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 21 October 2015

Dear Parents,

As per the holiday schedule the school will be closed for mid-term break next week.  It will re-open on Monday, November 2nd at 9.00a.m.  Normal school closing times apply on Friday.

Crazy Hair Day

Well done to everyone who participated in helping Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital launch their Crumlin Crazy Hair Day fundraising event on Friday last.  Some fantastic hair styles were created and the boys very generously donated €923.41 to the hospital.

Enrolment September 2016

The Enrolment Process for Junior Infants starting school in September 2016 will commence shortly after mid-term. Applications will close on Friday, 6th November and first round offers will be made after that. Please ensure that applications for younger brothers and/or sisters have been made before the cut-off date.


Thank you for supporting our previous recycling ventures.  The next recycling day will be held on November 20th.  Lenrec collect:-

new & used mens’, womens’ & childrens’ clothing,
shoes, belts, handbags, ties,
linens, household textiles,
stuffed toys & books.

Your support is appreciated.  Items can be dropped into the school nearer the collection date.

Cake Sale

The annual October Cake Sale takes place on Friday. This event is always eagerly awaited by the children who enjoy participating.  Helpers are always welcome on the day – even if you can only spend a short while helping, it would be greatly appreciated.  If you are in a position to help please text Angie Byrne at 087-6339346. We trust that everyone will be busy baking on Thursday night.

Junior Football Final

Congratulations to the boys on the Junior Football team who play in the final against Harold Boys, Dalkey in Thomastown Road tomorrow.  All the boys on the squad put in a huge effort since September and we wish them the best of luck tomorrow.  We also thank Mrs. Whelan and Mr. Gibson for all their hard work with the boys.

While we have been fortunate in recent years to escape serious vandalism, recent events including bicycle thefts, the break-in at the school and in local houses give room for concern.  We would strongly advise all children to avoid the school/church environs over the break.  We would also ask parents to keep a watchful eye on the premises 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 8 Oct 2015

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 harder and we expect more from each child.  Basically, we want each child to do his best at all times, make an honest effort in everything he does, treat everyone with respect and behave properly so that everyone can benefit from each day they spend in our school.

Sadly there was a break in at the school on Thursday night last October 1st between 9.30-10.30 p.m.  Petr’s cabin and the steel container at the rear of the school were broken into and tools were stolen. The Gardaí discovered other tools which had been taken and have returned them to the school.  We would ask you to keep a watchful eye on the schools and report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí.  We had an incident on our first day back at school where an expensive bicycle locked to the bicycle rack was stolen, when parents were collecting children at 1.40 p.m.  We trust that there will be no more “unwelcome visitors” to the school.


The Whole School Evaluation was held during the week commencing September 14th. There was widespread engagement with the team of Inspectors who visited the school.  Oral feedback has been given and the process of producing the written report is underway.  Our thanks to the parent body for the extremely high response rate to the questionnaire issued to you.


A meeting to organise this year’s Christmas Fair (December 5th) will be held in the Girls’ School Room 2 on Monday, October 12th at 8.00p.m.  The fair provides essential funding which enables the schools to purchase additional resources/equipment.  New helpers and new ideas are always welcome and the success of the Fair depends on helpers who run it.  If you can help in any way we would love to see you on Monday night.


With other demands for money at this time of year it has been decided to defer the Sponsored Walk until February.


The annual review of the Child Protection Policy has been conducted.  The revised policy is available on request from the school office and will be available on the school website on Monday next.


Congratulations to the boys who have been selected for the new student council for 2015/2016.

Comprises:      Mr. Clancy VI                                                Mrs. Quinlan VI

Oran Mc Grane                                                Maurice White

Calum Bennett                                     Ben Hickey

Mrs. E. Walsh V                                 Mrs. Mulholland V                

Callum Larkin                                      Nathan O’Reilly

Christopher Regan                               Jamie Mulally

Ms. O’Hara IV                                               Mrs. Whelan IV

Isaac Currivan                                     Marcus O’Donnell

Fionn Dalton                                        David Knox

Mrs. Matthews/Ms. Cruise III                       Mrs. Sheehan III

Ruairí Dunne                                       Liam O’Connor

Adam Porter                                        Zach Sheehy

The boys have already accepted the Tricolour on behalf of the school and also welcomed the Minister for Education and Skills Ms. Jan O’Sullivan T.D. during her visit to the school on Thursday last. We look forward to meeting and working with the Council during the year. Mrs. Whelan and Ms. Collins will liaise with the Student Council.


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.  When all classes have entered the school in the morning, doors at the hall entrance and the “new wing” are closed.  Anyone arriving late should enter the school through the main door near the Secretary’s Office.


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.  Many children cycle to school and complaints have been received regarding cars parked in the cycle lanes on Churchview Road.  This poses a serious risk to children cycling particularly when car doors are opened suddenly in front of them.  We would strongly ask motorists not to park on the cycle lanes endangering children.


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.


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 report to 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.

In line with the Department of Education and Skills requirements, rolls are now marked electronically.  The cut off time for roll call is 10.00a.m.  Any pupil arriving after that time is automatically marked absent.


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.


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 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.


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.


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


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


The following are the dates that have been arranged for Sacraments 2015/2016.

Boys’ School


Saturday  May 21st                11a.m.


Monday April 25th                 7.30p.m.


Friday April 15th                     11a.m.
Service of Light


Tuesday February 23rd        7.30p.m.

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

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan


Letter to Parents 25 June 2015

25th June 2015

Dear Parents,

As per the holiday schedule the school will close for Summer holidays on Tuesday, June 30th at 12.00 noon. It will re-open for all pupils on Tuesday, September 1st at 9.00a.m.  Normal school closing times will apply on September 1st with the exception of first class who will go home at 1.40p.m. until Friday, September 4th as they are often overwhelmed by the longer day.

At this stage of the year we bid farewell to our 6th class pupils as they move on to their secondary schools.  It is hard to imagine that 8 years have passed so quickly.  It is wonderful, however, to see how they have grown, developed and matured over the years.  We wish them every success in their new schools and we know that they leave us well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

Staff Changes

We will also bid adieu to Mrs. Máirín Ryan, Deputy Principal who retires at the end of August having been a diligent stalwart of Johnstown since 1978.  We thank her for her excellent work with the children, her dedication, enthusiasm, commitment and enormous contribution to every aspect of the life of the school over those years.  We wish her long life, health and happiness in her well-deserved retirement.

We also congratulate Mrs. Michelle Cotterell who will succeed Mrs. Ryan as Deputy Principal in the new school year and wish her every success in the new and challenging position.

Ms. Phillips will be leaving us and we thank her for her hard work and dedication during her time with us. We trust that she will be very happy in her new teaching post in Abu Dhabi.

Summer Term 2015

This has been an extremely busy term with children involved in a broad range of activities, both academic and non-academic.  Winning the prize for Biodiversity in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Tidy Schools Competition was noteworthy recognition of the fantastic work being done to enhance and maintain the school environs. Our Open Garden Day was an outstanding success and a tremendous opportunity for the boys who are so interested in gardening/nature to give parents, extended families and parishioners a first class tour of the school grounds and the numerous habitats that have been created.  Sincerest thanks to everyone involved. Arts week was another major success with a wide range of interesting activities provided for the children. Sports days are also underway – the emphasis is on children participating and enjoying themselves rather than partaking in the traditional – style straight races. The school was also well represented in Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Athletics and Chess competitions.  Boys in our second classes made their First Communion. We also compliment them on their very generous contribution of €575 to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Money from the non-uniform day (€853) and Confirmation classes contribution of €340, has been divided between Daffodil Day and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Well done to everyone in their efforts to help others through their donations. The Garda Band and the school choir provided those of us fortunate enough to be at the concert with an amazing night’s entertainment of music and song. Thanks to everybody who participated, attended and sold tickets. Classes have also been on tour – a day away from the classroom which can also be a very valuable learning experience. It was also brilliant to have had 2 classes stage an end of year play – both of which provided some great entertainment and drew large crowds. Without the dedication of school staff none of the above would actually happen. Our sincere thanks to the many people who give so willingly of their time, energy and experience in providing such a wide range of activities for the children to partake in and enjoy.

Adventure Playground 

Thanks to the gallant efforts of staff and parental support for the various ventures undertaken, the Adventure Playground is now a reality.  It is fantastic to see the equipment being used and the actual benefit that children of all ages are deriving from it. No doubt, it will be well used and enjoyed for many years to come.  Renewed thanks to everyone who helped the success of this venture.

School Calendar 2015-2016  

Term 1 :

– School opens Tuesday 1st September

– Closing 23rd October – Open  2nd November  ( 1 WEEK  )

– Closing 22nd December ( Tuesday ) – Open  6th January ( Wednesday ) 

Term 2 :

Closed February 18th and 19th (Thursday and Friday)

Closing for Easter 16th March (Wednesday) – Open 4th April ( Monday ) (2 WEEKS and 2 DAYS)  

Term 3 :

Closing April 29th Open May 9th ( 1 WEEK )

Close June 6th Public Holiday

Closing for Summer Holidays 30th June (Thursday)

The full calendar is available by clicking here.

New Books

Owing to circumstances outside our control, booklists were late issuing this year.  Each family has been texted their own unique link which they can use for payment purposes.  Book orders remain open until July 22nd.  New books will be delivered to the school for collection in late August.  We will update you by text in August regarding collection times for anyone who wants to collect the books before the school reopens; otherwise the books will be in the classrooms on September 1st.

Booklists are also available on the school website if you are not ordering through the school.

School Reports  

School reports were distributed on June 17th. They are very comprehensive and I thank the teachers for the time and effort they put into completing them. It is vital that advice given regarding summer work with children is followed so they benefit. It is also essential that the acknowledgement slip is returned so we know you have received your child’s report.


Congratulations to the 38 boys who have not missed a day of school this year. Overall attendance figures are at 96.1%. However, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of pupils who have missed 20 days or more. In certain cases there were extenuating circumstances. (NEWB) under the Education (welfare) act 2000, the Board of Management is required to prepare and submit an annual attendance report to the National Education Welfare Board NEWB. Under legislation we are obliged to inform the NEWB of pupils who have been absent for 20 days or more. If this applies, we will inform you in advance by letter.

Bullying Questionnaire

A bullying questionnaire was administered recently to classes from 2nd to 6th.  73% of children reported they had NOT been bullied in the school.  Where bullying had taken place 75% of respondents indicated that it has stopped. Verbal and/or physical bullying accounted for 70% of the type(s) of bullying encountered.  Name calling, being excluded from games or property being interfered with were also cited.  75% of reported incidents occurred in the school yard.

60% of children reported the bullying at home. 23% reported it in school. A number of children had told a friend. 4 children had not told anyone. 1 child reported it to the bully and the bullying stopped. Ongoing work on bullying will continue in the new school year.

Chat Budi

The visit from Chat Budi on Internet Safety was really worthwhile and the level of engagement by the children from 2nd to 6th classes was most impressive.  The parents and children, who attended the evening session found it was highly informative and very well delivered.  Based on information from the children responses to some of the questions worth exploring further:

  • Have you ever been cyberbullied, or have you experienced cyberbullying?
Class Yes No
2nd – 3rd 38% 62%
4th – 5th 22% 78%
6th 20% 80%
  • Have you ever spoken with a stranger online, or played against or with a stranger on-line?
Class Yes No No answer
2nd – 3rd 42% 51% 7%
4th – 5th 81% 17% 2%
6th 84% 16%

7% of 2nd and 3rd classes, 23% of 4th and 5th classes, 6% of 6th class listed Call of Duty as one of their favourite games. Chat Budi advises that Call of Duty is rated 16-18 (depending on the version) by Entertainment Software Rating Board and Pan European Game Information.

Parents Association

We thank the Parents Association for their dedicated work during the year and further ongoing support and organisation of so many events and activities for the children. We acknowledge their generous sponsorship of Arts Week which allows it to take place. We also thank the many volunteers who helped on numerous occasions during the year. The AGM of the Parents’ Association will be held on September 23rd at 8.00 p.m. A number of committee members will be “retiring” having completed their term of office, so there will be an opportunity to be involved. Further details will issue in the new school year.

School Uniforms

In preparation for the new school year please note that our school uniform from 1st class upwards comprises of grey shirt, tie, V-necked navy jumper, grey trousers, grey socks and black shoes.  School tracksuit and school polo shirts are allowed on P.E. days only.  All items of clothing should be clearly marked.  For the new school year, we will have to insist on proper uniform being worn by all pupils. School tracksuit shop will be open on Mondays from 9.05 – 9.30 starting Monday 7th September. We thank the volunteers who are on duty in the tracksuit room every Monday.

Over the holiday period it is best if children avoid the school/church environs for their own safety.

Finally, the staff and Board of Management join with us in thanking everybody for their assistance and support during the year. We trust that everyone has an enjoyable and accident free summer. We look forward to seeing you in the new school year.

Beir bua is beannacht.

Neil Cadogan