A thuismitheoirí/ a chaomhnóirí,
Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh go léir.
The time is flying by and already the Easter season is upon us! I would like you to take time out from your busy day with a cuppa and sit back, read and catch up on Belgrove Senior Girls’ News!
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 €5,638 this year which gives us an entitlement of books or 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!
Helping families support literacy
Check out the new website www.helpmykidlearn.ie for parents and guardians. It was developed as part of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) National Strategy “Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life”.
Leabharlann na Scoile/School library
We are still in the process of upgrading to a scanner library system. Thanks to Jill Pitcher and Noreen O’Dea, who with the help of Brian Henry, are working very hard to achieve our state of the art system!
Tráth na gCeist / Quiz
Well done to the girls who participated in the Parents’ Association Quiz on Sunday, 24th February. Comhghairdeas to our 5th class girls, Kaycee Medina, Ava McMahon, Lauren Scott and Orla Vickers who will represent us at the National Parents Council Quiz in April.
Míle buíochas to the Parents’ Association for organising and running the quiz.
Comhghairdeas to our two 5th class basketball teams and one 6th class basketball team who have all reached the semi-final stage in their competition. Go n- éirí libh a chailíní!
21st INTO/EBS Handwriting Competition
Comhghairdeas to Holly Horgan, 5th class- Mrs. Joy who came 1st in Category E for 5th and 6th class children. Her winning entry has now gone onto the National Competition! Go n-éirí leat Holly!
Comhghairdeas also to Ava McMahon 5th class – Ms. Curtis who came 2nd in Category E.
Well done to all the girls who participated in the competition
Keep up the beautiful writing girls.
Eason Spelling Bee
Congratulatins to Amy Coughlan, Ms. O’Neill’s 6th class who is our school Spelling Champion. She will now represent us in the county Spelling Bee.
World Book Day
We celebrated World Book Day on Wednesday, 6th March. The girls made a fantastic effort in dressing up as various characters and the school was a very colourful place! The following girls won a €10 book token for their excellent book reviews. These reviews are on display in the corridor if you would like to see them
|Mrs de Burca/Ms. Foley||2nd||Isabel Larmer|
|Ms. Carroll||2nd||Severina Budrikaite|
|Ms. Rowley||2nd||Keelin Ryan|
|Mrs. O’Dea||3rd||Grace O’Keeffe|
|Mrs. MacNamee||3rd||Lucy Smith|
|Ms. Peacock||3rd||Robyn Ennis|
|Mrs. Furness||4th||Sophie Doran|
|Ms. Finn||4th||Hannah Neylin|
|Ms. Egan||4th||Jill Scarry|
|Ms. O’Connell||5th||Alex Coughlan|
|Mrs. Joy||5th||Aisling Kilmartin|
|Ms. Curtis||5th||Sophie Quinn|
|Ms. O’Neill||6th||Mia Finnegan|
|Ms. Brodie||6th||Mary Lenihan|
|Ms. McCarthy||6th||Hannah Vernon|
Despite the present recession, people were very supportive of our request for a donation to St. John’s Ward, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. €566.10 was collected.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
The girls wore green on Friday 15th March for Lá Fhéile Pádraig and created wonderful hataí/hats to wear on our “Lá Glas”. Philip Treacy watch out! The classes were busy learning their rince gaelach for their ceilí sa halla and the 6th classes took part in a comórtas scéíl. The winners were:
|Ms. O’Neill||6th||Eva Byrne|
|Ms. Brodie||6th||Katrina Marsh|
|Ms. McCarthy||6th||Jane McHugh|
Ms. O’Neill’s 6th class project “Where Have All The Daddy-Long-Legs Gone” was entered in the ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards and it qualified for the next stage. Aoife Burke, Emma Campbell, Maeve Carolan, Kim Clarke, Caoimhe Doody and Aoife Farnham presented the project today, to a panel of judges in Greenhouse, St. Andrew’s Street. We will know after the Easter holidays how the girls got on! GO BELGROVE!!
The Green School Committee is in the process of trying to achieve a third green flag for the school. This flag is for water. The girls on the committee are working hard to make sure that water is not being wasted around the school and are reminding their classes about the importance of conserving water.
The committee is also currently reviewing our Litter and Waste flag. This involves making sure that everyone in the school is trying hard to recycle and reduce the amount of waste that the school produces. We all want to keep Belgrove green, so keep up the good work girls!!
Gáirdín na Scoile/School Garden
Buíochas mór to all our hard working parents who, under the guidance of Martha Holmes and Claire Roddy have the garden looking fantastic! The spring bulbs are a beautiful sight to see! Is aoibhinn an radharc iad! The garden is behind the portacabin in the yard should you wish to have a look.
Buíochas mór for the huge support received to date for all our fundraising. It is very much appreciated.
The fundraising efforts continue with a bag pack in Nolan’s Supermarket on Good Friday. The Fundraising Committee would really appreciate if 6th class girls could give one hour of their time on that day to help out. Parental help with supervision is also needed. If you forgot to fill out the flier but feel you are able to help, please call or text Claire on 087 245 6404. All help will be much appreciated.
Turais Scoile/School Tours
We wish to acknowledge our appreciation of a generous donation from the Parents’ Association towards the cost of buses for school tours. Míle buíochas.
Comhghairdeas to our 2nd class girls who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in their class groupings on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th February. Many thanks to Fr. Pat McManus, Fr. Martin Hogan, Fr. Larry White and Fr. John Callanan who officiated at the ceremonies. Thanks also to the teachers for all their hard work in preparing the children for this special time in their lives. It was a memorable, intimate occasion held in St. John the Baptist Church.
First Holy Communion
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place this year on Saturday 20th April 2013 at 11a.m.
|Mrs. de Burca / Ms. Foley||St. John the Baptist|
|Ms. Carroll||St. Anthony’s|
|Ms. Rowley||St. Gabriel’s|
The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place this year on Thursday, 2nd May 2013 at 11.00a.m.
|Ms. McCarthy/Ms. O’Neill||St. Anthony’s|
|Ms. Brodie||St. Gabriel’s|
Important dates/ Dátaítábhachta
|Friendship Focus||27th May – 31st May|
|Active Week||27th May – 31st May|
|Sports Day||Friday 31st May|
|End of year school reports posted home||Friday 21st June|
John Whelan retired on Friday 15th March, after 17 years of dedicated service to Belgrove Senior Girls’ School. It was a sad day for us as we celebrated his retirement because John has been with us for so long. His wife Kathleen joined us in the school hall where the girls had artwork, poems, stories and songs to perform for John. They also had a presentation for him and he was very touched by the children’s generosity to him on his retirement.
Céad míle fáilte! We would like to welcome Mr. Mark Swinburn to our staff as our new school caretaker. We look forward to working with Mark as he takes up his new position with the school.
National Education Welfare Board ( NEWB)
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.
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, 11th April as Trócaire will be collecting the boxes from us then. After that, you will need to return them to your local church.
Saoire na Cásca / Easter Holidays
Ná déan dearmad – beidh na páistí ag dul abhaile 12 noon ar an Aoine, 22ú Marta.
Is féidir leis na cailíní a n-éadaí féin a chaitheamh ar an Aoine.
We remind you that the school will close on Friday, 22nd March at 12.00 noon and will reopen on Monday 8th April 2013.
The girls may wear their suitable, non-uniform clothes to school this Friday.
We wish all our parents and children a very Happy Easter!
Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh!
Le gach dea – ghuí,