Senior Infants on Tour

Senior Infants has great fun in Tinahely Farm Shop recently on their school tour. It was a super day! Take a look at the pictures below…

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Newsletter June 2017


Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Tullow, Co.Carlow

14 June 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

♦ On behalf of the Board of Management I happy to inform you that the school has been granted an extra support teacher.  This will bring the total teaching staff to 12 from the start of the new school year.

♦ Teachers & Classes for September 2017

6th                          not yet known       Room 3

5th                          Ms. Madden          Room 8

4th                          Mrs. Murphy         Room 7

3rd                          Mrs. Finnerty        Room 6

2nd                          Mrs. Garahy          Room 5

1st                          not yet known       Room 2

Senior Infants       Ms. Turtle              St. Brigid’s Room 1

Senior Infants       Ms. Dillon             Room 1

Junior Infants        Ms. Coen              St. Brigid’s Room 2

Unfortunately, Mr. Carroll will not be with us next year.  We wish him every success in the future and thank him for the wonderful contribution he has made to Scoil Mhuire Lourdes.

♦ Bookbills:  Bookbills will be given out early next week.  If you wish to order your books through the school, you must pay before the holidays.  Otherwise you will have to purchase books yourself during the holidays.  The difference between availing of the school rental scheme and buying the books yourself can be great especially in the older classes.

Please note: All pupils must pay the school section of the bill, even if buying the books themselves.

♦ School reports will also be given out next week.  Please take time to read the report and take note of recommendations/comments by the teacher.  Your daughter’s teacher has worked with your child for the past year and has put a lot of time/effort into each report.

♦ Active School Week

Next week is our Active Schools week and we will be getting moving – tennis, games from the past, outdoor trails and orienteering, cycle training, walk-a-mile, skipathon and Summer Olympics!

We will be raising our Active Flag in recognition of achieving Active School Status.

The girls can wear their school P.E. gear or plain navy shorts all week and they will be getting ‘P.E. homework’.  We hope this will help encourage them to value and enjoy exercise and keep active for life.

♦ This is one of my last newsletters to you as I have decided to retire. I came to Scoil Mhuire Lourdes in 1977 as a class teacher.  I was very fortunate to have worked with three former Principals – Sr. Philomena, Sr. Betty and

Sr. Francesca.  I was then appointed Principal of the school in 2002.  During my time as Principal I was ably assisted by a dedicated Deputy Principal – Frances Cullen initially (now retired) and Mrs. Finnerty for the past year.  Great support was also given by post holders and Boards of Management.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all pupils and all parents/guardians for their co-operation over the past years.  Scoil Mhuire Lourdes is a very special place.  We have a very dedicated staff supported by co-operative, willing parents/guardians who encourage their children to be hardworking, helpful and respectful.  I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful place of learning and enthusiasm.  I wish my successor every success as he/she takes over at the end of August.  I know that you will support this person from the start to lead Scoil Mhuire Lourdes through the next years.

Signed:- Anne Kennelly


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Junior Infants School Tour 2017

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The girls in Junior Infants has a ball on their school tour to Rancho Rileys in Carlow. Take a look at the fun they had!


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Magnetism in Junior Infants

This month Ms. Madden’s class learned about magnetism. We couldn’t wait to see what our magnets would stick to! We had lots of fun experimenting and testing out our theories. The best part was playing with the magnets and discovering what classroom objects were magnetic. Take a look at us working scientifically!

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Teddy Bear Picnic in Junior Infants

There was great excitement in Ms. Madden’s Junior Infants class, as it was picnic time for teddy bears! The girls brought in their favourite teddies and we all enjoyed a snack in the sunshine!

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Newsletter May 2017


Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Tullow, Co.Carlow

31 May 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

♦ Swimming next year

Next year’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th class will be going swimming in September.  The cost of the bus, lessons and use of the pool with be €70 per child.  Any parent who wishes may start paying towards this cost from now.

♦ School Absence & Tusla

I would like to remind you that any child who has 20 days or more absence from school must be reported to Tusla (The Child and Family Agency).  Also, parents are obliged to inform the school the reason for any absence.  Currently, we have a high number of children who have missed more than 20 days.  Each day your child is absent from school is a missed opportunity.  Naturally, a child must stay home when she is genuinely sick.

♦ It is with great reluctance that the Board of Management has accepted Ms. Fitzgerald’s retirement letter.  Ms. Fitzgerald has taught here for a long number of years and has taught all class levels.  She will be sorely missed by pupils, staff, parents and Board of Management.  We say a huge “Míle Buíochas” to Ms. Fitzgerald for her work throughout her time here.  All partners wish her a long and happy retirement.

♦ Holidays/breaks for 17/18

Our holidays/breaks for the 17/18 school year will be posted on the school website later today.  School will reopen on Thursday, August 31st.

♦ Reminder

School will be closed on Friday 2nd, Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June

(Public Holiday & School Holiday)

Signed:- Anne Kennelly


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Newsletter May 2017


Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Tullow, Co.Carlow


22 May 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Easter Chicks/Bunnies/Baskets

We have been presented with a cheque for €500 from the Easter Chick/Bunny sale.  Well done to Mary Rooney and Susan Brennan for all their hard work in knitting the chicks and bunnies and putting them together.  The money will be used to buy extra resources in classrooms.  A big “go raibh maith agat” to Mary and Susan.

Student Absence

The number of girls with a high rate of absence is increasing every year.  When a pupil is absent for 20 days or more, I am obliged to report this to Tusla – the Child and Family Agency.  In recent years, parents have begun to withdraw children from school well in advance of school closing for summer holidays.  This is not acceptable.  If you intend taking your child out of school for any period of time this must be stated in advance in writing.  Each day that your child is not in school is a lost opportunity for her.

Book Bills

Like last year books for the coming year will be ordered only for those who have paid in advance.  I would urge you to consider paying in instalments between now and the holidays if you think you won’t be able to pay the full amount when the bills are given out in June.

Congratulations to 2nd class who received First Communion recently.

Music Generation News

Last week 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th classes took part in a Music Generation concert in Murphy Memorial Hall.  The girls performed excellently and the concert was greatly enjoyed by all present.

4th, 5th & 6th will perform in the end of year Gala Concert in George Bernard Shaw theatre on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  They sound absolutely fantastic and will do themselves proud each night.

Lost Property

Since September a huge number of coats, cardigans, lunchboxes etc. have been left in school.  These are available in the main school.  Please check to see if any of your daughters items are missing.

  We have been asked by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to notify you of a survey that is being conducted – “Parents Childminding Survey”.  The survey is to ensure that parents views are included in the decision making, shaping the future of Childminding in Ireland.  The link to this survery is or visit or email for a copy of the link.

Headlice: Again, we have been informed of the presence of head lice.  Please ensure your daughter’s hair is properly tied up/back to ensure she doesn’t pick up headlice.  This is a constant problem in girls school.  However, the problem can be eliminated if due care is taken – try to prevent the problem by keeping hair tied up.  If infestation does occur, treat the problem immediately.

  School Closure

School will be closed on Friday 2nd, Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June

(Public Holiday & School Holiday)


Signed:- Anne Kennelly


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