Letter to Parents 27 June 2018

Dear Parents,

As per holiday schedule the school will close for Summer holidays on Friday, June 29th at 12.00 noon.  It will re-open on Friday, August 31st at 8.50 for all pupils.  Normal school closing times will apply on August 31st with Senior Infants going home at 13.30 and the remainder of the classes finishing at 14.30, with the exception of the First classes, who will finish at 13.30 on Friday, August 31st and Monday, September 3rd as they are often overwhelmed by the longer day.

At this stage of the year we bid a fond farewell to our sixth class pupils.  It is amazing 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 with us. We wish them well in their new schools.  They leave us well prepared for the challenges of Secondary School and we look forward to hearing about their successes in years to come.

Sadly, we bid adieu to Mrs. Fitzsimons who retires at the end of the summer.  We thank her for all her hard dedicated work over the years both in the classroom and in the area of Special Education.  She was actively involved with many of our Gaelic Football teams and had a tremendous influence on our athletes, particularly, those who participated in the Dublin Primary Schools Athletics annual competitions held in Santry and the Cross Country runners this year. We wish her a long, happy, healthy and well deserved retirement.  She will be sadly missed by everyone in the school.

Holiday Schedule 2018/2019 is on the last page and is also available on the school website.  Dates for sacraments will be notified as soon as they are available 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 huge success. All classes were involved in a wide range of activities with the emphasis on participation rather than competition.  Arts week was, as always, most enjoyable and we are grateful to the Parents’ Association for their generous sponsorship.  Money from the Lenrec recycling venture was also used to fund Arts Week and we thank you for supporting the recycling venture each time.  Unfortunately, our Soccer team lost the final 1-0 to Hollypark but again another fantastic achievement to reach the final and display outstanding sportsmanship even if the end result was not to our liking. The supporters were also a credit on the day.  Cross Country running was a new venture this year one that the boys who were involved enjoyed immensely.  Gaelic Football and Hurling also featured and we acknowledge the tremendous assistance given to the school by Cuala in promoting the skills of Gaelic and Hurling. Our athletes performed admirably in the Santry Sports and 3 medals is a major achievement, as the boys compete against the top athletes from schools throughout Dublin. Congratulations to Karel Lievens, 4th class who has won the Chess Champion of the Year 2018.  This is the first time a 4th class pupil has won the prize since 2010. In fact, in the 43 years the competition is running it is only the 5th time that a boy in 5th or 6th class has not won.  A number of other 4th class pupils are outstanding, so we look forward to exciting chess news in the years to come. Our chess teams displayed tremendous skill in the national finals and some of the players achieving all time highest “individual” scores of boys from the school over many years.

Congratulations to the boys in the sixth classes and second classes who received the sacraments and who presented so well at the ceremonies.  Our choir also gave outstanding performance and tremendous credit is due to them and the teachers who work so hard training them.

Tidy Schools

Coming second in the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council Tidy School Competition is a fantastic achievement.  Year on year being in the upper echelons of the prizewinners is an amazing achievement and well deserved recognition for all those involved in enhancing and maintaining the school grounds.  Ideas for new garden ventures are always welcome.  Open Garden day is a fantastic event and a brilliant opportunity for the boys in the Garden Club to share their great love of gardening and knowledge with everyone.

Our sincerest thanks to everyone who gives of their time, energy and expertise in providing all of the above opportunities for the boys. The range of activities provided is truly amazing and all children benefit thanks to the efforts of all staff.

Olympic Champion

Congratulations to Louis Mitchell 6th class on winning gold in the Javelin at the Special Olympics and coming 4th in the relay.  Well done Louis and continued success to you in the future.

Sponsored Walk

Sincerest thanks to everyone who contributed to the annual Sponsored Walk which raised €4686.50 for Sports and Sporting activities/equipment in the school.  Acknowledgement of donations issued on Monday.  Thanks to everyone for their generosity and assistance.

Non Uniform Day

The boys very kindly donated €684.55 through the non-uniform day.  This coupled with €270 donated by the Confirmation classes will be shared among the following charities (i) Move4Parkinson’s,

(ii) Down Syndrome Ireland and (iii) Irish Cancer Society.  Thank you to all the boys for helping others in need of assistance.

3rd Class Authors

Congratulations to the boys in both 3rd classes who published 2 anthologies containing more than 40 short stories.  Their books were launched on May 31st in a ceremony attended by Alan Nolan (Childrens Author and Illustrator) and John Toomey who co-ordinated the project.

Book Orders 2018-2019 

Book orders remain open online up to midnight on Wednesday, July 25th 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 31st.  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 25th 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 15th.  Acknowledgement slips should be returned so we know that you have received your child’s report.

Bullying Questionnaire

The bullying questionnaire has been administered in classes from 2nd to 6th this week.  Results will be collated for September.

Tusla/School Attendance

Congratulations to the 20 boys who have had 100% attendance during the year. (Last year we had 38 boys with full attendance).  Overall attendance is at 95% which is very good. On the other side we have 22 children who missed 20 days or more, a slight increase on the previous year.    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 on Monday which was a very welcome treat on a nice sunny day.  The A.G.M. of the Parents’ Association will be held on Thursday, September 20th.  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, we will have to insist on proper uniform being worn by all pupils. School tracksuit shop will be open on Mondays from 8.55 – 9.25 starting Monday 3rd September. We thank the volunteers who are on duty in the tracksuit room every Monday.

The Parents’ Association have organised the annual uniform swap. This will take place on June 28th in the Girls’ School Hall from 9.10-10.00a.m. and 1.00-3.00p.m. (Volunteers required for those times, please contact Lynette Kinsella 0873603490)

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.  Thank you to Angie Byrne and Gillian Wall for all their work with the library.

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 or cash. Renewed thanks for your assistance.

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

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