Parents Association Newsletter

June, 2018
SCOIL NAOMH BARRA PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER

As we enter into the last few weeks of the Summer term,
we would like to update you on the past few months of the school year.

Defibrillator
Our Silver Circle Draw raised €2,910. This enabled us to purchase a defibrillator, wall cabinet and
training for 16 people which will be for all staff and some members of the PA .It will take place on the
28th August, 2018. A massive thank you to parents and all who contributed to the draw, without your generosity it would not have been possible to buy this lifesaving equipment.

Buses
During the school year, we have spent a total of €4,495 euros on buses and received €2,470 euros in contributions towards it. Many thanks to parents for these contributions towards buses,
without them it would not be possible for the children to participate in so many events.

Website
The PA section of the school website is now updated regularly and we have a new email address
scoilnaomhbarrapa@gmail.com for parents to contact us if you have any questions or queries.

Purchases
New PE equipment and handball goals costing €784.20 were purchased. We also sponsored medals (soccer and projects), plaques (attendance and graduation), Heritage Ireland talks, prizes for INTO handwriting competition and hot chocolate for World Book Day.

Traffic Calming Measures
The PA have been working alongside Cllr Eugene Cassidy for the past 18 months. Meath County Council
have approved €14,000 for new speed signs on the road close to the school which
will hopefully be erected end of June.

Book Fair
The book fair was held in April, it was very successful and enjoyable for the children.
We took in €2,309.65 and the school will be rewarded with €1,475.65 in resources
from Celtic Travelling Books.

Cash for Clobber
Our Cash for Clobber clothes collection raised €175 in April.

First Communion
Congratulations to the children in 2nd class who made their First Holy Communion. Thank you to Anne Keelan who kindly prepared the flowers in the church and to the 1st Class parents for providing the refreshments after the Communion, the hall looked beautiful.

6th Class Graduation
The 6th Class Graduation mass will take place on 20th June. Afterwards there will be
refreshments and a presentation to 6th class in the school.
We would like to wish 6th class the very best of luck for the future.

New Books
This Summer, the PA will be spending over €7,000 euros on new Irish books (3rd-6th class),
new Starlight English books (Juniors-2nd class), Religion books (5th and 6th) and graded readers.
These are separate from the school booklists and will be funded from book rental money which
parents have paid over the last few years.

Special Thank You
The PA would like to thank Brendan and Eimear from Doughty’s Filling Station and
Marcella Wogan of Lilyphils Foods for their generous and
continuous support to the PA in helping to provide refreshments.

We would like to sincerely thank all parents/guardians who support and help out at all our events. Your generosity and time is very much appreciated. Without your continued support, none of this would be possible. We hope you all have a wonderful Summer.

Mary Jane Beckham                  Margaret McKeever               Anna Callaghan
Chairperson                               Treasurer                             Secretary