Newsletter November 2018

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back to everyone following the mid-term break.  We are all looking forward to another busy half term with the build up to Christmas.  We have lots of exciting things planned for the children!

Here is some of the children’s feedback from last month’s activities:

Visit to Leinster House

“5th & 6th Class went to the Dail on Thursday, 11th October.  We met Stephen Donnolly, a Wicklow TD and he took us on a tour.  He was very friendly and made us feel very welcome.  I enjoyed the visit and it was very interesting.  There was one thing that I noticed and it was that in the gallery there were no pictures of women.  I would like to see this change in the future!”  Juno Cherry-Roberts, 6th Class

6th Class Trip to Schools’ Service in Christ Church Cathedral

“On 18th October, 6th Class went to Christ Church Cathedral.  When we arrived at the church there were lots of other people in there.  The service was wonderful and we all had a great time and loved the singing”.  Elsa Rothschild, 6th Class

Harvest Service

“On Friday, 12th October we had our Harvest Festival.  All the children in the school bring in fruit and veg for Tiglin.  We sang songs and thanked God for the good harvest we had this year.”  Sarah O’Connor, 3rd Class 

School Disco

Thank you to the Parent Teacher Association for a very successful disco which was enjoyed by all on Friday, 26th October.  All their hard work organising it is very much appreciated and they will update us next week on the amount raised.  This is what some of the children had to say about it:

“If you couldn’t make it, you should have come!  The Hallowe’en Disco is one of the best occasions in Nun’s Cross NS because it is so close to Hallowe’en.  Events include spot prizes, raffle, hotdogs, buns, nail spa, bar and free drinks, fake tattoos and the best disco!  It was a blast.  The songs were Ghostbusters, Can’t Stop the Feeling, Cheap Thrills, Young Blood and more!  If you couldn’t make it, come the next time.Carrie Hill, 2nd Class

“The disco was great.  My favourite song was “What does the Fox Say?” and when I heard my ticket called out my reaction was hilarious.  I was over the moon.  I won a bottle of Vodka.  It was the last piece of adult’s stuff.  There was a nail bar and tattoo bar.  Matthew Gallagher, 2nd Class

Visit from Mellon Educate

“On the day the South African teachers came everybody was very excited.  We sang lots of songs for them and the teachers said we gave them a warm welcome and they even got some Irish weather”.  Mamie Canning, 5th Class

Whole School Photo for 2019 PTA School Calendar

Nun’s Cross parent, Sharon Smith has very kindly offered to do our photographs for the school calendar this year.  She is planning on taking a whole school photo next Monday, 12th November.  Can all the children please bring in a hat and scarf to wear in the photo. 

Christmas Cards

On Monday, a sample of your child’s personalised Christmas Card along with an order form was sent home in the school bags.  If you wish to order, please return the form to Sandra or your class teacher by Friday, 16th November.  All proceeds go to the school.

Team Hope Shoe Boxes

“In our school we support Team Hope.  Team Hope is a team that organises talks to schools and explains what the Shoe Box Appeal is about.  Each child has to wrap and fill and empty shoe box.  To fill each box we have to think of the four W’s.  The four W’s are: something to wash with, for example, a bar of soap, toothpaste and toothbrush and a comb.  Something to write with and to write on, for example a copy book and pencils.  Something to wear, for example, socks, hats, gloves and scarves.  Lastly, WOW, this means something with the wow factor, for example a toy or stickers or something nice like that.  You can decide to fill it for a girl or a boy and what age group you decide.  You must not put any liquid, sharp objects, chocolate, books with a lot of words or any scary items.  The boxes get checked then they get put on a big truck.  They then go to Dublin Airport and are flown to Africa or other places of need.  Every box makes a difference.”

Kai Hart, 6th Class  

Over the midterm break, Juno Cherry-Roberts wanted to raise money for Team Hope so she made cakes and sold them on a stall in Wicklow Town. She and her friend raised €170 between them. Well done Juno! 

Shoe Boxes should be back in school by Friday, 9th November.

Church Service Postponed

Our Church Service scheduled for Friday, 9th November will now take place on Friday, 24th November.  All welcome.

Science Week, 12th-16th November

As we are nearly approaching Science Week, we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Bricks for Kidz for two days of workshops with the children. These workshops will be one hour per class group with two specialised teachers.  The classes will involve many challenges for the children to solve using their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) knowledge. Some of the topics covered will be space, dinosaurs, animals, natural disasters and energy.  It promises to be a great couple of days!

There is a charge for these workshops which comes in at €6.50 per child.  We would appreciate it if you could give this to Sandra or the class teacher as soon as possible.  Please make sure the payment is in an envelope with your child’s name on it labelled “Science Week”.

School Photos

Our school photos will take place on Wednesday, 14th November contrary to what the school calendar says.  All children will be photographed with no obligation to purchase.

Table Quiz

A date for your diary: We are delighted to invite you to a night out on Wednesday, 14th November at 8.30pm in the Chester Beatty Inn, Ashford.  The Lions Club Table Quiz is a hugely popular event that raises much needed funds for the school.  It’s also a great way to meet other parents and have some fun…… not to mention showing off your general knowledge.

Parent/Teacher Meetings will take place on 20th & 21st November.  You can arrange an appointment by signing your name on the sheets outside the classroom doors.  Lists will go up on Monday, 12th November.

Anna Porter

Anna and her parents would like to thank you all for the support she received for her Just Giving fundraising initiative.  She raised an amazing €1235.18 in total.   Well done Anna – we think you are amazing!

Save the Date!

Pause and think….. Are my children getting the most out of my food choices?  On 27th November Maija Tweeddale, Nutritional Therapist and Nun’s Cross parent will be hosting an evening workshop for parents on how we can better provide for our children’s health by making 3 simple changes!  Save the date!

Family Contribution

The Family Contribution includes Pupil Protector Insurance and is now overdue:

1 child: €150

2 children: €250

3 children: €300

Photocopying and Arts & Crafts Money (€30 per child) is now overdue.  Please give to Sandra in the office as soon as possible.  Thanks to those who have already paid.

Online Calendar

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Online School Events Calendar, the link to which can be found on the school website, www.nunscross.ie

I think that’s it for this month!

Kind regards

Rachel Harper