A thuismitheoirí / a chaomhnóirí,

Fáilte ar ais! Tá súil agam gur bhain sibh taitneamh as na laethanta saoire. Céad míle fáilte to the 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 the name on it is the name that must be held in electronic format in the Primary Online Database (POD), as per Circular 0033/2015.

(See also Circular 0028/2013)

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;

We use the Aladdin Electronic System for the purpose of recording attendance of pupils now and no longer need to also maintain the Leabhar Rolla in hard copy format (Circular 0033/2015).

Parents of girls in 3rd – 6th class: If your contact details have changed please inform your daughter’s teacher so we have correct up to date information.

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.

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.

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. Remind your daughter 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.

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 began again on Thursday 25th September and take 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. Clontarf Credit Union have made a donation to the school. 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.

Graffiti Classics

Grafitti Classics will return to the school for a performance on Wednesday 14th October. The Graffiti Classics educational show makes classical music fun for children. The performance is fully funded from part of the donation received from Clontarf Credit Union! Míle buíochas dóibh!

Brat Glas

The school is very proud to have three Green flags and we are continuing our hard work this year by working towards our Travel Flag.

The “Green Girls” have all been selected there is a representative from each class on the committee. We meet once a month in the library at 8.30a.m.

The girls are very good at discussing the green issues in their class. As we are working on our Travel Flag, the Green Girls have been asked to design posters promoting walking, cycling or scooting to school. These posters will be displayed around the school. The Green School committee would encourage girls to walk, cycle or scoot to school as often as they can. Wednesday is the targeted day with walk on Wednesday WOW, cycle on Wednesday COW and scoot on Wednesday SOW! Not only is it good exercise but it’s great for the environment. Keep up the good work girls! If your child has any ideas about how to encourage others to walk, scoot or cycle, she should tell her Green Girl or teacher.

2nd Ms. Egan Eva Magner
Ms. Rowley Ailbhe Doody
Mrs. De Burca Cara Mulligan
3rd Ms. Curtis Sarah Courtney
Mrs. O’Dea Julianne McKenna
Mrs. Stokes Rachel   Kelly
4th Ms. Finn Rachel Boyle
Ms. Walshe Orla Hickey
Ms. Furness Áine Mulligan
5th Ms. O’Connell Sarah McHugh
Mrs. Joy Emma Mooney
Mrs. Daly Lucy Downes
6th Ms. McCarthy Isabel Barr
Ms. Carroll Kate Glynn
Ms. Brodie Amy O’Toole

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 paper towels by giving your daughter a small hand towel for her own use, which she could take home at the end of the week for washing. 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.

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!    BÍ GLAS!

Active Flag      

Our Active Flag Committee, under the guidance of Ms. Kate McCarthy, will be in operation again this year and we encourage you, with your daughter to keep active. This year the committee consists of :

6th Ms. McCarthy Síofra Delaney
Ms. Brodie Eimear Gibson
Ms. Carroll Levon Kelly
5th Mrs. Daly Hannah Devine
Mrs. Joy Sam Lynch
Ms O’Connell Anna O’Brien

www.getirelandactive.ie has some great tips!                                              

Primary Athletics

Girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes have begun taking part in the weekly training sessions 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 Christine Furness, Louise Curtis, Michelle Rowley and Aoife Nic Lughadha, who are training the girls.

The date for the Competition is Wednesday 14th October 2015 at 3p.m. in Pormarnock. GO BELGROVE!

Cumann na mBunscol          

This year we have two GAA football teams, Corn Austin Finn team and a league team. Both teams have won their matches to date, Corn Austin team won the quarter final and are now through to the semi-final which will be played against Hollypark on Wednesday 14th October– GO BELGROVE! Our GAA Football League team played their last match on Wednesday 7th October against Scoil Bhríde, Cabinteely. They won the match and are over all winners of the league! FANTASTIC! MAITH SIBH A CHAILÍNÍ!

Buíochas to the teachers who help with the teams – Catherine Brodie and Kate McCarthy, to Stephan Behan GAA coach and also Trish O’Connor and Kevin Hoy our parent helpers.

GAA Football Panel 2015 / 16
   
Corn Austin Finn Team League Team
Ciara Mangan Julian Fallon
Ella King Grace O’Keefe
Aoibh Maguire Lucy Smith
Eimear Mangan Laura Power
Caoimhe Hoy Cara McCaul
Anna Lawlor Amy O’Boyle
Ciara O’Connor April Smyth
Ciara McGoldrick Alannah Webb-O’Donoghue
Róisín Quigley Sophie Egan
Mary O’Sullivan Molly Clancy
Keila Winters Jennifer Dalton
Eimear Gibson Clíona Dunlea
Ava Corcoran Cara Crowley
Maria Conaty Leah Bredican
Tara Bell Robyn Ennis
Isabelle Barr Ella Bethal
Alannah Beatty Caoimhe Creighton
Faye Crumlish Sam-Alice Lynch
Gráinne McDaid Rachel Scott
Grace Smith Aisling Courtney

The teams are very fortunate to have new jerseys this year. We held a competition with the current 5th and 6th classes. Caoimhe O’Donnell, 6th class Ms. Brodie and Leah Duffy, 6th class Ms. McCarthy, were the winners of the competition. Both their winning designs were made into jerseys!!

The cost of the jerseys has been sponsored –míle buíochas to our kind donor for their generosity.

Caoimhe’s winning design

Leah’s winning design

Sam Maguire Visit

The name of the All-Ireland Senior Football Trophy is the Sam Maguire Cup. It is named in honour of Sam Maguire, a prominent member of London GAA. It is awarded annually to the winners of the All-Ireland Mens’ Senior Football Championship. Sam Maguire was born in Dunmanway, Co. Cork, in 1879. The Sam Maguire Cup is modelled on the Ardagh Chalice and it was presented in 1928. Kildare was the first county to win the Sam Maguire Cup. The original cup was replaced with an exact replica in 1988. Meath was the last county to win the original Sam Maguire Cup. Meath was the first county to win the new Sam Maguire Cup.

We welcomed the Sam Maguire Cup to the school on Friday, 9th October 2015. Jack McCaffrey and Michael Darragh McAuley from the Dublin Team and Stephan Behan, GAA coach brought it along with the O’Byrne Cup, the League Cup and the Leinster Championship Cup! A fantastic year for Dublin!!

Liam McCarthy Cup

Liam was born on May 21, 1853 in Southwark, London to Irish parents who had emigrated from Ballygarvan, County Cork. Liam grew up in a close knit Irish community; he played hurling on Clapham Common and Irish was the first language in the family home. After leaving school he worked as a blacksmith’s hammerman and as a railwayman

In conjunction with two of his sons, Liam commissioned the manufacture of a trophy based on an ancient Irish drinking cup. This cup was offered to the GAA central council in Croke Park and was gratefully accepted. It is awarded annually and in perpetuity to the winners of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The first winners of the Liam McCarthy cup were Limerick in 1921. Kilkenny won the championship this year! Mr Hogan, who teaches in the Senior Boys’ School and played on the winning team, brought the cup to the school on Friday 9th October.

Gairdín na Scoile/ School Garden

Buíochas mór do na tuismitheoirí agus na cailíní a bhí ag obair go dian sa ghairdín 25/9/2015. Thanks to their hard work and efforts, the garden is looking lovely and we hosted a 2nd class parent coffee morning there on Friday 2nd September.

On Friday 9th October, girls from the 5th classes worked in the garden helping Mrs McGrath to reap the harvest.     They gathered pumpkins, ornamental gourds, apples, rhubarb, grapes (which sadly didn’t ripen due to a lack of summer sun), and amazingly potatoes which had been planted in 2013!! Some are on display in the corridor for all to see!

Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association AGM is on Monday 12th October at 8p.m. Please note this will include the election of two Parent Representatives on the new Board of Management for the 2015 – 2019 term. All are welcome to the meeting – I would like to say a very sincere thanks to all of you who work so hard as volunteers on behalf of the school.

Contact e mail: pa@belgroveseniorgirls.ie

Chairperson: Rachel McGaughey

Secretary: Ciara Ryan

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.

ACCORD

ACCORD Counsellors spoke to the 6th classes on Thurdsay 8th October, as part of our SPHE programme.

Garda Visit

The 5th classes will be paid a visit by local Gardaí on Thursday 15th October as part of their community programme.

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

As part of this programme each school in the country will be presented with a National Flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation (in English and Irish) by a member of Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces. Our scheduled date is Thursday 22nd October.

Astronomy Talk

4th and 6th classes will part take in an astronomy talk on Wednesday 4th November.

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.

Code of Behaviour

The school Code of Behaviour was revised and has been given to you. It also contains a pupil friendly version. Please read it with your daughter. Please sign and return the sheet at the back to your daughter’s class teacher. Working together, as teachers, parents and pupils we endeavour to make each girls school experience a positive experience.

Jennifer and her colleague Sarah, from My Life Solutions, will speak to all the classes in the school over the next few weeks.  Please talk to your daughter following her visit – last year the girls were given little cards with the following.

 

MY RULES

Loud & clear – say STOP

SlIders – let hurtful comments slide

Be Funny & Creative

Always Eye contact

Jennifer also gave a presentation to staff on Wednesday 16th September as part of our Croke Park Hours.

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 AgencyEstablished 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.

Fire Drill Practice

Held Wednesday, 7th October

Parent Teacher Meetings

Wednesday 18th and Thursday, 19th November 2015

Sacramental Dates

First Holy Communion

Parent Meeting: First Holy Communion Programme Meeting was held on

  • Tuesday 15th September 8.p.m. Senior Girls’ School Hall

Sacrament of First Penance: Dates to be decided

First Holy Communion: Saturday, 23rd April 2016

Photographs on Monday, 25th April 2016

Confirmation

Parent Meeting: Confirmation Programme Meeting was held on

  • Tuesday 22nd 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 19th May 2016.

Photographer provisionally booked for Friday 20th May 2016.

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

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

6th class Graduation

  • Tuesday 28th June 2016 at 11.30a.m.

School Holidays/Laethanta Saoire:

Aavailable 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

Our Information Booklet for parents/guardians is available on the website and 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 term of office is for four years and the current BOM is in place until 30th November 2015.
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 Crumlin.

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 ensure your daughters’ hair is tied back, remain vigilant at all times and check her hair regularly.

School Grounds

  • 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

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