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5 December 2017: Used Clothes Collection
If you are tidying out your presses and making more space, please consider donating your unwanted items to our Used Clothes Collection. The collection will take place on Tuesday 5 December. Please have all items, tied plastic bags, in the school before 9.30 am.

You can donate all your clean, unwanted clothes, shoes, belts, bags, soft toys, and household textiles i.e. curtains, towels, and bed linen. Wearable clothes will be recycled and re-used and other items will be recycled for items, such as, industrial wipes or soundproofing.
The following will not be collected: laptops, mobile phones, mats, duvets, pillows, carpets, dirty/wet clothing, and books. Thank you for your support and taking the time and effort to support our fundraising drive.

24 November 2017: Christmas Annuals Available to Order
The Christmas Annuals are available to order from two companies: for 2 euro each and Folens for 3 euro each. You can order as many as you like by filling out the order form, which was put in your child's school bag. Please put the order form and the money in an envelope and return it to the school on or before 24 November. No orders can be taken after this date. Order forms available in the school office.


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17 November 2017: 'Happy Halloween' Photo Competition
A family has again, very generously, volunteered to sponsor a Photo Competition to raise funds for the Music Generation Classes in the school. The concert in June raised €1,487. Cost of classes for the year is €3,710. The photo competition will be based on “Happy Halloween”, so please get the camera/phone ready! It would be wonderful if every family could enter at least one photo.

Entry fee is €5 per photo. Please have them in by 17 November. Tom Nolan, Photographer for the Nationalist, has agreed to judge the competition and can publish the winning photos in The Nationalist.

1st Prize: €50 voucher for Wells House. Free entrance for a car of 7 people plus free tour of the house.
2nd Prize: €50 voucher for cinema in Carlow.
3rd Prize : €20 cash prize
4th, 5th & 6th Prize: €10 cash prizes

A sincere thank you to the family involved for their continuing generosity. Please show your appreciation by participating in the competition.

10 November 2017: Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
Imagine the smiling face of a young boy or girl in Africa or Eastern Europe as he/she receives a Christmas box filled with small gifts and treats. Then imagine that you filled that box and brought that smile to his/her face. Isn’t that the true Christmas spirit – bringing happiness and joy to each other and to those who are less fortunate than us?

Please support this very worthwhile initiative to bring happiness to poor children at Christmas. Boxes need to be returned on or before 10 November. Please enclose €4 with each box.
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27 October 2017: Halloween Celebrations
Children are invited to dress up for Halloween on Friday 27th October. On the day we will have our yearly Halloween walk to Huntington Castle and a Halloween assembly in the hall during the day. Please note that children are not allowed to carry any dangerous/sharp implements in the school grounds or on the walk. Masks are not allowed either - all for safety reasons. Children may wear face paints and/or hair spray if applied at home, but are not allowed to bring them in to the school.

The Parents Council invites all children to the Halloween Party, held from 5 to 7pm in Ben Mulhall Complex in Clonegal.
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27 September 2017: Primary Schools Cross Country
Congratulations to all the boys and girls, who participated in the Schools Cross Country event, in the Carlow Hurling Club, on Wednesday 27th September. 27 pupils, accompanied by Mrs Warren, braved the pouring rain and enjoyed the event. There were events for boys and girls. The 4th class event was 800 metres, 5th class was 1000 metres and 6th class had to run 1,200 metres. The event was organised by the St. Laurence O’ Toole’s Athletic club, Carlow. A special word of congratulations to Róisín Carroll who was placed 3rd in the 6th class race. This is the 3rd year in succession that Róisín was among the medal winners at the event.
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18 September 2017: Tullow Show
We had 9 winners in this year’s Tullow Show Competition – in the art and handwriting sections. There was a prizegiving ceremony in Tullow Community School on 18th September. We were absolutely delighted to learn that the school was the first winner of a new “Special Needs Perpetual Trophy”.
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8 September 2017: Swimming lessons
Swimming lessons have commenced for all pupils from 1st-6th class and the ASD classes. As there has been an increase in numbers, Graiguecullen Pool could not accommodate all our pupils in one session. Therefore 2nd and 6th class pupils attend on different day. The programme will continue for 10 weeks.

8 September 2017: Apple Harvesting
When we returned from our summer holidays we were delighted to see that our apple tree was weighed down with beautiful red apples. There were so many of them the branches were almost touching the ground. They looked scrumptious! On Friday, 8th September, we decided to harvest them. Every class got their turn to pick some apples. We brought them back to the classroom and divided them between us. They were delicious and so juicy. We had a lovely evening, in the sunshine, picking our rosy red apples!
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6 September 2017: Summer Reading Challenge
Well done to all the pupils who completed or participated in the Summer Reading Challenge in the local Libraries. Reading is such a worthwhile pastime and the Library challenge is always a great incentive to read during the Summer holidays. Those who participated in Bunclody Library received their certs and medals in the school on Wednesday 6th September. The pupils were Ava Byrne, Ethan Butler, Odhran Butler, Amber Cleary, Emma Cleary, Amy Rose Dillon, Grace Ennis, Joshua Ennis, May Hogan, Ian Kealy, Ella Keogh, Ellie Kirwan, Aoife McGrath, Niall McGrath, Farrah Murphy, Ellie Roberts, Oliwia Romaniec, Ava Tracey, Ben Tracey, David Whitty, Isabel Whitty and Thomas Whitty. Pupils who participated but didn’t complete the challenge received certs. They were Megan Doyle, Shaun Doyle, Sean Dunne, Pauric Kelly, Ava Mai Moynihan, Leah Murphy and Darragh Plunkett. Congratulations to everyone involved.
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1 September 2017: Beginning of the Year Newsletter
Welcome back to everyone and I hope you all had a lovely Summer break. As we begin another school year, I want to thank you very sincerely for your support of my work as principal and your support of the teachers in the school. This support is very important for the smooth running of the school and it is genuinely appreciated. I look forward to working with you and your children during the coming year. Please feel welcome in the school at all times and make an appointment to discuss any concerns at a mutually convenient time. If you wish to contact me by phone, the best time would be between 11.15 and 12.30 each day. If I’m not available at other times, I will return your call as soon as possible. Please find useful information below.
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June 2017: Book Rental and Supplies for Next School Year
Book Rental for next school year will remain at €40 per child, with €10 extra for Junior and Senior Infants to cover cost of copies, pencils, folders, etc. For First to Sixth class a book and supply list was sent out with the reports. You can purchase the iron-on badge for the school uniform at the school office for 2.30 euro each.


June 2017: Reflecting on work and activities during the 2016-2017 school year
As we come to the end of this school year, it is time to reflect on the work and activities that have taken place during the year. No doubt your children are tired and ready for their summer break – I’m sure you are too as are all staff members. It has been a very busy year and hopefully we will all have plenty of time to re-charge our batteries and enjoy the sunshine. I wish each of you a very happy and safe Summer holiday period. The school will re-open on 31st August.
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You can also read the Newsflash articles of the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 school year.