Ovens N.S.Parent’s Association Newsletter
|Information Update February 2011|
annual visit from Santa took place on Sunday December 19th
after 11.30am mass. There was a great turn out despite the icy road
conditions and Santa was there to greet the children and their families
as planned. The accompanying coffee morning and cake sale were a
tremendous success raising over 400 euro for our funds on the day.
Children from 6th class provided some festive music
and we thank them for braving the inclement weather on the day.
Santa’s grotto was indeed a magical wonderland and Mrs Claus was on
hand to help Santa with his guests. The O’Leary clan provided face
painting to the children as they waited. Pauline Murphy & Maria
Nagle made animal balloons to the excitement of all. We wish to thank
all those who supported the day despite the weather. Big thanks to Kevin
Mullins for organising gritting of the approach roads to the school
rendering them safe. Big thanks also to helpers old and new who helped
in the cake sale and providing refreshments and of course the clean up
afterwards! A special thank you to Sandra O
Brien and Norma Holmes for making and decorating
Last but not least thanks to Santa for finding time in
his busy schedule to visit us.
We look forward to next year already.
Day. May 5th
2011. Ovens Church.
Holy Communion date Saturday
May 21st 2011- Ovens Church
clothes recycling Wednesday March 16th 2011.
¨ High Street Books and tracksuit sale day. Thursday June 16th 2011 08.30-14.30 hrs.
Confirmation & First
Holy Communion 2011
for Ovens NS is Thursday May 5th2011and will take
place in St. John the Baptist Church Ovens.
First Holy Communion
will take place in Ovens Church on Saturday May 21st
Mr Roger O’ Sullivan has kindly agreed to video both
events and provide photographs as usual. We will contact both classes in
due course with further details.
|FEIS MAITIU 2011
again children from Ovens NS will participate in Feis Maitiu in Fr.
Mathew Hall, Fr. Matthew Street, Cork. The following list outlines the
prosed dates from each classes performance.
10th March 4th Class 11:15am
will wear full school uniform unless otherwise instructed.
NATIONAL PARENTS COUNCIL- CORK WEST BRANCH
Cork West Branch of NPC will provide a series of information nights for
the Spring term. These meetings are a great source of information,
education and resource for parents regarding issues that pertain to
Primary school. Meetings take place at various locations throughout the
County on the 1st Tuesday of every month. Meetings are open
to all Parents.
FEBRUARY 15th 2011
Speaker, Eoin Kelly
‘National Learning Network and Special Needs Assistants’
The Social & Health Education Project in
Ballincollig are running evening courses on the following :
‘Health and Well-being’
Both come highly recommended, for further information
Interactive White Boards
are proud to announce the completion of the Interactive white board
project. 11 boards have been installed overall, and are currently used
on a daily basis to the joy of both teachers and children. The addition
of individual laptops and visualizers from the Department of Education
funding has enhanced greatly the educational function the boards. We
wish to thank Mr Lynch and the Board of Management in assisting in purchasing
some of the boards. Thanks also to Mrs Marion O Callaghan on her IT
knowledge and expertise in advising on purchasing a gold standard system
for our school. Well done to all of you in supporting various
fundraising events to complete this project quickly.
Dog fouling continues to be a major problem within the
school grounds and on the approach paths and walkways to the schools.
New carpets have been installed in the junior classrooms where children
don’t wear slippers and it is imperative for all that we endeavour to
keep them clean and free of dog pooh. Discussions took place at our
recent meeting and the following recommendations were put forward.
Warning signs re dog littering to be placed by school
Inform dog warden of dogs roaming freely particularly
in school grounds.
Report any accompanied/ unaccompanied dogs found on
It is no longer acceptable that people allow their dogs
roam freely in the play areas of the school both from a hygienic point
of view and common respect for the children that use them.
Following 31 years of service Mr Declan C. Murphy has decided to retire from teaching. Mr Murphy has long been a favourite of both children and parents at Ovens NS. A ready smile and friendly advice are what we associate with Mr Murphy. Always available when needed, a regular assistant at Cork City Sports and Sciath Na Scoil easily identified with gear bag on hand. A tribute mass was undertaken to mark his retirement on January 20th with the whole school contributing through song, verse and symbols of his career. We wish him every blessing to a long and enjoyable retirement. A Genesis crib was purchased, engraved and presented to Mr Murphy on behalf of the Parents Association to mark his wonderful contribution to enriching the lives of the children of Ovens NS.
BAG PACK @ QUISH’S SUPERVALU
A big thank you to all those who
participated in the’ bag pack’ at Supervalu last weekend. It was a
tremendous success with approx. €1700 collected on the day. The
Parents Association really appreciate the effort taken by those who
helped on the day, especially those who returned to our rescue in the
evening time. Well done to all.
Lenrec clothes recycling will visit the school on Wednesday
March 16th 2011 and collect any
clothes, paired shoes, blankets, mobile phones and other small items for
recycling and take them to Calcutta. The benefit to the parents
Association is that we can achieve €4 per 10kg of recycled clothing
etc. towards our funds for the year ahead.
Book Sale Day 2011.
Happy New Year to all at Ovens NS. 2011 will be a
difficult year for all in the current economic climate and in view of
the unstable political circus that surrounds us. With this in mind we
plan to raise funds through external methods that don’t take from our
parents pockets. All we ask is that you support the opportunities that
we have sourced and we should manage well for the year ahead. We welcome
some new families to our school community. The next Parents Association
meeting will take place in March and a text and notification will go out
ahead of time. All parents are encouraged and welcome to all meetings
your input is important to us.
If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our
service please do not hesitate to drop a note into our post box in the