St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree Appeal
Míle buíochas for your very generous support of the appeal. The girls in Ms. Brodie’s 5th class helped with the organising of this very worthwhile cause J
We will have a non –uniform day on Friday 13th February 2015 to raise funds for St. John’s Ward, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. Donations of €2 or more would be greatly appreciated. The girls may dress in pink/red colours.
Míle buíochas to the girls who helped with the Bag Pack Fundraiser in Supervalu, Killester on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February. Buíochas freisin to the parents who gave up their time to help supervise €2,158 was raised! J
Safer Internet Day 10th February 2015
- Jennifer Ryan “My Life Solutions” spoke to the 6th classes, Friday 6th February
- Garda Sharon Kavanagh and Garda Sarah Mernagh spoke to the 5th classes Tuesday 10th February
- See www.webwise.ie for information on how to be safe while using the internet
2nd classes participated in the Engineering Challenge “Building a Rocket from Recycled Materials” on Tuesday 10th February. Des Fitzgerald, Intel Volunteer was on hand to organise the challenge! Buíochas to the parents who came in to help with the second classes and to those who came in and spoke to various classes around the school.
6th classes participated in workshops on civil, mechanical and computer engineering. The activities included bridge making, K’nex and Scratch programming. John Potter, Stephen Mulligan, Tom Marren, Robert McKeon, Aidan Foley and Gavin Duffy spoke to the girls and shared their expertise.
Nano Science in the Classroom
Nanoscience is an exciting new field within materials science and is explored throughout the NanoWOW pack. Mrs Brodie’s 5th class have had an exciting time over the past few weeks working with the NanoWOW pack. On Friday 13th February they plan to showcase their work to some of the other classes and parents.
W5 Science Shows, Belfast
The Infant Girls’ School has very kindly offered the show Science Magic to our second classes on Friday 27th February 2015 BUÍOCHAS MÓR DÓIBH!
3rd – 5th classes will view, Space! while the 6th classes will view The Trouble with Titanic on Friday 17th April 2015. Our Parents’ Association will fund the shows. BUÍOCHAS!
2nd class presented their artefacts as part of a class museum. Parents came to visit and saw the young curators in action! Perhaps you remember some of the artefacts!!
Céadaoin an Luathrigh/Ash Wednesday
Lent begins on Wednesday 18th February and it is a time for prayer –a time to prepare for Easter. The girls will be encouraged to make a special Lenten promise to do something every day during Lent.
This year’s 2015 Trócaire Lenten campaign is focusing on helping communities to fight drought and hunger. “The poorest and most vunerable communities are struggling to survive in the face of drought, storms and floods”. Your daughter will receive her Trócaire box shortly. If you are returning your Trócaire box through the school, please do not send it in until after the Easter Holidays.
Gáirdín na Scoile/School Garden
It is time to spring clean the school garden, and we need your help to tidy up after the Winter, and prepare for the Spring ahead. We will be in the garden on Saturday, March 7th from 10am until 12.30p.m.. No experience is necessary.Mums, Dads & children – all welcome. Contact Martha Holmes (0872263831) or Claire Wilde (0872456404)
Belgrove Senior Girls’ School savings scheme with Clontarf Credit Union has been in operation for nearly a year now! It’s been a great success and takes place every Thursday in the school and it’s not too late to join either! If your child has not taken up the offer and wishes to do so, application forms are available in the secretary’s office. It is a fantastic opportunity to teach the girls all about saving. Míle buíochas to all the parent volunteers who come in each week to help ensure the scheme runs smoothly.
Green School Committee News
As you are probably aware, Belgrove Senior Girls’ School is currently in the process of applying for our fourth green flag which is based on the travel theme. The whole school have been working really hard on this theme. WOW launchday was Wednesday 4th February and the girls made a fantastic effort to scoot walk or cycle to school. The green school committee girls distributed stickers on the day and helped to paint faces. Buíochas daoibh a chailíní! 4th classes were the winners of “Golden Boot” and 5th classes won the “Silver Boot”!
1st Green Flag: Litter 2nd Green Flag: Energy 3rd Green Flag: Water
Leinster Primary Schools Tennis League
Our school has entered the Tennis League again this year. Further details will follow.
Belgrove Book Clubs take place once a month in the library. 4th, 5th and 6th classes meet separately, where we have great fun discussing and commenting on the books we have been reading! Míle buíochas to the parents who have volunteered to help with the supervision rota.
Setanta Book Fair
Please note our Book Fair will take place the 9th – 13th March. We will be looking for volunteers to help with the sale of the books. Further details will follow.
Parents’ Association Annual Fun Quiz – (School Hall)
- 3rd & 4th class: Sunday 1st March 2p.m. – 3.30p.m.
- 5th & 6th class: Sunday 1st March 4p.m. – 5.30p.m.
Gardaí Soccer Tournament
5th classes will receive a talk Monday, 23rd February and Mrs. Joy’s class will participate in the tournament on Thursday, 26th February.
Córfhéile na Scoileanna
Our 3rd and 4th classes will participate in the Corfhéile on Tuesday 3rd March 7.30p.m. Parents, families & friends are encouraged to come and see the girls perform at The National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Adults €5 Children €2. Go n-éiri libh a chailíní!
- Please ensure your daughter has a healthy lunch – keep treats to a minimum
- Please continue to check your daughter’s hair on a regular basis, and ensure she has her hair tied or clipped back when coming to school
- A chailíní – Ná déan dearmad No crisps, chewing gum or hard sweets.
- Please ensure your daughter is on time for class in the mornings. The official opening time of the school is 40a.m. Supervision begins at this time. Classes commence at 9.00am and your daughter should be in the classroom by then. Classes end at 2.20p.m.
- If your daughter is not feeling well please do not send her into school
- Tracksuit and suitable runners with laces correctly tied are to be worn for P.E.
TUSLA (Educational Welfare Services Child and Family Agency)
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 with reports for period 2 (end-Dec.) and Period 4 (end of school year) being mandatory. Please note that reports are cumulative from the start of the school year. As a matter of courtesy you will be notified in writing if your daughter is recorded on the Student Absence Report Form. Please see www.tusla.ie for further details.
- Holidays during term are not encouraged. Neither is it the policy of the school to set ‘holiday work’ for pupils. Attendance at school is very important and the work of the school continues right up to the end of June each year. If family holidays during term time are unavoidable, please inform your child’s Class Teacher in writing, in advance of the proposed absence from school.
School Warden Notice
Please remember –
- No blocking neighbouring house entrances
- Slow down when approaching the school
- NO 3 point / U turns on yellow box
KEEP OUR GIRLS SAFE! –
- Please do not drive onto the school grounds to drop or collect girls at 3.30p.m. Monday – Thursday as after school classes are being dismissed.
Our midterm break is on Thursday 19th February and Friday 20th February inclusive.
Thank you all for your continued support of the school.
Bíodh sos deas agaibh J
Le gach dea-ghuí,
Anne McCarthy, Príomhoide