Head Teacher's Blog

May 04

Week Commencing Tuesday 8th May 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope that you have enjoyed the benefit of a long weekend.

On Saturday 5th May we celebrate the Feast day of the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice.
Our school is part of the Edmund Rice Family and one of hundreds of school across the world, each one of which follows the charism of Blessed Edmund.
Edmund Rice was a rich merchant based in Waterford, Ireland. He was concerned by the poverty that he witnessed around him. After personal tragedy he focussed his life on the teachings of Jesus and lived out what he believed by educating and caring for the poor boys he saw around him. Other people were moved to join him and to extend the work which he had begun. Nano Nagle undertook similar work with girls in poverty.
The work started in Waterford continues today through the education, social and ecological concern of the Edmund Rice family; of which we are proud to be a small part.

The week ahead begins on Tuesday 8th May. We will be celebrating the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice with a special Mass at 1-30pm at St Teresa’s Church led by Father Rob. You are most welcome to attend and celebrate with us.

On Wednesday we have the School Nurses in to undertake Height and Weight checks with the Reception class - parents have already been informed.
Tom Murray from the Edmund Rice Office will be in school to work with P6 as they study for their Edmund Rice Award.

On Thursday Mr Hood and Mrs Edwards are receiving training on the new Government requirement for handling data, GDPR.

Friday is our ‘Odd Sock Day’, which is a part of the P6 initiative to raise as part of their Edmund Rice Award. All children and staff are asked to come into school wearing odd socks in exchange for one pound.

The money raised from this event will go to a charity called, ‘Beau’s boots are made for walking.’
Beau is a 6-year-old boy, who along with his twin brother were born 14 weeks premature, and as a result he was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Beau finds it very difficult to do the one thing that we all take for granted, and that is to walk.
Beau’s family are trying to raise £75,000 to send him to America for surgery as Beau has been accepted by Dr Tae Park, at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.

On Saturday the Staff and Governors will be joining together for the Annual Staff/Governor Away Day, this year it is being led by the Edmund Rice Education team based at ‘Woodeaves’.

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