Welcome to St.Mary’s National School Cobh Website
Thursday, 24th September: Letter to all parents/guardians can be viewed here: Letter to Parents 24th September 2020
Thursday, 17th September: Letter to all parents/guardians can be viewed here: Letter to Parents 17th September 2020
Friday, 11th September: Letter to all parents/guardians can be viewed here: Letter to Parents 11th September 2020
Letter sent to all parents/guardians via Aladdin connect on Thursday, 3rd September can be viewed by clicking the link here:
Covid-19- Please click on the link to view up to date information from HSE in relation to what to do if your child has symptoms of Covid 19. It also outlines when it is safe for your child to go to school and when they should not. In addition it outlines when it is deemed safe for your daughter to come back to school after illness/ Covid test.
COVID-19 – Getting ready to go to the Test Centre: Please click on the link to view a child friendly explanation of the procedure when a child is called for a Covid 19 test.
Click on the links to view the following important documents:
Congratulations and best wishes to all our girls from the class of 2020 who will be confirmed on Saturday, 26th September at 2 separate ceremonies. We hope the girls and their families enjoy a lovely day.
Friday, 28th August, 2020: We have had a very successful return to school thus far. It was a joy to see the children’s smiling, happy faces on Thursday and Friday morning. A big thank you to all parents/guardians for their cooperation and support in relation to adhering to systems and measures that have been put in place to keep us all safe at this time.
All parents are reminded of the following:
Arrivals each morning:
- All parents must adhere to the staggered morning drop off times. Group A should not arrive before 8.40am. Group B should not arrive before 8.55am
- Only parents of Junior and Senior Infant children are permitted on the school grounds each morning.
- Parents of 1st-6th Class are not permitted on the school grounds.
- Parents may not gather at the school gate.
Collection each afternoon:
- Only parents of Junior Infants-2nd Class are permitted on school grounds to collect pupils.
- Parents of Junior Infants -2nd Class must wait in the designated waiting areas.
- Parents should not gather near entrance/exit gates as this blocks the flow of people.
- One adult only to enter the school premises when collecting pupils Junior Infants-2nd Class.
- Parents of 3rd-6th Class are not permitted on school grounds.
- Pupils from 3rd-6th Class exit the school grounds independently.
- Parents of children from 3rd-6th Class are asked to inform their daughter(s) each morning where they are to meet their collector after school each day.
- Parents should note which gate the children will be exiting from. This information was sent previously and is available on the website www.stmarysnscobh.com
- Parents should note that the lollipop man operates outside the main front gate only.
- Parents should remind their daughter(s), if crossing the road to the community centre, they should cross with the lollipop man.
Arrivals and Collections:
- At arrival and collection times parents should observe a social distance of 2m. Where a distance of 2m cannot be achieved a face covering should be worn.
We have worked very hard to prepare our school for reopening. Measures being put in place are necessary. Our aim is to keep all members of our school community as safe as possible. The cooperation of the entire school community is necessary for us to achieve our common goal.
The Department of Health and the HSE has been working to develop a Schools pathway document for Covid-19, setting out the Public
Health approach to managing isolated confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the school community, and also the principles that will underpin the management of outbreaks or potential outbreaks and the aligned testing strategy within an educational facility.
The HSE document is available to view here:Schools Pathway for Covid-19, the Public Health approach
The following document outlines what will happen if a child becomes ill at school and displays symptoms which may be consistent with Covid 19.
The Department of Education and the HSE have prepared a suite of resources which offer advice to parents/guardians regrading the reopening of schools. All resources are available from gov.ie/backtoschool
- Video for parents with key information on supporting children to return to school.
- Flier for parents with key information re: Back to School. Available here: Back to school advice for parents
- Flier for parents – The HSE has prepared material on recognising symptoms. Available here: Covid 19 Advice for Parents
- Age-appropriate videos for children and young people at different stages.
- Resources in a wide range of languages available from gov.ie/backtoschool.
We are all very excited to return to school on 27th August. To assist families further class teachers have prepared glance cards which outline key information for parents. Glance cards for each class are available here:
Letter sent to all families via Aladdin Connect on 22nd August, 2020 is available to view here: Letter to Parents 22nd August
A reminder of arrival and dismissal information issued to all families via Aladdin Connect is available here: Arrival and Dismissal Details for Parents
Waiting Areas for Parents/Play Zones are as follows:
As we re-open the school on 27th August the safety of all is our number one priority. Our success will depend on each of us playing our part. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our pupils back to St. Mary’s. Thank you to all for your co-operation and support at this time.
The following policies were reviewed and ratified by the Board of Management on 19th August, 2020. Click on the links to view:
Dates for the celebration of Sacraments which were postponed last term:
Confirmation: 26th September, 2020- 10am Ms. Fitzgerald’s 6th Class of 2019/2020, 12pm Mrs. Murphy’s 6th Class of 2019/2020
First Holy Communion: 17th October, 2020- 10am Mrs. Lane’s 3rd Class of 2020/2021, 12pm Ms. Quinlan’s 3rd Class of 2020/2021
Only two weeks to go! Please find below letter to all parents/guardians issued to all parents via Aladdin Connect on 12/08/2020 regarding the re-opening of our school. Please also see below St. Mary’s NS’s plan for re-opening the school which outlines the practicalities of re-opening the school including information on Drop-off and Collection Routines, Physical Distancing, Safe School Attendance and more. All parents/guardians are asked to read both documents carefully.
Click here to view: Letter to all Parents 12th August 2020
Click here to view: St. Mary’s NS’s Plan for Reopening the School
We are very much looking forward to welcoming this year’s Junior infants to our school. The following information is relevant to parents/guardians of Junior Infant children. Click on the links to view:
6th August, 2020
I hope you are all well and are enjoying a lovely summer,
Please click below to view the first of a number of correspondences in relation to the re-opening of St. Mary’s NS. I intend to communicate with all families via Aladdin Connect weekly as we prepare for our school to fully re-open on 27th August. All parents are asked to read the information that will be shared carefully and familiarise themselves with all new policies and procedures. Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community.
Thank you all most sincerely for your support and cooperation.
Le gach dea-ghuí,
Click here to view letter: Thursday, 6th August, 2020
On 27th July the Department of Education published the Covid- 19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools.
Here in St. Mary’s NS, we have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of the school for some weeks now. You are invited to read the cod-19 Response Plan which gives details of:
Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations
Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school staff and pupils
General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread of the virus
St. Mary’s National School Covid Policy Statement can be viewed here.
Minister for Education, Norma Foley wrote to all parents in relation to the re-opening of schools on 27th July. Her letter to parents can be viewed here.
We are currently putting a list together of substitute teachers and SNAs available to work in St. Mary’s NS next term. Please forward a CV to email@example.com if interested in having your name added to the list.
St. Mary’s NS is now closed for the summer months. It is hoped that St. Mary’s NS will re-open on Thursday, 27th August. Please note that phone lines will not be monitored over the summer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if wishing to make contact.
All parents/guardians are asked to please keep an eye on Aladdin Connect and the website over the summer months. We will, as always, endeavour to keep everyone updated as matters evolve.
We wish everyone a restful and safe summer.
St. Mary’s NS are now using an online payments system for money collections. Parents are asked to view Aladdin Connect to view payments due which currently include Book Rental for 3rd-6th Class and Section B of Booklist payment.
St. Mary’s NS would would like to thank you in advance for using our online payment system.
Congratulations to all our 6th girls for reaching this important milestone- today, Wednesday 24th June, is your graduation day! Well done to you all for your hard work, commitment and determination, particularly over the last few months. We would love to be able to celebrate with you all today but while that can’t happen, please know that the entire school community if proud of each and every one of you.
Your teachers, Ms. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Murphy, Ms. Hanley and I have each written a letter you. Click on the links here to view:
Much work has gone on behind the scenes to mark 6th Class’ completion of primary school. Many thanks to Mrs. Murphy who put together the 6th Class photo montage. Thanks also to Ms. Fitzgerald who organised the celebrity messages and co-ordinated the making of the 6th Class yearbooks. The yearbooks are being funded by the Parents’ Association, many thanks to them for their generosity. A commemorative St. Mary’s NS pen has also been organised for each 6th Class girl. Many thanks to the Board of Management for funding these beautiful momentos. Yearbooks, pens and certificates are all being sent by post to each 6th class girl this week. Thanks also to Ms. McElhinney and the Student Council who, in collaboration with class teachers, coordinated the ordering system for the 6th Class hoodies. Ní neart go cur le chéile!
Bun Friday Speisialta Video
Ms. Fitzgerald’s 6th Class created this wonderful video ‘Bun Friday Speisialta’ for Seachtain na Gaeilge. The girls worked very hard creating a plot, writing the script, designing costumes and props, filming and editing to create this finished product- all as Gaeilge! Maith sibh cailíní!
We look forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants to school at the end of August. An information pack has been sent to each family. Transitioning from Pre-School to Primary School can be a time of excitement, worry and change for young children and their parents. The following information will provide you with tips and strategies to prepare your child for this transition.
Click here to view: paediatric-occupational-therapy-transitioning-to-primary-school
On Thursday, 18th June all teaching staff in St. Mary’s NS engaged in Continuous Professional Development in the area of the Primary Language Curriculum. As part of this in-service training staff explored support materials suitable for parents. The support materials are linked here for your convenience and are also available under the Parents tab above.
Click here to view: Supporting Literacy Development at Home
Click here to view: Parents
12/06/20: End of Year Reports are now available to view on the Aladdin Connect homepage. For families without access to Aladdin Connect, End of Year Reports will be sent by post.
Booklists for 2020/2021, Class Allocations, Policy on Division of Classes and Calendar for 2020/2021 will be shared with families via Aladdin Connect on 15/06/20. Families without access to Aladdin Connect will receive the information by post.
On June 13th 2019, our School Library was officially opened by author Olive Mooney. Olive stayed to deliver creative writing workshops for our pupils on what was truly a wonderful day for our school. The celebrations continued with a ‘Literature Lookalike’ day and a whole-school ‘Readathon’.
Over the past year, all pupils have used their very own St. Mary’s N.S. library cards to withdraw their favourite books. Our Library Committee, comprising of 8 pupils from 3rd – 6th Class and 5 teachers (Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Lynch, Ms. Kelleher, Ms. Walsh and Ms. Fitzgerald) has worked tirelessly to organise events and competitions for all of our girls.
On this, the first anniversary of the opening of our school Library, I want to congratulate all of our pupils on their fantastic reading! Thank you to their teachers who have made visiting the Library a fun part of school life. Books are a very special part of life in St. Mary’s N.S. and as we always say; ‘Today a reader, tomorrow a leader’.
I want to express my gratitude to our wonderful Parents’ Association who worked so hard to fundraise for the Library and are always willing to lend a hand.
I also want to especially thank the Library Committee. Each and every member has a passion for reading and while many of the wonderful ideas that we have were put on hold this year, we look forward to enjoying the Library together again when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime- keep reading!
S. Fitzgerald (Deputy Principal)
More photos are available to view by clicking on the news tab above.
Families are asked to forward a photograph of their daughter’s favourite piece of work/ achievement they are of most proud of which they completed during the school closure to email@example.com. Photographs will be shared with the school community via the school website. There are some great photographs coming in already… keep them coming. We are so proud of all that has been achieved by our wonderful pupils at this time. Well done girls! To view more photos hover over the school closure tab above and click on the Home Based Learning Hall of Fame tab.
Congratulations to Mrs. Lane and her 3rd Class pupils who won the best picture award in the Safer Internet Day Awards 2020. This is a wonderful achievement for our school as it recognises the wonderful work achieved in our school to promote online safety. Thousands of entries were submitted from across Ireland with St. Mary’s coming out on top- an achievement we are very proud of! We look forward to receiving our wonderful prize- a drone!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if having difficulties with Aladdin Connect system.
School Closed until further notice following announcements by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.
Please note that phone lines will not be monitored during the school closure. Contact the school via email: email@example.com
All communications to families from Mrs. O’Callaghan are available to view under the School Closure tab above. School work is being shared with families by class teachers and and Special Education Teachers via the Aladdin Connect system. If you are having difficulty accessing the Aladdin Connect System or any of the support materials being provided please contact your daughter’s class teacher directly via email or the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to support and assist.
26th June, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect
21st June, 2020: Communication with relevant families re: SNA Allocation 2020/2021
15th June, 2020: Communication sent to all families re: Class Allocations, Calendar and Booklists for 2020/2021
12th June, 2020: End of Year Reports shared with all families
10th June, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect.
4th June, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect.Staff video shared on website.
28th May, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect
15th May, 2020: Communication re: Collection of school books sent to all families via Aladdin Connect and saved under School Closure tab above
13th May, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect
6th May, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect
30th April, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect
21st April, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect
3rd April, 2020: Communication sent to all families via Aladdin Connect
26th March, 2020: Communication sent to all families re: Home Based Learning for week commencing 30th March, via Aladdin Connect
22nd March, 2020: Communication sent to all parents via Aladdin Connect
21st March, 2020: Exceptional Closures section of website updated to include Project Work for week commencing 23rd March and Practical Tips for Home-Based Learning
18th March, 2020: Exceptional Closures- Activities and Resources section added to the school website. Tab is located under Parents Area tab at the top of the Home Page of the school website. This provides lots of activities and resources for parents to use when supporting learning during the period of time that all schools are closed.
12th March, 2020: Information re School Closure and Homework Ideas sent via Aladdin Connect. Useful Websites also outlined under Parents Area tab of website
11th March, 2020: Information from DES on talking to children about Covid-19 shared with families via Aladdin Connect. Up to date information on Covid-19 that is relevant to education settings is available at www.education.ie/Covid19
11th March, 2020: Letter to all schools from Chief Medical Officer shared with families via Aladdin Connect
3rd March, 2020: Letter issued via Aladdin Connect regarding Coronavirus and closure of school in the east of the country.
28th February, 2020: Letter issued to all families regarding Coronavirus information and advice issued by Department of Education and HSE.
Additional Early Closures
All primary schools are permitted to close for two half days during the school year 2019/2020 to allow for staff training in the New Primary Language Curriculum. St. Mary’s NS will close at 12pm on Friday, 20th March and Friday, 19th June to allow for staff training to take place.
2nd class will celebrate their First Confession on Wednesday, 4th March, 7.00pm. Best wishes to all 39 children. Sincere thanks to Ms. Hallahan and Mrs. Kelly for preparing the children for the sacrament.
Our Lenten collection will commence on Wednesday, 26th February. This year we intend to raise funds for Trócaire. For every 50c donated, pupils will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of lent a raffle for Easter eggs will be held. As with all charity collections, all donations are voluntary.
- Next Meeting- Monday, 9th March, 7.15pm. All Welcome.
- Next event- Family Quiz: Sunday, 5th April, Cobh GAA Club, 1.45pm
School Calendar 2020/2021: A number of queries have come in regarding the return date after the summer holidays for the school year 2020/2021. The school year will commence on Thursday, 27th August, 2020. A full calendar will be issued to all parents in June.
Sincere thanks to all parents who have signed up to the new system. Aladdin Connect is an excellent system of communication and will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App. If you have not yet signed up please do so at your earliest convenience or contact the office, as without sign up, you may miss out on important communications from the school.
This year St. Mary’s will again enter the FAI Primary School Soccer 5’s Blitz which will take place in March. Training will commence on Wednesday, 26th February with interested children from 5th & 6th Class. Thanks to Ms. Walsh, Ms. Hanley and parent volunteer Stephen Mulcahy for giving up their time to coach the girls.
Camogie Training will recommence on Wednesday, 26th February at 2.30pm. Thank you to Ms. Walsh and parent volunteers Lorraine Mullane and Sarah Leahy for giving their time to train the girls. Girls from 4th, 5th and 6th Classes are welcome to attend.
The Comhairle Spraoi, led by Ms. Fitzgerald, have commenced their preparations for Seachtain na Gaeilge which will run this year from Monday, 2nd March to Friday, 13th March. Many exciting activities are planned including our traditional Lá Glas which will take place on Friday, 13th March. The children will be permitted to year green clothes on this day and, in exchange, each family will be asked to donate €2 which will be used to purchase ne Gaeilge resources for the school.
St. Mary’s NS will close on Friday, 14th February at 2.30pm and will re-open on Monday, 24th February at 8.50am. Enjoy the break!
Safer Internet Day was celebrated on Tuesday, 11th February. The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day was “Together for a Better Internet”. Mrs. Lane guided classes to https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/ to assist in our exploration of the theme. https://www.webwise.ie/ contains many resources that can be used both at home and at school to encourage safe use of the internet. There is a specific section for parents offering advice and tips. Webwise booklets for parents available from the office for any interested parent.
On Friday, 7th February perfect attendance was celebrated when children received certificates for attending school, without absence, for 100 consecutive days. Thank you to Ms. Hanley for coordinating our efforts here. Ms. Greally’s 4th class were also awarded the Best Class Attendance certificate for the month of January with an attendance of 96.4%. Well done girls, well done families!
On Wednesday, February 5th, World Read Aloud Day was celebrated in our school, organised by the Library Committee. Various lessons and crafts took place within the classrooms as well as a school-wide Reading Buddies session, where classes paired up to enjoy stories together. Reading books aloud is remarkably beneficial for us all, as well as being thoroughly enjoyable. Well done to the pupils and teachers of the Library Committee for all of their hard work!
Congratulations to all 27 children from 4th-6th class who participated in the annual Credit Union Quiz which took place on Monday, 3rd February. Sincere thanks to Ms. Greally and Ms. Gilley who organised the teams and worked diligently during lunchtimes to prepare the girls for this exciting event. All teams scored highly and were a credit to both their school and their families.
Bun Friday: Sincere thanks to all the bakers, particularly, Ms. Walsh’s, Mrs. Kelly’s and Ms. Kelleher’s classes. €513 was raised on Friday, 7th February! Thanks to all families for supporting our school.
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. It will not be possible to refund the cost of individual lessons should your child miss a lesson. Lessons will take place on the following dates:
- Tuesdays beginning 25th February: Lane’s 3rd and Ms. Walsh’s 5th Classes
- Wednesdays beginning 26th February: Ms. Quinlan’s 3rd and Ms. Greally’s 4th Classes
- Thursdays beginning 27th February: Ms. McElhinney’s 4th/5th Class
Swimming fees should be placed in an envelope and given to the class teacher on/ before Tuesday, 11th February.
E-Mail Address: We are having trouble with our eircom email address and therefore have commenced the process of changing to a new account. The school’s new e-mail address is email@example.com. The new email address will commence to be in operation from Monday, 3rd February.
Enrolment: We are now enrolling for September 2020. The closing date for enrolment is Friday, 31st January 2020.
School App: This term our school will be moving to sign up to the Aladdin Connect system. What is this? Our school uses the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie for administrative purposes. The Aladdin Connect portal is part of this and will give you, as parents/guardians secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc. via secure login from your internet browser. Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance our school’s communication with its parents. It will further enable you as parents/guardians to stay connected and informed about your child’s education. Access codes were issued to parents on Monday, 3rd February. Please contact the school if you did not receive an access code or are having trouble logging in.
Car Parking: The school actively encourages and teaches about Road Safety. However, we ask that parents play their part too. We ask that if you park in the Community Centre car park that you:
- Respect the requests of the staff of the Community Centre
- Only park in designated parking spaces
- Exit your vehicle and walk your child to the gates of the school in the mornings
- Exit your vehicle and meet your child in the school yard or at the gates of school in the case of older children in the afternoons
Oral Language: All classes explored Proverbs for the months of November and December. Our whole school Oral Language work now moves to the exploration of Similes. See Parents Area tab of the website for Similes each week.
C.A.P.E.R: Children and Parents Enjoy Reading- As Junior Infants are new to this initiative, the teachers of the Junior Infant children, Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Lynch, welcome any Junior Infant parent, with a question about CAPER, to an informal question and answer session in Rooms 2 and 3 on Tuesday, 14th January at 1.35pm.
Parents Association: Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, 3rd February at 7.15pm in the Library. All welcome
Family Mass: Saturday, 11th January, 6pm. All families welcome.
Stay Safe: We are planning to teach a personal safety education programme called ‘Stay Safe’. The teaching of this programme will commence in January. This is a mandated programme that all primary schools in the country are obliged to teach. The aim of the Stay Safe programme is to teach children personal safety skills so they can look after themselves in situations which could be upsetting and dangerous. The programme also teaches children the safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical and sexual abuse and emphasises the importance of telling a trusted adult about any problems they have.
The Stay Safe programme is part of the Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum which all primary schools are required to implement. Co-operation between parents and teachers is essential to the success of this programme. It is important that parents are aware of the content of the Stay Safe lessons and are able to discuss the lessons with their children. Your child may bring home worksheets which will inform you on the topics being covered in class and how you can reinforce the messages at home.
You can familiarise yourself with the content of the Stay Safe lessons at www.staysafe.ie/teachers/resources.htm.
Physical Education: 1st – 6th class will gain extra enjoyment from their PE classes for the next 5 weeks, commencing Tuesday, 14th January. 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.
Bun Friday: In order to pay for the rental of the Community Centre Hall, we will need to fundraise. The rota of bakers is as follows for this term:
7th February: Ms. Walsh, Mrs. Kelly & Ms. Kelleher’s classes asked to bake
27th March: Ms. McElhinney, Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Lynch’s classes asked to bake
Please support this effort. All monies raised will go towards the Community Centre Hall rental. Any extra funds raised will be used to purchase classroom resources.
Best Attendance December 2019: Ms. Quinlan’s 3rd Class with a percentage attendance of 94.6%. Well done girls! Attendance is highly prized in St. Mary’s N.S.The school is governed by the Education Welfare Act 2000. If a child is absent for 20 days or more in a school year, the School Welfare Officer/Túsla must be notified by the principal. Each day of non-attendance must be accounted for, in writing, by a parent/guardian.
Credit Union Quiz: 24 children from 4th-6th class will participate in the annual Credit Union Quiz. The quiz will take place at 7pm on the 3rd February in Cobh Community Centre. Good Luck girls!
Now taking enrolments for September 2020. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 31st January. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from this website under the policies tab or can also be obtained from the office.
St. Mary’s will close at 12.30pm on Friday, 20th December and will re-open on Monday, 6th January at 8.50am.
Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise do gach éinne.
Happy holidays to all.
Policies recently ratified by the Board of Management include:
- Mobile Phone and Electronic Devices Policy
- Internet Acceptable Use Policy
- School Outings Policy
These can be viewed under the Policies tab above.
This year St. Mary’s NS is working towards achieving The Pieta House Amber Flag. The Amber Flag initiative aims to encourage schools to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health.
Sincere thanks to Ms. Keating who has led the establishment of an Amber Flag committee in St. Mary’s NS. The committee have been busy auditing and affirming the great work already taking place in St. Mary’s to promote positive mental health. They have also devised many exciting ideas which they will begin to put into action in the new year to further promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
As a start to their great work, the Amber Flag Committee intend to hold a fundraising event on Friday, 20th December. All children will be invited to wear a Festive Jumper on this date. Children will be asked to contribute €2 and all funds raised will go directly to support the mental health services provided by Pieta House.
We thank all families for their generosity in supporting this worthy cause.
Parents and family members of Junior and Senior Infant children are invited to enjoy short festive performances in the school hall on the following dates:
- Parents/Families of Senior Infants: Tuesday, 17th December
- Parents/Families of Junior Infants: Wednesday, 18th December
These short performances will commence at 9.30am. There won’t be a charge for entry on the day but a raffle will be held and your generosity would be most appreciated. All proceeds will be ploughed directly back into the school.
Siblings of Junior and Senior Infant pupils will have an opportunity to view concerts prior to concert days and therefore, due to space constraints and associated health and safety risks, will not be permitted in the hall on Tuesday, 17th or Wednesday 18th. Thank you for your understanding.
Dress rehearsals are scheduled for Friday, 13th December. Children are asked to wear their costume coming to school on Friday 13th and on Tuesday 17th/Wednesday, 18th December. Children should bring their school tracksuit in their school bag on these days as children will change into their tracksuits after their performance.
We look forward to welcoming you to our festive performances.
Sonia O’Sullivan- Our Local Hero
On Monday, 2nd December, Sonia O’Sullivan made a special visit to her Alma Mater- St Mary’s National School, Cobh – the place where as a child she daily ran around the school yard.
Sonia, who celebrated her 50th Birthday on November 28th- the day she was inducted into the Athletics Ireland Hall Of Fame, was delighted with the warm reception she received at St Mary’s National School.
“I have lovely memories of running to and from school all those years ago and I am delighted to see that the teachers and children at St Mary’s are now making The Daily Mile part of their school day, “ Sonia said.
Sonia was greeted by the younger classes, who clapped and cheered her arrival. Sonia proceeded to the hall where she was met by a standing ovation of children and staff. Sonia was formally welcomed by principal, Fiona O’Callaghan and pupil representative, Amber O’Mahony. Sonia spoke of her commitment to running and love of daily activity. Sonia answered many of the children’s questions. She then joined 4th and 6th class as they ran the daily mile together in the yard. Sonia was later welcomed to the library where she found her own books which are located in the Powerful Women’s section of the library.
It was truly magnificent to have Sonia come and visit us and participate with the children in The Daily Mile. Her talk with the children was hugely inspirational and they were also delighted to get the chance to run with her. The entire visit is one which will be remembered for some time to come.
For more photos please click the news tab.
Family Mass: 6.00pm, Saturday, 14th December is also the annual Gift Giving Mass for the less fortunate. It is suggested that a child/family bring a voucher/cash in an envelope for the less well off
On Friday, 29th November, 1st and 2nd Classes shared their learning about Road Safety. 1st class recited the Seat Belt Sheriff’s Pledge while 2nd class informed us of the importance of wearing high visibility clothing when walking or cycling on dark mornings and evenings. Important safety messages were shared- well done girls!
New after-school activity commencing after Christmas if enough interested. Please contact Jessica of Jessica Plunkett Drama Academy on 087-6559592 if interested in attending Drama classes.
Congratulations to our 4th Class girls team who played an indoor football blitz in Little Island on Tuesday, 26th November. Many thanks to Ms. McElhinney and Ms. Hanley who accompanied them on the day.
Our second Bun Friday was held on Friday, 29th November. This time it was the turn of Mrs. Murphy’s 6th Class and Ms. Gilley’s 1st Class to bake. Sincere thanks to all who baked. €397 was raised.
Sincere thanks to all who attended our Christmas Fayre on Sunday, 1st December. It was a wonderful occasion, full of festive fun!
St. Mary’s National School – Open Evening: Come and view our wonderful school and meet our fantastic pupils and teachers.
Thursday, 14th November, 2019, 6pm, Principal’s address at 7pm
Many thanks to all who attended. A wonderful evening was had by all.
Our annual Book Fair is scheduled to take place this year on the following dates:
Tuesday, 19th November: 1.30-3.00 pm, 6.00-7.15 pm
Wednesday, 20th November: 1.30-3.00 pm
Thursday, 21st November: 1.30-3.00 pm
Thanks you to Ms. Fitzgerald for organising our annual Book Fair. Thanks also to Ms. Kelleher, Ms. Keating and the parents who will be assisting over the course of the Book Fair this year.
Past pupil, Jayne Devlin, visited St. Mary’s on Tuesday 5th November to present her Cork Ladies U14 Munster and All-Ireland trophies to senior classes. Jayne spoke of the commitment required to reach such accolades but also of the benefits and enjoyment gained from involvement in sport. Jayne thanked the staff of St. Mary’s for inspiring a love of sport in her. Well done Jayne, we are very proud of your achievements.
Best attendance in October 2019: Ms. Kelleher’s Senior Infants with 97% attendance. Well done girls, well done families. Attendance in highly-prized in St. Mary’s. We come to school everyday and we stay for the whole day.
Science Week 2019 commences in St. Mary’s on Monday, 11th November. The theme this year is Climate Change. Lots of fun and fascinating activities planned. Thank you Mrs. Lane for co-coordinating our efforts here.
Thank you to all parents who attended the meeting on Tuesday, 5th November to elect parent nominees for the new Board of Management which will take up office on 01/12/19. The two parents elected were David Doyle and Georgina Hamilton.
Sincere thanks to all families who generously contributed to the Team Hope Shoebox appeal this year. A fanatstic total of 201 shoeboxes were collected. Thanks to Ms. Greally for coordinating our charitable efforts towards this worthy cause.
St. Mary’s NS will be close on Friday, 25th October at the regular time of 2.30pm. The school will remain closed for the full week commencing Monday, 28th October. School will re-open on Monday, 4th November.
Trick or Treat for Temple Street Dress Up Day: Our annual fundraiser whereby children are permitted to wear their Halloween costumes will take place on Friday, 25th October. €220 euro raised for Temple Street. Well done and thank you to all!
Formal Parent/Teacher meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd October, Wednesday, 23rd 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
Junior Infants aided by Senior infants have been busy learning about road safety. At assembly on Friday, 18th October, the three infant classes performed the Safe Cross Code. Each Junior Infant pupil was presented with a Hi-Viz jacket. All classes enjoyed hearing the girls present their work. Key road safety messages were explored by all classes. Well done girls!
As you may be aware the current term of the Board of Management will expire on 30/11/2019 and a new Board of Management takes up office on 01/12/2019. Special thanks to the outgoing Parent Nominees, Colette Brennan and Stephen Mulcahy, for their contribution to the Board of Management over the past four years.
Two parents of children enrolled in the school (one being a mother and the other a father) must be elected by the general body of parents of children enrolled in the school for the new Board of Management.
In order to obtain nominations, a letter was issued to each parent on Monday, 14th October to:
- establish their willingness to stand for nomination and election as parent, and
- obtain consent for the circulation of their name and the classes attended by their child(ren) to all other parents, if they are willing to stand for nomination and election.
If a parent is willing to stand for nomination and election as parent nominee to the Board of Management they should complete, sign and date the Consent Form issued and return it to the school no later than Friday, 18th October so that the school may furnish your details (i.e. your name and classes attended by your children) to other parents. Parents are asked not complete the consent form if they are not willing to be nominated. Thank you.
Exciting news! We have been invited to participate in a programme called Roots of Empathy. This programme teaches children about feelings, their own feelings and the feelings of others.
The focus of Roots of Empathy in the long term is to huild the capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting. The focus of the Roots of Empathy programme in the short term is raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of negative behaviour and aggression.
At the heart of the programme are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom nine times over the school year. As a trained Roots of Empathy Intructor, Ms. Hanley will coach Mrs. Lane’s 3rd Class pupils to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings and intentions. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “teacher” and a lever that the instructor uses to help the children to identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.
We’re very excited that we’ve been chosen to participate in Roots of Empathy and we thank baby Emily and her Mammy for kindly assisting us on our Roots of Empathy journey.
We will celebrate Maths Week in St. Mary’s NS from Monday, 14th October to Friday, 18th October. There are a wonderful array of Maths based activities planned for the week. Sincere thanks to Ms. McElhinney, Ms. Quinlan and Mrs. Lane who have organised many activities which aim to provide the children with additional opportunities to explore, develop and extend their Maths skills and further enhance their problem solving skills. A sample of some of the activities the children will be involved in are completing target board activities on i-pads, using ICT to extend mathematical understanding of key learning points, Maths trails, bingo, Maths Works Workshop facilitated by the Lifetime Lab, Maths on mats and much more! Parents too can add to the great learning taking place by visiting www. mathsweek.ie to veiw sample maths ideas to try at home.
On Wednesday, 16th October, 1st Class will visit Cobh Library to meet author and illustrator Tatyana Feeney. They will experience a workshop facilitated by Tatyana. The girls have been busy preparing for this excursion and are looking forward to a fun afternoon.
On Thursday, 10th October, we marked World Mental Health Day. A wonderful group of Wellbeing Warriors (Committee of Children and Teachers) came up with some wonderful activities which classes engaged in. Homework was also adapted to include a wellbeing activitiy. This activity has been uploaded to a folder entitled ‘Wellbeing’ which is located under the news tab should you wish to view it in the furture.
Our Sciath na Scol Football campaign has come to an end. The girls played well this week and gave it their all, however luck was not on our side for either match. Well done to our team and the entire panel who worked so hard, showed great commitment and determination. We are very proud of your efforts. Well done and thank you to Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Madine and Ms. Hanley who assisted on match days. A special word of thanks to our wonderful trainers Ms. Walsh, Ms. McElhinney and Fr. Kelleher. Our involvement in Sciath na Scol would not be possible but for your willingness to share both your talents and your time.
Formal Parent/Teacher meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd October, Wednesday, 23rd 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) on Tuesday, 15th October. Please note that Parent Teacher meetings are for Parents/Guardians only. Verbal reports on children’s progress cannot be provided to siblings or grandparents. We look forward to meeting all parents.
Sincere thanks to all who attended the PA AGM on Monday, 7th October. The Committee for the year ahead is outlined under the Parents’ Association Tab.
Christmas Cards: Letter distributed to all children this week. Please return consent slip to school if you wish your daughter to partake in the Christmas Cards Project. If the Consent slip isn’t returned your daughter won’t be able to design or order any cards.
Next Meeting: Monday, 4th November. 7.15pm. All Welcome.
The Parents’ Association contribute hugely to the school. All parents are automatically members of the Parents’ Association but there will be an election to select the committee for meetings throughout the year at the AGM on Monday 7th October. All parents are welcome to attend.
The match scheduled for Thursday, 3rd October was postponed due to poor weather conditions. The details of the remaining two matches are as follows:
Tuesday, 8th October: Home match against Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig. Kick-off: 1.30pm
Wednesday, 9th October: Away match against Star of the Sea, Passage West. Kick-off: 1.00pm
Best Attendance September 2019: Ms. Hallahan’s 1st/2nd Class with a percentage attendance of 99.05%. Attendance is highly prized in St. Mary’s N.S. We come to school every day and we stay for the whole day.
Bun Friday 1 was held on Friday, 4th October. Ms. Hallahan’s 1st/2nd class and Ms. Fitzgerald’s 6th class baked. Sincere thanks to all families for contributing to this fundraiser. A wonderful €424 was raised. All monies raised will be spent on funding educational activities for the children and resources for classrooms. Our next Bun Friday will be Friday, 29th November. It will be the turn of Mrs. Murphy & Ms. Gilley’s classes to bake please.
Information received from Cobh Library.
Congratulations to our Cross-Country running team who traveled to Ballymacoda on Friday, 27th September to take part in the Primary Schools Cross Country Running Event. Competition was tough but an enjoyable day was had by all. Thanks to Ms. O’Mahony for organising our attendance at this event again this year.
Thank you to all who supported our annual school walk which was a lovely occasion on Sunday, 29th September. After the walk a raffle was held between all those who returned sponsorship cards. The winners of sports shop vouchers were Orla Moynihan, Shauna Mahony and Lily Mae Ryan. Congratulations girls- happy shopping!
Next PA meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, 7th October. All Welcome.
Congratulations to our Sciath na Scol team who were again victorious against Scoil Maria Assumpta in Ballyphehane on Thurs. 26th September. Our next match will take place on home turf (Cobh GAA grounds) against Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig on Thursday, 3rd October. Kick off is 1.30pm. St. Mary’s abu!
The PA will hold an information evening on Mon 23rd Sep at 7.00pm in the School Hall. There will be tea/coffee and a chance to find out what the Parent’s Association is all about.
Our annual Sponsored Family Fun Walk will take place on Sun 29th Sep at 11.00am. (Due to bad weather we had to postpone it from the original planned date of June 19th) The walk will take place in full at the Tech Field this year. The Jnr & Snr Infants will do 3 laps of the track & the 1st to 6th Class girls will do 6 laps. All families should gather at the tech field at 11.00am.
Looking forward to a fun occasion for all.
Congratulations to our Sciath na Scol team who were victorious on Thusrday, 19th September against Gaelscoil Mhachan. It was a close match but St. Mary’s came out on top in the end. Our next match is an away game against Scoil Maria Assumpta in Ballyphehane. This game is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 26th September at 1pm. The team and coaches will travel by bus. Each team member is asked to bring €5 to cover the cost of the bus. St. Mary’s abú!
First Confession: Wednesday, 4th March 2020, St. Colman’s Cathedral- 7.00pm
First Holy Communion: Saturday, 9th May, St. Colman’s Cathedral- 10.00am
Confirmation: Saturday, 25th April, St. Colman’s Cathedral- 1.00pm
18 girls have been chosen to represent St. Mary’s NS in this years Primary Schools’ Cross Country Running event taking place on Friday, 27th September. The venue for this event is Father O’ Neill’s Sports field, Aghavine, Ballymacoda. The children will travel by bus. Information given to the children involved. St. Mary’s abú!
Photographer: On Thursday, 19th September a photographer will come to the school to take individual photos of Junior Infant children, Junior Infant children with siblings and class photos of Junior Infants to be taken. Children should wear full school uniform for this occasion.
Sciath na Scol Football Campaign 2019: Best wishes to our Sciath na Scol football team who will play their first match of the season on Thursday, 19th September in Cobh GAA grounds. Our opponents will be Gaelscoil Mhachan. Kick-off is scheduled for 1.00pm. St. Mary’s abú!
Please see below information received from Cobh Family Resource Centre. Please contact Louise on 086-1727135 for more information.
On Thursday, 5th September, 4th Class travelled by bus to Castlemartyr National School to attend a Road Safety Workshop entitled ‘StreetSmart’.
What is StreetSmart? StreetSmart is an exciting initiative set up by the Road Safety Authority which aims to bring issues of road safety to life for young school children. StreetSmart involves a streetscape mat which invites children to carry out typical, everyday cycling or pedestrian tasks. The Road Safety Authority representatives were on hand to coordinate the activities. It was an action packed, fun filled day that enhanced the student’s knowledge of the rules of the road. Photos of the children engaging in practical activities are available to view under the NEWS Tab.
All visitors to the school are asked to please close the pedestrian gate after use, using the bolt, at all times. Thank you for your co-operation here.
Camogie: We welcome Noel O’Brien to St. Mary’s NS. Noel will work with children from Ms. Hallahan’s 1st/2nd- Ms. Walsh’s 5th Class every Tuesday in September. Any girl wishing to bring her own gear is welcome to do so otherwise hurleys and helmets may be borrowed from the school.
Bun Friday: Bun Friday was a great success last year. What is Bun Friday? In essence this is a cake/bun sale. Buns will be sold at a cost of 50c each. The older children will sell the buns. All children will be given the opportunity to purchase buns. This term it is intended to hold a Bun Friday on the following dates. The rota of bakers is also outlined. Please support this effort. All monies raised will go towards classroom resources and educational activities for the children.
|4th October||Ms. Fitzgerald & Ms. Hallahan’s classes asked to bake|
|29th November||Mrs. Murphy & Ms. Gilley’s classes asked to bake|
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.
Tracksuit 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 Infants: Ms. Lynch||Monday & Wednesday|
|Junior/Senior Infants: Ms. McCarthy||Tuesday & Thursday|
|Senior Infants: Ms. Kelleher||Tuesday & Thursday|
|1st Class: Ms. Gilley||Tuesday & Thursday|
|1st/2nd Class: Ms. Hallahan||Monday & Wednesday|
|2nd Class: Mrs. Kelly||Tuesday & Friday|
|3rd Class: Mrs. Lane||Monday & Friday|
|3rd Class: Ms. Quinlan||Tuesday & Wednesday|
|4th Class: Ms. Greally||Monday & Thursday|
|4th/5th Class: Ms. McElhinney||Wednesday & Friday|
|5th Class: Ms. Walsh||Tuesday & Thursday|
|6th Class: Mrs. Murphy||Wednesday & Friday|
|6th Class: Ms. Fitzgerald||Tuesday & Thursday|
This year we welcome Ms. Emma Keating and Ms. Aoife Madine as new members of staff to our team. We hope they will enjoy their time in St. Mary’s
Parents of Junior Infant children are invited to meet with class teachers on Monday, 9th September at 7:00p.m. This will provide parents with an opportunity to meet with Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Lynch. Meeting for Senior Infant Parents: Parents of Senior Infant children are invited to the school on Monday, 16th 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.
Photographs of or Students of The Week for 2019/2020 will be available to view under the NEWS Tab.
A Busy Summer in St. Mary’s: Much was achieved in the school during the summer months. The sink and storage units were replaced in all classrooms in the New Building. New blinds were fitted to all windows in the classrooms in the New Building. The Garden area to the rear of the school received an extensive overhaul. The carpet in Room 15 was replaced. New classroom furniture was purchased and installed in a number of classrooms. The entire school underwent a deep clean. A Resource Library was established for Teachers. Remedial works were completed including the repairing/replacement and painting of drains and guttering on the Eastern Elevation of the Old Building. Sealant was placed around all windows. And the work continues….
Remedial Works: Work continues on the Western and Northern Elevations of the Old School Building. This will involve underpinning below the crack evident on the Western wall and lime rendering the entire wall. In order for this vital work to take place a section of the yard will be cordoned off for the duration of the works. The Bishops Street gate will be closed daily from 9.15am-2.25pm to facilitate this work. You are asked to use the main gate only during these times. Thank you for your co-operation.
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.
St. Mary’s reopened it’s doors on Thursday, 29th August after our summer break. St. Mary’s has already settled back into the routine of school life. These first few days and weeks are all about establishing routines and good habits again. As the saying goes “Tús maith, leath na hoibre”- a good start makes it easy.
As we begin our school year 2019-2020, I would like to welcome back our current pupils. I hope you all enjoyed a happy and restful summer break. I wish you all continued success in St. Mary’s. I would also like to welcome our new girls. Last Thursday we welcomed 34 Junior Infants and 7 girls transferring into other classes. I hope you will be very happy here in St. Mary’s
Both Frasaí na Seachtaine and our Whole School Oral Language phrases will be available to view under the parents tab for the school year 2019-2020.
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!