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School Notice - 23 October 2008

Parent Teacher Meeting: Thursday 20/11/08 starting at 1pm.

HSE: The School Nurse will be here on Monday 03/11/08 to do screening (Vision & Hearing) on Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First Class and Sixth Class.

Hair Lice: November Break next week is an ideal opportunity to check and treat as necessary for head lice. Should any parent wish to meet the School Nurse when she visits on 03/11/08, please let me know and I will try to arrange it. 

First Holy Communion: 23/05/09 at 11am in Maree Church.
Revised Calendar: Please note amended dates.
Budget 2009: I wish to express our disappointment at the cuts in education in the government's budget. Of major concern to schools is the threat to staffing levels. While we are not in immediate danger, it must be said that the budget proposal on staffing will have an impact in the not too distant future unless the current proposal on staffing levels is reversed. Currently we have one teacher per class, which is the ideal situation. Should we lose a teacher we wold be in a situation where, not alone would there be a bigger number per class, but there would be splitting of classes which is not ideal.
We will be hearing more in the next few weeks and your support will be needed in lobbying the minister to urgently request that he abandon this and other proposed education cuts.


School Notice - 07 October 2008

Calendar Change: Please note the following: School will be closed on Friday 1st May 2009, instead of Friday 29th May 2009. A revised Calendar will issue shortly. Please also see for changes. School Building: There has been no major change in the news on our proposed school extension. We have been assured by Frank Fahy that the projects which received approval last year (including ours) will be progressed ahead of any new applications which are coming on stream. However the question of when we can proceed still remains. Science Workshop: The Parents' Association has kindly agreed to fund the visit of a Science Workshop to the scvhool which is a fun/hands-on way of learning Science for all classes from Junior Infants to 6th. Sewing Class: Sewing class has begun for 4th class with Mary Finn & Noreen Dooley. There has been huge interest shown and we intend to do a block of 6 weeks with 3rd, 5th & 6th class over the coming months.


Sports Day 2008

This year's Sports Day was a great success. Pupils competed in Sprints, Relays, Egg-and-Spoon Races, Three-legged Races, Sack Races, Junior & Senior Teddy Racing, Penalty Shoot-outs. {gallery}sports_day_08{/gallery}


Green School Flag Raising

Today we raised our 3rd green school flag! Thanks to Ms. Sinnott for her hard work and persistence with all things environmental. Thanks also to all who supported her along the way. Pictured are Mr. Cleary and Martin Forde. {gallery}green_school_flag_raising_09{/gallery}


School Notice - 05 June 2008

Green Flag: On Tuesday 10.06.08 at 1pm approx. we will be raising our new Green Flag (this is our 3rd year to be awarded). Martin Forde will be doing the honours for us due to his special interest in environmental issues. My thanks also to Ms. Sinnott for her hard work and persistence with all things environmental. Thanks also to all who supported her along the way. Parents are welcome to come along at 1pm for the flag raising. There will be a cup of tea afterwards and a display in the school corridor of children's artwork made from recycled materials. Sports Day: Last year we supported Ice Cream Day in aid of Downs Syndrome Ireland. This year I am asking each child to buy a wafer ice cream for 1 at school on Monday 9th June. Vouchers may be purchased on Friday 06.06.08 from their class teacher. Fred the Joker/Magician: Fred will be here on Wednesday 11.06.08. Cost 1 per child. They can pay on the day or give it to class teacher the day before. Staff Meeting: There will be a Staff Meeting on Wednesday 11.06.08 at 1.30 pm. All children go home at that time. Head Lice: Head lice have become such a problem, particularly in 1st & 2nd class that we may have to ask the school nurse to call. Obviously most people are checking and treating but unless everybody checks there will be re-infestation.


School Notice - 29 May 2008

Sports Day: Monday, 9th June (Weather permitting) Green Flag Day: Tuesday 10th June Fred the Joker: Wednesday, 11th Jne Election Day: As the school is a polling station, it will be closed on Thursday, June 12th School Tours for 1st - 6th Classes (13/06/08): More information here School Tours for Junior & Senior Infants (16/06/08): More information here Please pass on tour money to class teachers by Friday, June 6th A Skipathon in aid of Cro will take place in June. Date tbc. Entry fee 1.


School Notice - 30 January 2008

Tin Whistle classes 3rd to 6th have resumed. Cost 15 per pupil. School Tours have been arranged for 13/06/08 as follows: 1st & 2nd Classes - Brigit's Garden, Roscahill 3rd & 4th Classes - Bunratty & Craggaunowen 5th & 6th Classes - Let's go Summer School, Breaffy Sports Hall, Castlebar Tours for Junior & Senior Infants to be arranged for a different date. Please note that Junior & Senior Infants will have no school on 13/06/08.


School Notice - 04 January 2008

The Food Dudes Programme is beginning in the school shortly with the aim of encouraging children to eat more fruit. This has proved successful on a pilot basis nationally and is now being done in all Primary Schools. Football and hurling training has resumed with Mr. Duffy for 4th, 5th & 6th class boys, while football training for 4th, 5th & 6th class girls resumes with Mr. Cleary & Ann Nolan in the first week of February. Soccer coaching for 4th, 5th & 6th classes has also resumed on Wednesdays. Green Homes Meeting on Tuesday, 5th February 2008 at 8pm in the school. The topic for the meeting is 'Slim Your Bin'. These meetings have been very enjoyable and informative so far, and it would be nice to see some new faces!


Food Dudes

Maree NS is delighted to announce the launch of a successful new venture in healthy eating called 'Food Dudes'. Food Dudes is a programme developed by the University of Wales, Bangor, to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting and rewards. In large-scale studies in schools in England and Wales and pilot studies in schools in Ireland, the Programme has been shown to be effective and results long lasting across the primary age range, regardless of gender, school size, geographic and socio-economic factors. It is ultimately designed to enable children to enjoy eating healthy diets, and to create a healthy eating culture within schools. For more information, visit:


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