26ú Samhain/ November 2013

A thuismitheoirí / a chaomhnóirí,

Teachers and staff in this school enjoy tremendous support from the parents, and we are very grateful for it.  Each Christmas many parents and girls show great generosity by presenting very thoughtful gifts to their teachers.  For the past few years Belgrove Senior Girls’ School have supported the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Christmas campaigns. The SVP provides help for over 20,000 families at Christmas. We will continue to support the SVP and this year if you are considering purchasing a gift for your daughter’s teacher, we suggest that you make a donation in lieu to the SVP Giving Tree Campaign.


How the Giving Tree Campaign Works

The Giving Tree Campaign is simple.  The Giving Tree is a perfect way to match gifts to the people we need to help.  We would ask that all toys/gifts are new – no second hand toys please. You can also give a gift voucher. Our volunteers then distribute these gifts in your local community, just in time for Christmas!

1.     Take a tag from the Christmas Tree 

2. Purchase a suitable gift or voucher to match the tag profile

Each tag lists a type of person and age group e.g. ‘Girl aged 4-7 years’ or ‘Adult Male’. The value of each gift we would suggest as a guide is €10. We would ask that all toys/gifts are new – no second hand toys please. New gifts we would be delighted to accept include the following:

  • Small Games
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Hair/make up/jewellery
  • Small Toys
  • Books


  • Educational items
  • DVDs/CDs
  • Books/pens/crayons/colour pencils
  • Book Vouchers
  • One4All vouchers

3. Return Your Giving Tree Gift

Return your gift to your class teacher before Wednesday 11th December.

Further information is available on www.svp.ie/appeal-2013/home.aspx.

You may make the donation directly to local Supervalu supermarkets or your child may bring the donation to the school, where a box will be provided for the purpose.

Parents may, of course, prefer to donate privately to a charity of their choice.  No parent should feel under any pressure to donate.

Míle buíochas

Anne McCarthy (on behalf of the staff)