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“The School Bell” October 18th 2018

It’s Maths Week!
Dear Mums, Dads, Pupils and Staff,
It’s Maths Week! The girls and their teachers have been celebrating in lots of different ways. On Wednesday, Fifth Class went to the Central Library in Lady Lane for a terrific workshop with the Museum of Mathematics of Catalonia. The girls did lots of puzzles to develop their Maths skills while learning about Leonardo Domes, Mobius bands, magic and much more.
On Friday, Fourth Class will visit Ferrybank Library for more fun and games based on Maths.
If you’d like to try some puzzles at home, why not check out the Maths Week website – http://www.mathsweek.ie/2018/ ? Go to the ‘Resources’ tab and click on ‘Puzzles for all ages’.
If you don’t have internet access at home, you could celebrate Maths Week by playing some board games – Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Connect 4.
Here’s a little puzzle to get you started.
Horace was looking through the family photograph album, which had photos of each of his parents, each of his grandparents, all the way up to each of his great-great-great-grandparents. How many photos did Horace see?
You’ll find the answer somewhere else in this newsletter.

Slán go fóill,
_______________________________
C. Ní Raghallaigh – Príomhoide

What To Do If You or Your Child Has a Problem
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, a problem will arise that needs to be sorted out. The procedure listed below has been agreed nationally and it is the procedure that we use in this school to sort out any difficulties. Thankfully, we very rarely need to go past No. 1 or No. 2 as most problems can be sorted out fairly quickly when adults sit down and have a reasonable conversation with each other. So, if you or your child has a problem, this is what you need to do:
1. Make an appointment to see the class teacher.
Problem solved? Yes – procedure finished No – Go to next step
2. Make an appointment to see the school principal
Problem solved? Yes – procedure finished No – Go to next step
3. Make an appointment to see the chairperson of the Board of Management
Problem solved? Yes – procedure finished No – Go to next step
4. Lodge a complaint in writing with the chairperson of the Board of Management
Problem solved? Yes – procedure finished No – Go to next step
5. Chairperson makes a formal report to the Board of Management
6. The Board determines whether or not the complaint is substantiated.
Problem solved? Yes – procedure finished No – Go to next step
7. The Board conducts an investigation
The Board makes a decision and informs the parent/guardian and the person against whom the complaint was made in writing of its decision. The decision of the Board shall be final.
Evacuation Drill This morning, we had an Evacuation Drill at the school. We practise evacuating the building so that we are all familiar with what to do in case on an emergency.
Reminder Girls, please remember that some parts of the school grounds are off limits, unless your teacher is with you. Please do not go behind the old building on the top yard or up the grassy area beside the convent avenue. As a Good Counsel Good Citizen, you have a responsibility to keep yourself safe.

Mayor’s Visit
On Monday 22nd October, the Mayor of Waterford Metropolitan District, will visit the school to present Attendance Certificates to any girl who had full attendance last year. Congratulations to Mia, Isabelle, Victory, Mia, Dara, Sophiat, Niamh, Julie, Sophie, Chi Chi, Dzesika, Fiona, Sarah, Dzesika, Sophie, Lorraine and Favour on your wonderful attendance.
The school will also give certificates to the girls who missed no more than three days during the last school year. We do this to recognise the great effort made by the girls to be at school every day. It is also to recognise the effort that you make as parents/guardians to get the girls out the door to school every morning. Every school day counts!

Mission Week
Our annual Mission Drive will begin on Monday, 22nd October. For those of you who are new to the school, Mission Week is one of the highlights of the year. Classes from Sixth to Third set up stalls and sell cakes, buns, unwanted toys, books, etc. to all the other children in the school. Please bear in mind that Good Counsel is a ‘Nut Free’ school. This year’s sales are as follows:
Monday 22nd October Mrs. Power’s Class
Tuesday 23rd October Miss Kissane’s Class
Wednesday 24th October Mrs. Ryan’s Class and Mrs. Burke’s Class

On Thursday 25th October we will have our Talent Competition, which is organised and judged by Sixth Class. All the money we raise is sent directly to a project in the developing world so that none of the money is spent on administration. It is a good idea for the small girls to bring along a ‘shopping bag’ to make it easy to carry the things they buy. There are usually lots of goodies for sale so the girls might not need to bring a lot to eat for small break during the Mission Sales.
We are always amazed at the generosity of the girls and their parents during Mission Week. Remember, a little goes a very long way in the developing world.
PLEASE NOTE: School will remain open until 3p.m. on Thursday
5th October. School will close on Friday 26th October as it is required as a Polling Station for the Presidential Election and the Referendum. The traditional ‘Mayors’ Half Day’ will be held over until February.

Peace Proms
The girls in 3rd and 5th classes will take part in the Peace Proms Concert on Sunday 10th February
@ 7p.m. We have received the links to all the wonderful songs that the girls will sing and we are all looking forward to hearing them practice.
Mums and Dads, tickets for the concert will go on sale on Monday 12th November, with a pre-sale on Monday 5th. We will let you know if there is any further update, but please be aware that tickets sell out very quickly, and tickets may only be bought through the Peace Proms website. They are not available from the school.
Bookville at the Library
On Friday the 12th of October , 4th class went to a workshop in the library to meet an author called Alan Nolan as part of Bookville. We have read one of Alan’s books in class, it’s called Conor’s Caveman. In the workshop, Alan taught us how to draw Ogg, our favourite character from Conor’s Cavemen and told us about his new book, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week. He told us that he’s writing two more books, that will be coming out next year. We hope to get our hands on some! We had a very fun and enjoyable time with our favourite author. By Saoirse – 4th Class

How many photos did Horace see?
2 parents
4 grandparents
8 great-grandparents
16 great-great-grandparents
32 great-great-great-grandparents

2 + 4 + 8 + 16 + 32 = 62 photos in all.

The School Bell October 4th 2018

Thank You
Dear Mums, Dads, Pupils and Staff,

It was just wonderful to meet so many of you at our Parents’ Information evening last Thursday. I know the effort that it takes to come out to a meeting in the evening so I very much appreciate the fact that so many Mums and Dads came along. I would also like to acknowledge the staff of the school who gave their time to plan and deliver the meetings. It really does make a difference to the children’s learning when they know that their school and their homes are communicating and working together.
I hope that you found the meetings informative and that you also had an opportunity to chat to some of the organisations who were here about the services they provide.
On page 2 of this newsletter, you will find a very short feedback form. I would appreciate it very much if you would take a few minutes to fill it in and return it to the school. Your thoughts will help us to reflect on the information that we are providing and to think about how we can it make it more relevant to you as parents/guardians.

Yours sincerely,

_______________________
C. O’Reilly – Principal

Feedback Form
Parent Information Evening

I found the Parent Information evening helpful because:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

It would make the meeting more helpful to me as a parent if:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I would prefer an afternoon meeting (3.15-4.15p.m.)
I would prefer an evening meeting (7-8p.m.)

Reminder
Swimming lessons for 2nd and 3rd classes will begin on Monday 5th November. Your child has already brought home a note about the lessons. The school’s Parents’ Association is paying the cost of transport for the children. Please forward the money for the lessons to your child’s teacher before the Hallowe’en Break. As always, if any parent/guardian wishes to make an arrangement with the school to pay for the lessons over a number of weeks, please feel free to contact Miss O’Reilly in absolute confidence.
St. Dominic’s Credit Union
St. Dominic’s Credit Union visits the school every second Thursday. When your child joins the Credit Union at school, they receive a free gift and a little deposit into their account to get them started. New members are always welcome. If your child is interested in becoming a member, please give the school office a call and we will get the information you need back to you.
Well done to all our regular savers. The next collection date is Thursday 11th October.

Every Schoolday Counts
Well done to Mr. Dooley’s Second Class who had the best attendance during the month of September with a fantastic attendance rate of 97.38%. They were closely followed by our Junior Infants and in third spot was Sixth Class. Well done girls and keep up the great work!.

Practical Tips to Reduce the Weight of My Schoolbag
1. How many pencil cases do I need?
2. Do I need every book every night?
3. Can I bring home some of the sheets from my folder instead of the whole folder?
4. Am I letting my work build up, or can I do a little every night so that my bag isn’t overfilled?
I should remember to
1. Carry my schoolbag on both shoulders.
2. Make sure my schoolbag is sitting in the right place on my back. It’s called a backpack not a bottompack!
3. Put my schoolbag on a desk/table, and slip my arms in.
4. Leave my schoolbag down if I am standing in one place
5. Fasten the waist strap if there is one on my schoolbag

Team Hope – Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2018
This year we would like to make a special effort to help children for whom Christmas is just like any other day of the year. Many live in difficult situations and a shoebox can bring happiness and joy at this time of year. Your kindness will bring laughter and excitement to a child who may never have received a gift.
If you would like to put a shoe box together for a child there will be leaflets available from the school office next week explaining how to put your box together so that the items you put inside will be of most benefit to the child who receives it. The last date that boxes can be accepted at the school is Friday November 9th 2018. For more information about the Shoe Box Appeal go to www.teamhope.ie

Positive Ageing Week Visit
On Monday 1st October we visited the residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor for Positive Ageing week. While there, we found out some interesting things about them, as they did with us. We learned a little about their past lives. One man used to slaughter pigs in Clover meats; another lived on a farm and made their own puddings and gave it to their neighbours; and there was also a hotel manager!

Rose showed us around the building and we saw the beautiful Mary Altar made by one of the residents

In the end, it was a great experience for the class as well as the residents, and we hope to see them again in the future.

Dates for Calendar
1st National Day China, Hong Kong
Independence Day, Nigeria
9th Navaratri
16th Week of Prayer for World Peace
22nd Mission Week begins
26th Presidential Election – School closed
29th Mid-term Break begins
31st Hallowe’en

20th September 2018

Parent Evening
Dear Dads, Mums, Pupils and Staff,
We are looking forward to our Information Meetings which will take place in the school at 7p.m. on Thursday 27th September. You should have received your invitation on Thursday last so if you haven’t, please contact the school for more details.
We always have very positive feedback from Mums and Dads after these meetings so it is worth your while to come along, meet your child’s teacher and see where she spends her time in school.
Thanks to our Parents’ Association and the support of The Jolly Barber, Shades Hair Studio and K-Sport, we will have a free raffle on the night for anyone who joins us for a cup of tea before the meeting.
Yours sincerely,

C. O’Reilly – Principal

Acrostic Poem By 6th Class
Well done Girls – you’ve made a great start to the school year. Everyone wishes you an enjoyable year in Sixth Class. It’s an important time for you as you prepare yourselves for Second Level. Enjoy it and make the most of it.

B ackpack zipping.
A ll together again.
C heers, laughter, smiles.
K icking off a new school year.

T eachers and children chatting.
O ur Lady of Good Counsel rocks!

S o much to learn.
C onfirmation to prepare.
H ungry for our lunches.
O thers joining our community.
O utstanding pupils!
L et’s begin…

20 Past Nine – In My Line
School hours are as follows: 9.20a.m. – 2p.m. Junior and Senior Infants, 9.20a.m. – 3p.m. First Class to Sixth Class. The girls are expected to be in their lines in the yard when the bell rings at 9.20a.m. Anyone arriving after 9.20a.m. is considered late for school. Supervision is not provided before or after school hours so pupils are the responsibility of their parents outside of these times.
Wet Mornings: Please note: On wet mornings, the roll call will not be taken until 9.40a.m. The double doors will open as usual at 9.20a.m. so this allows 20 minutes assembly time for the children, plenty of time for them to come in, change their shoes and be seated in their classrooms for the roll call, without any need to stand outside in the yard.

Sacramental Preparation
We have been informed by the Diocesan Office and the Parish Office of the following dates:
Confirmation – Saturday 9th March 2019
First Holy Communion – Saturday 11th May 2019

Children in Hospital
An organisation called Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI) is currently recruiting Play Volunteers for University Hospital Waterford.
Many of our volunteers are parents, grandparents and oftentimes teachers, people who have 2.5 hours per week to play with sick children in hospital. An information evening will take place in Waterford at 6pm on Wednesday 3rdOctober. If you are interested, please send an email to info@childreninhospital.ie, or call us at 01 2903510.
People interested in volunteering can also register directly on our website at www.childreninhospital.ie/volunteers.

6th September 2018

Run, skip, jump and play, Let’s be active every day.
It’s Good to be Back!
Dear Dads, Mums, Pupils and Staff,
A very warm welcome back to everyone in our school community. We had such a wonderful summer with lots of sunshine, and in spite of the rain today, we hope the good weather will continue for a little while yet.
While we all enjoyed the summer break, it is good to be back to the school routine and it was such a pleasure to see the girls smiling, happy and ready for a busy year ahead last Monday morning.
I look forward to working with all of you this year as we continue o build a happy learning environment for the girls. Wishing all of you a successful year at school. It’s good to be back!

Yours sincerely,
C. O’Reilly – Principal
Welcome
You will have noticed a few new faces since we returned to school. We welcome Ms. Deirdre Kissane, who is teaching Fifth Class and Mrs. Clare Burke who is teaching Third Class.
Miss Susan Rellis has rejoined us after five years working in the Middle East—Marhabaan bieawdatik Susan. We are also happy to welcome Mrs. Jean Evans who will work with us as a substitute SNA while Ms. Moore is on Maternity Leave.
Welcome to Good Counsel.
Congratulations
It’s great to begin the new school year with some good news.Congratulations to Mr. Cathal Dooley who has been appointed as a permanent member of our staff.
We were delighted to hear the news that Ms. Moore’s baby boy Fionn arrived safely at the end of August. Congratulations to Ms. Moore, to her husband Johnny and of course to Sean who will be a great big brother.
More Good News
Our Board of Management has recently received some good news from the Department of Education and Skills (DES). The DES has sanctioned funding to allow the Board to build a new classroom extension to the school. The Board will now progress with the process and we will keep you informed of developments.
Over the summer months, the Board of Management bought some new furniture for four classrooms, so all the girls now have lovely, modern tables and chairs which should help them to work even harder!
Parents Plus Parenting Programme
St Brigid’s Family & Community Centre is organising a Parents Plus Parenting Programme for parents/guardians of primary school age children. The course hopes to help parents gain support of other parents and find down-to-earth solutions for difficult situations. The focus of the course is positive and aims to build on your strengths as a parent and what you are already doing right.
The course will take place on Wednesday mornings from 10.00am – 12.30pm starting 12th September– 14th November 2018 in St Brigid’s Family & Community Centre, 37 Lower Yellow Road, Waterford. Places are limited and the cost is €10 (includes the Parenting Course Booklet). For more information or to book your place please contact Mags or Carmel on 051 – 375261.
Well Done
Our new Junior Infants have made a great start and they are lining up so nicely every morning. You and your families are welcome to our school.
Text A Parent
We use the Text a Parent service to keep in touch with you about school events. If you haven’t already done so, please download the free TextaParent App to your phone. School messages and calendar updates can now be sent to the App.
https://app.textaparent.ie/get/app
David Coleman Talks
Renowned Clinical Psychologist David Coleman will be giving a talk about “Effective Communication with Children and Teenagers” in Waterford this October.
The talk will take place in the Tower Hotel on October 24th from 7-9p.m.
For more information on the talk or to book a ticket, check out https://bookwhen.com/livelifenow or www.rosariiryan.ie
Parents’ Association News
Good Counsel Parents’ Association welcomes everyone back to school after the summer holidays. We hope that you had a wonderful time and that you enjoyed the beautiful weather.
We are always looking for new ideas so if you’d like to be involved in your Parents’ Association, please contact the school office on 051 832984, leave your name and number and a member of the Committee will get back to you.
Summer Reading Challenge
Well done to the 28 girls from our school who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Ferrybank Library. Karyn, the Librarian is delighted that so many of you took part and she will present your certificates at our first Assembly of the school year. Congratulations girls!
Condolences
We offer our sincere condolences to the Sacred Heart of Mary Community on the death of Sr. Mary Dunne, former Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS. Sr. Mary died during the month of August.
We would also like to extend our deepest sympathy to Tracey, whose brother-in-law Martin died earlier this week. May he rest in peace. Please keep Tracey’s sister Celine, her three little nieces and the wider family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Remember: 20 Past Nine – In Your Line

“The School Bell” June 14th 2018

Time to Say ‘Thank You and Farewell’.
Dear Mams, Dads, Pupils and Staff,

Our wonderful Deputy Principal, Ms. Geraldine Ryan, has announced that she will be retiring at the end of this school year. Ms. Ryan has been a staff member here for 27 years, and during that time she has earned the respect and admiration of countless numbers of children and their families.
On a personal note, Ms. Ryan has been an amazing colleague and friend to me, and I know that I speak for all the staff when I say that we will greatly miss her support, her expertise and her wisdom.
I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Ms. Ryan on her many achievements and her great work over the course of her career. We wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement, enjoying time with family and friends. Thank you Ms. Ryan for everything you have given to the Good Counsel school community. We will miss you.

Yours sincerely,

________________________
C. O’Reilly – Principal

End of Year Reports
End of Year Reports will be sent out by post in the next day or so. If, for any reason, it has not arrived by Wednesday next, June 20th, please telephone the school office as quickly as possible on 051 832984.

Summer Stars
The ‘Summer Stars’ Reading Challenge will run in Ferrybank Library during July and August. The Challenge encourages children to read during the summer holidays and they can pick up stickers and rewards for doing so. So long as the books are borrowed from Ferrybank Library, the children may read whatever they like – either fact or fiction.
Why not register at Ferrybank Library anytime from June 19th onwards and then you can join in this fun and easy way to pass the time during the summer holidays?
Anyone who takes part will receive a certificate and a medal. You will also be invited to a special celebration show in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny at the end of September

2018-2019
The new school year will begin on 3rd September 2018 and classes have been allocated as follows:
Junior Infants Ms. Carmel Fogarty
Senior Infants Mrs. Feana Foley
First Class Miss Ann Cunniffe
Second Class Mr. Cathal Dooley
Third Class To be appointed
Fourth Class Mrs. Mary Ryan
Fifth Class To be appointed
Sixth Class Mrs. Maeve Power
Special Education Team
Ms. Bernadette Finucane
Mrs. Aisling Shanahan
Miss Monica Kelly
Miss Susan Rellis

The girls will have the opportunity to meet their new teachers before the summer holidays, and they will receive their booklists for next year at that time.
Our school deals with change every year – some pupils leave us, some join us – and so school life goes on. This year, we will have a few extra changes to add into the mix.
Mrs. Emma O’Neill, who has been a wonderful addition to our school as a substitute teacher over the last couple of years, has been offered a permanent position in another school, so unfortunately she will not be returning to us in September. We thank Mrs. O’Neill for all her hard work and congratulate her on her well-deserved success. We would also like to congratulate Mr. Cathal Dooley who has been appointed as a permanent member of staff in our school.
Miss Susan Rellis will return to the staff after a number of years working abroad and Miss Eilís Walsh will take a Career Break.
As always, the team here looks forward to your support and to working with you during the 2018-2019 school year.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Ms. Detta Cahill, Principal of Abbey Community College, who is retiring at the end of August. We wish her well.

Thank You
Sincere thanks to everyone who came along to support the girls during their Dancing Display on Tuesday last. We hope you enjoyed it. We would also like to thank Dawn and Denise for the wonderful work they have done with the girls during the last year.

Please Note
Our new Junior Infants will visit the school next Wednesday afternoon, to meet their teacher and some other members of staff. To facilitate the visit, Miss Walsh’s Junior Infants will go home at 12.30p.m. on that date.

Head Lice
The warm weather seems to have brought on a spate of head lice. Please check your child’s hair regularly and treat it as necessary. It is important that each child’s hair is tied up neatly to help prevent the spread of head lice.

World Meeting of Families Icon
This morning, we went to Mass in the Parish Church. The Icon for the World Meeting of Families was there. Fr. Dempsey explained the meaning of the Icon. We learned that an icon is written, not painted. This Icon was written by a man from Romania and by an order of Redemptoristine Sisters in Dublin. We prayed for all of our families and for families everywhere.

End of Year Mass
The school’s End of Year Mass will take place in the Parish Church on Tuesday 26th June at 11.30a.m. The girls who are leaving us will receive a special blessing and we would be delighted to see lots of Mams, Dads and family members there.

Last Day of School
The school will close for the summer holidays at 12.30p.m. on June 29th.

Chick News
Our chicks will return to Nore Valley Farm tomorrow. All the girls will receive a free pass to visit the farm during the summer holidays.

The School Bell May 24th 2018

School Calendar 2018-2019
Dear Mams, Dads, Pupils and Staff,
The calendar for the 2018-2019 school year has been agreed with St. Mary’s BNS. We publish the calendar at this time so that you can plan family time around school time. Remember – every school day counts!

Term 1 begins Monday 3rd September 2018
Hallowe’en Break Closed Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November inclusive
School re-opens Monday 5th November
Christmas Closed Monday 24th December to Friday 4th January 2019 inclusive
Term 2 begins Monday 7th January 2019
Mid-Term Break Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February
St. Patrick’s Day Closed Monday 18th March (Public Holiday)
Easter Break Closed Monday 15th April to Friday 26th April inclusive
Term 3 begins Monday 29th April
May Bank Holiday Closed Monday 6th May
June Bank Holiday Closed Friday 31st May to Tuesday 4th June inclusive.
Reopening Wednesday 5th June
School year ends on Friday 28th June 2019

Yours sincerely,

_______________________
C. O’Reilly – Principal

First Holy Communion
We would like to express our thanks to all of you and to your families for your co-operation in ensuring that the First Communion ceremony on Saturday 12th May was such a pleasant and enjoyable experience for everyone.
As always the girls and boys did themselves and their families proud. We congratulate each and every one of them and we hope that you all had a wonderful day.
School Tours
The girls and their teachers are looking forward to their school tours which will be taking place over the next few weeks. If you haven’t already done so, please forward the money for the tour to your child’s teacher on/before the tour date.
29th May Third and Fourth Classes Castlecomer Discovery Park

11th June Fifth and Sixth Classes Castlecomer Discovery Park and Dunmore Cave

14th June Second Class Woodfield House

15th June Junior and Senior Infs. Copper Coast Farm

21st June First Class Ardmore Open Farm

St. Dominic’s Credit Union
The Credit Union will visit the school next Wednesday so get those piggy banks ready girls.

Chick News
Brian, from Nore Valley Farm will come to the school today to ‘candle’ the seven eggs in the incubator. This means that he will check to see if a chick is growing in each egg. Brian will use a bright light for the candling process. Before electric light and torches were invented, people used lighted candles to check the eggs and this is where the term ‘candling’ comes from. We look forward to finding out how many of the eggs have chicks growing in them.
Next week, we will have a draw to name the chicks. We are looking after the eggs very carefully. We have to make sure that they are kept at 37.5° Celsius, that the air in the incubator is humid enough for the eggs and that they are turning over in the incubator.
When the chicks hatch out, we will take them out of the incubator and put them in a brood box.

A Journalist in the Making?
Congratulations to Annabelle (6th Class) who wrote a wonderful piece in response to an article published in the Sunday Independent on April 29th. You can read Annabelle’s piece on the Active School Committee section of our website www.goodcounselgns.com

Congratulations
We wish a very happy day to our caretaker Mark, who will celebrate a special birthday in the coming weeks.

Reminder
The school is closed tomorrow because it will be used as a Polling Station for the Referendum.
Next week, the school will be closed on Thursday 31st May, Friday 1st June and on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June. We will re-open on Wednesday 6th June.
Date for Your Diary
Weather permitting, we will have our annual Dancing Display on Tuesday 12th June. We will send you a timetable in advance.

GDPR
No doubt you will have heard lots of news stories about GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – which comes into effect tomorrow, May 25th. This is a piece of European legislation and it is to do with every person’s rights and responsibilities around data protection. The Board of Management has updated its Data Protection Policy and it will shortly be published on the school’s website.

Book Rental
We run a Book Rental scheme for all the girls from First Class to Sixth Class. The girls have received the information and a Book Rental contract. If your child is taking part in the Book rental scheme for September 2018, please return the contract and money to the school on/before June 15th. Unfortunately, this year, we will not be able to order books for your child until the Book Rental money has been paid to the school. Please feel free to pay the Book Rental fee in smaller amounts between now and June 15th.

The School Bell May 10th 2018

Digital Learning
Dear Dads, Mums, Pupils and Staff,

The girls in Sixth Class have been ‘road-testing’ our lovely new tablets. When I visited their classroom last Friday and they were working hard on researching projects on the theme of World War 11. There are some great photos on the Sixth Class Blog on the school website, so why not have a look. www.goodcounselgns.com
We have recently bought twelve tablets for use in our classrooms. They are a tool for learning and will be used in different ways in different class settings. For example, the younger girls may use some educational apps for Maths or Literacy, while the older girls may do some word processing or research. The tablets are stored on special trolleys, where they re-charge every night. Each trolley has a Wi-Fi capability, so we can create a little Wi-Fi bubble in a classroom whenever the girls need access to something on the internet.
We’re delighted with our new technology and a special word of thanks goes to our Digital Learning Team, led by our Deputy Principal Ms. Ryan. Ms. Ryan, Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. O’Neill, have worked hard on preparing an eLearning Plan for the school, and on sourcing and buying the hardware and we are all grateful to them.
Yours sincerely,

___________________________
C. O’Reilly – Principal

Printers/DVD Players

We have, three printers, two DVD players and two wireless keyboards that are no longer needed, if anyone would like them you are welcome to call to the school and pick them up.

Great Success
Active School Week was a great success. It was wonderful to hear that so many of the girls have joined the local soccer and Camogie clubs after learning about them during Active School week. Well done girls and remember to thank you Mams and Dads for bringing you along to training. With your help, we also managed to ‘walk’ all the way to Prague, which is a total of 1,882kms. We can achieve amazing things by working together.
There was some more good news this week for the girls in Rang IV. During Bike Week, Waterford City and County Council held a competition for a grant to organise a cycling event. Because the girls in Fourth Class took part so well in their Safe Cycling Course, we decided to make an application, and we were successful! We have received €250 which we hope to use to bring Fourth Class on a little cycling trip on the Waterford Greenway. So, keep practising your cycling at home girls.

Would You Like to Play Golf?
Waterford Golf Club is having a Junior Open Evening on Tuesday 15th May from 5-6.30p.m. It is open to everyone so why not go along and give it a try!

First Holy Communion
We send out very best wishes to the girls in Second Class who will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday morning. They have been preparing well with their teacher, Ms. Finucane and they are excited and ready for the big day.
Visitor Tomorrow morning, we will welcome Sr. Maria Comerford to the school. Sr. Maria is the Diocesan advisor for schools and we are delighted that she is coming to see us again. Sr. Maria will visit some of the classrooms and talk to the teachers and the children about they are getting on with the Grow in Love programme.

Green Flag News
On May 22nd, Ms. Finucane will travel to Kilkenny with members of the Green Flag Committee, to collect our school’s 7th Green Flag. This is a wonderful achievement and we hope that Ms. Finucane, Ms. Fenton, Isabelle and Grace will enjoy their day out.

Be Active After School Programme
Once again, Miss Walsh has taken on the organisation of this programme for the girls if First and Second Classes. Anyone who is taking part, stays back after school on Tuesday afternoons, for fun games and activities. Even the rain doesn’t stop them! The dates for the rest of the programme are: May 15th, 22nd, 29th and June 12th. On those dates, the girls who are taking part should wear their tracksuits and runners to school. Thank you Miss Walsh, Mrs. O’Neill, Ms. Fenton, Mr. Dooley, Rose, Billy and Anna for giving your time to this fun programme.

Free Draw – Download Now!
We use the Text a Parent service as an easy way to keep in touch. Almost half of you have downloaded the free Text a Parent App. By downloading the App, you help the school to cut costs (it is half the price of a normal SMS message to send a message to the App). Using the App also gives you access to a School Calendar where you can receive reminders of upcoming events. As a small thank you everyone who has downloaded the App. we will have a draw for three prizes on Wednesday 30th May. The names of everyone who has downloaded the App by then will go in the draw so make sure you are included. The App is available from the App Store and from Google Play and can be used on both Apple and Android devices.
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May Altar
May is the month when we focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus. The practice dates back at least 700 years and is still observed around the world today. In our school during the month of May we have a lovely tradition of setting up a May Altar to honour Our Lady. The girls take turns to bring in flowers for the altar. Thank you to everyone who has brought flowers this week and we look forward to keeping Our Lady surrounded by flowers for the rest of the month. There is no need for the girls to buy flowers. One or two flowers from each garden will make a lovely display.
This week: Senior Infants, Sixth Class
May 14th First and Second Classes
May 21st Junior Infants and Fifth Class
May 28th Third and Fourth Classes

Ramadan Mubarak
The Holy Month of Ramadan will begin on May 16th. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It is a time of fasting for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslim families fast during daylight hours. They also pray and think about those who are poor or less fortunate than themselves. At the end of Ramadan, there is a big festival called Eid-ul-Fitr. Friends and family gather together to celebrate by wearing their best clothes, giving presents and making donations to charity.
This is a special time for some of our school community. We wish you a blessed Ramadan – Ramadan Mubarak.

Dates In May
1st Bealtaine
7th Bank Holiday
8th Be Active
11th Rhythm and Shales 1st 5th 6th
12th First Holy Communion
14th Yoga Rang 3
15th Be Active
16th Ramadan begins
18th Rhythm and Shales 1st 5th 6th
20th Pentecost Sunday
21st Yoga Rang 3
22nd Be Active
25th School Closed
26th Independence Day Georgia