News Update – 03/03/2023



Dear Parent / Guardian / Colleague / Board Member,


Defibrillator Position – Our defibrillator is now fully installed and operational thanks to JME. It is accessible to both the school and the wider community. We have placed it at the rear of the school in direct line of sight. (Please see Facebook for a photo of exact location.) We have also registered as a location with the National Ambulance Service of Ireland. Our Eircode is E91 E426.


Drop off & Collection – Could I respectfully ask that families would not drop off children early in the morning. Majella is employed by the Board to supervise the early bus arrivals. Children are being dropped to the school prior to her arrival. Children should only enter the school grounds once the main gate is opened. Children are not insured at this time. Cars at the premises may belong to staff of the Breakfast Club. Now that the Breakfast Club is up and running, parents are encouraged to use this facility, if at all possible. Similarly at evening time, Junior and Senior Infant pupils not travelling by bus, should be collected as close to 2 pm as possible. Majella supervises these children who are on bus runs from 2:30 pm. Children going to After School Club will be brought there at 2:30 pm. Please collect all remaining pupils as close to 3 pm as possible. Those wishing to avail of the excellent Before and After School Service should contact Julia on 083-2028749. I hope this clarifies any confusion.


GAA Coach – Hurling coaching continued today with Katie O’Meara. 7-a-side hurling competition takes place next Tuesday. Congrats to our pupils on the Red team who were victorious in the Buckley Cup tournament and those on the Green team who collected the Power Shield recently.


Seachtain na Gaeilge – Our two seanfhocail for the week are,


  1. Giorraíonn beirt bothar. – Two people shorten the road.
  2. Ní bhíonn saoi gan locht – Theres no wise man without fault.

These two proverbs are to be seen on our walkway in our Sensory Garden.


World Book Day – We celebrated world book day yesterday. Tokens were distributed to children to purchase a book at a participating store. The children dressed as characters from books and undoubtedly had an enjoyable day at school with Mrs McGrath’s World Book Day Quiz coupled with Seachtain na Gaeilge events. (Please see facebook for photographs of the day.) May I kindly suggest that if families are buying books outside of bookshops, that they might try, where the books are discounted for children and the school receives a contribution to buy more books. (i.e. for every €1 spent, the school receives 20 c towards book purchase once our school is nominated at the virtual checkout.)


Sacrament of Penance – Our Rang 2 pupils from both the Nire and Fourmilewater will receive the Sacrament of Penance in Fourmilewater Church on Wednesday 8th March at 7pm. They will also participate in the 9 am FMW mass the following Sunday.


Sacrament of Confirmation – Preparations are well underway for the 30th March. In consultation with Fr Toomey, we hope to distribute a letter to each participating family in the coming week, outlining the process and the lead up.


Laochra Gael – It was great to see the TG4 produced Laochra Gael programme on Áine Wall, Glenanore, Nire Valley recently. Áine enjoyed great success with Ballymacarbry and Waterford Ladies between the late 1980’s and very early 2000’s Áine is a past pupil of ours, as are so many of her teammates who won a plethora of club and county medals and indeed all stars in that golden age of Waterford Ladies Football. Áine and Liam’s children, Kevin, Rachel and Molly are also now, past pupils of ours.


Booley House Concert – Congratulations to members of our school community who participated in the concert at the Community Centre last weekend. To Clodagh Kelly, Tina Condon and Molly Lynch, maith sibh!


Enrolment – Today we have distributed Enrolments Packs to those who have expressed an interest in enroling a child with us in September. (Check your child’s bag) Please complete Form 2 as soon as possible and return to school immediately along with the required documentation. It is still not to late to apply, so if you know anyone interested, please pass on this information.


Let’s Move – As a school, we signed up to ‘Let’s Move Waterford’ in conjunction with Waterford GAA recently. It involves fun-filled family activities for the remaining 28 days of March. Each family was given a card to bring home today, to mark each task as they complete it. Bainigí taitneamh as!


Is mise,

Michael J. O’ Ryan – Principal.