Christmas Newsletter 2021

Term 1. September – December 2021.

We are indeed living in very challenging times. Due to the strategies in place in school and constant and careful good hygiene we have all kept relatively safe and well and hopefully continue to do so.

In September we welcomed our new class of Junior Infants. Olivia, Reem, Sofija, Lamar, Rihanna, Amelia, Anastacia, Katarina, Maddie, Kate, Ariana, Katie, Lia, Charlette, Eliana, Ziyu, Olivia, Nessa, Ava, Andrea, Lola, Olivia, Dinah, Eliza, Serena, Lena, Micah and Sonia.

All well settled in and well catered for by their hardworking teacher Ms. Sweeney.

We welcome also to other classes new pupils Lauren, Aoife, Isha, Sophia, Aaliya, Mishael, Vanesa, Alisa and Clara.

Fáilte do na páistí go léir, may their years in Bunscoil be a fruitful, happy time and prepare them well for their future in life.

In the past weeks Eirgrid have been upgrading the broadband in our school. Whiteboards have been updated and tablets have been purchased for the Infant classes, and First and Second classes.

After the frustration of several postponements, Confirmation finally took place in

St. Joseph’s Church on 11th September for the girls who graduated from Rang VI in June this year. Our children in Rang II also received their First Holy Communion on a beautiful Saturday morning on 25th September.

Since the Library reopened to the public teachers have been able to bring their classes down where the children can enjoy choosing a book of their choice.

We were very happy to have our School Mass celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church on November 24th. We pray God’s Blessing on our Staff and pupils in the coming year.

We are most grateful to the parents who filled shoeboxes for the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal. These boxes of little gifts are sent to girls in orphanages in Eastern Europe and Africa where there is no Social Welfare System, allowances or benefits. Your generosity will shine a light for those unfortunate children who would never receive a gift if it wasn’t for your kindness. So sincere thank you.

Congratulations to the children who were winners in the Credit Union Art Competition.

In the 8 – 10 years section: Sheryl Kurik, Anastasia Friss, Sienna Fitzgerald and

Alise Pumpura.

In the 11 – 13 year section: Vumilia Luhabanya and Special Category winner Anna Campbell.

Anastasia Friss and Anna Campbell’s creations are entered at Regional level.

Bunscoil took part in the Food Dude Fruit and Vegetable distribution week which meant everyday for one week each child got a taste of a fruit and a vegetable. The purpose of this is to introduce the children to healthy diet options.

Congratulations to the winners in the Tidy Town Save the Bees Poster Competition.

Halle Mae Cassidy and Nikola Rokicianska.

Vanessa Kozok and Lily Hourigan

Aleksandra McCahey and Ciara O’Rourke

Marija Cernikova and Emilija Baublyte.

Also congratulations to Rang IV and Ms.Fox overall winners in St.Louis Secondary School Biodiversity Awareness Art Competition.

Thursday 16th December was a Spirit of Christmas Day when everyone was asked to wear a different jumper over their uniform and donate €2 to the “Children Helping Children” globe on the Sacred Space in their classroom. It was a day of great colour as the girls donned their Christmas Jumpers and raised in excess of €600. That is what Christmas is all about, sharing with those who have nothing. Every cent donated to the Society of Missionary children goes to help children in dire poverty in countries where they have nothing.

On Thursday the 16th of December we also had a visit from a representative of Heritage Schools who had given the girls of 4th and 5th class an informative lesson on the plants in the gardens of Bunscoil Lughaidh Naofa.

The Christmas Art from all classes is on display and awaiting judging. Three girls from every class will receive a gift for their entry funded by the school. On Wednesday 22nd December Daidí na Nollag will visit our school.

As school holidays are approaching the Board of Management and staff thank you, the parents, for your kind co-operation in these challenging times. It is due to the diligence of everyone that our pupils and staff have kept safe and remarkably covid free. Thank you for all the measures you take to ensure you and your children stay safe.

We are all tired and eagerly awaiting the holidays. I thank the teachers, SNAs and staff here who work hard to ensure the children are well taken care of.

School reopens on Thursday 6th January 2022.

Nollaig Shona agus Ath bhliain

Faoi mhaise dhíbh

Ó Maeve and staff.