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