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Exciting First Days! 
Welcome back to school girls and boys! I hope you all have had a lovely summer and are looking forward to your new class. You all look so smart in your new uniforms. Keep up this appearance all year! 
I extend very special words of welcome to all the children who are starting school for the first time in our Primary One classes. It is great to see them settling into their new class so readily with lots of smiles and chat all day long! 
I also welcome the children who have joined us in other classes. I know that they will have received a warm welcome from the staff and children. 
Welcome also to the parents, grandparents and all those who care for our children. I hope you all have had a restful and relaxing summer. I wish you and your child(ren) a very happy year at school. 
Staff are readily available to help and advise you to help your child settle at school. If we can help in any way please just ask, no matter how small, someone will help you. 
Mrs Donnelly 
This Week in St. Colman's ... 
Monday 5th October 
Tin Whistle for P6 and P7 
P6 mass in oratory @ 9.30 am  
Swimming for Mrs Grue's Class  
We are registered for the 2015 CBA programme and will commence the Literacy (NILA) and Numeracy (NINA) assessments with pupils this week. 
Flu Vaccination 
Flu vaccination forms will be sent home from the school nurse very soon. Please complete and return to class teacher soon after you receive this form The school nurse will visit school on Tuesday 17th November. Details will be sent to parents from the school nurse with times and other information. 
Summer Refurbishments 
During the summer holidays we had a major refurbishment programme. The funds from our summer raffle have been used to begin to establish an ICT room. This facility will be used by all children. Please feel free to visit and see for yourself this tremendous resource. I plan to have an opening ceremony during the Autumn Term. 
Healthy Breaks 
During break time children are encouraged to eat a healthy snack and avail of the milk provided by the school. 
P2-P7 may bring in a healthy snack of their own choice. 
P1 children have a snack during Play Time which is provided by the school. 
16th September: Mass in Infant Hall at 10am 
18th September: Non uniform day for Hospice 
13th October: School photographer 
29th October-2nd November: Halloween holidays 
17th November: Flu vaccinations 
We have a number of children in school who have a severe nut and/or peanut allergy. Children with this condition may have an allergic reaction if they come in contact with nuts or food with nut traces in them. 
I would ask that no nut or nut related products, such as peanut butter sandwiches or snicker bars are brought into school for your child’s break or packed lunch. 
I am sure you will appreciate my reasons for making this request and trust that you will give it your full co-operation. 
If I can be of any further assistance on this matter, or should you require clarification, please do not hesitate to contact school. 
The safety of your child is of paramount importance to us at school. At the beginning of each school year it is necessary to gather important information concerning your child. Please set aside time to read and complete the forms sent home with your child and return to the class teacher as soon as possible. 
If any details change it is most important that you contact Reception immediately, especially in relation to contact details. 
When your child has to leave school for any reason before home time it is necessary to sign a registration book at Reception. 
Application forms are available from the school office for free school meals and uniform. If you feel that you are eligible please collect a form as soon as you can. 
If your child is entitled to free meals there are many reasons why you should apply even though your child may prefer a packed lunch. Please complete a form and return as these statistics are used to determine some of the school finances. 
PE Uniform 
All our children look very smart in their school uniform. Thank you parents for all your efforts to make sure that full school uniform is worn each day. 
This year I am introducing a PE uniform which I hope will help parents when it comes to cost and practicalities of leisure wear. Your child will receive details on Monday of what will be available and how to place an order. The purchase of a school polo shirt and school hoodie is optional All PE uniform will be on display in the Junior Hall from Monday. 
PE uniform must be worn on PE days: 
- Blue school jumper or school hoodie 
- White polo shirt (from school or other outlets) 
- Navy track suit bottoms (from school or other outlets) 
- Trainers 
Your child’s teacher will let you know when his/her PE days are in advance.  
Thank you for your anticipated co-operation. 
Mary Donnelly 
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