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Monday, 4th September 2017 Weekly Note

Posted on September 4, 2017


A big welcome back is extended to all our pupils throughout the school, with a particular welcome to our new recruits.  Joining us in P.1 are James, Megan, Senán, Saorla, Sean Óg, Cormac, Aoife, Grace, Aoife-Rose, Anna and Daniel.  We extend a warm welcome to all pupils new and ‘established’, we hope and trust that you will have a very enjoyable and rewarding year ahead.

As always we encourage parents to play an active role in their child/children’s education and invite you to contact the teacher concerned should your child encounter any trouble ‘settling in’ or indeed at any time of the year.  We value the interest of you, our parents and trust that we can rely on your support for the coming year.


All children are looking resplendent in their new school sweaters and cardigans.  May we ask you to take time to ensure that all children’s clothing is labelled so as to avoid any unnecessary confusion.


This is not always a topic we like to discuss but just a simple reminder to remain vigilant as to the possibility of the presence of lice in your child’s hair.


For those children who wish to take milk, the cost for the new term which takes us to Christmas is £9.  Payment should be made by Wednesday of this week as the first order of milk begins Thur. 7th September.


Parents should be aware that the cost of a school dinner has increased to £2.60.  Please note that money can only be handed in to the office from Monday to Wednesday.  Payment by cheque for school dinners should be made out to E A Western Region.  Any family who feel they may be entitled to Free School Meals can make relevant enquiries to WELB tel. 8241 1496.


Any P.7 parent planning to get their child to sit the Transfer Exam for admission to Grammar School is reminded that registration closes on Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 2.00pm. Application forms can be obtained from the local Grammar Schools.  Any P.7 parent who wishes to discuss this year’s entire Transfer arrangements should contact Mr McElholm.


Tin whistle for all pupils (P.3-P.7) begins next Tuesday, 12th September.  Tin whistles can be bought in the school from next Monday for £2.95.  We ask that all whistles be labelled clearly with your child’s name on it.


There will be no After School Clubs this week.  Details of available After School Clubs will be issued next week.  P.1 – P.3 after school provision from 2.15 – 3.15pm is available this week.  Costs for this facility are £2 daily per child (£1 for any additional family member).


We welcome along Casey McGinty from Sacred Heart College who will be completing a week’s work experience in our Foundation Stage classes.  Enjoy your stay Casey!


The school community was very sad to learn of the death of Pat Darcy during the summer.  Pat, of course, had served as Chairman of the Board of Governors from January 2002 until the time of his death, a role he carried out with the standards of excellence one would expect from Pat.  He was a very wise, capable and supportive Governor and his expertise will be greatly missed.

He was also, of course, a parent and more recently a grandparent of many of our past and current pupils and was always a friendly face at pick up times at the end of the school day.

To his children, Claire, Sean, Sarah and Louise, his beloved grandchildren and wider family circle, we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Ar dhéis lámh Dé go raibh a h-anam

Monday, 19th June 2017 Weekly Note

Posted on June 19, 2017


A huge well done to our 2 sets of footballers who won their respective ‘shields’ in the Omagh St. Enda’s tournament at Healy Park on Friday.  The girls triumphed after victories of St. Conors ‘B’ in the Semi-Final and a 1 point nail-biter against Gaelscoil in the final.

The boys didn’t have it any easier and actually went to extra-time in the final against All Saints P.S. Tattysallagh.  A beautiful winning point from Cormac McEnhill broke the deadlock and ensured a wonderful ‘double’.  Well done to all involved and well done to Master Kelly on his ongoing efforts to provide excellent coaching for P.6/7 pupils.


Congratulations to our swimming team of Christopher Webster, D-Jay Crowne, Jack McCrory and Cormac McEnhill who represented the school so well at Thursday’s Inter-Schools’ Gala.  D-Jay pocketed 3 gold medals, Christopher grabbed 2 golds whilst Cormac and Jack both secured a bronze medal each.  A great team performance in what was a very competitive event.  Thanks also to Clare McEnhill for accompanying our pupils to this event.


Further congratulations are offered to all our cross-country athletes who performed so well at Omagh Leisure Complex last Tuesday.  Whilst there were lots of individuals finishing in the top 5 or 6, particular mention must go to our medal winners Rosemary Gormley (Gold, P.4 Girls), Orlaith Donnell (Silver, P.4 Girls) and Brandon Downey (Gold, P.4 Boys).


The End of Year Leavers’ Mass will be celebrated in the school tomorrow afternoon (Tue. 19th) at 1.30pm.  All are warmly invited to attend.


Good luck to our P.6/7 class who are off to the Share Centre on Wednesday for their residential trip.  Pupils will return on Friday at 2.15pm approximately.  Hopefully all will thoroughly enjoy their few days away.

P.4/5 TRIP

Pupils in P.4/5 are off on their trip on Thursday to the Brunswick Centre in Derry.  Pupils in this class will be issued a separate note outlining arrangements.

Monday, 12th June 2017 Weekly Note

Posted on June 12, 2017


Our annual prize-giving night will be held in the school on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.  This is always a very enjoyable night when we celebrate the achievements of all our pupils.  All are welcome to attend – pupils are asked to wear their school uniform.  (Any pupil yet to return a cup or shield from last year is asked to do so immediately).


Good luck to all our athletes P.4-7 who are participating in a cross-country event at Omagh Leisure Complex tomorrow morning.  This is a slightly different event in that there are a number of races all age related so as to ensure a more competitive event.  The first race is at 11.00am approximately.


Another football event sees the annual Holy Family Cup which will be held in Healy Park Omagh on Friday.  Hopefully our pupils can give another good account of themselves as they were beaten in the final of the Paddy Bogan Cup in Beragh last Friday – maybe this Friday they can go one step further and bring home some silverware.


Draft policies in First Aid, Safe Handling & Using Reasonable Force and Anti-Bullying are now open for consultation until Friday, 23rd June.  These policies can be found under the ‘Consultation Documents’ tab on our school website  Anyone unable to access these online can request a hard copy by contacting the school office.  Should you wish to contribute thoughts or opinions please do so in writing on or before 23rd June 2017.


Good luck to our swimming team of D-Jay Crowne, Christopher Webster, Cormac McEnhill and Jack McCrory who will represent the school at the annual Inter-Schools’ Swimming Gala at Omagh Leisure Complex on Thursday morning.


After a teaching career of over 30 years Mrs Mary Teague has now decided to retire.  Mary taught in the school since 1986 and was always a very hard-working, professional and dedicated member of staff.  Mary has been on a career break for the past 5 years to care for her elderly mother but has now intimated that she will be retiring.  We are holding a collection for a retirement gift on behalf of the pupils and anyone wishing to contribute should give any donations to the school office.


Monday, 5th June 2017 Weekly Note

Posted on June 5, 2017


Pupils in P.3/4 are off to St. Lawrence’s P.S. this morning for a Maths Trail – hopefully the weather will stay dry to enable them to make the most of the morning.


Pupils in P.5/6 are travelling to Parkanaur tomorrow along with their counterparts from St. Lawrence’s P.S. and Denamona P.S. for a ‘Wild About Water’ outdoor learning day.  As this is a Shared Education trip there is no cost attached.  Pupils are advised to bring a coat, hat, wellies and a packed lunch.  All pupils should be home for the normal home time.


Good luck to our footballers who are off to Beragh on Friday to participate in the annual Paddy Bogan Cup.  Hopefully the boys can bring home some silverware on this occasion!


Our best wishes are extended to P.6 pupil Ronan Darcy who is currently in hospital.  Hope to see you soon Ronan!


It was with great sorrow that we learned of the death of Dominic Early on Saturday morning.  Although Dominic was not a past pupil of the school he had become a regular visitor to the school over the years while attending Christmas Plays, Sports Days, 1st Communions etc. with Maria.  He always presented himself as a very fine and courteous young man who was a very positive role model for those who knew him.  To Dominic’s family, girlfriend Maria, the entire Harkin family and all Dominic’s wide circle of friends we extend our heartfelt sympathies.  Ar lámh dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Wednesday, 31st May 2017 Weekly Note

Posted on May 31, 2017


The weather forecast for the week appears to be favourable, so we are planning to hold our sports day this Friday, 2nd June.  Mrs Breen and Mrs Mellon’s classes will begin around 10.00am with P.4-P.7 pupils commencing at 11.30am approximately.  Children need not wear their uniform on Friday, but should wear sporting attire.  As always, parents are welcome to come along and enjoy the craic.


Pupils in P.5/P.6 will be participating in a ‘Maths Trail’ here in our own school tomorrow morning.  We will be hosting pupils from St. Lawrence’s P.S. and Denamona P.S. Fintona tomorrow so hopefully the weather will play its part and remain settled.

Pupils in P.3/P.4 will then travel to St. Lawrence’s on Monday morning for their Maths Trail.  Hopefully all involved will have a fun but educationally beneficial morning.

Both Maths Trails will be wrapped up before lunch time, so usual dinner arrangements will apply.


A big congratulations and good luck to P.4 pupil Brandon Downey who has been invited to attend a trial for the Swansea City F.C. Soccer Academy.  Brandon’s trial will take place in mid-June and obviously everyone in the school community will be right behind him on his big day.  Good luck Brandon!!


Well done to our cross-country runners who did so well in Greencastle last week.  In the girls section P.6 pupil Lucy McCann came in 5th place from a field of over 75 girls.  Meanwhile a very youthful boys team of Eoghan McGrath, Brandon Downey, D-Jay Crowne and Finn McGillin finished runners-up in the overall boys event – a fantastic achievement.  Indeed, well done to all who attended and completed a very gruelling run on the warmest day of the year.