2021/2022 School Calendar

June 10th, 2021

School Calendar 2021/2022

School reopens for all pupils on Monday 30th August 2021

MID TERM

School closed from Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

School finishes on Wednesday 22nd December & reopens on Thursday 6th January 2022

MID TERM

School will be closed on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th February 2022

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

School will be closed on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March 2022

EASTER HOLIDAYS

School finishes on Friday 8th April and reopens on Monday 25th April 2022

MAY BANK HOLIDAY

School closed on Monday 2nd May 2022

JUNE MIDTERM BANK HOLIDAY

School closed on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7TH June 2022

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

School will finish on Friday 24th June 2022

*Please note May is the month designated for compulsory testing in schools for 1st to 6th classes.  It is advisable for students, failing illness, to be at school during this time.

**Also please note that once a student misses in excess of 20 days, regardless of reason, we are obliged to report same to TUSLA, the Child & Family Agency.  It is therefore essential that all absences are explained by a written note or phone call thank you.


Thursday Note 10th June

June 10th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are well this week as we head for the middle of June. Our news is as follows

  • Our Confirmation ceremony will take place this year on 8th July in Mary Immaculate Church at 2p.m. The 6th class pupils making Confirmation visited the church yesterday where they met with Fr. Arnie and Fr. James. They have scheduled another meeting with the pupils for next week. We are looking forward to the ceremony with the pupils and are delighted we are now in a place that the Confirmation can go ahead before the pupils move on to secondary school.
  • We do not have dates yet for Communion but it will be in September. We will let parents of those making Communion know as soon as the date is confirmed.
  • 6th class are going on a trip tomorrow to Hastings Cottage here in Shannon to learn a little about the local history of their own area (weather permitting!). Ms Halliday will be accompanying the class and giving the pupils lots of facts about the early years of our town.
  • The first semi-final of Quizbrain took place this morning outside in the yard (which may be a first!) We have 20 pupils who have made it to the semi final and we wish them all the best. They all did very well in Semi final 1 so congrats to each and every pupil.
  • The school calendar for the next school year is now available. A copy has been sent out with this note and it will also be available to view on the school website at www.tolasns.com
  • 2nd class went on a walk yesterday to see the biodiversity in our local area.  They learned a lot about wild flowers and the benefits of dandelions. 2nd are also completing a STEM project over the next few weeks. They are constructing mini golf courses in their pods. I can’t wait to play some of the courses!
  • Well done to 5th class who used their P.E time last week to pick up litter in the area around the school. We were provided with litter pickers from the Shannon Tidy Towns committee. Well done 5th class for showing such positive community spirit!
  • 6th class opened their time capsule last week. They each had completed a sheet all about themselves when they were in Senior Infants. It was lovely for the pupils to look back at themselves at that stage of their school life.
  • Our Sports day will take place over two days next week. We are planning for Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting). Classes will be kept in their class bubble and separate during Sports day as per Covid guidelines. Pupils wear their school tracksuit or shorts if the weather permits. Please make sure they have extra drinks (preferably water) on Tuesday and Thursday. We are not in a position to have any parents/guardians attend this year due to Covid restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 3rd June 2021

June 3rd, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are keeping well and looking forward to the long weekend. Our news is as follows

  • The four initial rounds of Quizbrain have now been completed with all pupils from 3rd-6th classes taking part. We are just doing the final tallys to see what pupils have the highest scores. The top 20 will go through to two semi-finals which will take place in the next two weeks. The 5 highest scores from these rounds will go through to the final on 24th June. We have adapted to Covid 19 restrictions and the quiz has taken place via zoom so far. Thanks to the class teachers for setting the questions for the first four rounds. Well done to all the pupils involved!
  • When the current 6th class pupils were in Senior Infants their teachers (Ms Cleary and Ms Moloney) put together a time capsule to be opened when the pupils got to 6th class. the time has now come and I believe the time capsule will be opened shortly in 6th class. It will be great to see what was important to the pupils when they were in Senior Infants.  More details next week re the contents of the time capsule!
  • We had great excitement Monday morning last when we arrived into school and saw a hedgehog in our astro turf. He (or she – we’re not sure) had somehow got into the astro turf but could not find its way back out. Our caretaker Kevin came to the rescue and got the creature into a box. One brave teacher stepped forward – Ms Hehir from 5th class and picked it up. We couldn’t let this opportunity pass us by so each class got a chance to come out and see the hedgehog up close and personal. It had rolled itself into a ball with just its nose peeping out. See the school twitter page @sttolasns or the website for more.  You will be glad to know that when everyone went back to class Kevin released it back into its own habitat. Let’s hope the hedgehog enjoyed his visit to St Tolas!
  • A meeting for the parents of incoming Junior infants took place last night via Zoom. It was lovely to see such a great attendance. We are looking forward to meeting with our new Juniors at the end of August and getting to know them.
  • Shannon Library will run their Summer Stars Reading Adventure again this year.  Please see attached flyer from the Library with all the details.
  •  St. Tolas is closed tomorrow Friday 4th June and Monday next 7th June for the bank holiday weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday 8th June at 9a.m. We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

Kind regards, Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 27th May 2021

May 27th, 2021

Dear Parents/guardians,

We hope you are well and that the lovely weather continues into the weekend. We need it at this stage! Our news this week is as follows

  • It has been brought to my attention that a number of drivers are parking in front of the railings at the pedestrian crossing in the evening at home time when picking up from school or blocking the entrance into the car park. I would ask that you refrain from this as pupils have to step onto the road to see if a car is coming as their view is blocked. Some cars travel quite fast on the road and may not see a pupil in time. If you cannot get into the car park please park on the road at a different location making sure you are not causing an obstruction. We all want every pupil to be safe coming and going from school and request your co-operation in this matter.
  • 4th class are our tree experts here in the school having done a lot of work on learning all about amazing trees. On Monday last they got to go out on a nature walk identifying some of the trees and plants in the locality. They completed lovely pictures on some of their observations and on the importance of biodiversity. These were collected by Shannon Tidy Towns committee yesterday and will be displayed locally.
  • We have adapted our annual Quizbrain of St. Tola’s competition for Covid times. Yesterday pupils from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes took part in Round 1 of the quiz via zoom Thanks to Ms Kelleher who prepared the questions for this round. Round 2 will take place on Friday with rounds 3 and 4 next week.  After the four rounds the top 20 highest scores will go through to two semi-final rounds and from that the top 5 highest scores will take part in the final. Best of luck to all involved. It’s great we get to do it this year even if it is on Zoom!
  • If you wish to order photos of your child taken recently please return the order forms with the amount by tomorrow Friday 28th May to your child’s teacher.
  • Both 5th and 6th classes did a virtual tour of Croke park recently. They got to see all parts of the stadium and learn a little about the history of Croke Park.
  • St. Tolas is closed next Friday 4th May and Monday 7th May for the bank holiday weekend. St. Tola’s will re-open on Tuesday 8th May at 9a.m. let’s hope the weather improves for the long weekend.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 20th May 2021

May 20th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this finds you well. Our news this week is as follows

  • While we can all see light at the end of the tunnel re Covid 19 with the roll out of vaccines we all still need to be vigilant as there have been a number of positive cases in the Shannon locality in recent days. If your child has any symptoms (high fever, cough, loss of taste or smell etc.) please do not send them to school and ring your G.P for advice. If your child does receive a positive test for Covid 19 please contact the school as soon as possible. If it is outside school hours please send an email to office@tolasns.com. I understand that the HSE contact tracing service has experienced delays in the past few days due to the ongoing issues with its I.T systems. Let’s all work together and follow all public health advice re wearing masks and social distancing to ensure we keep everyone safe.
  • Well done to 3rd class who have just completed lovely projects on Ancient Egypt. I visited Ms Fleming’s class recently to hear all the interesting facts they learnt from their projects. I will be visiting Mr Tubridy’s class too to look at their projects.
  • The sample photos went home yesterday for those who had requested them. If you wish to place an order please fill in the order form and return to your child’s teacher by Friday 28th May.
  • We are always grateful to have a spare stock of school uniforms for emergencies here in school. At present we are low on trousers and tracksuit bottoms. If you have any spare at home and no one in your family requires them we would be most grateful for any donations.
  • Well done to Juniors who are working so hard on their reading at this stage of the year. Ms Hackett is so proud of you. Juniors are also learning all about the Garden Centre in Aistear and have planted cress and sunflower seeds. Let’s hope they get the sun now to help the sunflowers grow! Juniors went on a walk last Friday to see the garden beside Mary Immaculate Church. They loved seeing the bluebells and other flowers. Keep up the great work Juniors!

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal