News from the last term

Celebration of the Sacraments

Spring term is always busy as the 2nd and 6th classes prepare for their big days. 6th class had already celebrated their Service of Light when the weather closed in and Confirmation had to be cancelled because of the big snow. On Friday May 18th, with the sun shining, Confirmation day finally dawned. Fr Enda Cunningham, Episcopal Vicar, presided and confirmed the 57 girls. They were a credit to themselves, their families and their school. First Penance was celebrated by the 2nd classes before Easter, followed by a beautiful ceremony of First Communion on April 28th. The girls were angelic. The Communion reception in the school was fabulous. Many thanks to all involved. Thanks also to the choir who enriched the services with their lovely singing.

Seachtain na Gaeilge ( March 12 – 23)

Another very successful celebration of the Irish language and culture was held with scéalaíocht, amhránaíocht, ceilí, tráth na gceist, traditional Irish musicians and an art competition. Thanks to Ms McGee for coordination. Highlights of the week were ‘Ceol sa Halla’ each morning and the two big ‘Ceilí Mór’, one for parents and children at night and one for the whole school in the playground on Friday morning. Thanks to Ms McGowan for her energy at the ceilís. Lots of pictures are on our Seachtain na Gaeilge blog.

Ethos

As part of our continued work on our goal of community and our continued support for Alice Leahy’s ‘Trust’ organisation, Ms Daly organised our annual collection for homeless people. This year we were asked to collect rucksacks and backpacks and Alice was delighted with our donation. We continue our celebration of St Philippine Duchesne, with our beautiful pictures of Philippine by our caretaker, Fernando and our SNA Mrs Fallon on display in Croí na Scoile. We also had an art competition where the girls drew their own pictures of Philippine. These are also on display in Croí na Scoile Friday is the feast of the Sacred Heart and will be marked by a prayer service for the whole school. On Monday June 11th we will join the other primary schools in our community to walk in support of Fr Tony Coote in a ‘Walk while you can’ parish walk, in aid of Motor Neurone disease research.

Sport

Hockey

Sports are up and running again after the winter. The hockey season ended with teams making it to the semi-finals, but sadly no finals this year.

Camogie & Gaelic Football

The camogie teams did us proud in their matches and Gaelic football teams are back, hard at work at their training. Thanks to all involved in the coaching, managing, driving and shouting encouragement.

Tennis

In the Leinster Tennis Primary schools’ league the girls did us proud with the A team making it to the semi-final and the B team beaten in a hard fought final.

Golf

The golf team came a very laudable runner up in their recent tournament. Well done, girls.

Swimming

In the pool the swim team came up against some tough opposition, coming 3rd in one relay and 4th in the other, pipped by just 4 seconds.

Athletics

Our athletes trained hard for the annual Cumann na mBunscol Athletics meet. Zoe Bracken (6th) won gold in the U14 hurdles. Grace Kennedy, in her first ever outing took bronze in the U10 high jump. In relays the U14 won gold and a beautiful trophy, while the U10 relay team took bronze. Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to Ms McGowan and Mrs Egan for all their work.. We wish them every success.

Soccer

Soccer training for 5th and 6th took place after school with the red team victorious in their mini blitz. Thanks to all the parents for their organisation of this.

Active week

The sun shone on us for active week and the school was buzzing with activity. Each morning began with ‘Wake-up, Warm-up’, followed by a busy timetable of skipping, dance, pilates, playball, lunchtime activities and healthy living and nutrition talks. The week culminated with our in-school sports for all day on Friday. Many thanks to all involved, especially to Ms Callanan, Ms Falkner, Ms Kavanagh, Ms Kealy, Ms Quinlan and Ms Travers for their hard work in coordinating the week. Lots of pictures of the week can be seen on the Active Week blog.

Performances

The school orchestra, under the direction of Ms Quinlan took to the stage in the Basketball Arena in ‘Cór Fhéile na Scoileanna’, receiving a glowing report from the adjudicator. The girls will play for the residents of Cedar house and for the school in June. Sixth class are very busy rehearsing this year’s musical, Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. Their performances will be on June 19th and 20th.

Road Safety

All classes had a talk on road safety from the RSA (Road Safety Authority). The speaker encouraged all to download the ‘Face-it-down’ app, which aims to help stamp out the use of mobile phones while driving. The fifth classes undertook an 8 week course in safe cycling. We expect a visit soon from Dublin Fire Brigade who will talk to the girls in 3rd and 4th about fire safety.

Green Flag

Congratulations to the Coiste Uaine for their hard work to win another Green flag. Following a tough inspection from Dean Eaton (Environmental Awareness Officer, DLRCoCo) and submission of our portfolio, the school was awarded its sixth green flag for Global Citizenship. We will hold a global citizenship day on Friday June 22nd to celebrate multi-culturalism. We would love to hear from any parent, guardian, au-pair or friend of the school who would like to showcase their country that day. We continue our work on raising awareness of the threat to the environment caused by plastics and our attempts as a school community to reduce our use of plastics. Many thanks to Ms Markey, Ms Waldron and Ms Kerr for their hard work.

Science, Technology and Maths

The school received their second Primary Science and Maths Award. Check out our Primary Science and Maths blog on the school website to see all the science work undertaken this year. Well done to all concerned. Having observed the wonderful work undertaken by the girls using computer technology, the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers) asked if the children could be filmed as an example of ‘Good Practice’. Their work will soon be on the PDST website.

Let Us Tell You!

Congratulations and a big thank you to all involved in the production of this wonderful book. It has already been quoted on the radio and Tweeted by the new Children’s Laureate, Sarah Crossan.

Cake Sale

Congratulations to the parents and girls of 6th class for another successful cake sale on Friday April 20th. They raised €4,900 many thanks to the 6th class parents reps for organising such as successful day.

Walk While You Can

The walk in aid of Fr. Tony and his fundraising efforts for Motor Neuron Disease was a great success with over 1,100 children taking part. Thank you to all the parents who helped supervise the junction crossings and a special thank you to Garda Ivan Howlin who managed to stop all the traffic for us all at every junction.

School Tours

Junior Infants: Teddy Bear Picnic: Deer Park Senior Infants: Imaginosity: 15th June 1st Class: Airfield: 7th June 2nd Class: Pine Forest Art Centre: 15th June
3rd Class: Tayto Park: 14th June 4th Class: Ferrycarrig: 7th June 5th Class: W5 Belfast: 14th June 6th Class: Baltinglass Adventure: Monday 25th June

Multi-Cultural Day

On Friday 22nd June we will be celebrating the many diverse cultures that make up our school community. Parents and children from other countries will be sharing information on aspects of their culture such as language, dress, traditions and food. Pictures to follow next week. There'll be lots of flags around so in case you are wondering why!

2nd class Football Blitz in UCD

Well done to the girls in the two 2nd classes who took part (and won) a football blitz in UCD. They had a great day. Thanks to Fiona who organised everything and to all those who brought the girls down.

Posted on Jun 13, 2018