COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDIATION SERVICE: The Free Legal Advice Clinics in OLOL for October are Wednesday the 2nd and Wednesday the 16th from 10am – 12.30 pm. Any queries contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536100
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Even though 6th class has only just settled into their new surroundings, the process of applying for secondary school places has already begun. Many secondary schools hold their open nights in September and October, and every child in 6th class must apply to a school before Christmas. Choosing an appropriate school for your child is a very important step. To help parents with this process, a special training session will be held in the Parents Room on Monday the 30th of September. The ‘My Child, My Vision’ training series was developed by Limerick parents and Limerick Home School Community Liaison Coordinators to ease the way through a complex task for parents. It covers topics such as what questions to ask at open nights, how the application system works etc. The session will be facilitated by Samantha Kiely Parent/Steps School Completion and Tracy Fitzgerald HSCL.
A mass to celebrate the opening of the school year was held in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Fr. Damian Ryan welcomed the children and prayed with them. He taught us about the veneration of the Blessed Sacrament and the importance and benefits of silent prayer. The school choir was led by Ms. Brigid Hayes on keyboard and our new teacher, Ms. Katie Lawlor.
Many readers will remember their own time in the infant class, when we wrote ‘Our News’. Well, the school had a lot of good news this week, with many of our families celebrating new additions. Congratulations to Mrs. McKenna on the birth this week of her new baby James. The Yadav family has welcomed a brand new baby boy. The Okafor family has welcomed twins! Caoimhe Okafor in Junior Infants couldn’t wait to get to school to tell that big news. We send our warm congratulations to all our celebrating families.
Ms. O’Connor and her first class spent some of their lessons outdoors this week. We have a wonderful, award winning school garden. The garden has developed over the last number of years. Many of the parents of children presently enrolled, themselves planted the trees that have matured so beautifully. Our garden boasts a pond, a willow hut and examples of many trees that are native to Ireland. The children have a learning resource right in the grounds of their own school. Ms. O’Connor and her class used the garden this week to find wild flowers, identify tree species and even capture a few mini beasts. This form of active, hands on learning develops a love for nature and a lifelong interest in our environment.
WEST END YOUTH CENTRE: All our programmes are back in full swing and are currently open to new members. Call to the centre to find out more about our exciting new timetable. In a redesign of our evening Drop-In’s we are now open four late nights to cater for the young people in our community. Monday and Wednesday nights are for boys while Tuesday and Thursday are for girls. We are open from 7pm-9pm each night, with the first hour exclusively for 10 to 14 year olds. Please feel free to drop by and say hello if you would like to find out any more information or if you are interested in volunteering.
LOCAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: The Local Education Committee invites parents in the Community to sit on this group. If interested please contact Karen Ryan on (087) 1952428.