Christmas 2021

As the curtain comes down on the historic year of 2021, we take stock of all that has been done and all that has been overcome in the past 12 months.

2021 was certainly a challenging year for children and it is only right that we take the opportunity to applaud them and congratulate them on their resilience, positivity and adaptability. In saying that, it important also that we acknowledge that for some pupils, this didn’t come easy and to those children we genuinely say well done on being so brave.

To the staff of our school; teachers, SNAs, our secretary, cleaners, caretaker and bus escort, we say a massive thank you. Thank you for allowing the children the space and time to progress. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement when they were needed. Thank you for spotting the little successes that each child achieved. Thank you for the extra hours you invest in our school. And thank you for doing it all with a smile!

To our parents we say thank you for trusting us with your children during the past year. Considering all that was happening around us we are grateful for your patience, support and encouragement.

The children enjoyed a magical few days in school this week. There was hot chocolate, pyjama parties, pizza, Fitmas, talent shows, carol singing, art, storytelling, dancing and even a visit from the man in the red suit! We also presented our Star Pupil Awards for December. This month the theme was Positivity and Goodwill and unsurprisingly both could be witnessed in abundance throughout the school.

We hope all our boys and girls enjoy a fabulous Christmas. We wish all the parents a peaceful and restful holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2022.

All of this week’s photos can be viewed in the gallery at the end of this post.

Nolliag Shona Dhaoibh go Léir!

SANTA!!
Star Pupils for December
Positivity and Goodwill Award
Junior Infant Pyjamas Party
Pyjamas & Breakfast!
Hot Chocolate
First Class Hot Chocolate
First Class
The Fitmas Finale!
Mr. Healy was flying it this week!
Second Class enjoying a song
Senior Infants
Senior Infants
Third Class Talent Show
4th & 5th Class
Seoidín
Senior Infants Pizza Party

Seoidín Development

For the past six years Seoidín has operated out of a small room at the side of our school, a room that was once run by Sr. Ursula as a Parent’s Room. Seoidín is our pre-school for autistic children and caters for 6 pupils each year.

Over the past six years the Board of Management and the principals of the school have worked tirelessly with the Department of Education to secure funding to erect two new purpose built classrooms for Seoidín. We are delighted that we have finally completed the administrative part of this project and have moved to the construction stage.

In total €1.44 million has been granted to build the two classrooms. We hope that the construction phase will be completed by January 2023. This will mean that we will be able to cater for 12 pupils and will be able to enjoy the space and brightness of a new build.

The new Seoidín development will replace the old lunch hall at the rear of the school.
The new building is the yellow area.
The plan includes 2 rooms, a changing area, a sensory room, storage areas, an office and quiet areas. Outside a sensory play zone will be created.
This area will soon look very different!!

With any design and build project funded by the Department of Education, a Design Team and Building Contractor need to be appointed. Our design team are a local company called ABN, working our of Croke Street here in Thurles. ABN are very experienced with such projects and are currently working on a number of similar projects nationally. FDY Construction from Doon, Co. Limerick are our building contractors. Recently I met with John Brennan (Project Manager ABN) and Francis Kennedy (FDY Construction) as we planned for the commencement of works on site.

Francis, John and Kieran planning for the start of works on Seoidín

We look forward to watching this development progress over the next 12 months. There will no doubt be some disruption to traffic and parking during the construction phase but we will be making every effort to minimise this.

We eagerly await the opening of this new development and are very excited that finally Seoidín will become the modern, bright, building that was first imagined!

Getting Christmas Ready

This week the children really began to feel the festive season around our school. The hallways are full of decorations and Christmas art work. The crib and the tree bring joy to the foyer and carol singing can be heard sporadically as you walk the corridors.

The infant classes are enjoying the Christmas theme in Aistear at the moment. Elves are busy sorting out that naughty and nice list as well as building the toys for Santa. There’s sleigh rides and Christmas art too.

Junior Infants made gingerbread men on Friday which was a real treat. We look forward to the run in to Christmas over the next few days.