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Sponsored Walk  : Friday, 25th  October 2013

(Bí gléasta suas – be dressed up!)

Míle buíochas to the committee of our Parents’ Association for once again organising our sponsored walk.  We hope lots of Moms and Dads will be able to join us.  We intend leaving the school at 11.00am and the walk takes about 40 minutes.

Even though your daughter will be dressed for Hallowe’en, please ensure she has suitable clothing and footwear for the walk, including a rain jacket.

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.

Cumann na mBunscol

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 group games and the quarter-final but a stronger opposition awaits us when we play St. Brigid’s School, Cabinteely, in  the semi-final of the Corn Austin Finn. We will be playing in Clanna Gael GAA Club, (Séan O’Moore Park), Ringsend, on Wednedsay 23rd October.  Go n-éirí libh a chailíní!

Míle buíochas to Frank Walsh, Brian O’Callaghan and Peter O’Hara for their support and help in training the GAA team.  Míle buíochas freisin to Stephan Behan (Clontarf GAA – Gaelic Promotions Officer) to Ms. Brodie and Ms. Rowley, for their help in organising the football and to the parents helping out with lifts and jersey washing!

Primary Athletics

We are participating in the  North Dublin Primary Schools Annual Cross Country Competition, again this year.  Over 120 girls, from 4th to 6th class, took part in the training sessions. 9 teams were to participate in the event on Wednesday 16th October.  However, due to very wet conditions the event was postponed and has been re-scheduled for Wednesday 6th November 2013.

Buíochas mór do  Ms. Nic Lughadha and Ms. Curtis for their help.

Fair Play Soccer Tournament

The 5th classes have received a talk on the theme of fair play and anti-racism from local gardaí Sharon Kavanagh and Deirdre O’Donnell.  They also participated in a soccer skills session with F.A.I. coaches on Friday 18th October. Despite the bad weather conditions a good day was had by all.  Ms. Brodie’s class will represent the school at the  Fair Play Tournament on Wednesday 23rd October.

Brat Glas/Green School Flag

 Comhghairdeas to Rachel Duggan, Mrs. MacNamee’s 4th class, who was the winner of the Green School slogan competition. All students were asked to think of a slogan to help everyone in the school to remember to save water.

The winning entry was ‘Turn off the tappy and all will be happy!

The Green School Committee girls voted for this slogan as they thought it was very catchy. It was a hard decision as there were so many brilliant entries. Maith sibh a chailíní!  Don’t forget to bí glas and conserve water at home as well as in school.

Turn off the Tappy and all will be Happy

Mata sa gháirdín / Maths in the garden

Maths Week was 14th – 18th October. The 5th and 6th classes made the most of the lovely mild weather and took maths outdoors into the garden.  They enjoyed taking part in Maths Trails – finding symmetry, angles, area, the sale price of shovels, the average price of a fruit tree etc.  The reward was a bunch of juicy, organic grapes – delicious!

“The best kind of maths”              “Cool!”                 “Great Fun!”

Heritage in Schools Scheme

Brendan Nolan, writer and storyteller visited the 3rd and 4th classes on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th October, when he spoke to the girls about the art of story telling.  His spooky tales had us all shivering!


Club Leabhar / Book Club

Alan Early, author of the Arthur Quinn series, met our book club girls and the 6th classes on Thursday 3rd October.  It gave us a chance to discuss the third book in the series with him and for him to hear very enthusiastic feedback on his books from the girls!

Hallelujah Choir Festival

We are delighted to announce that the fourth class girls  will be participating in the Hallelujah Choir Festival on Sunday 8th December in The Citywest Arena.  The girls will be participating in a choir of over 3000 voices which is one of the largest in the world.  Some famous popstars (we don’t know who yet!) will join them in raising the roof,  performing to an audience of family and friends.  This will be an amazing and memorable experience for all the children and fourth class teachers.  The girls  are currently preparing the songs and dance moves for this event.

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. The course is subsidised by Dublin City Council and míle buíochas to our Parents’ Association which is further subsidising the course.

Active Flag

We were granted  our Active School Flag in June 2013. You can see it hanging under our green flag.  The Active School Flag recognizes schools promoting physical activity and physical education. This year we have a new Active Committee- Teresa Sloan, Effie Clancy, Meabh Geary, Medb Hannigan, Lucy Downes, Cara McCaul, Robyn Kell, Eimear Mangan, Ruby Cooper, Abby Doyle, Caitríona Moloney, Sorcha Curran, Jessica O’Regan, Emma Moriarty and Lizzie O’Callaghan.  Ná dean dearmad- ensure your daughter takes part in some form of physical activity each day!

Art Dryers

The Parents’ Association has kindly given us the money to purchase two art dryers.  They will be used in rooms 2 and 12 – míle buíochas!


Parent Talk

Sadhbh Coyle NEPS, gave a very interesting and informative talk to the parents regarding “Supporting your Daughter’s Learning”. Ms. Nic Lughadha, one of our Learning Support Teachers also spoke about Learning Support in our school, so I hope those who attended the talk have a better understanding of services provided by the National Education Psychological Service and also of  how we support children in the school.   The sheets/handouts are available on the school website –


Click on Information for Parents

  • Sten Score
  • Supporting Your Child’s Learning (Here you will find Handouts from NEPS as mentioned by Sadhbh at the talk)
    • Supporting children with a Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia) Learning of Mathematics
    • Dyslexia – Tips for Parents – Primary Aged
    • Some Irish-related resources for working with students who are exceptionally able
    • Homework Plan for Senior Primary Pupils
    • Homework Tips for Parents of Primary School
    • Shared/Paired Reading at Home
    • Tips for parents – Developing Children’s Self Esteem
    • Developing Social Skills – Strategies for Teachers and Parents (Primary School)


Sam Maguire Cup

We had the privilege of the Sam Maguire Cup visiting the Belgrove Schools on Monday 21st October.  The school was a sea of blue as the girls wore Dublin Jerseys or tops with  Dublin colours.  Jack McCaffrey, who wore the number 7 jersey for the final, brought the cup in to our school along with Stephan Behan our GAA coach.  For me it was a very special occasion as his grandmother, Mrs. Sal McCaffrey, a former teacher here in Belgrove taught me from 2nd -6th class. The girls gave him a fantastic  CÉAD  MÍLE  FÁILTE! and were thrilled when he said “No obair bhaile!” We all joined in singing a verse from the song “Molly Malone” with Jack and Stephen.  Thanks to Patsy Hetherton who took a photo of each of the classes with Jack and the Sam Maguire Cup.  Áth Cliath Abú!

An bhfuil a fhios agat? –

•           The cup is named in honour of Sam Maguire, a prominent member of London GAA.

•           Sam Maguire was born in Dunmanway, Co. Cork, in 1879.

•          The Sam Maguire Cup is modelled on the Ardagh Chalice and it was presented in 1928.

•           Kildare was the first county to win the Sam Maguire Cup.

•           The original cup was replaced with an exact replica in 1988.



  • Jersey Day – Friday, 20th September 2013

€719 was raised and all funds will go towards reducing the deficit on the upgrade to the school heating system.  Buíochas mór  for your generous support.

  • Cookbook

This year the fundraising committee, in conjunction with the school, is taking on a mammoth task as we are planning to produce our very own Cookbook. All funds raised will be used  to further reduce the deficit on the upgrade to the school heating system.  We hope your daughter has sent in a favourite recipe from your house! The cookbook will be sold through the school and would make an ideal Christmas gift for grandparents, godparents, aunts & uncles!  A special word of thanks to our hard working fundraising committee and those who helped on the day of the photographs.

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 €100.00

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. In the October Budget 2013  there was a further cut of 1% to the Capitation Grant,  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. Ensure your daughter does not write on the books. We will collect them  at the end of the school year for use by the next group of girls.

Learning Support

Our Learning Support Team continues to be in a position to offer in – class maths support to every class in the school.  We also  have in-class support for English. Children will continue to be withdrawn if their needs require it. This is in line with the DES staged approach to Assessment, Identification and Programme Planning- Circular SP ED 02/05: Appendix 3.

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. Please note that reports are cumulative from the start of the school year. As a matter of courtesy you will be notified in writing if your daughter is recorded on the NEWB form. Please see www.newb.ie for further details.
  • Holidays during term are not encouraged. Neither is it the policy of the school to set ‘holiday work’ for pupils. Attendance at school is very important and the work of the school continues right up to the end of June each year. If family holidays during term time are unavoidable, please inform your child’s Class Teacher in writing, in advance of the proposed absence from school.

Budget 2013

  • Thankfully the increase in class size will not happen in 2014. Thank you to the parents who attended the meeting on 19th September here in our school hall and to  those who attended the protest on Wednesday, 2nd October outside the DES offices in Marlborough Street.  “Ní neart go cur le chéile!”
  • The additional 1% decrease in Capitation Grants (Operational Costs), which originated in Budget 2012 will proceed.  The school will receive €173 per pupil this year under the Capitation Grant – last year we received €176 per pupil. The overall capitation grant for the year is paid based on a school’s enrolment figure on the 30th September.  This is less than a euro per pupil per school day as your daughter is at school for 183 days in the school year
  • The failure to reintroduce the Minor Works Grant and Summer Works Grant Scheme have been noted with disappointment

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.

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

DÉAN DO DHÍCHEALL!        (DO YOUR BEST!)                           

Diary dates

Parent Teacher Meeting: Thursday 28th November, 2013

Bain taitneamh as an  saoire and see you on Monday 4th  November.

Le gach dea ghuí,                                      


Anne McCarthy,       Príomhoide

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