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Tá sé do-chreidthe go bhfuil deireadh na bliana tagtha!  Míle buíochas daoibh as ucht an tacaíocht a thug sibh dom agus don fhoireann scoile. I cannot believe it is the end of another school year already – I would like to thank you all very much for all the support you have given us over the past year.  We do appreciate it. 

BOARD  OF  MANAGEMENT (BOM)

The voluntary work of the BOM on behalf of the school does not go unnoticed.  I would like to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication to our school – Owen Wilson our Chairperson, Bernadette Hollingsworth our Treasurer, Fr. Larry White, Donal Friel, Claire Roddy, Mark Bryans and Noreen O’Dea. Their time, energy and expertise is very much appreciated.

FUND RAISING UP-DATEEuro Sign

Céad, míle buíochas to all who contributed to our appeals.  We very much appreciate your time and donations as we pay off the up-grade to the school heating system.  A special thanks to Claire Roddy for her drive and energy in organising our fundraising committee. The car boot sale made €600 – thank you to all those who helped out and also to those who contributed. We were blessed with the weather!

SPORTS  UPDATE

Comhghairdeas to  our 6th class Tennis Team who were runners up in the Leinster Tennis Primary Schools’ League Division 2   Maith sibh a chailíní!

Cumann na mBunscol Athletics

Well done to the girls who participatedn the Athletics in Santry on Friday 6th June and to all the girls who came to the training sessions on the Astro at 8.30a.m.

Under 10 Sprint & Relay Under 11 Sprint & Relay Under 12 Sprint & Relay Under 14 Sprint & Relay
Alannah Beatty Ella King Nadine Deehan Zoe Grant
Amy O’Boyle Ava Corcoran Clarissa Jordan Ellen Gibson
Grace O’Keefe Eimear Gibson Eva Lee Orla Dunlea
Leah Duffy Julianne Fallon Ciara O’Toole Katie Doyle
Faye Crumlish Genevieve Kell Ellie Joyce Maeve Walsh

Comhghairdeas to Nadine Deehan who came 3rd in the u/12 sprint and to the u/14 relay team who came 2ndJ

Active FlagActive Flag

The Active School Flag recognises schools promoting physical activity and physical education. Belgrove girls continued their great achievements in the area of sport this year.

Active Week this year was from the 9th – 13th of June. The aim of the week was to promote active travel to school- walking, cycling or scooting! (Transport, is the theme for the next Green Flag!)

Plenty  of activities were planned for school time including a teacher vs. student match and a sports day. The whole school turned out to support the teams on Thursday 12th June. The teachers team included some pupils (thanks girls!). It was a very enjoyable game which went to a draw. Unfortunately, the teachers were beaten by a point in “death by the next score”. Great fun was had by all!!

BE ACTIVE

Buíochas to Teresa, Effie, Meabh, Medb, Lucy, Cara, Robyn, Eimear, Ruby, Abby, Caitríona, Sorcha, Jessica, Emma and Lizzie. These girls have met with Ms. O’Neill and Ms. McCarthy on Wednesday mornings throughout the year and have had plenty of great ideas on how to keep active. Maith sibh a chailíní.

Sports day/Lá Spóirt

The girls had a most enjoyable day on Friday 13th June . It was great to see them in their different groupings and coloured tee shirts, as they moved from station to station. They participated in dance, GAA, hockey, skipping, athletics, art, beanbags, basketball,  parachute activities, short tennis, Yoga … ! Thank – god for the fantastic weather!

Buíochas to Ms. Aoife Nic Lughadha who organised the day and all the teachers and coaches for delivering and supervising the various activities.

TRÓCAIRE

Trócaire have not yet sent details  with the final amount donated.

GARDEN

Míle buíochas to all the kind parents who, under the guidance of Martha Holmes and Claire Roddy, work hard at keeping the garden in good order.

Our 2nd class parents helped with the 2nd class pansy pots for First Holy Communion.  Some of the 5th class girls have helped with planting and weeding under the guidance of Mrs. McGrath and Ms. O’Grady.

PARENTAL HELP

Buíochas mór to the many parents who have given of their time over the school year to help with the garden, fund raising activities, 2nd  & 6th class fun days, various sports, outings etc.  It is very much appreciated. Thank you  to Niamh Creighton, the parent representative on the Green School Committee. A particular míle buíochas to our hardworking Parents’ Association, under the chairmanship of Denise O’Callaghan. Denise finishes this year as Chairperson and we wish her all the best for the future as she finishes from Belgrove.

Library/Leabharlann

Míle buíochas, to all parents who helped in the library over the course of the year and  also  with covering books and  the Book Fair.  A special thank you to Jill Pitcher and Ann Quigley who helped with the running of the school library.

Credit Union

Buíochas to the volunteer parents, who under the guidance of Clarissa Bryans, came in on Thursday mornings to collect and record the girls lodgements. The Savings Scheme will run again next year and we look forward to more girls joining!

BOOKLIST / LÍOSTA  LEABHAR

Your daughter has received her booklist for next year. Please make sure that she has everything on the list on her return to school on Thursday, August 28th 2014.  All books need to be covered and labelled le do thoil.

BOOK SALE / DÍOLACHÁN  LEABHAR

The Wise Owl Bookshop is  holding the Book Sale in the School Hall on Wednesday evening, 25th June from 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

Please note that the Book Sales will not open before 5.00pm.

We will rent text books again next year. Can you please make sure they are kept in good order and treated carefully by your daughter.

DONATION OF UNIFORM ITEMS

Money raised from donated uniform items will go to “St. John’s Ward”, Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin.

ÉADAÍ CAILLTE/LOST PROPERTY

We have a full basket and a clothes rail 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.

EXTRA COSTS

Extra Costs on Booklists will be €100 and are not due until August/September.

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2014/2015

Parents’ Voluntary Contributions are again included on Booklists, separate from Extra Costs. The Voluntary Contribution requested from parents remains the same as last year at €75 per pupil or €100 for two or more girls in a family

NÓTA TÁBHACHTACH / IMPORTANT NOTE

As our local bank has informed us that they will only accept full bags of coin we would be grateful if you could bear this in mind when you are sending money to your daughter’s teacher. We would appreciate if you could minimise the amount of coin you send to the school – notes/cheques and where necessary €2 and €1 coins le do thoil.

ÉIDE SCOILE/SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Please ensure that your daughter has her regular uniform, with white or navy socks and her tracksuit, with white polo-shirt, in good order – and clearly labelled for the next school year.  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.

  • No jewellery of any kind should ever be worn at PE and only minimum “safe” jewellery should be worn at any other time. Bracelets and necklaces can get lost so preferably your daughter should only wear a watch as jewellery.

CROKE PARK AGREEMENT

  • Staff have spent the additional hours in class and stream planning
  • in Learning Support,  Resource, EAL, SEN  and general school planning
  • English spelling Schemes reviewed
  • Speakers
    • IT presentation
    •  re SESE programme
    • Digital Resources
    • SALT presentation (Fiona McAuslan)
    • Jennifer Ryan (mylifesolutions)
  • Staff meetings have been held outside of school hours.

THE NATIONAL  LITERACY  AND  NUMERACY  STRATEGY

As per Department of Education and Skills (DES) circular 0056/2011

  • Standardised testing in English reading and Mathematics during the period May/June has been implemented
  • aggregated assessment data from 2nd, 4th  and  6th class standardised tests have been  sent to the Department of Education and Skills and is available to the BOM
  • Reports were issued at the end of the school year
  • When pupils move to another primary or transfer to a post-primary school, a copy of the report including information from standardised tests must be sent to the primary or second-level school to which a student transfers

SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION (Circular 39/2012)

  • A school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in Scoil Eoin Baiste Cailíní Sinsear, was undertaken in September 2013.  The evaluation revealed that the reading results, as evidenced by the Micra T test were well above the normal distribution.  Therefore we identified oral language as an area we could improve on.  We focused on Expressive Oral Language and each stream identified three elements they would plan for during the school year.  We will continue to review Oral Language next year.

MOVING SCHOOL

If you are aware that your daughter is not returning to school here in Belgrove Senior Girls’ School next year, please inform me of this in writing as soon as possible.

TUSLA (Educational Welfare Services Child and Family Agency)Established 01/01/2014

It is a requirement for schools to report absences of 20 days or more to TUSLA which now incorporates  the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB). Under this arrangement, we must also categorise the reason for each absence, hence the importance  of sending in  a written note to the Class Teacher explaining why your daughter has beenabsent, 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.

KEEP  IN  TOUCH

You can keep up to date with newsletters on our school website www.belgroveseniorgirls.ie and follow us on Twitter @BelgroveSGNS. The “Information Booklet for Parents/Guardians” is available on our website and is updated each year. 

EARLY CLOSINGS

You will have seen on your School Calendar last September notice of early closings before the holidays. In order to facilitate the changing of classrooms before the holidays, the Board of Management has authorised that the children will go home at 1.00pm on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June.

*On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, all the girls may wear their own suitable summer clothes to school instead of uniform.  

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

  • The school closes for the Summer Holidays on Friday 27th June at 12.00 noon.
  • School re-opens on Thursday 28th August for the normal full school day – 2.20p.m.

Tá súil agam go mbeidh samhradh maith agaibh. On behalf of all the staff of Belgrove Senior Girls’ School, may I wish you and your families a very enjoyable summer agus feicfidh mé sibh i Mí Lúnasa.  

 

Rath Dé oraibh i gcónaí.

 

Anne McCarthy                             Príomhoide

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