End of Year Update – KNS Parents Association

End of Year Update – KNS Parents Association

 End of Year Update from KNS Parents Association 

June 2024 

Dear Parents/Guardians 

I’m sure you and your families are very much looking forward to the end of the school year and summer holidays. As we get close to the end of 2023/24 school year, we wanted to say thanks to a few people and give an update on PA activities over the past few months. 

As always, the PA would like to acknowledge the exceptional kindness and support to our children from all staff within the school environment. On your behalf this week, lunch will be delivered to all staff, as an end of year ‘Thank You’ from all the parents/guardians of our school community. We remind you that this is in place of parents/guardians buying individual gifts for staff members and ensures that all school staff receive a gift equally. This is funded by the PA annual voluntary contributions. The staff are most appreciative and warmly thank the parents for these generous and thoughtful gifts. 

We would also like to especially acknowledge both Noreen and Aedin as they retire from KNS this summer. It is the end of an era as both Noreen and Aedin depart but we are confident that the structures they have implemented over the years will leave KNS in a very positive place going forward. While they will be missed by parents, pupils and staff, we would like to wish them all the best of health and happiness in their retirement years ahead. Likewise we would like to congratulate Fiona and Eilis and wish them all the very best in their new roles. We look forward to working with them in the years ahead. 

The PA have had a busy year and below are some of the highlights over the past year 

  • Welcome for Junior Infant parents, 
  • Family Fun day 
  • First Holy Communion & Confirmation class party treats 
  • 2024 School Calendar 
  • Student Christmas cards 
  • Multiple charity collections – you raised over 1.5k for Goal, Temple Street, Galway sick kids and Irish Cancer society. Thank you for your generosity. 
  • Virtual Santa with Chocolate treats for students 
  • Gifts for staff – Christmas gifts, new babies and weddings 
  • Train Station Gym – exercise day for all students 
  • Drumadore – Drumming workshop over 2 days for all students 
  • Uniform donations/sale 
  • End of year ice cream treat for all students 

We sincerely thank each of you for your time and efforts in getting involved in and supporting the PA activities and events throughout the year. We sincerely thank all our volunteers who helped out with the PA activities during the year and especially acknowledge all those who volunteered throughout the year in our ‘Drop and Go’ initiative. We aim to continue with this service next year and welcome any volunteers to come and join us for what is a really enjoyable morning even if it rains!! 

For the families of 6th Class students, we congratulate you on reaching this important milestone and wish you the very best for the graduation this week and your upcoming move onto Secondary school. For returning families, we look forward to seeing you again in the 2024/2025 school year. 

On a personal note, I wish to acknowledge the incredible efforts from the PA Committee this year, each of whom are so generous with their time, ideas and passion to build and enhance the wonderful school community partnership. See below for our current PA committee representatives who we hope can continue next year. I am leaving KNS this year as my youngest moves on and I am delighted to hand the chairperson mantle over to Aine O’Hora and wish her and the team the best of luck with the PA activities next year. Whilst each year in KNS is a busy year, joining the PA gives you an opportunity to understand what goes on in the school, meet other parents and teachers and lets your children see you involved in their day to day. We would really welcome some more parents to consider getting involved. A parents information evening will be held at the beginning of the next school year to give more information and welcome new committee members. Please do remember there are many ways to get involved. 

On behalf of the PA Committee, I hope you have a really enjoyable summer break. 

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact the PA at parents@knocknacarrans.ie 

Kindest Regards, 

Roisin Burke 

KNS Parents Association

 

An Internet Safety Webinar has been organised for parents of Knocknacarra NS

An Internet Safety Webinar has been organised for parents of Knocknacarra NS

A reminder to all parents that a live Internet Safety Webinar has been organised for parents of Knocknacarra NS. The webinar takes place on Wednesday next, May 22nd from 7 to 8pm. All parents are encouraged to log in.

The seminar will follow on from Internet Safety workshops in 4th and 5th classes on Wednesday.

The webinar is available to parents in all classes and funded by the school.

We encourage all parents to log in and avail of up-to-date advice and recommendations regarding online safety for your children.

Please click on the link below to access the Webinar

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You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 22, 2024 07:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you

KNS Parents’ Association

Supporting Children Online

Supporting Children Online

If you missed the recent Webwise webinar for parents regarding ‘supporting children online’ please find some useful links

https://www.webwise.ie/parents/ – a hub with expert advice on online safety topics, Explainer Guides to popular apps and games, Talking Points, How-To Guides, and free resources

https://www.webwise.ie/category/parents/explainers/ – Keep up to date with the latest apps and social networks your children are using.

https://www.webwise.ie/talklistenlearn/ – A new online tool to help parents and children have more open conversations about life online.

Advance Notice – Uniform Sale

Advance Notice – Uniform Sale

The Parents Association will be holding a Uniform sale at the end of June.

We will be selling Pinafores, Jumpers, Cardigans and Trousers  (no tracksuits/shirts) for a nominal fee. Proceeds will go towards PA activities.

We will arrange a collection for any ‘donations’ in June.

Dates and times to be communicated by the end of May .

Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

Dear Parents,

 

Following Part 1 and 2 of our Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme, where we delved into supporting children to foster healthy relationships, friendships, and communication skills, we are thrilled to invite you to our concluding session: “Making the Big Talk many Small Talks.”

 

Register now for free

 

In this final part, we will explore how breaking down important conversations into smaller, manageable discussions can greatly benefit both you and your child. Whether you’ve attended the previous sessions or not, this session promises valuable insights and practical advice.

 

Key Details:

  • Date: Tuesday to Friday, the week starting Tuesday 19th March 2024 to 22nd March 2024
  • Time: 10 am and 7:30 pm sessions daily, with an additional 10 am session on 22nd March
  • Platform: Zoom (virtual sessions)

 

Registration: To secure your spot, please register using the link here

 

In this free online programme, you’ll gain insights into supporting your primary school children in forming healthy relationships and friendships. The RSE series features three vital sessions:

  1. Supporting your Child to build Healthy Friendships and Relationships
  2. Active Listening Skills
  3. Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

 

Limited Spaces Available: Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot!

 

This programme is delivered by National Parents Council and funded by HSE.

Active Listening Skills

Active Listening Skills

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to announce another round of interactive sessions from National Parents Council! Following on from last week’s sessions on Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) Part 1 programme, we’re diving into Part 2: Active Listening Skills.

 

Register now for free : Supporting your Child to Build Healthy Friendships and Relationships (Part 2) – Virtual sessions taking place the week of the 11th March 2024 Survey (surveymonkey.com)

 

Session Details:

In this free online programme, you’ll gain insights into supporting your primary school children in forming healthy relationships and friendships. The RSE series features three vital sessions:

  1. Supporting your Child to build Healthy Friendships and Relationships
  2. Active Listening Skills
  3. Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

These sessions are open to all parents of children in Primary School. Please spread the word to fellow parents!

Limited Spaces Available: Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot!

This program is delivered by National Parents Council and funded by HSE.

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