Meán Fómhair 2014

September  2014

 

A thuismitheoirí / a chaomhnóirí,

Another school year dawns agus fáilte ar ais! Tá súil agam gur bhain sibh taitneamh as na laethanta saoire.  J A particular welcome to the new parents of ranganna a dó (second class), and to the parents of our new cailíní, who have joined other classes.

 

Newly enrolled girls

  • Enrolment Forms / Baptismal Certificates

(A special reminder for the Parents of Second Class girls and those new to the school)

Some parents have yet to send in completed Enrolment Forms. It is very important that the school has the information required on this form. If you have not filled in and returned your daughter’s Enrolment Form, please do so ASAP. Also, parents who have not yet supplied the school with a copy of your daughter’s Baptismal Certificate, please do so as soon as possible. This will be returned to you when the date of her Baptism has been checked and recorded.

  • Birth Certificate

The school also now needs a copy of your daughter’s birth certificate  as that is the name that  must be recorded on  the official school Register (Clárleabhar), as per Circular 0028/2013 issued July 2013:

2.3 The following are the changes to the information to be recorded in the Register (Clárleabhar):

(a) the name recorded for a pupil in the Register (Clárleabhar) will be the name as recorded on the pupil’s birth certificate or other appropriate legal document. The name on a baptismal certificate (or other non-legal document) is no longer deemed acceptable for this purpose;

The circular can be accessed on the Department of Education and Skills website.

Parents of girls in 3rd – 6th class: If your contact details have changed please inform your daughter’s teacher.

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 remind 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 possible please send in notes or cheques.

If by chance your financial circumstances have changed to such an extent that you have a genuine problem regarding this payment, please talk to your daughter’s Class Teacher or to myself.

 

Please note this is a separate payment to the Voluntary Contribution.

 

PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE – 24HR COVER:

In accordance with the policy of the Board of Management of the school, all pupils in the school are included in the Personal Accident Insurance Scheme with 24hr cover. The cost of this is €5.60 and is included in Booklist Extra Costs.

 

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.

The Voluntary Contribution requested is €75 (or €100 per family).

 

School Lunches

  • We encourage your daughter to have a healthy and nutritious lunch each day especially fresh fruit and/or veg. As well as being good for your child’s general well-being, healthy eating also adds to her ability to concentrate at school. Please try to avoid fizzy drinks, sweet treats or chocolate, and to also include other healthy options (e.g. sandwich, pitta bread, rice-cake, etc.). We do not allow crisps or chewing gum.
  • All unfinished lunches should be brought home. In this way, you will know what your daughter is not eating at school.

 

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.

Please remind your daughter to walk across the road with her bicycle or scooter when crossing with the school warden.

 

NO PARKING

  • ON THE YELLOW BOX OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL AT ANY TIME
  • OUTSIDE NEIGHBOURING DRIVEWAYS LE  DO  THOIL

 

Morning Supervision:

Please be aware that supervision by staff begins in the morning at 8.40am. Reminder for the girls to have appropriate rainwear for when the weather changes.

 

School Uniforms

Remember that the regular uniform is regular school wear – in other words, your daughter should not get into the habit of only wearing her tracksuit.  If wearing socks only white or navy should be worn with the school uniform please.

  • If wearing leggings only long black or navy ones  with matching socks should be worn.
  • Uniform tracksuits with white polo-shirts are required wear for PE.  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.
  • Please ensure that jumpers, tracksuit tops and jackets etc. are clearly labelled with your daughter’s name.
  • Only minimum, safe jewellery should be worn at school.

 

Second Hand Uniform Sale

€300 was donated from the sale of uniforms last June, to The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Buíochas to the parents who organised this in aid of a very worthy cause.

Covered Walkway
We now have a lovely new covered walkway between the doors on the yard – béimid tirim anois!walkway

We returned to a well maintained, clean school and grounds after the summer so I would like to remind the girls to do their part in keeping the grounds litter free please.

Brat Glas

The school is very proud to have three Green flags and we will be continuing our hard work this year by working towards our fourth flagThe theme for this flag is travel.  As part of this theme the school will be encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.  Not only is it good exercise but it’s great for the environment. The children of Belgrove can be seen walking, cycling and scooting every morning so keep up the good work girls!

We would like to thank Niamh Creighton, for volunteering to be the parents’ representative on the Green School Committee again this year. Thank you to the teachers too, under the guidance of Laura Egan, for all their hard work. We are continuously working on our current Green School flags; litter and waste, energy and water consumption. In order to reduce the amount of waste produced by the school, children are asked to bring all wrappers/ uneaten food/ tetra packs (milk or juice cartons) home.

We have a skin bin in the yard for recyclable waste – no half eaten apples or sandwiches please! Remind your daughter to eat all of her lunch and to bring home uneaten food.

We would appreciate if you would help cut the usage of hand towels by giving your daughter  a small hand towel for use, which she could take home at the end of the week for washing.  Our Green School Committee and our students are doing a great job maintaining our current Green School flags. We are confident that by working together we will get our fourth  flag next year!

Active Flag

Our Active Flag Committee will be in operation again this year and we encourage you, with your daughter to keep active.     www.getirelandactive.ie  has some great tips!

walkers

Cyclist

Primary Athletics

Girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes have begun taking part in the training sessions this week as we hope to participate in the North Dublin Primary Schools Annual Cross Country Competition again this year.  Training is at 8.30a.m. sharp on the astro pitch.  Buíochas to Aoife Nic Lughadha, Christine Furness and Louise Curtis who are training the girls.

The proposed date for the Competition is Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 3p.m.

 GAA

Cumann na mBunscol          

Our GAA football team won their first three matches,and are now through to the quarter final– maith sibh a chailíní!  Buíochas to the teachers who help with the team – Catherine Brodie and Kate McCarthy, to Stephan Behan GAA coach and also Trish O’Connor our parent helper.

 

School Garden

School Garden

Mrs McGrath helped the 4th classes to harvest the garden. They dug up lots of potatoes and onions.  They also found a huge pumpkin and some marrows! They ate the raspberries and had great fun!

The school garden needs your help

If you would like to help out, or if you would just like to see the garden please drop in on Saturday October 11th between 10am and 1pm. All ages are welcome, and no experience is necessary.  We hope to see you then.

Parents’ Association

Thank you to the P.A. who funded five more art drying racks for the classes J . Our hard working  Parents’ Association meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8p.m. here in the school for one hour.  If you are interested in joining the committee please come along.  The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th October.

 

An e mail address has been set up for the  P.A. and Niamh Creighton will answer  any questions/comments sent to it.

belgrovesgsparentsassociation@yahoo.ie

Chairperson: Niamh Creighton

Secretary: Ciara Ryan

Leabhar Power

Leabhar Power                                                                      

The book clubs for 4th, 5th and 6th classes resumed again this year.   Each group meets once a month in the school library to share ideas on books read. The books for each class grouping are listed on the notice board outside Mrs. McCarthy’s office.  Buíochas to the parents who help once a month and to Ms. Julie Carroll.

 

Clontarf Credit Union Savings Scheme

In 2013 we launched a school savings scheme in conjunction with Clontarf Credit Union.  The scheme has been a great success and we are delighted to announce that collections have begun again on Thursday 25th September and takes place every Thursday.   New students to the school have received a letter and application form inviting them to join the scheme. However, if any other student wishes to join the Clontarf Credit Union Savings scheme application forms are kept in the office.  Thank-you to the parents who come in each Thursday morning to help out J  If parents/guardians have any further queries please contact Clontarf Credit Union directly at (01) 8331687 or clontarfcu@clontarfcu.ie.

 

Obair Bhaile: Homework Policy:

Below are the approximate times children should spend on homework:

 

Rang 2:             20 – 30 mins

Rang 3:             30 – 40 mins

Rang 4:             40 – 50 mins

Rang 5&6:        50 – 60 mins

 

It is important that you inform your daughter’s class teacher if she is not managing to complete her homework in the recommended time.

 

Our “Additional Information” sheet from your daughter’s teacher re what is expected this year will issue shortly.

MyLife Solutions

Jennifer and her colleague Sarah, from My Life Solutions, spoke to the 4th 5th and 6th classes re bullying behaviour which I hope was of benefit to the girls.  Currently the girls are filling in a feedback form and a “hot-spot” sheet which we hope will help us in addressing any issues. I hope your daughter has spoken to you about the visit.  She received a card with suggestions:

MY RULES

Loud & clear – say STOP

SlIders – let hurtful comments slide

Be Funny & Creative

Always Eye contact

Internet Safety:  The positive aspects of the internet outweigh the negative.  The Internet is an excellent educational and recreational resource for children.  However, some children have access to social network sites which are not age appropriate.  Please be aware of what your daughter is posting. If  hurtful comments have been posted up about your daughter, keep the offending message, as this can be reported to the website owners and the Gardaí.

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 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.

 

Parent Talk: ACCORD

(Catholic Marriage Counselling Service)  Tuesday 7th October School Hall 8.10 p.m.

In accordance with our school’s RSE (Relationships & Sexuality in Education) Policy, we are holding the Accord Schools Programme for our Sixth Class girls, as we do each year. We hold a parent talk every second year for the parents of 5th and 6th classes, so that  they will be aware of the programme delivered to the girls. This year we are inviting the parents of 4th classes to the talk.

Parents of 2nd and 3rd  are also welcome to come along if they wish.

 

Parent Teacher Meetings

 

Thursday, 13th November 2014

Sacramental Dates

Parent Meeting: First Holy Communion Programme Meeting was held on

  • Tuesday 9th September 8.p.m. Senior Girls’ School Hall

Sacrament of First Penance: Dates to be decided

 

First Holy Communion: Saturday, 9th May 2015

Photographs on Monday, 11th May 2015

Parent Meeting: Confirmation Programme Meeting was held on

  • Wednesday 17th September 8.p.m. Senior Girls’ School Hall

We are still waiting for approval from Archbishop’s House for our date for the Sacrament of Confirmation but the proposed date is Thursday 21st May 2015.

Photographer provisionally booked for Friday 22nd  May 2015.

6th class Retreat:  Manresa House (Dates to be confirmed)

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

School Holidays/Laethanta Saoire:

The list of school holidays has been given to your daughter.  Please keep it in a safe place.

It is also available on the school website www.belgroveseniorgirls.ie. You can keep up to date with newsletters on our school website and follow us on twitter@belgrovesgns.

Information Booklet

On our website www.belgroveseniorgirls.ie you will find our “Information Booklet” for parents/guardians on the left hand side (under Information for Parents).  This may assist with some queries you have.

Board of Management

Our school has a dedicated and hard-working Board of Management, which meets regularly.

 

The Board has eight members, with equal representation from the Patron, the Teaching Staff, Parents, and the wider community.

 

The current BOM is in place from October 2011 for four years.
It is comprised of Patron’s Representatives: Owen Wilson (Chairperson) and Fr. Larry White.
Teachers’ Representatives: Anne McCarthy (Principal) and Noreen O’Dea.
Parents’ Representatives: Mark Bryans and Claire Roddy.
Community Representatives: Bernadette Hollingsworth (Treasurer) and Donal Friel.

 

 

Ná déan dearmad

 

  • Rented Books Please ensure your daughter treats the books she receives from the school with care over the year, as they will be used again by other children.
  • Please LABEL your daughter’s uniform parts. The amount of lost property that builds up over the school year is incredible. There is now a box of tracksuit tops and a few uniform pieces, so if you need to replace an item please look here first. Should you wish to make a small donation it will be sent to St. John’s Ward, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital

Penders and Lynch’s both sell iron on labels. Sew on labels can be ordered online

  • Please note we do not allow the distribution of party invitations in classes or on the school grounds.
  • Please ensure your after school arrangements are very clear with your daughter before she comes to school. The school phone is for emergencies only.
  • Head-Lice

For the sake of all our children and of our parents, please remain vigilant at all times and check your daughter’s hair regularly.

  • Please do not allow your children to climb on the railings both outside and inside the school gate.
  • Dog Owners/ Minders

Please clean up after your pet and on the grounds of health and safety, please do not bring your dog inside the school gates, even if you are holding the dog!

 

Fáilte: Parents are welcome!

Please remember that parents are welcome to call to the school. However, if you wish to discuss something with your daughter’s Class Teacher or with myself, it is important to make a prior appointment.

When calling to the school during the day, even just to drop off a lunch, please call to the main door only and ring the Senior School doorbell. The doorbell sounds in the Secretary’s, office. If she is not in the office at the time, please be patient and try again.

                                            

 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS NEWSLETTER. PLEASE RETAIN IT FOR REFERENCE.

 

Le gach dea-ghuí don scoil bhliain nua.

 

Is mise le meas,

 

Anne McCarthy            Príomhoide

 

 

INTO Room to Bloom Campaign

Room to Bloom is the INTO (Irish National Teacher’s Organisation) pre-budget lobby campaign to protect primary education in Budget 2015.  One of the key objectives of the campaign is to ensure no increases in class size in the forth-coming budget. Different TD’s have been invited to various local schools. Finian McGrath visited us on Monday 29th September 2014 where he saw some of our larger classes  that have 31 and 32 girls.

Room to Bloom

TUSLA (Child and Family Agency) are planning a local foster carer recruitment campaign for the week of the 10th November 2014, in line with IFCA (Irish Foster Carer Association) foster carer week. This area is in serious short supply of foster carers. We are trying to recruit local foster carers, especially from the Dublin North City area to enable children to remain in their localities, near families, schools and friends.  We have mobile numbers set up exclusively for our fostering campaign which commences on the 10th November. People can contact either number. They are:

Park House: 0861833761

Ballymun:     0861833760

Lisa Smyth

A/Fostering Team Leader

 

An Ghníomhaireacht um Leanaíagus an Teaghlach

Child and Family Agency
Teach na Páirce, 1ú hUrlár, 191-193 An Cuarbhóthar Thuaidh Baile Átha Cliath 7

Park House, 1st Floor, 191-193 North Circular Road Dublin 7

  1. +353 (01) 8692700
  2. +353 (01) 8823489

tusla.ie