Welcome to the NKETNS Parent Teacher Association Notice Board!
As parents or teachers of children in NKETNS, you are all members of the newly formed Parent Teacher Association, and the committee hope to use this notice board as another means of communicating any news, updates or information that may be valuable in our efforts to support our children’s learning.
If you have any queries or suggestions for the committee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to hearing from you!
14th May 2018
NKETNS PTA AGM
The NKETNS PTA held their AGM on the 25th of April. At the meeting, outgoing Chairperson Maria Kane reported on the activities that the PTA have been involved in over the last year, outgoing Treasurer Gordon O’Connor reported on the financial activity of the PTA, and a new PTA committee was elected.
While some members of last years committee are staying on, a number have also departed. A huge thanks to all of them for their hard work and dedication in supporting the school community during their time on the committee, and a big welcome to those incoming committee members who will be replacing them!
Linked below are the minutes of the AGM, the Chairperson’s report, the Treasurers record of all PTA income and expenditure, and the names of the new PTA committee members.
29th January 2018
Table Quiz in Support of NKETNS!
Come along to The Abbey Lodge for a table quiz on February 22nd at 8pm. Entry costs €40 for a table of four, and a raffle with prizes including a Samsung Galaxy s8 will also take place on the night!
Tickets can be booked by sending an email to email@example.com for what promises to be a great night!
24th October 2017
Parents’ Gardening Group
Just a quick update from our Parents’ Gardening Group to fill you in on their ongoing work in the school!
The mission of the Parents Gardening Group is: “To ensure every child in the school has the opportunity to plant and harvest food in the school year.” In order to be successful growing food with the students we need to keep the raised vegetable beds weed free, add nutrients by adding compost/manure to the beds thereby improving the growing environment for our vegetables.
We are also aiming to build some additional raised beds at the back of the new school building, so that as the school grows each class can have it’s own growing area. You’ll notice (if you are around the back of the school) that we have covered this area with weedmat for the winter months. Once the new beds are installed and the weeds have died off we hope to reseed this area with grass.
In addition, this year we will be replanting the Reading Corner in areas where weeds have taken over. We are in contact with the Athletic Club regarding spraying the weeds on the roundabout… which needs to be done on an annual basis. You might also have noticed that the Junior Infant beds were cleared with the help of a fab group of JI parents.
The gardening group looks to meet every week, one week on a Wednesday and the next week on a Friday. We meet around 9am (or so) in front of the school office. All parents – mums and dads – are welcome to join us. On any given week there might be 3 to 8 people helping out. You don’t have to have any particular experience in gardening and don’t have to commit to coming every week. If you have them we ask you to bring along a pair of gloves, a spade or shovel and a hand trowel. If not there are a few extras at the school. If you have any questions please contact the school office and Adrienne will put you in touch with the group.
3rd June 2017
Run Mammy Run!
On Monday a group of five parents will complete the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of NKETNS. Arlene, Céline, Elaine, Niamh and Samantha have undertaken to run the 10km for our school, and we would like to wish them good luck and extend a huge thank you to them for their enthusiasm and commitment to the school community! If you would like to support them in their efforts to raise money for the school, you can donate by following the link below, or share this link on your social media so that others may donate also!
7th April 2017
Cookery Demo Goes Down a Treat!
A huge thank you to all those who came along to the Cooking Demonstration fundraising event at the school! It was certainly a night to remember full of great moments.
Special thanks to Michael Swan for putting on a fantastic show and a fabulous gourmet tasting experience!
We would like to also thank our great local food suppliers who kindly donated products for the event: SuperValu Celbridge, Tesco Celbridge and Fitzpatricks butcher’s also in Celbridge.
Also, a big thank you to Brian & Tara from The Caterers, who manage the Courtyard Café in Castletown House, who, along with supplying all of the equipment for the night, demonstrated two of the salads from their menu.
The spot prizes on the night came from Brioche Ranelagh, The Courtyard Café Castletown House and The Vanilla Pod Eatery in Carrickmines & Blackrock.
Big thank you also to the volunteers on the night who did a great job setting up and keeping the show going in the background.
We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did!
Thanks again to all involved!!
31st March 2017
COOKERY DEMO EVENING PRESENTED BY THE PTA!
6th April 2017
Planning and Preparation are well underway for the upcoming Cookery Demonstration to be held on Thursday 6th April at 8pm. Come along and get the chance to learn a few new tricks and maybe even share a few. Plenty of surprises on the night and you might even have to do some of the cooking!!
Tickets on sale at €10 until Tuesday April 4th
(Can also be booked by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and collected on the night)
Remember: Bring a friend if you’d like.
28th March 2017
Zsuzsa and Csenge complete “Swim for a Mile” Challenge in aid of NKETNS
This past Saturday Zsuzsa and Csenge completed the Swim For A Mile Challenge in the National Aquatic Centre, a great achievement personally and a great contribution to the school community! Zsuzsa and Csenge would like us to pass on their thanks for all the support they received, and we would in turn like to thank them for, quite literally, going the extra mile in their efforts to raise funds for the school. Well done and thank you!
For those who would like to sponsor Zsuzsa and Csenge for this great achievement, their “Go Fund Me” page linked below is still open!
14th March 2017
Zsuzsa and Csenge’s “Swim for a Mile” Challenge in aid of NKETNS
As mentioned previously, Zsuzsa (parent) and Csenge (student in 5th class) will take part in the ‘Swim for a Mile’ challenge on Saturday 25th March to raise funds for NKETNS. The race is 1600m long, and will be taking place in the National Aquatic Centre (NAC).
If you would like to sponsor them online, you can do so through the “Go Fund Me” page linked below!
5th March 2017
PTA Committee Update
2016 ended with the sale of the school calendar & Christmas raffle. Thanks to everyone for your support. Over €2300 was raised by these two events. We have kicked off our 2017 school fundraising with the chance to buy some shamrock for St. Patricks Day.
Zsuzsa and Csenge’s “Swim for a Mile” Challenge in aid of NKETNS
Zsuzsa (parent) and Csenge (student in 5th class) will take part in the ‘Swim for a Mile’ challenge on Saturday 25th March to raise funds for NKETNS. The race is 1600m long, and will be taking place in the National Aquatic Centre (NAC). The swim will be held in a 50 metre pool so that means that Zsuzsa and Csenge will Swim 32 lengths on the day. Swim for a mile is an initiative aiming to encourage people to greater participation in swimming across the island and become confident life-long swimmers. Further information about how to sponsor Zsuzsa and Csenge will be sent home. They would also appreciate your support on the day, if you are free to go to the NAC and cheer them on.
Upcoming Fundraising and Social Events
Many of the fundraising events planned for 2017 will also be an opportunity to socialise and have some fun. Here are some dates for your diaries:
- Cookery Demonstration Event, April
- VIP Kildare Outlet Trip, May
- Celbridge Orchestra concert, June
- Women’s Mini Marathon, June
Registration for the Mini Marathon opened on March 1st. If anyone is thinking of taking part please consider fundraising on behalf of the school. We could even put together a NKETNS training group. If you are interested just contact the PTA Committee.
We are also hoping to hold a disco for the children before the end of the school year. If anyone can help with music, lighting or DJ that day we would love to hear from you.
The PTA Committee AGM will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 5th April in the school. All NKETNS parents and guardians are welcome to attend.
11th October 2016
Liffey Descent and Stationary Cycle Fundraisers a huge success!
A huge thank you and congratulations to all who took part in the schools first two fundraising events of the year, as both Maria and Ray Kane’s Liffey Descent and the NKETNS Sponsored Stationary Cycle events proved hugely successful in generating funds for the school, raising a massive €1,480 and €1,128 respectively!
A big thank you to our sponsors for both events (listed below), and to every member of the NKETNS community who contributed to the success of these events. A special thanks must go to Maria and Ray Kane on their achievement in completing the Liffey Descent in aid of the school, and John Cradden for his work in organising the Stationary Cycle, kindly hosted by Nally’s Super Valu. The efforts and contributions of all involved means we have made a great start in our efforts to reach our fundraising target for the year. Well Done!
Full List of Sponsors
Hopscotch After-School Club
Windsor, Liffey Valley
The Courtyard Hotel
10th October 2016
Is your house due a spring clean?
Do those cupboards need a clear out before Christmas?
There will be a clothing recycling drive in aid of North Kildare Educate Together National School this November.
Please donate all your clean, unwanted re-usable clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys.
Please drop off your items to the school between Monday 14th and Thursday 17th November 2016. The more items collected, the more money raised for the school!
10th October 2016
NKETNS Sponsored Stationary Cycle!
The PTA committee would like to sincerely thank you for your support on Saturday and for making the NKETNS Stationary Cycle Fundraising event a great success!!
Your enthusiasm made a huge impression with the Super Valu customers and we are delighted with the support from the community. A special thank you to John Cradden for all his works in organising the event and to www.wheels4u.ie for kindly donating equipment for use on the day.
We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did, see some of the pictures from the event on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NKETN
Last but not least, should you have any feedback on how we could improve this or other events going forward or if you are interested on participating in future events please let us know.
21st September 2016
Maria and Ray Kane’s Liffey Descent in aid of NKETNS
Maria & Ray, Parents of children in senior infants and second class, will take part in the Liffey Descent on Saturday 24th September to raise funds for NKETNS. The race is over 28km long and has 10 weirs to navigate. Every sponsorship card received will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes!
Best of luck to Maria and Ray on completing this huge challenge, and all support is greatly appreciated!
10th June 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The NKETNS Summer Raffle will take place on Thursday 23rd June, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the school.
Tickets are €2 per strip or three strips for €5 and prizes include:
- €100 voucher for Canteen, Celbridge
- €20 voucher for Nally’s SuperValu Celbridge
- Wine gift set donated by SuperValu Parkside Portlaoise
- Box of chocolate liquors & Box of Cadbury Roses donated by Catriona O’Connor
- Twin pack of wine donated by SuperValu Lucan
- €20 voucher for Athena Hairdressers, Hazelhatch Road, Celbridge
- Voucher for The Body Gallery, Celbridge
- Coffee Hamper from Baobab Coffee Roosters, Celbridge
- Voucher for €100 off a car service at Windsor Liffey Valley Opel
- Voucher for €100 off a car service at Windsor Liffey Valley Nissan
- Elle No. 5 Hair, Nail & Beauty Goodie Bag
- €50 voucher for Michelangelo’s Restaurant Celbridge
- Three month Gym Membership at B-Active Fitness Club, Celbridge (two vouchers donated)
- Children’s summer games goodie bag
The PTA would like to thank all those who donated prizes to the raffle and parents and guardian’s for your continued support.
Tickets will be available to buy at the main door of the school from 8.30 to 9am, from Tuesday 14th June to Thursday 23rd June.
***We are looking for parents to help sell the tickets at the school on these mornings. If you are free any morning to help out for a half an hour, please contact any member of the PTA.***
18th May 2016
National Parents Council Primary are surveying children, parents and teachers about Homework. They want to get the opinions of all those involved with homework and are surveying parents and children in order to gain greater insight into this area. The surveys will close on the 22nd of May and the findings will be presented at the annual conference on the 28th May. The findings will also be available on the NPC website. Please find the links to both the parent and child surveys below.
Parents’ Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Children’s Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/
12th May 2016
In order to further clarify the role of the NKETNS PTA, the PTA committee have prepared a draft constitution (link below) for all members of the PTA to review before the vote is cast to ratify this document at the PTA EGM on Thursday the 19th of May. All feedback is welcome and can be sent to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you all on the 19th!
29th April 2016
A quick reminder about the NPC Annual conference taking place on the 28th of May 2016 in the National College of Ireland, Dublin 1.
The title and theme of this year’s conference will be Ready, Steady, Learn – Parents supporting their Children’s Healthy Learning. It is open to all and admission is free. If you would like to attend you can click here to register. Full information is available in the flyer below.
12th April 2016
The NPC Annual Conference will be taking place on the 28th of May 2016 in the National College of Ireland, Dublin 1.
The title and theme of this year’s conference will be Ready, Steady, Learn – Parents supporting their Children’s Healthy Learning
Children need to be ready to learn, therefore this conference will encompass how parents can actively support their children’s mental (emotional), physical (nutritional) and creative health.
The Keynote Speaker will be Shane Martin, a leading Psychologist within the area of education. Shane’s presentation will be POSITIVE PARENTING: Harnessing Strengths within Children.
If you would like to register for conference please click here
All parents welcome