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!
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.
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!
The Parents Association Committee would like to give a warm welcome back to all our families at KNS as well as a welcome aboard to our new families. We look forward to meeting you at the upcoming curriculum meetings and our AGM (date TBA). Events leading up to the mid-term break include Celebration of Culture’s Day and Halloween Parade/Trick or Treat for Temple Street. See you all soon!