Senior Primary, Tara Road, Bettystown, Co Meath. A92 XK64 – Telephone 041 9828091 – Email email@example.com
NEW SCHOOL UPDATE
As you drive by our old school building, you will notice the activity on site from early morning to late evening. The demolition company are now on site and our new school project has officially commenced. I have been advised by the contractor that this project is a rapid build, 62 weeks at minimum, all going well. This is a wonderful milestone for our school community. I am a very proud Principal indeed. I am very grateful for the wonderful dedication and commitment from our Staff, proud to work with a very enthusiastic Parents Association, assisted and supported by a great Parent community and surrounded by such a wonderful cohort of children.
The Board of Management has worked tirelessly with the Department of Education since 2016 to achieve the planning permission first and now to have successfully decanted to a temporary building in March with the final goal of a new school building in sight. This has been an extraordinary year for sure.
Photo: Top left – Signing the contract for the new school, Noel Quinn Chairman BOM, Principal Bláithin Maguire, Niamh Kierans Staff Rep BOM. Bottom left – Demolition continues July 2022. Above – Demolition of the old school 15th June 2022.
Graduation speech June 2022 Ms Maguire
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to everyone today.
Firstly I wish to acknowledge the lovely celebration in the church this morning. A word of thanks to Fr Denis who facilitated the Mass and supported and guided the 6th class team with the liturgy. All of our pupils who participated in the ceremony were excellent.
This is a very proud day for each and every one of our pupils, their families and the Teachers (Mrs Doak, Ms Kirk, Ms Kilcoyne, Mrs Darcy, Ms Brassil, Ms Winters and Ms Hogan SNA), Rob Hayes and his SNA Team.
What an extraordinary year this has been for our School Community.
It is my pleasure to say a few words of farewell and congratulations to our Graduating Class of Year 2022. I trust that we have prepared you well for Post Primary School and that you will all reach your full potential. We are confident that you are ready for this big transition from the familiar faces and surrounds of SSN, to the new routines, teachers and friendships of Secondary School.
Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh strives to develop and nurture the talents, skills, confidence and resilience of all members of the school community in a welcoming and safe environment.
‘Cairde ag fás agus ag foghlaim le chéile’
Having a positive attitude, being optimistic as you move into Secondary School will inspire you to be more creative, take more chances and make new friends. In everyone’s life there are good days and bad days, things that bring you joy and things that will make you sad. So I challenge you to focus on the highs and positive aspects of your life. In times of challenge be grateful for the most important things in your life – your family, friends, and educational opportunities.
It is important in our lives to be able to find activities that take our full engagement. Engagement in activities in our lives is important for us to learn, grow and nurture our personal happiness. So be open to all that Secondary School offers – try new things and participate in everything on offer. You might discover a new interest – something you never thought of before which will bring you great joy.
Everyone is different and we all find enjoyment in different things whether it’s playing an instrument, participating in sport, dancing, art, working on an interesting project or even a hobby. This type of ‘flow’ of engagement is important to stretch our intelligence, skills and emotional capabilities.
Relationships and social connections are important aspects of life. Building positive relationships with your parents, siblings, peers, and friends are an important way to spread love and joy. Having strong relationships gives you support in difficult times. So as you move into Secondary School take the opportunity to make new friends.
Having goals and ambition in life can help us to achieve things that can give us a sense of accomplishment. In your new school set yourself realistic but challenging goals. Just putting in the effort to achieve those goals will give you a sense of satisfaction. And when you finally achieve them, a sense of pride and fulfilment will be reached. Having accomplishments in life is important to push ourselves so we can thrive and flourish.
Thanks to all the Staff of SSN who have supported you over the last year.
Like any production behind the scenes there is a huge commitment, dedication and an eagerness to provide the best educational opportunities for each of our pupils. It is a privilege for me to work with this Staff who have such a skill-set and expertise in education. Their dedication to educating the students in our school is inspirational. Thank you.
To all of our students here the future is within your grasp. Reach for the stars. The real power of creating and being responsible for your own future is unlimited. You will hopefully experience enormous joy in creating this journey for yourself and enjoy the benefits of it too.
Of course there will be challenge
s ahead however when you are determined to succeed you will make the right choices for you!
I encourage you to put all your energy, your faith, talent and time
into each opportunity that comes your way.
Follow your dreams
Follow your passion
Believe in yourself
Life is an endless process of self-discovery
Bláithín Maguire Principal
School closes on Tuesday 28th June at 12.10pm.
The school and Office is closed for the summer holidays.
We wish everyone in our school community a very happy and enjoyable summer.
“All queries regarding enrolment places for September 2022 should be emailed to the Secretary’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org “
Decant updates – we have moved!
Scoil an Spioriad Naoimh, Senior Primary, Tara Road,
Bettystown, Co Meath. A92 XK64- School phone: 041-9828091
We are thrilled to be in our new temporary building. We have settled in very well to our spacious and bright accommodation. Both Staff and pupils are very excited to be here at last, it feels like home already. The senior pupils love the excitement of being upstairs on floor one. We value the close proximity to the junior school and the post primary campus. We are looking forward to collaborating closely with both schools for the transition programmes for our pupils.
The decant involved a huge scope of work and full credit to our School Community who worked tirelessly to coordinate a smooth transition for Staff and pupils. We bring a renewed energy and enthusiasm to our teaching and learning, and we are providing lots of extracurricular opportunities for the pupils, with cycle safety, basketball and GAA coaching sessions resuming.
There is a sense of normalcy and lots of positivity as we plan ahead for the remainder of the school year.
The Board of Management will continue to progress the business of the new school project. The Department have informed us that the demolition company will be on site at the old school in April. We are hoping to return to the new school building in two years’ time, all going well.
A word of thanks to the wonderful volunteers in the Parents Association who are dedicated to our school and committed to ensuring that we have the very best resources for our pupils.
Parents and Guardians
Arrangements for collecting children early from our temporary school:
Parents please note – there are no cars permitted onto the school grounds. Parking is available at the car park across the road. Parents should go to the pedestrian gate – which is the main entrance gate for the children, and call the Office. The Secretary will bring out to you a Sign Out Form and your child. No child can be released from school without a Sign Out Form being completed. Written notice needs to be provided in advance of a child being collected early from school. Please avoid collecting children over the lunchtime period unless absolutely necessary. We appreciate your co-operation.
Children starting in 3rd class in September 2022.
All parents of children starting in our school in September 2022 will have received a confirmation email from the Office. If you have not received an email confirming a place for your child you need to contact the Secretary immediately on email@example.com We will be in contact with new parents in due course regarding an Open event.
Public Health updates:
We are expecting further update from Public Health. In the interim, the Public Health Schools teams have requested schools to regularly reinforce these messages to our school communities to help keep everybody safe.
Your child should not attend school if they are unwell.
Before attending school:
- Symptoms– your children must not attend school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
- Symptomatic household members– a reminder to parents that no child should be attending school if they have any household member who has signs or symptoms of Covid-19; they should be restricting their movements until it is clear whether the household member has Covid-19 infection or not.
- Close contacts– children or parents need to restrict their movements and undergo testing if they have been told by their doctor / HSE services that they are a close contact of a case of Covid-19; they should not be attending any school.
We appreciate your support and co-operation in helping us to keep our school safe and open, by abiding by the national public health measures currently in place at all times e.g. restricting movements and social contacts, social distancing, use of facial coverings and hand hygiene. It is our priority to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for your children and our staff.