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Principal’s Message

Welcome back to all children, parents and staff. We had a lovely start to the New Year 2022-2023 in St. Joseph’s and everyone is well settled down and getting back to the nice routines of school life.

We offer a big, warm welcome to all the new children who have joined classes throughout the school. We especially welcome our new junior infants and children in the ASD “ Willow Class” class.

New Staff

As you know we have a very bright and vibrant staff and we are delighted to welcome: Mr Marks, Ms Woods, Ms. Irwin, Ms McDonald, Ms Rice, Ms Fallon, Mrs Mc Namara and Ms. Woods to our school. We hope that they will have many, many happy and fulfilling years in St. Joseph’s working with our pupils and families.

Back to Normal Clubs   

Breakfast, homework and after school clubs are stating up again. and we are very grateful to the staff members who are organising them. A welcome return to Hurling and Gaelic coaching.. great ways to build skills and keep fit.

Attendance and Punctuality
 We have a new education welfare officer who is helping our school focus on School attendance and punctuality
 Please.. here’s a gentle reminder
 School begins at 8.50am
Infants finish at 1.30pm
1st – 6th finish at 2.30 pm
Unless it is a medical or family emergency.. leave your child in school for the full school day.

Covid/ Flu: Please stay alert
Thank goodness our school has done so well during the past few years protecting our pupils and staff. Thank you so much for staying so vigilant, looking for symptoms and following procedures in protecting others from the spread of Covid. It continues to make all the difference to St. Joseph’s.

Kiva School
We are a Kiva school and there is zero tolerance of any form of bullying in our school. Please contact us immediately if you have any
concerns especially in the complex area of cyber bullying. We are just completing a pupil wellbeing online survey -how safe and happy our pupils feel at school. We will share the results with you later in the term.

New Extension
We are working closely with DES on the design and development of our new extension which will include two ASD classroom and three mainstream classrooms. It is slow but steady progress… but it will take time.

Parent Association

Thanks to the parents who worked so diligently last year to help with school development, policy making and fund raising. We are looking for new members
Please contact Mr. Mc Entee if you can help out and would like to get involved in making our school the best it can be in serving our pupils and community.

Parent/ Teacher Meetings
Following the success of the past two years when teachers got to speak with a lot more parents than in previous years, we are continuing this year with the practice of parent meeting by phone. The class teacher, resource teacher and SNA will contact you by phone to talk about your child and plan for the future.
Parent/ Teacher Meetings are scheduled for Thursday, November 17th .

Christmas Concerts
I’m sure you will all be delighted to hear that our Christmas Shows are back… watch this space!!!! Staff members are already excited about it and have great plans for a fabulous return to what was a great tradition in St. Joseph’s School. It will definitely be a Christmas to remember.

I say this every year but I really do feel so privileged to be working in this school.

I count my blessings every day when the exceptional staff walk in the door… happy and excited and cherishing the opportunity to teach your children and serve our school families and community. 

I count my blessing when our Board of Management meets and is indefatigable in finding ways to make St. Joseph’s a better place for your children.

 I pray each day that any child, parent, guardian or staff member gets the strength to come into school when days are dark and the future looks bleak.

With God’s grace, our school will find ways to help.

God bless you all and here’s to a great year.

Ms Roz

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