Curriculum Meetings

On September 24th the Curriculum Meetings will begin, giving you a chance to hear from your child’s teacher about the year ahead. See the schedule below to find out what day your meeting will be. Please note that as a result of a suggestion and follow up survey we are having the meetings in the mornings this year in the hope that it will suit people’s schedules better.

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Welcome Back!

A warm welcome back to all of our community.  We hope you have had a terrific summer and thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic weather. It’s so nice to have our first few days back so bright and sunny.

A very warm welcome to new members of staff for this year – Aislinn (Snr Infants) and Marie-Ruth (4thclass), Sylvia who is joining the SNA team and Mary who is taking on the role of School Secr.  We hope they all enjoy being part of the North Bay family.

We have had improvements to the grounds of the school over the last few months.  The Junior yard has been resurfaced in a softplay surface which makes it safer for the children and more versatile in its use for P.E. classes. The Senior yard has also had some repairs completed and the basketball court has been given an overhaul.  Fully resurfacing the Senior yard is in the medium-term plans of the Patron.

The junior entrance, which is the main entrance and reception area of the school, has been extensively landscaped.  This has provided a large platform as a safe and comfortable gathering space for parents/guardians when dropping off and collecting the children.  New planting has been installed which has created more space and gives the grounds a more open feeling.  A new path has been laid to allow those pupils who cycle to school to safely walk their bikes around to the bike stand.  We would ask all those cycling to school to dismount on entering the school grounds and walk their bikes as the grounds are not large enough to allow for safe cycling.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Simone Fitzpatrick and Ronan Moore.  Simone designed and drew up the plans for the landscaping and sourced the contractor.  Ronan project-managed the development, spending a considerable amount of his already very busy time co-ordinating and overseeing the works.  Ronan even managed to install new shelving in the stores for the resources for the fairs and sundry large items. [ I think this gave him the most pleasure :) ]  So a huge Thank You to them both for their time, expertise and commitment.

Of course, none of this could have been achieved without the generosity of our school community over many years, volunteering for events and participating in fairs, raffles and sales, which generates funds that allow the Patron to plan improvements and provide resources to the school.

Another example of this is the teaching resources provided to support the new literacy and numeracy programmes (Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life).  Parent fund-raised monies have allowed the staff to access materials that enhance this teaching.

Inside the school, the revamping of the Learn Together Room kicked off a bit of a painting spree with Paul painting the doors and frames, and some of the Staff catching the bug, painting and redecorating their own rooms.  Thank you to all for making the learning environment so pleasant for our children.

So onwards into a new school year.  We wish all of the children a happy and healthy time together in North Bay.

The Board of Management

Sept. 2018

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Class Teachers for 2018/2019

We hope you are having a lovely summer. Here are the class allocations for the coming school year. We look forward to welcoming you all back next week.



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School Calendar 2018 – 2019

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Trócaire Poetry Competition Winners

Three winners in North Bay

We were delighted that three of our students in 4th class were awarded places in this nationwide competition. Jude Rogers came first overall with his poem, ‘Love Conquers Fear’, Abbey Lin and Fionn McGibney were runners up with their poems ‘The Fox’ and ‘Forgiveness’. This was a fantastic outcome! Well done to our three winners and to all of the children who put so much effort into their creative endeavours. Here are the poems  and some photos from the Awards Ceremony.

Love Conquers Fear   
[click to watch video]

I feel the prickly snake
and hear the roar of death,
I see the black hole
and feel the fiery heart of fear.

I run and run and run,
I run into the morning,
into the fluffy fur
of my golden dog.

Love licks my hand,
nudges my leg.
love lies beside me,
richness and confidence,
I feel love inside.




The Fox 
[click to watch video]

Fear looks like
four prowling paws,
a small sniffing snout,

black eyes that are dull
and hungry.
It lurks in the street
hunting for food, hunting for hope.

Love grows
in the heart of the earth.
When the fox catches
the scent of love it changes,

it grows new fur,
fluffy as a cloud
spread over the fox.

Love gives the fox
food and safety.
when love touches it,
the fox fills with kindness


[click to watch video]

I hear the cry of fear.
Love, get ready for battle,

Love will throw
fear back to its den.

I feel fear upon us all,
it captures us, treats us like a ragdoll.

I taste victory for love,
I see shame for fear.

What love says touches my heart.
Fear, I forgive you.



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