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Reminder: School reopens on Wednesday 31st August at 8.55a.m.

Junior Infants will be dismissed at 12.15p.m.

Senior Infants dismissed at 1.35p.m.

1st-6th classes dismissed at 2.35p.m.

 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back.

 

 

 

Many thanks to all who participatedin our recent survey regarding tracksuits & uniforms, with reference to the Infant classes; the outcome of the survey was to continue to include a uniform & tracksuit for Infant classes. 

 

As the curtain comes down on another year in St. Joseph's, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all who contribute and support the school in a myriad of ways.

 

We wish each and everyone a wonderful summer break & the boys and girls know they have homework for the summer! They have promised to: spend as much time in the outdoors, walking, cycling, climbing etc. They have promised to read and to give technology a rest!

Happy Holidays!

 

Here below please find links to our school booklists and calendar for 2016-2017 for your perusal.

Booklists

 

Calendar 2016-2017 

(Reminder that school reopens on Wednesday 31st August)

 

Congratulations to our pupils who had full attendance for this year. It is a wonderful achievement for both the pupils and their families!

Pictured also are pupils who had full attendance for Term 3. Maith sibh go léir!

Full attendance for 2015-2016!

 

Full attendance for Term 3

 

How lucky were the staff yesterday when 6th Class presented us with this cake! Designed & made by Neassa's relative, Mairéad, it almost looked too good to read, oops eat!! But eat it we all did & it was delicious! Míle buíochas!

 

 

 

6th Class Graduation Mass

 

Senior Infants boys as they graduate from St. Joseph's!  Missing from photo: Dominik Swiderski

 

 

Presentation to Elma Walsh, mum to Donal Walsh at #live life foundation, please click here.

 

6th Class memorable trip to the Devil's Bit!

Despite the inclement weather, 6th class along with Ms Percy, Mr Derby & Ms Foley climbed to the peak of the Devil's Bit on Friday last, 24th June! It will remain long in the minds of the girls as it was their last day together as a 6th class group! Pizza courtesy of O' Connell's Centra quickly warmed us all up again! Here are some pics! 

 

 Templemore Camogie Féile U14 All Ireland Champions!

We are bursting with pride with the fact that we have 4 girls on the team, namely Neassa, Maya, Sarah & Jill, not to mention all our past pupils! It's a historic occasion for Templemore & the future is indeed very bright, once again! Huge credit goes to Cathriona, Emma, Joe, Declan & Martin and all families for their unending support to these amazing group of young women. We were delighted to welcome the team and their All Ireland shield yesterday morning!

 

 

The following policies are currently being reviewed prior to ratification at Board meeting next Wednesday 22nd June. We would appreciate any feedback that you may have regarding same.

Records Retention Schedule

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Equality of Opportunity & Gender Equity

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Science

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Our school's basketball team played their hearts out in Borrisokane during the week. The girls played superbly but the mixed combination of boys and girls proved too strong and the girls narrowly lost out on a place in the final. We did however, win the skills challenge! All the girls received a medal as they were winners of their heat. Ice creams on the way home helped ease the disappointment! 

 

 

 

 

 

We are immensely proud of our U 11 Camogie Team who outlined in Semple Stadium on Wednesday last! While they may not have brought home gold, they brought back a wonderful example of dedication & commitment to the sport. They are all winners in our eyes! Many thanks to the school and GAA coaches who help train the girls and to all who came to support our school team. 

 

 

Pizza helped ease the disappointment!

 

 

We wish our beautiful  2nd class girls and their families every happiness on their Holy Communion day. They have worked very hard under Ms Groome's and Canon Everard's guidance. We all look forward to this memorable occasion. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richie Conroy, screenwriter & childrens writer who recently visited us during our Arts week. Below are our pupils who participate in our walking bus intitative. Every Wednesday, parents & pupils meet at various designated stops around the town and walk to school together. 

 

 

 

School reopens after May midterm on next Monday May 9th.

 

It has been an extremely busy period here at St. Joseph’s.  On March 6th, we took part in the Peace Proms Concert for the first time.  This was a fantastic experience where the children from 3rd to the classes had the opportunity to prepare several songs and participate along with hundreds of other schoolchildren at the Peace Proms concert in Kilkenny accompanied by the Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland.  Many pupils, teachers and parents travelled to Kilkenny for the sell-out performance and all agreed that it was an incredible experience.

 

For the year that’s in it we have dedicated a lot of time recently to learning about the historical events of 1916 and like every other school in the country, we celebrated Proclamation Day on March 15th.  Children dressed up in costumes of the time and treated our large attendance to music, songs and poetry with a 1916 theme.  We were delighted to have local historian Joe Barry in attendance to inform us about activity in our locality during that fateful week.  We unveiled our 2016 Proclamation written by the students of our school which included our vision for a fair, welcoming and peaceful Ireland where all members of society will be treated equally.  Our new tri-colour was raised by Kinnian & Zuza and the ceremony concluded with the burial of a time capsule.  The time capsule contained contributions from all our students, photographs, newspapers and some everyday items that may be no longer in use when our time capsule is uncovered!  We were delighted to have CJ D’Estelle Roe, grandparent as well as from the local historical society with us to help with this. 

The 1916 theme continued into St. Patrick’s Day where we remembered the 40 children who lost their lives in the Rising.  We were led by a beautiful float designed and built by our Parent Association and throughout the parade we performed a dance routine that had been carefully prepared under the guidance of our dance teacher Mrs Butler.  We were delighted to be awarded 2nd place on the day.

 

Our 3rd to 6th classes headed off to Dublin on their school tour on April 21st and in keeping with the 1916 theme, our first port of call was the GPO.  We had a fantastic and informative tour through the Witness History exhibition which really brought the events of 1916 to life for us.  We also visited the National Wax Museum and even made time for a spot of retail therapy at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.  All agreed that it was a day to remember!

 

Arts Week began in St. Joseph’s on April 18th and ran for the week.  As usual we were delighted to welcome los of visitors to the school to broaden our knowledge of all things artistic & creative!  On Monday we had a school art exhibition which comprised of paintings done by each child in the school which had been beautifully mounted, framed & displayed by Justin and his company “Images School Art”.  All of the visitors to the exhibition were amazed by the work of our talented artists. 

On Tuesday we were visited by the Skydome Academy Mobile Planetarium and all students got the chance to interact with the planets, stars, galaxies and other objects in our universe without even leaving the school! 

On Wednesday, we were very lucky to have a visit from screenwriter, Richie Conroy.  Richie has written and directed television for Disney, RTE & BBC and specialises in comedy and animation.  He worked with all class groups to encourage storytelling and develop the pupil’s own creativity.  We finished off the week with a visit from past pupil Clodagh Whelan who did a very relaxing yoga session with each class.  Arts Week has become an integral part of the school calendar and once again proved to be a great success.

We have still found time for lots of other activities also.  Junior, Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd class are busy looking after their vegetable beds where they have planted beetroot, lettuce, onions and a host of other vegetables.  Camogie coaching has begun again through the Munster Camogie Council and the girls will take part in various blitzes.  Our school basketball team enjoyed great success recently when they won the local section of their competition and have qualified for the finals which will take place next month.  Our 2nd Class girls are very busy preparing for their First Holy Communion which will take place on May 14th

Our building work is ongoing as our school gets a ‘new coat’ of external insulation.  This will be followed by the construction of three new classrooms and new toilets over the summer holidays.   

We also look forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants on May 20th as they visit us for an open day before their arrival in September.  

Here are a snapshot of photos!

 

Time Capsule

 

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Some lovely memories from our Spiritual Journey to Holycross Abbey, St. Patrick's College & The door of Mercy, located in the Cathedral, Thurles. Many thanks to Fr Dominic for organising a lovely day for to Fr Joe for welcoming us to St. Patrick's College. More pictures to follow!

We are currently in the process of compiling a Data Protection policy and a CCTV & data management policy. We now attach drafts.

Data Protection Policy      CCTV system & data management.

The board of management  welcomes any constructive advice  prior to ratification on Wednesday 9th March next.

 

We wish girls from 3rd -6th the very best for Peace Proms participation on this Sunday 6th March. We all look forward to a very special afternoon!

Our school twitter account is a great way of keeping up to date with events and news from school. There are regular pictures and videos that show just some of what the boys and girls of St. Joseph's get up to.

Follow us @stjosephs_ps

 

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Our Peace Proms workshop went very well in the Hub today! We are very excited about the upcoming concert which takes place on Sunday 6th March at 2p.m. sharp. Should any family wish to attend the concert, the only way to buy tickets is through this link: www.cboi.ie. Please select the correct day & correct time carefully!!

 

Wednesday 10th February also marks the beginning of Lent. We will all try and make little sacrifices during this lenten season. We have a noticeboard full of ideas should anyone need inspiration!  

 

We have placed a "worry tree" at the Green Schools depot. It is placed centrally so that all pupils and staff will pass by it during the day. Everybody has worries and sometimes we struggle to cope with these worries.

This tree is a very special tree and has magic powers. By simply touching the branches, the tree is magically taking away your worries. All classes have templates of apples in classrooms; you can draw/write your worries on this apple & place it on the tree. Now all our worries are taken by the worry tree! We can talk to our parents, trusted person or teacher about our worries.

Trust the tree!

 

We extend our best wishes to Our Lady's and especially to all our past pupils as they train for the Harty final in a few weeks time.  An Teampall Mór abú!!

 

 

It is with very heavy hearts that we had to say goodbye to Ita today. She got a great send off from Board of Management, parents, pupils & staff. We wish her every happiness in her new job. 

 

Best wishes to all participating in Strictly Come Dancing tomorrow eve, especially to Naomi's dad, Chloe's Mum and to Mikey's Mum! Our own Mr Delaney and his dancing partner, Ava's Mam Denise treated us to a special performance at today's assembly! 

 

 

Some photos from our wonderful day "Grandparents Day" which was held during Catholic Schools Week. More photos to follow so please keep checking here!!

Catholic Schools Week takes place from Monday 1st February to Friday 5th. Grandparents Day is on Tuesday 2nd at 11a.m. We look forward to this much loved annual occasion. Teas, coffees and refreshments afterwards while everybody enjoys a catch up with friends-old & new. 

 

 

 

A warm céad míle fáilte back to school! We hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas. Both pupils & staff are refreshed from our Jingle in the Jungle & are already settling into routine again!

3rd -6th Class are beginning preparations for their involvement in Peace Proms which take place in the Hub in Kilkenny on Sunday March 6th at 2p.m. For more information & a link to the songs, please click PEACE PROMS.

 
 

 

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 Keep an eye on our website to find out what our choir, pictured here, will be preparing for in 2016!

Remember school reopens on Wednesday 6th January 2016.

 

We wish all our families & the community of Templemore a happy & holy Christmas. We have enjoyed a whirlwind of activities during December! Most notably our concert aptly named "Jingle in the Jungle!"  All 146 pupils in the school and all school staff were involved in the concert and the preparations that began weeks ago!  Our Junior Infants performed a medley of Doc McStuffins songs and also some lovely Christmas songs that ensured all present were in the Christmas spirit!  Our Senior Infants depicted the Nativity story in a wonderful performance called Whoops-a-Daisy Angel – the delightful story of a disorganised but lovable angel who is chosen to show the way to Bethlehem.  Children from 1st, 2nd & 3rd classes performed The Magical Christmas Jigsaw, the story of 5 children who receive a gift from an angel that shows them the real meaning of Christmas.  Children from 4th, 5th & 6th classes performed the very popularLion King, the story of the young lion Simba and his struggle to win back his father’s kingdom from his evil Uncle Scar. 

 Most importantly all those who performed on stage thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned many new skills along with discovering some hidden talents.  We are extremely grateful to our dance teacher Rosalie Butler and student teacher Eoin Hamell for their help and expertise in the staging of the show.  We are also indebted to the students of Templemore College of Further Education & Our Lady’s Secondary School who looked after hair & make-up for the performers.  The show could not have gone on without our wonderful parents who helped out in so many ways whether it was backstage, selling tickets, designing costumes, creating hampers, helping with the set, taking photographs – the list is endless.  A sincere thank you to all of you.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the business people of Templemore who donated so generously for our raffle for all performances.  We understand that this continues to be a tough financial climate and we thank you most sincerely for your generosity. We look forward to keeping all the memories alive through photographs & the much anticipated DVD which will be made available in the new year!

 

Full Attendance in Term 1

Many congratulations agus ár mbuíochas to the families of the 48 pupils who had full attendance this term! This is a family achievement despite colds & sicknesses that darken our doors so take a bow! A further 43 pupils only missed 1-2 days which is also excellent. We encouage families to keep up this commendable attendance record & we look forward to exceeding it next term!

 

 

 

6th Class Breakfast

Wonderful memories of Bernard Dunne's visit to our school. 

 

Defence Force Visit 

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Míle buíochas to our 82 families who generously filled shoe boxes! They have already been collected & will be prepared for dispatch overseas!

 

 

Only 1 week back from midterm & already our sporting calendar has been very busy! Teams from 4th-6th attended track & filed event held in Nenagh last week! A very enjoyable day was had by all! Individual medals won by Neassa, Molly, Kate & Ciara as well as team gold for our relay team, namely Neassa, Molly, Mikayla & Alicia! Here are a few pics from Nenagh!

                     

       

        

 

Our under 11-1 team were in action in Cashel last Thursday & lost out on the narrowest of margins to Mullinahone in the County final. Templemore easily overcame both Cahir & Cashel and great credit is due to the team and coaches! The panel consisted of  Rebecca, Emily, Leah, Molly W, Lexi, Jodie, Fiona, Mai, Ruth & Mary Ellen.

 

Happy Halloween!

It's been a very busy few weeks for us here in St. Joseph's! Our Under 11s had  fantastic performances against Corville NS & Mount Bruis recently but unfortunately lost to a stronger Cashel team in the semi final. Our next U 11 team take to the pitch on Thursday 5th November! Best wishes to all girls participating in Track & Field events in Nenagh on November 4th. A very belated congratulations to Neassa who came in 2nd place at cross country championships recently. 114 pupils competed in the race. Congratulations to all who participated in Cross Country. 

Friendship week has just drawn to a conclusion. This is a very important week in our calendar whereby we revisit what it means to be a good friend, to remind ourselves that bullying, in any form is not acceptable. Many initiatives were organised including a Friendship Tree whereby pupils draw / write about the importance of friendship on a leaf template. The tree is in full bloom and it's obvious that St. Joseph's is a very friendly school! Pupils also designed posters, all of which are displayed around the school surrounds! The following pupils received little prizes for their posters!

Junior Infants Mr Delaney:   Eimear Hoctor, Sierra Hogan & Kacper Dudek

Junior Infants Ms Percy:      Renata O' Connell, Zina Quinlan & Shane Leahy

Senior Infants Ms Hassett:  Keira Sweeney, Tom Collier & Leah Loughnane

Senior Infants Ms Maher / Ms Ryan: Nicola Augustyniak, Aisling O' Brien & Kinnian O' Brien

1st Class:  Nicole Buckley, Rebecca Kavanagh & Lucy Duggan

2nd Class:  Jasmine O' Connell, Emma Fogarty, Catherine Bannon & Julie Grey

3rd Class:   Alana Delahunty, Louise Carroll & Jane Bourke

4th Class: Jodie Collins, Saoirse Faherty, Molly Walsh, Victoria Donoghue & Kerry McCormack

5th Class:   Ava Murphy, Jennifer Sargent, Zuza Dudzinska & Katie Johnston

6th Class:  Neassa Towey, Maya O' Toole & Amy Doran

 

An annual thank you to parents, guardians & siblings for providing / designing amazing Halloween costumes! The pupils today consisted of witches, clowns, vampires, ghosts, pirates, Rafiki, babies, princesses & dead people to mention but a few! Everybody had great fun in trying to identify who was behind the mask as well as finishing assembly by dancing to scary songs such as Thriller & Ghostbusters! Here are but a few pics from today! Included are our two fabulous student teachers from Mary Immaculate College! 

Thanks to Áine, T.Y. student for all her help!

 

Wishing all our school community a happy Halloween & in doing so, remind everybody of the dangers associated with it. School reopens on Monday 2nd November. 

 

 

 

For information on our upcoming Christmas Concert, please click here.

 

Tipp FMs Brian & Lorraine visited us last week as part of "Big Questions, Little People" slot on the weekly breakfast show at 8.15a.m. We answered some very grown up questions & to hear what we said, please tune into Tipp FM all this week at 8.15a.m.!

 

Congratulations to our U 13 football panel who have reached a third consecutive County Final (Roinn C). Outstanding performances against Two-mile-borris, Upperchurch, Ballina & Borrisoleigh ensured a ticket to the final! Thanks to coaches & parents for their committments to the team! The County final against Thomastown is scheduled to take place in mid November. 

 

Guess the Score Results!

 

Thank you to everybody who entered into this fun fundraiser! An amazing €1755.00 has been raised. Congratulations to the winning teams yesterday. Tipperary Minors can be very proud of their achievements to date.

Unfortunately nobody guessed the correct score. 

The prize money has been divided. 6 lucky card sellers have received €5.00 while 6 drawn lines have received €20. This lottery has taken place under the watchful eye of St. Joseph's "KPMG", 5th & 6th Class!! 

Winners:

Card Seller:                                      Line:

Emily Ahern                                     Freddie Ryan

Sarah Hogan                                    Declan Hogan

Alicia Lucas                                     Damien Murphy  

Emily Keane                                     Audrey Butler

Aleeta Curley                                   Nana Curley

Jodie & Ruby Collins                      Thomas Collins 

 

Míle Buíochas!

 

A very warm welcome to all our pupils & families! We hope this year will be enjoyable, happy, active with lots to be discovered and learned! 

Our Familiarisation evening takes place on Tuesday 15th Sept at 7p.m. for both Junior & Senior Infants. Teachers will give an overview of the curriculum and will give lots of helpful tips regarding homework, lunches etc. Teachers are available to answer any concerns or questions that you may have.  The Parent Association A.G.M. will take place immediately afterwards & we ask that parents stay on for this meeting, if possible! The Association needs you!

 

Stand up for Education

The INTO has launched a pre-budget campaign calling for greater investment in primary education. The ‘Stand up for primary education’ is demanding improvements in class size, funding and supports for school leaders in next month’s budget.
 
Irish classes have an average of 25 pupils compared to an EU average of 21 per class. The campaign is looking for an immediate reduction in class size in Budget 2016 followed by further reductions to bring Irish classes to EU levels within 5 years. State funding for school running costs at primary is 92c per pupil per day while second level schools get almost double (€1.77) for each student. This funding covers school running costs such as electricity bills, heating costs and water charges. Primary school classrooms must be opened, heated, cleaned and maintained for a month longer, but are expected to do this with just over half the funding. Nearly two thirds of primary school principals teach full time as well as run a school. Teaching principals need one day per week with substitute cover free from teaching. This would greatly improve the management of schools and benefit children. A lifting of the ban on promotion would also help schools to deal with increased demands like special education, computing and literacy and numeracy.
 
Your support for this campaign is needed and would be greatly appreciated. It’s also easy to do
• Please send  postcards to local TDs to let them know that for you primary education is a priority
• Please go to www.standupprimary.ie and send the pre-prepared email to all local TDs
• Between now and the budget in a month’s time, if you meet any TDs please let them know that for you primary education is a priority
 
Thank you for standing up for Education.