October 2012

Tá Oíche Shamhna ag teacht!

Sponsored Walk  : Friday, 26th October 2012

(Bí gléasta suas – be dressed up!)

Míle buíochas to the committee of our Parents’ Association for once again organising our sponsored walk.  We hope everyone enjoyed themselves including our Moms and Dads!

Buíochas mór to all who sponsored the girls.  If you have not done so please return the sponsorship form and money to the Parents’ Association.  Unused forms may also be returned.

Swishing The Rails

Please support Belgrove Senior Girls ‘Swishing the Rails’ on Thurs 8th Nov.  Donate unwanted clothes, bags and jewellery to school reception.   For pick up ring 087 2456 404.

Enjoy a good night out and update your wardrobe at the same time! We will joined by Brendan Courtney of “Off the Rails”.    Tickets now on sale €10

All funds raised will go towards reducing the deficit on the upgrade to the school heating system.  Míle Buíochas to all involved especially Claire Roddy and Denise OCallaghan.

Cumann na mBunscol

Belgrove Senior Girls’ School has entered the Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic Football competition again this year. We are extremely proud of all 25 girls who  make up the Belgrove Senior Girls’ Gaelic Football Team We had comfortable wins in our first three games but a stronger opposition awaited us in Rush NS, our joint group leaders.  The girls however did themselves proud to win 6 points to 1 goal! This ensured our place in the semi-final for the Corn Austin Finn trophy. Go n-éirí libh!

Míle buíochas to Mr. Philip Browne for his support and help in training the GAA team.  Míle buíochas freisin to Stephan Behan (Clontarf GAA – Gaelic Promotions Officer) and to Ms. Brodie and Ms. Rowley, for their help in organising the football.

Primary Athletics

We  participated in the  North Dublin Primary Schools Annual Cross Country Competition, again this year.  Over 140 girls, from 4th to 6th class, took part in the training sessions. 9 teams participated in the event on Monday 15th October.  Comhghairdeas to all those who completed the course on the day.

Belgrove Team A u/13 came 2nd : Sarah Brown, Emma Campbell, Mia Finnegan, Laura Joyce, Maeve O’Carolan and Aimee Ryan

Mia Finnegan came 1st and Laura Joyce  3rd.  Maith sibh a chailíní!

Buíochas mór do  Ms. Nic Lughadha, Ms. O’Connell, Ms. Curtis and Ms Foley for their help.

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 urge 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 problem regarding this payment, please talk to your daughter’s Class Teacher or to myself.

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. Due to the recession some DES (Department of Education and Skills) funding has been withdrawn so your contribution is vital to the running of the school.

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

Book Rental Scheme

Your daughter is using text books rented  from the school and I would ask that she would mind them carefully  please. We will collect them back at the end of the school year for use for the next group of girls.  A group of parents has been kind enough to lend a hand covering and “cleaning up “ some of the older books.  Extra help would be much appreciated.

Learning Support

We have been sanctioned an extra Learning Support Teacher  by the DES (Department of Education and Skills) this year, and we are in a position to offer in – class maths support to every class in the school.  We also  have extra in-class support for English  reducing the necessity to withdraw children from class.   This is in line with the DES staged approach to Assessment, Identification and Programme Planning- Circular SP ED 02/05: Appendix 3.

IT Week 15th – 19th October

Each class had great fun studying the curriculum in an interactive way.

The girls enjoyed using the following websites  – why don’t you try them at home too!




Check out the corridor for our IT display after the midterm!

Diocesan Advisors

Four members of the Diocesan Advisors Team came to visit us on Monday 15th October 2012.  Each class was visited by a member of the team who spent time talking to the children and the teachers about the Alive – O programme (which is in use in the school).  You can engage with your daughter’s religious education through discussion/ the Alive-O pupil book and by participating in the family mass in your parish.

Website: education.dublindiocese.ie – religious education – primary section

School Mass

Fr. Larry celebrated mass with our 5th and 6th classes on Wednesday 17th October in the school hall.  The girls listened to the parable of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15: 11 – 32 which was proclaimed to us by Sally, Ally, Katrina, Sadhbh and Ciara.

Each class wrote a prayer of the faithful and these were read by Alex, Rachel, Lauren, Anna and Jenna.

We  came together as followers of Jesus to worship and give thanks to Our Lord.

Gardaí visits

Buíochas mór to Garda Sharon Kavanagh and Garda Deirdre O’Donnell who visited our 5th classes over the last few weeks to discuss Bullying, Personal Safety and Hallowe’en Safety with the girls.  This is part of the Community Garda Programme for which we are very grateful.

Mounted Police Visit

Buíochas mór to Sergeant Jim Clavin, Clontarf for organising the visit.  Also thanks to Garda Sharon Kavanagh and Garda Deirdre O Donnell who helped out.

Tháinig Finn agus  Cumhall ar chuairt chugainn. They are two of the mounted police horses which are stabled in the Phoenix Park beside Áras an Úachtarán and they visited us on Tuesday 2nd October. The Unit provides support to Garda Districts in many counties on a regular basis.

Internet Safety Talk

Vincent Lattimore and Darren Dunwoody of Microsoft Ireland,  along with Garda Paul Daly of Clontarf, gave a very interesting and informative talk to the parents of boys and girls in 3rd to 6th class. Please be vigilant and protect your daughters from the potential dangers of the internet.

Accord 5th and 6th class Parent Talk

Anita Conlon of Accord gave a presentation to the parents of 5th and 6th classes on Wednesday 24th October 2012.  The Parent Talk is an important part of the  School Programme which Accord deliver to our 6th class girls. The talks for 6th class girls will take place in November.

Cycling Safety Training Course

Our school is staging a course in cycling safety training for 5th classes run by the Cycling Safety and Skills School.  This will take place over a number of weeks in Novemeber. The course is subsidised by Dublin City Council and míle buíochas to Our Parents’ Association who are further subsidising the course.

Active Flag

Belgrove has been excelling in the area of sport over the past few years. So, we’ve decided to make everyone more aware of how active we really are! This year we are hoping to apply for our Active Flag!! The Active School Flag recognizes schools promoting physical activity and physical education. Ms. McCarthy and Ms. O’Neill, along with 6th class representatives Emma, Caoimhe, Rachael, Hannah, Niamh and Roisín, have formed an Active Committee. We are only getting started so any suggestions the girls might have about promoting sports or being active, can be placed in the Active Committee suggestion box beside the hall.


Now that we have an extra Learning  Support teacher, we’ve been able to bring maths out of the classroom over the last few weeks.  The 5th and 6th classes enjoyed doing a maths trail out in our garden.  They got a chance to see that maths is everywhere, all around us and not just between the covers of a maths book! They enjoyed doing real-life problems – finding the area of the vegetable patches, the perimeter of the recessed area, the circumference of the water barrel, the diameter of the table ……

How many bats on this page? How many altogether?


Unfortunately  someone crashed/reversed into a pale blue Renault Megane MPV on Tuesday 16th October between 9 and 10 a.m. and caused considerable damage to the car.  It was parked on the far side of the road from the school.  The owner of the car was a parent kindly giving up her time to help out in the school.   There were no witnesses and no one has claimed responsibility.  If you have any information the school or gardaí in Clontarf can be contacted.

Reminders for the girls

Be on time in the morning i.e. be in by  8.50am

Wear correct school uniform – white or navy socks, white polo top and tracksuit only on PE days, or if you are playing basketball, tennis or football after school.

Healthy lunch le do thoil– no crisps allowed


Diary dates

Accord Relationship Programme for 6th class girls will be held in November

Parent Talk: Language – The Key to Learning 8p.m. Wednesday 21st November 2012

Parent Teacher Meeting: Thursday 29th November, 2012

First Holy Communion: Saturday, 20th April 2013

Confirmation: Thursday 2nd May 2013

Bain taitneamh as an  saoire and see you on Monday 5th November.

Le gach dea ghuí,

Anne McCarthy,


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