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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