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 22 April 2015

22nd April 2015

Dear Parents,

There was great excitement on our return to school after Easter to see that the multiplay playground had been installed and is operational.  It is fabulous to see the children using the facility once again and enjoying a different form of play.  Our sincere thanks to the fundraising committee and everyone who supported the various events that took place.  No doubt, children will benefit from using the equipment for many years to come.

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council Tidy Schools Competition

Judging for this competition took place last Tuesday week.  The judges were highly impressed by the gardens that looked fabulous on the day.  The reconstructed pond, bicycle rack, the ceramic tree created by the 5th class boys working with the Potter, the information boards and the bat boxes all added greatly to what we already have in place.  The judges were extremely impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the 4 boys who gave them the guided tour Luke Mc Cormack, Lughadh Sisk, Liam Doorley and Caolan Burns.  Thanks in particular to Petr, Annamaria and Mr. Geoghegan and everyone else for all the work that is put into the Garden.  Thanks also to the parents, pupils and local residents who turned out to help with the clean-up.  We look forward eagerly to the results of this year’s competition being announced.

Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) revised draft policy 

This policy has been revised by a committee comprising teachers, parents and Board of Management.  The revised draft policy will be on the website tomorrow afternoon for your consideration.  We attach a note for you to make constructive comment if you wish.  If there are people who want a hard copy of the draft document please return the form at the end of this letter. We would appreciate any feedback by April 30th.

Walk of Hope

Congratulations to the Student Council who organised the Walk of Hope non-uniform day on March 30th.  A total of €856.13 was raised which will go to Daffodil Day and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Well done to all the boys who participated and donated money.  Everyone enjoyed the walk planned by the Student Council.  Thanks also to Ms. Nestor and Ms. Collins who helped co-ordinate the event.

Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to Sam Newcombe, Eimhin Boylan, Oran Mc Grane and Louis Mullen who took part in the All-Ireland Final of the Credit Union Quiz.  The boys finished in Ireland’s top 20 teams.  What a brilliant achievement.  Well done.

Standardised Testing

Standardised Testing in English and Maths is scheduled for May 19th and 21st for the First classes and also Third to Sixth.  On account of First Communion testing in second classes will take place on 12th May and 14th May.  It is essential that all children are in school on these days as the tests are administered on a class basis.

We do not have the resources or personnel to administer the tests on an individual basis at a later date.  These tests provide very useful information and it is imperative that they are administered on the days set out.

Recycling

The next recycling day is this Friday 24th   Bags should be brought in tomorrow.

Thank you to those who have sent in bags to date.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Principal

Letter to Parents 25 March 2015

25th March 2015

Dear Parents,

As per the holiday schedule the school will close for Easter Holidays on Friday March 27th at 12 noon.  It will re-open on Monday April 13th at 9.00a.m.

Pupil-On-Line Database (POD)

Every primary school in the country has been instructed by the Department of Education and Skills to input data for POD as outlined in the letters sent recently.  Many forms have been completed and returned which is greatly appreciated. Some parents/guardians have reservations and that is understandable.  Communication from the Department of Education and Skills this morning indicates that schools and the Department have received a number of comments and queries on certain aspects of the operation of POD.  In light of this the DES will issue an updated Fair Processing Notice and POD Circular with supplementary information and guidance for schools and parents in early April.  The deadline for schools to populate POD has been extended to the end of April.

If there are parents who have forms to complete and return and do not have issues or concerns with POD it would be great if they could be returned before Friday.  If you have queries/concerns it may be better to hold off and see what queries/reservations the revised documentation will address.

Confirmation

Congratulations to our sixth class pupils who were confirmed recently.  It was a privilege to be with the boys and their families at this very important ceremony.  The boys were excellently prepared and great credit is due to Mr. Clancy,

Mrs. Mulholland, Annamaria and Suzanne for all their work in preparing the boys.  The Choir under the direction of Mrs. de Barra, Mr. Clancy and Mrs. Ryan gave an outstanding performance and enhanced the ceremony greatly.  We thank

Bishop Moriarty, Fr. Gerry and Fr. John for the lovely ceremony.  We acknowledge the fantastic work done by the Parents’ Association in hosting the Confirmation Breakfast, the many helpers on the day and the generosity of parents who provided cakes, buns, and biscuits. Sincerest thanks to everyone for their involvement and work in making Confirmation Day so special.

Voluntary Contributions

The Boards of Management are very grateful for the voluntary contributions received.  The audited accounts highlight the importance of your financial support in helping us to make ends meet.  If you are in a position to pay payment of €125 can be made to either school or can also be paid using the EduBills service via a secure internet facility. The website is  johnstown.edubills.ie  . The school code is johnstownboys .  Select ‘Voluntary Contribution’ from the drop down classes menu. An automated receipt will issue from this site as your record of payment. We are really dependant on the Voluntary Contributions and any assistance you can give in this regard is most welcome.

Attendance Levels

Attendance levels continue to be very good with an average attendance rate of 95 % to mid-March.  58 boys have not missed any day this year – well done.  Of those who have exceeded 10 days of absence, we would hope their attendance in the last term will improve.

Days Absent Pupils
29 1
19 4
18 1
17 4
16 0
15 1
14 8
13 5
12 3
11 12
Total 39

Non Uniform Day – The Walk of Hope

The Student Council have organised a non-uniform day for Friday called the Walk of Hope.  All classes will participate in a walk- younger classes Junior Infants to 1st will be accompanied by a “buddy” from a more senior class and undertake a short walk in the estate.  Boys from 2nd up will walk a lap of Kilbogget Park.  If boys can wear an item of yellow that would be great, but instructions from the Student Council are that nobody is to go out and buy anything.  The recommended donation is €2 from the children’s own money.  Money will be donated to Irish Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis.  Thanks to Ms. Nesor, Ms. Collins and the Student Council for organising this event.

Soccer

A great start to the League this week with a 2-1 win against Hollypark.  Hopefully, the boys will continue “in winning mode” after the holidays.  Thanks to Mr. Clancy and Mr. Keenan for their work with the team.  A number of boys will be participating in the Spar 5-a-side Dublin Championship tomorrow and we wish them well.

Hurling

Training is well underway and the boys have played a number of challenge matches.  Senior League commences after Easter and Junior League after that again.  Thanks to Mr. Kelly for his work with the hurlers.

Chess

Congratulations to the boys who participated in the Leinster Schools League and finished in a very respectable 6th position from an entry of 22 teams.  Congratulations to Patrick Scully Senior Chess Champion 2015 – runner up

Philip Bolger and Junior Champion 2015 Conor Lowry – runner up Seán Byrne.

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Tidy Schools Competition

Having won this competition last year we are back on track for this year’s competition.  There is a lot of ongoing work involved in developing new areas of interest within the gardens and maintaining the school environs.  Our thanks to Annamaria, Petr, Mr. Geoghegan, Mrs Walsh and Mrs. Mulholland for all their work and dedication.  The boys in the various classes give tremendous help too.  A tidy up is planned for Thursday, April 16th from 6.30-8.00p.m. and if there are parents who would be free to help that evening it would be greatly appreciated.

Recycling

As notified the next recycling venture will take place during the week of April 20th -24th.  Our thanks to everyone who supports this activity.

Credit Union Quiz – All Ireland Final

Best wishes to the boys on the quiz team Sam Newcombe, Oran McGrane, Eimhin Boylan and Louis Mullen who will participate in the All-Ireland Final on April 12th.

Book Fair

The annual Book Fair is underway and as always there is a high level of interest and support.  The commission received, in the form of books, is a great help in restocking class and school libraries.  Our thanks to Mrs. Ryan who organises the event, the parent helpers, teachers and Special Needs Assistants who help to run the event and without whose assistance it would be impossible to operate the Book Fair.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhí an-spórt againn i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge agus rinne roinnt buachaillí an-iarracht ar Ghaeilge a úsáid lasmuigh den rang.  Ghlac na ranganna ar fad páirt i gceolchoirm trí Ghaeilge agus bhí Rince Gaelach acu freisin.  Bhí dreas cheoil againn ó scoláirí Choláiste Eoin a tháinig chugainn. Ár mbuíochás le Mrs. Allen a d’eagraigh na himeachtaí agus na múinteoirí a d’ullmhaigh/mhúin na dánta, amhráin agus rincí.

We had great fun during Seachtain na Gaeilge and many boys made a great effort to speak Irish outside of class.  Classes performed for each other as Gaeilge and also learned Irish Dances.  We were also entertained by musicians from Coláiste Eoin.  Thanks to Mrs. Allen who organised the events and the teachers who taught the songs, poems and dances.

Trócaire Boxes

Trócaire Boxes will be collected on Thursday, April 16th.  We will arrange to have them brought to school on the Tuesday and Wednesday beforehand.

First Confession

Boys in Second Class will make their First Confession on Thursday night in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at 7.30p.m.  Our thanks to Ms Cooney, Ms Gavin, Christine and Louise for all their hard work in preparing the boys.

As always we would appeal to parents to get their children to avoid the school/church areas during holiday times in the interest of their own safety.  We thank everyone for their ongoing support for the school.  We trust that everyone has a happy, safe and enjoyable Easter.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan.

Principal

Letter to Parents 4 March 2015

4th March 2015

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to Sam Newcombe, Eimhin Boylan, Oran Mc Grane and Louis Mullen who are through to the All-Ireland Final of the Credit Union Quiz which will take place on April 12th. Well done boys.

Music Night
Sincere thanks to everyone who supported the fundraising event in Killiney Castle last Friday. A fantastic night was enjoyed by everyone. Our thanks to the organising committee for all their hard work. A special thanks to our very talented musical past pupils who comprise the band –Big Digger- Declan, Frank and Sean Hayes together with Philip Prendergast and Keith Doyle. The night was an outstanding success and realised almost €2,500. Renewed thanks to everyone.
Pupil Online Database (POD)
The Department of Education and Skills is in the process of creating an online database of pupils. This will require the collection of data relating to the children including PPS numbers, which, will issue under separate cover. The database will in future be used to determine the schools staffing levels, capitation grant, learning support and resource teaching allocation, monitor pupil transfers and other important functions. A separate letter will issue shortly and we will need your cooperation in relation to the data being sought.
Code of Behaviour
The revised Code of Behaviour (March 2015) has been ratified by the Board of Management and is now school policy. We thank the members of the committee who worked on the document and also the parents/ guardians who offered suggestions. The revised code will be on the website on Monday. Anyone who requires a hard copy will be furnished with one if they return the slip at the end of this newsletter.
Confirmation
Best wishes to the boys in our 6th classes who will be confirmed on Friday. The Parents’ Association are in urgent need of helpers for the Confirmation Breakfast on Friday morning between 10a.m. -12 and/or serving 12-1.30p.m. Contact 087 3603490 Lynette Kinsella
Donations of cakes, buns, savouries would also be welcome.
Spring Clean
As part of our application for the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council Tidy Schools award (which we proudly won last year), a clean-up is planned for Saturday morning March 21st between 10.00a.m. and 12 noon. More details later, but if you have time to spare that morning your help would be greatly appreciated.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seo Seachtain na Gaeilge Bainfimid go léir úsáid as an nGaeilge fiú ‘an cúpla focal’.
Dia duit/Dia is Muire duit. An bhfuil tú go maith?. Tá mé go maith. Nach deas an lá é. Tá sé go deas ach tá sé fuar. Slán abhaile
Beidh sport agus spraoi again trí Ghaeilge.
Beir bua is beannacht.

Le meas,
Niall Ó Ceadagain
Príomhoide.