Fifth Green Flag

We end this school year with some fantastic news. The school has just been awarded the 5th Green Flag on the theme of Biodiversity.

Thanks to Mrs Ryan our Green Schools Co-ordinator, The Green Gchool committee (members change every year so many pupils have served on the committee), Mrs McGowan, Mrs McNabola, Mrs Gardiner, Terri McGourty, Michael our caretaker, Geraldine in Drumsna Garden Centre, Martina Butler and the many parents that have donated items and helped us over the past number of years.

To achieve our fifth green flag work had to be undertaken to renew each of the four previous flags on waste management, water conservation, energy conservation and travel. Pupils participated in a varitey of curricular based lessons on these themes. We held many walk to school mornings. Children bring a lunchbox to school and bring home any uneaten lunch and waste items. Children practice the good habits of turning off lights when they leave the classroom and not wasting water.

Over the past two years we have developed a school garden at the back of the school. Classes have grown flowers, fruit and vegetables, some from seeds and transplanted them into the garden. Work has continued on the school garden even since the school closed thanks to Mrs Ryan, Mrs McNabola, Mrs McGowan, Terri and Michael.

Thanks to each and every parents that hepled us and supported the various Green Schools events over the years. We hope children have learned lessons for life.

We look forward to celebrating and raising our fifth Green Flag in safer times.

Contacting the school over the Summer Closure

The school will close for summer at 12 noon on Friday 26th June 2020. The school will re-open for all pupils on Tuesday 1st Septebmer 2020. The BOM will be in contact with parents duing the week of the 24th August 2020 to give an update in relation to measures put in place to combat the spread of Covid 19.

Please note there will be no postal deliveries to the school over the summer closure. You will not be able to leave a telephone message. If you need to the contact the school over the summer holidays regarding an urgent and very important matter please e-mail, Please do not expect an immediate reply.

Wishing every reader a happy and safe summer.

Morning Ireland Recordings

We will let you know, as soon as we know, when pupils recordings will feature on the Morning Ireland Radio Programme.

The school was informed that the recordings would feature this morning, Friday 22nd May. This didn’t happen. Perhaps they have decided to use more recordings than initially planned or to extend the slot. We are waiting to hear more. We will keep you updated.

School Grounds

The school is closed until September 2020. Pupils should only be on school grounds during school time. Therefore no pupil, child or parent should be on school grounds.

We have 24 hour CCTV in operation. In recent weeks a number of children and parents have been seen on  school grounds. The school alarm has been activiated. This must stop. In future the gardai will be notified.

Thank you for your co-operation. The BOM of St. Joseph’s N.S.