End of year letter from the principal

June 2018.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have come to the end of a very busy school year. As my first year as Principal of St. Oliver Plunkett B.N.S. draws to a close, I look back on the experience with great fondness and joy. Having worked as Deputy Principal for many years, taking up the role of Principal was a wonderful and exciting challenge which I have embraced wholeheartedly. I have thoroughly enjoyed the past year and look forward to many years as leader of this wonderful school. However it must be noted that great leadership stems from great teamwork and that is something our school has in abundance. It is an area I have focused on and believe with great people alongside me, our school will make a very positive footprint into the future.

This year we welcomed Mr Keena, our 6th Class teacher, Mr Daly our 4th/5th Class teacher and our SNA Ms Harney to 2nd Class.  The hard work and dedication shown by all staff has been a great asset to our school.

There was great activity and learning in all curricular areas throughout all the classrooms in our school this year.  This work could not have been achieved without the support of our dedicated staff, our parents, the B.O.M and the pupils of our school.  We have all worked together to create a great atmosphere of learning.  Alongside our academic learning we place a huge emphasis on extra-curricular activities.

A big congratulations to the school senior football team, to their mentors Mr Forde, Mr Daly and Mr Keena on their wonderful achievement in reaching the Division 1 shield final in Cusack Park.  Unfortunately we were denied victory on this occasion against a very strong Mullingar team, but our boys can hold their heads high for their tenacious performance on the day.  Well done to all.  A special word of thanks to our Parents’ Association for sponsoring the team shorts and socks.

Our hurling team have made great strides this year.  We competed in the Division 3 of the Cumann na mBunscoil Hurling Competition.  We were unlucky in the quarter final blitz but look forward to next year.

Alongside Cumann na mBunscoil, our 6th Class boys participated in FAI 5- aside league in Willow Park Football Club in March.

5th& 6th participated in the Tim Ross Memorial Shield Competition which took place in Tubber GAA Pitch in April.

This year we focused on the strand of Athletics.  In Term 1 we went to the AIT and complete a 6 week programme. We would like to thank our Parents’ Association for kindly sponsoring the cost of the buses to this event.

A special word of thanks to all of our coaches, Paddy Mullaly,(basketball), Muireann Scally (GAA) , Martin Ward,(Na Fianna Martial Arts Instructor)  and Niall, (Rugby).

Our astro turf league took place on Friday afternoons after school from 3-4.15pm.  A huge thanks to Mr Keena for organising it and to Moate Community School for the use of the pitches.

Once again our Sportathon fundraiser was a huge success in raising much needed funds for our school.  It raised almost E2,500.  This will be used to invest in Sports Equipment and covers the costs of our coaches.  A big thank you to everyone who supported this annual event.

A huge word of thanks is owed to Mr Keena and Ms Kelly for all their hard work with Our Active Flag Programme. Mr Keena and Ms Kelly guided our Active Flag committee and all the boys in the school through the steps involved in this programme.  Everyone fulfilled our school moto “Do your bit to get fit” through various initiatives such as the Santa Dash, Daily Mile, Playground Leaders and our inaugural Active Sports Week. 

Our Annual Discover Science Programme and open day brought with it a lot of explorative learning as pupils engaged with experiments from the Discover Primary Science Programme. Thanks to Ms. Kelly for organizing this initiative. We received the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science & Maths Award.

Music filled the air on many occasions this year in our school. We all got into the spirit of Christmas as we practised for our Christmas Concert, Christmas Around the World which was held in Tuar Ard. It was a most enjoyable event. Our ballad group, instrumental group and solo singers spent their lunchtimes practising for Scór na bPáistí.  Thanks to Ms Moran who prepared and accompanied the boys to Milltown for this event. Our school choir sang at the Sacrament of Communion, enriching the ceremony beautifully.  Trumpet lessons continued in our school, with boys from 2nd up to 6th getting an opportunity to learn this instrument.  Our senior group performed as part of the MCS Summer Proms.  It was a wonderful evening of entertainment.  Thanks to Gerry Lacey, our trumpet teacher for all the work he put in with the pupils. We finished off our year with a music workshop which explored the area of music composition and the use of percussion instruments. A big thanks to Ms. Maher, our Deputy Principal and Music Coordinator who has been the driving force behind all music development in our school  over the past few years. It was such a great joy to hear our school choir sing for this year’s communion ceremony.

Congratulations to the 2nd class boys who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 28th May and to the 6th class boys who made their Confirmation on Thursday 10th May.

Our Senior and Junior Credit Union Quiz represented the school in the Westmeath competition.  Both teams performed exceptionally well on the night of the quiz with our Senior Team getting into a tie breaker round for second place.

This year,we entered the Interschool Debating Team Competition.  Our school team, Kian Egan (Captain), Jack Lappin, Morgan Coffey and substitute Peter McDonald reached the semi-finals of this fantastic event.

Homework Club continued in Mrs Kelly and Mrs White’s room this year.  Thank you to all the parents who supported this.  The club will resume in September.

We would like to thank our Parents’ Association for their hard work throughout the year. I would like to encourage more people to join the P.A next year as a strong supportive P.A is an essential part of our school. Our great Parents’ Association funded 6 new laptops for the school. They have also funded the basketball coaching and various other events. The P.A. committee who put so much time and effort into various fundraisers, most recently the Golf Classic must be acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to the school. All funding goes back into enhancing the school experience for every child, from purchasing resources to organising events and trips.  A huge thanks to you all.

We would like to thank our Board of Management for their continued support of the school, and especially our Chairperson, Monsignor Noonan.

We would like to wish all of our 6th Class boys the best of luck as they move on to secondary school and begin the next chapter of their lives. We hope they continue to be the great role models they have been in our school over the past few years.  

I want to wish you all the best for the summer holidays.

Please return book rental and school fees to your child’s class teacher at your earliest convenience. News 4 U, Moate has received our school book lists and will stock the books which are not part of our book rental scheme.  Walshs, Moate will stock our school uniform, (crested jumper). All other uniform items can be purchased in all the leading drapery stores.

The school will close on Wednesday 27thJune at 12.30pm and will re-open on Thursday  30th August at 9.20a.m.

Kind Regards,

( Sinead White)

School starts at 9:20 each morning and finishes at 3 p.m.
Pupils are not permitted on school grounds before 9:00 in the morning.

St Oliver Plunkett Boys National School
Aghanargit, Moate, Co. Westmeath

T: (090) 648 1862

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