1st & 2nd Class

Welcome to Ms. Brigid O’Donnell's 1st & 2nd class

Welcome to our classroom!

Here is a copy of the school calendar for 2022/2023:

School Calendar 2022/2023

The booklists for 2022/2023 can be found here:

Booklists 2022-2023

Our Classroom News!

Back to School!!!

Looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow!

Staff List 2023/2024:

Junior Infants: Ms Mary Clayton

Senior Infants: Ms Brigid O Donnell

1st/2nd: Ms Lisa Maher

3rd/4th: Mr Padraig McGroggan

5th/6th: Ms Lorraine O’Loughlin

SET: Ms Laura McGinty

SNA: Mrs Mary Kennedy

Secretary: Mrs Jennifer Donoghue

Art and Craft material, photocopying and stationery:                                   €40

Personal Pupil Insurance (24hr cover) **Optional**                                    €9

Payment can be made online through the following portal:

https://www.aladdin.ie/p/6180051006521344

Please ensure payment is made on or before Friday September 22nd 2023

See you all at 8.50am tomorrow!!

Graduation Class 2023

Congratulations to our 6th Class on their Graduation. Wishing you every success in the future.

School fees 2023/2024

Art and Craft material, photocopying and stationery:                                   €40

Personal Pupil Insurance (24hr cover) **Optional**                                    €9

Payment can be made online through the following portal:

https://www.aladdin.ie/p/6180051006521344

Please ensure payment is made on or before Friday September 22nd 2023.

Communion & Confirmation 2024

The Diocesan Office has announced the schedule of Confirmation for 2024. The following dates can be distributed to parents and guardians of children making their Confirmation and First Holy Communion in 2024.

Confirmation will take place in St Cianán’s Church, Duleek on Tuesday 20th February.

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on the following days:
Mount Hanover, Cushenstown & Duleek Boys Schools Saturday 18th May

Before the Summer break details of Enrolment, preparation to be undertaken throughout the pastoral year 2023/2024 and ceremony times will be confirmed.

Parents/guardians should keep an eye to the parish website, parish Facebook page and weekly newsletters for ongoing updates.

Army Band

A huge thank you to the Army Band for visiting the school yesterday and performing for the children.

What a special performance it was!!

School Fete Day 2023

The school fete is back! It will take place on Sunday September 24th.

Looking forward to a fun filled community day. More details to follow.

Student Corner

Upcoming Class Events

No Events Found, Stay Tuned Though!

Notes & Reminders

The School Day:

8:50:  Drop Off

2:30: Collection

General Notes:

Tracksuit to be worn on PE day only

Healthy Eating Policy:

At Scoil Cholmcille, we have a healthy eating policy. The children are encouraged to eat fruit and veg. Sweets, chocolate, biscuits and crisps are not allowed in school.

As Scoil Cholmcille is a NUT FREE SCHOOL, we would ask that parents do not give their children nut products for lunch.

Reading Corner

The Importance of Reading

It cannot be underestimated the influence that children’s ability to read has on their experience of school. Children’s success in reading positively influences all other aspects of the curriculum as it is the basis of many other curricular areas.

It is natural for parents to be enthusiastic about children’s reading as they make the first tentative steps to master the printed word. In general, parents of children in junior classes tend to read more to their children and listen more to their children’s reading. However, the need to listen to children reading does not diminish as the child advances through the school. Just because a child “can” read does not mean that every opportunity should not be taken to allow the child to read aloud. Reading to an adult at home allows the child to consolidate what the child is practising at school. It also allows the child to consolidate the key reading skills of fluency, clarity and reading with meaning. Reading a little , but often, is much more beneficial than reading a lot, but rarely. Children should develop the habit of reading aloud to an adult at home each night for 8-10 minutes whether reading homework is given or not.

Extra Information

Reading Tips for 5-8 year olds

Make reading fun! Be Positive: Praise your child for trying hard with their reading. Let them know it’s all right to make mistakes.

Reading Environment: Turn Off the TV! With no distractions, you can concentrate properly on the reading and enjoy the reading together.

Give Them Time: Let them make a guess before you tell them the word. Encourage your child to sound out the word.

Use the Pictures: Take time to look at the pictures first. See what clues are in the pictures. Encourage your child to make predictions after spending time discussing the pictures.

Point with a Finger: Encourage them to follow the words with their finger until they become more confident readers, model how to follow with your finger.

If the text is too hard – you read to them. Always promote a positive attitude towards reading, encouraging your child to develop a love of reading.

Let Them Read Their Favourites: Don’t worry if they want to read the same books over and over. It’s good practice.

Ask Lots of Questions About the Story: Check they understand the story they haveread by asking them questions about what has happened. See if they remember what they read last time. Discuss the cover page of the book and try to predict what the story will be about.

Start Writing: Encourage them to read back their own writing.

Don’t Read for Too Long: A good ten minutes is better than a difficult half hour!

Make it Regular: Ten minutes every night is much better than an odd hour once in a while.

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