News Update – 10/11/2023


Dear Parent / Guardian / Colleague / Board Member,


BoM – Ballot papers for the Mothers Panel will issue next week with further instructions. Brendan O’Brien has been deemed elected as Fathers Representative, due to being to sole nominee.


Ray Power Photography – Ray & Caroline Power called to us on Thursday morning on their biennial visit. They captured photos of families and class grouping. We will pass on purchasing options as soon as they revert to us.


MMR – HSE staff will be on site next Monday to administer MMR for junior infant pupils.


Parent Teacher Meetings – Our PTM’s will be held on the last Wednesday & Thursday of November at the school between 3:10 pm – 5:10 pm each evening. It will be staged alphabetically in the following format;

Wed 29th Nov (Ahearne – Mulcahy inclusive) & Thurs 30th Nov (Norris – White)

A more detailed note will issue to all families next week, specifying all staff to meet on the particular day.


Maths Curriculum Day – The Dept of Education has informed us that our school staff will have an in-service day on the implementation of the new Primary Maths Curriculum in Waterford on Thurs 7th Dec. The school will be closed to pupils on that day. The attached Breakfast Club & After School Service will remain open between the hours of 8am – 2pm. (Phone Helen on 083 2028749 for further information.)


Dates for your Diary – It has been decided to hold two local Carol Services in advance of Christmas this year. One for the junior side of the school and one for the senior side. The details are as follows;

Jun Infants to Rg 2 – Thurs 14th Dec – Nire Church @ 7pm,

Rg 3 to Rg 6 – Thurs 21st Dec – FMW Church @ 7pm.

Christmas Jumpers are encouraged for these events. Please note that the P.A. is planning a Christmas jumper exchange along the lines of the normal uniform exchange, prior to this event. More details from PA to follow.


Christmas Annuals – Thanks to those families who used the link to order Christmas annuals. I insert the link here again for those who may have forgotten to do so. Please use link, only once per family. We will submit our order early next week. Christmas Annuals Order Form


Smart phones in School – There is a lot of media attention on this matter nationally at this time. Just to remind families that our policy is that, children are not permitted to bring mobile phones of any type, to our school.


PJ Day – In association with the P.A. we will participate in National Pyjama Day, on Fri 17th Nov. In its short 20-year history over €4 million has been raised for children. The P.A. has asked that a contribution be sought for the local Playground Committee, from the proceeds of this event. This is entirely optional and school will proceed as normal with merely an alternative uniform on Friday next.


Ireland’s Fittest Family – Well done to our past pupils, the Peters family on winning their heat and qualifying for the Quarter Final of Ireland’s Fittest Family recently. Maith sibh Louise, Cody, Reece and Summer.


Beir Bua – Best wishes to Ballymac Ladies, (Miss Boyce and her team mates,) when they take on The Banner of Clare in the Munster Senior Club Football Final in Mallow GAA Grounds at 3:15 pm this Sunday.

Is mise

Michael J. O’Ryan – Principal