Letter to Parents 26 June 2019

Dear Parents,

As per holiday schedule the school will close for Summer holidays on Friday, June 28th at 12.00 noon.  It will re-open on Thursday, August 29th at 8.50 for all pupils.  Normal school closing times will apply on August 29th with Senior Infants going home at 13.30. The first classes will finish at 13.30 on August 29th and August 30th as they are often overwhelmed by the longer day.

At this stage of the year we bid a fond farewell to our sixth classes.  It is amazing at how quickly their eight years have passed.  It has been our great honour and privilege to have witnessed them grow and mature during their time in school. We wish them every success in their new schools and in the years ahead.

Sadly, we say farewell to Mr. Barry Burke from Cuala GAA club who has been coaching the children in Gaelic football and hurling over the last 5 years.   All the children who have worked with Barry have gained enormously.  We trust that many of them will continue to develop their Gaelic skills and return some day with “Sam” and/or the McCarthy Cup.  We wish Barry and his family every success in their new surroundings.

Holiday Schedule 2019/2020 is included on the last page and is also available on the school website.  Dates for sacraments will be notified when they are decided upon in the new school year.

This has been an exceptionally busy term with children involved in a wide range of activities both academic and non-academic.

Active School Week was a tremendous success with classes involved in a wide range of activities with emphasis on participation rather than competition.

Arts Week, as always, was most enjoyable with children involved in a wide range of really interesting activities.  We acknowledge the generous donation of €1,000 from the Parents’ Association which is a great help in funding Arts Week.

Children were busy on the sports fields also with participation in Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, and Cross Country.  Our athletics performed admirably in the Dublin Primary Schools Athletics.  Congratulations to Liam O’Connor who won Gold in High Jump and Jack Watson and Ben Keogh who won Bronze in the hurdles.  We compliment the other boys who participated and competed against the top athletes from schools in Dublin.

Health and Wellbeing Week was a new venture this year – extending the focus of wellbeing within the school and helping the children develop coping strategies – Daily Meditation, Yoga, Fruity Friday and engaging in regular movement breaks were some of the activities the children engaged in that week.

Chess is still as popular as ever. Johnstown teams took part in two competitions in Limerick finishing 2nd in one and 4th in the other. The School Champion for 2019 is Karel Lievens from 5th class.

Boys in our Second classes received their First Communion and were a credit to everyone on the day.  Our School Choir also embellished the ceremony with their fantastic singing.

Tidy Schools

Our school still remains in the top echelons of the annual Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council Tidy Schools competition winning the Bio-diversity award.  Open Garden Day was a tremendous success and all who attended were amazed by the incredible areas that have been created and also by the depth of knowledge and excellence manners of the boys who escorted them on their tour of the gardens.

Fundraising

Sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the school in its fundraising activities.  The final profit from the Christmas Fair was €21,714.59.  This is divided between both schools.  To date the Sponsored Walk has raised €4,503.10.  Transport to matches/sporting events is a huge factor in sports expenditure and boys travelling are asked to make a nominal donation. Acknowledgement of donations to the Sponsored Walk will issue before the end of term.

Book Orders 2019-2020

Book orders remain open online up to midnight on Wednesday, July 24th where payment can be made via the secure Aladdin link issued to all families.  New books ordered will be in the classrooms when children return to school on August 29th.  Booklists are available on the school website if you are not ordering through the school.  As previously explained books/stationery are only part of the booklists.  It would be appreciated if book rental could be paid by midnight on July 24th to facilitate the distribution of books used in the rental scheme on the first day of term. If you have not paid book rental by then we will issue you with a full booklist. Please do not leave book ordering until the last moment in case there are “gremlins” in ordering on-line.

School Reports

School summer reports issued on June 14th.  Acknowledgement slips should be returned so we know that you have received your child’s report.

Bullying Questionnaire

The Bullying Questionnaire is a very important instrument for us as a school.  This year, we have asked boys 2nd – 6th classes to complete it at home.  Thanks to those who have filled it in.  We would appreciate if boys who have yet to complete it could do so before Friday.

Tusla/School Attendance

Congratulations to the 40 boys who have had 100% attendance during the year. (Last year we had 20 boys with full attendance).  Overall attendance is at 95.9% which is very good. On the other side we have 19 children who missed 20 days or more.    Under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 the Board of Management is legally required to prepare and submit an annual attendance report to TUSLA.  Under the legislation we are also obliged to inform TUSLA of pupils who have been absent for 20 days or more.  If this applies we will inform you by letter.

Parents’ Association

We thank the members of the Parents’ Association for all their work and support of so many school activities and events during the year. A special thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising Ice Cream day today which was a very welcome treat even on a dull day.  The A.G.M. of the Parents’ Association will be held on Tuesday, September 24th. Further details in September. We also thank the parent body for their assistance and support of the school.

School Uniforms

In preparation for the new school year please note that our school uniform from 1st class upwards comprises of grey shirt, tie, V-necked navy jumper, grey trousers, grey socks and black shoes.  School tracksuit and school polo shirts are allowed on P.E. days only.  All items of clothing should be clearly marked.  For the new school year proper uniform must be worn by all pupils. School tracksuit shop will be open on Mondays from 8.55 – 9.25 starting Monday 2nd September. We thank the volunteers who are on duty in the tracksuit room every Monday and special thanks to Sean and Lisa O’Hara who have run the uniform shop for the last six years.

 

The Parents’ Association have organised the Annual Uniform Swap. This will take place on Friday June 28th in the Boys’ School Hall from 9.00 – 10.00a.m.

 

Garda Vetting

Thank you to all the volunteers for complying with Garda Vetting requirements.  Recruitment for Library volunteers for next year is open so we can have the vetting completed before re-opening.  Vetting forms are available from the school office.

Voluntary Subscriptions

Thank you to the Parents/Guardians who have responded to the annual Board of Management appeal.  Without your financial assistance the school could not afford to continue to function.  If you have overlooked payment and are in a position to do so, payment can be made online through Aladdin or by cheque, cash or standing order. Renewed thanks for your assistance.

 

Over the holiday period we would ask children to avoid the school/church environs for their own safety.

I take this opportunity to thank all the people staff members and non staff, who contributed so much of their time and energy in the interests of the children and providing such a wide range of opportunities for them.

The Staff and Board of Management join with me in thanking everyone most sincerely for their tremendous support and assistance during the year. We trust that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Summer and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school at the end of August.

Beir bua is beannacht,

Neil Cadogan

Principal