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Meán Fómhair 2013

September  2013

A thuismitheoirí / a chaomhnóirí,

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.

Newly enrolled girls

  • 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.

  • Birth Certificate

The school also now needs a copy of your daughter’s birth certificate  as that is the name that  must be recorded on  the official school Register (Clárleabhar), as per Circular 0028/2013 issued July 2013:

2.3 The following are the changes to the information to be recorded in the Register (Clárleabhar):

(a) the name recorded for a pupil in the Register (Clárleabhar) will be the name as recorded on the pupil’s birth certificate or other appropriate legal document. The name on a baptismal certificate (or other non-legal document) is no longer deemed acceptable for this purpose;

The circular can be accessed on the Department of Education and Skills website.

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 €100.00  If possible please send in notes or cheque, as the bank will only accept full money bags and no loose coinage from the school.

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.


In accordance with the policy of the Board of Management of the school, all pupils in the school are included in the Personal Accident Insurance Scheme with 24hr cover. The cost of this is €5.60 (an increase of 70 cent) and is included in Booklist Extra Costs.

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

  • We encourage your daughter to have healthy and nutritious lunches each day especially fresh fruit and/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 treats 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.

Brat Glas

We now have two Green Flags, and we will be continuing to make sure that we ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ this year also. We will be working towards our third green flag this year. The theme for this flag is water conservation.  As a school we are trying to reduce our consumption of water and help our students become more aware of how valuable water is in our lives, as not everyone has access to this precious resource. We would encourage you to reinforce this message at home by thinking of ways that you could reduce your own household water consumption.  Your daughter should be able to come up with some great suggestions!  

We still need a parent volunteer on our committee, so if you would be willing to help please contact the school for further details.

We are continuously working on our current Green School flags; litter and energy consumption. In order to reduce the amount of waste produced by the school, children are asked to bring all wrappers/ uneaten food/ tetra-packs (milk or juice cartons)  home. We have a skin bin in the yard for recyclable waste and our skin bin monitors have reported apples with one or two bites taken out of them, and uneaten sandwiches in the bin. Remind your daughter to eat all of her lunch and to bring home uneaten food.

We would appreciate if you would help cut the usage of hand towels by giving your daughter  a small hand towel for use, which she could take home at the end of the week for washing.

Our Green School Committee and our students are doing a great job maintaining our current Green School flags. We are confident that by working together we will get our third flag this year!

Active Flag

Our Active Flag Committee will be in operation again this year and we encourage you, with your daughter to keep active.  has some great tips!

Active Flag

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.

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 sportswear 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.

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.



Ná déan dearmad

  • 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.
  • Head-Lice

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.

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 have begun taking part in the training sessions this week as we hope to participate in the North Dublin Primary Schools Annual Cross Country Competition again this year.  Training will be at 8.30a.m. sharp on the astro pitch.

Cumann na mBunscol

Our GAA football team played their first match yesterday, Wednesday 11th September  and won – maith sibh a chailíní!  Buíochas to the teachers who help with the team – Catherine Brodie and Michelle Rowley, to Stephan Behan GAA coach and also to the parents who have offered to help train the team– Brian O’Callaghan, Peter O’Hara and Frank Walsh.


School Garden

Míle buíochas to all the parents who showed up in the garden this morning Thursday 12th September,  for the volunteer weeding session. The garden had become very overgrown over the summer and now through your hard work it is back to looking fantastic!

School Garden

Sacramental Dates

Parent Meeting: First Holy Communion Programme Meeting

  • Wednesday 10th September 8.p.m. Senior Girls’ School Hall

Sacrament of First Penance: Dates to be decided

First Holy Communion: Saturday, 10th May 2014.

Photographs on Monday, 12th May 2014

Sacrament of Confirmation

6th class Retreat:  Manresa House 29th/30th April/ 1st May 2014

Further details for your daughter’s class will be given nearer the time.

We are still waiting for approval from Archbishop’s House for our date for the Sacrament of Confirmation but the proposed date is Thursday 22nd May 2014.

Photographer provisionally booked for Friday, 23rd May 2014.

Parent Meeting: Confirmation Programme Meeting

  • Tuesday 18th  September 8.p.m. Senior Girls’ School Hall

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 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.

Information Booklet

On our website you will find our “Information Booklet” for parents/guardians on the left hand side (under Information for Parents).  This may assist with some queries you have.

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.

NEWB (National Education Welfare Board)

  • 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. There are four reporting periods in the year. As a matter of courtesy you will be notified in writing if your daughter is recorded on the NEWB form. Please see for further details.

Parent Talk

Supporting Your Daughter’s Learning – literacy, numeracy, understanding STen scores , self esteem.

Wednesday 25th September 8p.m. Senior Girls’ School Hall

Hosted by Sadhbh Coyle NEPS (National Education  Psychological Service) in conjunction with Aoife Nic Lughadha, our Learning Support Teacher.

Parents’ Association AGM

Wednesday 25th September 7.15p.m. (before the above mentioned parent talk)

INTO Public Meeting

The National Alliance for Primary Education is calling on schools, teachers, parents and communities to stand together to resist cuts and protect primary education for our children. Please support the meeting: Thursday 19th September 2013 Belgrove Senior Girls’ School Hall 8p.m.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Thursday, 28th November 2013


Le gach dea-ghuí don scoil bhliain nua.

Is mise le meas,

Anne McCarthy


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