Thurs, 28th August, 2014: School re-opens for all pupils @ 9.20 am
Sat, 2nd May 2015: First Holy Communion @ 11 am
Thurs, 28th May 2015: Confirmation @ 11 am
SCHOOL REOPENS for all pupils at 9.20 am on Thursday, 28th August. We hope that everybody had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday. Every good wish is extended to Ms Laura Walsh as she takes up her position as school principal when school reopens.
Members of Piercestown Parents Committee have painted some lovely playground markings on the school yard during the summer holidays. The children will surely enjoy playing on them when they come back to school.
Overall SCHOOL ATTENDANCE during the school year ending on 30th June 2014 was 96%. Well done to all pupils, parents and families. A special word of congratulations to the TWENTY pupils, ten boys and ten girls, who had a full attendance last year.
Special thanks to the past pupils who completed a brand new MURAL in the central courtyard in school before the summer holidays. It is really beautiful. Why not pop in and take a look the next time you’re in school?
All parents should now have received the ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT for their child. Please contact the school office if you did not yet receive a report.
Well done to the rounders players from Piercestown who won both RACKARD LEAGUE ROUNDERS FINALS on Friday, 20th June 2014 in Taghmon GAA pitch. Piercestown boys beat Murrintown 10-3 in a close, skillful game while our girls had a good 38-10 victory over Poulfur in the girls final. Congratulations all round!
Congratulations to the boys and girls from Piercestown who won a wonderful RACKARD LEAGUE double this week. On Monday, 16th June the girls defeated Rathnure 3-3 to 1-1 while the boys overcame Craanford on the following evening by 7-10 to 0-8. Both finals were played in perfect summer conditions in Wexford Park. Refreshemts provided by St Martin’s GAA Club in Whitford House Hotel after both games were very much appreciated. An historic double!
A very sincere thanks to all the parents who supported the LEARNING in DEPTH presentations in school recently. Pupils from Fifth Class and Sixth Class presented some really interesting projects in the PE Hall. Well done to all concerned!
Our ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION was opened by local artist, Helen Gaynor on Tuesday, 17th June. The Parents’ Association provided refreshments on the night and there was an excellent attendance who enjoyed looking at the lovely art created by the pupils. The exhibition was organised by Mrs Teresa Corrigan.
Thanks to the volunteers who are helping out with PAIRED READING in Junior Infants every morning at 9.30 am. Helping young readers in this way is most beneficial for them.
We are delighted to announce that Piercestown NS has just been awarded GREEN FLAG NUMBER 4 (TRAVEL). Wereceived our flag at a ceremony in Kilkenny on Wednesday, 21st May. Well done to Mrs Barrett, the Green School Committee and to everybody concerned with this great achievement. Mr Barrett raised the flag at the end of the fun sports on Tuesday, 17th June.
Piercestown NS, like every other school in the country, is required to develop , publish and implement an ANTI-BULLYING POLICY before Easter 2014. Our policy was recently approved by the Board of Management and a copy may be found under the POLICIES menu. All parents are invited to read it carefully.
Parents and guardians are invited to visit our newly up-loaded page on CYBERSAFETY which can be found under the PARENT menu on our school blog page. This page contains tips and advice on this important topic which will be of interest to all parents. It might be a good idea to read through this page with your child so that they can learn about keeping themselves safe online. Thank you for your co-operation!.
“Come to School a Green Way
Make Pollution go Away”
GREEN SCHOOL SLOGAN: Many thanks to all the boys and girls for their efforts in composing a slogan for our Travel Theme Green Flag No. Four. The winning slogan is at the top of this page.
At the turn of the millennium in December 1999 we put together a TIME CAPSULE in our school. Every class and every pupil put in one item. Some classes put in a handprint of each pupil; others a piece of writing; others took photographs of ‘One Day in School’, and suchlike. It has now been buried under the doorstep of our school extension. Who knows when it will be discovered?
FRUIT is available each day in school for all pupils and always proves very popular. This healthy eating programme is supported by the School Completion Programme.
HEAD LICE: Parents are reminded to regularly check their child’s hair for lice. If necessary, please treat the hair as per the chemist’s instructions. Lice prefer clean hair and thrive when heads are in close proximity, as in a classroom. Thank you for your vigilance!
BOOKS WANTED!: We are always pleased to receive children’s books for our class libraries once you are sure that you are finished with them at home. A very sincere thanks to all who donated books last year. Our class libraries now contain over 16,000 books! Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!
BUILDING PROJECT: Our architect continues to work hard with the builder to get the school extension completed. Work is now going full steam ahead and the completion date of 28th February will see it largely finished. Recent very wet weather may delay the landscaping around the new extension slightly, but not for too long, we hope!
The school Board of Management applied to the Department of Education and Skills for en-suite toilets to be built for all our existing classrooms under the SUMMER WORKS SCHEME 2014. Unfortunately our application has not been successful. The Department of Education classified our project as “desirable but not essential.” The Board of Management will apply for the same project next year.
NEWSPAPER RECYCLING is available in the recycling area beside the church. Please put your used newspapers in the bin. The newspapers are weighed regularly and the school then receives a donation. The most recent donation was €98.19. Your co-operation with this project is appreciated.