School Newsletter

Term 1



Sciath na Scol: Comhghairdeachas leis na Cailíní a shroich an craobh arís i mbliana.  Our girls’ team will play Carrigaline G.S. in the division one final after the mid term break.  Well done to the team and their trainers Brigid O’Grady, Michael McCarthy and Bryan Kelly and thanks for all the time they’ve put in after school and during break times to achieve this.

Our boys played in division one as well and also had a great year but, unfortunately, missed out on getting to the final by just one point.  Buíochas leis na traenálaithe Kieran O’Sullivan, Joe O’Loughlin agus Eoghan Hyde.

Enrolment Nights: Confirmation and Communion enrolment nights took place on the 17th and 10th October and were very well attended on those nights. Thanks to the children for all their preparation, staff members Brigid O’Grady, Marie O’Shea, Michael McCarthy, Joseph O’Loughlin, Lineke Stam and the parents for all your hard work.

Credit Union: The Credit Union savings’ scheme is up and running again and thanks to Caroline Murphy and Marie O’Shea for running this.

Student Council: Our new student council was elected and they have come up with some great ideas for the coming year.  The members are Luke McCarthy, James Boyle, Brionna Grimaldi, Mary Coffey, Louise Ambrose, Tim Sweeney, Fiona Nagle and Conor McGoldrick.

Comenius: Ovens N.S. is very fortunate to be selected to take part in the European Union Supported/funded Comenius Project.  This will run over the next couple of years with an Environmental friendly/green theme and includes schools from France, Britain, Italy, Malta, Finland and Romania.  Our thanks to Marian O’Callaghan for all her work in this project and to her school committee.

Assemblies:  Our assemblies have begun again this year agus arís tá an-chuid léanaí éirimiúla againn i mbliana ó thaobh ceol, amhránaíochta agus drámaíochta de.

Parents’ Association: Our thanks to the Parents’ Association for all their hard work again this year.  We had a very positive A.G.M. earlier in the year and the Parents’ Association have run recycling and bag packing fundraisers for the school recently.

Dan Sheahan’s pub in Srelane is to have a table quiz on Friday, 16th November, with the proceeds going to Ovens N.S. Parents’ Association and our thanks to them for that.

Blessing/opening of yard and 25th year anniversary: We had a great day on Sunday, 21st October, to celebrate the above.  A lovely Mass was followed by the opening/blessing of the yard and refreshments afterwards in the school.  A huge crowd turned out agus buíochas le dia bhí an lá go hálainn.  Ár mbuíochas le gach éinne a d’eagraigh an lá, go mór mhór Ms Dineen, Mrs O’Callaghan, Ms Haydon, Alacoque, Marie, Ber, Kathleen agus Maureen. Our thanks to the 19 staff members for coming in on a Sunday to work. To Fr Ó hIcí, the Killumney Inn and Quish’s who gave us the food free of charge, our musicians (Jack O’Rourke, Alan Coffey, Caroline Dineen, Clíona Dineen, Mary Coffey, Maeve Creedon and Brionna Grimaldi) the transition year students and all parents who helped to make the day a success.

Cork Day: Thank you to all the parents who supported “Cork Day” before the ladies all Ireland Final. We collected €480 to go towards buying sports’ gear for the school.  Go raibh maith agaibh.

New teachers: Deirdre Haydon, Michael McCarthy and Joseph O’Loughlin have settled in very well in our school and we’re delighted to have them on our staff.  We also have two part time teachers, Aisling Cogan and Marian McCarthy, coming in each week. We’d like to welcome Lineke Stam back after her career break as well.

School Garden: Thanks to Dave Murphy, Denis O’Shea, Tony Ambrose, Allison Ambrose and Denis O’Rourke who volunteered for our Committee for the upkeep of our woodland area. This is a lovely facility to have for our school children to enjoy. If anyone else would like to volunteer their time, please contact any of the committee or the school. Go raibh maith agaibh.

Some up coming events: Game Playing/Hallow’een Day on Friday, 26th October; Sciath na Scol final after mid term break; Parent teacher meetings 15th, 16th & 22nd November.