March Newsletter 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to our March Newsletter. Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from 1st -17th March this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to enjoy using their Irish and experiencing different activities through the medium of Irish. I would encourage you all to use your `cupla focail` during this time `agus bain trial as` (give it a go!), you may very well be surprised by how much Irish you actually possess! Please see below for important updates and upcoming events.

1. Scheduled Events for Seachtain na Gaeilge

  • We have a range of events scheduled for next week (13th-16th March) in honour of Seachtain na Gaeilge.
  • Junior Infants-2nd class will be doing a Tóraíocht Taisce (Treasure Hunt).
  • 3rd-6th Class will be engaging in a Tráth na gCeist (Quiz).
  • Lá Glas: Clashmore National School will be going Green for our Lá Glas on Thursday 16th March. Pupils will be permitted to dress in green on that day.
  • We will also have a Céilí Mór for the whole school on Thursday 16th March.

2. First Penance and The Service of Light
Congratulations to the boys and girls in 2nd class who made their First Penance on the 2nd March. Comhghairdeas also, to the children in 5th and 6th class who celebrated the Service of Light on the 6th March. We wish the children in these classes every best wish, as they continue to prepare for their Communion and Confirmation.

3. World Book Day- 2nd March
We had a lovely day for World Book Day on the 2nd March, where each child had the opportunity to share their favourite book with their class. World Book Day is a venture that aims to engrain a love of reading for pleasure in children and this was certainly evident on that day in our school. I would appeal to parents to keep reading with your child(ren), as reading for pleasure is a wonderful habit to develop with them.

4. Green School News
We are currently working towards achieving our 6th Green School Flag. The theme of this flag is Global Citizenship- Litter and Waste. This is a very broad theme, so with the help of our new Green School Committee, we have chosen 3 global goals to focus on over the next 2 years.

These goals are:

  • Good Health & Wellbeing
  • Climate Action
  • Life on Land

With whole school participation and community involvement, we hope our children will become active citizens in terms of our global goals.

5. New Method of Making Payments to the School
Please note that the school will be switching our payment method from the school App to Aladdin in the coming weeks. Payments for swimming and Drama will be the final payments made via the App. We will notify you when payments using Aladdin is set up.

6. Next Year`s School Calendar
The arrangements for the 2023/2024 school calendar are as follows:

  • Staff return on 29th August
  • Children return on 30th August
  • October Midterm Break: School closes on 27th October and reopens 6th November
  • Christmas Break: School Closes on 22nd December and reopens on 8th January 2024
  • February Bank Holiday: 5th February 2024
  • February Midterm Break: 15th & 16th February 2024
  • St. Patrick`s Day Closure: 18th March 2024
  • Easter Break: School closes on 22nd March and reopens on 8th April 2024
  • May Bank Holiday: 6th May 2024
  • June Bank Holiday: 3rd June 2024
  • School Closure: 21st June 2024

7. Cuairteoirí Chuig an Scoil – Visitors to the School
Junior and Senior Infants were delighted to receive a visit from our Postman Kevin Whelan on Friday 3rd March. I would like to sincerely thank Kevin Whelan for coming in and speaking to the children. We will be having a visit from the RNLI in the coming weeks to talk to the children about water safety. We are very much looking forward to this.

8. Hot Meals Update
As you are aware the children have been receiving lunches as part of the hot meals scheme, as they await our hot meals service to take effect. The cabin at the rear of the school has been picked as the location to prepare the hot meals. Unfortunately, it requires remedial works to be completed on it before any food service can take effect in there. The Board of Management are currently addressing these remedial works and you will be updated accordingly.

9. School Communications
Please note that the school Secretary Breeda O`Keeffe is only in school on a part-time basis at the following times below. If you wish to contact the school, please do so during the following times or alternatively send us an email on

  • Monday 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 10:00am-12:00 noon
  • Wednesday 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Friday 10:00am-12:30pm

10. Important Dates

  • Friday 17th March– School Closure for St. Patrick`s Day.
  • Monday 20th March– Confirmation in Piltown Church at 2pm. The school will remain open on that day.
  • Easter Holidays: The school will close on Friday 31st March at 12:00 & re-open on the 17th April.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and co-operation and wish you & yours a very happy and joyful St. Patrick`s Day.

Le gach beannacht uaimse,
Yvonne Uí Fhlaithimhín
Principal of Clashmore National School