Upper Glanmire N.S.

Letter home 3rd June 2016

3rd June 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope you are well and that you are enjoying the fine weather we are experiencing at the moment. June is a busy time in primary schools as we see out the current school year and are busy planning for the 2016/17 year.

It will be a very exciting year for our school. We will open our first ASD class for children with autism, which will allow a number of children to attend their local primary school in the coming years. We are also moving from 10 to 11 mainstream classrooms and these changes will result in two new teachers in our school.

We have our largest ever number of Junior Infants starting with us in September and this increase has allowed us to start with two classes of Junior Infants for the 2016/17 school year. As a result, children will continue in their current class groupings for the coming school year.

We have been approved to build a permanent extension to the school, allowing for one mainstream class and one ASD class. We have appealed for further funding to build an extra classroom as we will need this in the near future and to avoid further building work within the next few years. We hope to be building by October and have the new classrooms ready as soon as possible. This is all really positive for us and we are very excited about the building and new classrooms, but it does bring a few short term issues.

In relation to space, our yard at the rear of the school is the likely location which will mean we will more than likely have access to one yard during the coming school year. This is easily solved by adapting our timetable much like we already do with our infant break time. While we have been allocated extra teachers, the Department of Education and Skills will not allocate any short term accommodation. This will mean that for the duration of the building work, Mr. O’Sullivan will teach 6th class in a specially adapted classroom located in the school hall. This classroom will be enclosed within the hall and will offer the same facilities and resources as all other classrooms. When the building is complete, the class will then move to their new room.

We have a busy few weeks ahead before the end of the school year. A number of classes will travel on school tours and we will hold a Sports Day for children in the school. We are also holding our first 5K race on Monday 20th June and further information will be published in the coming days.

Along with all these positives, we sadly will be saying farewell to Mrs. Doody after 38 years in our school as she is set to begin a new chapter in her life at the end of this school year. We will have an opportunity in the coming weeks to express our thanks and gratitude for a lifetime of service to our school.

Thank you again for your continued support and we look forward to a busy few weeks ahead!

Kind regards,

Patrick O’Connell