10 September 2013

After School Clubs Autumn 2013

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to inform you that our After School Clubs will be commencing on Monday 23rd September.  Each club will take place one day per week for 9 weeks with a break for Mid-term.  These clubs are organised by the After School Clubs Committee, and will be run by teachers and parents/guardians of children in the school.

Download Registration Form

Registration Night 

When? Monday 16th September @ 6.30pm Where? At the school

What do I need to bring?

  • A completed registration form  (one form to be completed for each child)
  • Fee – Please bring exact change

What to expect on registration night?

Please enter the school from the Hall at the back of the school.  When you arrive you will be given a numbered ticket, proceed to the booking tables when your number is called.  You will see that there will be a table assigned to each day of the week (Monday-Thursday).  Once you’ve registered the place on preferred club you can then move to the payment table.  If you would like to enrol your child(ren) on multiple clubs, please ensure that you get a place on each club before moving to payment table.  It would be great if you could have exact change as this will help speed up the registration process. In the interest of fairness we would ask that parents only enrol their own children.  Some clubs fill up quickly so arrive early to avoid disappointment; there are only 10 places per club. We ask that parents understand that the organisers are parents themselves and are helping out voluntarily so please be patient if there are delays. Please don’t ask them to hold places or pre-book children onto club lists.

Important Notes;

  • All club fees are €40 except Art, Science, Fun with food & Yarn Crafts & Tin Whistle these clubs are €45 to help cover extra costs involved.
  • In the interest of safety we cannot stress enough that children attending the football/ sports clubs must have the appropriate clothing and footwear i.e football boots for football, jackets etc
  • Clubs will start at 1.15 and finish at 2.15 for Junior/Senior infants, 2.15 – 3.15 for all other classes.  When school finishes, children will be escorted to the room their club will take place in.  Most clubs will run for one hour except the Fun with Food & Soccer club, these clubs may run for a few minutes extra to allow for preparation and clean up!  Please note: Please arrive on time to collect children.
  • Fun with Food – Parents are asked to provide a container each week so children can bring home their tasty dish!
  • Extra forms will be available on the table just inside the main door (or email [email protected]).    We also hope to have the form available for download on the school website – www.skerrieseducatetogether.ie   Parents who are unable to attend the evening registration will have an opportunity to register the following morning at the school from 8.30am, providing there are places still left available.  Please note that places in the clubs will be on a first come first served basis. In order for your child’s place to be fully booked, payment is required on the night. There will be a waiting list set up if needed, should there be any cancellations.  
  • If a club is cancelled or if parents need to be notified of any changes, a text will be sent out as soon as we can.  We will also post updates on the school website and facebook page.
  • For health and safety reasons and for the enjoyment of all children in the clubs the school’s code of behaviour will apply during club time.  If the leader believes that a child is not enjoying the club they may at their discretion ask the parent/s to consider the child’s membership in the club.


It is mandatory that children have Liability Insurance.  You should have received the insurance form this week and it is a strict requirement that children are covered in order to take part in an afterschool club.  If a child isn’t covered, they can’t take part in the afterschool clubs program.


Who is on the After School Clubs Committee?

We are parents of children attending Skerries Educate Together.  We started the Clubs when the school was just in its second year.  With the help of parents, teachers, Tomás and Club Leaders we’ve gone from strength to strength in the few years since.  The whole idea of the clubs is to allow children experience new activities in a safe, friendly and familiar environment.  Our hope is that these clubs will nurture and inspire the children and most importantly that they have FUN!!!

The current committee members are:

Ann Marie Downey,  Mandy Greene, Carmel Crowley & Sheelagh Hogan.  We would love to hear from you if you are a parent and would like to join our committee.  We would also be very interested to meet with you if you would like to become a Leader and run a club of your own!

Fun with Food

Mon & Wed (infants) Thursdays (1st – 6th Class) 

This club will promote healthy eating while the children experience what happens to food during preparation and cooking. They will get hands on experience washing, preparing, supervised cooking and displaying their dish, which they will bring home so parents can taste and they can eat what they made! This Club offers a nutritional, colourful and fun club which will promote our children’s sense of accomplishment, self confidence and a healthy outlook towards food in general.


Mondays (3rd -6th Class)

Come along each week to have fun and learn how to play basketball.  Learn all about the rules, take part in training and competitions while having fun and keeping fit.


Mondays (Open to all classes)

The Spanish club is a workshop where children can learn Spanish by doing their favorite activities in Spanish: games, craft, songs, etc, and learn in a fun way with a native Spanish qualified teacher.  We are not only going to enjoy an immersion into the Spanish language, but also get a flavour of Spanish culture, music, etc. Speaking other languages will help your child to extend their communications skills and socialize with an open mind to other cultures. Early learning of a Second language has a positive effect on intellectual growth, enriches and enhances a child’s mental development and gives a student a head start in language requirements for future studies.  This club will be of particular benefit for the older children moving onto secondary school where they will do language studies.


Mondays (1st-6th Class) Thursdays (Jnr & Snr Infants)

This club offers junior and senior infants a chance to improve dexterity, use their imagination through learning play with Lego and other construction sets. The will have lots of fun creating, inventing, building and changing their minds to create all over again. This club is bound to be fantastic fun for everyone!


Mondays – 1st class – 6th Class

Using playdough and googly eyes, come and create your own characters and backdrops, learn about storyboards and film your very own animations as a team.  Material will be edited and uploaded onto a youtube channel for viewing.


Tuesdays (open to all classes)

Drama is a fantastic tool for learning about working as a team, developing self-confidence and teamwork skills and letting the imagination fly!  Each week we will work on a different theme, and we will create, stage and perform our ideas for each other.


Tuesdays (Open to all classes)

‘Why is the sky blue Mammy?’ ‘How do plants grow?’

When a child asks this kind of question they have taken the first step into the world of science and in Science Club they’ll discover what it’s like to take the next: finding answers to those questions. Also we’ll be doing lot’s cool, fun stuff.


Tuesdays  (Open to all classes)

This club is an introduction to soccer. The children will learn about tactics, skill, teamwork, the rules of the game and a love for sport. This club promotes fitness, inclusion, respect, and fun! What makes this club very special is that each child will have a football during the club time so no child is left out. Girls and boys are both very welcome to join.

Tin Whistle

Tuesdays (1st Class +)

Tin whistle after-school club for beginner students who would like to learn the Tin Whistle and be introduced to traditional Irish music.  Each child will take home their own tin whistle to keep so they can practice each week.

Yarn Craft

Wednesdays (1st – 6th class)
Ever fancied making a pom-pom or wondered how to make a friendship bracelet? Well this club is for you! Weekly projects will include crochet, embroidery, felt-making, pom-pom making and macramé.


Wednesdays (Open to all classes)

Taekwondo is a martial art that promotes mental discipline, motivation, determination and patience in our youngest children. It instills in the child a desire to be a better person and to respect and help other people. In particular it teaches the children about delayed gratification and goal focus. The class is filled with positive affirmations, applause and encouragement, where the children learn there are no limits to what they can be or what they can do in life!


Wednesdays (open to all classes)

The Yoga club will include Yoga poses, dance, movement, games and breathing exercises.  Each class will finish with relaxation, visualisation or meditation.  This club is non-competitive and fun for children.


Thursdays (3rd class – 6th Class)

The main aim of the club is to have fun learning an instrument while developing skills in musicianship.  There could be the option of entering an exam at the end of the year.  We will cover different musical genres including pieces chosen by the children themselves.


Thursdays (Open to all classes)

The Children will have lots of fun as there is no wrong way to explore art; there are just different ways of looking at it. Each term we do different things to keep this club fresh and new! (This could get messy, so parents please consider providing an old shirt for your child, to save their clothes or even dress them in clothes that won’t matter if they get dirty on this day).


Thursdays (2nd-6th class)

In this club the children will have fun learning how to play guitar. This club will promote commitment and a sense of pride and achievement as they begin to realise that they themselves can make music happen! This in turn will be great for the children’s confidence. There will be some homework involved in this club so children need to have their own guitars.   Parents, if your child hasn’t got a guitar, please let David know as soon as you can, or a member of our committee on registration night can so you may be helped to source one.

Registration night – Monday 16thth September @ 6.30pm

Clubs start week beginning 23rd September


Carmel – 0857349974

Mandy – 086 8569038

Ann-Marie- 083 1124402


If you have any questions please call:  Carmel (085 7349974) or Mandy (086 8569038) – After Schools Club Committee.

The School does not run the Clubs so they won’t be able to answer your questions directly