Sacramental News

First Holy Communion

Comhghairdeas to our 2nd class girls who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 23rd May in St. Anthony’s Church and St. John’s Church.  A special buíochas mór to our 4th class choir who sang in St. John’s Church, conducted by Ms. Finn. Thanks to Mrs. MacNamee and also Ms. Furness and  Ms. Walshe for their  preparation of the choir. Buíochas to Ms. Aoife Fox who played the organ. It was a very moving, special occasion for the girls and their families. The Parents’ Association provided tea/coffee and drinks and a photo-booth for the girls and their families in the School Hall after the  ceremony – tá súil agam gur bhain sibh taitneamh as an gcupán tae (hope you enjoyed the cuppa) and went on to have a thoroughly enjoyable day! J   Buíochas freisin to the parents who helped organise the planting of the flower pots and to those who helped decorate the churches for the occasion.

The girls from second class very kindly donated €1,000 from their First Holy Communion money to two charities – Lauralynn Children’s Hospice and Temple St. Children’s Hospital.


On Thursday 19th May the 6th class girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  A special buíochas mór to our 5th class choir who sang in St. Anthony’s Church, conducted by Mrs Murray and Mrs. MacNamee. Maith sibh to our instrumentalists: Fiona Chen & Sam Lynch on Violin and Christina O’Connor on the Cello. Buíochas to Ms. Aoife Fox who played the organ for us. Thanks to Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Joy and Ms. O’Connell for their  preparation of the choir.  Freisin, go raibh míle maith agaibh to our 6th class girls who sang in St. Anthony’s Church, for the children attending CRC School, as they received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 12th May.

Buíochas mór to the teachers for all their effort &  work for Sacramental preparation and  also to Fr. Pat McManus, St. Gabriel’s Church, Fr. Larry White, St. Anthony’s Church,  Fr. Martin Hogan, St. John’s Church, Fr. John Callanan and Deirdre McDermott our Pastoral Worker for their ongoing work with  school visits and Sacramental Preparation.


We received our certificate from Trócaire thanking the school for our generous Lenten donation of €1087.11 .


Our Scholastic Book Fair raised €6,650 and books have been purchased for the school.  Míle buíochas to Mrs. O’Dea for organising it and to the parents who gave of their time to help.


Míle buíochas, to all parents who helped in the library over the course of the year with covering books and also with  the Book Fair.  A special thank you to Joanne Teeling and Jill Pitcher, Lisa Persse, Jadwige Ryan and all those who helped with the running of the school library.

Gairdín na Scoile

The 4th class girls have been weeding and digging “amuigh faoin aer” under the guidance of Mrs McGrath.  They have also planted potatoes,  onions, beetroot and pumpkins. The girls will continue to maintain the beds in the mornings before school. We look forward to the harvesting in September!

Garden Tidy

Míle buíochas to Orla Brady for organising and for all parents who came in and willing gave of their time on  Wednesday 11th  & 25th May 2.30 – 3.30p.m.

Fire Drill Practice

A whole school fire drill practice was held on Wednesday 20th April 2016.

Bake /Cake Sale 

6th class girls were very busy baking and held their annual sale on Thursday 2nd June.  €2,180 was raised and the money was divided between Raheny Hospice, the Irish Cancer Society and Plan Ireland.  Maith sibh a chailíní  – a fantastic achievement!

Sport:  Ná déan dearmad-  Bí gníomhach! Be active!

P.E. Maith sibh to our 6th classes who performed their fantastic gymnastics display for our 5th classes on Tuesday 1st March.  They worked very hard putting their performance together under the guidance of our Ms. Mary Lowe our P.E. teacher. The girls are offered a varied and progressive PE programme within the school by Ms. Lowe and class teachers.

The PE programme at 2nd & 3rd class level puts a big emphasis on skill acquisition and physical exploration. Our childhoods were filled with activities which had a built in seasonality; Tennis during Wimbledon, World Cup Soccer, obstacle courses built when the horse show came to town, marbles, skipping etc. Many of our children never learn skills we took for granted.  So in school, time is spent, throwing and catching, juggling, skipping, hula hooping and hurdling, jumping, tumbling, and  leapfrogging . They are practising, in order to build a foundation for future and successful participation in physical activity. Exploration is facilitated through Dance & Gymnastics.

In 4th class the children transition from learning skills to putting them into action. The experience the fundamentals through games like Legoball, Dodgeball and Benchball.  They are now beginning to incorporate rules and strategies. In Gymnastics and Dance they can work in groups greater than two or three quite successfully.

In 5th and 6th  we can really see the emergence of physical intelligence. Skills are not enough. Creating space, losing your marker, drawing a defender, timing the flight of a ball, passing into space, some children grasp these concepts easily, others need help. It is only at this stage that we introduce the more conventional sports like Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball. If your daughter has not played any organised sports to date the ages of 11-13 are a good time to start. Don’t worry if other children seem more skilful, they will catch up with practice.

In 5th, each class performs a dance together on stage and in 6th one of the highlights of the year is The Gymnastics Showcase, where everyone performs a routine in a group of 5/6 in front of their peers.  The results are a credit to the girls and a delight to watch.

During the recent good weather all have sampled some Athletics outdoors, and everyone loves our annual Orienteering around the school grounds. Ms. Lowe (P.E. Teacher).

Cricket:  Clontarf Cricket Club  provided coaching for our 4th & 5th classes this term.

Tennis: The girls in 3rd to 6th class  participated in tennis this term.  Our 6th class tennis team Division 1 were winners in the final played on Thursday 26th May! Comhghairdeas! Unfortunately our  second 6th class tennis team were beaten in the semi-final on Wed 18th May. Táímid an-bhródúil astu!


Our  6th class EAST Team played a very exciting final match on Wednesday 27th April and were winners ! Maith sibh a chailíní!

5th EAST Team played a very close hard fought game against Killester on Wednesday 27th April in the  IWA. Unfortunately despite all their best efforts they were beaten. Táimid an-bhrodúil astu!

Our 5th class participated in a basketball blitz on Wednesday 29th April and came 2nd.  Maith sibh a chailíní! Buíochas to the parents for their help and support.

The 4th Class Basketball Blitz was held on Wednesday, the 11th May.  We had four teams – two from Belgrove, East and West and visiting teams from Howth Road Primary School and St. Marys in Fairview participated.  The girls had great fun and we would like to thank the parents for their help and support.  Belgrove’s West team won and Belgrove’s East team were second.  A great result!  Míle buíochas to our coach Carlitos for his help in organising the Blitz.”

A sincere thank you to the parents who volunteer to organise and help with basketball.

Athletics for Fun: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class girls have been training early on Wednesday and Friday mornings on the Astro! Well done to all the girls who  have attended  training throughout the year. Buíochas mór  freisin, do na múinteoirí who organise the Athletics:  Ms. Furness & Ms. Nic Lughadha and to Ms. Rowley & Ms. Curtis for their help.

Athletics sprint trials were held on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Unfortunately only a very small number of girls could be chosen to attend the Santry race day which was held on  June 1st.  Well done to all of our fantastic athletes!

The following girls represented the school:

Under 10 Sprint & Relay Under 11 Sprint & Relay
Isabel Guerin Róisín O’Brien
Aoife Cosgrave Naoise Finnegan
Victoria Eastwood Charlotte Duggan
Alison Garvey Grace Meikle
Cara McCann Ellen Leddy Doyle
Under 10 Sprint & Relay Under 11 Sprint & Relay
Gráinne McDaid Kate Burke
Rachel Scott Kasmin Byrne
Mairéad O’Neill Genevieve Kell
Aisling Courtney Eimear Gibson
Abbey Eccles Róisín Quigley


Buíochas mór to Stephan Behan of Clontarf GAA who has provided coaching to the girls in the school over the past year.

Camogie: Belgrove Senior Girls’ School first ever camogie team did the school proud in reaching the Quarter Finals in the Cumann na mBunscol competition. Maith sibh a chailíní agus míle buíochas to Stephen Behan and Máire O’Brien for their support in training the girls.

5th class girls took part in a GAA football 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.

Our Gaelic Mini-Leagues started on  Monday 30th May on the Astro during lunch time.  Our experienced 6th class girls provide the managers, referees and match officials to make this a successful and smooth running competition for 4th & 5th classes. Buíochas to Ms. Brodie and Ms. McCarthy. A fun time is had by all!

Dublin-Belfast Friendship Games

Comhghairdeas  to Aisling Courtney and Rachel Scott  who represented Dublin in the Cumann Na mBunscol Dublin-Belfast Friendship games. They played Antrim on 10th June at the Alfie Byrne All Weather Pitches.  Unfortunately Dublin lost but a great day was had by the girls.

Féile na nÓg

Maith sibh to our GAA football girls, who participated in Féile na nÓg in Kerry this weekend!!! They were winners of the Division 5 Shield. The team was made up of past pupils and the following 6th Class girls: Ciara Mangan, Eimear Mangan, Aoibh Maguire, Tara Bell, Maria Conaty, Ciara O’Connor, Eimear Gibson and Caoimhe Hoy. Comhghairdeas a chailíní!

Active Week: Wednesday 25th May – Thursday 2nd June

An Active School is a school that strives to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.  As you all know Belgrove has an excellent sporting reputation. However, our aim during the week  is to make sport fun and accessible to all, rather than competitive.

  • Active Travel
    • During the week we encouraged girls to use “active” travel to and from school.
  • Morning Dance Class
    • An active dance class took place every morning of Active Week at 8.40 in the yard. We had great fun performing  together in the school yard!
  • Active Girl
    • Classes voted on who they thought made the biggest effort to get involved and stay active during Active Week. A certificate and prize was given to each Active Girl on Thur. 2nd of June.
  • Student Teacher Match
  • There was great excitement among pupils and teachers alike in anticipation of the Pupil-Teacher Gaelic Football match – with staff training hard! The match was held on Thursday 2nd of June. We were level as the final whistle blew and despite the best efforts of the adults involved the winning point was scored by Eimear Gibson! However, a great match was had by all!

Ms. McCarthy’s 6th class has been running laps of the astro pitch. Their aim was to complete a marathon (just over 42km) by the end of Active Week. They have 5.7km left to go. Wish them luck!

Clontarf Clontarf Union

Sport equipment was purchased for the school and this was funded from the remainder of the donation  received from Clontarf Credit Union! Míle buíochas dóibh! Some girls were winners in the National Credit Union Art Competition. Each of the girls received €25 with Sarah Moriarty receiving a further €25 and a cup for her win! Comhghairdeas daoibh!

Belgrove Girls’ School:

Age 7 and under:

Winner:  Eva Magner

8 – 10 years:

Winner:  Sarah Moriarty

11 – 13 years:

Winner:  Keelin Ryan

Chapter 21 – North Dublin    Third Prize:  Sarah Moriarty.

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 third 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 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


Buíochas mór to Gardaí Sharon Kavanagh, Deirdre McDonnell and John Hanrahan who came and spoke to the 5th classes on Tuesday 12th April as part of the community programme.

HSE Dentist

Oral Health Promoters Deirdre Martin and Bridget Kelly from the H.S.E. Dental Services,  (Roselawn Health Centre)  visited the school on 24th May.  They spent time with 3rd  & 5th classes talking  to the girls about Dental Hygiene and  how to brush teeth. They advised them about healthy snacking  – avoiding/cutting down on  those sugary temptations  – and presented each of the girls with a new toothbrush. We hope the girls have been inspired to develop good oral hygiene practice and routines. Snack Right, Smile Bright!

‘Pets in the City’

4th Class girls participated in the ‘Pets in the City’ art competiton, run by Dublin City Council in May.  Zoe Magner, of Ms Walshe’s class, was awarded ‘Highly Commended’, and her artwork of an imagined creature, ‘The Pigaffe’ was displayed in the Children’s Entertainment Marquee at the festival.

Science Rediscovery Centre

4th Class had a visit from the Science Rediscovery Centre.  They learned about Recycling, Energy, Circuits and Forces. The girls created solar powered ovens out of cardboard boxes, they completed electrical circuits using electronic sets and completed experiments focusing on the forces of gravity and friction.  Buíochas to the PA who funded this.

My Life Solutions

Jennifer Ryan,  from My Life Solutions, returned to the school and spoke to the girls in April.  This was funded by the Parents’ Association.

Ná déan dearmad

Always report if something/someone  is bothering you.  Remember the rules:

  • Loud & clear – say STOP
  • SlIders – let hurtful comments slide
  • Be Funny & Creative
  • Always Eye contact

Green School Committee News

We received our Green School Travel Award Flag at a ceremony in The Helix  on  24th May 10:30a.m. The school was represented by our 4th  class Green School Committee girls: Rachel Boyle, Orla Hickey & Áine Mulligan. They accepted the flag on behalf of the school.  A fantastic effort was made  by the whole school to  achieve our 4th Green School Flag!   We also received a Certificate for entering “BIG Travel Challenge 2016”

Buíochas mór to Ms. Egan and all those on  the Green School Committee for all their hard work over the year.  A special thank you to Ally, from An Taisce who was very supportive as we worked towards achieving our Travel Flag.

We now have scooter pods to help with parking all the girls’ scooters!

We have joined in an ambitious project to work towards the Global Goals for Sustainability with several Dublin schools in the “SymmeTREE” project where we have sponsored a matching tree planted by schoolchildren in the Global South. We planted a native birch tree in the school grounds. This initiative is being given an award by Irish Aid.  The project is being spearheaded by Orla Farrell. Aoife Wilson, past pupil and now an ESB engineer, arranged for the tree for our school.  Buíochas di

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 Wednesday, August 31st 2016.  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 Tuesday evening, 28th June from 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

Please note that the Book Sales will not open before 5.00pm.

Book Rental

We operate a book rental scheme in line with DES guidelines.  The books are owned by the Board of Management of the school and are loaned as required to the girls.  Some books will be used for the year while others will be used for a shorter time period.  It’s important that your daughter looks after the books carefully because they belong to the school and will be required for other girls. Should the books be damaged or defaced you will be charged for the cost of replacing them.

“With careful management the books can last for up to eight years.  They are normally replaced because the books are out of date rather than because of the condition of the books.  Parents of girls who damage a book will be asked to replace the book”. Guidelines for Developing Textbook Rental Schemes in Schools, Department of Education & Skills.

The following is a list of books rented:

2nd   class: English Readers / Novels

3rd – 6th classes:  Religion, English, Maths & SESE Text books, English Novels

Donation of Uniforms Items

Money raised from donated uniform items will go to a charity nominated by the P.A.

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 €110 and are not due until August/September. Note this payment must be paid by all pupils.  If you are not in a position to make this payment please advise the school. (We are currently in the process of enabling e-payments and you will be able to pay online in September).

Voluntary Contributions 2016/2017

Parents’ Voluntary Contributions are again included on Booklists, separate from Extra Costs. The Voluntary Contribution requested from parents remains the same as in previous years at €75 per pupil or €100 for two or more girls in a family

Parental Help

I would sincerely like to say a míle buíochas to all those  hardworking parents of the Parents’ Association who give of their time on a voluntary basis to help with the garden, fund raising activities, 2nd  & 6th class fun days, various sports, outings etc.  . It is very much appreciated. Míle buíochas to Niamh Creighton, the parent representative on the Green School Committee. A particular míle buíochas to Rachel McGaughey, who has 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. …..Unfortunately Rachel is unable to continue in the position next year. She  is handing over to Liz Tierney &  Anne Coldrick.

Also, thank you to Ann Marie O Connell for leading yoga classes with second and fifth classes. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their classes.


Come dine with me – Míle buíochas to the parents who have held very successful and I hope, thoroughly enjoyable evenings.  To date €674 has been raised!!  IT equipment in the school has been replaced and we are very grateful to you for your efforts. This enjoyable event can be run up until the end of the school year and will “kick off” again in September J .

Proclamation Day March 15th 2016

The girls wrote their own version of the proclamation, with some classes doing it in groups and others on a whole class basis.  The winners were

Rebecca Dowdall, Ava Burton & Pippa Clancy 2nd Ms. Rowley
Rang go léir (Whole class) 3rd Mrs. O’Dea
Áine Mulligan, Hannah Simpson, Róisín O’Brien & Eden McKeon 4th Ms. Furness
Rang go léir (Whole class) 5th Ms. O’Connell
Rang go léir (Whole class) 6th Ms. Carroll

I have attached the overall winner (Ms. Carroll’s 6th class), at the end of this newsletter.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

The following girls won the “Frasaí / Scéal competition we held.

Múinteoir Rang   Cailín
Mrs de Burca/

Ms. Foley

2 Míle buíochas! Caoimhe McCaul
Ms. Rowley 2 Míle buíochas! May Lily Lawless Cotter
Ms. Egan 2 Míle buíochas! Siún Lindsay


Mrs. Stokes 3 Go bhfóire Dia orainn! Julianne Mac Dermott
Mrs. O’Dea 3 Go bhfóire Dia orainn! Chloe Fitzgerald
Ms. Curtis 3 Is binn béal ina thost Nola Allman Castel
Ms. Furness 4 Is binn béal ina thost. Lucy Owens


Ms. Walshe 4 Is fear cairde ná ór! Kate Jennings


Ms. Finn 4 Is binn béal ina thost. Sophie Faughnan


Ms. O’Connell 5 Nuair a bhíonn an bolg lán is maith leis na cnámha síneadh! Bowie Woods
Mrs. Joy 5 Ní thagann ciall roimh aois. Imogen Hauer
Mrs. Daly 5 Nuair a bhíonn an bolg lán is maith leis na cnámha síneadh! Orla Bates
Ms. McCarthy 6 Lá Fhéíle Pádraig Tara Bell


Ms. Carroll 6 An Feirm Kate Glynn


Ms. Brodie 6 An Cluiche Peile Cara McCaul



A chairde, after many years’ service to Belgrove Senior Girls’ School,  Mrs. Joy, Deputy Principal and Mrs. O’Dea will retire. It will be a huge loss to the school as we say goodbye to such experienced, dedicated and talented teachers.  Both Mrs. Joy and Mrs. O’Dea have given so much of their time and energy guiding and educating the girls in the school.  Our school community will miss them greatly but we wish them both the very best for the future –

Go n-éirí libh sa todhchaí!


  • Staff have spent the additional hours in class and stream planning in Learning Support,  Resource, EAL, SEN  and general school planning
  • School policies
  • School based Talks by visiting speakers
    • re  Literacy
    • re Numeracy
  • PDST visit re Numeracy
  • SSE Planning
  • Review of Spelling Scheme
  • Primary Language Curriculum
  • Staff meetings have been held outside of school hours. 

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.  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.


6th class Graduation

  • Tuesday 28th June 2016 11.30 a.m.
  • Book Haven Sale Tuesday 28th 5-7p.m. School Hall


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 Tuesday 28th  and Wednesday 29th  June.

*On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all the girls may wear their own suitable summer clothes to school instead of uniform. 

Reminder to please

  • clean up after your pet
  • do not bring your dog inside the school gates, even if you are holding the dog!
  • do not leave your dog unattended or tied to the railings


You can keep up to date with newsletters on our school website 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”


  • The school closes for the Summer Holidays on Thursday 30th June at 12.00 noon.
  • School re-opens on Wednesday 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.

Le gach dea ghuí,

Anne McCarthy,


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Eolas Breise / Extra Information

Psychology Advice Clinic

When The First Tuesday of every month from 9.30 – 12.30
Where Vernon Ave Health Clinic, Clontarf
How First come, first served.  No appointment necessary

Dublin City Public Libraries

Summer Stars: a national summer reading initiative for children. Dublin City Libraries is encouraging young readers to read six books of their own choosing over the summer months.  Each child who registers will record their progress on a Reading Card which will be stamped each time they return a book that they have read to the library. Those who complete the challenge will be invited to an event in their local library in September.  Further details:

Our Winning School Proclamation

To the people of Ireland, young and old;

We value each and every person in Ireland and appreciate all that they do for the country that we call home. We remember and thank everyone who has contributed to making Ireland a better country in the past and we endeavour to continue their efforts in the future.

We proclaim the right to freedom, equality, justice, dignity, independence and autonomy for all citizens, regardless of race, gender, religion, age or background.

We will endeavour to build a nation where quality education, healthcare, housing and other necessities are available to all. We believe in equal opportunities for all, including employment with a fair wage. We will not rest until discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, sexuality; religion age and background have been abolished.

Our Nation should remain free and peaceful. We do not believe in the use of arms but will defend and protect our freedom. We strive to ensure the safety and security of all Irish people. We believe in the right to happiness and hope for all and we will seek to support all of our people throughout the course of their lives in achieving these goals.

We are proud to call Ireland our home and we will continue to strive to ensure that Ireland is a country that we can be proud of in the future.

Ms. Carroll’s 6th Class 2016