The School would like to offer it’s condolences to the family of Kevin Whyte who passed away in October. Kevin was a member of our Board of Management until he became ill; he was highly respected and much loved . He was always interested in the children. He enjoyed meeting them and was always keen to hear of their successes whenever he called. Ironically, he wondered at their ability to be so happy despite their personal difficulties when he himself was a major and unfailing contributor to that happiness.
Kevin became involved in the school when we were fundraising for our sensory garden. He supported us in the successful application for a grant from the Maureen O’Connell fund. He helped with the supervision and building of the garden. He saw it as a personal goal to help us build a haven where the children could have a safe place to be and to play. He helped us in so many ways that no amount of thanks can repay. We will miss Kevin for a long, long time. May he rest in peace. Go soilsí solas na bhflaitheas ar a anam álainn uasal. Tá laoch ar lár.
We would also like to thank all those who voluntarily gave up their time to help with swimming, horse riding and outings. You all help to make the school year more enjoyable for the children.
Thanks again to everyone involved.
Our new bus arrived during the last week of school in June 2014. The bus is used by the respite service during the summer. We have the full use of the bus at all times for the children in the school.
We plan to bring the children out of the school for various new activities this coming year. We will be swimming, visiting the library, visiting the Gaelscoil and going out for lunch. Horse riding will recommence in the next few weeks for those who can participate in it. Due to the large number of children who usually go swimming together, we also use Ken’s bus. We also use his services for group tours or outings outside of Ballinasloe. However, we use our own new school bus for other local activities.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, your families and your friends for supporting the fundraising for the bus. As you may know, we managed to get a grant from Ballinasloe Town Council for €29,000 for the bus. In addition, we sought and received a special social grant for the School from Ballinasloe Credit Union of €5,000. We are so grateful to both organisations for their support. Ability West gave a substantial donation towards the cost of the bus and have undertaken to cover its running costs. We are very grateful to them for their continued support. The balance of the money was raised through fundraising.
Many local businesses supported our fundraising drive, giving spot prizes and donations for the raffles we held at Nathan Carter and Mike Denver Concerts. We would like to thank both singers and their management and the local businesses for their support. We also received great support in Ballinasloe for our Church Gate Collection in June 2014. This was organised by Michelle, a former teacher in the school.
A massive amount of organisational effort and commitment went into the organisation of the school’s cycle day. We are extremely grateful to Simon and Geraldine and to Turas Bikes and the Ambulance Centre and the many volunteers and staff who acted as stewards on the day.
We would like to thank Tesco who allowed us to hold a bag packing event and have organised other events to help us raise funds for the bus.
The staff in the school designed and developed a remembrance area in our sensory garden. It is there to remind us of Jason Maughan, Emily Nevin and Shad Rahain all of whom, sadly, have passed away over the last few years. We are greatly indebted to David O’Connor, a local stone mason from Brackernagh, Ballinasloe who designed and very generously donated a beautiful bench and remembrance plaques. It is comforting to know that these children who have left us are not forgotten. It will also be an enduring reminder of teh help, assistance and support we received from the late Kevin Whyte.
Last year saw the retirement of Celia Hobbs and Anne Cormican who were our two school nurses. They were both held in very high esteem by staff, parents and loved by all the children. Their example is a continuing inspiration to us all. We wish them well and many long years of happiness in their retirement. We welcomed our new nurse, Ann Robinson who is well settled into the School at this stage. We are very happy to have Ann with us. Already her undisputed competence has shown her to be a worthy successor to Celia and Anne.
Last year, we said also farewell to Alan O’Hara who has graduated and transferring to adult services in St. Dympna’s, Portumna. We hope Alan will be very happy there and wish him well.
This was a major clothing recycling project ran by the staff in September 2014.
As always the aim was to fundraise for the school.
Thanks to everyone involved.
In June also, we said also farewell to Alan O’Hara who has graduated and transferring to adult services in St. Dympna’s, Portumna. We hope Alan will be very happy there and wish him well.
June saw the retirement of Celia Hobbs and Anne Cormican who were our two school nurses. They were both held in very high esteem by staff, parents and loved by all the children. Their example is a continuing inspiration to us all. We wish them well and many long years of happiness in their retirement. We welcomed our new nurse, Ann Robinson who is well settled into the School at this stage. We are very happy to have Ann with us. Already her undisputed competence has shown her to be a worthy successor to Celia and Anne.
On Sunday 18th May 2014, We held a charity cycle to raise money for a bus for the school. This event could not have been held without the constant help of Mark McKeigue of Turas Bikes who has been guiding and supporting us from the start to the finish. The cycle catered for experienced and novice cyclists. There were two routes: a 30 Km route and a 100Km route. Despite the bad weather conditions, a large number of cyclists took part. There was an excellent atmosphere. We would like to thank all the participants, the Civil Defence, Gardaí, Stewards, Mountbellew Vintage Club and parents. We would like to extend a special thanks to Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre, Supervalu Ballinasloe, Ken Daly Bus Contractor; and Kieran and Niamh Cannon. With such a success, we are hopeful that this will become an annual event.
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