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.

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.

Sub Committee Re Aldi €50,000 Prize

The Board of Management (BOM) would like to set up a Sub Committee, comprising of representatives from the BOM, Staff, Parents Association and parents regarding how to spend the fantastic €50,000 prize. The Sub Committee will advise the BOM on how best to spend this prize and will have at most 8 to 10 members.

If you have a particular skill or interest which may be of assistance regarding spending this prize, (e.g. architect, engineer, quantity surveyor, Sports Coach involved with local/ community teams, P.E. teacher etc) and if you are interested in becoming part of the Sub Committee please let the school know before 3 p.m. on Wednesday next 18th March. Please let us know when you would be available to attend meetings.

A letter regarding this will go home to all families today, Thursday 12th March.

Head Lice

Please check your child’s hair for head lice and treat if you find live lice. Keep treating, as directed and wash coats, hats and bed clothes. If one child in the family had head lice please check everyone! Thank you for your continued support dealing with this matter.