Letter to Parents 19 December 2018

Dear Parents,

As per the holiday schedule the school will close on Friday, December 21st at 12 noon for Christmas holidays. It will re-open on Monday, January 7th 2019 at 08.50.

It was fantastic to welcome one of our past pupils Mark Schutte to the school recently. Mark arrived with the Sam Maguire Cup and was also joined on the day by camogie and ladies football stars Sinéad Murphy and Hannah O’Dee, who also brought the Brendan Martin Cup and the Kathleen Mills Cup with them.  They gave the boys some great advice on the importance of playing sport and developing and practicing their skills.  Many of the boys asked really good questions and we are grateful to the players for giving so freely of their time.  Thanks to Mr. Kelly who acted as M.C. on the occasion.

Well done to all the boys who were so generous in contributing to the annual Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal and the boys in the senior classes who donated to the Back Pack appeal. Their generosity will be greatly appreciated by the people who are fortunate to receive the Shoeboxes and Back Packs at this time of the year.  Items for the annual St. Vincent de Paul food collection were collected on Monday and the people who collected the food were extremely appreciative for the amount of food donated.

The annual Christmas Fair was very well supported and an outstanding success.  It is a fantastic community event without which it would be impossible to fund the additional resources and activities for the children.  We thank everyone who supported the Fair in any way, people who donated items and/or attended the Fair.  We thank all the dedicated helpers and again it was great to see new helpers becoming involved.  There are still some bills outstanding and we will have figures early in the New Year.  Thank you also to Dee Bradley for all her work in co-ordinating the Fair.

A special thanks to the boys in the School Choir who gave an outstanding performance at the Parish Carol Service on Sunday night.  They were an absolute credit to everyone.  They also performed at the School Carol Service yesterday and it was a pleasure to hear them again.  Thanks to Mr. Clancy and Ms. Browne for all their work with the choir.  After the holidays they will be busy preparing for Peace Proms, Confirmation and First Penance.

Congratulations to Harvey O’Reilly (Ms. Gavin’s Junior Infants) who was a prize-winner in the recent Dublin Fire Brigade Fire Safety Art competition.  From thousands of entries Harvey’s art work was selected and appears in the 2019 Dublin Firebrigade calendar. Well done Harvey.

Congratulation to Andrew Crimmins (Mr. Moloney’s 5th class) whose Christmas decoration made from recycled materials was selected to represent the school in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council annual competition. Well done to all the boys who put so much time and effort into making their decorations to decorate the Christmas tree.  There were many clever ideas for the use of the recycled materials.

Many of the classes are busy at the moment staging Christmas plays.  It is a great opportunity for the boys to experience a live performance and fantastic to see so many budding actors and singers emerging.  Thank you to everyone for all their work in staging the productions and to the parents and grandparents who have taken the time to attend.

Finally, we thank everyone involved with the school for their ongoing work, commitment, dedication and support during the year.  We wish everyone in our school community a happy, peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Guímid Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh is go mbeirimid go léir beo ag an am seo arís.

Beir bua is beannacht.

Neil Cadogan