Thursday Note 5th May 2022

May 5th, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are well this week. Our news is as follows

  • Congratulations to our boys and girls in 2nd class who made their First Communion last Saturday. They were amazing and looked so well. We hope you and your families had a lovely day celebrating together. A big thank you also to the boys and girls in 2nd class who were not making their First Communion. We appreciate your support for your classmates this year. Thank you to the Parents Association for providing a little treat bag for every pupil in 2nd class to mark the occasion.
  • At lunchtime this week we are playing music in the yard for a little bit of a change. It has been great to see the pupils playing games and making up dances to the music. There have been some fantastic moves – even from some of the staff. Keep it up!
  • Music Generation are offering after school instrumental lessons in groups in St Patrick’s Comprehensive. Lessons cost €100 per term. For more information contact Fiona.mcgrath@lcetb.ie or call 086 0682164
  • Congratulations to the pupils in 1st class who recently completed their own books. Every pupil in 1st class wrote and illustrated their own book. I got the opportunity to read through them last Friday and I was amazed. There were fantastic stories and fact books.  The level of imagination and creativity was unbelievable. I know a lot of work went into producing these books. Well done to everyone in 1st class!
  • Can I appeal to any motorists driving on the Gort Road dropping or collecting pupils to please slow down.  Some of our neighbours have noted that the school traffic can approach the car park at speed and this is very dangerous. There are traffic calming measures on the road to ensure that drivers are observing the speed limit. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
  • St. Tolas will be closed to pupils on Monday 16th May to facilitate staff inservice training. St. Tolas will re-open on Tuesday 17th May at 9a.m.
  • We wish the boys and girls in 6th class who are making their confirmation every good wish for tomorrow. We hope they enjoy the ceremony and have a wonderful day celebrating with their families. They have worked hard to prepare for the ceremony and we are all very proud of them.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 28th April 2022

April 28th, 2022

Welcome to Term 3 in our current school year. I hope you had an enjoyable and fun Easter break. Our news this week is as follows

  • We have emailed you a short survey today in relation to our school uniform. We would be grateful if you could complete this as soon as possible to inform our policy into the future.
  • Thank you to our Parents’ Association who organised an Easter egg raffle for every class before the holidays. A total of €482 was raised.  They also provided every child with a little Easter treat which was distributed on the day of the holidays also.
  • A GAA coach will provide a short session to pupils in Juniors, Seniors 1st and 2nd classes every Wednesday for six weeks. The pupils will cover skills in fundamental movements in a fun and age appropriate way. Juniors, Seniors and 1st class started yesterday with 2nd taking part from next week.
  • The First Communion ceremony will take place next Saturday in Mary Immaculate Church at 10.30a.m. We wish all our pupils taking part every blessing on their special day. We hope that they and their families have an enjoyable and memorable day marking this milestone.
  • St Senans Rugby are offering an 8 week programme for girls from age 8 to 14 starting next Tue 3rd May @ 6.30 to 7.30pm in St. Senan’s Rugby pitch.  Cost is 10euro in total for the 8 weeks.
  • On behalf of all in the school community I would like to extend sincere sympathies to Edel Halliday and her family on the recent death of her mother Madge McFadden. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.
  • St. Tola’s is closed to pupils next Monday 2nd May as it is a public holiday. St Tola’s will re-open at 9a.m. on Tuesday next. St. Tola’s will be closed to all pupils on Monday 16th May as all staff will be attending in-service training.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 7th April 2022

April 7th, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are well as we come to the end of Term 2. Our news this week is as follows

  • Swimming lessons will commence for pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th classes after Easter on Tuesday 26th April. These lessons will take place in Shannon Leisure Centre.  The cost will be €3.50 per lesson. This can be paid weekly either in cash or via the Aladdin app. Shannon Leisure Centre has informed us that all pupils will require their own swimming hat.  As swimming is part of the Physical Education curriculum all pupils are expected to attend unless there is a medical reason that prevents them from attending.
  • Our pupils in 2nd class making First Communion are busy this week preparing for the big day. This will take place on Saturday 30th April – just after we return from the Easter holidays. We wish them well in their preparations.
  • The Parents’ Association have organised an Easter raffle for each class. There is a prize of a large Easter egg and a small Easter egg for each class. tickets cost 1 for €2 and 3 for €5. The draws will take place tomorrow.
  • Our Aoibhneas class have sent out a request that you might be able to help us with. They are looking for 1 or 2 steps such as those used in Step Aerobics. If any family had one that they no longer use Aoibhneas would be very happy if you could give it to them. Please contact the office if you would like to donate a step.
  • As we come to the end of Term 2 I would like to thank all staff, pupils and parents/guardians for your co-operation in relation to Covid over the past term. It has been challenging with many staff, pupils and parents testing positive. We are very grateful that you inform the school when this is the case and that you followed public health guidance in relation to isolating and remaining home from school. I know many families are concerned re their child’s attendance.  The Education Welfare Officer has assured me that they will not be taking any action in relation to absences due to Covid or illness. We hope that in the final term this year that the incidence of Covid circulating in the community will drop significantly.
  • St. Tola’s will close to pupils and staff at 12p.m. tomorrow Friday 8th April. We will re-open on Monday 25th April at 9a.m. I wish all pupils, staff and parents/guardians an enjoyable and relaxing break. I hope that you get to enjoy many Easter eggs and spend time with family and friends.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 31st March 2022

April 1st, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are enjoying the bright Spring weather today. Our news is as follows

  • 4th, 5th and 6th classes took part in a soccer blitz on Monday and Tuesday this week. There were mixed teams of 5 with pupils from all 3 classes on each team. It was organised on a knock out basis with Team 2 winning the tournament. We intend to organise another blitz in a different sport next term for the pupils. Thank you to Mr. Tyrell, Ms Hehir and Ms Willis for organising this event. 
  • Congratulations to all pupils for their efforts last week as part of Friendship week. Lots of pupils were making a big effort and carrying out random acts of kindness. Visitors to the school often comment on the lovely atmosphere here in St Tolas and how welcoming and friendly the pupils are. This has been in evidence lately too as we welcome some pupils who have come from Ukraine to our school. We hope they will settle in and be very happy in their time here in St Tolas.
  • Well done to all our pupils who have adjusted to our new yard routines since we all came back together for one break and one lunch last week. We have been blessed with lovely weather and it is so lovely to see pupils chatting, playing games or drawing with chalk on the ground. Teachers on yard duty are watching out for pupils being kind and playing fairly. It is great to see so many pupils making a big effort in this area.
  • A Confirmation preparation Mass will take place this Sunday 3rd April in Mary Immaculate Church at 11a.m. Pupils wear their uniform for this Mass. They can sit with their parents/guardians in the Church. We look forward to Confirmation taking place on 6th May.
  • Our pupils in Aoibhneas class went on a nature walk today. They were looking and listening for the signs of Spring while out and about. They are also making buns today and earlier this week they planted lettuce. Well done Aoibhneas pupils!
  • On behalf of all in the school community I would like to extend our condolences to Siobhan Casey who works in our Aoibhneas class on the recent death of her mother. We think of Siobhan and her family at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.
  • St. Tolas will close at 12p.m. next Friday 8th April for the Easter holidays. St. Tolas will re-open on Monday 25th April at 9a.m.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 24th March 2022

March 24th, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are enjoying the lovely spring sunshine. Our news this week is as follows

  • We have moved back to one break and one lunchtime for the whole school from last Monday.  The break is from 10.45-10.55a.m. and lunch is from 12.30 p.m-1p.m. Juniors and seniors are sharing the infant yard. 1st – 6th class have the front yards and astro turf with zones for various classes. It has been lovely to see children able to greet siblings and friends from other classes on the yard. We have placed a big emphasis this week on respecting others in the yard – watching where you run, playing fairly and keeping your hands to yourself.  Well done for the great effort everyone is making in this regard.
  • This week we are celebrating Friendship week with a host of activities. All classes cut out paper hands and decorated them for a giant KIND sign in the school hall. Yesterday the older classes buddied up with a younger class and went for a walk or read a book to each other. Tomorrow is wacky sock day when everyone can wear odd socks to show that odd pairs can go together. Every class is learning the song “You’ve got a friend in me” and we will sing it together at Cruinniu tomorrow. If pupils wish they can buy a friendship bracelet for €2 with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The bracelets will be given out on Friday. Each class are doing other activities including random acts of kindness for pupils in their class. Well done to all taking part.
  • Thank you to all who made a donation last week for our no uniform day. The total raised was €364.55. This will go towards purchasing items for our Aoibhneas class and kitting out our new sensory room.
  • The school photo proofs were sent home yesterday for your approval. If you wish to order photos please complete the order form attached and include the money in the envelope and return to school. The last date for processing orders will be Wed 6th April.
  • It seems Covid 19 is still very much present in our school community. If your child has symptoms they must remain at home until symptom free. If your child tests positive on an antigen test they must remain at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms. If you can let us know if your child is positive we will send out a text to the parents in the class alerting them to the fact that there are Covid cases in their child’s class. No one will be identified on this text. We thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal