September News!

A very warm welcome back. Hope you all had a lovely summer break with plenty of fresh air and fun adventures.We have been very busy in school over the holidays. Francis Hoey, CF Hoey Construction, and his wonderful team of dedicated builders have replaced the heating system in the ‘old’ part of the school so we’ll all be cosy and warm for the winter months ahead.

The Parents Association have been extremely generous and provided each classroom with superb new storage cabinets. Margaret Reilly from Grand Design Kitchens and her team installed the units. The Parents Association have also provided us with much needed new blackout blinds in each room. This will make a huge difference in viewing the IWBs. The children will have no excuse they couldn't see all their homework on the board!! We are really most grateful to all who fundraised, sponsored and took part in the Strictly Come Dancing evening as these new additions will make a huge difference to the workings of each classroom.

We welcomed eighteen enthusiastic Junior Infants this year. The Parents Association very kindly provided lovely tea, coffee, treats (and a box of Kleenex!) giving an opportunity for everyone to meet and chat. We wish both parents and children a very happy time over the next 8 years with us in Stackallen.

I would like to welcome Ms. Lynch, 6th class teacher, to our staff. Ms Lynch takes up the permanent position made available with Jim's retirement. Congratulations also to Mrs. Burke and her husband on the safe arrival over the holidays of baby Ellie. Mr. McDonagh will be teaching 5th class while Mrs. Burke is on leave. Also newly appointed to the role of part-time Resource Teacher is Mr. Morrison who will be shared between our school and Donore N.S. We are delighted to have them as part of the team in Stackallen.

The calendar for the school year is on the website, with dates for Communion and Confirmation yet to be confirmed. Music lessons will commence on Thursday, 11th September, with Harry Long for 1st -6th class. We will be sending out consent forms next week. Speech and Drama with Patricia Molloy returns Monday 15th at 4pm. She will be contacting parents in due course. Football with Siobhan begins tomorrow for all classes.

Although the school is covered under general insurance, many parents like to insure their children for incidents which may occur during the school day or 24 hour cover (broken teeth etc). This comes at a cost of €6 and €9 respectively. If you are interested, please fill in the form attached and return to the school before Friday 19th September.

Just a few reminders for the beginning of the school year:

  • Please make sure we have a contact number for you.

  • If another person is collecting your child, the class teacher must be informed.

  • Please be mindful of others when dropping your child or parking your car in the morning and at home time. We have very limited space and the parking/ drop off areas can get blocked very easily. Also, please refrain from parking in front of the 'Old School', the road side of the building, as this is for buses only.

  • We are continuing with our 'Fruit Dude' healthy eating programme which we introduced last year so as far as possible please try to ensure your child has some fruit and vegetables in their lunchbox each day.

  • Finally, the dreaded itch, please,please regularly check your child's head and inform the class teacher of any visitors!

Can I finally take this opportunity to wish Jim all the very best in his retirement after 30 years as Principal here and thank everyone for their warm wishes of support as I take on my new role.

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and productive year ahead!

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I would like to warmly welcome you to Stackallen National School.  We are a rural school with a wonderful, vibrant and outgoing philosophy.  

In our school we strive to create a happy safe and child centred education.  To do this we rely on the support of all our parents without which we could not succeed.  We therefore look forward to working in partnership with you in the interest of your child’s all round learning and personal development. 

We have a wonderfully talented staff ( see School Structure) who are fully committed to ensuring that each child reaches their full potential while in our care. 

We operate an open door policy so please do not hesitate to talk to me or any member of staff should the need arise.

Beir bua agus beannacht,

Rebekah Rafferty, 

** View our Whole-School Evalution Report ** 

(Carried out by inspectors of the Department of Education and Skills in October 2012 )