• CBS Primary School, Wexford

February Newsletter 2018





February 2018 Newsletter

Credit Union Quiz

Sixteen pupils represented the school very well in the Credit Union Quiz last month. We were particularly delighted that one of the teams won the Under-13  event, finishing five points ahead of the second placed school. The team members will now represent our school in the regional final which will take place in Gorey this coming weekend, on Sunday 4th March. We wish Marcus Doyle, Neil Hession, Mark Kavanagh and Conal Dwyer well as they bid for a place in the All Ireland Final.


Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the school from Monday 26th February to Thursday 1st March. Classes from 1st to 6th will have a time slot to make purchases. Parents will be welcome to come along at the purchasing times. Pupils in the Junior and Senior Infant classes and their parents can visit the Book Fair when collecting the children at 1.50p.m. All children will be given a World Book Day voucher, which will entitle them to a reduction of €1.50 on the book of their choice. The school will receive commission in books and these books will go directly to classrooms to supplement the class libraries. Last year books to the value of €920 were added to the class libraries.


Snow Forecast

You will be aware of the strong possibility of snow falling in the east and south east from the middle of this week. At the moment it isn’t clear as to how disruptive this will be. We will monitor the situation as we go through the week and give updates via text messages. Please ensure that we have an up-to-date phone number on our system for text messages. The arrival of snow may have an impact on the proposed Internet Safety presentations and will hamper our plans to continue to prepare for moving to the temporary accommodation in order to allow the construction work to begin.


Internet Safety Talk for Parents

The Parent Association committee has organised for former Garda, John Dwyer to do a couple of presentations on Internet Safety in the school on Thursday 1st March. John will facilitate a workshop with our pupils in 6th Class during the school day. That evening he will present a very informative talk for parents on the topic of internet safety for children. This presentation will be of particular interest to parents of 6th class pupils. However, the evening session is open to all parents and we encourage as many people as possible to attend. The session will start at 7.30p.m. on Thursday 1st March.


Move to Temporary Accommodation

Our preparations are on-going for the move to the temporary accommodation. Display boards, pictures, etc have been taken off walls. Recycling bins, waste bins and a skip are being filled. Unwanted textbooks and novels have been collected by a charity, “Gateway to Education”. Staff members have packed a lot of resources ready for moving. On the Thursday of the February mid-term break we hired a van and with the assistance of staff and parents we got started on moving items into the temporary accommodation. We plan to hire a van again tomorrow Tuesday 27th February. If you are in a position to offer a few hours of your time please make contact with Mary in the office. We have a lot more to do!

Some work is currently being carried out on the temporary accommodation and we had planned to move resources and equipment on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. However, the snow forecast will probably have a knock-on effect on these plans. If we are in a position to continue with this work we would greatly appreciate assistance from parents.

The move from our school to the temporary accommodation is a huge undertaking. We are working hard to co-ordinate it as well as possible. The members of the school’s Board of Management have decided that it will be necessary to close the school to pupils for one day on Wednesday 7th March which in turn will enable us to be ready for teaching and learning to commence in the temporary accommodation on Thursday 8th March. This is regarded as an exceptional closure and the Department of Education and Skills has stated that a closure of this nature is at the discretion of a school’s Board of Management.

The move to the temporary accommodation will result in the need to make some organisational changes and information in relation to this will be distributed in advance of the move. One in particular which I would like to highlight well in advance is that parents and other family members cannot drive into the school premises when dropping children to school in the morning and when collecting the children at the end of the school day. Doing so would pose a major risk to children’s safety. I believe that parents will understand that the safety of the children is paramount and that they will support this instruction. I am expecting 100% co-operation from everybody on the issue. If parents or other family members need to visit during the school day it will be possible to drive into the premises and park in the Visitors’ Car Park.


Jos Furlong


26th February 2018





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