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Parents' Association Committee

The Parents' Association is the structure through which parents in a school can work together to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for their children. The Parents' Association works with the Principal, staff and the Board of Management to build an effective partnership between the home and school. Partnership between the home and school is important because with positive and active partnership, the child gets the best that primary education can offer. The Parents' Association AGM was held in the school on Tuesday, October 13th 2015. The following committee has been elected: Joe Keaney, Chairperson/Treasurer Mary Ann Melville, Vice Chairperson Paul Finn, Secretary Fiona McAnespie, Vice Secretary Emma McBride, Treasurer Sheila Garvey, Vice Treasurer Evelyn Garvey, PR Keith Kelly, PA Nominee to BOM Brid Leahy, PA Nominee to BOM Read news from the Parents' Association here. Contact us at


Parent Reminder - Christmas Holidays 2015

School closes for Christmas holidays on Tuesday, December 22nd at 12 noon. See calendar for more.


Parent Reminder - Christmas Craft Fair

Our annual Christmas Craft Fair takes place on Sunday, December 6th at 11.30am. Click here for more.


Anti-bullying training for Parents

An Anti-Bullying Training for Parents course takes place this coming Tuesday, December 1st 2015 at the Salthill Hotel, Galway. Places must be booked online in advance. The programme is a joint initiative between National Parents' Council Primary, and National Parents' Council Post Primary. The session will enable you to support your child regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the anti bullying procedures for primary and post primary schools. Other training sessions (for parents) available on the site include: Supporting parents to support their children's mental health an well-being [Link] Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships [Link] Internet safety training [Link] ~Joe.


Christmas Craft Fair 2015

The Parents' Association are hosting a Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 6th at 11.30am in the new school hall. There will be a fabulous array of Christmas crafts an baked goods. All proceeds raised on the day will go directly to the school. It will be a fun family day and we look forward to welcoming you.


Parent Reminder - Anti-bullying course

Anti-Bullying course takes place on Tuesday, December 1st 2015. Click here for more.


School Notice - 13 November 2015

Dear Parents Our current Board of Management is nearing the end of its term and we are beginning the process of establishing the Board of Management for 2015-2019. The Board consists of nominees from across the school community as well as two independent community nominees. Individuals do not act as representatives for the group from which they are nominated on the Board. The Board is a corporate body, meaning that all eight members, when appointed, act together as a unit. The Board requires the highest level of confidentiality at all times and all members agree to maintain confidentiality around the business of the Board, as highly sensitive issues may arise from time to time. In considering membership of the BOM from within the school community it is important to consider the skills that are useful and very much needed on our Board. It is desirable that our nominees have skills in an area such as accountancy/finance, legal issues, health and safety, aspects of building and construction, etc. as each Board member is required to contribute to a particular area and may be assigned a role in a given area as required by the Board. Whilst the Board of Management is a legal body and membership is on a voluntary basis, it is important to note that the Board and individual members of the Board are indemnified for any claims made against them under section 14(7) of the Education Act 1998, provided that they are acting in good faith and within the provisions of the Education Act, the Rules and Procedures for Boards of Management and Rules for National Schools. Under the rules for the Board of Management of National Schools, two parent nominees (one male and one female) must be elected for the four-year term of office of the next Board. I invite interested parents to attend a meeting with me on Thursday, November 19th at 7.30pm at the school. I would like to thank on your behalf, outgoing nominees Claire Joyce who served for the full term of the Board, and Pat Fitzmaurice who served from 2011-2014, and Keith Kelly who replaced Pat in 2014. Claire is not seeking re-election. Looking forward to seeing you on the night. Yours sincerely, Marie Killilea, Chairperson.


School Notice - 3 November 2015

Parent/Teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday, November 18th and Thursday, November 19th. School closes on those days at 2.15pm so that meetings can start at 2.30pm. Appointment times will be issued early next week.


Fr Richie Higgins

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Fr Richie Higgins. As a mark of respect the Parents' Association AGM scheduled for tonight has been postponed until Tuesday October 13th at 8.30pm in the school. Joe Keaney, Chairperson, Maree Parents Assoc.


Fr. Richie Higgins RIP

It was with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Fr. Richie Higgins. Fr. Richie was a remarkable man Maree school and particularly the children always had a special place in his heart. When I spoke to him in the hospital a few days ago to enquire how he was his reply was "I'm fine. Tell me, have you the books got for the First Holy Communion class?". That was Richie to the core, always thinking of the children. During his first stint in Maree in the eighties and early nineties, Fr Richie chaired the Board of Management and he oversaw the building of the three-room extension to the old school as well as the acquisition of land from Maree Development Association and from the late Maureen Long. On his second coming to Maree in recent years he took great pleasure in watching the new school being built and, even though he wasns't directly involved, he was thrilled to see Maree receiving a state of the art, new school. He visited us regularly. He loved to visit and the children loved to see him coming. He never forgot us for confession, blessing of throats, Ash Wednesday, school masses and so on. One of the highlights of the year for him was always the First Holy Communion. He was delighted to be involved this year in the first ever Confirmation ceremony to take place in Maree.When he celebrated his 80th birthday last year he arrived with chocolates for all the children. He got great pleasure in reading the cards the children had made for him and he had them all posted on the wall of Maree Community Centre on the night of his party. He always had a great sense of humour and he got a great kick out of one particular card which depicted him as a spiky haired, medallion-wearing, cool young dude with a convertible sports car and ray-bans. Every Christmas Fr Richie went to the ends of the earth to organize Santa to visit the church with selection boxes for all the children. He was also enormously generous towards the altar servers and made sure they got a reward for all their hard work during the year. (It was he who introduced the first female altar servers to Maree in the early nineties)Being a true and proud Athenry man he had a great interest in hurling and always loved to hear tales of how the Maree kids got on in their school camogie and hurling matches. He enjoyed the chat at coffee break about all matters GAA and especially about the prospects of Galway Senior hurlers. While I mentioned at the start that there is sorrow at the news of his passing, we the staff, students, parents and Board of Management are also celebrating the wonderful life of a man we were honoured and blessed to have had in our midst. When Fr Richie arrives at the great gates he will probably comment to St Peter that the said gates could do with a lick of paint and he will no doubt suggest that he will organize a few volunteers to do the job and maybe even get someone to sponsor the paint. Solas na bhflaitheas ar anam Richie agus go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sóoraó dó.


School Notice - 1 October 2015

Reverse Parking: We ask that all parents reverse into their parking slot when they arrive at Maree Centre as it is much safer when you are driving forward rather than trying to reverse out of a parking slot when there are children coming from all sides. Baboró: Junior, Senior Infants will be going to Baboró Children's Theatre on Thurs 15th Oct. 1st & 2nd Classes will be going on Fri 16th Oct. 3rd & 4th classes will be going on Tues 13th Oct. 5th & 6th classes will be going on Wed 14th Oct. Thanks to the funding received from the Parents' Association, the cost per child is only €5. Please send this to the class teacher a.s.a.p. Coat labels: Please take the time this weekend to put your child's initials on his/her labels. We always have problems with clothing being left behind and it is often the case that children deny ownership. Having at least their initials would be a great help. Parents' Association AGM. The P.A. AGM will take place at 8.30pm on Tuesday October 6th. All are welcome to attend. Our PA has been one of the most active, positive and vibrant in the county over the past few years. It provides a great forum for new parents to meet and form new friends while at the same time supporting the school in delivering a quality experience for your child. D. Cleary


Hurling Tournament Winners!

Our third and fourth class boys recently won a hurling tournament with Oranmore Maree Club. The event was hosted by Wolfe Tones Club in Shannon, County Clare. Well done lads. {gallery}hurling_tournament_september_2015{/gallery}


Donation to the Jack & Jill Foundation

The Parents' Association recently donated the sum of €335 collected at our recent Sports Day to the Jack and Jill Foundation. {gallery}jack_and_jill_donation_june_2015{/gallery}


New school opening

We officially opened our new school building on Friday, June 26th last with a blessing by Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan. Check out some photos of the day. For more see tomorrow's Connacht Tribune. This edition,which has two pages of coverage,will in time be a historical document from a Maree School point of view: {gallery}maree_ns_new_building_opening_june_2015{/gallery}


Parent Reminder - School re-opens (Sept 2015)

School re-opens after summer holidays on Monday, August 31st at 8.50am.


Benefit Concert

Sincere thanks to the sponsors, musicians, all in Maree Community Centre and to the generous parents and the wider community of Maree for your support of our recent Benefit Concert. The evening was a fantastic success and a testament to the great community spirit that exists in Maree.


County Football Final

Congratulations and best of luck to the boys' football team and their manager Mr Broderick who will contest the County Football Final next Wednesday, June 3rd in Ionad Peile Na Gaillimhe, Loughgeorge. Mr Broderick and the lads have committed their time at lunch break week in and week out all year and they thoroughly deserve to be in the final. Lackagh NS will provide stern opposition but our boys are confident that the County cup will rest in Maree school for the year ahead. Mr Duffy who coached these lads last year sends his best regards and has every confidence of a victory for the boys. Throw in is at 2pm. Go n-éiró go geal leo.


Congratulations Confirmation Class of 2015

Congratulations to sixth class who made their Confirmation on Wednesday, May 20th last. Our thanks to Paul Kelly for the wonderful photography on the day. Check out Paul's album here. {gallery}confirmation_class_2015{/gallery}


School Notice - 19 May 2015

School Tours: School tours take place on Tuesday, June 4th: Cost for Junior Infants to second class: €15 per child; cost for third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes: €25 per child. Please put the money for each child in an envelope and return to the class teacher. It is easier to keep account if each child is paid for separately. Confirmation: Best of luck to sixth class who are making their Confirmation tomorrow, Wednesday May 20th, at 3pm in Maree. We are very proud of them all. A few points to note: - Choir: We appreciate the huge effort the choir and Miss Reidy have put in. Please ensure that they have extra lunch at school as they will be going straight to the Church after school. Pick up time afterwards for children in the choir will be ~4pm. Siblings: There will be school as usual on Wednesday for brothers and sisters of the Confirmation class. They can be picked up at 12.30pm to allow time for them to get ready for the event. Thursday, May 21st: It is school as normal at 8.50am for everybody, including sixth class. Under no circumstances is it to be considered a day off. They have Friday off (Referendum day) to recover. Photographer: The official photographer on the day is Paul Kelly. No photographs are to be taken during the ceremony. Also please allow Paul to take one good class photo at the end without distraction. After that everybody can take all the photos they want.


Marian's preschool visit (May 2015)



School Notice - 13 May 2015

Communion: Congrats to the boys and girls of second class who made their First Communion on Saturday last. They were a credit to their families and their school. We are indebted to the many people who worked hard to prepare the children. A big thank you to their teachers Miss Reidy and Mrs Corry, and the brilliant choir, our musicians Padraic and Liam, to the parents who helped with the 'Do this in Memory Programme', and to Fr Richie for all his care. Thanks also to Della, Mary and Jimmy for having the church looking so lovely, to the servers who served Mass on the day and to the parents of third class for the wonderful party in the Centre afterwards. Confirmation: Maree Church on May 20th at 3pm. Morning Safety Duty: We have eased up on morning duty for the moment but we feel that the 2.30pm pick-up needs monitoring for a while longer. Reverse Parking: We ask that all parents reverse into their parking slot when they arrive at Maree Centre (before the children come out from school) as it is much safer when you are driving forward, rather than trying to reverse out of a parking slot when there are children coming from all sides. Talk to your children. It would be useful if all parents could continue as you always do to advise your children not to run at any time in the car park and to exercise caution around cars. Once again my thanks to the volunteers who have been so dedicated to helping with traffic duty but ultimately it is up to each parent/guardian to take responsibility for the safety of his/her child/children. School Photographer: Ik Mellick, school photographer, will be here on Thursday, June 4th to have your child's/family photograph taken. Head Lice: It has been brought to my attention that head lice are a problem in the school. I am urging all parents to check their child's hair and treat. Reminder: School closures: Friday, May 22nd (Election); Friday, May 29th (School Holiday) and Monday, June 1st (Bank Holiday). D. Cleary.


Benefit Concert

A benefit concert will take place in Maree Community Centre on Saturday, May 16th at 8pm. This promises to be a night of music, dance, song and entertainment. Musicians will include Fintan O'Malley, Michael Glynn, Breda and Cora Smyth, Sean Horsman, Mary Staunton and Gerry Mulvihill, Oliver Diviney, balladeers DonnRua, Jacqueline McCarthy and Tommy Keane and a cappella group, Notorious. Our special guest is Patrick Collins from Cafe Orchestra. Compere on the night is Keith Kelly. All proceeds will go to assist a young girl who is undergoing cancer treatment. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes! Tickets (€10) are available on the door or by contacting either Brona Smyth in the school, Jacqueline McCarthy (087 757 6352), Imelda Holland (087 289 9026) or Keith Kelly (087 287 0821).


Open Day at Maree NS

My thanks to all who took time on Sunday to come in and view our lovely new school. The people of Maree have always been proud of their school whether they have children attending or not. It was our pleasure to host them for a cup of tea and a chat on this occasion and to welcome them to have a look around. There are many people whom I would like to thank and acknowledge for their help with this and many other occasions in support of our school. Firstly I thank the Parents' Association for all their work in preparing the GP Room and for catering for the event not just today but on many occasions throughout the year. We have always been blessed in Maree with parental support and this group under the leadership of Joe Keaney are flying the flag of that tradition very highly indeed. Their help and the help of the parents in general when we moved our belongings from the old school to the new was invaluable and we deeply appreciate it I also thank the many parents who baked/provided cakes etc for the open morning. The building is testament to the expertise of McNamara Construction. It has been a pleasure working with them to date and we are looking forward to working with them over the next couple of months while they demolish the old school and restore the play area. In this regard the site manager, James Mannion, deserves honourable mention for his professionalism and for keeping patience with me with the many requests he has received over the construction period. I would also like to say that each and every one of the lads who worked on site were at all times courteous towards the children and staff. We are also indebted to the Maree Community Development Association for the use of their facilities over the years and particularly over the past fourteen months. Currently we are using the tennis court and the MCDA car park during play times while our own playground is being built. Our thanks also to the tennis club for allowing us to share their splendid facilities. The school staff have been very patient and in particular over the past year as we were tightened in to a smaller space. They now have the facilities that they well deserve. Our Board of Management members (past and present) have been very supportive and have worked hard-against the odds at times-to make the dream a reality. Like the Parents' Association, they are all volunteers but they all have the interest of the children at heart. I have mentioned in the past how fortunate we were to get access to the rear of the site. Both the MCDA and Willie Moran were more than willing to allow us this access for the sake of the safety of the children. Without this help our project would have gone on much longer and there would have been bigger safety issues for the builder due to the fact that he would have had to access the site from the front. Our 'minders' who have donned the high vis vests to help get the children in and out safely since the school became a building site have been exceptionally dedicated. In this regard Claire Joyce deserves great credit for drawing up and sending out the rota every single Sunday. It goes without saying that our Design Team were extremely professional from start to finish. The building speaks for itself in this regard. Many people have commented favourably on the architecture which was led by Brian Fahy of Simon J Kelly and Partners (Galway) but it must also be stated that the other consultants played a massive role in the process. We thank the lads from Aecom (Galway) who did the Quantity Surveying, Malone O'Regan (Galway) who looked after the the Civil Engineering and Semple McKillop (Co Monaghan) who were responsible for the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Our lovely new flagpoles at the front of the school which are flying the school flag, the club flag and the Galway flag are courtesy of generous sponsorship received from Grealy's Stores in Maree. Over the years John, Sally and staff have always been there for us when we needed anything. A good example of this (which is only one of many) is the new batch of barrows we got on loan for our big move. We have also received sponsorship from Mattie Egan on behalf of the Maree/Tawin Committee. This money will go towards our new raised flower beds in the new playground. A school would not be a school without its young population. We are immensely proud of the children and it was priceless to see their faces and worth every bit of the graft when they got their first tour of the new school before Easter and again when they returned after the Easter Holidays for their first day in the new school.Our first week has been very exciting for the children and this is the most important thing of all. They and their teachers have the space and facilities that are the envy of many a school all over the country but it is no more than they all deserve after such a long and patient wait. Once again my thanks to all who called in on our Open Day and said a kind word or two. We greatly appreciate your visit. Le dea-ghuó, Dermot.


The Big Day

Tomorrow marks a massive milestone in the history of Maree school. When we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the old school four years ago, much of the talk centred around the children's first day at the old school. We al tried to imagine from Michael John Burke's article, how those children walked down the road to the school, watched as the blessing was done and walked in to their modern, new school. And it was a modern new school back then. We read in the pages of the old roll book the names of the pupils who were in each class at the time. We found that we knew many of them as grandparents, neighbours, etc of our current population. Tomorrow we ourselves write a new chapter in history. In fifty years time, the children of Maree school will read our names in the database or roll book, and they will try to imagine the excitement we felt as we moved to our state of the art school. For us the old school was a happy place of learning and fun, and we look forward to more of the same in our new school. As advised on our notice, we will be open to receive pupils at 8.35am. The children will assemble in their designated line in the P.E. hall. At 8.50am, each teacher will take his/her class to their classroom. Please cooperate fully with the parents on traffic duty outside at the four entrances to the school. Their function is to enhance the safety of the children, which is of the utmost importance to us. Le dea ghuó.


Parent Reminder - New School Opens Tomororw

The new school opens tomorrow. Pupils can arrive from 8.35am. See this note for more details.


Open Morning

Maree National School Parents' Association is hosting an open morning on Sunday, April 19th after 11am Mass to give the wider community an opportunity to view this outstanding, modern new school. The event will be held in the PE hall. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Joe Keaney, Chairperson, Maree NS Parents' Assoc.


The Big Move

My thanks to the teachers, the parents, the members of our Board of Management and all who came along on Saturday March 28th to help to move our belongings from the old school to the new building.Thanks to the lads from McNamara Construction who were on hand from early morning to facilitate the big move. As ever we are indebted to Grealys Stores who gave us a loan of a large number of barrows to assist with the movement of all our stuff.Once again we saw an example of something we have seen many times in the past, the 'Maree generosity of spirit', where no task is too great and help is given willingly. I would like to thank Joe Keaney in particular, who met with me to hatch the plan of action and rounded up the troops to get the job done with little or no fuss. Despite the enormity of the task there was the usual fun and banter because at the back of everybody's mind was the thought of our special people, the children, who will be returning after Easter to their lovely new surroundings. míle buóochas do na tuismitheoiró agus gach duine a chuidigh linn leis an mbogadh go dtó ÌÁr bhfóirgneamh ÌÁlainn nuathógtha.Tógfaimid cuimhnó speisialta inÌÁr gcroó linn ón seanscoil agus beidh siad againn go deo. Le dea mhéin. Dermot.


Parent Reminder - New School Opens on Tuesday March 31st

Our new school opens its doors after Easter on Monday, April 13th at 8.50am. See calendar for more.


Last day at old Maree NS

Photos of our last day in the old school building. Photo credit to Paul Connaughton. {gallery}last_day_at_old_maree_ns_march_2015{/gallery}


Sneak peek at our new school

Some lucky folks got a sneak peek at the new school building today! {gallery}new_school_visit_march_2015{/gallery}


School Notice - 26 March 2015

History in the making: At long last we are ready to move into our lovely new school. After the Easter holidays a new era will begin for the children, staff and parents of Maree N.S. I would like to acknowledge everybody for the help I have received over the past twelve months and I would like to compliment the staff and children for putting up with less than ideal conditions. That said, the builders carried on their work very unobtrusively and a huge thank you is owed to them also. The old school has been a very happy place and I have no doubt the new one will be even better. First Day Back: Class starts in the new school at 8.50am on Monday, April 13th. The school will be open to receive pupils at the hour of 8.35am. Once the school opens the children will be shown to the GP hall where they will have a designated line-up area. The class teacher will collect their class from the line at 8.50am. Pick up in the afternoon will be at the pedestrian entrance from the Community Centre. Traffic Arrangements: The Parents' Association newsletter (due out on April 13th) will detail the arrangements for drop-off and pick-up when we are in the new school. I request that you read the document carefully and give full co-operation. It is all in the interest of the safety of our children. My thanks to the P.A. for their work on this and indeed to all our volunteers who have helped on traffic duty since September. Helpers: My thanks to the Parents' Association who have organised helpers for our move this coming Saturday, March 28th. We may need to call on others over the Easter holidays, so if you are available please send in your name and number with your child tomorrow. Parade: Congrats to all who were involved in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. It was a wonderful display on the day. Well done to all who helped prepare for it and to all who took part on the day. Reminder: As per the calendar the school closes tomorrow, Friday 27th at 12 noon. Happy Easter: On behalf of the staff and BOM, I woud like to wish all our children and their families a very happy Easter. D. Cleary


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015

Our thanks to Paul Connaughton for sharing photos of the Oranmore St. Patrick's Day parade on Tuesday. {gallery}st_patricks_day_2015{/gallery}


St. Patrick's Day Parade Reminder

Thank you so much to all of the children that have signed up for participation in the parade. We will be meeting at 2.45pm on Tuesday, March 17th in the car park of the Oran Town Centre. Please note: If your child is in Junior of Senior Infants, they must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian for the duration of the parade. Remember, afterwards every guardian has to pick up their child from the church car park. Most of all, have a great time and get your mums and dads to dress up too. -Parents' Association


School Notice - 11 March 2015

Féis: Congrats to all the children who participated with great success in the Féis on Sunday, March 8th. Well done to the committee, the teachers, parents and indeed anybody who helped to ensure the success of the event. New Board of Management member: Keith Kelly (father of Eabha, 3rd class and Clodagh, Senior Infants) has been elected to the Board of Management as Parents' Nominee. We wish Keith the very best in his new role. Move In: Many thanks to all who have volunteered help for moving our belongings to the new school on Saturday, March 28th. We will be availing of help but due to insurance and Health & Safety regulations, we may not need as many people as have offered. Please do not take offense if you are not called on at this time. D. Cleary.


A message from Féis na nÓg committee

Féis na nÓg has been growing steadily over the years and is, as far as we are aware, the only community event of its type in Ireland. We would love to see schools/communities in other areas getting together to put on their own Féis na nÓg. The Féis has come to the attention of TV Channel Irish TV (which Is'm sure many of you are aware of). Through Barbara Forde, a long standing committee member, the TV Channel has expressed an interest to come and film highlights of the Féis. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote the Féis via the medium of TV and we hope to perhaps have TG4 and Nationwide take an interest in other years. Irish TV Television Station brings programmes from every county in Ireland to our TV and Computer screens 24 hours a day covering music, sport, religion, and all types of shows running in small communities throughout Ireland. It is a wonderful channel available to us all to advertise and air important and interesting events that happen in our area. These programmes are available for anyone in the world to tune in and see a little of Ireland at a glance. Even our Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the Irish TV studio in October last year! The aim is to film snippets of the Féis and interview some of the judges, students and a few others telling their own story of what the Féis means to them. The idea is to get an overall feeling of the Irish culture being passed on to the young and the talent that has developed as a result of the Féis. This is a fun idea and we hope you think so too and that you will all enjoy the experience. In the interest of equality and so that no school stands out more than others we would ask that school uniforms NOT be worn on this occasion. If anyone has any issues regarding this venture you are very welcome to contact any of the committee to discuss same. You can view this TV station on Sky 191 or on Channel 400 manual tuning frequency or by just typing in Irish TV on your computer.


Parent Reminder - School closed for St. Patricks Day 2015

School closed for St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. See calendar for more dates.


Parent Reminder - School resumes after mid-term February 2015

School re-opens after mid-term break on Monday, February 23rd at 8.50am. See calendar for more dates.


Junior Infants sharing the love!

Check out the fantastic art work Junior Infants made this Valentine's Day! {gallery}junior_infants_sharing_the_love_february_2015{/gallery}


School Notice - 5 February 2015

Building News: After a long wait there are exciting times ahead for the children, staff and all associated with Maree NS as we will shortly be moving in to our fabulous new building. On a weekend in late February or early March we will be transferring our equipment with the help of our parent body from the old to the new school. For health and safety reasons not everybody will be able to be on site that day. However, there will be an opportunity on some Saturday afternoon later in march for everybody to come for a look around. Obviously we will have an official opening day much later in the year when the groundwork is fully complete, but meanwhile our informal open day in March will give everybody a chance to come in and enjoy a cup of tea and look around the new building. We will be looking forward to meeting past-pupils, parishioners, friends and so forth. Exciting times indeed. -Dermot.


Parent Reminder - Mid-term break 2015

School closed February 19th and 20th for mid-term break. See calendar for more dates.


Good luck Oranmore-Maree Camogie

Best of luck to Oranmore-Maree Camogie team playing Lismore of Waterford at the All Ireland semi-final on Sunday, February 1st in Charlevill. We have a good sprinkling of past pupils on this team and we are very proud of them and indeed all their team mates and management. {gallery}intermediate_camogie_october_2014{/gallery}


Update to Féis date

The date for the Oranmore/Maree Féis has been changed to Sunday, March 8th in Calasanctius College. The Féis committee would welcome help with bag-packing in SuperValu, Oranmore on Saturday, January 31st any time between 10am and 5pm. Please text Cathy on 0876436188.


Féis na nÓg

A note from the Oranmore/Maree Féis Committee: It is Féis time once again and we have begun the planning of the next Féis which will probably take place on March 8th in Calasanctius as usual. We at this time of year get a bag packing date from SuperValu to raise funds for the Féis and we hopefully will get volunteers from all four schools. The date given to us is Saturday, January 31st from 10am to 5pm. Please consider giving half an hour of your time to help on the day. If you can help, please contact Cathy on 0876436188. Teresa Keown, Chairperson.


School Notice - 20 January 2015

Oranmore/Maree Féis: The Oranmore Maree Féis Committee would welcome assistance with bag packing in SuperValu, Oranmore on Saturday January 31st from 10am to 5pm. As a large number of children from our school participate, it would be great if some parents offered a half hour or so to help on the day. Phone or text Cathy on 087 6436188. Head Lice : A number of parents have reported that head lice are a problem in the school. I am urging all parents to check their child's hair and treat where necessary. Traffic Duty: Many thanks on behalf of all the parents and children to Claire Joyce and her very dedicated crew who keep a watch over the children in the morning and evening as they enter and exit the school. The help is much appreciated. School Building: Our new school building is progressing well and we are still on track to move in at the end of February/early March. Parent nominee election: The election to replace Pat Fitzmaurice on the BOM will take place on Monday, January 26th at 7.30pm. School closure: I am aware that some of the texts sent regarding the exceptional closure last week did not arrive to some handsets. This was completely out of our control. We send out 137 texts and the company who controls our computing system tells us that there were major outages on the Vodafone network resulting in texts not landing. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. D. Cleary.


School Closed

Due to the Red Alert weather warning, the BOM has decided that Maree School will be closed tomorrow 15th.


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