A thuismitheoirí/a chaomhnóirí,

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 rith na bliana. The end of another school year approaches already and I would really like to thank you all very much for all the support you have given us over the past year. We really 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 UPDATE

Céad, míle buíochas to all who contributed to our appeals. We very much appreciate your time and donations to our IT Fund. Through the initiative of “Come Dine with me Evenings” a total of €I,724 has been raised to date!! I hope you all had thoroughly enjoyable evenings – a night to remember! Míle, míle buíochas!

SPORTS UPDATE

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

Active Flag

The Active School Flag recognises schools promoting physical activity and physical education. The Active Committee would like to thank everyone for staying active through Active Week. Ms. McCarthy would like to thank Caoimhe Mulligan, Keeva Vickers, Molly Ennis, Aoibh Maguire, Isabelle Barr and Lucy Smith for all their work this year on the Active Committee. Maith sibh a chailíní

Rugby

We were all very excited to welcome Fiona Coghlan and Brian O’Driscoll to the school on Thursday 4th June. Both Fiona and Brian were delighted to be made honorary pupils of the Belgrove Schools and enjoyed reliving their childhood memories! A cheque for €1,500 was donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust (rugby players’ injury fund) on behalf of the four Belgrove Schools.

Sports day/Lá Spóirt

The girls had a most enjoyable day on Friday 5th 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 GAA, hockey, skipping, athletics, dance, 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. A great team effort!

GAA

5th class girls took part in a GAA blitz in St. Anne’s park on Thursday 28th May. Thanks to Stephen Behan, Clontarf GAA who organised it. A great day was had by all with lots of matches played! All participants received a medal.

Athletics for Fun

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class girls have really enjoyed their early morning training early on (Wednesdays & Fridays) on the Astro! Lately they have started 3 legged races! Buíochas mór do na múinteoiri – Ms. Furness, Ms. Nic Lughadha, Mrs. O’Dea and Ms. Rowley.

Marathon

Well done to Ms. McCarthy’s class who ran a marathon this year. The girls have been running laps of the astro on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. 9 laps of the astro is one mile. By Tuesday, 23rd June the class will have run 234 laps, which is 26 miles. Maith sibh a chailíní!

75th Anniversary Belgrove Schools

We planted a rowan tree in the school grounds to commemorate 75 years of Belgrove on Seafield Road West on Wednesday 27th May. The whole school participated that day in a walk up Vernon Avenue. Many thanks to Sergeant Jim Clavin and the Gardaí who assisted with the girls crossing the busy Clontarf Road. Míle buíochas to all those who contributed articles, stories, photos to our exhibition in the Library on Tuesday 16th June. It was great to welcome back former pupils of the Belgrove Schools. Many memories were brought back! Thanks to the girls and their teachers for all the hard work in putting the exhibition together. The highlight of the day though, was the ice cream van in the yard as girls received their ice cream cone!

Blue Star Flag

Another great achievement this year! We have been awarded a Blue Star flag. The aim of the programme is to foster better knowledge and understanding in the European Union and its member countries. Throughout the year classes have been learning about historical figures, artists and famous figures from E.U. member countries. On Tuesday the 16th of June we showcased projects in the hall. Thank you to everyone who came and congratulations to all involved.

Green Flag

Every third Wednesday the Golden Boot was awarded to the stream that had the greatest number of girls who walked, cycled or scooted to school on the WOW days. The Silver Boot is awarded to the runners up. The boot was awarded in the yard to the stream with the highest number of “leaves” on their WOW Tree! It has been a huge success. It really keeps the girls motivated. We have received a donation of bells, lights and two cycle helmets to raffle! Ally from An Taisce, was very impressed with the amount of walking, cycling and scooting to school. Maith sibh a chailíní! Next year is the second year of the travel flag programme. If we keep up the hard work we will be awarded our travel flag! It will be our fourth Green Flag.

TRÓCAIRE

Trócaire sent a special “Thank You” Certificate acknowledging your generosity of €1,362.85 To see how your support is having a positive impact on people’s lives, please go to www.trocaire.org

6th class Bake Sale

On Friday 29th May 2015, the 6th classes held a bake sale for the rest of the school. Yummy! Yummy! €2,300 was raised. The sixth classes chose to donate the monies to Team Jonathan Ranson, Childline, and Pieta House. A raffle was held with prizes donated by sixth class. There was also a “guess the teddy’s name” competition. Barnaby was correctly guessed by Alice in 2nd class.

GARDEN

Míle buíochas to all the kind parents who, under the guidance of Martha Holmes and Claire Roddy, worked hard at keeping the garden in good order. 4th class girls have also helped with planting and weeding under the guidance of Mrs. McGrath & Ms. O’Grady. Our 2nd class parents helped with the 2nd class pansy pots for First Holy Communion. The last garden tidy up was on Saturday 20th June with a good mornings work done by all! The garden has pumpkins, ornamental gourds, figs, grapes, apples, pears, rhubarb and raspberries! A great harvest for September! A special thank you to Martha & Tim for all their hard work as they move on from Belgrove. Martha’s help, hard work and expertise over the past few years has ensured our garden is looking its best!

Awards of Science and Maths Excellence

We have been successful in our application for a plaque of STEM Excellence. We have been awarded the plaque by Discover Science. Some examples of work involved in the project are, nano science projects, visits from engineers during Engineers Week, computer programming, science days full of active experiments, maths week competitions, etc. Comhghairdeas to the girls and teachers for all the hard work they put in throughout the year!

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. A particular míle buíochas to Niamh Creighton, the parent representative on the Green School Committee. She has also been chairperson of the Parents’ Association this year and has given many hours of dedication to the school on your behalf organising fundraising events, liaising with the school ….. Also míle buíochas to all those hardworking parents of the Parents’ Association.

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. We are now in the second year of our savings scheme with Clontarf Credit Union. The scheme is a great success with many girls in the habit of saving consistently every week. The final day for savings collection was Thursday 17th June. The Savings Scheme will run again next year and we look forward to more girls joining! If pupils wish to continue saving over the holidays, they can visit the Credit Union on Churchgate Avenue. 01 8331687

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 Monday, August 31st 2015. All books need to be covered and labelled le do thoil.

BOOK SALE / DÍOLACHÁN LEABHAR

The Book Haven Bookshop is holding the Book Sale in the School Hall on Wednesday evening, 24th 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 the “St. Vincent de Paul”.

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 2015/2016

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 orderand 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
    • SESE Curricular Plans
    • School policies
  • English spelling Schemes reviewed
  • Meeting with DES Inspector re SSE
  • Speakers
    • Neasa Sheehan SESS
  • 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

  • We are using the NCCA report cards as requested by DES
  • Standardised testing in English reading & Mathematics during the period May/June has been implemented
  • Aggregated assessment data from 2nd, 4th and 6th class standardised tests will be sent to the DES 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
  • In line with DES Circular 0027/2015 and Circular 45/2014 we used the Education Passport Material & the updated 6th class report card.
  • The updated 6th class report card also has a section for Gaeilge Exemption which is ticked if applicable. It further states that a “Certification of exemption will be forwarded with this report card to the post-primary school”. This will be forwarded upon receipt of a letter informing us of your daughter’s enrolment in the school.

SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION   (Circular 39/2012)

A school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in Scoil Eoin Baiste Cailíní Sinsear, was undertaken in June 2014. The staff felt there should be better continuity in the spellings taught each year. We decided to pilot the Jolly Phonics Programme in 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes. Following on from our review in May 2015, we will be continuing the programme but adapting the elements taught in each stream. We will continue to review Oral Language next year. Staff worked on SESE (History, Geography & Science) Curriculum Plans in a whole school approach. This led to an updated whole school plan and working grid for each of the subject areas.

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 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.

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.

Please see school website for “Your Child in the Primary School, Tips for Parents”

EARLY CLOSINGS

You will have seen on your School Calendar last September notice of early closings at the end of June. 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 24th and Thursday 25th 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 26th June at 12.00 noon.
  • School re-opens on Monday 31st 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
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