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Lankill N.S.Newsletter May 2022

Dear parent,

We are already into our third week of the final term. The weeks are flying by. It is always our busiest term and it is great that there are so many activities for the kids to do. Often, it is the memories from these events that the children remember most fondly of their time in school.

First Communion

We would like to congratulate the second-class pupils who received the sacrament of Communion last Saturday. Fr. Britus celebrated a lovely ceremony which was complimented by the choir and Ciaran O’Malley with music. Thank you to Mrs. McConnell for preparing the Communion recipients and to Ms. O’Malley for organising the choir.

Thank you also to the Parents Association for organising tea and refreshments in the Community Centre after the ceremony.

Our Class Book

The senior class wrote their own book as part of the Our Class Book initiative. The title of their books is ‘When I Grow Up’. The children wrote about their future and drew a picture to accompany the text. The book is with the publisher who will create a lovely colourful memento for the children.


Swimming is going very well. Children have shown great independence organising themselves before and after the swimming lessons. The girls’ changing room is supervised by the Mrs. McConnell / Ms. Harnedy / Ms. McPhillips / Sharon and the boys’ changing room by Mr. Hynes. We have the pool and changing rooms to ourselves during the lessons.

Bike Week

It is national Bike Week from the 13th to 20th of May.

The Junior Infants can bring their bikes to school on Wednesday the 18th May. The Middle and Senior room can bring their bikes to school on Thursday the 19th May. Infants and middle classes will practice basic skills and road safety on the yard.

The senior class may also have an opportunity to cycle on the road.

GAA Blitzes

The Cumann na mBunscol Football blitz has been organised for Wednesday the 18th of May in Kilmeena GAA grounds.

The Cumann na mBunscol Hurling blitz has been organised for Thursday the 26th of May in Castlebar GAA grounds.

The Cumann na mBunscol Camóige blitz has been organised for Thursday the 2nd June in Castlebar GAA grounds.

The Pat Cox Hurling & Camóige blitzes will take place on Wednesday the 8th of June in Westport GAA.

In-Service Training

We have in-service training on new elements of Curriculum to complete before the end of the school year which will require us to close. School will finish at noon on Friday the 27th May and will be closed all day Friday the 3rd June.

Class Allocation

Ms. McPhillips is taking a career break during the next school year, September 2022, which will require a replacement teacher to be appointed. Due to the workings of the Department, the teacher supply panels we will not be in a position to appoint a temporary teacher until late in the summer. As soon as a teacher has been appointed, we will let you know.

In September Mr. Hynes will be teaching the senior classroom (4th, 5th & 6th).

Ms. O’Malley will take over as the Special Education Teacher.

Mrs. McConnell will move into the Junior Room (Junior & Senior infants).

Lake Walk / Family Fun Day

The Lake Walk has been rescheduled for the Bank Holiday Monday on June 6th. We hope you can join us to walk, run or cycle. It is a great opportunity for parents to meet and welcome our new families to the school. Refreshments will be served in the school yard after.

New Infants Welcome Morning

A Welcome Morning for new infants is organised for Tuesday the 7th of June. New infants will get an opportunity to meet their teacher and have a look around the classroom and school.

School Tour

Our school tour is on the 10th of June in the GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan. All pupils from Junior to Sixth Class will be going on the day which is organised by the Just4Fun School / Summer Tour company. We would like to thank the Parents Association for covering the cost of the bus which has greatly subsidised the tour. We are sure the kids will have a great day.

Sports Day

We hope to run our Sports Day on a fine day during the week commencing 13th June. Get training!

Cash for Clobber

We will have a Cash for Clobber collection on the 14th June. Please gather up unused clothes and paired shoes and help raise funds for the school.

Senior Room “Run to Town’

The Senior room will undertake their ‘Run to Town’ challenge on the 16th of June. The kids have been building up their fitness and will have a great sense of satisfaction on completion.

Sixth Class Graduation

After 8 years in Lankill N.S. the time is almost upon us to say goodbye to our sixth-class pupils; Amy, Ciara, Clodagh, Katie, Dylan Hastings, Dylan Hughes, Jayke, James, Lucas & Shea. We will celebrate their time in Lankill on Thursday the 23rd June. The ceremony will be held in the school and all are welcome.

Absence Note Reminder

Please ensure that every school absence is notified in writing or on line declaration form to the school. This is a requirement of the National Education Welfare Board. Thank you.

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 18th May GAA Gaelic Blitz – Senior Room

Wednesday 18th May Bike Your Bike to School – Junior Room

Thursday 19th May Bike Your Bike to School – Middle & Senior Room

Thursday 26th May GAA Hurling Blitz – Senior Room

Friday 27th May Half Day Closure – Teacher In-Service Training

Thursday 2nd June GAA Camóige Blitz – Senior Room

Friday 3rd June Full Day Closure – Teacher In-Service Training

Monday 6th June School Closed / Lake Walk / Family Fun Day

Tuesday 7th June New Infant Welcome Morning

Wednesday 8th June Pat Cox Hurling / Camóige Tournament – Senior Room

Friday 10th June School Tour – GAA Centre of Excellence, Bekan

Tuesday 14th June Cash for Clobber Collection

Thursday 16th June Senior Room ‘Run to Town’

Thursday 23rd June Sixth Class Graduation Ceremony


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