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A thuismitheoirí/ a chaomhnóirí,

Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh go léir.

Tá an t-am ag imeacht agus tá laethanta saoire na Cásca beagnach taghta!. 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!

Coffee ClipartTóg sos, lig do scíth agus bí ag léamh!



Céadaoin an Luathrigh/Ash Wednesday

Fr. Larry and his team of helpers distributed ashes to the girls for the first day of Lent on Wednesday 5th March.  Mile buíochas dóibh.  Lent is a time for prayer –a time to prepare for Easter.  The girls were encouraged to make a special Lenten promise to do something every day during Lent.


This year’s 2014 Trócaire Lenten campaign is entitled “Water – with your support water can change her future”.  Your daughter should have received her Trócaire box.  If you are returning your Trócaire box through the school, please do not send it in until after the Easter Holidays. 

Sacrament of First Reconciliation

Comhghairdeas to our 2nd class girls who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation  in their class groupings on 10th, 11th and 12th March. 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.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Our 6th classes are currently participating in the “You Shall be my Witness” Programme as part of their preparation for Confirmation.  Many thanks to Deirdre McDermott our pastoral worker and the parents who are assisting in running the programme.

Book Fair/Aonach na LeabharGirl Reading Clipart

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 €6,167.70 this year which gives us an entitlement of books 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!

Leabharlann na Scoile/School library

Buíochas mór  to Jill Pitcher. Anne Quigley and Noreen O’Dea, who work very hard to keep the library functioning.

Book Clubs

Currently 5th classes and 6th classes each meet once a month in the library to talk about/discuss/share thoughts on the books they read over the previous month. Míle buíochas to the parents who come in and help out on the designated days.  The library is a very noisy, vibrant place with lots of different opinions to be heard!

The book club will be extended to the 4th classes after Easter and there are many enthusiastic girls waiting for their chance to “get together” in the library!

We are looking forward to welcoming John Quinn, author of “Specky Becky Bucks” and “Becky Bounces Back” to our school on Thursday 10th April 2014. He will talk to the 5th and the 6th classes.

Tráth na gCeist / Quiz

Well done to the girls who participated in the Parents’ Association Quiz on Sunday, 16 th February. Míle buíochas to the  Parents’ Association for organising and running the quiz.

Cispheil/ Basketball

Well done to our 5th class basketball team, who played their best but were beaten in the semi- final. Táimid an-bhrodúil asaibh!  Beidh lá eile agaibh J

Comhghairdeas to both our 6th class basketball teams who played in the semi-final on Mon.7th April in the IWA. Belgrove Team “DCU East” team now go forward to the final!  Go Belgrove!

A sincere thank you to the parents who volunteer to organise and help with the basketball.

Our 4th class class basketball players are participating in a Basketball Blitz today Wed. 9th April in the IWA. Tá súil agam go mbeidh am iontach acu agus míle buíochas do na tuismitheoirí who volunteered their time for the day re supervision.


Maith sibh to the girls on our tennis team who have won their matches to date.  We hope to be cheering them on in the semi-final!

World Book DayBelgrove World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day in March and 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

Múinteoir Rang Cailín
Mrs de Burca/Ms. Foley 2 Róisín O’Brien
Ms. Peacock 2 Robyn Confrey
Ms. Rowley 2 Zoe Magner
Ms. Egan 3 Grace Smith
Mrs. O’Dea 3 Abby Eccles
Ms. Carroll 3 Anna Kernan
Mrs. Daly 4 Grace Wolfe
Ms. Finn 4 Jenna Goulding
Mrs. MacNamee 4 Alannah Beatty
Ms. O’Connell 5 Sadie Loughman
Mrs. Joy 5 Emma Doyle
Ms. Brodie 5 Méabh O’Mahony
Ms. McCarthy 6 Rachel Delahunt
Ms. Curtis 6 Zoe Grant
Ms. O’Neill 6 Sophie Russell

Eason Spelling Bee

Eason Spelling BeeCongratulations to Aisling Kilmartin, Ms. Curtis 6th class who is our school Spelling Champion.  She represented us in the county Spelling Bee and was joint fourth. Maith thú Aisling!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

The girls wore green on Thursday 13th March  for Lá Fhéile Pádraig. The classes were busy learning their rince gaelach for their ceilí sa chlós. The girls had great fun participating in the Irish dances in the yard on Friday 21st March! The  6th classes took part  in a comórtas scéíl while the other classes illustrated an Irish seanfhocal. They are on display in the corridor if you would like to see them.  The winners were:

Múinteoir Rang Cailín
Mrs de Burca/Ms. Foley 2 Teresa Sloan
Ms. Peacock 2 Rosie Clarke
Ms. Rowley 2 Eve Mooney-Masterson
Ms. Egan 3 Caroline Roddy
Mrs. O’Dea 3 Dumitrita Herghelegiu
Ms. Carroll 3 Aoife Kennedy
Mrs. Daly 4 Ciara McGoldrick
Ms. Finn 4 Jennifer Morris
Mrs. MacNamee 4 Sophie Egan
Ms. O’Connell 5 Dominika Timulakova
Mrs. Joy 5 Giada Borza
Ms. Brodie 5 Anna Sweeney
Ms. McCarthy 6 Mia Balabanski
Ms. Curtis 6 Lucy Muldoon Finnerty
Ms. O’Neill 6 Molly Spielberg

Battle of Clontarf   Overall   Project Winners

Category3rd / 4th  class Juliane Fallon2nd Prize 4th class – Ms. Finn
Category5th /6th  class Claire O’Gara1stPrize 5th class – Ms. Brodie

They represented the school at the prize giving which took place in St’ Anthony’s Hall on Friday 28th March. They were over all competition winners.

Battle of Clontarf     Art Competition Winners

We participated in the Art Competition and the winners will have their pictures displayed in Clontarf Castle on Easter Monday.

Múinteoir Rang Cailín
Mrs de Burca/Ms. Foley 2 Karina Walsh
Ms. Peacock 2 Charlotte Duggan
Ms. Rowley 2 Anna Milne-O’Reilly
Ms. Egan 3 Áine McGrath
Mrs. O’Dea 3 Mia Colgan
Ms. Carroll 3 Sam Lynch
Mrs. Daly 4 Áine Walsh
Ms. Finn 4 Grace O’Keefe
Mrs. MacNamee 4 Isobel Conlon
Ms. O’Connell 5 Rebecca Johnson
Mrs. Joy 5 Billie Baumeister
Ms. Brodie 5 Stephanie Peat
Ms. McCarthy 6 Alisha Bolton
Ms. Curtis 6 Holly Horgan
Ms. O’Neill 6 Maeve Walsh

Comhghairdeas to the following girls who will represent Belgrove Senior Girls’ School in the next stage of the Battle of Clontarf Art Competition

Category1st / 2nd class Anna Milne-O’Reilly 2nd – Ms. Rowley
Category3rd / 4th  class Áine Walsh 4th Mrs. Daly
Category5th /6th  class Billie Baumeister 5th Mrs. Joy

Belgrove 1014

Clontarf 1014 – 2014 Commemorative Exhibition

Both pupils and teachers have worked extremely hard in preparing for the exhibition.  The girls have prepared art and project work of a very high standard, and they are really looking forward to sharing what they have learnt with you!

Green School

We are currently in the process of trying to achieve our third green flag with the help and guidance of the Green School Committee.  This flag is for water. We are working hard to make sure that water is not being wasted around the school and we have suggestions for saving water on our green notice board at the end of the corridor.

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

Belgrove 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! Mile buíochas to the many Moms, Dads and children who came in to help on Saturday 5th April to get the garden organised for planting up. It looks fantastic! Is aoibhinn an radharc é! The garden is behind the portacabin in the yard should you wish to have a look.

2nd class Fun Day

The three second classes took part in a fun day after school on Friday 4th May.  It was organised by the parents and the girls had a thoroughly enjoyable time! By the end of the two hours however they were thoroughly exhausted but still managed to participate in the tug of war!


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 senior 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.

School Uniform Questionnaire Results

375 families were issued with a survey and 252 were returned (67.5% return rate).  96% were in favour of a school uniform. The results of the questionnaire will be placed on our school website.

Standardised Test 2013/14

Micra-T (Reading) and Sigma-T (Maths) Standardised tests will take place this year during the last two weeks of May as per Department of Education and Skills Circular 0056/2011 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and Circular 0018/2012 Supporting Assessment: Standardised Testing in Primary Schools.

Four classes in the school in line with DES Circular 56/2011 have been randomly selected to take part in the National Assessments of Mathematics and English Reading.  They have been assigned dates by the Educational Research Centre.

Micra Test (Reading)Sigma Test (Maths) Week of 19th May /Week of 26th May
National AssessmentsMs. Peacock & Ms. Rowley (Ms. Furness)Ms. O’Neill & Ms. McCarthy 14th and 15th May

First Holy Communion

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place this year on

Saturday 10th May 2014 at 11a.m.

Rang Seipéal
Mrs. de Burca / Ms. Foley St. John the Baptist
Ms. Peacock St. Gabriel’s
Ms. Rowley/Ms. Furness St. Gabriel’s

Our 4th classes are very busy practicing the songs for the First Communion Service in St. John’s Church under the direction of Ms. Finn and the 4th class teachers.


The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place this year on

Thursday, 22nd May 2014 at 11.00a.m.

Rang Seipéal
Ms. O’Neill St. Anthony’s
Ms. McCarthyMs. Curtis St. Gabriel’s

Our 5th classes are very busy practising the songs for the Confirmation  Service  under the direction of Mrs. Murray and with the help of the 5th class teachers. Mrs. Murray is also very busy working with the 5th class girls who will play an instrument at the Confirmation Service in St. Anthony’s Church.

Important dates/ Dátaítábhachta

Parent Talk: Jennifer Ryan Understanding bullying, empowering children and strategies for intervention www.mysolutions.ie Wednesday 7th May
Active Week 9th – 13th June
Sports Day Friday 13th June
6th class end of year fun day Wednesday 18th June
End of year school reports posted home Friday 20th June
Returning after the Summer Holidays Thursday 28th August 2014

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.

Éadaí  Caillte/Lost Property

We have a full basket of unclaimed lost property in the school corridor! Come and have a look if you know that your daughter is missing an article of clothing and hasn’t claimed it. Anything unclaimed will be given to a clothing charity after Easter.

Saoire na Cásca / Easter Holidays

Ná déan dearmad – beidh na páistí ag dul abhaile 12 noon ar an Aoine, 11ú Aibreán.

Is féidir leis na cailíní a n-éadaí féin a chaitheamh ar an Aoine.

We remind you that the school will close on Friday, 11th April at 12.00 noon and will reopen on Monday 28th April 2014.

The girls may wear their suitable, non-uniform clothes to school this Friday.

We look forward to a new term of working together – teachers, pupils and parents.  To quote President Michael D. Higgins “Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid”.

We wish all our parents and children a very Happy Easter!

Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh!

Le gach dea – ghuí,

Anne McCarthy,      Príomhoide




Nótaí breise

Chernobyl Children’s Trust

Chernobyl Children’s Trust are currently looking for families  to host children for a two week period this June / July. Each year we take in a group of children from a badly contaminated area of Belarus for a month long stay of rest and recuperation.  This stay  is most beneficial to their health and wellbeing. If you are interested in hosting contact Carmel at 086 3089413

Volunteers Wanted For a Study on Living with Dyslexia

The Experiences of Adults With Dyslexia.

This study is part of John Lally’s doctoral studies at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. John is a former Deputy Principal at Belgrove Jun. Boys’ School.

The purpose of John’s study is to explore how adults with dyslexia have lived and managed their lives with dyslexia. This includes:

  • early days before school
  • experiences at school
  • workplace experiences
  • self-confidence
  • emotional experiences
  • social life experiences
  • any areas you wish to talk about
  • no names or means of identification in the study

If you are interested in taking part in this study you can contact John at:     lallyj@gofree.indigo.ie

Tel: 0857246299

Clontarf  Camino   1014 – 2014

A Journey for Peace

An Ecumenical Peace Walk through the parishes of Clontarf on Palm Sunday, April 13th 2014.  Meet 2.30p.m. at Clontarf & Scots Presbyterian Church, Howth Road