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Dromore N.S

June Newsletter

 

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of another academic year and what a great year it has been in Dromore. We would like to thank all the parents and school community for your support throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Thursday 30th of August. We hope that everyone has a lovely summer and that the children enjoy their well deserved break!

School will close on Friday 29th at 12.30.

6th Class

We say farewell to our current 6th class and we wish them well on their continued journey onto secondary school. We hope that they take them with them fond memories of their time im Dromore and they always strive to do their best in life. Graduation Day was held yesterday and it was a great celebration for the children.  The day ended with a football match with staff up against 6th class. It was a competitive game with the sixth class children coming out on top. A special thanks to all involved in making it a day to remember.

Summer Camps

We are delighted to offer once again summer camps which are free of charge to our pupils. They are supported by school and the School Completion Programme.

Dates:

  • Red Hughs- 16th, 17th and 18th of July
  • Setanta- 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th of July
  • Curragh Athletics Club- 30th, 31st July & 1st August

For more information please contact the relevant clubs.

 

Dromore Talk 6

Well done to rang a sé for producing a great magazine Dromore Talk 6.

It is on sale from the school in the mornings , at the school síopa and during lunch. Price €5. A big thanks to Gerard Doherty, our chief editor, in helping us publish it and to all our sponsors for their generous sponsorships.

Fan the Flame Mass

Our sixth class travelled to Celtic Park in Derry for a special mass for all children who celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation. Over 3000 children attended and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.

Cake Sale

What a generous school community we have! We extend a special thanks to everyone who baked, bought or helped in any way for our Cake Sale. We raised a super one thousand one hundred and twelve euro from our 'Cake Sale'. We give a special thanks to our 'Pupil's Council'- Caoimhe, Bryan, Madison, Oisin, Adam, Jessica, Ryan and Aimee who worked so hard to ensure the Cake Sale was a success.

Yard Markings

We are delighted with our recent yard markings that we purchased with the money raised at the ‘Cake Sale’. We hope many hours of enjoyment are gained from these.

Relay for Life

We extend a big thank you to all families who donated towards the Relay for Life 1 for 1@1 challenge. We raised one hundred and seventy four euro for a very worthy cause.

Dates for your Diary

School closes tomorrow at 12.30pm

School re opens Thursday 30th of August

 

Dromore N.S

May Newsletter 2018

Cake Sale

Our ‘Pupil’s Council’ are organising our annual ‘Cake Sale’ which will be held this Thursday 31st of May. All parents are welcome to attend for tea and a treat between 11am and 12:30pm. We kindly ask if  all families could donate some baked or bought items. Please label all boxes/tins clearly for return.

Discover Primary Science Award of Excellence

Congratulations to children and staff of Dromore for once again receiving the prestigious award of Excellence in Science and Maths. All year every class have been experimenting, investigating, observing and exploring. A special thank you to Ms. Doherty for collating all the evidence and applying for the award on behalf of the school.

Sports Day

Our annual Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 13th of June (weather permitting). We look forward to seeing many of you there.  

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the 34 children who received the Sacrament of Communion on Saturday 12th of May. They include: Matthew Bradley, Danny Browne, Daniel Callaghan, Daíthí Coyle, Kiernan Coyle, Liam Dolan, Dáire Donaghey, Keelan Gallagher, Corey Gibson, Kyle Irwin, Sean Mc Menamin, Pauric Moss, Cian O’Brien, Jamie Scanlon, Kevin Scanlon, Gary Mc Auley, Joey Mc Govern, Tiernan Mc Dermott, Shea Slevin, Jim Spence, Cormac Sweeney Murray, Ami- Leigh Brennan, Chloe Burns, Grace Byrne, Clíodhna Moss, Maddison Canon, Leona Flanagan, Emma Gallaen, Kelsie Mc Auley, Rebecca Rigby, Leah Sweeney, Tira Thorpe Byrne, Eimear Whyte and Molly Doherty. May God bless them each day of their lives.

1 for 1 @1

On Wednesday the 30th we will hold a whole school dance in aid of ‘Relay for Life’. All families are asked to donate 1 euro to this very worthy cause. Keep an eye on our school facebook for a video of the event.

Rosary

Thank you to the Legion of Mary ladies who have said the rosary with the senior classes during the month of May.

Cumann ns mBunscol

Well done to Caolan Duffy, Colm Coyle and Eimear Ewing  who were picked to play for the Donegal Cumann na mBunscol school teams for both hurling and gaelic. They represented our school so well and we were very proud of them.

Finn Valley County Finals

Well done to all our boys and girls who took part in the Finn Valley Sports County Finals. Many our pupils represented the school and we are very proud of them both for their good behaviour up at the sports and of their achievements in the track and field events. We came home with lots  of medals , which is brilliant at this level. Thanks to our coach Dermot, Ms. Mc Elchar and everyone who helped out over the two days of the Finn Valley Sports. It was a great experience for all involved.

Finn Harps Frans Field Cup

Well done to our boys and girls teams who took part in the Finn Harps Fran Fields Cup  at the sunny Harps Academy. Our boys made home advantage count and were victorious in this great football tournament. They won all 5 of their matches and didn't concede a single goal, fantastic achievement. The team played some brilliant football and displayed super skills throughout the day. The boys team were: Oisín Duffy (c), Oisín Coyle, Conor Galvin, Bryan Irwin, Cathaír Browne, Caolán Duffy and Conor Gallen. Our girls team were unlucky not to get through the group stages, drawing two matches and losing just one. The children represented our school well and were commended on their good behaviour.

Dates for your Diary

  • Cake Sale- Thursday 31st of May
  • June Bank Holiday- School closed Friday 1st, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of June
  • Wednesday 6th of June- 6th class Retreat to Knock
  • Thursday 7th of June- 6th Class Fan the Flame Mass
  • Sports Day – Wednesday 13th of June
  • School Tours- Junior Infants- Friday 22nd of June, Senior Infants- Monday 25th of June, 1st/2nd- Tuesday 26th of June, 3rd/4th- Wednesday 27th of June, 5th Class- Friday 15th of June, 6th Class- Thursday 21st of June
  • Sixth class Graduation- Tuesday 26th of June
  • Staff vs Students Football match- Tuesday 26th  of June at 3.15pm
  • School Closing for Summer- Friday 29th of June at 12:30pm

 

 

Dromore N.S

April Newsletter 2018

Green Schools

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded our 8th Green Flag! This is a wonderful achievment that we are very proud of. A special thanks to Ms. Byrne, the Green Team and all the staff for all the hard work involved.

Active Week

We celebrated ‘Active Week’ in style in Dromore this year. We held daily PE lessons, Drop Everything and Dance,  WOW day, Teddy Races, 10 @ 10, a whole school dance and we launched our 1k route. Thanks to Ms. Mc Elchar, the Blue team and all the staff for all the effort in making it a great success. This will all help as we prepare to apply for our third ‘Active Flag’ at the end of the month..

First Holy Communion 

Second class will receive the Sacrament of Communion on Saturday the 12th of May. We wish them the very best on their special day.  

Drama in Action

Second, third and fourth class began an eight week block of 'Drama in Action' which is run in connection with the Balor Arts  Centre. The facilitators are Katie Bradley and Shaun Lafferty. The children are taking part in a variety of drama workshops exploring the various elements of drama such as exploring and making drama and communicating and reflecting in drama. A great opportunity for developing confidence and creativity in our pupils.

School Newspaper

Sixth class have been working hard to produce our school magazine- ‘Dromore Talk’. We are very grateful to all local business’ who have sponsored the magazine and we look forward to seeing the final product in the coming weeks.

 

Swimming

We are happy to be offering swimming lessons in the Finn Valley Centre to third class. The school is funding the lessons as we feel this is a wonderful opportunity for our children.

Garda Visit

Garda Brenda Healy visited sixth class on the 11th of April. The children were very interested and had lots of questions regarding the job and life as a member of the Garda Síochána. It proved to be a very worthwhile visit, reminding us all of the important role the Garda Síochána play in our community.

 

School Garden and Farm Project

Ms. O’Shea Byrne and our pupils have been working hard developing our school garden and looking after our hens. A special thanks to Dean Gillespie for providing us with a polytunnel to ensure that we will have plenty of fresh produce in the coming weeks! We would also like to sincerely thank Seamus Donaghey for giving his time to help upgrade our hen house.

Finn Valley Trials

All children from first to sixth class had a great time at the CAKE centre taking part in the trials for the upcoming Finn Valley Athletics Competition which will be held on Wednesday the 9th of May. Thanks to our athletics coach Dermot for helping to organise the event.

Croke Park Trials

Well done  to Eiméar Ewing, Colm Coyle, Caolan Duffy and Ellie Rigby who are representing the school  at the Cumann na mBunscol Hurling and Gaelic Croke Park trials. Well done on getting picked to take part in this competition. We are very proud of you all.

 

Reminder

We would like to remind all parents that school begins at 9.20am. Please continue to ensure that your child arrives to school on time.

 

Dates for you diary

First Holy Communion- Saturday 13th May

Standardised Testing- 1st – 6th class – 15th and 16th of May.

May Bank Holiday- School Closed Friday 4th, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of May

Cake Sale- Thursday 31st of May   &    Sports Day- Wednesday 13th of June

Referendum- School Closed Friday 25th of May

June Bank Holiday- School closed Friday 1st, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of June

Sixth class Graduation- Tuesday 26th of June

Dromore N.S

March Newsletter 2018

 

March has been a busy month in Dromore!

Easter Draw

A sincere thanks to all who contributed to our recent Easter Draw. All monies raised go towards school funds. The lucky  winners were: Caoimhe Sweeney, George and Kaiden Kirk, Matthew Mc Guinness, Petie Doherty, Amelia Rose Carlin, Breda Ward, Kienna Mc Laughlin, Ellie May O’Loughlin & Kelsey O’Meara.

Confirmation

Well done to sixth class who received the sacrament of Confirmation on the 20th of March. A big thank you to all involved in preparing for their special day. Children confirmed were: Eliana Flynn, Caoimhe O’Brien, Aleesha Crawford, Amy Gallagher, Meabh Mc Laughlin, Thainara Mc Daid Barbosa, Eva Mc Devitt, Leah Porter, Rose Forde, Aed mc Laughlin, Bryan Irwin, Conor Gallen, Oisín Duffy, Tiarnán Doherty, Philip Mc Gowan, Pauric Gallagher, Flynn Gallagher. Tristan Bonner Coyle, Ben Mc Carron, Declan Dooher & Cathair Browne

World Book Day

On Friday 9th of March we celebrated World Book Day in style. A special thanks to all who helped prepare the children with their wonderful costumes.

Lego Workshops

Children from third to sixth class thoroughly enjoyed the Lego Workshops as part of Engineer’s Week.

Science Fair

Third class hosted a fantastic Science fair for all classes on the 6th of March. It was a very enjoyable learning experience for everyone! Well done third class.

Explaining the Diagnosis

A special thanks to Ms. B Walters who facilitated an excellent presentation on ‘Explaining the Diagnosis to your Child’. Great feedback was given from the parents who attended.

Parents Information Evening

The Parent’s Association have re- arranged the open evening for parents on Monday 16th of April at 8pm with a talk from Bill Vaughan  about ‘Well-being and Mental Health’. He gives an excellent presentation on a very relevant topic at present. We hope to see many of you there.

Training Courses for parents

In conjunction with Middletown Centre of Excellence for Autism we are offering 6 training workshops for parents during the months of April and May on various dates from 11am- 1pm. These workshops are open to all, so early booking is recommended. Enter this link into your web browser to book a place. If anyone has any difficulty booking a place please contact the school.

https://www.middletownautism.com/package/parents/autismandtheprimaryschoolprogrammeparentdonegalandroimmornationalschool

Courses include:

  • Autism, Learning and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods- Thursday 12th of April
  • Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour-  Thursday 19th of April
  • Autism and Sensory Processing- Thursday 26th of April
  • Autism and Anxiety Management- Thursday 3rd of May
  • Autism and Transitions- Thursday 10th of May

FAI Schools

The FAI Schools Cup took place at The Curragh Athletic pitch in Killygordon. We had a boys and girls team playing in this tournament. Our boys team made it out of a tough group of 6 teams, winning four games and drawing one, playing some fantastic football along the way. They made it to the semi-finals but unfortunately didn't progress to the final. The boys can be very proud of reaching this far in the competition and were just unlucky on the day. Our girls team enjoyed four matches in their group and played well but unfortunately they didn't get out of their group. Well done to everyone who took part today and despite the cold weather, a great day was had by all.

 

Dates for your Diary

Easter Holidays- School closed 25th of March to the 6th of April

First Holy Communion- Saturday 12th of May

May Bank Holiday- School Closed Friday 4th , Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of May

June Bank Holiday- School Closed Friday 1st, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of June

Parents Talk by Bill Vaughan- Monday 16th April at 8pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dromore N.S

February 2018 Newsletter

 

Computer Suite

We are delighted to have recently installed 26 new pc computers in our computer suite. All classes have been timetabled to use them and will have many opportunities to develop their I.T. skills.

Grandparents’ Day

On the 6th of February we welcomed over 40 grandparents to our school. This was a lovely occasion where the 5th class children had the opportunity to show their grandparents what life in Dromore is like. There were lots of activities, songs and poems on the day and everyone appeared to have a wonderful afternoon. A special thanks to Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Byrne and all who helped to make Grandparents’ Day a great success.

Parents Association

The AGM of the Parents Association was held on Wednesday 21st of February. The new committee elected are: Pauline Curran – Chairperson, Diane Gallagher- Vice Chairperson, Breege Duffy- Secretary, Pauline Cannon-Vice Secretary, Jason Ewing-Treasurer, Dean Gillespie- Assistant Treasurer.

Librarian Visit

A special thanks to Eva Brown the Twin Towns librarian who visited the school and hosted some workshops for Junior and Senior Infants. We encourage all families to use the library facility which is located at The Base Centre in Stranorlar.

World Book Day

World Book Day is celebrated on Thursday the 1st of March. As part of this the children are allowed to dress as their favourite character from a book. Lots of different activities will take place in school on this day.

Explaining the Diagnosis

Following on from interest expressed at previous meetings we will host a session on Wednesday the 7th of March at 7pm on ‘Explaining the diagnosis of Autism to your Child’. This will be facilitated by Ms. Belinda Walters and all are welcome to attend.

 

Pancake Tuseday

Thank you to Mr. Gillespie and his helpers for making delicious pancakes for everyone on Tuesday 13th of February.

Music and Drama in Action

Between February and April, Junior Infants to First class are fortunate to be taking part in Music in Action facilitated by the Balor theatre. Second class to fourth class will take part in Drama in Action from April to June. A great opportunity for these classes to develop their confidence and creativity in these areas.

Gaelic Football Blitz

Well done to our boys and girls Gaelic Football teams for taking part in a blitz in Mac Cumhaill Park. Congratulations to our boys team who were victorious on the day beating Dooish NS and Scoil Bhríde Convoy. They played some brilliant football on the day and now progress to the next round. Representing the school: Bryan Irwin, Oisin Duffy, Pauric Gallagher,  Conor galvin, Oisin Coyle, Conor Gallen, Cathair Browne, Caolan Duffy, Conor Gallagher, Danann Gillespie Harron, Joseph Sharkey, Ultan Gallagher, Caoimhe O’Brien, Allisha Crawford, Rose Forde, Ellie Rigby, Amy Gallagher, Molly Mc Kelvey, Niamh Gallagher, Eabha Mc Laughlin, Aine Cullen and Eimear Ewing.

Hurling and Camogie Blitz

Well done to our boys and girls hurling and camogie teams who took part in a blitz at the Finn Valley Centre. Our boys were unlucky not to progress to the next round as they beat both Stranorlar NS and Sessiaghoneill NS but lost out to the Gaelscol Donegal Town. Congratulations to our girls team for winning all their matches and now progress to the County Finals (date to be confirmed). Representing Dromore: Ellie Rigby, Ellie Murray, Eimear Ewing, Sasha Crawford, Mollie Mc Kelvey, Ciara Moss, Eabha Mc Laughlin, Ben Linton, Caolan Duffy, Luke Holmes, Conor Gallagher and Colm Coyle.

Reminder

Whilst we have an open door policy in Dromore and welcome parents to our school it is very important for Health and Safety reasons that all parents wait at reception when collecting their child or meeting their child’s teacher.

Dates for your Diary

  • St.Patrick’s Day – School Closed Monday 18th of March
  • World Book day- Thursday 1st March
  • First Confessions- 21st of March
  • Confirmation- Tuesday 20th of March at 5pm
  • Easter Holidays- School closed at 12:30pm on Friday  25th of March until the 6th of April
  • Autism Awareness Week- 19th -23rd of March

 

Dromore N.S

January 2018 Newsletter

It is hard to believe that January is over! We have had a a great start to the new year with lots of activities and events taking place in Dromore.  

Enrolment

Our enrolment will take place on Wednesday 14th  of February from 1-3pm. If you wish to enrol your child please bring your child’s birth certificate, baptisimal certificate and any other relevant documentation. We look forward to meeting some of our new pupils on the day also.

Website

We have launched our new school website which aims to provide up to date information about our school. School policies are also available for parents on the website e.g Child Protection policy, Anti- bullying policy etc. The page can be accessed at www.dromorenationalschool.com

Friendship week/Antibullying Week

From the 5th to the 9th of February we will celebrate Friendship/Anti bullying week. All classes will take part in lessons and activities based on this area.  On Friday the 9th we will have an ‘Odd Sock Day’ to celebrate the idea ‘All different, all equal’.

School Self Evaluation

Thanks to all the parents who took the time to return our questionnaire for school self evaluation. We appreciate all the feedback and are delighted that so many of you appear happy with literacy in our school.  We are taking all of your suggestions on board and will implement some of your very valid ideas. We are also intending to hold an information session about ‘How to read with your child’ after Easter for parents of children from junior infants to second class. Date to be confirmed.

Handball

Well done to all the children who represented the school in handball on the 25th of January. Four schools took part in the Cumann na mBunscoil Handball tournament in Mac Cumhaills GAA Handball Alley. Dromore, Sessiaghoneill, Richfield and Downings took part in what was an exciting and enjoyable day of handball. Seven of our children qualified for the County Final. The children from Dromore were commended on their good behaviour and did the school proud. Good luck in the finals!

Grandparents Day

On Tuesday 6th of February 5th class will celebrate Grandparents Day as part of Catholic Schools Week.

Curriculum Language Training

School will be closed for children on Thursday 8th of February to facilitate training for teachers in the ‘New Language Curriculum’.

10@10

As part of our ‘Active Schools’ award, all classes have been participating in ‘10@10’. Ten minutes of exercises every day at 10 o’clock. This is in conjunction with the  ‘Operation Transformation’ programme.  What an active bunch we have in Dromore!

Dates for your Diary

School Enrolment Date: Wednesday 14th February

No school for children- Thursday 8th of February

Mid-term break- School closed 15th & 16th February

St.Patrick’s Day – School Closed Monday 18th of March

Confirmation- Tuesday 20th of March at 5pm

Easter Holidays- School closed 25th of March to the 6th of April

Library Visit- Monday 19th February

 

Dromore N.S

December Newsletter 2017

 

As the year draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year. We extend a special thanks to all of you for your continuued support in ensuring that Dromore continues to grow from strength to strength.

Christmas Draw

Thank you to all families who supported our Christmas Draw. Once again, it was a great success and all funds will support our new computer suite. Winners were- Paddy Brogan, Catherine Dullaghan, Evan O’Connor, Conan Mc Hugh, Daniel Callaghan, Selina Bonner, Niamh Mc Grory, Ellie Murray, Emmett Mc Cafferty, Patsy Doherty, Declan Dooher and Eve Devine.

Christmas Concerts<

Contact Info

Dromore National School, Donegal
Address: An Droim Mor, Killygordon, Co Donegal, Donegal F93A275

Email: dromorekillygordon@gmail.com
Phone: 074-9149455