Our Lady of Lourdes Sept 14

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Welcome back to all the children and parents of Our Lady of Lourdes School. The new school year is well and truly under way at this stage. The children are learning the routines of their new classes and getting used to having their homework done every night. We thank all the parents for having their children kitted out well for school, with books, copies and equipment in order.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Welcome back to all the children and parents of Our Lady of Lourdes School. The new school year is well and truly under way at this stage. The children are learning the routines of their new classes and getting used to having their homework done every night. We thank all the parents for having their children kitted out well for school, with books, copies and equipment in order.

We have two classes of Junior Infants this year, led by their teachers Ms. Maguire and Ms. Jones. While Ms. Maguire is a familiar face on the infant corridor, many parents may not know Ms. Jones as well. While she has spent many years teaching Senior Infants and Third class, for the last number of years, Ms. Jones has been specialising in Reading and Maths Recovery. The specific skills she brings back to the classroom will undoubtedly benefit the children in her care.

Starting school is a big milestone for you and your child. You want your child to be well prepared for the step on life’s journey. Children who are well prepared for school learn better and have fewer behaviour problems at home as well as school. In the coming weeks, Our Lady of Lourdes School will be running the Incredible Years School Readiness Programme, a 6 week programme which trains parents in how to build your child’s self esteem and creativity through play. Parents will be trained to build their child’s language and reading skills, along with their problem solving skills. This programme will be open to parents of Junior Infants and the Early Start. Start dates and other details will be finalised soon. Get your name in early to hold your place. Tracy can be contacted at 085 7290048.

During the summer holidays Mr. And Mrs. Doyle celebrated the arrival of their new baby daughter, Róisín. Congratulations to the Doyle family. We welcome two new teachers to our staff, Ms. Éilís O’Dwyer and Ms. Andrea Wallace.

We will be inviting the parents of the children in sixth class to come to a meeting at the end of September for the ‘My Child, My Vision’ training, which is a programme for parents to help them to ease the transition from primary to second level school for their child. It is important that parents are active in this process as many of the secondary schools open nights will be on soon. Applications for secondary schools have to be made by Christmas. Tracy Fitzgerald (HSCL) and Samantha Kiely (Parent/SCP) will facilitate the sessions.

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: homework club will start for 3rd and 4th class primary school target group children on Monday 16th September. It will take place in the cookery room of the school from 2.45 – 3.45pm. Notes will be sent home for those involved. The older classes will be catered for after midterm break.

Secondary school homework club for all STEPS SCP target group students will start on the 8th October at Garryglass House from 4 – 5pm. The grinds will start on the same date at the same time. The grinds will be running in blocks of 6 weeks at a time. The first block will offer support in Maths, English and Irish, criteria for applying for a place in the grinds tutorials are as follows:

Students living in Our Lady of Lourdes Community. Students in exam year – Junior Certificate or Leaving certificate

The grinds are free of charge. Places are limited, first preference will be given to STEPS SCP target group students, and after that available places will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Doodle Den club for senior infants class in Our Lady of Lourdes NS is starting back on the 17th September at 1.45 – 3.15pm. A parent’s information session will be held on Tuesday 10th September at 1.45 – 2.30pm in the Doodle Den room upstairs in OLL NS. All senior infants pupils’ parents will be invited to come along.

If you would like further information on any of the above, you can call us at 061 – 609 603 / 085 – 175 1005 or drop into Jonna, Samantha or Martin in Garryglass House, 3 Garryglass Avenue.

LIMERICK CITY CDP OUR LADY OF LOURDES OFFICE BURSARIES: Limerick City CDP Our Lady of Lourdes Office are delighted to announce that a number of bursaries will be available to support people to access third level education during the 2013 /2014 academic year. This bursary will only be available to applicants who meet the following criteria:

Resident in Our Lady of Lourdes Community

Have been accepted on a further education or higher education course

If you meet these criteria and are interested in further information or making an application please contact Ann or Kay at the address below. The Bursaries are funded by OLOL Local Education Committee and the Limerick Regeneration Agency. Closing Date for Applications: Friday 20 September 2013 Contact: Limerick City Community Development Project Our Lady of Lourdes Office, 4 Garryglass Ave, Ballinacurra Weston, Phone: (061)609603.

COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDIATION SERVICE: The Free Legal Advice Clinics in OLOL for September is Wednesday 18th from 10am – 12.30 pm. Any queries contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536100

VIDES IRELAND: VIDES Ireland is part of an international Voluntary Organisation and promotes voluntary service which has as its focus the protection of human rights, specially those of women, children and young people all over the world. It is an integral part of the work carried on by the Salesian Sisters.

Through VIDES we offer young people 20 years and upwards the opportunity to go abroad to a developing country where our Sisters and communities are engaged in meaningful work in Africa and India.

Should you be considering giving a short term or long term commitment to working in the developing world next summer in a Salesian environment, you are welcome to join others in the first phase of preparation on Saturday 28 September. For further information contact Sr. Dympna ( 086 3708652.