Samhain 2015

November 2015

Sponsored Walk: Míle buíochas to the committee of our Parents’ Association for once again organising our sponsored walk. The walk took about 40 minutes and thank you to all those who came and joined us on the day – especially those who dressed up!! To date, a total of €6,245 has been raised. MÍLE BUÍOCHAS!

Primary Athletics

We participated in the North Dublin Primary Schools’ Annual Cross Country Competition, again this year. Maith sibh to all the girls from 4th , 5th and 6th class completed the tough course on Wednesday 14th October in Portmarnock. This year we were blessed with the weather !

Comhghairdeas do: Síomha McGee 3rd place under 11,  Amy O’Boyle 4th place & Fiona McAdams 1st place under 13 ½ & Team A 1st place u 13 ½ .

GO BELGROVE!   Buíochas mór do Ms. Furness, Ms. Curtis, Ms. Rowley and Ms. Nic Lughadha for their help.

Cumann na mBunscol

Comhghairdeas to our fantastic GAA Corn Austin Finn team who played in the final on 21st October 2015 in Croke Park and were winners! Táimid an-bhrodúil astu!! The match report from Eimear Mangan states:

“When we lifted the trophy, the crowd were shouting their hearts out – it was the best moment of my life. The team deserved this from the start. Thanks to our excellent managers, coaches, parents and jersey washers for their commitment and support. (Kevin Hoy and Trish O’Connor: parents. Stephen Behan: GAA, Ms. Brodie and Ms. McCarthy: teachers)”

Jim Gavin, Dublin Football Team manager sent this to the Corn Austin Finn Team and League Team on their achievements!!

Some great photos from the day can be accessed on the cnmb Flickr page. Scroll down to find us!

Óglaigh na hÉireann

Chuireamar fáilte chuig Captain Dermot Collins agus Private Paul O’Carroll ó Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces. They came to our school on Friday 2nd October 2015 when they presented us with the National Flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation.

Grace Wolfe, Tara Bell and Sarah Lynch each read a section from the Proclamation.

We learnt about flag protocol – (how we should care for our National Flag.)

The copies of the National Anthem, the 1916 Proclamation & the Certificate that were presented to the school by Óglaigh na hÉireann are now framed and hanging in the corridor just behind the photocopier. Please feel free to come and view them.


Learning Support

Our Learning Support Team continues to be in a position to offer in-class maths support to some classes in the school. We also have in-class support for English. Children will continue to be withdrawn if their needs require it. This is in line with the DES staged approach to Assessment, Identification and Programme Planning- Circular SP ED 02/05: Appendix 3.


Request for morning help 8.50 -9.00a.m. on a daily basis. If you feel you could help please contact the office.

Thank you to Ann Quigley for the many hours of work over the past few years.

Green School Update

Comhghairdeas to Maeve Foley Ms. Egan’s 2nd class, winner of the Green School Logo Competition.

Girls, keep up the great effort you are making walking/cycling and scooting to school! BÍ GLAS!

Parents’ Association Logo Competition

Comhghairdeas to all the girls who participated in the Parents’ Association Logo Competition 2015/16. The overall winner was Kasmin Byrne, 6th class Ms. Brodie! Prizes were a €10 voucher for each class winner and €20 for the overall winner.

Cailín Rang Múinteoir
Hannah McCarrick 2nd Mrs. de Burca/

Ms. Costello

Rebecca Dowdall 2nd Ms. Rowley
Ava Marie Keenan 2nd Ms. Egan
Livia Garg-Holohan 3rd Mrs. Stokes
Síofra McCarthy 3rd Ms. Curtis
Camelia Patachi 3rd Mrs. O’Dea
Rosie Clarke 4th Ms. Finn
Fiona O’Sullivan 4th Ms. Furness
Fearne Morrissey 4th Ms. Walshe
Emma Mooney 5th Mrs. Joy
Lucy Curran 5th Mrs. Daly
Anna O’Brien 5th Ms. O’Connell
Jenna Goulding 6th Ms. Carroll
Rebecca Delahunt 6th Ms. McCarthy
Kasmin Byrne 6th Ms. Brodie

Jennifer and her colleague Sarah, from My Life Solutions, spoke to all the classes in the school over the last few weeks. Talk to your daughter about the talk and ask her about what she learnt from it.


Assertiveness Toolbox

  • Use good eye contact and body language
  • Use neutral responses like “whatever, ok, if you think so…”
  • Repeat these neutral responses
  • Say Stop
  • The golden rule is – NEVER HURT BACK.
  • Always remember to tell an adult


Clontarf Credit Union

The Savings Scheme is a great success and particular thanks to the parents and Mary Clarke of Clontarf Credit Union who come in on Thursday mornings to collect and record the girls’ savings. If any other student wishes to join the Clontarf Credit Union Savings scheme, application forms are kept in the office. If parents/guardians have any further queries please contact Clontarf Credit Union directly at (01) 8331687 or

Parent Teacher Meetings1

Our school welcomed the parents/guardians of the girls to formally meet with their daughters’ teacher on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November in line with Circular 14/04. We hope you have benefitted from coming in and talking and engaging with us about your daughters’ education.

Useful links for parents

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. 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 NEWB form. Please see 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

Parking and Stopping

Please respect the ‘no stopping’ zone outside the school gates and also 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.

Reminders for the girls

  • Be on time in the morning i.e. be in by 8.50am
  • Park scooters and bikes around the back of the school in designated area –please do not take/borrow/use another girls bike/scooter without their permission
  • Wear correct school uniform – white or navy socks, white polo top and tracksuit only on PE days, or if you are playing basketball, tennis or football after school.
  • Healthy lunch le do thoil– no crisps allowed
  • Reporting incidents of bullying is not telling tales (Bullying is repeated incidents)
    • Say no/I don’t like that, get away and tell the teacher or someone you trust

DÉAN DO DHÍCHEALL!       (DO YOUR BEST!)                        

Carol Service

  • St Gabriel’s Church, 11.30am, Friday 18th December 2015.

Parents/guardians are invited to join us as we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will use the two middle aisles to seat the children, leaving the side aisles free for parents/guardians. The children will be returning to school afterwards with their teacher.

Parent Talk

Speaker Sadhbh Coyle, NEPS Psychologist (National Education Psychological Service)

  • Tuesday 19th January 2016, School Hall
  • (more details to follow)

6th class Retreat dates

  • Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th April 2016
  • Manresa House 10 – 12.30p.m. (More details in due course)

See previous newsletter “October 2015” or school website for other dates

Le gach dea ghuí,                                    

Anne McCarthy,

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