School Staff

SCHOOL STAFF 2015 Principal: Oreena Lawless Deputy Principal/Resource Teacher: Elaine O’Rourke Junior Infants: Caroline Flack Senior Infants: Derbhile Savage First Class: Annie Carolan Second Class: Anne Donaghy Third Class: Helen Clinton Fourth Class: Ciara Whately Fifth/Sixth Class: Debbie Lundy Learning Support: Helena Reynolds Special Needs Assistants: Suzanne O’Hare / Sarah O’Gradaigh / Lisa Young Office: Brigitte Nelson / Emma-Louse Healy Caretaker: Jonathan Dennis We also welcome 2 part time visiting.

Countdown to the New School Year

Dear Parents, It is just two weeks to go until the start of the new school term and we hope you have all had a good summer. The school will be open from next Monday, 24th August and parents may call in to pay their book bills any day next week to avoid the rush at the beginning of term. We will also be having another “Uniform Swap Shop” in.

Infants Trip to Newgrange Farm

Mrs Lawless and Mrs O’Rourke took the Junior and Senior Infants on their school tour to Newgrange Farm today. There was much excitement when a double decker bus arrived outside the school to take them there! They had a special farmyard tour where they got to hold and feed some of the animals and lots of time to play in the various play areas. They also got to go on.

School Trip to W5 Belfast

Miss Carolan, Mrs Donaghy and Miss Clarke took pupils from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes to W5 in Belfast this week for their school tour. W5 means whowhatwherewhenwhy and it is Ireland’s award winning science and discovery centre at Odyssey in Belfast, with over 250 interactive exhibits. During thier visit, the pupils got to do special pre-arranged workshops including a forces interactive lesson and a forensic science lesson where.

Environmental Award for Our Principal

Oreena Lawless, principal of St. Francis School, received the Teacher of the Year 2015 award at the Primary Schools Environmental Awards in the Crowne Plaza yesterday. Congratulations Oreena! Well deserved.

Carlingford Trip

Miss Lundy’s 5th and 6th Class enjoyed a fabulous 2 day trip to Carlingford this week. They set off on Monday with a hike up Sleive Gullion, and then went on to Carlingford Adventure Centre. After dinner they went on a night walk – blindfolded! On Tuesday they did a number of land based activities including body zorbing, archery and team building, then after lunch they took to the water.

Tidy Towns Slogan Competition winners

Congratulations to Laura, Adela and Chloe for winning the Blackrock Tidy Towns Sloagan Competition. They were each presented with an Easons book token, courtesy of Mace Blackrock. Here are their winning slogans: Laura Using your car is bad for the air. Walk to school and show that you care Adela By walking to school you help the environment; so, be cool and walk to school Chloe In a car you.

Weds 10 June – early finish for infant classes

Please note that Junior and Senior infants will finish at 12 midday on Wednesday 10th June to prepare for the open day for new Junior Infants. Fitkids and choir will not be on after school.

Golden Boot Award

Many congratulations to Miss Carolan’s 1st class for winning the Golden Boot award for their fantastic efforts with walking to school! Every class had excellent results, but 1st class were the clear overall winners! Thank you also to all the parents who have supported our efforts to encourage walking and cycling to school. Below are the safety tips from Green Schools Travel for walking to school – Always be bright.

Green Schools Newsletter: May 2015

Check out our latest Green Schools Newsletter with useful Green Tips for litter and waste management, energy conservation and water usage and management. Green Schools Newsletter May 2015

First Holy Communion 2015

God Bless our 2nd Class pupils who celebrated their First Holy Communion on Saturday. We hope you all enjoyed your very special day. Many people were involved in preparing for the Communion and we extend a huge thank you to Father Padraig Keenan PP, class teacher, Mrs Donaghy and the individual parents for preparing the pupils, to our school choir, coached by Mrs Lawless and Miss Reynolds, for their beautiful.

Graduation 2015

St Francis NS will hold the first ever Graduation Mass for our departing 6th class pupils on Wednesday 24th June at 7.30pm in the school hall. The class of 2007 has the very first pupils to enrol at St Francis NS, so it will be a very special evening for the whole school community: the pupils, their parents, the staff and friends of the school. More details to follow.

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