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NEWS AND INFORMATION : FRIDAY 11H MAY 2018
Message from Principal,

We are almost mid-way through our final term here in Our Lady of Mercy. Children have been engaging in wonderful activities involving, Feis, Sport and Gardening. It is a busy time of year and we encourage all children to get the most out of the last few weeks in their class.

Marguerite Stenson

SCHOOL OFFICE:
The school office is closed every day from 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Please do not call to or telephone the office at this time. Thank you for your co-operation.
CYBERBULLYING WORKSHOP:
We are organising a cyberbullying workshop for parents and a separate workshop for pupils on Wednesday 13th June. These workshops are delivered by Barnardos and deliver up to date information on how to keep safe online, prevent cyberbullying and develop pro-active responses that we can all take to tackle this issue. Please pencil in this date – we will remind you closer to the time.
ENROLMENT:
In line with recent years we have had another huge enrolment for Junior Infants which is indicative of the high esteem the school is held in. We hope the new pupils and their parents enjoyed their visit to the school and look forward to meeting them again in the coming months.
PARKING – ROAD SAFETY:
The bay area in front of the school is not a parking or “set-down” area. It is reserved solely for the use of the taxis and buses for the children in The Autism classes. Please respect our children’s safety by observing this rule.
FIRST CONFESSION:
Well done to all the boys and girls in 2nd class who made their First Penance on the 13th March. They told the story of Zacchaeus so beautifully and were so respectful in the church.
CEREMONY OF LIGHT:
The Confirmation candidates participated in the Ceremony of Light Service in St. Anne’s Church. They were joined by their parents, family members and sponsors. Well done to all who took part and a special word of thanks to Fr. Steve for the beautiful service.
CONFIRMATION:
Congratulations to the boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Friday. We were delighted to welcome Bishop Doran to our parish. The children and their families enjoyed a party in the school afterwards. Thank you to Mrs. Bourke and The Parents’ Partnership for organising it and all the parents who sent in the goodies! We are looking forward to The Communion on the 19th May.
AISTEAR: JUNIOR &SENIOR INFANTS:
Our Aistear theme is “The Vets”. We are very busy bringing all our sick and injured pets into the surgery! We also had to give some animals injections and medicine. During our Aistear hour each day, we play in lots of different areas – The Pet Shop, Puzzle area, Construction, Small World, Junk Art to name but a few. All of these areas are connected to “The Vet” theme in one way or another. We hope that a real life Vet will visit us in school over the next few weeks.
HAWKS WELL:
On the 23rd April, all the Junior Infants walked to the Hawks Well Theatre and we watched the play “Star Chasers”. It was really good and we had lots of fun.
MESSY ART WEEK – -WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
This year the focus will be on Fabric & Fibre and we need your help to make it as successful as previous years. We are looking for balls of wool, ribbon, string, twine, beads, buttons and odd socks! There will be a donation point in the Parents Room and in the front Reception. Thank you in advance.
FEIS SHLIGIGH & FEIS CEOIL:
Congratulations to all the children in our school Tin Whistle Band who won both Feiseanna this Easter. We also had many prize winners in Art, Poetry and Comhrá. Comghairdeas daoibh go léir.
SPORT:
Gaelic:
Markievicz Park:
Well done to the 40 boys and girls who took part in “The Galvin and Fr. Murray Cups” played recently in Markievicz Park.
P.T.O

Jersey Day:
Our school held our Jersey Day on Friday. All the children were allowed to wear their favourite jersey and pay €1 which goes to Cumman na mBunscoil, in order to help fund coaches etc. provided by them.

Blitz:
Lucky 3rd & 4th class children will participate in a Gaelic Blitz day in the middle of May. This will be held in Scarden. It is always a great day as it is fun based and caters for all levels, encouraging all to try out some skills or perfecting those they already have.
T.Y. Students:
Our two 5th classes will be going over to the Mercy College for a training session organised by the Mercy College students and Ross O’Donovan.
Lunch time League:
Over 40 boys and 40 girls have signed up to take part in our Gaelic lunch time league. There is a huge interest this year which is fantastic. The teams will play a match every Thursday over at the Mercy College. It is a great experience for the children and a great opportunity to play some matches in a fun environment. Good luck to all of our teams.
Sligo / Leitrim Boys U12 Winners:
Congratulations to Barry McNamara, Jude Guia, Calum Mulligan, Lukasz Kromer, Luke Lyttle and David Packowski who won the U12 Soccer Cup on Saturday with St. John’s Soccer Club.

ACTIVE SCHOOL WEEK:
A very successful active school week was held recently. Children enjoyed fun activities. The highlight of the week was our early morning dance sessions in the yard led by 5th class. We encourage children to keep active and get fit.
HSCL (Home School Community Liaison): Contact Person: Andrea Bourke 085 1583953.
If you are interested in any of the following activities for parents, they are free of charge and you can drop in anytime to attend.
Stitch & Smile: Sewing Skills for parents on Tuesdays at 9.00am in the Parents Room. All welcome.
Yoga: Thursdays @ 9:30am Classes for Parents are on-going on Thursday mornings at 9.30am. All welcome.

It is the season for the Communion party. We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with teas and coffees. Many people have enjoyed these parties and it may be your turn in years to come so if you could volunteer your time on Saturday 19th May at 1.00pm. We would really appreciate it.
If you would like to contact Mrs. Bourke you can call her on 085 1583953.
If you have any uniforms you wish to donate to school, please leave them into Mrs. Bourke in the HSCL Room.
AFTERSCHOOL ABBEYQUARTER:
Limited places available for September 2018 in the Abbeyquarter Afterschool Project, Cranmore, Sligo. If interested please phone Rose or Kari between 1.30pm – 5.00pm Monday to Friday on 087 2188646.
THANK YOU:
Thanks to Shane Mullane for clearing the area in front of the school and making it ready for “The Tidy School” award inspection. It is very much appreciated.
EASTER FOOD COLLECTIONS:
As part of our Lenten preparations we collected food that has been donated to a local homeless charity during our Easter Service. Many thanks to all of you who sent in donations.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulation to Tina Fahey on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Mila.
CONDOLENCES:
We extend our sincere sympathy to Gwen and the family of Don Chrystal (former Caretaker) on his recent death. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.
HOLIDAYS:
The school closes for the Summer holidays on 29th June. We discourage parents from taking their children out of school on holidays prior to this date.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

FIRST COMMUNION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY, 19TH MAY 2018 @ 11.30am.
REFERENDUM DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
FRIDAY 25TH MAY 2018.
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY JUNE BANK HOLIDAY
MONDAY 4TH JUNE 2018. OPENS AS NORMAL ON TUESDAY MORNING 5TH JUNE 2018
SUMMER HOLIDAYS
School closes @ 12.00 Noon
SCHOOL CLOSES
FRIDAY 29TH JUNE 2018. REOPENS ON FRIDAY 31st AUGUST 2018 AT NORMAL TIME.

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28TH 2018

Message from Principal,
Mercy Primary is buzzing at the moment with all the activities that are taking place. It was wonderful to welcome the Grandparents of the children in second class to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Polytunnels,, Quizes etc. are keeping us very busy this term. I hope you enjoy reading all our news.

Marguerite Stenson, Principal.

CONTACT DETAILS:
It is of high importance to contact the school office if you have changed mobile phone number. The school MUST have an up to date contact number at all times.
INTERNET SAFETY:
Please see website “webwise.ie” which has excellent advice on keeping our children safe online.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
We request that parents / guardians do not walk through the school corridors. They are reserved solely for children and staff.
HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME:
Holidays are not recommended during school terms and they are advised against by the school and The Department of Education & Skills.
MOSAIC BENCH:
We are delighted to welcome a new mosaic exhibit to our school. It is the “Viking” seat which was formally situated in front of the old ESB offices in Rockwood Parade. This seat was originally designed and decorated by Mercy Primary pupils in 1996. They were overseen by recently retired teacher, Ms. Marianne Fahy. Thanks to Damien Tansey, Solicitor and Kilcawley Construction for their assistance in returning the seat to Mercy Primary. It now takes pride of place in the front of the school.
ÁISTEAR – JUNIOR INFANTS:
We have been very busy in Junior Infants playing in the hospital and learning lots of new things. We got to dress up as a doctor, a nurse and a patient. It was great fun. We had a visit from Dr. Ossama who works in Sligo General Hospital and asked him lots of questions about his busy job. Next week we will have a visit from a nurse and a radiographer. A few weeks ago we had a visit from Ann, the post lady, and there are some pictures on the school website. Check them out! Next week we will be playing in “The Vets”.
CAT4:
The CAT4, an online cognitive ability test was administered to all pupils in 4th class recently. This is a very comprehensive test of students’ developed abilities that determine attainment. The test helps us, as teachers, to ensure that all students can learn effectively and maximise potential. If you would like to discuss your child’s profile, please make an appointment with the class teacher.
STAY SAFE:
All classes have been implementing the new version of Stay Safe since Christmas. SPHE is a vital component of our school curriculum and the Stay Safe programme aims to protect our young people from dangerous situations. Its content is available online www.staysafe.ie. Please note you must inform the class teacher every year if you wish to withdraw from any parts of SPHE. The SPHE Policy is available on school blog.
S.E.N.:
A new model of allocating Special Education Teachers to schools was introduced recently and is described in Circular 13/2017. Pupils can be supported by three levels of support:
• Level 1: Class room support provided by the Class Teacher.
• Level 2: School Support provided by the Class Teacher and Support Teacher based on identifying needs (previously known as Learning Support).
• Level 3: School Support Plus provided by the Class Teacher and the Support Teacher for pupils with more complex needs (previously known as Resource).
We are transitioning to this new model and it will be fully implemented in September 2018.
S.S.E.:
The process of School Self Evaluation is continuing with the area of focus on S.P.H.E. and well being in our school.
SCHOOL TRANSITION:
It is that time of year again when our 6th class pupils are contemplating their transition to secondary school. To facilitate a smooth transition we work closely with the colleges and as part of that process we ask the parents of these children to fill out and return their child’s Pupil Passport.
THE LEARNING PLAZA:
Funding has been secured from The Department of Education & Skills to provide new custom made workstations for the children in Plaza 2. P.T.O.

NOTICE FROM MARKIEVICZ HOUSE:
We have been asked by the HSE to inform parents / guardians that the School Nurse Health Clinic (previously called the Drop in Clinic) at Markievicz House will be by appointment only. Phone Pauline Feely @ 071 9155100 ext. 5442 between 10.00am – 1.00pm.
GRANDPARENTS’ DAY:
On Thursday 1st February, 2nd class were delighted and excited to welcome so many grandparents and parents to our school to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Fr. Pat led us in prayer and we gave thanks for our lovely families and special visitors. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat. We hope Grandparents like their portraits on the wall!!
IRISH HERITAGE COUNCIL:
On 21st February 2018, 5th & 6th classes attended a workshop presented by the very informative Aidan Dockery to commemorate the centenary anniversary of World War 1.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Oliwia, Bethany, Lexie Leigh, Morena, Weronika, Jayden, Kayley, Megan, Trecia, Callum, Aibhe and Andrea who were all winners in Feis Ceoil 2018 Visual Arts competition. Well done! We are very proud of everyone who entered.
SPORT:
G.A.A.: Ross Donovan (Sligo Senior Gaelic Player) continues to work with our senior classes every Friday. This is a great opportunity for the children to not only work on and perfect their gaelic skills but also to enjoy a huge variety of fun games.
GAA Amigo Skills: Our school will have 4 boys and 4 girls taking part in this gaelic skills competition on March 2nd in Summerhill College. This takes place every year and attracts schools from all over the county. We wish our two teams the best of luck.
Table Quiz: Cumann na mBunscol had their annual Table Quiz in the Teeling Centre last night. It was great fun with questions on every topic. We had 2 teams from our senior classes taking part. Well done to them.
Games: Liam Óg Ó’Gormley, our gaelic games co-ordinator has organised a games session for some of our middle classes. This will take place every Wednesday for 5 weeks in the Mercy College gym – another great opportunity for our children.
Basketball: 3rd & 4th Classes (over 100 children) took part in a fun Basketball Jamboree day in January in the Mercy Gym. This was organised and refereed by some of the top Sligo All stars basketball players. The children were split into 5–a-side teams and played continuously for the full morning. This was a very enjoyable and valuable experience for our children – hopefully some will continue with this great sport
HSCL (HOME SCHOOL COMMUNITY LIAISON), CONTACT PERSON: ANDREA BOURKE: 085 1583953
Thanks to those parents who participated in our Health & Wellbeing course. They all received a certificate in Paediatric First Aid. Well done!! There are many parenting courses available in the community. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all courses. Yoga Classes for parents are starting shortly. Please contact Andrea Bourke on 085 1583953 to book a place.
PARENTS’ PARTNERSHIP:
There was a Parents’ Partnership meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 27th February in the HSCL room. Please let us know if you are available to help out with events throughout the school year such as Communion and Confirmation parties etc.
EASTER FOOD COLLECTION:
We will be starting our annual food collection for the homeless in Sligo in the coming weeks. We will collect tinned food, cereals, rice, pasta, biscuits etc. A note will be sent home closer to the time.
FRANCISCAN FRIARS:
Franciscan priests and brothers from Moyross in Limerick visited our classes recently. They were holding a Mission in St. Annes. The children enjoyed learning about their work.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

STAFF TRAINING
SCHOOL CLOSES @ 12.30PM
WEDNESDAY NEXT 7TH MARCH 2018
FIRST PENANCE
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
TUESDAY 13th MARCH 2018 @ 7.00PM.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 19TH MARCH IN LIEU OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
EASTER HOLIDAYS
School closes at 12.00 noon on Fri .23rd March
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 26TH MARCH TO FRIDAY 6TH APRIL 2018 (inclusive). REOPENS AS NORMAL MONDAY MORNING 9TH APRIL 2018.
TEACHERS IN SERVICE DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2018
CONFIRMATION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FRIDAY 4TH MAY 2018 @ 11.00am.
FIRST COMMUNION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018 @ 11.30am.

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NEWS INFORMATION : THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2017

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL:
Dear Parent / Guardian
I hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to Christmas. As the term draws to a close, I commend staff and children on the hard work done over the past few months. A great deal of extra curricular activities have also taken place, all of which is enjoyed by everyone. It is a very exciting time in Our Lady of Mercy with Santa sleighing in on Friday, magical Christmas shows and plays running all next week. I hope you enjoy reading about the events and activities of the term as much as we have enjoyed doing them. I wish all of you a Happy Christmas and every blessing in the New Year.
Marguerite Stenson
Principal.
CAKE SALE / RAFFLE TOMORROW:
We are looking forward to welcoming Santa to the cake sale and raffle tomorrow. Please ensure that all raffle cards are returned full or empty. All cakes/buns etc. can be dropped into the school in the morning. Please give your child approximately €3 to buy goodies and partake in the fun activities.
CHRISTMAS PLAYS TIMETABLE:
Christmas plays will take place during the week beginning 18th December.
Junior Infants: Tuesday 19th December 11.40am (A Wriggly Nativity) 1st Class: Monday 18th December 11.00 (Christmas Recipe). 2nd Class: Tuesday 19th December 1.00am (Christmas Around the World). 3rd Class: Thursday 21st 1.00pm (When Toys Come Alive). 4th Class: Wednesday 20th 11.00am (Big Bad Ben of Bethlehem). 5th Class: Monday 18th 1.00pm (Lip Sync Christmas). 6th Class: Wednesday 20th December 1.00pm (Christmas is Banned). Senior Infants will be singing Christmas Carols in the Avalon Centre @ 11.30am Thursday 21st December.
FOOD DUDES:
We recently participated in the Food Dude Healthy Eating programme. Children in all classes were super at trying out fruit and vegetables that they had not eaten before. Feel free to send in various different fruit and vegetables in your child’s new specially labelled lunch box.
FRIENDSHIP WEEK:
Friendship Week was a great success. Children wore odd socks to show that we celebrate difference, wrote sorry notes to build bridges, were caught caring and were complimented on such a nice trait. Catch your child caring at home and let them know you see it – watch their delight in receiving positive attention. Remember we are a telling school. If you or your child suspect bullying is happening, please let us know by phone, letter or in person. We need to know so we can restore harmony. A definition of bullying states it must be “repeated, hurtful and deliberate” for 1st class upwards. In infants it must be “on purpose, happen more that once and be hurtful”. Your child knows how to be an Upstander – a superhero who does not allow bullying to happen.
CHOIR:
On December 1st, our Choir sang brilliantly for the 2017 Quayside Shopping Centre Christmas Activation. They were joined by Santa himself for a few numbers. Today they entertained the residents of Mowlam Nursing Home, Ballytivnan with carols to bring them some festive cheer. Each child made a Christmas card for the residents to show them the true meaning of Christmas joy.
SCÓR:
Six pupils from our school performed in Scór na bPáistí Shligigh on Sunday, November 12th. This competition is a celebration of Irish Culture. Barry McNamara, Julie Farrell, Hollie McAndrew, Callum Healy, Ceoladh McLoughlin and Emily Hession played together on the tin whistle and scored very highly. Well done to all!
JUNIOR INFANTS AISTEAR:NEW
Junior Infants have been very busy playing in the Post Office during our Aistear hour over the past few weeks. We have been learning how to write a letter, fold it, put it in an envelope and buy a stamp to post it. We will also be walking to the Post Office down town to post our own letters. It has been great fun.
SCIENCE WEEK 2017:
Well done to 3 super Scientists from 5th Class – Jean Van Aswegan, Alex Boggarapu and Monica Chen. They represented our school at the Sligo I.T. Science Festival and entertained everyone with their fantastic experiments.
Ms. Sherry’s 4th class and Ms. Gilligan’s 6th class took part in a live on-line chat with four scientists to discuss the science behind food.
Many thanks to Dr. Stephen Daly from Sligo I.T. who wowed the children and teachers in Ms. Donohoe’s and Ms. McNamara’s 2nd classes with his fascinating and sometimes explosive experiments. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant show and hopefully it inspired some of the children to try out experiments at home.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION:
If your child requires medication (e.g. Inhaler / Epipen / Anapen) in school parents must request the Administration of Medication Policy and Forms from the class teacher. These need to be filled in and returned to the school as soon as possible. Please note that parent / guardians must attend to administer antibiotics during the school day if required. All children who have been prescribed an epipen must have it in school EVERYDAY.
MIDDLETON CENTRE FOR AUTISM:
Congratulations to seven of our Special Needs Assistants who recently completed five evenings of training with the Staff of Middleton – the National Centre of excellence for Autism.
TEAM HOPE SHOE BOXES:
174 filled “Shoeboxes” from our school are making their way to deserving children the world over. A grateful thank you to all who spread Christmas joy in any way.
BREAKFAST CLUB:
Breakfast Club will resume on the morning of 8th January 2018.
HOMEWORK CLUB:
No Homework Club next week. Homework Club will resume week beginning 8th January 2018. .
H.S.C.L. Contact person: Andrea Bourke – 085 1583953.
Parents’ Partnership has been extremely busy organising Friday’s fun event. A cake sale, raffle and a visit from the man himself. Please make a special effort to donate some buns etc, to make sure no child misses out. Funds raised go directly to the children’s activities. Thanks to all involved for their hard work.
Parent Courses: Parents have been engaging in Art & Craft, and Zumba classes. Thank to Kasie Kozak who worked hard with us to make fantastic jewellery boxes. There will be a Health & Wellbeing course which will include Paediatric First Aid beginning in January. Keep an eye on Facebook and look out for notes in your child’s schoolbag.
Please feel free to contact H.S.C.L. co-ordinator Andrea Bourke on 085 1583953 should you have any query re our courses or services. The Parents’ Room is open everyday from 8.50am – 9.30am. for you to drop in and coffee mornings are every Tuesday. Come in and discuss any issues with like minded parents. We are all in this together.
Appreciation: A huge thank you to Edward Harte for his commitment to The Parents Partnership over the past four years. Edward introduced fantastic activities and raised funds for amazing resources which all our children enjoy. Thanks to Syvien Murrin who acted as Secretary. Good luck to Catherine Hannon who has been appointed Chairperson of the Parents’ Partnership and Sinead Kenny who has been appointed Secretary.
SPORT:
G.A.A. Amigo Skills: Some children will be competing in this competition where the focus is totally on gaelic skills – speed and accuracy. Good luck to them.
Gaelic Coach: Ross O’Donovan continues to coach many of our senior classes working on gaelic skills and fun activities which help improve their skills.
Soccer: Well done to our 3rd & 4th class boys and girls who took part in the 5-a-Side FAI Fustal Soccer competition which took place in the I.T. It took place over 2 days and the children had the opportunity to play against many other teams from Sligo.
Basketball:
Over 30 children from 5th & 6 class took part in a fun Basketball Blitz day in the Mercy College. Many top coaches from the All Stars were there to coach and referee and organise the games. Everyone had a great time.
Try-a-tri:
A record number of children took part in this fantastic event this year. It took place as usual in The Sports Complex and around Doorly Park. The children swam, cycled and ran. A huge achievement for all who took part.
LATE LATE TOY SHOW:
Congratulations to Cara Harnesse and Grace McMorrow who performed in “The Late Late Toy Show”.
RETIREMENT:
Best wishes and congratulations to Marianne Fahy who will be retiring on Friday 22nd December. A huge thank you to her from all in the school for her fantastic commitment to the Mercy Primary School over her career. She will be missed by all. Everyone extends best wishes to Marianne on her retirement.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSES
@ 12.00 NOON
FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 AND REOPENS ON MONDAY 8TH JANUARY 2018 AT NORMAL TIME.
MID-TERM BREAK
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 12TH FEBRUARY TO FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2018
RE-OPENS MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2018.
FIRST CONFESSION

TUESDAY 13TH MARCH 2018 @ 7.00PM IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 19TH MARCH 2018 IN LIEU OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
EASTER HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 26TH MARCH TO FRIDAY 6TH APRIL. REOPENS AT NORMAL TIME ON MONDAY 9TH APRIL 2018
STAFF TRAINING DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2018
CONFIRMATION

FRIDAY 4TH MAY 2018 @ 11.00AM IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FIRST COMMUNION

SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018 @ 11.30AM ST. ANNE’S CHURCH

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OUR LADY OF MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL, PEARSE ROAD, SLIGO

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : THURSDAY 26th OCTOBER 2017

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE:
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are mid-way through our first term and as you can see we have hit the ground running! It is great to see all the children settled and working so hard. We have many highlights to celebrate this term including Athletic success, Green School Activities, Music Generation and Mercy Day. The school was thrilled to receive a beautiful “Buddy Bench” from our local Sligo Men’s Shed Group. A big thank you to all volunteers who crafted the bench. We are officially Sligo’s Tidiest School as we recently won this prestigious award from “The Tidy Towns”. Wishing you all a happy and safe Halloween and looking forward to the wonderful activities planned for your children.
Marguerite Stenson
SCHOOL OFFICE:
Office opening hours from: 8.15am – 10.00am. 12.00 Noon – 1.00pm . &- 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
The office is closed from: 10.00am – 12.00 Noon. & 1.00pm – 2.00pm.
Please conduct all school business .e.g. visits and phone calls during office opening times only. All visitors to the school must check in at Reception with the Secretary. To ensure the safety of your children, parents/ guardians and visitors are not allowed on school corridors.
BREAKFAST CLUB, HOMEWORK CLUB AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
The above will resume after Halloween.
JUNIOR INFANTS:
Junior Infants have settled in well. Most children are now able to come into the class room all by themselves! Well done boys and girls. We have started Aistear (Learning Through Play) and this month’s theme is the Restaurant. We are learning all about food, table manners, the people who work in the Restaurant and much more.
SCHOOL UNIFORM:
A huge thank you to all the parents who have ensured their children wear the full uniform every day. They look so smart and are a credit to you.
SUPERVISION OF PUPILS:
Supervision of children on the school yard is not provided before 8.50am or after 2.30pm. The Board of Management does not accept responsibility for children left on the yards prior to 8.50 or after 2.30pm. Children are left at their own risk.
MOBILE PHONES / ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Pupils are NOT permitted to have mobile phones / electronic devices e.g. iPod at school or at school events. This is in the interest of the privacy and safety of your child. The mobile phone policy is available to view on the school blog or at Reception.
FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT – ST. ANNE’S CHURCH:
Congratulations to our 2nd classes who were enrolled to make their First Holy Communion next May. The children were invited to the “Do this in Memory Mass” in St. Anne’s Church. The next “Do this in Memory Mass” will be held on Sunday next, 29th October 2017 @ 12.30pm..
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY:
Please remember to send in a written note to the class teacher to explain all absences. Currently every class from 1st – 6th get a sticker if everyone in the class is in school. The classes with the best attendance with receive a class prize at the end of the term.
Infants and Plazas: Children in Infant Classes and in the Plaza will receive individual Certificates of Attendance in recognition of full attendance.
MATHS WEEK:
‘Maths Week’ was last week October 16th – 20th. Classes explored maths in the environment and maths trails around the school grounds. Remember to encourage your children to use their maths eyes because maths are everywhere and take the opportunity to notice maths in the environment. Make your children aware of maths in everyday situations
TEAM HOPE CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL:
It is that time of year again! Last year we sent over 100 boxes to Team Hope. This could be a lovely activity to do with your child over the mid-term break. Boxes will be collected on Friday 10th November 2017.
LIBRARY VISIT
All the children in third class thoroughly enjoyed their recent visit to the Sligo County Library to see author Alan Nolan. Alan talked to the children about his love of reading and encouraged all the children to make use of their local library. They had great fun doing some drawings with the talented illustrator before being treated to a reading from his latest book.
SEAI – ENERGY WORKSHOP:
Many thanks to Lisa McDaniel from SEAI who facilitated a very successful Energy Workshop for children in classes from Senior Infants to 4th class. Ask your child about ways to save energy at home!
WALKING TOUR:
5th & 6th classes participated in a Walking Tour of Sligo provided by Sligo Tourist Office. We learned a great deal of the history of our town, enjoyed the trip very much and gathered loads of information about our local area.
HEALTHY EATING:
We are a “Healthy Eating” school here in The Mercy Primary. Our school lunches are designed to be as healthy as possible. If your child does not get a school lunch please be aware that it is school policy that only healthy snacks should be sent into school. Children who eat good food, low in sugar and fat are less likely to have health issues in the future. Please try to remember that we are a nut free school. So no nutella or peanut butter sandwiches.
SPHE (Social, Personal & Health Education):
Our SPHE & RSE Policies were updated in February 2017 and can be accessed on the school blog or through the office. We are implementing a new revised Stay Safe and Walk Tall programmes this year. All staff have had training. SPHE is a very important part of the curriculum, so please familiarise yourselves with class content.
SEN (Special Education Needs):
A new model for allocating Special Education Teachers to schools was introduced recently by Minister Richard Bruton T.D. The 2017 model is described in Circular 13/2017. Further details will follow.

HEALTH & SAFETY:
(1) Never walk under the raised barrier at the front gate.
(2) Our school and its environs are a dog free zone. Do not enter the grounds with a dog.
SAFETY IN THE MORNING: Please ensure your child goes to their own yard in the morning. There is no facility for them to be in other yards.
PARKING:
We welcome the new road markings clearly outlining the reserved parking spaces for Plaza 1 and Plaza 2. Under no circumstances should parents park in this bay morning or evening. It is strictly prohibited. Reversing at the school gate between 2.25pm and 2.40pm is also forbidden.
TIDY TOWNS AWARDS:
We are delighted to announce Our Lady of Mercy Primary School was awarded 1st prize in the Primary School section of Tidy towns. The prize giving ceremony took place on 10th October in The Sligo Park Hotel. The school proudly collected €200.00 cheque as seen on last weeks Sligo Champion. This prize will be used to further enhance the school environment.
CHOIR:
We have taken a new approach to our Choir rehearsals this year. Choir is now an After School Activity. However, it is free and will continue each Tuesday for the duration of the school year. We are now working on Christmas material which we hope to Showcase at some events in the run-up to the festive season. There are still a few places available in the Choir. If you are interested contact Mrs. Furey for a form.
SUMMER WORKS:
The finishing touches are being applied to our heating and lighting upgrade. What a wonderful difference it has made to our school.
APPOINTMENTS:
As always, if you have any concerns and need to meet any member of staff or the Principal, please make an appointment with Maura in the Secretary’s Office. The numbers are 071 9171364 or 085 8057614. If you request any documentation for Government Departments etc. from the school, please give the office staff one days notice.
MERCY DAY MASS:
We celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mercy on Friday 22nd September. Mercy Day is always a special day in our school. The Infants celebrated with a special prayer service and Mass in the Halla for the rest of the school.
SPORT:
September and October have been very busy months for athletics and sport in general in our school.
SuperValu Athletics:
36 children took part in the “Super Valu” Athletics Fest in the I.T. All our runners did extremely well in their relay races but we are extra proud of our Junior Girls team who came second place in the finals. A great achievement.
Cross Country:
Well done also to our very fit Cross Country Runners who competed in the Sligo Cross Country competition. It was a very enjoyable day for all the athletes even in the very wet and mucky conditions.
Gaelic:
Ross O’Donovan, from Sligo Gaelic Team, will be coming back again after the mid-term break to work with the middle and senior classes. The children always benefit greatly from his expertise and skill.
Soccer:
Two teams from 3rd & 4th class will be taking part in this year’s FAI 5-a-side – Futsal Soccer competition. This will, take place in November.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Cara Harnesse, Grace McMorrow and Fionn McMorrow who performed at the All Ireland dance Championships recently and won the Jazz Group under-14 category. We are very proud of our national champions.
H.S.C.L. NEWS: – CONTACT PERSON MS. ANDREA BOURKE – 085 1583953
Thanks to all the parents who participated in Ag Súgradh le Céile in September and who are working in our polytunnel in the Gardening Club every Wednesday. Our Hallow E’en make-up class was a great success. Thanks to Marly for her creativity. We are starting Zumba classes for parents after mid-term – date to be announced later. Mrs. Bourke is available in the H.S.C.L. Room every morning at 8.50am for any query you may have. Pop in for a coffee!
Homework Club will resume in November. Please contact Mrs. Bourke if you wish to avail of a place in the Homework Club which runs from Monday to Wednesday 2.30pm – 3.30pm and is for children from 3rd to 6th classes only.
PARENTS’ PARTNERSHIP:
The Hallow E’een discos were a great success and a huge thank you to all the parents who have organised this and helped in any way. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. We will be holding an AGM in November and will look forward to new volunteers (but not to lose the long standing ones either).
HOLIDAYS:
Parents are strongly advised not to take their children on holiday during school time. It causes major disruption to your child’s education.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations and best wishes to Yolande Flynn & Tony Kilbane who are getting married on Saturday. We wish them well in the future.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

MID TERM BREAK

SCHOOL CLOSING
AT 1.30pm & 2.30pm AS NORMAL.
SCHOOL CLOSES FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER 2017 AND REOPENS ON MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2017 AT 8.50AM.

PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS
APPOINTMENT TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED.
WEDNESDAY 22nd & Thursday 23rd NOVEMBER 2017 SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1.30PM. FOR ALL STUDENTS.
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSING AT 12.00 NOON
FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 AND REOPENS MONDAY 8TH JANUARY 2018.
IN SERVICE DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2018.
CONFIRMATION

FRIDAY 4TH MAY 2018. IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH.
1ST COMMUNION

SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018. IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH

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OUR LADY OF MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL, PEARSE ROAD, SLIGO

SEPTEMBER 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian
It’s that time of year again and we are delighted to be starting a new school year. We hope that it will be a very rewarding and educationally productive year for your child. We are returning to a newer, brighter and warmer school due to the extensive works over the summer. For your information I would ask you to read the following points very carefully as they will answer any queries you might have.
A special welcome to all our new children in both Junior Infants and other classes throughout the school who are joining us.
Looking forward to a wonderful year.
Marguerite Stenson.
(1)​STARTING BACK:
Junior Infants only will finish at 12 noon each day up to and including Friday September 8th. From Monday 11th September they will finish at the normal time of 1.30 pm.
All other classes will finish at 1.30 (Senior Infants) and 2.30pm (1st class – 6th class).
(2)​ARRIVING & DEPARTING SCHOOL:
At 8.50am please drop your child to their class line where they will be collected and escorted to class by their teacher. The children are not supervised prior to this time. Children may not access the school through the front door. At home time your child will leave the school via their exit door from where you may collect them. Please ensure you collect your child on time from school everyday as there is no supervision of children after school closing time. The Board of Management does not accept responsibility for children on the premises outside school hours.
(3|)​SCHOOL CORRIDORS:
School Corridors are restricted for use by children and staff only. If parents wish to enter the school, please do so through the main front door only and check in at reception. Entry via any other door morning or evening is prohibited for Child Protection & Health & Safety reasons.
Please check in at Reception to access H.S.C.L. Room or alternatively, entry is via door on Yard 5 (beside back gate) 8.50am – 9.00am or H.S.C.L. door beside Corridor 6. Please understand that these plans are being put in place in the interest of the safety of your child.
(4) SCHOOL PARKING:
1. Pearse Road:
Please ensure that you do not park morning or evening in the designated bus bay which is allocated to the buses or taxis dropping off and collecting children from the Plaza. Do not put our children at risk by parking in their spaces.
2. Mercy College:
If you are using Mercy College to park in while dropping off or picking up your child, please show your appreciation to the Secondary School by observing the following:
❖ Never park on the yellow lines outside or inside the gate. This impedes the view of staff exiting their car park.
❖ Do not block the entrance to the college.
❖ Always park your car where it is safe to do so away from incoming and exiting traffic. Never park anywhere near the centre of the roundabout.
(5)​SCHOOL SHOP:
The Shop will open in Reception from Friday 1st September and for the first two weeks in September between 8.50 am and 9.10 am. Home Work Journals (€3 each) classes 1st – 6th Library Bag (€5) are available. Nothing else available in the shop.
(6)​BOOK RENTAL SCHEME:
We are delighted to be able to offer this scheme. It reduces the cost to you of school books by almost 70%. If you wish your child to avail of book rental please ensure they return the blue rental form and money (as per book list).
Art & Craft / Photocopying charges have been included in the required fee. Please pay directly to your child’s class teacher by Friday 8th September 2017.
(7)​FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM TO BE WORN:
We expect to see every child wearing the full uniform from day one. Please see pink letter sent to you in June regarding this. We would really appreciate if you could send any unwanted school jumpers and tracksuit tops into the school.
(8)​P.E. TRACKSUIT TOP (GREY) WITH OUR SCHOOL LOGO:
This can be bought in Jako Sports, Moffitts or Kool Kids. A blue / navy polo T-shirt to be worn underneath this and any plain navy tracksuit bottoms with runners or trainers. P.E. tracksuit to be worn on P.E. day only. Navy tracksuit bottoms on P.E. day only. Navy trousers / skirt on every other day. We would really appreciate if you could send any unwanted tracksuits into the school.
(9)​HEALTHY LUNCH POLICY:
Healthy lunches are available to all children from Carambola. Any new children who have not returned their lunch forms to the school, please bring lunch until Carambola receive your order. Any further information regarding this scheme please contact Mrs. Andrea Bourke, H.S.C.L. Teacher @ 085 1583953. P.T.O
(10)​APPOINTMENTS:
If you wish to meet your child’s teacher or The Principal, you are welcome to do so by making an appointment through Maura in the front office – Tel. 071 9171364.
(11)​BREAKFAST CLUB / HOMEWORK CLUB / AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
The above clubs will not be operating for September due to the ongoing works in the school. Notification will be sent to you when they resume.
(12) ​NUT-FREE ZONE:
Due to a number of children having nut allergies, Our Lady of Mercy has been designated a nut-free zone. Please ensure your child does not bring nuts or any food containing nuts to school. We appreciate your co-operation.
(13)​PARENTS’ PARTNERSHIP:
We look forward to welcoming you all to our Parents’ Partnership Annual General Meeting which will be held shortly. Please support this dynamic group who do so much to enhance the school community.
(14)​H.S.C.L.:
Mrs. Andrea Bourke has been appointed H.S.C.L. Teacher. Andrea may be contacted on 085 1583953.
(15)​LOLLIPOP MAN – PEARSE ROAD:
We are delighted to welcome a new Lollipop Man on Pearse Road. A big thank you to Sligo County Council.
(16)​COMPUTER ROOM:
Thanks to additional funding from The Department of Education, we have been able to totally refurbish our Computer Room with brand new top of the range computers. All children will get an opportunity to avail of this marvellous facility throughout the year.
(17)​PUPIL INSURANCE:
We have received a notification from Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance that the company will not pay any benefits in respect of Accidental Bodily Injury arising from taking part in (a) quadbike riding or racing, (b) motorbike riding, (c) snow boarding, (d) boxing, mixed martial arts and/or any martial art involving combat with an opponent unless it is in connection with School Activities.
(18)​SUMMER WORKS:
The school has been very lucky to have been selected as just one of five schools nationwide for a major refurbishment. A new gas heating system, radiators, insulation, lights and doors have been installed. Corridor 6 has been given a facelift!!!. We look forward to enjoying our new update.

(19)​WEDDINGS:
Congratulations to Sandra Kelly (nee McNulty) and Keith Kelly also to Niamh Middleton (nee McGettrick) and Alan Middleton who got married recently. We wish them every happiness in the future.
(20) ​WELCOME:
Welcome to Lorraine Carty, Arlene Thompson and Carole Doyle who have joined the teaching staff.

We wish everybody in Our Lady of Mercy Primary School community all the best for the academic year 2017 / 2018

Let’s go forward and work together now as we begin another school year and make it the best year ever.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

MID TERM BREAK

SCHOOL CLOSED FROM MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2017 TO FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2017 (INCLUSIVE.) REOPENS ON MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2017 AT 8.50AM.
PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS.

WEDNESDAY 22ND & THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2017.
(Parents will be notified of exact time & date of meeting at a later date).
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 22ND 2017 @ 12.00 Noon
SCHOOL WILLCLOSE FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 AND RE-OPENS ON MONDAY 8TH JANUARY 2018 AT THE NORMAL TIME OF 8.50AM.

ATTACHED: RECORDS UPDATE (GREEN PAGE), PUPIL PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE FORM (BLUE PAGE). PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORMS TO CLASS TEACHER BY FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2017.

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : MONDAY 26th JUNE 2017

Principal’s Message.
As the school year draws to a close, I would like to thank you for the huge support you have given to the staff and I all year. There have been many highlights this year including Sports Day, Football, Plays, Concerts, Church Ceremonies, Competitions, Gardening and achieving our 8th Green Flag. I would like to wish our 6th class pupils every success as they embark on their secondary education. They have been a wonderful group and I am certain they will be great ambassadors for our school.
I hope you have a lovely summer and enjoy the holidays. See you all in September.
_________________
Marguerite Stenson
Principal
IN MEMORY OF PAULA:
The Board of Management, Staff & Children of the school are delighted to be associated with the beautiful bench erected in front of the The Cranmore Resource House in memory of our friend Paula Gorman. Mrs. Stenson attended the unveiling of the bench recently. We hope it will serve as a touching memory of Paula in our community.
END OF YEAR REPORTS:
These were posted to your homes recently along with Book Lists, Holiday List, Uniform Letter and Book Rental Form for the year 2017/2018. Book Lists are available on school blog (www.mercypssligo.scoilnet.ie). We would appreciate if parents would not post their child’s report on Facebook as they are private and confidential.
FACEBOOK:
The Board of Management request that parents would not post comments re school staff on Facebook.
GRADUATION MASS (2016-2017):
This takes place Tuesday 27th June @ 12.00 noon in the Halla. We look forward to this wonderful ceremony which marks a significant milestone in your child’s education.
MUSIC GENERATION CONCERT & TIN WHISTLE CONCERT:
Music Generation Concert:
Well done to our 6th Class pupils who participated in the Annual Music Generation Sligo Concert at the beginning of the month, hosted here in Mercy Primary. They have been learning the violin since September with their tutor Giulia and were able to play “One in a Million” together with children from three other schools who had been learning the recorder, the keyboard and the guitar. Thank you to Music Generation Sligo and Cranmore Regeneration for this fabulous opportunity for the children.
Tin Whistle Concert:
This took place on Friday last 23rd June in the Halla, under the direction of Seamus McCormack. Parents of 2nd, 3rd and 4th class children enjoyed the treat.
ATTENDANCE AWARDS:
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who will receive medals and certificates for excellent attendance throughout the year.
BOOKS & UNIFORMS:
As the end of year approaches, I would be most grateful for donations of school books and uniforms. School books in mint condition will help to extend our book rental scheme. Uniforms in good condition are most welcome and required here on a daily basis. Please leave unwanted books and uniforms into HSCL Room or Reception.
POLYTUNNEL NEWS:
A big thank you to Neil and Azad who work in Homebase for kindly donating compost and seeds for our garden project as featured in last week’s Sligo Champion.
COMPUTER ROOM:
Sixteen new desktop computers were purchased for the Computer Room. We will all look forward to using them in September. Useful website for parents regarding internet safety – webwise.ie
Websites for summer computer activities: There are links for English, Maths, Science, Geography and History on the home page of the school blog. (www.mercypssligo.scoilnet.ie). Children could try out these websites on rainy days over the summer.
P.T.O
CENTENARY OF FATIMA (1917-2017):
On May 13th 1917 Our Lady appeared to three children at Fatima in Portugal. Corridor 6 in our school was formerly a boys’ school and was called Scoil Fatima. The statue of Fatima situated at the front of the school is a treasured reminder to us of that apparition. On Friday May 12th this year, the day before the 100 year anniversary, our pupils gathered at the statue for a moving remembrance ceremony.
HEAT & LIGHT CONTRIBUTION:
On behalf of The Board of Management, we would like to express our thanks to all of you who have supported our appeal for funding for the provision of heat and light. We also ask those who have not yet contributed to do so please. We in Our Lady of Mercy always aim to have pleasant, warm and comfortable conditions for your children.
SPORT:
A huge amount of sport has happened this term.
Gaelic: Well done to the boys and girls Gaelic teams who played so well in their Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic matches. They showed great team spirit and did us very proud.
3rd & 4th Classes took part in a Hurling & Football Blitz in Scarden. This was a very well organised and enjoyable event run by coaches from the I.T.
Sports Day: It was a great fun filled day and the children had a fantastic time. Well done to all the boys and girls who were so well behaved and a huge thank you to all who helped organise this great fun day.
A special congratulations to the students in Learning Plaza 1 & 2 who participated at a very successful Sports Day in the Sports Complex. Well done.
GREEN-SCHOOL FLAG:
For the past two years, our school has been working on the theme of Energy in our Green-Schools Programme. On the 11th May, we were awarded our 8th Green Flag for our work on the programme. Two members of the Green-School committee, Layla Nibbs and Thomas Bell collected the flag with Mrs. Stenson and Ms. Donohoe. Well done everyone!
SUMMER UPGRADES!
During the holidays building contractors will replace the current boilers, insulate heating pipes, upgrade lighting system as well as other energy efficiency upgrades. This is part of the School Energy Efficiency Upgrade Pilot Programme which we were selected to be part of. This upgrade is 100% funded by Department of Education & Skills & S.E.A.I.
MEASLES INFECTION IN EUROPE:
There is currently a Measles outbreak in Europe and the World Health Organisation recommended that anybody who is not vaccinated / protected should contact their doctor and receive an MMR vaccine before travelling to any of the European countries that are affected by the current Measles outbreak. The latest information on the current outbreak is available at http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/measles/epidemiological_data/Pages/measles_surveillance_reports.aspX
H.S.C.L.: Ms. Lewis H.S.C.L. Teacher – 085 1583953
A big thank you to all the parents for their participation and support this year. We have been very busy with classes and activities such as Kidstalk, Maths for Fun, English Language and Yoga.
There will be a coffee morning in the Parents’ Room on Friday September 1st. We will be welcoming our New Junior Infant Parents and all other parents. Wishing you all a very happy Summer.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Sandra McNulty & Niamh McGettrick on their summer weddings.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
We wish to acknowledge the donation made from the Harte Family to the Learning Plaza. This was in memory of Sonny and Seán who died tragically recently. Klara Harte (in 3rd Class) and her great uncle Basil, presented it on behalf of the Harte family. The money will be used in The Plaza to enhance the educational experience of the children. May Sonny & Seán rest in peace.
CONDOLENCES:
We express our sincere condolences to the family of Margaret Murray (R.I.P.) former teacher in the Mercy Primary for over 40 years and to Lisa Noone on the death of her mother Sheila.

DATES TO REMEMBER.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSES
FRIDAY 30TH JUNE 2017 @ 12.00 noon
SCHOOL REOPENS
8.50 AM
FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2017.

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : THURSDAY 6TH APRIL 2017
Message from Principal,

We are at the end of our second term and as you can see it has been a very busy time here in Our Lady of Mercy. Children have been engaged in wonderful activities involving, Feis, Sport and Gardening. I would like to send you all best wishes for an enjoyable Easter break.

Marguerite Stenson.
EASTER HOLIDAYS:
Please note school closes at 12.00 Noon tomorrow Friday for the Easter Holidays. All children can wear their own clothes on this day.
SCHOOL CLOSURE:
The Department of Education & Skills are introducing a new Language Programme to all Primary Schools. Teachers will receive training for this programme on Wednesday 3rd May. The school will be closed on this date.
ENROLMENT:
In line with recent years we have had another huge enrolment for Junior Infants which is indicative of the high esteem the school is held in. We hope the new pupils and their parents enjoyed their visit to the school and look forward to meeting them again in the coming months.
PARKING – ROAD SAFETY:
The bay area in front of the school is not a parking or “set-down” area. It is reserved solely for the use of the taxis and buses for the children in The Autism classes. Please respect our children’s safety by observing this rule.
FIRST CONFESSION:
First Confession for 2nd classes took place in St. Annes Church on 23rd March @ 7.00pm. We ask you to especially remember these children and their families in your prayers at this very significant time in their lives. Thank you to Ms. Flynn & Ms. Rolston and the S.N.As. for preparing the children so well.
CEREMONY OF LIGHT:
The Confirmation candidates participated in the Ceremony of Light Service in St. Anne’s Church last night. They were joined by their parents, family members and sponsors. Well done to all who took part and a special word of thanks to Fr. Steve for the beautiful service.
SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE – FEIS:
A successful Seachtain na Gaeilge was held in our school. Thank you to Ms. McGettrick for providing Irish dancing classes and to Mr. Connolly for Gaelic training sessions. Comhghairdeas to all our winners especially our Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine Andrea Lee Andal (Mr. O’Hara’s class) and Róisín Van Aswegen (Ms. Flynn’s class).
AISTEAR:
The Senior Infants have been very busy in their Veterinary Surgery this term. Ms. Murphy’s class will be visiting the Well Pet Hospital to meet Darren the Vet and see him at work.
ENGINEERS WEEK: (There are lots of budding engineers in Our Lady of Mercy!!!).
Many classes took part during Engineers Week in March. Classes attended an Engineering Show in Sligo I.T. Some participated in a live online chat with an engineer based in Dublin and other classes carried out engineering activities in their classrooms. There was some great planning, designing and building which can be seen on the school blog.
FEIS SHLIGIGH & FEIS CEOIL:
The Tin Whistle band from 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes performed in Feis Shligigh last Sunday. They played 2 lovely tunes called Out in the Ocean and The Kerry Polka. They played the tunes beautifully and were delighted to receive 1st place. They all received a medal and a shield that will be displayed in Reception. Thanks to Seamus McCormack for teaching them tin-whistle every Monday. Well done to all.
Congratulations to Bobby Armstrong, Lexie-Leigh Regan, Angelo Jimenez, Grace Tiernan & Grace McMorrow who all received medals at the recent prize giving ceremony of Feis Ceoil Art competition.
CHOIR:
Members of the choir are tuning up for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion. We began our rehearsals this week in preparation for our accompaniment at Confirmation and we are looking forward to as many children as possible joining us for Communion also.
Community Games Choir: 20 Children have put their names forward for the Community Games Choir. Rehearsals for this will begin after Easter, after school time. Keep an eye out for notes in the school bag regarding this.
POLYTUNNEL:
It has arrived! We are delighted to welcome a new addition to our school grounds. It is fantastic to see children beavering away and improving their gardening skills in our brand new polytunnel.
P.T.O..

CHESS TOURNAMENT:
Good Luck to the children in 6th class who are taking part in a major Chess Tournament in The Clayton Hotel on Friday.

SPORT:
Table Quiz:

Children from 6th class participated in the annual Cumann na mBunscol table quiz in Collooney on February 28th. Well done to Callum, Cameron, Failenn, Áine, Faye, Trinity, Elijah and Erin.
5- a-Side:
On the 29th March boys and girls from 4th, 5th & 6th Classes took part in a 5-a-Side Soccer Blitz held in the Showgrounds. Both teams played four matches and did very well.
Cumann na mBunscol::
Dylan Streete and Failenn McLoughlin represented our school in the Cumann na mBunscol placekicking competition recently. They were both placed 4th in the county and displayed huge skill and accuracy with their scoring.

After Easter we are lucky to have Darragh Healy from Sligo Rovers FC to come in to work with 5th & 6th classes to deliver fun football sessions and interactive classroom based sessions on nutrition, racism, SRFC and local football teams. We are really looking forward to the 7 week programme.

HSCL (Home School Community Liaison): Contact Person: Sarah Jane Lewis 085 1583953.
If you are interested in any of the following activities for parents, they are free of charge and you can drop in anytime to attend.
Craft Club: Mondays @ 9am
Coffee Morning: Tuesdays @ 9am
Yoga: Tuesdays @ 9:30am
Gardening in the Polytunnel: Tuesdays @ 11am

Kidstalk took place in Senior Infants & 1st Class, thank you to all the parents who volunteered to take part, the children really enjoyed having you with them in class!

Thank you to the two dads, Paul & Zenebe, who volunteered to move a big load of topsoil into our new polytunnel, your help was much appreciated.

Old Uniforms: Please bring in any unwanted school and PE jumpers to the HSCL Room, we are especially in need of bigger sizes.

NEW ROAD DEVELOPMENT (in front of school):
I would like to draw your attention to a new road that is proposed directly across the road from The Pearse Road entrance to the school. This road will bring increased traffic and disruption to an already busy junction. The Board of Management has concerns around the impact of this new development on your children’s safety. Please bring your concerns to your local T.Ds. and Councillors.

EASTER REFLECTION:
Our Easter Reflection was held yesterday in St. Anne’s Church. It was a wonderful celebration of “giving” in line with the Polish Tradition “Swieconka” of donating food to the needy at Easter.

EASTER FOOD COLLECTIONS:
As part of our Lenten preparations we have collected food that has been donated to a local homeless charity during our Easter Service. Many thanks to all of you who sent in donations.

CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Ms. Yolande Flynn on her recent engagement. Wishing her and Tony well in the future.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

EASTER HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSING @12.00 NOON
TOMORROW FRIDAY 7th APRIL – REOPENING MONDAY 24TH APRIL 2017 AT USUAL TIME 8.50AM
SCHOOL CLOSURE
SCHOOL CLOSED
WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY 2017 FOR STAFF TRAINING IN NEW LANGUAGE PROGRAMME.
CONFIRMATION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FRIDAY 5TH MAY 2017 @ 11.00am.
FIRST COMMUNION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY, 27TH MAY 2017 @ 11.30am.

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH 2017
Message from Principal,

Mercy Primary is buzzing at the moment with all the activities that are taking place. It was wonderful to welcome the Grandparents of the children in second class to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Pollytunnels, Chess, Book Fairs, Quizes etc. are keeping us very busy this term. I hope the children enjoy a much deserved mid-term break and that you enjoy reading all our news.

Marguerite Stenson, Principal.
ENROLMENT:
Enrolment took place in early February. We thank you for spreading the word about the great education your children receive here, as was evident with the numbers who presented to enrol.
SICK CHILDREN:
Please do NOT send your child to school if they are sick. This is in fairness to your own child but also to the other children sharing their classroom. A lot of office time is being used contacting parents to collect their ill child.
CONTACT DETAILS:
It is of high importance to contact the school office if you have changed mobile phone number. The school MUST have an up to date contact number at all times.
STAY SAFE / R.S.E.:
A new Stay Safe Programme has recently been launched and we will be running it in school shortly. Stay Safe is a very important component of SPHE and is a mandatory programme in school. Many thanks to the parents who attended the Parent RSE workshop. Our new RSE policy is now available. Please note that parents can withdraw pupils from sensitive parts of SPHE by informing the class teacher each year.
LOLLIPOP PERSON:
A big thank you to all the parents who contacted politicians regarding the absence of a “Lollipop Person” on Pearse Road. The council have assured us that this position will be filled shortly.
PUNCTUALITY:
We are concerned that there are some children regularly coming to school late. Please ensure your child is in school on time.
HEALTHY EATING:
Sligo Leader is facilitating a Healthy Eating Workshop for children and parents of 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th classes this Thursday & Friday. Parents are welcome to come along to your child’s workshop. The focus will be on healthy snacks and easy to make healthy meals
FRIENDSHIP SQUAD:
Friendship Squad is up and running in Junior and Senior Infant yards. All the boys and girls get a chance to play with lovely equipment. Many thanks to the 4th class pupils for doing such a great job – you are a wonderful example to the smaller children.
GRANDPARENTS’ DAY:
Well done to our Second Classes who hosted our Grandparents’ Celebration Ceremony on 3rd February. The event was filled with warm wishes and song singing, all led entirely by the children. It is, of course, made doubly special by the presence of grandparents and family on the day enjoying a nice cup of tea afterwards.
GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME:
This week is Energy Awareness Week in the Mercy Primary! Energy is the theme of work towards our next Green-Schools Flag. Last week Martina Butler took each class for a workshop on Global Warming. This week we are reminding everyone of what we can do to save energy at home and at school. The week concludes with a Low Energy Day on Friday..
POLYTUNNEL:
We are delighted to announce that a new polytunnel has arrived on the Mercy grounds! This would not be possible without the support from Kevin Egan’s car wash fundraiser (2015) for the Plaza, The Parents’ Partnership Board of Management and Sligo County Council. We appreciate the ongoing support.
BETTER BOX:
This is the pupils’ equivalent of the Lotto! “If you’re not in you can’t win”. The idea is to get your name in the box as many times as you can, Mrs. Stenson draws out names and awards treats to children who are lucky enough to win. So how do you get your name in the box? Well anything from displaying good manners, being kind and helpful, being a good friend, working hard, trying your best, keeping the rules, improving in an area like homework etc. Good luck to all!!
BOOK FAIR:
Our annual Book Fair was held last week and was a huge success raising €3,450. Your generous support of the Book Fair means that we earned commission worth €2,000, which enables the school to acquire books to that value to add to our ever expanding school library. We thank Miss M. Fahy for her efforts last week in organising and running the event, and we thank you the parent body for supporting the Fair. In doing so you are supporting your child’s education.
P.T.O.
CHESS:
Sixth Class have been playing chess with their classmates over the past few weeks. Chess has many benefits for the children who play it, including improving their problem-solving skills. The children visited the Sligo School Project last week to play against children from other schools.
SPORT:
G.A.A.:
GAA Amigo Skills:
Congratulations to the 6th class boys and girls selected to represent our school at the Amigo G.A.A. Skills event in Summerhill College recently. The boys came 2nd and the girls narrowly missed 3rd place.
Table Quiz:
The Cumann na mBunscol Table Quiz will take place again this year in the Teeling Centre on the 28th February. Good luck to our 2 teams.
HSCL (HOME SCHOOL COMMUNITY LIAISON), CONTACT PERSON: SARAH JANE LEWIS 085 1583953
Parents; please feel free to come along and join in any of the following activities / courses. All courses are free of charge unless otherwise stated.
• Mondays: Craft Club @ 9.00am.
• Tuesday: Coffee Morning @ 9.00am. Yoga @ 9.30am.
• Wednesday: English Language lesson @ 9.30am.
• Thursday: Story sacks, creating activities for favourite stories.
• Friday: Drop in @ 9.00am.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT:
The Board of Management has ratified the following policies:
• Assessment Policy and R.S.E. Policy.
Thank you to the parents who had an input in these policies. The policies are available to view at Reception.
CONGRATULATIONS:
• Congratulations to S.N.A. Michelle Gannon on the birth of her baby girl Eve.
• Best wishes to Peggy Hession, Secretary, who recently retired. Wishing Peggy a wonderful retirement.
• Congratulations to Mr. Connolly who played in Sligo’s victory over Tipperary at the weekend in the National Football League. Sligo has made a promising start this year after opening day draw versus Armagh. Good luck to Mr. Connolly for the rest of the season.
WELCOME:
We welcome S.N.A. Michael Harte to the staff.

Please see our new Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Lady of Mercy Primary School is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Elphin.
We are rooted in the ethos and tradition of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy.
We foster an atmosphere where difference is respected and we welcome children of all religions and none.

We are a community for learning where students, parents and staff work together to nurture the academic and life skills which will enable our students to achieve their maximum potential.
This takes place in a happy school environment.

We realise this by providing a challenging and diversified curriculum in a stimulating, inclusive and caring setting.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

MID-TERM BREAK
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 20TH TO FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2017(inclusive). RE-OPENS AS NORMAL MONDAY MORNING 27th FEBRUARY 2017.
FIRST PENANCE
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
23rd MARCH 2017 @ 7.00PM.
EASTER HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12.00 NOON ON 7th APRIL 2017
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 10TH TO FRIDAY 21ST APRIL 2017 (inclusive)
RE-OPENS AS NORMAL MONDAY MORNING 24TH APRIL 2017.
CONFIRMATION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FRIDAY 5TH MAY 2017 @ 11.00am.
FIRST COMMUNION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY 27TH MAY 2017 @ 11.30am.


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