Letters to ParentsNews

Letter to parents 12th March 2014

Dear Parents,

Green Flag

Congratulations to all our pupils and staff and in particular the members of the Green Schools Committee for all their work in helping us achieve our second Green Flag (Energy).  The judge was very impressed by all the work undertaken in the school and the discussions that took place when he visited classes.

Tidy Schools 

As part of our ongoing environmental programme we participate in the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Tidy Schools Competition on an annual basis.  Last year we won one of their major awards for Biodiversity.  As part of our entry and in conjunction with the local Residents’ Association we do a major cleanup of the school grounds. This is being planned as part of National Spring Clean Week and we would love to have parental assistance on the morning of Saturday, April 12th. More details to follow.

National Tree Week

National Tree Week was marked in a special way and involved all classes participating in a guided tour of the school grounds, which has a fantastic variety of trees, shrubbery and different habitats that have been created over the years.  We thank Annamaria Corrigan and Mrs. Walsh for all their work in organising the garden tours and workcards.

Quiz Team

Congratulations to Daniel Carson, Michael Lowey, Sean Mc Grane and Tom Wallace who put in a magnificent performance in the recent World Book Day Quiz run by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Library Services.  The boys lead for the entire quiz until the seventh round where they were literally “pipped at the post” and finished in second place.  The same boys performed admirably at the second round of the Credit Union Quiz and tied with two other teams for first place.  Unfortunately after 2 playoffs they finished third – but well done to the boys for their brilliant efforts.  Thanks to Mrs. Ryan and Mr. Clancy for all their help with the Quiz team.

Uniform Survey

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Uniform Survey.  There was an 82% return rate.

94% of respondents wanted a school uniform

86% of respondents favoured a school crest

75% of respondents would like a sew on crest

45% of respondents have availed of the Parents’ Association uniform shop

89% expressed satisfaction with the current uniform

Non Uniform Day

The annual non-uniform day will take place on Friday and this year in keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day weekend we are going for a Green Theme.  The Student Council consulted with the classes and it has agreed that the money raised will go towards the Adventure Playground.  The recommended contribution is €2 per participant.

Trócaire Boxes

As has been the tradition Trócaire Boxes are distributed to all families as part of the Lenten campaign.  Collection will be organised at a later date.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seo Seachtain na Gaeilge – déanfaimid go léir íarracht Gaeilge a úsáid í rith na seachtaine.  Beidh coirmcheol sa halla Dé hAoine agus beidh ceoltóirí ag teacht ó Choláiste Eoin lá éigin.

We trust that everyone will have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s weekend.

Beir bua is beannacht.

Neil Cadogan.