Welcome to St.Mary’s National School Cobh Website
Following over a year of fundraising, renovating and organising, the much anticipated opening of our new School Library will take place on Thursday, June 13th.
The Library Committee, comprising of Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Lynch, Ms. A. Walsh, Ms. F. Walsh and pupil members led by, deputy principal, Ms. Sarah Fitzgerald have planned a wonderful day filled with fun activities for the children to mark what will be a truly special occasion for our entire school community.
Author Olive Mooney will officially open our Library on Thursday morning and will complete workshops based on her books, ‘The Chronicles of Cadaver College’, with pupils from 3rd to 6th class.
Pupils from Infants to 2nd class will be assigned a time to browse and enjoy the new room throughout the day.
We will also have a whole-school ‘Readathon’ on the day, so we invite each child to bring a book and a cushion to school.
You, as parents and guardians, are invited to browse the Library that evening from 17.00 to 18.00.
The celebrations of our new Library will continue further on Friday, June 14th with a ‘Literature Lookalike’ day, where every child is invited to dress up as a character or object from one of her favourite books. Weather-permitting, we will have a school disco on the yard at lunchtime on this day to add to the fun and festivities.
Thank you all most sincerely for your contributions to this project. Our Library truly is a symbol for what can be achieved when all stakeholders join together for the benefit of the children.
I sincerely look forward to our Library being enjoyed by all pupils.‘Today a reader, tomorrow a leader’.
Due to classroom upgrades we have the following items for sale: White Chairs and Desks
(Suitable for ages 2-6 years)
Chairs: €5 each Desks: €10 each
Sale will take place on:
Monday, 10th June: 5.30-7.00pm
Tuesday, 11th June and Friday 14th June: 2.30-4.30pm
Please Note: COLLECTION ONLY
Information received from Cobh Library:
Animation workshop: Saturday 15th June, 2.30 pm.- 4.30pm. Cobh Library
This is a very enjoyable Workshop and would be of interest to children aged 8-13.
Contact Cobh Library on 021 4811130 to book a place. Numbers are limited so it is advisable to contact Cobh Library as soon as possible.
Parents’ Association Meeting: Monday, 10th June, 7pm
Bun Friday, 7th June, 2019
€503 raised. Thank you to all bakers and buyers!
Student of the Week: 7th June. For displaying positive leadership skills
On Monday, 27th May, we commence Active Week. Lots of fun, physical activities planned for this week including Dance, Zumba, Camogie, circuit training workshops, active homework, the mile a day challenge and lots more. A wonderful week ahead! Children are asked to wear their tracksuit and runners everyday during Active Week.
Next Meeting: Monday, 27th May at 7pm. All Welcome!
Friday, 31st May. €2 per child. Raffle to be held between contributors. 4 prizes: Jun Inf-2nd and 4 prizes: 3rd-6th.
Congratulations to the girls who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 25th May. It was a wonderful occasion which was enjoyed and appreciated by all. Thank you to the teachers’s of 2nd class, Ms. Hallahan and Mrs. Murphy, to Special Education teachers Ms. Hanley and Ms. O’Donovan and to SNA Gaye Laffan for all your work in preparing the girls for this special occasion. Thank you to the children from 5th & 6th class who sang so beautifully in the choir, to Mr. Adrian Gebreurs for playing the organ and to Ms. Kelleher and Ms. Walsh for preparing the choir and guiding them throughout the ceremony.
Thank you also to the parent volunteers who assisted in setting up the hall, serving refreshments and for cleaning up after the post Communion party. Without your cooperation such an enjoyable part of the First Communion day would not be possible.
This year the theme of the Port of Cork Primary School project was ‘Maintaining a Healthy Harbour’. Congratulations to Ms. McElhinney’s 5th/6th class who’s wonderful project earned them a rib trip around Cork harbour. This trip took place on Monday, 27th May. Click News tab to view photos.
School tour season commenced in St. Mary’s on Thursday, 23rd May. 4th Class traveled to Cuskinny. All enjoyed a great day out.
This week 2nd class venture to the Mardyke where a funfilled day of activity awaits them.Scroll down through the homepage to view other tour dates.
Mon.27th- Fri. 31st May: Active Week
Tuesday, 28th May: Lace Making Workshop for 5th Class, organised by Cobh Library
Wednesday, 29th May: 6th Class Wellbeing workshop organised by Cobh Youth Services
Thursday, 30th May: Cork Primary School Sports, CIT
Friday, 31st May: PA event- Crazy Hair Day
Monday, 3rd June: School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Wednesday, 5th June: Book Rental money collection
Thursday, 6th June: Next year’s Junior Infant children and their parents/guardians visiting St. Mary’s.
Friday, 7th June: Bun Friday- Ms. Hallahan’s, Ms. A Walsh and Mrs. Murphy’s classes to bake.
Monday, 17th June: Book Rental Day
Tuesday, 18th June: Sports Day
Sunday, 23rd June: PA Annual Family Walk, 11am
Wednesday, 26th June: PA treat- Ice-cream Van
Thursday, 27th June: School Closing, 12.30pm
Headlice: letter issued to all families, Tuesday, 14th May. Action required.
Congratulations to Dog Fouling Poster Competition winner Lily Burke. The Cork County Council initiative from Cllr Sinéad Sheppard was a resounding success with 375 entries from Primary School Children in Cobh. Cllr Cathal Rasmussen announced the shortlisted finalists and the overall winner Lily Burke from St Mary’s National School. We look forward to viewing Lily’s poster on display around Cobh. An exhibition of all 375 entries will be held over the summer in Cobh Library
Bun Friday, 10th May, 2019
€405 raised. thank you to all bakers and buyers!
Congratulations to the 39 girls who were confirmed by Bishop William Crean in St. Colman’s Cathedral on Saturday, 11th May. It was a wonderful occasion. May the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit inspire you and guide you all the days of your lives.
Plans for term 3:
- Crazy Hair day: Friday, 31st €2 per child. Raffle to be held between contributors. 4 prizes: Jun Inf-2nd and 4 prizes: 3rd-6th.
- Communion party: 25th May:
- Sponsored Family Walk: Sunday, 23rd June at 11am
- Ice-cream Van: no charge for the children. Wednesday, 26th June
Help needed on First Communion Day: The Parents Association are issuing a request for assistance in setting up the hall from the parents/guardians of 1st class children on the morning of 25th May. Note outlining details to be issued to parents on Tuesday, 7th May. As many parents of 1st class children are urged to assist please- 1st class girls will benefit from this lovely occasion next year.
Bun Friday: Thank you for supporting this initiative over the last two terms. Two further Bun Fridays will be held this term. Funds raised will be used to purchase classroom resources. The rota of bakers this term is as follows:
10th May: Ms. Lynch & Mrs. Kelly’s classes asked to bake
7th June: Ms. Hallahan, Mrs. Murphy and Ms. A Walsh’s classes asked to bake
The girls in 6th and 2nd classes are at present preparing to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Confirmation: Saturday, 11th May at 10am. First Holy Communion: Saturday, 25th May at 10am. We join them in prayer as they prepare to receive these sacraments. Thank you to Mrs. Lane, Ms. McElhinney, Mrs. Murphy and Ms. Hallahan in preparing the children for these special days. Thanks also to Ms. Kelleher, Ms. Walsh and the school choir who will sing at the First Holy Communion Mass
Reminder of School Closures:
- Monday, 6th May:Bank Holiday.
- Friday, 25th May: Referendum/ Election Day. St. Mary’s is a polling station and therefore must close for voting.
- Monday, 3rd June: Bank Holiday
Whole School Oral Language Work:
Term 3: Revision of collective nouns, antonyms, riddles and tongue twisters that were covered this year. Scroll down through the homepage to view.
Student of the Week: Friday, 3rd May, 2019: For Sharing
Well done girls!- 6th Class girls missing from the photo- they had to run to attend their pre-confirmation retreat. Well done all!
Cén caitheamh aimsire is fearr leat?
Is maith liom a bheith ag ____________ ach is fearr liom a bheith ag________________.
(snámh,léamh, damhsa, imirt spóirt)
Best Class Attendance for April went to Ms. McElhinney’s 5th/6th Class with an attendance of 97.9%. Well done girls, well done families!
Camogie: Training has commenced as part of a 7-week module for 1st-4th class with Noel O’Brien and assisted by class teachers. Last year the school made a significant investment in purchasing hurleys and helmets. These lessons are extremely worthwhile and teach the girls about fundamental movement skills while also stressing the importance of being active and working as part of a team.
On Thursday, 2nd May our 8 hopeful soccer players traveled by bus to Turners Cross for the county final 5-a-side soccer competition. Lady luck was not with us on the day, however the girls played brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thanks again to Ms. WAlsh, Ms. Hanley and Mr. S Mulcahy for generously giving their time to preparing the girls for this occasion.
Student of the Week: 12th April, 2019
For maintaining motivation- well done all!
A highlight of the third term! Destinations, dates and costs are outlined below. The cost of these tours can be paid for in full or through installments. All tours should be paid for a week in advance of tour dates.
|6th Class||Dublin||12th June||€60|
|5th Class||Ballyhass- Coachford||24th June||€50|
|4th Class||Cuskinny||23rd May||€30|
|3rd Class||Eco Adventure||11th June||€35|
|2nd Class||Mardyke||29th May||€26|
|1st Class||Leahy’s Open Farm||17th June||€20|
|Senior Infants||Rumley’s Open Farm||19th June||€19|
|Junior Infants||Fota Wildlife Park||20th June||€17|
Congratulations to 5th class pupil, Emma Hurley, who received the Irish Red Cross’s Young Volunteer of the Year Award. Emma was described as ‘invaluable’ to her local Irish Red Cross branch at the annual awards ceremony in Croke Park in Dublin, on Saturday, 27th April. Emma is involved with Cork Penny Dinners as well as other local community groups. Well done, Emma. Everyone in St. Mary’s is so proud of your achievement.
St. Mary’s NS will close for Easter holidays on Friday, 12th April at 12.30pm and will reopen on Monday, 29th April (full school day). Enjoy the break everyone.
Our Sciath na Scol Camogie campaign has drawn to a close. Many congratulations for a tremendous effort by the players from 4th, 5th and 6th classes. The pupils were extremely committed to training sessions which took place every Wednesday for the past six weeks under the fantastic direction of coaches Lorraine Mullane, Mark Moran and Sarah Leahy. Our first two matches did not go our way but we were triumphant in our third match. Much was learned, many skills were developed- well done all.
FAI Primary School 5’s soccer Blitz
On the 1st of April, two teams from St Mary’s took part in a 5 aside soccer blitz in Midleton FC. A great day was had by all. Both teams represented themselves and their school brilliantly. One of our teams will proceed to the county finals which is scheduled to take place the end of April. Thanks to those involved in the training and those who supported us on the day.
Whole School Oral Language Development- Tongue Twisters
Week commencing 8th April:
- The dog dragged Daisy’s dolly for digging.
- Larry liked licking yellow lollies.
- Percy the Platypus was a playful pet.
- Four frozen flies were free to flee.
- Sammy spent six Saturday’s slouching silently on the sofa
The National Parents Council will run a workshop for parents on Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 in St. Mary’s NS at 7pm. The title of the workshop is Supporting Parents to Support their Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Parents who attend this session will:
- Explore the factors that influence mental health and well being in their child.
- Learn how to build and nurture resilience within their own child.
- Be given tips on how best to support their child’s positive mental health and wellbeing.
Admission is free. All parents/guardians of primary school children are welcome to attend.
Student of the Week: Friday, 5th April, 2019
For being Reliable- well done girls!
Best wishes to the 16 girls from 5th & 6th class travelling to Midleton on Monday,1st April to participate in the FAI Primary School 5-a-side soccer competition. Thank you to Ms. Walsh and Stephen Mulcahy for organising our participation in the event. Go n-eirí libh go léir! St. Mary’s abú!
Our Sciath na Scol camogie campaign gets underway this week. There are three matches scheduled to take place this week. They are as follows:
Tuesday, 2nd April: St. Mary’s v’s Walterstown NS in Cobh GAA grounds. Kick of at 1.30pm.
Wednesday, 3rd April: St. Mary’s v’s Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh in Cobh GAA grounds. Kick off at 10.00am
Thursday, 4th April: St. Mary’s v’s Star of the Sea NS in Passage West. Kick off at 1.00pm
Go n-eirí libh gach éinne- St. Mary’s abú!
Week 4 of 5 of our block of swimming lessons for 3rd-5th classes commences this week. Due to the scheduling of Sciath na Scol matches the 5th class swimming lesson will take place on Friday, 5th April, instead of Thursday 4th April, for this week only.
Student of the Week: 29th March, 2019
For being responsible- well done all!
On Thursday, 28th March, 6 pupils from 6th class will represent St. Mary’s NS at the inaugural Cobh Green Schools Conference in Cobh Community Centre. The focus of the work in St.Mary’s is reducing our use of single use plastics and in turn reducing plastic pollution in Cobh. Well done to all involved with particular mention to Mrs. Lane’s 6th class girls who have designed mascots, composed a rap, presented their work to other classes and have devised a number innovative means of reducing our plastic consumption. Click on the news tab to view photos of the girl’s work.
Whole School Oral Language Development- Tongue Twisters
24th March-29th March 2019
- The seventh ship sunk the sixth ship.
- The fleeing fly finally flew
- The sleek shiny shark swam silently.
- Sleepy Sal soundly slept and loudly snored.
- Stuart slipped and tripped on the steep slope he trekked.
Cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí?
Tá mé i mo chónaí i gCóbh i gContae Chorcaí.
Meeting: Tuesday, 26th March, 2019, Agreed report:
- The BOM wishes to thank the PA for their continued efforts to fundraise for school resources, in particular for their recent efforts to fundraise for IT equipment.
- The BOM of St. Mary’s NS has received grant approval for a Summer Works project due to commence in July of 2019 which was applied for in November 2015. History of the Project: The southern elevation of the old school building of St. Mary’s NS, which is a protected structure, was extensively renovated during the summer of 2014. It was noted at the time that the eastern elevation, western elevation and northern elevation of the same building had similar defects. It was not feasible for these works to be carried out at this time. Funding has now been granted, in part, to complete the work required on the eastern, western and northern elevations. The project will consist of underpinning works, removal and replacement of render, window lintols and guttering where needed and associated works.
- The BOM has accepted the resignation of Ms. Orla Buckley. Ms. Buckley has been teaching in the Middle East for the past 5 years. The BOM wishes her well in the future.
- The BOM received notification from Mrs. Kay McEnery of her intended retirement at the end of the school year. The BOM thanks Mrs. McEnery for her work in St. Mary’s and wishes her well as she commences the new chapter of her life.
Congratulations to our Parents Association. The annual quiz held on 24th March was a great success. €665 was raised and all monies will go towards upgrading the ICT equipment in St. Mary’s. Thank you to the organisers and all who attended.
Clothes Collection: €512
Lá Glas: €400
Thank you to all who contributed!
On Tuesday, 5th March, 6th Class enjoyed a trip to UCC. After a historical tour of the campus, the girls graduated in style! This was always a wonderful day. Thank you to Mrs. Lane for organising this event
Student of the Week: Friday, 22nd March
For being well wishing- well done girls!
Best Class Attendance for February 2019: Ms. Quinlan’s Junior/Senior Infant Class with a percentage attendance of 96.65%. Well done girls, well done families!
Congratulations to the girls from 2nd class who received their First Confession on Wednesday, 13th March. It was a lovely ceremony. Thank you to Ms. Hallahan, Mrs. Murphy, Ms. Hanley, Ms. O’Donovan, Fr. McCarthy and families for preparing the children for this sacrament.
Congratulations also to our choir who performed beautifully at the Community Centre St Patrick’s concert on Thursday, 14th March. Thank you to Ms. McElhinney and Ms. Gilley for preparing the girls for this occasion.
Seanfhocail an Lae:
- Luan 4ú: Tús maith leath na hoibre
- Máirt 5ú: Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile
- Céadaoin 6ú: Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin
- Déardaoin 7ú: Is glas iad na cnoic i bhfad uainn.
- Aoine 8ú: Ní neart go cur le chéile
- Luan 11ú: Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte.
- Máirt 12ú: Nuair a bhíonn an chat amuigh bíonn an luch ag rince.
- Céadaoin 13ú: An rud is annamh is iontach
- Déardaoin 14ú: Is maith an tanlann an tocras
- Aoine 15ú: Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.
Week commencing: 19th March- Revision
Week commencing: 11th March
Dalta na Seachtaine: 8th March, 15th March- Gaeilge a Labhairt
This term the girls from 3rd-5th class will attend 5 swimming lessons. Attendance at these lessons fulfils the Aquatics Module of the PE Curriculum as laid down by the Department of Education. The cost of these lessons is €20 per child. Lessons will take place on the following dates:
- Tuesdays beginning 12th March: 3rd/4th Class (Mrs. Kelly) & 4th Class (Ms. Greally)
- Wednesdays beginning 13th March: 3rd Class (Ms. A. Walsh)
- Thursdays beginning 14th March: 5th Class (Ms. Fitzgerald & Ms. McElhinney)
Swimming fees should be paid to the class teacher by Thursday, 7th March, please.
Bóthar Lenten Challenge: Our Lenten collection will commence on Wednesday, 6th March. This year we intend to raise funds for Bóthar. For every 50c donated, pupils will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of lent a raffle for an Easter egg will be held in each classroom. In addition to this, on the day of the Easter holidays, all raffle tickets purchased will be gathered and one overall winner chosen. This pupil chosen will receive the reward of naming the Bóthar life-saving animal which we will be donating to a struggling family in the developing world. As with all charity collections, all donations are voluntary.
Beidh Seachtain na Gaeilge ag tosnú ar an Luan , 4ú Márta.
Seanfhocail an Lae:
- Tús maith leath na hoibre
- Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile
- Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin
- Is glas iad na cnoic i bhfad uainn.
- Ní neart go cur le chéile
Week Commencing: Monday. 4th March, 2019
Student of the Week: Friday, 1st March- For good behaviour. Well done all!
School Calendar 2019/2020: A number of queries have come in regarding the return date after the summer holidays for the school year 2019/2020. The school year will commence on Thursday, 29th August, 2019. A full calendar will be issued to all parents in June.
Bun Friday: Friday, 1st March, 2019
Thank you Ms. Greally’s 4th Class and Ms. Quinlan’s Junior/Senior Infant Class for baking many tantalizing treats. €449.50 raised. Thank you all for supporting this fundraiser.
Week commencing: 25th February, 2019
Míonna na Bliana: Eanair, Feabhra, Márta, Aibreáin, Bealtaine, Meitheamh, Iúilm Lúnasa, Meán Fomhair, Deireadh Fómhair, Mín a Samhna, Mí na Nollag.
Student of the Week: Friday, 15th February, 2019
For being smiley and pleasant. Well done girls!
Bag2School Clothes collection:
COLLECTION DATES AND TIMES
Mon 25th Feb – Wed 27th Feb: 1.30pm – 2.45pm
Tues 26th Feb: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
1. Men’s, Ladies and Children’s clothing 👗🧥
2. Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around 👟👠
3. Soft toys 🐧🐼
4. Handbags 👜
5. Hats 👒
6. Bags 🛍
7. Scarves and ties 🧣👔
8. Belts 💫
9. Small amounts of bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers) 💤
We DO NOT accept:
❌Duvets and blankets
❌Pillows and cushions
❌Carpets, rugs and Mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
❌Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
❌School uniforms with and without logo
❌Corporate clothing and workwear
❌Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material
Aldi Rugby Stickers: Families, please remember us when doing your shopping in Aldi and help us fill the poster in order to get goodies for our school. For every €30 spent you will receive a sticker which your daughter can bring to school and attach to the poster. As soon as it’s filled we will send it off to get some prizes for our school. Thank you to Ms. Walsh for coordinating our efforts here.
Reminder: School will be closed Monday 18th-Friday 22nd February.
Parents’ Association Meeting: Monday, 11th February, 2019, 7pm
Week commencing, 11th February, 2019
Cén séasúr atá ann?
Am t-Earrach atá ann. Tá na héin ag canadh go binn.
On Friday, 8th February perfect attendance was celebrated when children received certificates for attending school, without absence, for 100 consecutive days. Thank you to Ms. McEnery for coordinating our efforts here. Ms. McElhinney’s 5th/6th class were also awarded the Best Class Attendance certificate for the month of January with an attendance of 97.2%. Well done girls, well done families!
Student of the Week: Friday, 8th February, 2019
For Showing Determination. Well done all!
The much anticipated annual Credit Union Quiz took place on Monday, 4th February. 6 teams represented St. Mary’s in two age categories. The girls enjoyed a great evening and were treated to a lovely goody bag sponsored by Cobh Credit Union. All teams performed wonderfully with admirable scores achieved by all. Congratulations to our Senior team who achieved 1st place on the night. This team will progress to the county finals. Thank you to Ms. Gilley and Ms. Greally who assisted all teams in preparing for the quiz. Well done to all!
Tuesday, 5th February was Safer Internet Day. The theme for this years Safer Internet Day was “Together for a Better Internet”. Mrs. Lane guided classes to https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/ to assit in our exploration of the theme. The picture below shows First Class children exploring the theme ‘Stay Anonymous, Stay Safe’. The girls designed their own emojis to cover their faces to demonstrate the importance of staying anonymous in order to be safe online. Maith sibh Rang a hAon!
This year St. Mary’s will enter a Primary School Soccer 5’s Blitz which will take place in March. Training will commence in preparation for the blitz on Wednesday, 13th February at 2.30pm. Thanks to Mr. Stephen Mulcahy and Ms. Aideen Walsh for giving up their time to coach the girls. We look forward to taking part in this new endeavour for St. Mary’s NS.
Sciath na Scol Camogie training also recommences on Wednesday, 13th February at 2.30pm. Thank you to Ms. Shauna McElhinney for coordinating our efforts here.
Choir rehearsals have commenced at lunchtime on Mondays and Wednesdays again. Thank you to Ms. McElhinney, Ms. Gilley, Ms. Kelleher and Ms. Walsh for sharing their talents and guiding the girls in creating such a beautiful sound.
Week commencing 4th February, 2019:
An bhfuil críochnaithe agat?
Tá críochnaithe agam.
Níl críochnaithe agam.
Student of the Week: Friday, 1st February.
For being respectful- well done to all.
Ms. Fitzgerald has drawn our attention to World Read Aloud Day which will take place this Friday, February 1st. Reading aloud to children supports language development, cultivates a love of reading, and strengthens relationship development skills. LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) to encourage people to celebrate and embrace the many benefits of reading aloud. Join us by celebrating World Read Aloud Day at home! More information is available on the website: http://www.litworld.org/wrad/ Happy reading!
Enrolling now for September 2019. Closing date for enrollment is Friday, 1st February, 2019. Enrollment forms are available under the policies tab of the website or from the office.
Board of Management: Agreed report from Meeting held on Tuesday, 29th January, 2019
- The Board of Management congratulates and thanks all the staff of St. Mary’s NS for their hard work and commitment in preparing and producing three wonderful Christmas Concert performances.
- The Board of Management congratulates and thanks the Parents Association for their work in fundraising for the library.
- The Board of Management thanks and congratulates Ms. Sarah Fitzgerald for her work in planning and organizing the fit out of the new library units.
- The Board of Management ratified the schools Relationship and Sexuality Education policy and the Social, Personal and Health Education Policy. The Board thanks the staff for their collaborative work in revising these policies.
Bun Friday: Friday, 1st February, 2019
Thank you to Ms. Fitzgerald’s 5th Class and Ms. McCarthy’s Senior Infant Class. What a wonderful array of buns! €451 was raised. Thank you all for generously supporting this fundraiser.
Week commencing: 28th January:
An bhfuil tú tinn?
Ta mé tinn. Tá pian i mo bholg.
Níl mé tinn. Tá biseach orm anois.
Week commencing: 21st January, 2019
Congratulations to pupils Lucy O’Shea, Sarah Rose Walsh and Lucy Walsh who have been called to play for the U13 Cork basketball team. We are very proud of your achievement girls.
Student of the Week: Friday, 18th January, 2019
For Completing Great Homework- Well done girls!
Additional School Closure: As advised in a letter issued to all families on 5th November 2018, all primary schools are permitted to close for one school day during the school year 2018/2019 to allow for staff training in the New Primary Language Curriculum. St. Mary’s NS will close on Monday, 21st January to allow for staff training to take place.
Meeting: Monday, 14th January, 2019
Venue: Room 14 (Library)
Whole-School Oral Language Work. Week Commencing: 14th January, 2019
- Brave- cowardly
PE: 2nd – 6th class will gain extra enjoyment from their PE classes for the next 5 weeks. The Community Centre hall has been booked in order for them to enjoy a large indoor space to explore many of the important elements of Physical Education.
Student of the Week: 11th January, 2019
For being Positive- Well done to all!
Enrolling now for September 2019. Closing date for enrollment is Friday, 1st February, 2019. Enrollment forms are available under the policies tab of the website or from the office.
Week Commencing 7th January, 2019
Cén bhlian atá ann?
Tá blian nua buailte linn. Blian dhá mhíle agus a naoidéag atá ann.
We are coming to end of term 1. The school will close for our Christmas holidays on Friday, 21st December at 12:30pm. On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise do gach éinne. F.O’Callaghan, Principal
Congratulations to Ms. Gilley’s First Class who had best attendance for December 2018 with a percentage attendance of 97.8%. Well done girls- well done families!
Student of the Week:20th December 2018
For Spreading Christmas Cheer- Well done girls!
- Tuesday, 11th December: Cobh Lions Club Christmas Concert- School Choir
- Wednesday, 12th December: Cork Airport- School Choir
- Thursday, 13th December: Cobh Community Centre Christmas Concert- School Choir
- Friday, 14th December: Park Road Centre- Ms. Fitzgerald’s 5th Class
- Monday, 17th December: Community Centre- Mrs. Lane’s 6th Class
- Tuesday, 18th December: Cobh Hospital- Ms. McElhinney’s 5th/6th Class
Week commencing: 10th December, 2018
- What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in one thousand years? The letter M
- What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it? Silence
- What kind of tree can you carry in your hand? A palm
- If an electric train is travelling south, which way is the smoke going? There is no smoke; it is an electric train!
Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise duit.
Gurab amhlaidh duit.
Congratulation to Ms. Hallahan’s 2nd Class who received the certificate for best class attendance for November, 2018 with a percentage attendance of 97.4%. Well done girls, well done families!
Our Christmas Concerts were a wonderful success. Well done and thank you to all the children, teachers and staff involved. Thank to Mr. Dave O’Sullivan and Mr. John Daly for assisting with our productions this year. Photos to follow.
Student of the week: Friday, 7th December, 2018
For performing to the best of her ability. Well done to all!
Note re: arrival and collection procedures on concert nights distributed to all families on 29th November.
Tuesday 4th December, 7pm: Mrs Lane’s 6th Class, Mrs. Kelly’s 3rd/4th class, Ms. Walsh’s 1st class and Ms. Lynch’s Junior Infants.
Wednesday, 5th December, 7pm: SOLD OUT- Ms. McElhinney’s 5th Class, Ms. Greally’s 4th class, Ms. Wade’s 2nd class, Ms. Gilley’s 1st Class, Ms. Quinlan’s Junior/Senior Infants.
Thursday, 6th December, 7pm: Ms. Fitzgerald’s 5th Class, Ms. Walsh’s 3rd Class, Ms. Hallahan’s 2nd class, Ms. McCarthy’s Senior Infants.
Three fun-filled nights ahead. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Frása na seachtaine:
Cén t-am anois é? Tá sé ___ a chlog. (A haon déag/ a haon)
- What is the difference between a jeweller and a jailer? A jeweller sells watches. A jailer watches cells.
- When is a door not a door? When it is a jar
- Bobby throws a ball as hard as he can. It comes back to him, even though nothing and nobody touches it. How? He throws it straight up
- Mary’s father has five daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughter’s name? If you answered Nunu, you are wrong. It is Mary!
Now enrolling for September 2019. Closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday, 1st February, 2019.
Congratulations to 6th class pupil, Áine Sheridan. Áine travelled to Dublin on 24th November to participate in the All Ireland Cross Country Championships. Áine came 6th in her individual event out of a total of 148 runners. She was the 2nd girl home for Munster and the 2nd girl home on the Cork team. We are very proud of Áine’s achievements. Well done Áine!
Student of the week: 30th November
For being creative- well done girls!
Week commencing: 26th November:
- How many letters are there in the English alphabet? There are 18: 3 in the, 7 in English, and 8 in alphabet
- Which month has 28 days? All of them.
- Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two got their hair wet. Why? One was bald
- Where does Friday come before Thursday? In the dictionary
Parents Association Meeting: Monday, 26th November. 7pm
Bun Friday: Postponed until after Christmas.
Priority being given to concert preparations at present.
Thank you to all who contributed to our annual book fair. Thank you to Ms. Fitzgerald for organising.
Friday, 23rd November: For Including Others
Well done girls!
- Week commencing: 19th November, 2018
- What starts with a P, ends with an E and has thousands of letters? The Post Office
- What has to be broken before you can use it? An egg
- Why would a man living in New York not be buried in Chicago? Because he is still living
- What begins with T ends with T and has T in it? A teapot
An maith leat a bheith ag léamh?
Is aoibhinn liom a bheith ag léamh.
It’s that time of year again! The book fair will take place on Wednesday, 21st Nov., Thursday, 22nd Nov. and Friday, 23rd Nov. There are over 200 titles for you and your child to choose from. Don’t forget that every book you buy can help to get free books for our school. Thank you in advance to Ms. Fitzgerald for organising and to Ms. Hanley and parent volunteers for assisting.
The PA held their annual AGM on Monday, 12th November. Congratulations to Eimear Hastings who takes over as Chairperson for the year ahead. The PA intend to circulate a newsletter in the coming days outlining their plans for the year ahead.
Week commencing: Monday, 12th November
- What type of cheese is made backwards? Edam
- What gets wetter as it dries? A towel
- Why did the boy bury his flashlight? Because the batteries died
- Which letter of the alphabet has the most water? C
Open Evening : Wednesday, 14th November. 6.00-7.30pm. Thank you to all who attended and supported. To view a wonderful array of photos of our Open Night please click on the news tab and open the Open Night 2018 file.
Christmas Concert tickets on sale on Wednesday, 14th November from class teachers.
Lots of wonderful Science activites planned for this week. We especially look forward to the Star Dome coming to visit on Thursday, 15th. Photos to follow.
Sciath na Scol Champions!
On Thursday, 8th November St. Mary’s NS played the game of their lives against Scoil na Croise Naofa in Páirc Uí Rinn. There was great excitement with over eighty girls travelling to support. The girls had won their five games to get to the final, but had one more mountain to climb and they did it in style. St. Mary’s totally dominated the game playing attractive passing football but reached half time level with mo score for either side. Equally dominant in the second half, we scored two priceless points to achieve a famous win. We are very proud of our Sciath na Scol Champions, their trainers Ms. McElhinney, Ms. Walsh ans Ms. Hanley, their wonderful supporters and magnificent staff who facilitated and encouraged this worthwhile endeavour. Sincere thanks also to Fr. Kelleher and Cobh Ladies Football for the wonderful advice and support provided to the girls. Maith sibh uile! To view more photos please click on the Sciath na Scol 2018 tab under the News drop down menu.
Our Open Evening is planned for Wednesday, 14th Nov. 6:00-7:30pm. All welcome.
Preparations are well underway for what are set to be three wonderful evenings of entertainment. The dates for our Christmas concerts this year are Tuesday, 4th, Wednesday, 5th and Thursday 6th December. Each class will perform on one of these evenings. The venue for these concerts is Cobh Community Centre. A detailed letter outlining class performances and information regarding ticket sales will be issued to all families on Tuesday, 6th November.
Whole School Oral language Work: Week commencing 5th Nov.
- What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs? A clock
- What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? Short
- What word begins and ends with an E but only has one letter? Envelope
- What has a neck but no head? A Bottle
Best Attendance October 2018: Ms. McElhinney’s 5th/6th Class with a percentage attendance of 98.5%. Attendance is highly prized in St. Mary’s N.S.
Exciting times ahead! Following victory in the semi-final against St. Mary’s on the Hill last Wednesday by the close margin of 2 points we have progressed to a Sciath na Scol Football final. Word came in late on Friday evening that we will play Scoil na Croise Naofa at 12.30pm in Páirc Uí Rinn on Thursday, 8th November. A note outlining all the details including travel arrangements etc. will be issued in the coming days. St. Mary’s abú!
Thank you to all parents who attended Parent Teacher meetings. There still remains a small number of parents that have not yet met with teachers. Please arrange a time to meet with teachers to discuss your child’s progress.
Trick or Treat for Temple Street Dress Up Day, Thursday 25th Oct: What a wonderful array of costumes! Thank you to all who donated. A total of €575.50 was raised. This was sent to Temple Street Children’s hospital. Well done to all.
Best wishes to 4th class pupil, Ella Britton, who will appear on the RTE Junior programme ‘Two Talented’ on Monday, 22nd October at 6.00pm. Ella will be singing with her Grandad. Well done Ella! We are all very proud of you.
Week commencing: 22nd October. Revision
Congratulations to 5th class pupil, Sarah Gould Higgins, who represented her school in the Munster Schools Swimming Gala which was held in the University of Limerick’s Sports Complex on Saturday, 20th October. Sarah did her school proud and came away with two Personal Best times. Well done Sarah!
Student of the Week: Friday, 19th October, 2018
For Being Patient. Well done to all!
Bun Friday: 19th October. €521 raised. Thank you to all who contributed.
St. Mary’s NS were victorious in both matches played last week. As a result we progress to a semi-final against St. Mary’s on the Hill NS. This match will be played on Wednesday, 17th October at 12.30pm in Cobh GAA grounds. The excitement is building in St. Mary’s. We wish the team and their trainers Ms. McElhinney, Ms. Walsh and Ms. Hanley the very best of luck. St. Mary’s abú!
- Cobh Family Resource Centre will be running a parenting course in the next two weeks,It is for parents of children aged 5-12 years. Wednesday evenings for two hours for the next 8-9 weeks.Please contact Cobh FRC at 4816103 for further details.
- Information received from NEPS Psychologist re: Positive Parenting talk presented by Prof. John Sharry.
Week Commencing: 15th October:
- A walk of snails
- A cast of actors
- A chain of events
- A clutch of eggs
- A wisdom of owls
Student of the Week: 12th October 2018
For being brave- well done to all!
On Friday, 12th October the children from Junior Infants to 2nd Class shared and celebrated all that they have been learning about Road Safety. The children from 2nd class recited a Hi-Glo Silver Pledge. The each received a reflective armband and encouraged us all to ‘ Be Safe, Be Seen’. 1st Class sang a road safety song. They shared their winning entry from their poster competition and all graduated as Seatbelt Sheriffs. They encouraged us all to wear our safety belt when we are in the car. Junior Infants, with the help of Senior Infants, recited the Safe Cross Code. They all received a hi-viz jacket. Well done to all!
Formal Parent/Teacher meetings are scheduled for Monday, 22nd October, Wednesday, 24th October. The school will close at 2:15p.m. on these days for 1st-6th Class. Parent/Teacher meetings will run from 2:30-5:30p.m. each day. You will be informed of your child’s/children’s time(s) closer to these dates. Please note that Parent Teacher meetings are for Parents/Guardians only. Verbal reports on children’s progress cannot be given to siblings or grandparents. It is preferred that pupils not be in attendance at Parent Teacher Meetings. If a parent is unable to attend at a formal parent-teacher meeting, then an alternative appointment time should be arranged.
As St. Mary’s NS is a polling station, the school will be closed on Friday, 26th October.
Best Attendance September 2018: Ms. McCarthy’s Senior Infants with a percentage attendance of 97.8%. Attendance is highly prized in St. Mary’s N.S.
Two matches left to play.
Monday, 8th October: St. Mary’s v’s Maria Assumpta, Ballyphehane. Cobh GAA grounds. 1.00pm kick off.
Thursday, 11th October: St. Marys’ v’s Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig. Venue:Ballincollig.
St. Mary’s abú!
- A cluster of spiders
- A fleet of cars
- A flock of tourists
- A ring of keys
- A wad of money
Student of the Week
Friday, 5th October: For Being Helpful. Well done to all!
Our school community changes yearly. Integrating new families into school routines, attending meetings and school occasions are all vital components in the creation of a positive school atmosphere. This requires being present and investing time in our children’s lives. We must engage with one another and not leave it to a small few. We’re lucky we have a great working group in our Parents Association. Their first meeting of the year will take place on Monday night, October 1st at 7.00pm. The Parents Association contribute hugely to the school. All parents are automatically members but there will be an election to select the committee for meetings throughout the year at the AGM.
The board of management, staff, parents and children are all responsible in creating and maintaining a positive, welcoming, hardworking school community. We each must play our part. Please come along on October 1st. We are blessed to have a lovely atmosphere of respect and cooperation here in St. Mary’s but this lasts only as long as we make it our priority. It is up to each one of us to play our part.
Work has commenced on our school library thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Parents Association, the hard work of our library coordinator Ms. Fitzgerald and principal Mrs. O’Callaghan.
While the transformation is in its infancy, changes are indeed evident and exciting….take a look at these photos. Walls and furniture painted, new floor covering fitted, novels and guided reading books are currently being organised and catalogued. Furniture to be fitted in the coming weeks. Exciting times ahead!
More photos to follow- watch this space!
Sciath na Scol match: St. Mary’s NS vs Star of the Sea NS, Passage West
Where: Cobh GAA grounds
When: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 @ 1.30pm
St. Mary’s NS abú!
Week commencing: 1st October, 2018
- A bunch of grapes
- A cluster of diamonds
- A hover of helicopters
- A flight of stairs
- A batch of bread
Bain triail as.
Déanfaidh mé mo dhícheall.
Sacrament dates confirmed as:
First Confession: Wednesday, 13th March 2019. 7.30pm
Confirmation: Saturday, 11th May 2019. 10am
First Communion: Saturday, 25th May 2019. 10am
Student of the Week
Friday, 18th September, 2018. Well done to all!
A wonderful week in sport for St. Mary’s NS- Well done us!
St. Mary’s NS vs Gaelscoil Mhachan
When: Monday, 24th September. 1pm
Where: Blackrock GAA grounds
Our first win of the season. Well done to all!
Cross Country Championships- Primary School Event
When: 27th September, 2018
Where: Fr. O’Neill’s GAA grounds
Who: 18 children, 2 adults travelling
A wonderful day was had by all who travelled. We returned with 6 medals and 20 smiling faces!
Bun Friday 1: Friday, 28th September.
Ms. Walsh’s 1st class and Mrs. Lane’s 6th class baked. Sincere thanks to all families for contributing to this fundraiser. A wonderful €478 raised. Bun Friday is an example of active learning in our school- the older children benefit from the hands on experience of selling and the younger children experience purchasing and handling money. The pride emulating from the bakers bringing in the fruits of their labours is fantastic to see. For many of our Junior Infant children last Friday would have been their first opportunity to purchase something without Mam or Dad present- further developing independence.
Our next Bun Friday will be Friday, 19th October. It will be the turn of Ms. McElhinney & Ms. Gilley’s classes to bake.
An Fómhar atá ann.
Tá na duilleoga ag titim de na crainn.
Week Commencing 24th September, 2018
- A bouquet of flowers
- A flock of birds
- A pride of lions
- A prickle of hedgehogs
- A herd of elephants
Friday, 21st September: For being Patient
Well done to all!
Board of Management Meeting, 12th September, 2018
- The Board of Management welcomes all new staff members to the school.
- The Board of Management welcomes all new children and their parents/guardians to the school
- The Board of Management commends the work achieved in the school over the summer months. Work carried out included:
- Double glazed windows fitted- lower floor Old Building,
- Coat Hooks and Noticeboards fitted- Old Building lower and upper floors
- Painting of Library
- Carpeting of Library
- Deep clean of entire school
- Carpeting of office areas
- 9 new PCs installed in Computer Room
- Completion of painting of corridors- New Building
- New filing system established
- Classrooms arrangements altered to allow for change in classroom purpose. (Room 2, 5, 14)
- Commencement of G Suite for Education set-up
- The Board of Management congratulates and thanks the Parents Association for their sterling work in fundraising for the new school library.
- Policy development plan for 2018-2019 ratified
- The Board of Management wishes to advertise the availability of the school hall for after-school activities. Any group interested in renting the hall for an after-school activity should email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Board of Management commends the work of the staff and sends best wishes to the teaching staff and school leaders in advance of the Curricular Evaluation in Science commencing 13th
Week Commencing 17th September:
- A herd of cattle
- A swarm of bees
- A murder of crows
- A pod of dolphins
- A shoal of fish
An ndearna tú d’obair bhaile?
~Rinne mé m’obair bhaile.~
~Ní dhearna mé m’obair bhaile.~
On Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September we welcomed inspectors Edel Meaney and Elaine Hyland to St. Mary’s NS. The purpose of their visit was to evaluate the teaching of Science in St. Mary’s. They visited each classroom and observed a Science lesson in action, spoke with a focus group of children, met with the principal, Mrs. O’Callaghan and Science teacher leader, Mrs. Lane. They also explored the School Plan for Science and teachers plans for Science. They will write a report on their findings and make recommendations to further advance the teaching and learning of Science in St. Mary’s NS. This report will be published on www.education.ie in November.
Parents of Junior Infant children met with class teachers on Wednesday, 12th September at 7:00p.m. This provided parents with an opportunity to meet with Ms. Quinlan and Ms. Lynch. We thank the parents of our Junior Infant children for their support and cooperation. It was lovely to see such great numbers attend this worthwhile meeting. Meeting for Senior Infant Parents: Parents of Senior Infant children have been invited to the school on Wednesday, 19th September at 7:00p.m. This is an opportunity for these parents to meet with class teachers and explore the work that will be covered this year.
This year we intend to enter East Cork Schools Cross Country running competition. Races will take place on Thursday, 27th September. Trials for this event will take place this week during school hours. The top three runners from age groups 2006-2011 will qualify. Runners will travel by bus to Ballymacoda on the 27th. We wish all runners the very best of luck.
Sciath na Scol: Our football campaign is underway. We wish the girls involved, Ms. McElhinney, Ms. Hanley and Ms. Walsh every success in their Scaith na Scol endaeavours. Our first Match scheduled for Monday, 24th September v’s Gaelscoil Mhachan.
Staff Gate: In the interest of Health and Safety parents and guardians are reminded that the upper gate is for staff cars only. Pedestrians are asked to enter and exit via the lower gates only.
Tracksuit/Uniform Days: In St. Mary’s, the girls are asked to wear their school tracksuits 2 days each week. Correct school uniform should be worn on other days.Tracksuit days are as follows:
|Junior/Senior Infants: Ms. Quinlan||Tuesday & Thursday|
|Junior Infants: Ms. Lynch||Monday & Wednesday|
|Senior Infants: Ms. McCarthy||Tuesday and Thursday|
|1st Class: Ms. Walsh||Monday & Friday|
|1st Class: Ms. Gilley||Tuesday & Thursday|
|2nd Class: Ms. Hallahan||Monday & Thursday|
|2nd Class: Ms. Murphy||Wednesday & Friday|
|3rd Class: Ms. A Walsh||Tuesday & Wednesday|
|3rd/4th Class: Mrs. Kelly||Tuesday & Friday|
|4th Class: Ms. Greally||Monday & Friday|
|5th Class: Ms. Fitzgerald||Tuesday & Thursday|
|5th/6th Class: Ms. McElhinney||Wednesday & Friday|
|6th Class: Mrs. Lane||Thursday & Friday|
Week Commencing: 10th September, 2018
Whole School Oral Language Work
- An Armada of Ships
- An Army of Ants
- An Atlas of Maps
- A Band of Gorillas
- A Barrel of monkeys
- A Bed of Snakes
- A Bevy of Ladies
- A Brood of Hens
- A Bubble of Divers
- A Canteen of Cutlery
7th September, 2018: For Being Enthusiastic
As we begin our school year 2018-2019, we welcome back our current pupils. We wish you all continued success in St. Mary’s. We would also like to welcome our new girls. On Thursday 30th August, we welcomed 35 Junior infants and 5 girls transferring into other classes. We hope you will be very happy here in St. Mary’s.
New Staff: This year we welcome four new teachers to our staff. Ms. Fiona Walsh will teach 1st Class in Room 6, Ms. Niamh Wade will teach 2nd Class in Room 11 until Mrs. Murphy’s return after Christmas, Ms. Aideen Walsh will teach 3rd class in Room 10 and Ms. Seána Lynch will teach Junior Infants in Room 3. Welcome to the team!
Any person calling to the school should always report to the secretary’s office. Any parent wishing to speak to a class teacher should make an appointment to do so for a time that is convenient to both parties. Appointments are best arranged through the school journal. Thank you for your co-operation on this matter.
Circular 81/2017 stated that all schools must meet the new Child Safeguarding Statement requirements as set out in Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 by 11 March 2018.
Please click on the link below to access the Safeguarding Statement and Safeguarding Risk assessment for St. Mary’s NS. Any parent/guardian wishing to access a hard copy can also obtain one in the office.
Tips for Parents: Developing Oral Language with your child
Junior Infants to 1st Class
- Listen to what your child is saying/trying to say and respond to contributions
- Make and maintain eye contact while talking with your child
- Explain the meaning of words
- Talk through activities
- Talk through everyday experiences
- Involve your child in discussions/plans
- Ask/answer questions
- Teach your child nursery rhymes/songs/poems/raps
- Develop your child’s receptive language by asking him/her to follow simple instructions
- Assist your child to express ideas in an orderly fluent way
- Read to your child each night
2nd Class to 4th Class
- Set aside 10-15 minutes to discuss the day’s happenings
- Encourage your child to express and justify opinions
- Involve your child in adult conversation when appropriate
- Talk about your child’s favourite TV programme
- Play language games which focus on words i.e. Scrabble/Crosswords
- Encourage your child to talk about experiences with a wide range of people; peers/relations/other adults
- Listen carefully and clarify meaning ‘Do you mean/Is this what you mean?’
- Encourage your child to give reasons for decisions
- Encourage your child to listen courteously to the opinions of others
- Talk about school topics and assignments
5th Class to 6th Class
- Encourage your child to develop a positive attitude to speaking/listening
- Discuss your child’s school work – successes/concerns/interests
- Respect your child’s opinions and feelings
- Involve your child in adult conversations, when appropriate
- Help your child to extend his/her range of words in specialised subjects
- Encourage your child to listen and respond courteously to others
- Watch and discuss TV news/current affairs programmes together
- Assist your child to locate information in local library/internet
- Talk about school topics and assignments
- Play commercial games that focus on word building
A word from the Principal:
As Principal of St. Mary’s, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school website which aims to give you a snapshot of the life of our school community. We also hope to provide you with some useful information.
The website showcases the wealth of experiences we offer the children and gives them a wider audience for their wonderful work. We hope you enjoy your visit and return regularly to check out our latest news.
You are also very welcome to visit us in person. We would be delighted to meet you!