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 26 November 2014

26th November 2014

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to Rónán Kelly, (Mrs. Allen’s Junior Infants class) who has been selected as a prizewinner in the annual Dublin Fire Brigade Fire Safety Art Competition 2014.  Rónán has been invited to the Mansion House to collect his prize and his work will feature in the Dublin Fire Brigade Calendar 2015.

Sponsored Walk

Our sincere thanks to everyone who supported the Sponsored Walk.  To date €7,365 has been collected.  We would appreciate if any outstanding sponsorship money could be handed in as soon as possible so that receipts can issue.

Using EduBills with older computers

WorldNet, who authorise all online payments for the school, have advised that required updates mean users of certain older systems will no longer be able to connect to them.

In particular this will affect anyone using Windows XP in any Internet Explorer or Safari browser.  While Chrome and Firefox should still work, it is recommended to upgrade operating system as Microsoft withdrew support for Windows XP in April this year.  Users of very old Android phones may also be affected.

These updates are intended to maintain the highest levels of security for debit/credit card data.  If you find you are affected, we would suggest you use a newer computer to make your payment.

The school keeps no card data as this information is entered via the WorldNet payment page.

Recycling

Our thanks to everyone who supported the last recycling venture.  We expect to make in excess of €500 from this which is greatly appreciated.

The school has recently signed up to a project organised by WEEE Ireland, called WEEEPledge. We are collecting batteries and old mobile phones for recycling. Each box we fill earns us points and the more points we accumulate the better chance we have of winning some valuable prizes for our school. It also helps to raise much needed funds for the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. Please send any used batteries or old mobile phones into the school. Mr. Geoghegan will be collecting.

Christmas Fair

Helpers are essential on the day and we make a special plea to parents who are new to the school to become involved in the Fair.  Volunteer slips issued earlier in the week and we would appreciate if you could return completed slips to us so that helpers can be assigned to the various stalls.  Santa in particular, is in urgent need of elves to help him on the day.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Letter to parents 22 October 2014

22nd October 2014

Dear Parents,

The school will be closed next week for mid-term. It will re-open on Monday, November 3rd at 9.00p.m. Normal school closing times apply on Friday.

Apologies for the lack of heating at the moment. A safety valve on the boiler has failed and a replacement is unavailable in the country. One has been ordered but the engineers indicate that it may well be next week before it arrives. Hopefully, the next day or two will not be too cold and an extra layer of clothing may help.

Congratulations to the fifth class boys who won the local Gaelic Football Competition organised by Cuala. We thank Mrs. Walsh, Ms. Nestor and Ms. Ryan for their assistance in mentoring the boys.

The enrolment process for Junior Infants for September 2015 will commence early in November.

Applications for Junior Infants will end on November 7th and first round offers will be made after that. Last year a number of parents who already had children attending the school forgot to put down the names of younger brothers. As places had been allocated they ended up with their children on a waiting list. In one case a child was only accepted in late August following a cancellation. Please ensure that application has been made for younger brothers before the cut-off date November 7th.

Sponsored Walk – our thanks to everyone who supported the Annual Sponsored Walk in aid of School Sports. To date €6,954.90 has been collected which is a fantastic sum. There are a number of cards outstanding and it would be fantastic if these could be returned as soon as possible so that receipts can issue after mid-term.

Dates for First Communion, Confession and Confirmation together with associated ceremonies are on the front page of the website under Sacraments.
Communion and Confirmation Dates 2014-2015
Communion Saturday May 23rd 11a.m.
Confession Thursday March 26th 7.30p.m.
Enrolment Mass Sunday Nov. 30th 10a.m.
Confirmation Friday March 6th 11a.m.
Service of Light Tuesday February 10th 7.30p.m.
Commitment Mass Sunday November 16th 11.15a.m.

The meeting to arrange the Annual Christmas Fair will be held on Tuesday, 4th November at 7.30p.m. In the Boys’ School Hall. The fair is a very important event in the School Calendar and we would appeal, in particular, to parents who are new to the school to become involved and help out.

The October Cake Sale takes place on Friday. This event is always eagerly awaited by the children who enjoy participating. Hopefully, everyone will be busy baking for Friday.

Apart for large wheelie bins from the apartments being set alight in the upper yard last year we are fortunate to have escaped with little trouble over the years at Halloween. We would advise children to avoid the School and Church areas over the break. We would ask parents to keep a mindful eye on the School and report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí. Finally, we trust that  everyone has a safe and enjoyable mid-term break.

Yours sincerely,
Neil Cadogan.

Letter to parents 24 Sept 2014

24th September 2014

Dear Parents,

At this stage everyone is well settled into the new school term. We extend a very special ‘fáilte’ to all the new pupils who have joined the school.  We trust that they will spend many happy, beneficial and rewarding years with us.

Now that everyone has moved up a class the work gets a little bit harder and we expect more from each child.  Basically, we want each child to do his very best at all times, make an honest effort in everything he does, treat everyone with respect and behave properly at all times so that everyone can benefit from each day they spend in our school.

The Holiday Schedule for 2014/2015 is on the school website.  If you require a hard copy please complete the form at end of this note and return to the school secretary.

SUMMER WORKS

Work eventually got underway on the repairs to the drainage system and we thank everyone for their co-operation while the work is in progress.  It is intended that all the work will be completed within a short time.

SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION (SSE)

Work on SSE continues this year.  The main focus will be on Numeracy with continued emphasis on Oral Language and Comprehension also coming under the spotlight.  A school self-evaluation report will be issued at the end of the school year to all parents/guardians.

SCHOOL GARDEN

The School Garden yielded very good results this year and classes are busily engaged in harvesting the crops they planted.

Vegetables planted in 2014 include peas, carrots, leeks, chard, celeriac, gourd, corn, radishes and onions.

Soft Fruits include strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, blueberries, and an excellent crop of gooseberries. We had a good crop of apples and pears but sadly the greater part and an excellent crop of plums “vanished”. We are not grateful to whoever took them!!!  Birds attacked the wheat but we have much of the grain, so we look forward to making the flour and bread again this year.

We would be grateful for any small glass containers to hold jam and also clean plastic plant pots.

NEW STUDENT COUNCIL

The class representatives have been elected and the Student Council 2014/2015

Comprises: Mr. Clancy VI Mrs. Mulholland VI
Patrick Scully Nathan Downey Wildes
Seán Mc Grath Daniel Hughes
Mrs. Walsh V Mr. Kelly V
Callum Henderson Dan Coffey
Stephen Dillane Maginn Eimhin Boylan
Ms. Nestor IV Ms. Gillic IV
Orlando Cooney Louis Mullen
Colin Ashe Seán Byrne
Ms. O’Hara/Ms. Cruise III Mrs. Sheehan III
Evan Mitchell Conor Smith
Jack Porter Harry Baily

Ms. Nestor and Ms. Collins will liaise with the Student Council this year.

SPONSORED WALK OCTOBER 9TH

For well over 30 years we have held our walk at the Start of the School Year which enables us to fund sports during the year.  All classes avail of coaching, while younger classes avail of the services of a fully qualified P.E. teacher.  Unfortunately, our sports account is again overdrawn this year so we will have to cut our cloth accordingly to our measure.  We attach the Income/Expenditure on Sports during the year.  The Sponsored Walk will take place on October 9th.  For children in junior classes it is a short stroll near the school.  We are also thankful to the many teachers and parents who give so freely of their time and energy in providing opportunities for the children to participate in the wide range of sporting activities that are made available to the children.

 €
Income 2013/2014 9148.61
   
   
Deficit  2012/2013 1,160.00
Cumann na mBunscol 220.00
FAI 100.00
Basketball Coaching 750.00
Self-defence/Gymnastics Rang VI 225.00
Premier Presentations 357.00
P.E. Teacher 3914.00
Coaching Services 2440.00
Athletics 390.00
Transport 440.00
Referees 250.00
Sport for All 280.00
Catering 120.00
Adventure Bounce 170.00
Helmets 500.00
TOTAL 11,316.00
   
Expenditure over income €2,168.00

We take this opportunities of thanking Mr. Willie Braine who has spent many years of coaching Gaelic Football and Hurling with the children in the school. Sadly for us Willie is leaving to take up another appointment and while we wish him every success in his new role, he will be sadly missed by everyone.

OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES OF SCHOOL

In accordance with terms of our insurance policy, the school opens to receive pupils at 9.00 a.m. each morning. Pupils cannot be admitted before 9.00a.m. regardless of weather. No responsibility is accepted for pupils who arrive before that time. It is important that children are on time and in their line to enter the school with their class.   Teachers collect the children from the yard and we encourage all children to come in unaccompanied in order to foster independence and to reduce the chaos at the school doors and in the corridors in the mornings.  Classes end each day at 2.40 p.m. unless notified otherwise, 1.40 p.m. for Infants.

Parents should make their own arrangements to have children collected from school. The schools cannot accept responsibility for looking after children outside of these times.

CAR PARK

We once again appeal to parents not to drive into the Staff Car­ Park off Woodley Road under any circumstances, as this poses a tremendous risk to children who walk to school.  Motorists are requested to park carefully on approach roads to the school and show consideration for local residents.  Over the years there have been reports from local residents who have been unable to access/egress their own homes.  At times there has been severe congestion in the cul-de-sac on Auburn Road and this area is probably best avoided given that the apartments are now occupied and extra traffic has been generated there.  We also need to keep space clear at all times for emergency vehicles to enter should the need arise.  As many children as possible should be encouraged to walk to school with due attention to Road Safety.  School wardens are on duty to ensure children can cross roads safety.

SCHOOL NOTES & CIRCULARS

Our main method of communicating with parents has been through notes and circulars sent home with the children.  Many of these notes unfortunately, go unnoticed and unheeded. In an effort to improve communication for the most part notes will issue from the Boys’ school on WEDNESDAYS.  As part of the continuing Green School Initiative we continue to reduce our ‘paper output’ by putting as many notices as possible on the website www.olgc.ie. and emailing them to you also.

In line with our ‘WEDNESDAY NOTE’ which has operated well we intend to have notes posted for Wednesdays. A reminder can then be put in the homework notebook or in the case of very important notes, a text can be sent.

NOTES FROM PARENTS

Under the Education Welfare Act written explanation is required from parents/guardians in relation to all absences. Notes are required from parents in all cases of absence, late arrival by children or early release during the school day.  In the latter case children must be collected from the classrooms and returned there where it applies.  Parents must sign a ‘Release Book’ at the Secretary’s office when taking the child out during the school day. Please note that we are required by law to reportto the Education Welfare Officer when a child’s total absence exceeds 20 days.  Furthermore, if homework has not been done or completed Parents should provide a written explanation.

SCHOOL UNIFORM 

Complete school uniform (black shoes rather than runners) should be worn on all occasions.  Tracksuits with school polo shirt are allowed on P.E. days only.  All items of clothing should be clearly marked with child’s name.  So far this year compliance with uniform is extremely high in all classes – well done to everyone for their efforts here.  For safety reasons earrings/studs are not allowed. Wrist bands are not part of the uniform and are, therefore, not allowed – the only piece of jewellery allowed is a watch.

MOBILE PHONES / I PODS / NINTENDO DS

Children may not have mobile phones and/or IPods or Nintendo DS switched on during the school day.  Phones used during the day will be confiscated and will have to be collected by a parent.  Phones may only be used with a teacher’s permission during any school activity e.g. matches etc.  We would encourage the children to leave all electronic games at home.

HEALTHY LUNCHES

Healthy eating is always encouraged. The revised Healthy Lunch Policy was issued to everyone in June. Copy on website. Sandwiches, a piece of fruit or yoghurt are acceptable.  Crisps, chewing gum, fizzy drinks, popcorn are not allowed.  The E.U.  School Milk Scheme operates through the school and details have been issued.

APPOINTMENTS WITH TEACHING STAFF

Parents are always welcome to visit the school.  If a child appears to have any school-related problem, parents/guardians and teacher working together will usually sort it out.  Regular contact between the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the appropriate teacher(s) is important in the case of children with learning difficulties. If you wish to discuss school business with the Principal or class teacher, you are asked to telephone the school secretary (2851449) who will make an appointment.  This ensures that time can be allocated to your visit and disruption to classwork will be avoided.  You will be notified later of dates for formal Parent/Teacher meetings.

SECRETARY’S OFFICE 

Please note that in the interests of confidentiality and security access to the secretary’s office is restricted to staff only.

TRACKSUITS

The school tracksuit shop is open (9.05 – 9.35a.m. every Monday) during term time.  Tracksuits are not sold outside these hours, as it is run by parents on a voluntary basis.

We request your fullest co-operation with the above matters and look forward to working closely with you in enhancing your child’s education in the year ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

 

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