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 11 February 2015

11th February 2015

Dear Parents,

As per the holiday schedule the school will be closed for mid-term break from February 16th 2015 to February 20th (inclusive). Normal school closing times apply on Friday.

Attendance continues to be very good with an average attendance figure of 96% to the end of January. Congratulations to the 82 boys who have not missed a day in that period. Excluding cases of very exceptional circumstances we have only 1 other breach of the “20 days” absence. A small cohort of boys have missed between 11 and 20 days but we can see how absences can suddenly rise in a short space of time.

No. of days No. of boys to 31/1 No. of boys to 10/2
             18 0 1
             17 1 0
             16 1 2
             15 1 0
             14 4 5
             13 2 6
             12 6 5
             11 3 4
Total       - 16 22

Hopefully, we can keep absences to a minimum and retain our high attendance levels.

Peace Proms
Congratulations to all the boys who participated in the Peace Proms Concert recently which also featured the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. It was a fantastic concert and the boys were so lucky to form part of the choir with over a thousand other children. Sincere thanks to Mrs. de Barra,
Mr. Clancy,  Ms. Ryan and Louise for all the hard work they put in with the boys and also for giving up an entire Sunday evening/night accompying the boys. Well done to everyone.

Credit Union Quiz
Congratulations to Sam Newcombe, Oran Mc Grane, Louis Mullen and Eimhin Boylan who won the first round of the Credit Union Quiz. They now go forward to the next round at the end of the month. Well done also to the boys on the Senior team who finished in second place. Thank you to
Mrs. Ryan and Mr. Clancy for their help with the quiz teams.

Visit by Uachtarán Cumann Lúthcleas Gael

We were very honoured that Mr. Liam O’Neill, President Cumann Lúthcleas Gael (GAA) visited our school on Monday and had the opportunity of speaking with the 5th and 6th class boys and girls. He engaged in a question and answer session with the children and was highly impressed by the quality of questions posed by them.

Code of Behaviour – Revised Draft
A review of the Code of Behaviour has been undertaken. This is an extremely important policy document which provides a framework for re-enforcing positive behaviour and allowing everyone to work in an environment free from disruption. The document is lengthy, running to 25 pages. We would welcome your constructive comments/ observations on the policy before it is ratified by the Board of Management. We hope to have the document on the website this Friday morning. We will text you when it is available.

If you require a hard copy of the draft document, please complete the form at the end of the note tomorrow/or Friday and you will receive it same day. We would appreciate any feedback by February 26th.

School Fundraiser
We are very fortunate to have some of our talented musical past pupils who play in the band Big Digger come to our assistance with fundraising. Tickets €15, to include finger food, are available in the school for the event which will take place in Killiney Castle on February 27th. There will also be a special “staff performance” which will be well worth seeing. It promises to be a great night and we look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for your continued support.

Finally, we hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable mid-term break.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Principal.

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Hard copy.

Please complete the form below and return it to the office in the morning.

I request a hard copy of the Draft Code of Behaviour Policy (Draft February 2015)

Name……………………………………… Child’s name……………………………………

Class …………………………………….. Teacher :……………………………………….

Revised Code of Behaviour (Draft: February 2015)

Please return by February 26th, 2015

Or if you would like to compete the form online, please click on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NCL_10TZtLZdH80b_VAuybwRPESod9BBYUAwhejjHoE/viewform

1: I have received a hard copy __ / downloaded __ the Draft Code of Behaviour Policy.

2: Did you read the document? Yes __ No __

3: Are you happy with the Draft Policy document? Yes __ No __

4: Any suggestion(s), comments? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Parent’s name:……………………………………………………….

Child’s name:…………………………………………………………

Class:…………………………………………………………………

Letter to parents 21 January 2015

Dear Parents,

There was a fantastic response to the annual food appeal made by  the local conference of St. Vincent de Paul just before Christmas. A letter of acknowledgement was received thanking the boys and their parents/guardians for their kindness and outlining the huge difference your generosity made to families in the local community who are struggling.

Well done to all the classes who staged Christmas Plays. It was fabulous to see so many boys getting the opportunity to perform on stage. Our thanks also to the teachers for their hard work
in preparing the boys for their performances. We also thank the boys’ families who attended in very large numbers.

Apologies for the lack of heating from mid-morning last Monday week. Fortunately, the engineers were on site very early on Tuesday morning and heating was restored. Every reasonable effort is made to maintain the heating system. Unfortunately, there are occasions, outside of our control, when it may fail unexpectedly, like any other heating system. Since the new heating system was installed in 2005 we have only had 3 heating “blips” – 2 of them in the current school year but, hopefully, we are now in the clear again.

Staff Car Park
Thank you for your compliance with the text sent last week  reminding parents/guardians not to enter the car park off Woodley Road. So far this week we have had only 2 cases where people
ignored the text and the signs on the piers. With the layout of the lower car park it is possible for children to reach the school using the footpaths without the necessity of going through the actual
parking area. Extreme care is also required in the Church Car Park with the high volume of traffic there.  As far as possible, children walking to school from the Churchview Road side should use the
footpaths and avoid walking through the car park. Drivers need to be extra careful, particularly when reversing, as children can easily walk behind a moving car without seeing any danger.

School Security
The safety and security of the school building and its occupants is extremely important at all times. As soon as the last classes have entered the building, all inner entrance doors are closed.  Entry/egress after this time is by the main door at the office. Please ensure that the inner door is closed after you when leaving. If you need to visit the school during the day, there is an intercom
system inside the main door so the secretary can identify who is visiting. We appeal to parents and children who may be in the building not to grant entry to people calling, for security reasons.

Sympathy
On behalf of our school community we extend our sincerest sympathy to the Dalton family, in particular to Fionn (Mrs. Sheehan’s class) and Oisín (Ms. Collin’s class) whose Mum Pamela passed away on Christmas morning. Leaba i measc na naomh go raibh aici. We will keep the Dalton family all in our thoughts and prayers in the months ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan
Principal