St Mary's N.S., Glaslough
Open Night / Green Schools Action Day
Thursday 6th November 2014
A large crowd of parents, members of the local community and pupils attended our Open night and Green Schools Presentation.
The School Principal Mr Macklin gave details of recent changes which may be attractive to any parent thinking of enroling their children in our school in the future.
There is a new BEFORE SCHOOLS CLUB from 8.30 each morning. This is a free service run by parents.The aim of this club is to accommodate working parents who need supervision of their children before the official start of the school day.
Infants finish at 2p.m. but may remain at the school until 3p.m at a cost of €2 per day. This saves parents coming to the school twice if they have children in other classes.
There is also an AFTER SCHOOLS CLUB from 3 – 5p.m. The children spend one hour at homework and the second hour at fun activities. The cost of this service is €4 per child per day.
These services should make life easier for parents working or with several children at the school.
The New School Car Park and Football field are other recent additions to our school. The funding for these facilities came thanks to the hard work of our very active Parents’ Association.
Mr Macklin also gave details of the Primary School Curriculum and also many of the extra activities the children get involved in like Quizzes, Debates, Literary and Art competitions and Sport.
Our school website www.glasloughschool.com is always kept up-to-date and worth checking out to find out about past or current events.
The children of the school entertained the crowd with a drama which portrayed their own experiences of school life. Matthew Duffy and Chanon Khaongam played the part of radio presenters and both did an excellent job.
The second part of the evening was a presentation by our very active Green-Schools Committee on our BIODIVERSITY Theme. Eva Molloy, Courtney Molloy and Caolán McKenna gave a wonderful account of everything we have studied on Biodiversity since we began this theme in 2012. Brid McNally informed the crowd that Biodiversity means ‘ the inter connectivity of all living things’ or ‘the variety of all life forms on Earth from the tiniest bugs living in the soil to the tallest tree’.
Biodiversity ( biological diversity ) keeps us alive therefore it is vital we conserve it.
Our Slogan for this theme is ‘ Earth without trees is like Pizza without cheese’ and this slogan was written by Darcy Colleran a 6th class pupil.
Mrs Dowling’s class ( 3rd / 4th ) then gave a wonderful account of their Study of Bragan Bog. They visited the bog last June and it was clear from the presentation that they have an in depth knowledge of this vital Natural Resource which is right on our doorstep.
The children finished the evening singing the Glaslough school song ‘ That’s why St Mary's is the Best’.
Parents then had the opportunity to look around the school, talk to the staff and refreshments were served by the Parents Association.
While the parents chatted some of the pupils sang and played music in the background ( Ben Duffy – harp, Lucy Duffy – Guitar, Courtney and Eva Molloy – accordion and tin Whistle, Molly McDonald and Brid McNally – vocals and tin whistle).
Any-one wishing to enrol their child for 2015 can pick up an enrolment form from the office at the school or phone Patricia ( Secretary ) on 047 -88356. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And be sure to check out our website www.glasloughschool.com