June 2021

June 2021

KNS Parents Association was delighted to provide two trainings for parents in April. The first was with our own Jacqui McGovern giving us information and tools to help our children manage stress and anxiety. The second training was for our 5th and 6th Class parents from NPC trainer, Helen Mortimer, on preparing ourselves and our students as they transition from primary to post-primary. Both trainings were well attended and well received!

Students were also encouraged to create a hat for Mad Hatter’s Day in April, just ahead of the May bank holiday weekend. The PA usually host this event as a fundraiser, but in light of the challenging circumstances around the pandemic, we opted to leave the fundraising out while still opting for the fun!

In May, the PA organised “Bake-a-Bun for Temple Street” fundraiser where students were allowed to bring a home-baked good into school as a special treat. We raised over €1500 bringing our total charitable donations for the school year to €4562. How heartwarming to witness such generosity from our community!

As the school year drew to an end, the PA brought joy to KNS in several ways throughout June. We sponsored Train Station to provide fitness activities for each class, and it was a hit! Parent volunteers decorated the school grounds for the 6th Class graduation as well as organised an ice cream truck for the celebration. Ice lollies were also provided for the other classes as an end of year treat and the Barista Bus for the staff. The staff were also given boxed lunches as an end of year “Thank you” from all families at KNS (this in place of families buying individual gifts for staff members, ensuring that all school staff receive a gift equally, funded by your PA voluntary contributions). The staff are most appreciative and warmly thank the parents for these generous and thoughtful gifts.

The PA Committee met regularly via Zoom throughout this past year giving time, ideas, and passion to build and enhance the wonderful school community partnership. Thank you Adrienne, Almu, Brid, Bridget, Christie, Esther, Helen, Jacqui, Kate, Mandy, Maria, Olive and Roisin for amazing efforts this year!

Spring 2021

Spring 2021

The Parents Association Committee were delighted to see the children return to school in-person in March. Our volunteers worked diligently to put out St. Patrick’s Day decorations on the school grounds which brightened the students’ return to school.

On behalf of all parents, the PA were also able to provide gifts to two staff members for a recent wedding and new birth of baby girl.

Lastly, it was a delight to organise a non-uniform day for the students just before Easter holidays to fundraise for “Daffodil Day” in support of Irish Cancer Society. Our school community generously donated a total of €1208 for this cause. What an amazing effort and heartwarming effort!

December 2020

December 2020

December 2020

Once again, the Parents Association were delighted to organise Christmas cards designed by our students for purchase. These have been a popular item and lovely keepsake for families over the years.

We also organised a school calendar with photos of all the classes. As in years past, these were purchased as gifts for loved ones and for keepsakes for our own students. A special thank you to parent volunteer, Brian Harding, for taking the lovely outdoor photos of all the students.

Our charity fundraiser for the month of December allowed children to wear Christmas jumpers each Friday, and we were delighted at the generous giving which came to €969 for Galway Sick Kids.

On your behalf as part of your voluntary contribution given to the Parents Association, each Christmas, the committee delivers gifts to the staff members as a ‘Thank You’ from all our parents and guardians. This year at the request of staff the PA made a donation to the ‘Hike for Holly’ fund, in lieu of receiving gifts. (This is in place of parents buying individual gifts for staff members.) The staff were most appreciative and warmly thanked the parents and guardians for this kind gesture. We also presented gifts to our wonderful traffic warden and school cleaners who were very grateful as well.

In recognition of the extraordinary efforts from the staff this term to ensuring our children’s experiences continued without interruption, the PA surprised the staff with a visit from the Barista Bus. This provided a wonderful opportunity for staff to briefly meet up with colleagues they had missed all term.

Santa arrived virtually the week before Christmas holidays with special messages to Junior classes, to great excitement. And Mrs Claus arrived in person to deliver chocolates for all the children in the school, both junior and senior classes.

Our parent volunteers were also back in action to festively decorate the school grounds for Christmas as well as organise Holy Communion party bags for the 3rd Class children. These are small gestures to create a lovely atmosphere for our school community and celebrate special occasions.

Update November 2020

Update November 2020

Wonderful Welcome at the Gates!
It was a joy and privilege for parents to volunteer as stewards at the gates during the first month the school was re-opened. Their bright and cheerful faces were a warm and delightful way to start and end the school day. A HUGE thank you to the parents who were part of this effort!
Welcome to Junior Infant Parents
The Parents Association Committee creatively re-created the annual cuppa and biscuits with Junior Infant parents on their first day of school. Instead of chatting (and crying) over tea and coffee in the sports hall, committee members handed out welcome notes with bags of biscuits for parents to bring home after dropping their students to their classrooms.
Charity Fundraisers…Thank you!
In these unprecedented times of gobal pandemic, we were so pleased to see the effort and generosity of giving during our most recent charity fundraisers. KNS families raised at least €457 during GOAL Jersey Day and €428 during Trick or Treat for Temple Street. Go raibh míle maith agat!
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