Fundraising re School Heating System

As you are aware, the school is currently upgrading the heating system and switching from oil to gas.  The final stages of this work will be completed over the Easter Holidays. While the grant from the DES (Department of Education and Skills) will cover the bulk of the funding, we are left with a shortfall of just under €60,000.  Consequently, the school is embarking on a fundraising programme to make good this shortfall and your support would be greatly appreciated. We will be having a non-uniform day this Friday. As this is the start of our fundraising initiative, we would appreciate a €2 donation to the school.

Further information will follow from the BOM (Board of Management) after the holidays.

Book Fair/Aonach na Leabhar:

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the parents who helped us to run our recent Book Fair. Thanks also to all who supported the Book Fair. We raised €6,084.54 this year which gives us an entitlement of books/cash towards books for class libraries and the school library.

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to encourage your daughter to read.  Read to her, read with her, encourage her to read on her own.  Discuss the books and share opinions.  This improves literacy significantly and will be of huge benefit to your daughter.

Bí ag léamh!

World Book Day:

We will celebrate our own World Book Day after Easter. “Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent” by Alan Early was chosen to be the featured book in the inaugural “Children Save Dublin” reading project and it is a very interesting read.  Alan gave me a signed message “Mrs. McCarthy – Beware of Loki!”

Seachtain na Gaeilge:

The girls dressed in green for Lá Fhéile Pádraig. Each stream learned a different rince gaelach and had fun at their ceilí sa halla. 6th classes took part in a comórtas scéíl and Emma Jones, Drew Hamill and Orla O’Callaghan each won a prize. We also had a Comórtas Ealáine (art competition). The girls illustrated an Irish frása and we have displayed them around the school.  We encourage you  to use them – ask your daughter what one she illustrated!

  • Comhghairdeas: Congratulations
  • Lá breithe sona duit: Happy birthday
  • Slán! Go raibh maith agat: Goodbye! Thank-you
  • Cén t-am é?: What time is it
  • Tá brón orm: I’m sorry
  • Slán go fóill: Goodbye for a while
  • Bíonn an ghaoth ag séideadh: The wind is blowing
  • Tosaíonn na bláthanna ag fás: The flowers begin to grow
  • Tabhair aire: Take care
  • Tóg go bog é: Take it easy
  • Tá mé ar mhuin na muice: (I’m on the pig’s back) I’m in great form
  • Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin! : There’s no place like home!
  • Go bhfoire Dia orainn: God help us
  • Déan do dhícheall: Do your best
  • Bain taitneamh as:  Enjoy it

Charity Donations:

Despite the present recession, our school community have made some very generous donations to good causes. We raised €794 from the sale of our Christmas cards and €397 was donated to Temple Street and €397 was donated to Nyumbani Orphanage, Kenya.

Wells for Zoe” fund raiser on Friday 10th February, raised €1,324. The girls made a great effort to dress in red, pink, white!

Míle buíochas for supporting these fund-raising initiatives.

Sam Maguire Cup:

We had a great turn out of blue for the visit of the Sam Maguire Cup to our school.  Many thanks to Patsy Hetherton who took a photo of the classes with the cup.  Each girl received a photograph.


Our 6th class girls put on a fantastic gymnastic display for the 5th class girls and for each other.  They worked very hard under the guidance of Ms. Lowe, P.E. teacher.

Bhí sibh go h-iontach a chailíní!

Leadóg cúirte/Tennis:

Our tennis team won their first match on Wednesday, 21st March. Maith sibh a chailíní!

Cispheil/ Basketball:

Best of luck to our Belgrove Basketball team who are playing in the  semi-final on Wednesday 28th March!!  Go n- éirí libh a chailíní!

Córfhéile na Scoile:

Comhghairdeas to Ms. Finns’ 3rd class choir who performed on 6th March, in  Córfhéile na scoile– a non-competitive school event.  They gave an excellent performance.

Tráth na gCeist / Quiz:

Well done to our school quiz teams especially our 6th class girls, Molly Boothman, Elizabeth Downes, Drew Hamill, Emer Moreau  who will  represent us at the National Parents Council Quiz in April.

Comhghairdeas freisin to Niamh Corry, Elizabeth Downes, Isabella Dunwoody, Grace Dolan, Molly Boothman, Emer Moreau who came 3rd in the Clontarf Community Games Quiz.

Maith sibh a chailíní.

School Warden:

Noel French, our lollipop man is retiring on Friday, 30th March. He has been with us for just over 3 years and we wish him well.  Saol fada agat, a Noel!

Gáirdín na Scoile/School Garden:

Míle, míle buíochas to all our hard working parents who, under the guidance of Martha Holmes and Claire Roddy have the garden looking fantastic! The parents helped our ranganna a sé (6th), to plant blue spring bulbs under the wooden bridge, thus creating a river of blue.  Is aoibhinn an radharc iad. They are a beautiful sight!

National Education Welfare Board (NEWB):

I would like to send a timely reminder that it is a requirement for schools to report absences of 20 days or more to the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB). Under this arrangement, we must also categorise the reason for each absence. I remind you therefore how important it is that you send a written note to the Class Teacher explaining why your daughter has been absent, on every occasion. The absence note should be on a separate page, and not in your daughter’s homework journal, because the Class Teacher will have to retain it for reference.

We know that you are very aware of the importance for your daughter of not missing school. However, holidays during term time added to days missed unavoidably through illness can add up to quite a few absences over the course of the school year.

In respect of holidays during school time, we remind you that it is not the policy of the school to set ‘holiday work’ for pupils.

Trócaire Boxes:

If you are returning your Trócaire Box through the school, please do not send it in until after the Easter Holidays. Please return it by Thursday, 19th April as Trócaire will be collecting the boxes from us then. After that, you will need to return them to your local church.


Comhghairdeas to our 2nd class girls who received the Sacrament of Penance on 12th March 2012 in St. John the Baptist Church.  Míle buíochas to our 3rd class girls who sang beautifully for the occasion under the guidance of Mrs. MacNamee,  Mrs. O’Dea and  Ms. Finn, who played the keyboard.

Tuairiscí Scoile / School Reports:

As is our custom, we are issuing our annual School Reports at Easter time, rather than at the end of the school year.  This has been agreed with the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for this year. Your daughter’s Report will be posted out to you.

Saoire na Cásca / Easter Holidays:

Ná déan dearmad – beidh na páistí ag dul abhaile 12 noon ar an Aoine.

Is féidir leis na cailíní a n-éadaí féin a chaitheamh ar an Aoine.

We remind you that the school will close on Friday, 30th March at 12.00 noon and will reopen on Monday 16th April 2012.

The girls may wear their suitable, non-uniform clothes to school this Friday. We would appreciate a €2 donation to the school.

We wish all our parents and children a very Happy Easter!

Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh!

Le gach dea – ghuí,


Anne McCarthy,