will be informed of the board’s decision.
  • Teaching Practice Students in Gortnahoe NS for Term 2 – 3
  • The B.O.M has contacted the council to highlight our safety concerns regarding the front entrance at the school.
  • Congratulations to our U11 quiz team who finished second in the Credit Union Quiz
  • Well done to our Student Council on their Cake Sale at Christmas, which raised 965 and for their generosity in donating half of the money raised to Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

BOM Agreed Reporting 2018

B.O.M. Meeting 12th of December 2018 

  • The B.O.M. recommended for the continued use of the school hall as a polling station for voting.
  • Confirmation Date – 5th of March
  • First Holy Communion  – 18th of May
  • Enrolment Application forms will be distributed from the second week in January.
  • IZAK 9 Maths resource purchased and thanks to our Parent Association for a contribution of €500 towards the purchase of this.
  • Green Schools Committee are doing great work with Múinteoir Mary and new bin system in place throughout the school.
  • There will be a school closure for the children on the 31st of January 2019 as per D.E.S. circular 39/18 to facilitate teacher planning with the new primary language curriculum.
  • Grandparent’s Day will be on the 1st of February in the school hall.

B.O.M. Meeting 20th of September 2018

  • Mary Kate Mac Gabhann has been appointed to teach Junior Infants to cover Múinteoir Ruth O’Dwyer
  • Ruth O’Dwyer is the new AP II Post holder and Múinteoir Mary Hurley will act up in this position while Ruth’s on maternity leave.
  • I Pads are to be ordered from Wriggle.

B.O.M. Meeting 12th of April 2018

  • Part-Time Secretary Position for aprx. 10 hours per week will be advertised in the Tipperary Star.
  • Múinteoir Therese will be retiring at the end of this school year.
  • Staff have undertaken child protection training.
  • Child Safeguarding Statement Ratified.
  • 17 new entrants for September 2018.

B.O.M. Meeting 8th of February, 2018

  • Ciara Lanigan was appointed to an APII post following interview and ratification by the Board of Management. Ciara now forms part of the in-school-management team with the Principal and Deputy Principal.

Green Schools 2018/2019

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March/April e-newsletter

The Green Schools Committee have spent the last few weeks planning their Action Day which took place just before the Easter holidays. We decided to take part in the National Spring Clean Project in conjunction with An Taisce. Everyone in the school was involved in tidying areas around the school, schools grounds and the village. Incredible work was done in the area and the place is looking spotless. It was a fantastic community effort with so many people getting involved and helping out. Thank you to everyone who gave their time to help out, we really appreciated it. A special thank you to the Tidy Towns committee who work so hard and organised a fabulous treat for all the children after their busy day picking up all the litter. Photos from the day are on the Twitter account.

Monitoring of the Litter Less campaign is showing really positive results for our school grounds. Our bar chart, displayed on the G.S. notice board shows that the litter is consistently much lower than it was at the start of the year. We are thrilled with this outcome and hope it continues. Thanks everyone for being conscious of not bringing wrappers out to the yard and for disposing of litter in a responsible way.

We ended the term on a very positive note by discovering we have been awarded the Green Flag for Litter and Waste. The Committee have worked hard all year, coming up with brilliant ideas, working so well together and showing great leadership qualities and the children deserve this fantastic affirmation and recognition of a job well done! We look forward to the awards ceremony and most importantly raising the Green Flag in our school soon.

Thanks everyone!

The Green School Committee

February e-newsletter

Spring has Sprung!

The Green Schools Committee were busy in February planting bulbs. Every child in the school got to plant a bulb and we have been watching them grow over the last few months. We planted onions, tulips, crocus’s and borage to name a few. These plants were minded so well by the Green Schools Committee and we couldn’t believe how much they grew in a few short weeks! Before the Easter holidays they will be relocated and eventually will be re-planted by the water tower to encourage bees to pollenate the area. It was such a fun project to work on and thank you so much to Michelle and Pascal for their guidance, help and hard work.

A big thank you to Lucas and Finley who are keeping a really close eye on the bin systems in all the classrooms. Please remember to put clean, dry recyclables in the red bin, dirty rubbish in the green and then compostable items in the brown bin. As always, if you’re not sure check the Green Schools Notice board for lists of items suitable for each bin. A few classes are earning stickers every single week and are in the running for the prize at the end of the year.

In February we also had our Green Schools assessment visit from Helen Cahill from the Tipperary County Council. The committee have worked so hard this year and had lots of fantastic work to show and plenty of ideas to tell Helen all about. Fingers crossed we get good news soon!

Thanks everyone!

The Green School Committee

January e-newsletter

The Student’s Council and Green School’s Committee would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who helped us and came to our bake sale before the Christmas holidays.

Thank you to everyone who worked at a stall, everyone who donated baked goods for sale, everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, everyone who sang in the choir, everyone who donated decorations and lights, everyone who helped set up and clean up afterwards and everyone who attended with such good cheer on the day. We all had such a wonderful time and we really appreciate all the donations and custom.

We are thrilled to inform you all that we raised €965 on the day. As previously mentioned, half of this amount is going to the Green Schools committee and will be used for resources and activities organised towards earning our first green flag for Litter and Waste. The second half will be used to purchase toys which will be donated to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. We will keep you all updated with these two initiatives as they progress.

We would also just like to remind people that there were some containers left behind on the day of the bake sale which can be collected from the school any day.

Our Green Schools board has been updated with our Litter Less campaign results showing the decrease we have seen in the amount of litter in the yard and garden since we started. Monitoring of the litter in these blackspots will continue until the end of the school year.

The junior and senior infant class representatives are doing random bin checks in all the classrooms and keeping everyone on their toes with the recycling! Keep up the good work everyone and remember there are reminders on the green schools notice board and on your class bins as to what goes into each bin.

If anyone wants to send in a Tip of the Week for reducing litter and waste please feel free to let your class rep know. There have been some very informative tips this year so far like:

Use your scrap paper for notes and art in school

Bring any left over wrapping paper in to school for art

Give toys to a charity shop

Buy fruit and veg without any wrapping

Thanks everyone!

Welcome to our December issue of the Green Schools e-newsletter!

Thanks again to everyone who brought in all the batteries. As we reached our first target of 10 shoeboxes full we have applied for our collection in the New Year. We are still collecting them so feel free to keep sending in your used batteries.

We have finished the first part of the Litter Less Campaign and submitted our final measurements to the Environmental Education Unit in An Taisce. We are thrilled with the decrease in litter on the yard and garden and we are putting our results on a graph to show the results. This will be displayed on the Green Schools Notice Board.

The Student Council are holding a Bake Sale in the school Hall on Friday 21st December. Classes will be scheduled during the day to go down to the hall and buy some treats if they wish. There will be complimentary tea and coffee for anyone who would like to pop down at 9.30 am that morning to sample some of the delights! If you are bringing money to school that morning please keep it somewhere safe like in a zipped pocket or purse. Proceeds will be going to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and will also be used to fund further projects that the Student Council are working on, including the Green Schools initiative. Donations of any kind of buns, cakes, biscuits and treats would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped into the school hall at 9am on the morning of the bake sale. Please write your name on any plates, bowls boxes or trays that you send in so everything can be returned efficiently. There will also be a raffle and games to take part in with plenty of festive prizes up for grabs. Your custom would be greatly welcomed.

Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most wasteful. Here are some of the top tips (adapted from Journal.ie) for having  a more environmentally friendly Christmas. You might find one or two things you could do this Christmas to make a difference to our environment.

  1. Give people experiences instead of items. Maybe you could give someone the gift of a day out or a trip instead of a toy.
  2. Check charity shops for presents or make your own. There are fantastic ideas on sites like Pinterest for DIY presents and charity shops can be great places to get good as new books, ornaments, antiques and much more.
  3. But local produce for your Christmas meals. Purchasing your goods from local suppliers will decrease their food miles as well as support local business and our economy. Buy un-packaged, loose fruit and vegetables when possible.
  4. Try to unwrap your presents carefully so wrapping paper or gift bags can be re-used. Wrapping paper is very useful for art. Old Christmas cards can be cut into shapes to make festive gift tags.
  5. Know where to put your rubbish. Don’t contaminate dry clean recyclables with dirty waste. Know your collection points for Christmas trees when it’s time to dispose of them. Dispose of your glass at the bottle bank.
  6. Buy rechargeable batteries for toys. If you are finished with any batteries keep them to bring them into school after the holidays to dispose of.

As this is our last e-newsletter before Christmas we would like to finish by wishing you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and a fantastic (and green!) new year. We would like to thank everyone for helping and supporting us this year and look forward to telling you about all our new ventures in 2019.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Welcome to our first edition of the Green Schools E-Newsletter, we hope you enjoy it!

The Green School Committee have been doing incredible work around the school as we work towards our first Green School flag for litter and waste.

Every Wednesday morning we have been picking up the litter in the yard and garden as part of the Litter Less Campaign. The Litter Less Campaign is an international litter awareness programme. It aims to change littering behaviours among young people around the world, to raise awareness of where our waste goes and to involve communities in reducing litter in their locality. We weigh the rubbish each week and are very happy to see a decrease in the amount of litter in this area since October. Everyone has been really helpful in remembering not to bring wrappers on to the yard. We hope this continues.

The Green school Committee have designed a noticeboard beside the staff room displaying Green Schools news, facts about litter and waste and competition entries and winners. This will be updated every few weeks so always keep an eye on it to see the latest installment in our Green Schools journey.

The infant classrooms are doing great work with recycling. Thanks to everyone who has sent in clean, dry recyclable materials for junk art, which is used during Aistear time. Things like egg boxes, cardboard boxes, old wrapping paper, are all extremely useful.

Thank you to everyone who dropped in their batteries for disposal. Batteries for disposal can be dropped into the school any day and will be collected from the school once we have reached the target of 10 shoeboxes full.

The Student council ran a competition for children in the school to come up with a Green School Code. This could have been a slogan, short poem or rhyme or caption. All the entries were excellent and we really appreciate the hard work children went to in creating and designing their codes. The winning entry came from Evie Kennedy and it was “Don’t sin, put it in the bin” which will now be displayed on our noticeboard and will be used as our Green Schools catch phrase for the year ahead. Congratulations and thank you Evie. All entries will be displayed around the school.

A few things coming up:

We are working on lots of new and exciting projects while working towards our Litter and Waste Green Flag. Some things coming up are introducing a 3 bin system to the classrooms and familiarising everyone with composting in the school, a bake sale in December, tree planting and much more. We will be updating you all through our notice board, e-newsletter and the committee will be updating the classes as things progress. Thanks for all your help so far.

We are working on lots of new and exciting projects while working towards our Litter and Waste Green Flag. Some things coming up are introducing a 3 bin system to the classrooms and familiarising everyone with composting in the school, a bake sale in December, tree planting and much more. We will be updating you all through our notice board, e-newsletter and the committee will be updating the classes as things progress. Thanks for all your help so far.

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School Calendar for 2019/2020

Gortnahoe N.S. Upcoming Events: 

Gortnahoe N.S. Upcoming Events:

Wednesday April 3rd at 7.30 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation for 2nd Class 

Thursday April 4th – PDST Gymnastics Instruction for all classes and teachers. 

Friday April 5th Spring Clean

 In conjunction with Gortnahoe Tidy Towns Committee and the the National Spring Clean Initiative our school will partake in a spring clean this Friday. Infants to 2nd class will clean around the school grounds and GAA pitch. The Green School’s Committee along with 3rd to 6th class will clean designated areas of the streets and estates in the village, in small groups under teacher supervision. If you do not wish your child to partake in this, please let the class teacher know.   

Monday  8th of April to Friday 12th of April – Gortnahoe NS Active Schools Week 

Children can wear their school tracksuit all next week, except on THURSDAY. Activities will include Gymnastics, Hip Hop Dancing, Hurling with former Kilkenny All Star Richie Power, Coaching with Andy Ryan, Tag Rugby and much more.  

Thursday 11th of April 

Please ensure your child is in full uniform coming to school on Thursday morning as school photographer William Whyte will be in school to take class, individual and sibling photos. Children from 1st – 6th can bring their school tracksuit to change into once the photos have been taken, for active school’s week activities, if they wish to. 

St.Patricks Day

St.Patricks Day 17th of March, falls on Sunday this year.The following day Monday the 18th of March, the school will remain closed as a Bank Holiday.

Celebration of Confirmation

Our 5th and 6th class pupils celebrated receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on 5th of March . Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly confirmed the children.Congratulations to all the pupils on such a special occasion.

A big thank you to Múinteoirs Ciara Lanigan, Mary Hurley and Ciara Ryan on all their hard work preparing the choir and music for the day.

School Photographs

William Whyte Photography will be in the school, on the 11th of April to take photographs of the children.