The School Bell

The “School Bell” May 2nd 2019

Term 3

Dear Mams, Dads, Pupils and Staff,

Our final term for this school year is underway. It will be busy and full of activity for the girls and the whole school community, but it is also a special time when we work hard to complete the learning for this year.

Every minute of every school day counts so now that the mornings are brighter, let’s all make a special effort to be on time for school. Of course, there might be the odd time when something goes wrong and we are late but being on time is a good habit that we all need to practise.

Being on time for school means that

  • the girls have time to chat with their friends before lessons begin
  • the girls have time to organise their books and belongings before lessons begin
  • the girls are not be embarrassed by arriving late
  • the girls won’t disturb their classmates by arriving late.

I look forward to seeing all the girls lined up and ready for action at twenty past nine each morning.

Yours sincerely,


C. O’Reilly – Principal

May, Mary’s Month

Our school is dedicated to Our Lady. 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. There is no need to buy flowers – even one or two blooms from your garden, or a bunch of wild flowers will be wonderful.

May 7th           Junior Infants and Third Class

May 13th           Senior Infants and Fourth Class

May 20th         First Class and Fifth Class

May 27th          Third Class and Sixth Class

“Oh Mary, we crown with blossoms today,

Queen of the angels and Queen of the May”

First Holy Communion

Everyone at school wishes the girls in Second Class a special day on May 11th. Mr. Dooley and the girls, with the help of Fr. O’Shea, have been working hard all year to prepare for First Holy Communion and now that the big day has arrived, we hope that the sun will shine, and that everyone will have a wonderful day.

We will send out a note early next week with all the information you need to know for May 11th.


On May 14th, Second Class and Junior Infants will have their photographs taken at school.

Poetry Day Ireland

Today is Poetry Day in Ireland. We have a long tradition in this country or writing and reciting poetry so it is wonderful to think that some of our future famous poets might be sitting in our school right now!

On World Book Day, we make a point of reading and celebrating books, so why not do the same on Poetry Day? Maybe you could visit the Library and find some poetry collections to borrow. Instead of story time before bed, maybe for today if could be ‘poetry time’.

To celebrate at school, we are having a little poetry competition. Get creative girls, and write a poem about anything you like. Illustrate it nicely and put it in the box in the Front Hall before May 7th. We will display all the poems around the school. Thank you to Lily, Clodagh and Aoibhe who helped to select the poems for our Poetry Trail.

Attendance Awards

Congratulations to Sixth Class who won the February award with an attendance rate of 95.74%, and to Fifth Class who won the March award with an attendance rate of 97.6%.

Ramadan Mubarak

The Holy Month of Ramadan will begin on May 5th. 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.

Ship Ahoy!

On 30th April, Sixth class along with Mrs. Power, Miss Kelly and Tracey      attended the LE George Bernard Shaw naming and commissioning Ceremony.

 It was a special day for a little girl called Emily Byrne from Co. Waterford as she helped to formally name the ship. A year ago Emily received a liver transplant from Petty Officer John Fenton.

We got to see the LE George Bernard Shaw, which is Ireland’s Fourth      Offshore Patrol Vessel. This ship was built by Babcook Marine Appledore and was finished in February 2017.

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and his Minister with Responsibility for      Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, T.D.,  were present for the ceremony. We got to get our photo taken with An Taoiseach. Thanks Miss Kelly.

There were many important people from the government and Waterford City Council in attendance. We also got to meet Naval Service people from   America and other parts of the world.

It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and we were extremely lucky to experience and attend this ceremony taking place in our community.

By Ruby and Sophie 6th class

Parents’ Association Easter Raffle Results

We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets for our Easter raffle and we are very grateful to the people who donated spot prizes.  Amy for the shades voucher, Liz for the Jolly barber voucher and Tracey for the candle set.  We raised €480 to buy maths equipment so well done to all. The winners were Easter—Claudine Curtin, Rosie Ahearne, Grace-Anne Hartley, Zara Gaffney, Sophie Seale, Christina Wrafter, Rebeka Petyko, Laura Bogadi, Alesha Dunne.

Bunny– Tiffany Ritter, Shades Voucher—Elizabeth Manzyreva, Jolly Barber Voucher—Mia Kelly, Candle Set—Orlaith Bailey. G


Tell yourself you are amazing and give yourself 3 reasons why.

Dates for Calendar

1st         Bealtaine/May Day

            Safe Cycling

3rd        Rhythm and Shakes 1st 5th 6th

5th        Ramadan begins

6th        Bank Holiday

7th        BOM Mtg.

8th        Safe Cycling

10th      Rhythm and Shakes 1st 5th 6th

11th       First Holy Communion

14th      Photos – FHC and J. Infs.

17th      Rhythm and Shakes 1st 5th 6th

24th      School closed – Elections

30th      Feast of the Ascension

Newsletter 28th March 2019

Organ Donor Awareness Week

Dear Mams, Dads, Pupils and Staff,

Next week is Organ Donor Awareness Week 2019. It was launched by the Minister for Health Simon Harris on March 26th.  In his statement, the Minister said that ‘In 2018, there was a total of 274 transplants carried out, …….with donations occurring in 25 hospitals.’

This might seem like an unusual topic for a school newsletter, but we have our very own ambassador for organ donation here at Good Counsel GNS.

Before Christmas, Molly (1st Class) received the amazing gift of a new kidney, thanks to the generosity of a donor. If you were watching Ireland AM on Wednesday morning, you may have seen Molly and her Dad Brendan on the show, telling their stories and encouraging more of us to become organ donors. They were terrific!

If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, this is the advice given by the Irish Kidney Association:

  • email:
  • freetext DONOR to 50050
  • lo call 1890 543639
  • By post to: Freepost, Donor House, Irish Kidney Association, 
  • Park West, Dublin 12
  • Collect a donor card at your local pharmacy
  • Sign the back of your driving licence to indicate your wishes.

Most importantly, discuss your wishes with your next-of-kin.

We wish Molly and Brendan, and all organ recipients continued good health and we will remember all organ donors and their families in our prayers.

Yours sincerely,


C. O’Reilly – Principal

First Penance

Congratulations and well done to all the girls who made their First Penance on March 21st. Thank you to Mr. Dooley, Fr. O’Shea and their families for helping them to prepare so well. We know that the girls are looking forward to their First Holy Communion on May 11th.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our school St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and to all the Mams and Dads who went to such great effort to make sure that the girls were as colourful as could be! We know that the Sacred Heart of Mary Sisters and the residents of St. Joseph’s Care Home very much appreciated the girls’ visit. Well done girls.

Safe Cycling

On Wednesday next, the girls in Fourth Class will begin a four week Safe Cycling course with Donal Jacob. Donal will come to the school and he will provide the bicycles and helmets for the girls. We are very fortunate that we get some sponsorship every year to help with the costs of the course, and our Parents’ Association is always generous in supporting us. As a result, the cost to the girls is only €5 each. Please forward the €5 to Mrs. Ryan or to the school office any time before the end of the course (8th May).

New Television Show

RTE Junior has contacted us about the hit RTÉjr show Donncha’s TWO TALENTED. Applications are now open and will close on the 10th of April.

Adare Productions are looking for the country’s most talented youngsters age 5-11 years of age to take part. Singer or dancer, solo or duet, all applications are welcome. There are no judges, no competition just a chance to showcase the best talent Ireland’s kids (and their chosen grown- ups!) have to offer. The show sees the child take charge and mentor a chosen adult member to join them on our stage. To apply interested parties can register online and submit their short audition clip at-     

Host, rugby legend Donncha O’ Callaghan, will be on hand to steady the grown-up’s nerves, as talented youngsters showcase their talent, before taking on the challenge of mentoring  their chosen adult family member to join them on the big stage.

For more information contact 01 2843877 or visit the RTÉjr website for more information.

“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 – ? 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.)

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

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, or call us at 01 2903510.
People interested in volunteering can also register directly on our website at

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
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.
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.
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 or
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!
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

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 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.