Newsletter November 2016

Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Tullow, Co.Carlow


07 November 2016



Dear Parents/Guardians,


As we settle back to school after mid-term I wish to appeal to all parents to be mindful of road safety near the school.  At the recent Parents Association AGM this serious issue was highlighted.  We recognise that the area around the school gets very congested at school opening/closing times due to the fact that there are little or no parking facilities.  However, some people are taking great liberties by parking on footpaths, parking on zig-zag lines etc.  On reverse please see copy of letter sent to local councillors in an effort to find a solution to this problem.  In the meantime for the safety of all children I ask that you consider parking further from the school (e.g. Tesco car park/car park opposite civic offices/church car park) and walking to the school with your child.  If you must park near the school please do not block the footpath as this means that children/parents with buggies end up walking on the road.  Let us all work together to ensure that the pupils and their parents/guardians are safe in coming to and going from school.


Parent/Teacher meetings will be held during the week 21st – 25th November.  You will be given a time and date by your daughter’s teacher.

Signed:- Anne Kennelly





Great News – Our school has been awarded an Active School Flag!  We are one of only 7 schools in Carlow to have achieved it.  The Active School Flag (ASF) is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.  The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often.  Huge congratulations to the great work of our Active School Committee and to the whole school for their enthusiastic engagement with all aspects of the process.  The Accreditor Tommy Lannigan noted the great level of activity that we have included in our school especially considering the limited outdoor space and classroom size available.  He also noted how lucky our pupils are to have access to swimming lessons and gymnastic sessions.  We hope to continue with our ‘get active’ incentives and hope that it will continue to encourage everyone to stay active at school, at home and in the community.


As part of our Active Schools programme we are introducing a Be Active After School Club for pupils from 3rd – 6th class.  It will be starting on Monday 14th November from 3-4p.m. in the school yard or hall (weather dependent).  John Kenny will be giving the sessions with another teacher from the school present.  There is a cost of €2 per session.  It is intended that all children who sign up for the lessons will strive to come every week – anyone who misses two sessions will lose their place.  The sessions will run from 14th November – 19th December.  Anyone who wishes to attend is asked to collect a form from Ms. O’Toole tomorrow.  There are 30 spaces available on a first come first served basis.



Signed:           Ms. O’Toole

                                                            Active School Coordinator