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Letter to Parents 8 March 2017

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the boys in our second classes who made their First Confession last night.  They presented themselves excellently in a very dignified ceremony.  Thank you to

Mrs. Whelan and Mr. Moloney who prepared the boys so well.  The choir also gave an outstanding performance.  It is fantastic to have so many new members in the choir.  Thanks to Mrs. de Barra and Mr. Clancy for all their hard work with the choir.

Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to Arron Foley, Dylan Bradley, Fionn Lowry and Alex Montgomery Brennan who have qualified for the All-Ireland Final which will be held in the RDS on April 2nd.  Thank you to

Mr. Clancy for all his work with the Quiz Team.

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair is in full swing and there is great demand for books.  Thank you for your support for this major vent as it is a great means of supplementing the school and class libraries.  Thanks also to Mr. Clancy, Mrs. Angie Byrne and the Parents, Teachers and Special Needs Assistants who have helped run the Fair – without whose assistance it would be impossible to run the event.

Tidy Schools

Judging for the annual competition will take place at any stage up to April 6th.  In conjunction with Watson Residents Association, the annual clean up is planned for April 1st at 11.00a.m.  All help would be greatly appreciated.  As part of the competition (and a new idea for this year) we are aiming to create a waterfall mosaic from plastic bottle tops. These can be deposited in a box in the main foyer.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place next week and we encourage all boys to use as much Gaeilge as possible.  A number of events will be run in the school to promote Gaeilge and hopefully the boys will all enjoy what is planned.  Tá na buachaillí i rang Ms. Bouskine ag obair go dian ag ullmhú don seachtain. We also have pupils from Coláiste Eoin coming to play traditional music ar an Deardaoin.

Non Uniform Day – March 16th

The Student Council are arranging their annual non-uniform day on March 16th.  In keeping with St. Patrick’s Day and Cuala playing in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final in Croke Park on March 17th, we will have a Lá Glas nó Lá Dearg (A Green Day or a Red Day) theme.  We wish Cuala the best of luck on the day.  This is a major occasion for the club and in fact on the semi-final panel there were 7 players who are past pupils of Johnstown.  Go n-éiri leo.  The normal contribution on non-uniform day is €2 (from the children’s own money) and the Student Council will nominate the charities to benefit at their next meeting.

Lenrec Recycling

Thank you for your support for our last recycling venture through Lenrec.  We have just received a cheque for €563 which will go towards payment of a travelling theatre that will visit the school in May.  Our next recycling date is May 9th and again we seek your assistance. Lenrec collect:-

new & used mens’, womens’ & childrens’ clothing,
shoes, belts, handbags, ties,
linens, household textiles,
stuffed toys & books.

Your support is appreciated.  Items can be dropped into the school nearer the collection date.

Confirmation Breakfast

Our sixth classes will be Confirmed on March 31st.  Traditionally, the Parents’ Association have arranged a Confirmation Breakfast afterwards in the School Hall.  Helpers were extremely scarce last year and we were fortunate that some of our Special Needs Assistants came to the rescue.  We would be extremely grateful if you were available to help on the morning of March 31st between 11.30 and 1.30 (even for part thereof).  If you are available please complete and return the note below to the school office or to Mr. Geoghegan (Room 14a).



Child’s Name:______________________________________________________________________


Parent’s Name:______________________________________________________________________


Contact Number/ Email: ______________________________________________________________


Class/ Teacher: _____________________________________________________________________


Beir beannacht agus buíochas.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan