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Check out our new patchwork quilt! {gallery}patchwork_quilt_09{/gallery}


Third Class Seashore Visit 2009

Future Marine Scientists visit the local shore: We are fortunate in Maree NS to have the sea on our doorstep. Recently 3rd class went on a field trip along with their teacher and six parents to Ballinacourty shore. This trip gave the children the opportunity to connect the research and learning which took place in the classroom with the natural world outside. It would not have been possible without the generous involvement of parents who worked in partnership with the children and teacher. Enthusiastic exploration took place, research books were consulted and samples collected. The trip proved to be both educational and very enjoyable as the photos confirm! {gallery}seashore_visit_09{/gallery}


Junior Infants Planting



School Notice - 30 September 2009

Calendar Amendment: School closes at 2.30pm on Friday 23rd October and not at 12 noon as stated on the Calendar. Parent Teacher Meetings: The Parent Teacher Meeting will take place on Thursday 15 th Oct and on Thursday 22nd Oct from 1pm onwards. All children go home at 1pm on both days. We will issue time slots for each family. Parking: In the interest of safety please do not park or set down on the yellow lines at the front of the school. It is also unadvisable to park across the road from the school as there is always a danger that a child may run across the road. The Community Centre car park and the school pathway are the safest access to the school. I would also request that people refrain from turning their cars in the driveway of the private house across from the school. Again there is an option to turn at the Pitch Road or the Community Centre. Thank you for your cooperation in this.


School Notice - 25 September 2009

Parents' Association A.G.M.: The AGM will be held on Tuesday next 29.09.09 at 8pm in the school. All parents invited to attend as the P.A. plays a very important support role in the school. Confirmation: Date 20.04.2010 at 11am in Oranmore Church. Parent/Teacher Meeting: The Parent Teacher meeting will take place ahead of the October mid-term break. Date to be confirmed shortly. Reminder: The school will be closed Friday next 2.10.09 due to the Lisbon Treaty Referendum. Congratulations: Well done to the sixty cyclists who cycled to school for the recent opening of our new cycle stand. Thanks to all parents for your continuing support for the cycling and for ongoing safety advice to the children re: helmets etc. I would ask all drivers to make allowances for the children on the road particularly in the morning when it is busier with other road users on their way to work. Good Luck: Well done also to Mr. Duffy who plays with Mountbellew/Moylough Senior Football team. They have reached the Galway County Final for the first time in over 20 years and we wish them well on Sunday 4.10.09 in the final.


School Notice - 08 September 2009

Child Car Seat Safety: Galway County Council have asked that we bring to your attention the 'Check if it fits' roadshow in Galway Shopping Centre on Friday 11.09.09 from 10am to 5pm. You can have a free expert check to see that your child car seat is fitted correctly. Please see notice in school front porch. Opening of Cycle Stand: We will be having the official opening of the new cycle stand on Wednesday next 16.09.09. Please note that we are also going to have cycle training for 4 th, 5 th & 6 th class cyclists in the coming weeks. Training for classes below 4 th has not as yet been offered but we will get somebody to discuss safety issues with them. All Ireland Minor Final: Congrats to our two past pupils Niall Burke and Jamie Harrison on winning the All Ireland Minor Hurling Final on Sunday. These lads and their class colleagues showed great promise when they played for Maree school team from 2002 to 2004. It is great to see them getting rewarded for their dedication. These lads have been well looked after in Oranmore Maree Club over the years by Brendan Bannon & his management team. So well done also to the Club. We hope to have a visit during the week from the minor lads with the Irish Press Cup.


School Notice - 07 September 2009

Welcome: I would like to welcome everybody back and wish you well for a happy year ahead. Particular welcome goes to our new Junior Infants and to Tom and Cathal who are new to 3 rd and 4 th class respectively. Swine Flu: It is vitally important that any child or adult who is suffering from Swine flu or suspected swine flu not enter the school building. We have provided, tissues, posters, information and lesson plans for every class to try to reduce the risk to the children and ourselves. We ask that parents support the efforts being made by the school by explaining the correct way to use and dispose of the tissue when coughing or sneezing. We are aware that most parents have already done this. Parents may wish to provide individual washbags for their child containing a small face towel and personal hand sanitizer. It is important to inform the school if you or your children have been in contact with a confirmed case of Swine Flu. This information will enable those with underlying medical conditions to take the necessary precautions. Lisbon Treaty: As the school is a polling station, we will be closed on Friday 02.10.09 Staff Meeting: There will be a staff meeting on Friday 11 th Sept. at 1pm. All children go home at 1pm on that day.


Maree NS Take Camogie Honours

Maree N.S. claimed the County 11A Camogie title when they defeated Creagh N.S. in the final played recently in Craughwell. The winners led by 3-2 to 0-0 at the break with the goals from Danielle Cleary(2) and Fiona Reidy Nishio (1) with Niamh Hanniffy and Shannon Costello raising white flags. Cait Bourke struck Maree's first goal in the second half before Mary Geraghty opened Creagh's account with a goal in the 10th minute. However Danielle Cleary added two further goals for the Maree girls to leave the final score Maree 6-2 Creagh 1-0. {gallery}cumann_na_mbunscol_09{/gallery} This was an outstanding team performance from the Maree girls. Shannon Connolly was solid in goals. Defenders Fallyn Walker and Tara Costello were very tight at the back and they were ably supported by Eimear O Donovan and Roisín McInerney. Niamh Hanniffy and Eilis Hogan controlled mid-field while up front Shannon Costello and Danielle Cleary combined very well to make life difficult for the Creagh backs. Fiona Nishio and Jamaine Geoghegan gave it everything while substitutes Cait Bourke , Sinead Connolly , Eimear Caulfield and Ciara Bourke all played a huge part in this great victory. Report: Robert Monaghan


Schools Football Final

Maree N.S. are victorious over St Patrick's of Tuam The Maree N.S. boy's football squad showed an excellent display of skill and determination to arrive undefeated at the 11 a side top division football final. The boys and one girl, Niamh Hanniffy, were proudly led out onto the pitch in Loughgeorge by Tim Carroll and Eoin Fogarty. The whole team were excited and energetic as they ran out to face St Patrick's of Tuam. {gallery}schools_football_final_09{/gallery} After an exciting first half the Maree team led by 4 points. The second half although exhausting for the team was played with skill and enthusiasm bringing the Maree squad to victory with a score of Maree 4 / 7 to St Patrick's 3 / 3 at the final whistle. Congratulations to all the team and everyone involved in helping this team to reach their potential and win the final.


School Notice - 27 May 2009

First Holy Communion: Congratulations to the boys and girls from 2nd class who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday. A big thank you to the choir, the teachers, the parents who helped with the Do This in Memory programme and to the parents of 3rd class who funded and served the lovely refreshments in the Community Centre after mass. A special word of thanks to Fr Peter who made the occasion very special for the boys & girls. School Football: Well done to the boys who have made it through to the County Football 11A Final to be held in Loughgeorge on Wednesday next 3.06.09. Best of luck to them and to Mr. Duffy who has put in a huge amount of work in coaching the boys for the past two years. School Camogie: Congrats also to the girls who are through to the Schools 11A Camogie Final after very good wins over old rivals Killeeneen, Clarinbridge & Carnmore in the group stages. School Tours: The school tours for 1st to 6th classes take place on Friday 5th June. Junior and Senior Infants have no school on that day.School Tour for Junior and Senior Infants takes place on Friday 19th June during school hours. All other classes have school as usual on the 19th. Our thanks to the Parents Association for subsidising the tours for this year. Enrolments: We still have a few places left in Junior Infants Class for Sept 2009. For the long-term we would need those few more to maintain our current staffing levels. Road Safety/Walk on Wednesdays: We would ask all drivers to exercise caution on the roads, particularly in the mornings. More and more children are beginning to walk and cycle to school and this is a most welcome thing. However the issue of safety is a concern so we would hope that greater consideration be given to our young road-users so that hey arrive to school and get home safely. School Photographer: Ick Mellick, school photographer, will be here on Thursday 4th June. Please ensure that you have returned the slip indicating whether or not you wish to have photographs taken. If you have not returned a slip it will be presumed that you do not wish to have a photograph taken.


Confirmation Photos 2009

Well done to the 6th class who recently celebrated their confirmations. {gallery}confirmation_09{/gallery}


School Notice - 13 May 2009

Working Bee: Many thanks to all who helped with preparing the Church Grounds for the upcoming First Holy Communion. We had ten pairs of hands on deck for this 'Working Bee' and the results speak for themselves. We can look forward to a similar day very soon in the school. Sport: The girls had a very good win over Killeeneen NS in their first camogie match while the boys easily disposed of Oughterard in their first football game. Well done to them. First Confession: Congratulations to 2nd class on making their First Confession today. (I'm sure Fr Peter is still in shock at the sins). Best of luck to them in their upcoming First Holy Communion. Hopefully it will be a fine day.


Mini Sevens

Mini Sevens Girls Football Team who took part in the Mini Sevens Competition in Claregalway recently. {gallery}mini_sevens_09{/gallery}


School Notice - 19 March 2009

St. Patrick's Day Parade A big thank you to all involved in making our entry to the St. Patrick's Day parade so colourful and spectacular. The feedback has been very positive and complimentary. A huge amount of work went in to the costumes and props but the end result and the outstanding performance on the day made the effort worthwhile for those involved. Well done to the parents, teachers and children on a fine job. {gallery}st_patricks_day_09{/gallery} Damage to school property: It is disheartening to have to report the unwelcome visit we had to the school premises on Saturday night/Sunday morning 14th/15th of March. A small number of teenagers came on to the school grounds between 11.30pm and 12.30pm and caused extensive damage to the goalposts. Apart from the cost factor, it is an unwanted disruption at a time of year when we are running a football league and preparing for upcoming camogie, hurling and football competitions. The footage from the CCTV cameras is being examined. Needless to say any information on the identity of the visitors would be welcomed. Our thanks to the GAA club for the loan of a set of posts for the lunch-hour league. Mini sevens finals: Best of luck to Mr. Duffy and the boys who are competing in the County Mini Sevens Football Finals next week in Claregalway. Féis: Congrats to all who took part in the Féis in the Maree Community Centre at the weekend. Well done to the hard-working committee for keeping the show on the road. The Féis was a great success and set the tone for the weekend ahead of the parade.


School Notice - 10 March 2009

Last Friday's Mass for Tara Sheridan was lovely. My thanks to Fr Peter, the choir, the readers and to the teachers who prepared the liturgy. Thanks to all the parents who turned out for this special occasion. Well done to all the children who showed such great respect throughout the entire ceremony. Slapped cheek syndrome (fifth disease): There has been a case of slapped cheek syndrome (fifth disease) in your child's school and your child may have been exposed. While it is not listed as one of the conditions which we are obliged to inform parents about, it is at the same time contagious. See below a website which you may find useful or alternatively you could google "Parvovirus B19". See From my reading on it, there is nothing to be alarmed about as it appears to be a mild condition, but at the same time I would advise that you take a look at the website and inform yourself about it. St. Patrick's Day Parade: Our thanks to all the parents, teachers and children who are working so hard in preparation for next Tuesday's St. Patrick's Day Parade. It would be nice to see a large turnout of parents on the day to support the children. Mini Sevens: Well done to Mr. Duffy and the boys who qualified for the County Mini Sevens Finals by beating Craughwell N.S. and a very strong Oranmore B.N.S. team on Thursday 5.03.09 in Oranmore. We wish them well in the final.


School Notice - 10 February 2009

Tin Whistle classes: Tin whistle classes with Jacqui Mc Carthy are well under way for this term for 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th classes. The fee for the term is €15. Please place it in an envelope & send to the class teacher asap. Charity Fundraiser: Well done to Ms. Killeen and 4 th class and to all classes who took part in the talent show 'Maree's got talents' just before the Christmas Holidays. Over €400 was raised for Cancer Care West and The National Children's Hospital. Thanks to the Maree Development Association for the use of the hall on the day and to all who supported these very worthy charities. Hair Lice: Despite repeated appeals, some children are still not being checked/treated for head lice. Please take time this weekend to check your child's hair thoroughly as lice is still a major problem in the school School Tours: The school tours for 2009 have been arranged for Friday 5 th of June. Junior and Senior Infants have no school on that day. Their tour is on a separate day during normal school hours. The tour to Breaffy House involves a whole day of P.E. activities in small groups with qualified instructors. Green Schools: Ms Sinnott and the Green Schools Committee are continuing their excellent work on environmental issues. 'Travels' is the theme for this term's project. We would appreciate your feedback in the first instance on whether you would be interested in encouraging your child to walk or cycle to school on at least one or two days per week. We have a very good chance of getting grant aid for a cycle stand but would need to be sure of how many people might make use of it so that we know how many spaces to put in etc. Please send a note to Ms. Sinnott if you think your child might be cycling to school this Spring when the weather improves. Enrolments: Enrolments are currently being taken for September 2009. As you are aware we currently have 8 mainstream class teachers. This means we have one teacher per class which is ideal and avoids the need for splitting classes. Due to changes made in the Budget, and the strong possibility of further cuts, we need to ensure that our enrolment in infants for September 2009 is strong. If you know of any family who are new to the area or anybody who may not be enrolled I would appreciate it if you could ask them to phone the school to make an appointment to enrol their child. It is in everybody's interest that we maintain our current staffing level. Staff Meeting: There will be a staff meeting on Wednesday 18.02.09 at 1 pm. All children go home at 1pm on that day. Mid term Break: As per previous notices and School Calendar, please note that the school will be closed on Thursday 19 th and Friday 20 th of February for mid-term break.


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