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Nóta 026 – 19/1/24

Service of Enrolment (Rang 3) and Service of Light (Rang 7):    A reminder that both the Service of Enrolment on Monday 5th February at 11.30 a.m. and the Service of Light (Rang 7) on Wednesday 7th February at 11.00 a.m. will both take place in the school.  Parents are very welcome to attend. BAPTISM LINES:   The Chapel has informed us that Baptism Lines are required for your child to make their First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation.  We have some Baptism Lines in the school that were previously handed in but are still awaiting a few more.

Rang 1 – Health Appraisals:   Rang 1 Health Appraisals will take place on Tuesday 6th February.  Forms for this have been sent home with your child.

Swimming:  Rang 6/7 will be going swimming this week. 

Applications for Naíscoil/Primary School:  A reminder that the EA Portal for Applications for pre-school and primary school places for the school year September 2024 is open.  The closing date for online applications is Friday 26th January at 12 noon.

To apply for a pre-school and primary 1 place please go to Education Authority website, ‘Applying for a School Place’ and follow the directions.   If anyone requires help with the portal, please contact the school.

Mid-term Break:  Reminder that the school will close on for mid-term break from Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February 2024.  Normal school day will resume on Monday 19th February 2024.This is a poem that some of our past pupils and current pupils have learned so well and can recite off by heart.

Mid-Term Break    BY SEAMUS HEANEY

I sat all morning in the college sick bay

Counting bells knelling classes to a close.

At two o'clock our neighbours drove me home.

 

In the porch I met my father crying—

He had always taken funerals in his stride—

And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow.

 

The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram

When I came in, and I was embarrassed

By old men standing up to shake my hand

 

And tell me they were 'sorry for my trouble'.

Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest,

Away at school, as my mother held my hand

 

In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.

At ten o'clock the ambulance arrived

With the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses.

 

Next morning I went up into the room. Snowdrops

And candles soothed the bedside; I saw him

For the first time in six weeks. Paler now,

 

Wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple,

He lay in the four-foot box as in his cot.

No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear.

 

A four-foot box, a foot for every year.

Séamas

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