4ú Mí na Nollag 2013

A thuismitheoirí /a chaomhnóirí,

Táimid an-ghnóthnach sa scoil anois ag ullmhú don Nollaig and in classrooms the sounds of carols and other seasonal songs can be heard!

Cumann Na mBunscol

Well done to our Gaelic Football Team who were winners  in the Cumann Na mBunscol Final  in Croke Park on Tuesday, November 5th.  It was a fantastic achievement for the girls agus –  bhíomar an-bhrodúil astu –  we were SO proud of them.  Our supporters also looked very well in their Santa Hats as they cheered our team on!

Some great photos from the day can be accessed at:

In recognition of the girls’ win in Croke Park, they have been invited to the Mansion House on Thursday 19th December at 10.30a.m.

Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin will be in attendance.

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

The North Dublin Primary Schools Annual Cross Country Competition was held on Wednesday 6th November 2013. 9 teams from our school participated in the event. Well done to all who turned up on such a damp day!

Belgrove under 13 ½ Team came 1st:  Katie Doyle, Emma Moriarty,  Lizzy O’Callaghan,  Aoife O’Mahony, Ellie Ryan and Maeve Walsh.  Maith sibh a chailíní!

Maeve Walsh, 6th class  came 1st in her race! Comhghairdeas Maeve J

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

Fair Play Garda Soccer Tournament

Ms. Brodie’s 5th class represented the school at the  Fair Play Tournament on Wednesday 23rd October.  Despite the bad weather conditions an enjoyable day was had by all. Comhghairdeas to the girls on the Nigeria team who won the tournament!  Maith sibh a chailíní!  Well done to all the other girls who supported the team on the day.

Team Nigeria: Claire O’Gara, Fiona O’Quigley, Alison Pope, Molly Quinn, Maeve Ryan,  Jill Scarry, Sophia Sheehan, Emma Sythes and Eva Toomey.

Cycle Safety Training Course

Our 5th class girls are also nearing the completion of the Cycle Safety Training Course.  They had a very enjoyable time and thank you to “The Cycling Safety and Skills School” for offering us this opportunity.  They should now be more aware of traffic signs/signalling/helmets etc. and can safely join the two wheel revolution sweeping the city!  The course is subsidised by Dublin City Council and also by our Parents’ Association. Buíochas mór dóibh.

Garden Tidy Up

Míle buíochas to the parents and girls who showed up on Sat. 30th November. They tidied the leaves, pruned back the plants,  got the beds ready for the winter and replaced some of the sleepers on the vegetable beds. Your time and effort is very much appreciated.

Hallelujah Choir Festival

Good luck to our 4th class girls who will be participating in the Hallelujah Choir Festival on Sunday 8th December in The Citywest Arena.

Hallelujah Choir Festival




Fundraising Events

We are still fundraising to pay off the shortfall from the DES (Department of Education and Skills) grant re our heating system. Many thanks for your generous support and your patience. The shortfall was originally just under €60,000. To date our hard working fundraising committee, under the guidance of Claire Roddy,  has raised €23,732.13. This leaves us currently with €36,267.84 to raise.  The Christmas Social evening on Thurs. 29th November raised €350 and a fantastic evening was had by all who attended. Thank- you to Clontarf Florists and Superquinn who provided us with a great evening of entertainment J

As  of now, I do not have a total for the Cookbook fundraiser. What a selection of tasty, mouth-watering recipes arrived in to the school! Clontarf kitchens serve a lot of delicious, healthy food! The cookbook organisers found it hard to choose the recipes to be printed as the standard was so high! I hope you enjoy browsing through it and have a fun time trying out the béilí blasta!

Parents’ Association Sponsored Walk Friday 25th October

€6,817.50 was raised.  Thank-you to all who came along and joined us (especially those in Hallowe’en outfits!)

St. Vincent de Paul  Giving Tree Appeal

Should you be interested in supporting this appeal, tags are available on the tree in the corridor or from your daughter’s class teacher. Further information is available on www.svp.ie/appeal-2013/home.aspx.

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

Minor Works Scheme

A once-off payment of over €28 million is being made to primary schools as part of the Minor Works Grant scheme. The grant will be paid automatically to schools before the end of November. The amount paid will be a basic grant of €5,500 plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. Pupil numbers will be calculated based on the number of pupils on the rolls on the 30th September of the year prior to the issue of the grant.  Thank you minister!


Carol Service








Carol Service

We are holding our annual school Carol Service in St Gabriel’s Church at 11.30am on Monday, 16th December 2013.  Parents are invited to join us as we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will use the two middle aisles to seat the children, leaving the side aisles free for parents. The children will be returning to school afterwards with their teachers.


CLG Na Fianna are presenting the pantomime Cinderella in Scoil Chaitríona Hall this week. Good luck to Stephan Behan, our GAA coach as he takes on the starring role of  Prince Charming!







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 www.newb.ie for further details.


Reminder on behalf of St. John the Baptist Infant  (Belgrove) Girls’ School

The closing date for applications for September 2014 is Friday, 31st January 2014.  The Enrolment Policy is available on www.belgrove.ie  Contact the Infant Girls’ School for application forms.


An Garda Síochana in conjunction with Darren Dunwoody will give a presentation to parents on

  • Internet Safety Wed. 15th January 2014 8p.m. School Hall
  • Internet Privacy Wed. 5th March 2014 8p.m. School Hall

Sacrament of Reconciliation: St. John’s Church 1.30p.m.

Monday 10th March 2014: Ms. Rowley
Tuesday 11th March 2014: Ms. Peacock
Wednesday 12th March 2014: Mrs de Burca/Ms. Foley

First Holy Communion:  Saturday 10th May 2014  11.00a.m. 

St. Gabriel’s Church: Ms. Rowley & Ms. Peacock
St. John’s Church: Mrs. de Burca/Ms. Foley
Photographs on Monday, 12th May 2014

Sacrament of Confirmation: Thursday 22nd May 2014.

Photographs on Friday, 23rd May 2014.

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

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

6th class graduation Wednesday 25th June 11.30a.m. 2014


  • Has your daughter lost an item of clothing? Please check our lost property box – Éadaí Caillte.  Please label your daughter’s items of clothing.
  • Converse runners are not suitable for P.E.
  • Now the season of Advent is upon us, we are busy preparing for the coming of Jesus. Míle buíochas for supporting the 2FM Vincent de Paul Giving Tree Appeal on our behalf. 
  • School closes for Christmas at 12 noon on Friday 20th December and reopens on Monday 6th January 2014.

On behalf of all of us here in Belgrove Senior Girls’ School, I would like to wish you and your family a very peaceful and happy Christmas.


Anne McCarthy,