Family Note 13

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Family Note 12

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Board of Management report 2015

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Enrolment Week

Enrolment Week takes place this year from 16th – 20th Nov.

If you have a child due to start school as a Junior Infant in Sept. 2016, please ensure that you have completed an Application for Admission Form before the closing date for receipt of Applications i.e.20th November 2015.

As we expect that the number of applications will again far exceed the number of places available in next year’s Junior Infants Classes (2 classes only being enrolled), the allocation of places will be dealt with by the Board of Management in accordance with Scoil Barra’s Enrolment/Admissions Policy.

In accordance with the Enrolment Policy, pupils commencing school as Junior Infants in Sept. 2016 must be at least 4 years of age on/before 31st May 2016.

An ‘Open Afternoon’ is scheduled for Thursday, 19th Nov., 1.30-2.30 p.m. Prospective parents and children are invited to come to the school that afternoon to meet with some staff members and to view the Infants’ Classrooms


Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

The children of Scoil Barra certainly demonstrated the Christmas spirit early this year! A huge thank you to all the students and parents for your generous donations. We had a record number of 285 boxes donated. They were filled with toys, treats and goodies to delight and excite a child in need this Christmas. The boxes, this year, will go to children in need in Africa and Eastern Europe. Many thanks to Ms Ní Dhonnabháin for organising the appeal this year and to all the teachers who helped in many ways. To find out more about the charity please visit

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2015

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Gallant Performance by Scoil Barra Boys

By Clodagh O’Sullivan, Nicola Batt, Cormac Keane, 6th Class

The 4th of November 2015, is a day that our boys GAA team will remember for the rest of their lives. It was a huge achievement to get to the Sciath na Scol final and we are very proud of them for doing so. It wasn’t the perfect day for a match but the boys pushed through and put up a fierce battle. The boys were so delighted about getting the opportunity to play in Páirc Uí Rinn that they didn’t worry about the weather. The atmosphere was fantastic and our captain Cormac Keane was quoted as saying “Though it was a tough game and we didn’t come out champions, the support was amazing even when things weren’t looking too good”.

In the first half the boys conceded two goals but never gave up. At half time Mr. Leen, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Stokes must have given the boys a brilliant pep talk because in the second half they produced a fantastic comeback. Morgan Foley scored some well taken frees to get the crowd going and then Jamie Wills finished coolly for a well earned goal. This reduced the margin but in the end time wasn’t on our side. When the final whistle blew the team were heartbroken but we know the boys put up a great battle and did the best they could.

On behalf of the team, captain Cormac Keane would like to thank their mentors Mr. Leen, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Stokes. Finally, it is worth mentioning that we played our part in history as three sets of twins took to the field for Scoil Barra. Well done to the Keane, Kumanzembe and Okpoyo brothers!

Team: Cormac Keane (Captain), Ronan Keane, Danny Neville, Ryan O’Niell, Olan Buckley, Andrew Okpoyo, Alex Okpoyo, Christopher Kumanzembe, Hervé Kumanzembe, Pete Kelly, Tadhg O’Connell, Reece Parsons, Morgan Foley, Jamie Wills, Emmanuel Obodoechi, Ade Folau, Niall O’Driscoll, Jake O’Brien, Ryan King, Jamie Buckley, Robbie Zagajewski, Chinonso Eze, Ben McGuirk, James Hussey, James Hurley, Callum McCoy, Favour Williams, Brendan Burke.

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