12ú Feabhra/ February 2013

Máirt na hInide/Shrove Tuesday

A thuismitheoirí/a chaomhnóirí,

Céadaoin an Luathrigh/Ash Wednesday

Fr. Larry and his team of helpers will distribute ashes to the girls for the First day of Lent on Wednesday 13th February.  Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days.  Lent is a time for prayer –a time to prepare for Easter.  Some people make a special Lenten promise to do something every day during Lent.  What will you do ……?


This year’s 2013 Trócaire Lenten campaign is entitled ‘Change, it’s in your hands.  You can help communities work their way out of poverty’.  Your daughter should have received her Trócaire box.  If you are returning your Trócaire box through the school, please do not send it in until after the Easter Holidays.

Cumann na mBunscol

Our school won a prize for “Best Supporters” at the Cumann na mBunscol football final in Croke Park November 2012. We were presented with a framed picture which is on display in the school corridor.


Emma Campbell 6th class, competed in the Leinster School’s Minor Swimming Competition Sat. 19th January 2013.  Maith thú, Emma.

Doodle for Google

Pupils from the school participated in Doodle for Google. Maeve Carolan and Róisín Finnegan, from Ms. O’Neill’s 6th class are now gone through to the next stage.

Primary Science Fair

Ms. O’Neill’s 6th class took part in the Primary Science Fair in the RDS on Friday 11th January 2013.  The girls worked very hard on their project which was entitled “Where have all the Daddy-Long-Legs Gone”?  Míle buíochas to Jo Garry for her help with the project, and also to the parents who transported the girls to and from the RDS on the day. Some of the girls even made it onto the RTE 2 news! This project is on display in the corridor so come and have a look!

Eason Spelling Bee

Our school has entered the “Eason Spelling Bee with Tubridy 2013” competition.  We are currently trying to find our spelling bee champion in the senior classes!


Well done to our 5th class team who won their match last Friday, 8th February.

Leinster Primary Schools Tennis League

Our school has entered the Tennis League again this year. Further details will follow.

Setanta Book Fair

Please note our Book Fair will take place the 4th – 8th March. Further details will follow.

Sacrament of First Reconciliation

Our second class girls will receive their First Confession this month and we will be thinking of them at this special time in their lives.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Our 6th classes are currently participating in the “You Shall be my Witness” Programme as part of their preparation for Confirmation.  Many thanks to Deirdre McDermott our pastoral worker and the parents who are assisting in running the programme.

Safety Internet Day

Microsoft has joined forces with  NCTE to deliver an Internet Safety talk.  Our pupils in 3rd,  4th, 5th and 6th will participate in a classroom presentation on Wednesday 20th February.

School Self-Evaluation

Our cigire/inspector met with staff on Wednesday afternoon, 6th February, where he delivered a presentation on SSE – School Self Evaluation in line with the Department of Education and Skills Circular 0039/2012 Implementation of School Self –Evaluation.

Standardised Test 2012/13

Micra-T (Reading) and Sigma-T (Maths) Standardised tests will take place this year end of May/beginning of June as per Department of Education and Skills Circular 0056/2011 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and Circular 0018/2012 Supporting Assessment: Standardised Testing in Primary Schools.

Tuairiscí Scoile / School Reports

Our annual School Reports will not issue in March but in June of this year, in line with the Department of Education and Skills Circular 0056/2011 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.

Ceolchoirm na Scoile/School Concert

After much thought it has been decided not to hold our bi-annual school concert for this year.


John Whelan, our school caretaker will be retiring very soon. He has been with us for the last 17 years and has seen many changes to the school. We have been very fortunate to have had such a hardworking and dedicated man taking care of Belgrove Girls’ Schools.  He has been first in and last out each day for many, many years, ensuring that the school is in good order for both staff and pupils.  He has worked in varied weather conditions but I think the most memorable would have to be the winter of the SNOW!  He can be seen working around the school as he carries out the many duties assigned to him and is at our beck and call “John we need you …….!”

We all wish John the very best in his retirement. Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.  Saol fada agat, a John!


  • Please ensure your daughter has a healthy lunch – keep treats to a minimum
  • A chailíní – Ná déan dearmad  No crisps, chewing gum or hard sweets.
  • Please ensure your daughter is on time for class in the mornings. The official opening time of the school is 8.40am. Supervision begins at this time. Classes commence at 9.00am and your daughter should be  in the classroom by then. Classes end at 2.20pm.
  • Tracksuit and suitable runners with laces correctly tied are to be worn for P.E.
  • 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.
  • Our midterm break is on Thursday 14th February and Friday 15th February inclusive.

Bíodh sos deas agaibh J

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Anne McCarthy,