December Newsletter 2020

A Message from The Board of Management of Clashmore National School

Dear Pupils, Parents and Staff,
After a very different and difficult year, we now look forward to a time of joy, peace, happiness and good times with our families as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to thank everyone in the school community for your support and co-operation since we came back to school in September. A very special word of thanks and praise to our pupils, Mrs. Flavin and all the staff at Clashmore NS for their hard work and commitment in these strange times.
Wishing you a safe and blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.
David P. Simento
Chairperson – BOM

Dear Parents/Guardians,
It is hard to believe that we have now reached the momentous milestone of our Christmas holidays! I would like to sincerely thank our entire school community for their co-operation and support in helping to keep us all safe. Christmas is a time for family, so I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and every blessing for the coming year. Please see updates below.

1. School Recordings on Community Radio Youghal- Cry Fm
The hills in the Clashmore vicinity were alive with the sound of music on the 8th December, as the children enjoyed making their recordings outside with Community Radio Youghal. These recordings will be aired on Monday 21st December at 4pm.

2. Festive Activities!
It was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Clashmore National School this week, as the children enjoyed watching the Christmas Panto online on 16th December. I am extremely grateful to the Parents` Association who covered the cost of the Christmas Panto and the Christmas Annuals. There were lots of lovely Christmas jumpers spotted all over the school yesterday (17th December) in aid of our annual fundraiser for the Dungarvan Lions Club.

I wish to thank everyone who contributed to this worthy cause. The children were delighted to receive a socially distanced visit from Santa and his elves outside the school yesterday. They were equally thrilled with the gifts (selection boxes) that Santa left for them! I wish to extend my gratitude to the Clashmore and Kinsalebeg Community Council for organising this and for covering the cost of the selection boxes. Tá muid fíor-bhuíoch.

3. Lidl Art Competition Winners
Congratulations to Karol and Ronan who were 2 of the winners of the Lidl Christmas Competition. We done Karol and Ronan!

4. Preparation for the Sacrament of Communion
The Enrolment Ceremony for the First Holy Communion will take place on Tuesday 19th January 2021 in Clashmore Church at 7:30pm. The First Penance is scheduled for Tuesday 16th February 2021 at Clashmore Church at 7:30pm. These dates may be subject to change depending on the Public Health Guidance at that time. There is no date finalised for the Communion Ceremony or the Confirmation as of yet.

5. Enrolments for the 2021-2022 School Year
If you wish to enrol your child for the coming school year (2021-2022), we are accepting applications for enrolment. Please contact the office for an enrolment form.

6. School Website:
Our school website has been updated with photos of school activities this term, so keep an eye on it!

7. Parent-Teacher Meetings
A reminder that Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place in January 2021. Meetings will be conducted via a phone-call or via Zoom. Time slots will be issued to parents in January to accommodate phone-calls/zoom.

8. School Closure 22nd December Exiting times for Classes
A reminder that classes will be staggered exiting the school on Tuesday 22nd December.

  • 11:45am Junior & Senior Infants
  • 11:50am 1st & 2nd Class
  • 11:55am 3rd & 4th Class
  • 12:00 5th & 6th Class.

9. School Policies
Since we returned to school in August, the following policies and plans have been ratified by the Board of Management. They can be viewed upon request from the school office.

  • The Dignity in the Workplace Policy
  • The Protected Disclosures Policy
  • The Substance Misuse Policy
  • The Equal Opportunity and Gender Equity Policy
  • The History Plan
  • The Assessment Plan
  • The Amended Book Rental Scheme Policy.

I look forward to seeing the children again when the school re-opens on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
Le gach beannacht uaimse,
Yvonne Uí Fhlaithimhín