May we take this opportunity to wish all our pupils & parents a very Happy & Peaceful Christmas. Thank you very much for all the interest and support you have shown to us during the last term.
School Closes at 11.50 a.m. Fri. 21st December and re-opens on Monday, 7th January 2013.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who have submitted contributions.
We are very privileged to have such a fine school and we will continue to work, with your support, to maintain and improve the school for the benefit of our children.
Annual Christmas Hampers appeal for
St. Vincent de Paul.
Thank you once again for your great
generosity this year. Last Friday
the Vincent de Paul van was completely
filled with items from the school. These items will help many families over the Christmas period.
The Art Competition & Raffle took place on 4th December. There was a huge attendance at this event. The standard of entries was extremely high and the judge had great difficulty in choosing the winners.
An amount of time and energy went in to organising this event, so we thank all the parents who gave so freely of their time. Thanks also to all the businesses and parents who donated over 70 prizes for the raffle.
As a gesture of thanks to all the children the school will give every child a Selection Box for Christmas.
5th Class Carol Singers.
On November 24th a group of Carol singers from 5th class braved the cold weather to welcome Santa to Malahide.
The boys and girls from each of the 5th classes sang Christmas carols while being cheered along by the crowds on New Street.
After waiting patiently the children and Ms. Dolan were rewarded with a glimpse of Santa! Christmas had finally arrived!
Thanks to the members of the Parents Council who came along to help out.
Many of the children are busy preparing Christmas plays to act out this week in the school. There is a wide variety of plays in rehearsal and we are sure many parents will look forward to seeing their stars on the stage.
Confirmation & Communion.
Communion: 11th May.
Reception of the Sacraments is an important occasion for all children. The teachers are busy preparing the children for these sacraments. Parental support is also essential. This can best be given by helping to keep the children focussed on the essence of what the Sacraments are about, by bringing them to Mass, by praying with them and sharing your own understanding of the sacraments with them.
A big thank you to Ms. Gertrude Gill (Pastoral worker) and Fr. Frank for visiting and supporting the children in the preparation for these sacraments.
Accord-Programme for Emerging Young Adults for 5th/6th class.
Dates of this year:
Parents meeting Tues, 5th February at 8.00 p.m. hall.
28th February – 4 facilitators with 6th class.
12th March (change of date) – 4 facilitators with 5th class.
You will receive 2 forms:
(a)Guidelines & Conditions.
(c)You will receive details re: fees and forms nearer the time.
Room 11 5th class go “Al Italia”
It was November 22nd when room 11 was transformed into a corner of Italy. Students had completed their Italian projects and it was all systems go. T-shirts were painted in the Italian colours during Art, banners were created during Computers - all that was required was the food. Mrs. Shaw and a number of students brought in food which was cooked in the kitchen. Jane & Darren from Room 8 helped with a number of other students.
The aroma of garlic bread, pizza, and Italian bread wafted around the corridors. The students decorated the classroom and laid the tables for the class fiesta. During this Italian experience students watched a dvd on the cities of Italy. A great day was had by all.
Our new laptops have arrived and we have finished uploading suitable programs for the children in 4th & 5th classes such as Ten Thumbs Typing. This will complete phase two of our computer initiative and we will be looking to supply our 2nd & 3rd classes with new laptops/tablets in the spring term. Many thanks for all the support you give to the school which has enabled us to implement the latest technology for the children. A special thanks to Ms. Droney for all her excellent and hard work in getting this programme up and running.
GAA Victorious Past Pupils.
We were delighted to welcome Stephen Cunningham, Conor Ryan, Kevin O’Flynn & Gary Sweeney back to our school recently to talk to the children about their starring roles with Dublin in 2012. Stephen & Conor were part of the successful All Ireland minor football team and Kevin played on the minor hurling team that lost narrowly to Tipperary in a replay. Gary Sweeney has now won two All Ireland under 21 titles with Dublin and, having recovered from injury, is now back training with the Dublin senior footballers in preparation for the 2013 season. The players brought Leinster & All-Ireland Cups to show to the children and we are certain that there are many future Dublin stars currently in our school. If any children are interested in taking up Gaelic football and hurling St. Sylvester’s Club is a great place to start!
6th Class 2nd level Applications.
N.B. Our school roll no. is 19627c.
Our 3rd classes have enjoyed a very successful ten week course of lessons in Westwood, Clontarf. Many of them have learned to swim, while others are in training for the 2016 Olympic Games! Our 4th classes have just started their series of lessons. Swimming is part of the Aquatics Programme in the Primary Curriculum and we find the lessons invaluable. Thank you to Ms. Hyland for organising these classes.
OWLS School’- A Nature Awareness Programme.
We are one of the lucky schools in Dublin to avail of this brilliant and exciting course. Our third classes are really enjoying it.
This programme is aimed at increasing awareness of the natural environment in young children by using the outdoors as an ‘Outdoor Classroom’. The visits are facilitated by the Education Officer – Andrew Fleming (aka ‘mouse’) . Andrew was very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm while making their bird feeders recently. We hope these feeders have found their way to your garden to help to sustain our feathered friends during the winter. Please keep any wine corks you may have and send them into school (Ms. Twomey’s office) in the new year. We can use them for the bird feeders next year.
•Children should wear the proper shoes with their uniform –
black shoes with full uniform and runners on P.E. days.
•All children must have a wash bag for their own personal use.
•Children should not be on the school premises before 8.30 a.m. and we would ask you to ensure that arrangements for collection are in place for the children when they are dismissed at 2.20 p.m. There is no supervision of children after they have been seen to the gate.
•For the safety of all please do not drive into the cul-de-sac.
•All children must enter or exit the school through the pedestrian entrance gate only.
•We would also like to remind parents to ensure that the school has the correct contact details for your child – mobile no’s etc.
We wish all our Pupils & Parents a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and thank you so much for all the support you are all giving the school in so many ways.