Méan Fómhair 2012

September  2012

A thuismitheoirí,

Fáilte ar ais. Tá súil agam gur bhain sibh taitneamh as na laethanta saoire.  A particular welcome to the new parents of ranganna a dó (second class), and to the parents of our new cailíní (girls), who have joined other classes.


Enrolment Forms / Baptismal Certificates:

(A special reminder for the Parents of Second Class girls)

Some parents have yet to send in completed Enrolment Forms. It is very important that the school has the information required on this form. If you have not filled in and returned your daughter’s Enrolment Form, please do so ASAP. Also, parents who have not yet supplied the school with a copy of your daughter’s Baptismal Certificate, please do so as soon as possible. This will be returned to you when the date of her Baptism has been checked and recorded.


Extra Costs:

Sincere thanks to all parents who have paid the Booklist Extra Costs so promptly. Some Extra Costs payments are still outstanding and I remind anyone who has not paid these costs yet to try to do so as soon as possible. The total for Extra Costs is €90.00

If by chance your financial circumstances have changed to such an extent that you have a genuine problem regarding this payment, please talk to your daughter’s Class Teacher or to myself.

Please note this is a separate payment to the Voluntary Contribution.

Voluntary Contributions:

On behalf of the Board of Management of the school, I sincerely thank those parents who have also given the Voluntary Contribution to school funds. You will receive an official receipt for this in due course.

The Voluntary Contribution requested is €75 (or €100 per family).

School Lunches:

v  Please ensure that your daughter has a healthy and nutritious lunch each day and continue to include fresh fruit or veg. As well as being good for your child’s general well-being, healthy eating also adds to her ability to concentrate at school. Please try to avoid fizzy drinks, sweet things or chocolate, and to also include other healthy options (e.g. sandwich, pitta bread, rice-cake, etc.). We do not allow crisps or chewing gum.


All unfinished lunches should be brought home. In this way, you will know what your daughter is not eating at school.


We now have two Green Flags, and we will be continuing to make sure that we ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ this year also. However, not everything can be recycled at school. We ask the girls to have a little bag at school for bringing home tetra-packs (milk or juice cartons) for recycling at home as it is just not practical to recycle them at school.

We ask you to please ensure that your daughter brings these cartons home.

If you have any spare medium to large size paper bags we would appreciate them please.  They can be dropped into the box in the foyer.


School Uniforms:

  • Remember that the regular uniform is regular school wear – in other words, your daughter should not get into the habit of only wearing her tracksuit.  If wearing socks only white or navy should be worn with the school uniform please.
  • Uniform tracksuits with white polo-shirts are required wear for PE.  Please note that suitable flat shoes are required for school wear and trainers (with laces tied properly) are required for PE.  When purchasing trainers for PE please ensure that they are suitable for sports wear and not just designer wear.
  • Please ensure that jumpers, tracksuit tops and jackets etc. are clearly labelled with your daughter’s name.
    • Only minimum, safe jewellery should be worn at school.


Morning Supervision:

Please be aware that supervision by staff begins in the morning at 8.40am. The side gate to the yard usually opens at about 8.35am. Children arriving before this time risk being in the rain outside the side gate and should have appropriate rainwear.


Parking and Stopping:

May we remind you to respect the ‘no stopping’ zone outside the school gates and also to keep our neighbours’ gateways clear at all times. For your daughter’s safety and your own, please always use the small pedestrian entrance gate to the school rather than the wider vehicle entrance.

Please remind your daughter to walk across the road with her bicycle or scooter when crossing with the school warden.



Dog Owners/ Minders

Please clean up after your pet and on the grounds of health and safety please do not bring your dog inside the school gates.


Please do not allow your children to climb on the railings both outside and inside the school gate.


For the sake of all our children and of our parents, please remain vigilant at all times and check your daughter’s hair regularly.

Rented Books Please ensure your daughter treats the books she receives from the school with care over the year, as they will be used again by other children.

Christmas Cards

We have some unsold packs of Christmas Cards from last year.  The Parents’ Association has kindly offered to help sell them at the gate for €2 a pack as soon as the weather picks up.  All proceeds from the sale of the cards will be divided between the nominated charities “Nyumbani – Kenya Orphan Aid”  and “Temple Street Children’s Hospital”


Obair Bhaile: Homework Policy:

Below are the approximate times children should spend on homework:


Rang 2:            20 – 30 mins

Rang 3:            30 – 40 mins

Rang 4:            40 – 50 mins

Rang 5&6:       50 – 60 mins


It is important that you inform your daughter’s class teacher if she is not managing to complete her homework in the recommended time.


Primary Athletics

Girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes are currently taking part in the training sessions as we hope to participate in the North Dublin Primary Schools Annual Cross Country Competition again this year.


Accord: Dublin Schools Programme

In conjunction with the programme for primary school pupils ACCORD (Dublin) will deliver a talk to the parents of 5th and 6th class children on Wednesday 24th October 2012.  Our 6th classes will take part in the School Programme.

Sacramental Dates

Sacrament of First Penance: Date to be decided

First Holy Communion: Saturday, 20th April 2013, 11am.

Photographs on Monday, 22nd April 2013

Sacrament of Confirmation

6th class Retreat:  Wednesday 10th April 2013

We are still waiting for approval from Archbishop’s House for our date for the Sacrament of Confirmation but the proposed date is Thursday 2nd May 2013.

Photographer provisionally booked for Friday, 3rd May 2013.


Would anyone have an Ipod they would be willing to donate to the school for use in the hall with classes.  It would be very much appreciated and could be left into the secretary’s office.

Fundraising re: School Heating System

Swishing the Rails: Thursday, 8th November 2012

The school has upgraded the heating system and has switched from oil to gas.  While the grant from the DES (Department of Education and Skills) covered the bulk of the funding, we were left with a shortfall of just under €60,000.  To meet the funding shortfall the Board and Parents’ Association formed a Fundraising Committee with the goal of eliminating this deficit over a period of years.  The fundraising Committee is holding a “Swishing the Rails” event and would greatly appreciate your support in donating good quality unwanted clothes, bags and jewellery. These can be left into the school where they will be collected.

Green School

As we are a green school we would appreciate if you could help cut the usage of hand towels.  Could your daughter bring in a small hand towel for use, which she could take up at the end of the week for washing.

School Holidays/Laethanta Saoire:

The list of school holidays has been given to your daughter.  Please keep it in a safe place.

It is also available on the school website www.belgroveseniorgirls.ie. You can keep up to date with newsletters on our school website and follow us on twitter@belgrovesgns.

Fáilte: Parents are welcome!

Please remember that parents are welcome to call to the school. However, if you wish to discuss something with your daughter’s Class Teacher or with myself, it is important to make a prior appointment.

When calling to the school during the day, even just to drop off a lunch, please call to the main door only and ring the Senior School doorbell. The doorbell sounds in the Secretary’s, office. If she is not in the office at the time, please be patient and try again.


Internet Safety: The positive aspects of the internet outweigh the negative.  The Internet is an excellent educational and recreational resource for children.  However, some children have access to social network sites which are not age appropriate.  Please be aware of what your daughter is posting. If  hurtful comments have been posted up about your daughter, keep the offending message, as this can be reported to the website owners and the Gardaí.

Parent Seminar:

Parenting Children for Success at School: Drumcondra Education Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.    Joseph Driessen BSc. TTc. MEdAdmin. 11th October 2012

7.00 – 9.30 p.m.    €25


Le gach dea-ghuí don scoil bhliain nua.

Is mise le meas,                                                                         Anne McCarthy      Príomhoide