Parents’ Autumn Newsletter 2016

Dear Parents, please find below some dates for your diary for the forthcoming months

Welcome Back

We welcome everyone back to Desertserges National School. We will continue to keep everyone up-to-date with events and activities on our blog. You can also find dates for holidays and school closures on it, to the right hand side. To date we have 28,791 hits on our blog.

We are glad to say that we will continue to maintain our status as a two teacher school


School Bills

Our school bills are going out today, you will find textbooks, copybooks, photocopying, insurance etc on your bills. Any families who purchased uniforms will find them on their bills too. Could we please have them back in by Wednesday 12th October.


Book Magazine

Any pupils/parents wishing to purchase books off the catalogue, please have money and order in by 12th October.


October 10th – 14th  Our Breakfast Week

The school will have a week of breakfasts. Any pupils who come in between 9-9:25am can join us for breakfast. This is a great social time to eat and chat.


Tuesday 11th October  8pm

There will be a Meeting for staff, parents, BOM members and any other interested parties etc

We will have a meeting to make arrangements for our Winter Fayre at the end of November, We would welcome ideas.


Wednesday 26th October

Inservice Day : school closed


Friday 28th October : Halloween Trick or Treat for Temple Street

The pupils can dress up in costumes for the day, if they donate €2 to Temple Street Hospital. We will have a party in the afternoon and food donations for the party would be greatly appreciated. (on the healthy side please). The school then closes from 31st October to 4th November inclusive.


We will be doing the Christmas Shoe boxes this year.

(further information to follow)


2nd Week in November : Parent Teacher Meetings

Some will be held before school starts to facilitate Mr. Murphy our Learning Support Teacher. But most meetings will be after school on one or two afternoons.

Desertserges National School : Summer Newsletter 2016 (part 2)

Monday May 2nd

School Closed : Bank Holiday Monday

Monday 9th May

The bus will be leaving the school at 9:15am for the State Ceremonial Event at Collins Barracks in Ballincollig, uniform and a packed lunch will be needed, this event is for the whole school. (See first summer newsletter for further information)

Tuesday 10th May

The price for this is €5, (1st – 6th classes)

Anthony Garvey, Award-winning speaker, presenter and children’s author will deliver a highly acclaimed public speaking and book reading programme to the pupils over 90 mins.

Staff Meeting : Monday 23rd May,

School closes for the pupils at 2:10pm

School Tour : Tuesday 24th May

Please note, the pupils will NOT need uniform on the day, as they will be in and out of activities and also on the water, but they will need a change of clothes. If the weather looks hot on the day, the pupils may need sunscreen on them before they come to school.

BOM  Meeting  : 31st May 2016 @ 7pm

Friday 3rd June School : In-service Day

School closed for the pupils, Teacher In-service Day

Monday 6th June

School closed : Bank Holiday Monday

Thursday 9th June

Sports Day at Ahiohill Pitch starting at 1pm sharp

BOM  Meeting  : 14th June 2016 @ 7pm

Last Day of School : Tuesday 21st June

School End of Year concert for all family and friends starting at 11am

(school closes at 12noon) , please bring all lunch boxes, bottles, spare clothes, slippers home with you after the concert

Desertserges National School : Summer Newsletter 2016 (part 1)

Exhibition Day 15th March

We would like to thank all those who contributed to making the day a big success. It is something we will all remember for a long time. We had many people who worked behind the scenes before the day. Gathering heirlooms and artefacts from families and friends, helping distribute posters, put up signs, put up poles, collecting precious items from local museums, set up the hall etc. Then on the day we had many people helped out with the food area, the crafts area and our museum.

If you have not recently seen our blog, please check it out  as we have all the photos from our 1916 Exhibition etc  Our Bishop was extremely impressed with our display and wrote about us soon after his visit on social media, “Here I am at Desertserges National School on the banks of the River Bandon, where the children decided to set up a 1916 exhibition…………Top class, I loved chatting with them about it all”.

Thursday 17th March

We would like to say a big thank you to Hannah who represented our school at the Bishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Service.  Hannah delivered a copy of our Proclamation to the cathedral. All the school proclamations were on display to visitors over the Easter season.

Bandon Rugby Club Inter-Schools Tournament

Tuesday 12th at the Rugby Club in Bandon starting at 10am and finishing at 1pm. The older pupils who have been receiving rugby lessons from Ray last term will be competition against other schools in the area. They will need to bring €2 and can hand that into the school Mon or Tues morning. They will need their uniform (with their name on it),a coat and a change of clothes and possibly footwear. They will get food there before they leave to return to school. (This is especially important on Tuesday as there will be nearly 600 children at the tournament)

1916 Talk

Cal McCarthy, recently retired teacher from Ahiohill Primary School, is coming to our school to give us a talk on 1916. History and especially local history is his passion and we are very lucky to have come and visit us. Any adults who wish to join us on the day, are more than welcome. This event is more geared for the older pupils.

Sunday 8th May : Ahiohill Fun Afternoon

Ahiohill are having a fun afternoon with a 1916 theme. They have invited some local schools to participate and we are one of them. If any pupils would like to be part of a presentation from our school please let me know by Wednesday next week.

Monday 9th May

We have been invited to the State Ceremonial Event at Collins Barracks. This Open Day will commence at 10:30am, there will be a Military Equipment Display, Historical Talks, a visit to the Military Museum and a visit to the Old Cork Prison. There is no cost for this event. Uniform will be needed and a packed lunch that is handy to eat. We propose that we leave by bus from the school at 9:15am to give us plenty of time to get to the barracks and we will have to walk a little after that.  This event is for the whole school.

Tuesday 10th May

The price for this is €5, (1st – 6th classes)

Anthony Garvey, Award-winning speaker, presenter and children’s author will deliver a highly acclaimed public speaking and book reading programme to the pupils over 90 mins.

The first 40 minutes of the programme is designed to build confidence in and manage fears of public speaking and presenting.

Anthony will provide the children with a range of tips and tactics from voice projection and vocal variety to using humour and body language to make a successful and persuasive speech or presentation. Children will also be encouraged to interact, ask questions and practice a little impromptu speaking in a safe and encouraging environment. Presenting and public speaking skills are as important as reading, writing, and maths. Students who are articulate and confident, flourish at school and develop in later life into effective public communicators and team workers.

The second 40 minute section involves Anthony reading some extracts from his children’s book, The Dark Green Book of Dreams and the opening chapter of his new children’s book which he will launch on Saturday 4th June 2016 at Listowel Writers Week.  He also explains what the life of an author involves and encourages the children in their reading and writing.

Spelling Bee

We will be having our a Spelling Bee Tournament over the next 5 weeks, each week the pupils will have a list of spellings to do and at the end of the four weeks of lists, they will have all the spellings on the final week. There will be prizes. The spellings will be appropriate to age and ability.



If you know of any families in the area with children of school going age, we are taking pupils for the next academic school year 2016-2017, Perspective families can contact us by phoning us on 023 8847093, email us on  or by calling in to the office to make an appointment to visit.


Spring Newsletter 2016

 Spring Bills : please find enclosed your Spring school bill, this is for photocopying paper, art equipment and paper, extra books and hardback books etc. (Drama which will continue again soon is covered this year by the school)

Senior Room Art Project : Over the next couple of weeks the Senior room will be making their own percussion instruments. We are looking for recyclable items which we can make into instruments i.e. clean plastic tubs, cartons, cardboard tubing, anything you are recycling that you thing could be turned in to an instrument. We would greatly appreciate any items you have at home that could be put to use.

Pancake Day : We will be making pancakes in school on Tuesday 9th, please let us if any child doesn’t eat pancakes or is allergic to pancakes.

Parent and BOM Evening: Wednesday 10th February at 8pm, we invite all parents to join us at the school for an important meeting so we can put ideas together regarding promoting the school and moving forward. Please think about ideas between now and the 10th and bring them with you on the night. We would be very grateful for your time and input on the night, many heads together can mull over ideas and look over the pros and cons. It is important to attend the meeting please.

Half Term : Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February (school closed)

Breakfast Week : 22nd – 26th February, we will be having our second breakfast week (breakfast from 9:00-9:30am)

Easter Egg Hunt : Wednesday 16th , we will have an Easter egg hunt in the afternoon and school will close for everybody at 3:10pm. Please make sure you take all lunch boxes, coats etc. home with you on this afternoon.

Easter Holidays :  (Starts on St. Patrick’s Day) Thursday 17th March – 3rd April (holidays are for nearly 2 and ½ weeks)

School re-opens : on 4th April


Desertserges National School Spring letter 2015

9-13th Feb : This is Friendship Week Amnesty International : Irelands celebration of friendship, solidarity and human rights. We will be exploring friendship in the school, in the community and the wider world. What is a friend? Whyis it important to be a good friend? How can we stand up for others?  The senior room will further the topic by learning about refugees and Human rights. We are also selling bracelets for €2 which can be purchased from the office.  Winnie the Pooh said “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey inside”

9-13th Feb : Engineer Week : The pupils will learn about engineers, what jobs they do. We will look at examples of engineering in the classroom, the school and the locality. This week we will also be doing some electricity experiments. We hope to get an engineer out to visit the school. If not their visit will be later in the year.

 9-13th Feb : Internet Safety Day “My Selfie – Primary Anti-Cyber Bullying : ”My Selfie – Webwise Primary Anti-Cyber Bullying  teaches about bullying on the internet, it gives the children opportunities to empathise with those effected, to understand the emotions behind it and to empower them to take a stand. This very much links in with our Friendship Week. 

Sat 14th Feb : Valentine’s Day

 17th Feb : Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) : We will have pancakes at school. If any pupils have allergies or food intolerances, please let the school know prior to the day.

19th -20th Feb : Half Term : (School closed Thursday and Friday)

Sowing Seeds : Once the days get warmer the pupils will be planting seeds in our vegetable patches. We will have  a selection of vegetables, salads and edible flowers that are designed to fit in with the school timetable. These seeds can be sown and harvested before the summer holidays  and some will be ready for September 2015 but will need very little maintenance over the summer months. We hope to plant beetroot, chard, lettuce, radish, salad, spinach, turnip and edible flowers like Calendula and Nasturtium 

23rd -27th Week of Parent Teacher Meetings : Days and times of meetings will to be sorted out soon

5th March : World Book Day : Over the last 18 years World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading.  There will be book vouchers for the pupils which they can use in participating bookshops and they can also use the vouchers against books in the school book magazines which will be issued shortly.

 Sunday 15th March : Mothering Sunday : Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent.. Mothering Sunday is a celebration of motherhood.

Tuesday 17th March : St Patrick’s Day (School closed) : The pupils will learn about our national saint, Saint Patrick. They will make some crafts/cards etc

27th March : Easter Egg Hunt (school closes for 2 weeks) : The pupils will have an Easter Egg Hunt in the grounds of the school. School finishes for all pupils at 3:10pm

 Chess Classes : The senior pupils are enjoying their chess classes with David. They are learning new skills/tactics and new vocabulary like “a fork”, “a skewer” and “a castle”. They are also learning the value of every piece of chess on the board. He hopes soon to start a mini tournament.

Desertserges National School Autumn Newsletter 2014

Position Vacant on the Board of Management

There is a vacancy on the BOM for a parent rep for the next 6 months, if any parents are interested in joining the BOM please see Mrs Sweeney, if there are more than one interested party we will have a vote among the parents.

School Blog

we have reached over 9,000 hits on our blog. This is a great achievement in 15 months. Very few schools have a blog so it is a great way to promote our school.

News from October

  • Trick or Treat for Temple Street Hospital

Over €50 was raised by the pupils on the day.  Any parents missing tins\plastic containers etc may check in the school kitchen.

News for November

  • Clonakilty Community School Open Night

A representative from Clonakilty Community School visited our school on Thursday and invited any interested families with 5th and 6th class pupils to visit their open night on Thursday 20th November from 5:30pm to 8pm.

  • Art Class Thursday 20th November

We are looking forward to a past parent coming back to the school to give the Senior Room an art class on “drawing what we actually see”.

  • Friday 21st November

On Friday morning, a representative from the Irish Guide Dog Association will give a talk to the pupils.

  • Friday 21st November

On Friday afternoon , Mr David Norwood has very kindly offered to come into the school and gives chess lessons to the Senior Room.

News for December

  • Science Trip to Bandon Grammar School

The pupils from 5th and 6th classes have been invited to a “Discover Science Event” on 2nd December from 12 noon to 1.30pm . The pupils will be travelling to and from this event by bus.  Pupils must wear school uniform on the day.

  • Carol Service – Sunday 14th December in Kinneigh Church

The Service is starting at 11:30am, but pupils are needed there for 11:20am at the latest to get their readings etc Uniform is needed and the pupils will need some money for the collection plate.

(This year there will be no refreshments after the carol service).

VIP There will be practise for this service on Friday 12th December in Kinneigh Church at 12;30pm. The pupils will travel there and back by bus. Pupils are strongly encouraged to bring warm clothing and coats on the day.

  • Christmas Concert

The Christmas School Concert is on Friday19th starting at10:30am.  This is followed by a visit from Santa and Christmas songs before they go home at noon.

  • School re-opens

School re-opens for the new term on Monday 6th January

(Please ensure when school uniform is needed, that both the jumper and t-shirt have the pupils name on them).  


 Parents  Newsletter : Summer 2014

Days to Remember : 

  1. Bank Holiday : Monday 5th May
  2. Teacher Staff Meeting : Monday 26th May ( School closed at 2pm)
  3.  Bank Holiday : Monday 2nd June
  4. Last day of School : Friday June 20th (closing at 12noon)

The school is still open for enrolments for September 2014. If you know of any parents wishing to enrol their child/children in the school could you please ask them to contact the school directly for an enrolment form. They can also get the contact information from the school blog at which has nearly 5,000 hits. We also some brochures in the office for anyone who would like one.

JEP : The pupils had a great time doing JEP this term, culminating with a big presentation on the 3rd April. They raised €363.80 from selling their produce and from donations.

Book Bills : Spring/Summer book bills will be going out at the beginning of next week. We would like these to be paid by Tuesday 13th May.

EFT : Annette Long de Bruin is going to give a talk on EFT.  This is better known as Emotional Freedom Technique. We learn how to remove negative emotions, reduce stress, eliminate pain by tapping certain areas of our body, a bit like acupuncture without the invasiveness of needles. Any parent who wishes their children to attend the talk on Tuesday from 2:30—3pm could you please sign the permission sheet accompanying this newsletter.  This talk is open to parents, relatives, friends etc All are welcome.

Trips/Tours : Tuesday 27th May : The pupils will be having a Science and Geography day with a local heritage expert, Calvin Jones. He is founder and managing editor of Ireland’s leading independent wildlife and nature website His workshops are informative, educational and fun. The pupils will be exploring the wildlife in and around the school and we hope to go on a nature trail  during the day.  The cost per child : €4 ( to be paid by Friday 23rd May). The permission sheet is at the end of this letter.

Trips/Tours : Thursday 29th School Tour : Our school tour this term, is to Millstreet Country Park.  It is the perfect location for educating children on geology, nature and history. It offers the pupils the opportunity to see many endangered and native species of wildlife, plants and trees found in the in diverse habitats alongside herds of red deer. (The cost for this tour is €18 from Infants to 1st class,  €20 from 2nd to 6thThis includes the bus and entry into the park and activities) There will be more information to follow nearer the day. The permission sheet is at the end of this letter.

Sports Day : Our sports day will be held up at Ahiohill GAA Pitch on Thursday 5th June, starting at 1pm promptly.

School Play : Our school play this year is “Aladdin in Trouble”. We will be putting it on at 8pm in Gaggin Hall on Thursday 19th June. Later on this term we will be having a props workshop morning and we will also be looking for about 10 raffle prizes.

Grass Cutting List : Please see accompanying grass cutting list for each family’s fortnight. It would be great to get the grass cut regularly so the pupils can play on the pitch.


Parents  Newsletter : Spring 2014 

Phone : Just to let you know that the internet and phone are now working again (after 3 weeks).

Enrolment : We are now enrolling. If you know of anybody who wishes to enrol their child/children in our school please give them a school brochure (there are still some left in the school) and tell them about our blog which gives a good idea of what we do in school besides the usual school subjects.

The School Blog : Feedback on the blog has been very good and families who especially have relatives abroad can see what their nephews/nieces/ grandchildren are doing in our school. When you look back over the past 8 months it is surprising the wide variety of activities our pupils have been involved in. Our blog has 4.123 hits since we started it at the end of August 2013, that’s 500-600 hits a month.

JEP Presentation Afternoon Thursday 3rd April at 1:30pm : We will be having our Junior Entrepreneur Presentation on Thursday 3rd April with representatives from the JEP Programme coming to see what the children have done. The pupils will talk about the programme in general and about their individual projects they have completed this term. They will then present their Easter entrepreneur project “Easter Egg Trees” and will proceed to sell them during the afternoon.

Over the next week we are going to be very busy making our Easter Egg Trees and would appreciate as much help as possible. The object is to make as much money as possible out of very, very little money. We are looking for flower pot donations (quite large and heavy if possible) at least 8inches in diameter at the top. We are looking for donations of eggs (6 eggs if possible per child). Then we will be having a workshop day next Tuesday 1st, April, from 10:30am to lunch time.  If any parents wish to come in and give a hand, their help would be greatly appreciated. All are welcome to join us for the presentation on Thursday afternoon.


Parents  Newsletter : Autumn 2013 

Our Blog : A blog is an online diary. On our blog you will find:

  • School dates (holidays, staff meetings etc)
  • Our news as it happens, i.e. the science trip to the beach and our recent SPHE lesson on anti-bullying
  • Information on the school and its history
  • Examples of pupils’ work both written and artistic
  • Newsletters

By Monday 23rd September we had 592 hits. We would like to have 2,000 hits by Halloween. We would like all families in the school to let other people know about our blog, (friends, relatives, prospective parents, past parents of the school, people both in Ireland and abroad etc). news, photos, art work and classwork.

Our Science/Geog Project : This month we are doing a Geography/Science mini project on the coast. We have visited Inchadoney beach,(please view the photos and article on the blog. Also on the blog, there are Water Safety poems by 2nd Class, Water Safety Posters and written articles by the Senior Room). We are looking at sea erosion, life guards, life boats, coastal guards, lighthouses, disasters at sea, oil, Victorian life by the coast etc.

School Staff Meeting : Reminder : School Staff meeting on Monday 30th September. School closes at 2:10pm for all pupils.

BOM Meeting : Reminder : Board of Management Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 1st October at 7pm

School Church Service : The schools of Cork, Cloyne and Ross will be gathering together on Thursday 3rd October 11.30am at St Peter’s Church, Bandon for a united school service.  School uniform and collection will be needed on the day.

Food Dudes : This year we are taking part in “Food Dudes”,  this programme is managed by Bord Bia and receives financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union through the School Fruit Scheme. It’s aim is to encourage pupils to eat more fruit and vegetables, eating healthy diets, and to create a healthy eating culture within schools. There is no cost for this and the fruit and vegetables will be delivered to the school for free.  You can find more information on

Cheerios Childline Breakfast Together Morning : We will be having a breakfast morning at the school on Tuesday 8th October, where we will have a wide variety of breakfasts for the pupils from 9:30am onwards, from cereals, fruit, toast, yoghurt and granola. There will also get a talk on eating a good breakfast in the morning and learn why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  A donation of €2 per child is all we ask on the day. Funds raised will help Childline volunteers answer more calls to vulnerable children and young people in Ireland who have no where else to turn.

Maths Week : Maths Week Ireland 2013 October 12th – 20th

School Photos : The school photographer will be coming to the school on Thursday 17th October, pupils will need to wear their uniforms for the photos.

Halloween Party : “Trick or Treat for Temple Street” : We will be having a Halloween Party on Friday 25th October. The pupils may come in dressed up for the day, and make a donation of €2 towards Temple Street Children’s Hospital. We will have a party in the afternoon, with games and food. Food contributions are welcome (Healthy contributions please). The funds raised from this year’s campaign will be used for the redevelopment and renovation of one of the hospital’s oldest wards, known to many as Top Flat. This ward treats some of Ireland’s sickest children, including many cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Halloween Holidays : Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

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