Thursday Note 26th May 2022May 26th, 2022
We hope you are keeping well. Our news this week is as follows
- Our Senior Infants and Aoibhneas class are looking forward to their school tour on Monday next. They are off to visit Bunratty Folk park and are very excited. We hope the weather will be kind to them and they have a wonderful day.
- 6th class have been busy this week planning for International Food day in their class today. They had to pick a dish to prepare and cook for today. They tried if possible to cook a dish from their own heritage. Today the dishes were brought into school and they get the opportunity to see and taste each other’s dishes. I think I will have to pay a visit to 6th class today to investigate!!! Well done 6th.
- The first rounds of our annual Quizbrain have taken place. All pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes take part in four rounds first. The top 20 will go into two semi-final rounds. From this the top 5 will qualify for the final to take place on 22nd June. There is some stiff competition this year and we wish everyone the best of luck.
- We will have a real treat on Wednesday next when the mobile farm will come to St. Tolas. Each class will be timetabled to get to see some of the animals and learn all about them. We are all looking forward to this event and again we hope the weather will be kind to us.
- Junior Infants are off on their school tour on Thursday next and they too are going to Bunratty Folk park. I believe there are some very excited Juniors looking forward to both the trip and going on a bus! I hope they have a really enjoyable day.
- On Wednesday evening next on 1st June we will have a meeting for parents of our new Junior Infants who will start with us next September. This meeting will take place here in the school at 7p.m. We are looking forward to meeting our new families.
- The weekend after next is a long weekend. St. Tola’s will be closed to pupils on Monday 7th June and Tuesday 8th June . St. Tolas will reopen on Wednesday 8th June.
Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal
School Tracksuit for 2022/2023May 20th, 2022
Uniform Survey for Parents Feedback
Many thanks to all those who took time to complete our recent uniform survey. It was great to get feedback from parents and it has been very beneficial in helping us make decisions about our uniform and tracksuit.
- 94.4% of parents are in favour of having a school tracksuit.
- 85.2% of parents are in favour of having a school uniform.
Therefore, pupils will continue to wear tracksuit or uniform to school.
Cost and accessibility were at the forefront of concerns for parents, therefore if you do not wish for your child to wear the uniform then they may wear the school tracksuit every day.
In September, teachers will notify parents and pupils of PE days to ensure tracksuits are worn on those days for those who would like to wear the uniform.
The school uniform will remain the same.
Grey trousers, skirt or pinafore
Blue and white tie. (The tie is optional)
Following on further from your feedback, we have decided to change the tracksuit to make it more accessible, more cost effective and more comfortable. Parents were particularly concerned about the bottoms being easy to get and being able to purchase them all year round.
From September 2022 the school tracksuit will be as follows:
New Design Blue Tracksuit Top –
Purchased from Boru Sports, Smithstown 061 364750 (approximately €26)
Blue Polo Shirt –
Can be purchased anywhere
Plain Navy Tracksuit Bottoms –
These can be purchased anywhere. (*Please ensure there is no other colours or stripes on them, just plain navy*. Leggings are not allowed)
Pupils can continue to wear the old tracksuit top with navy bottoms for the coming school year 2022/23.
*Please Note – We will notify parents by text and email as soon as the new tracksuit tops are available to purchase from Boru Sports*.
Please see images below of school tracksuit items:
Thursday Note 19th May 2022May 20th, 2022
It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of May. This year is flying by! Our news this week is as follows
- Thank you to all the parents/guardians who responded to our recent survey in relation to school uniforms. Please see letter attached detailing information on the responses and any changes we are making. Thank you to Ms Hehir who organised and collated this survey.
- Please make sure that your child has adequate drinks (preferably water) to last them for the school day. As pupils are outside and active they may need two drinks to last them through the school day at this time of year.
- Standardised testing in English reading and maths has been taking place in 1st-6th classes over the past few weeks. Well done to all the pupils for trying their best and for their great concentration. The results will be on your child’s end of year report. It is important to remember that with any test it is a snapshot on a given day. Reports will be issued before the end of the school year to give time for you to discuss with your child’s teacher if you have any queries in relation to them.
- 3rd and 4th classes will attend a blitz in Wolfe Tones tomorrow (weather permitting!!) Pupils will need to wear their school tracksuit top, shorts/tracksuit bottoms, trainers and bring their hurley and helmet if they have one. They will play a number of games with other schools from the locality also in attendance.
- 6th class have been working with clay this week in Art. They constructed some scary clay monsters! They have turned out really well and are currently drying out. Well done 6th class!
- All the Juniors had great fun together at P.E today when they were playing parachute games. There was great excitement as they got to do lots of fun activities with it.
Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal
School Calendar 2022/2023May 20th, 2022
School Calendar 2022/2023
School reopens for all pupils on Thursday 1st September 2022
School closed from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2022
School finishes on Wednesday 21st December & reopens on Thursday 5th January 2023
ST BRIGID’S DAY BANK HOLIDAY
School will be closed on bank holiday Monday 6th February 2023
School will be closed on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2023
ST. PATRICK’S DAY BANK HOLIDAY
School will be closed on Friday 17th 2023
School finishes on Friday 31st March and reopens on Monday 17th April 2023
MAY BANK HOLIDAY
School closed on Monday 1st May 2023
JUNE MIDTERM BANK HOLIDAY
School closed on Monday 5th June and Tuesday 6th June 2023
School will finish on Tuesday 27th June 2023
*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 12th May 2022May 20th, 2022
We hope you are keeping well this week. Our news is as follows
- Congratulations to the pupils in 6th class who made their Confirmation last Friday. They did themselves, their families and the school proud. We hope they had a lovely day celebrating with their families and thankfully the rain stopped in the afternoon! A big thank you to the boys and girls in 6th who were not making Confirmation also for their patience and understanding while their classmates were preparing for Confirmation.
- Can you please ensure that your child has adequate drinks to last them for the school day. As the weather gets warmer (hopefully) pupils may need a second drink – preferably water to last them through the day.
- The school calendar for the school year 22/23 has been approved by the Board of Management. Please find a copy attached. The calendar will also be available on the school website at www.tolasns.com
- Our pupils in Solas class are working very hard. They did a super job this week learning all about re-naming in Maths! Keep up the good work!
- St. Tola’s is closed to all pupils next Monday 16th May as all staff will be attending in-service training.
Kind regards, Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal