Letters to ParentsNews

Letter to parents 9 April 2014

9th April 2014

Dear Parents,

As per the holiday schedule the school will close for Easter holidays on Friday, April 11th at 12 noon. It will re-open at 9.00a.m. on Monday, April 28th.

Draft Anti-Bullying Policy
Our draft anti-bullying policy is being posted on the school website www.olgc.ie today for your consideration and constructive feedback. We will text you when it is on the website. This revised policy is based on Department of Education and Skills procedures issued to schools. It contains many behaviours that can lead to bullying and also includes the menace of cyber bullying. The draft document is lengthy (15 pages) so if people are happy with it in electronic format it will save an enormous print job. If you require a hard copy please return the slip at the end of this newsletter and it will issue to you tomorrow. We would appreciate if the accompanying questionnaires are returned by May 2nd.

Tidy Schools
Judging for the Tidy Schools Competition took place yesterday afternoon. The judges arrived unannounced and were given an excellent guided tour of the grounds by
Harry Glynn, Liam Georgieff, Nathan Mc Gowan and Dean Kerins. The judges were highly impressed at all they saw in the grounds, how well everything looked and also we are the only school visited so far to achieve 100% for the absence of litter. We look forward to the results of the Tidy Schools Competition being announced in May. Our thanks to Petr, Mr. Geoghegan, Annamaria, Mrs. Walsh, the Gardening Club and everyone else who works so hard to keep the grounds looking so well.
As notified earlier our school tidy up will take place this Saturday at 11.00a.m. Any adult assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please bring any relevant gardening equipment including paint brushes (for gloss paint), shears, garden hoes and gloves.

Summer Works Scheme
The Department of Education and Skills has approved grant aid for the remediation of the flooding problem in the school yard. It is intended that the necessary work will be undertaken during July and August.

Book Fair
Thank you for the fantastic support given to the Book Fair. Book sales totalled €5,132 and the school gets 60% commission in books. These books will be used to supplement the school library and class libraries. Thank you also to Mrs. Ryan who organised the Book Fair, the Teachers and Special Needs Assistants who helped and also the many parents helpers without whose assistance we simply could not actually operate the Book Fair.

Confirmation
Congratulations to the boys in our 6th classes who made their Confirmation recently. It was a privilege to be present with the boys and their families on the day, in what was a very dignified and enjoyable occasion. Thanks to Msg. Dan O’Connor, Fr. Jerry, Fr. John and Fr. Peadar for the lovely ceremony. Thanks also to Mr. Clancy, Mr. Kelly,
Mrs. de Barra, Ms. Ryan, Aine and Mrs. Ryan for all their work in preparing the boys. A special word of thanks to the boys in the Choir who gave such a magnificent performance on the day. The Confirmation boys will be making a donation to the Irish Cancer Society on Friday. A very special thank you to the Parents’ Association for all the work in organising and running the Confirmation Breakfast. We also thank the many parents who helped on the day and the generosity of 4th and 5th class parents as the cakes and buns were in plentiful supply – our sincerest thanks to everyone.

Soccer (5 A Side)
Congratulation to Jack and Liam Burton, James Bailey, Jamie Crilly, Michael Lowey, Cillian Flynn, Tom Caffrey who won the 5-A-Side Dublin Championships recently and are through to the Leinster Finals in May. Unfortunately, Max Murphy was sick on the day but will be able to play in the finals. Thanks to Mr. Clancy for all his work with the boys.

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.

Sea Life Aquarium Project
The two 5th classes were chosen to participate in this year’s Sea Life Aquarium Project. It is a project sponsored by the Marine Institute in Galway. As part of the project the two classes have had aquariums of local sea life in their classrooms over the last month.

It has been a wonderful learning experience for the children. They have learned a great deal about the various fish and their habits and how to care for the fish. They also helped to write a piece about the aquariums for the Explorers Newsletter each week. As part of the programme the children worked in groups to complete their own projects on the aquariums. They had lots of fun learning about floating and sinking. Their favourite part was making boats out of plasticine and investigating which boat could carry the most passengers (they used peas!). The children enjoyed experimenting with refraction of light using water. It proved to be an exciting adventure and distraction from the everyday routine of classwork.

Attendance Levels
Attendance figures for the year continue to be very good with an average attendance rate of 96.3% to date. 61 boys have 100% attendance and we congratulate them. Unfortunately 8 boys have missed 20 days or more. 58 boys have missed between 10 and 19 days – which is a high number of days to miss. Hopefully, the boys in these 2 categories will improve their attendance in the last term. We would remind parents/guardians that all absences must be explained in writing to the class teacher.

Trócaire Boxes
Trócaire Boxes will be collected on Friday morning and may be handed in tomorrow or Friday.

Non Uniform Day
Our thanks to all the boys who support the recent non-uniform day in aid of the school playground. They donated a total of €715. Well done to everyone. We also thank
Ronan Keogh (Senior Infants Ms. Phillips’ class) who made and sold bracelets for the playground and raised €20 on his own initiative. Well done Ronan. There are containers for “odd bits of change” in the corridors, so hopefully we will see the coin collection grow over time.

The next clothes recycling collection will take place immediately after Easter. Bags will issue the day we return to school and the bag collection day will be May 7th. We thank you in advance for your assistance.

HSE Talks
A series of talks by the HSE Dublin South School Age Team and Psychology Service aimed at Parents of Primary School children will take place in Scoil Columbanus, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown at 7.30p.m. – 9p.m. on the following dates:-

29th April 2014 – Friendships and social skills
20th May 2014 – Moving to Secondary School
24th June 2014 – Dealing with worries and fears

Call 086-7709134 to register in advance.

We thank everyone for their continued support of the school. We trust that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Easter holiday.

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 Anti-Bullying Policy (Draft April 2014)

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Revised Anti-Bullying Policy (Draft: April 2014)

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