Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT:

We endeavour to create a caring, Catholic and child-centred environment, promoting tolerance, co-operation, courtesy and respect, catering for children of all abilities and backgrounds.

We aim to provide a broad and diverse education both curricular and extra-curricular, which develops the child’s self-confidence, happiness and security through the work of a united team of staff, management and parents.

Letter to Parents 20 May 2015

Dear Parents,

Tidy Schools in the Community Competition 2015

Congratulations and well done to everyone involved in achieving one of the major awards in the Tidy Schools Competition.  This is the second year that we have won this important award which is great testimony to the hard work and ongoing dedication of everyone involved.  Special thanks to Annamaria, Petr, Mrs. Walsh, Mr. Geoghegan, the boys in the Garden Club, Christine Van Bussel-potter, who worked with the 5th classes, members of the Active Retirement Group who have come on board and Henry and Jennifer Moore who assist us with the community involvement aspect. The judges were highly impressed by the regular improvements that are made to the school environs and at how hard everyone works at keeping the place as well as it is kept. 30 schools participated and there was very little between the top schools at the end of the day.

Garden Open Day

Many people are unaware of the work that has gone into developing the School Garden over the years.  You are invited to our Open Garden Day on June 5th between 11.30 – 3.30 p.m. where the boys will only be delighted to give you the guided tour and you can experience our gardens for yourself.

Garda Band

We are delighted to present the Garda Band in Concert in the Church on Thursday, June 4th commencing at 7.30p.m.  Money raised will be used to extend wi-fi to all areas of the school thereby improving access to technology in the classes.  Tickets (Adult €10, Child €5 Family Ticket 2 adults and 2 children €25) are available from the school office.  The school choir will also perform on the night.  We would greatly appreciate your support for this concert and undoubtedly a great night’s entertainment will be available.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Some minor amendments have been made to this policy.  The revised version will be on the website on Monday.  As part of our efforts to combat cyber bullying, Chat Budi will visit the school on June 11th and deliver 20 minute seminars in the classes from 2nd to 6th.  That evening children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes along with their parents/guardians are invited to a presentation on Cyber Bullying from Chat Budi in the School Hall commencing at 7.00p.m.  This presentation will last for one hour.  Please put the date in your diary as research indicates that where Parents/Guardians and children attend such a seminar the results are extremely positive.

Chess

Congratulations to Philip Bolger, Robert Devereaux, Caolan Burns and Patrick Scully who represented the school in the National Chess Finals in Limerick last week.  The boys gave an outstanding performance throughout the competition and while two teams finished in joint second place our boys were forced into 4th position by a mere ½ point at the end. Each boy received a trophy on the day.  What a fantastic achievement -our best performance in the National Chess Competition to date.  It is brilliant to see that Chess is so strong in the school and that boys are so interested in it.

Sport

Best of luck to the Soccer Team who play in the semi-final of the League today.  Hurling matches are still underway.  Dublin Primary Sports take place next week and the following week in Santry.  Trials have taken place and we look forward to good success.  Our thanks to the teachers and parents who give so freely of their time in the interests of the children, in promoting sports and an active, healthy lifestyle among the children.

Recycling

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the recent recycling venture.  A total of €386.65 was raised.  Our next recycling date will be in November.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Principal

 

Letter to parents 6th May 2015

Dear Parents,

The school building and grounds have been requisitioned in connection with the forthcoming Referenda.  As a result the school will be closed on 22nd May 2015.

RSE – Revised Draft Policy

Thank you to the parents who returned the questionnaire that issued relating to the revised draft policy.  The amended draft will now be forwarded to the Board of Management for approval.

Internet access for children

It has been brought to our attention that some children may be accessing and viewing material on the internet, outside of school, that is totally inappropriate and should not be seen by any child.  This may not affect your child but we are unsure of the extent of the viewing and would like to make you aware.

We have often advised parents to monitor children’s use of the internet particularly with the array of devices that can give them access to it.  There is good advice on internet safety available on webwise.ie.  Internet use in school is highly filtered and closely monitored through the National Council for Technology thereby eliminating access to inappropriate material.  We would advise all parents to take appropriate measures to ensure your child does not fall victim to potential internet dangers.

School Uniform

As part of our school rules we remind everyone that proper school uniform must be worn at all times except on P.E. days when the school tracksuit and school polo shirt should be worn (Classes 1st – 6th inclusive). On warm days the school polo shirt and navy/blue shorts can be worn.  We ask for everybody’s fullest co-operation in relation to the wearing of proper uniform.  We would strongly urge parents to clearly mark items of clothing with your child’s name so that “lost” clothing can be returned to its owner.

Garda Band Concert

The Garda Band will perform in the Church on June 4th at 7.30p.m.  The School Choir will also sing on the night.  Further details will issue.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Principal.