October Newsletter

New School Year

School re-opened for the new academic year on August 30th. We welcomed 3 classes of new junior infants as well as some new girls further up the school. We also welcomed Ms Ryan who is teaching in 2nd class. September was a quiet month, with everyone settling back into routine.

Ethos: Goal of Character

This year’s Sacred Heart Goal is the Goal of Character. In this goal we focus on the personal growth of each individual member of our school community. We aim to provide opportunities for self development, personal formation and self knowledge, and to encourage the sharing of gifts and talents, with a spirit of service to others.

Our new Goals coordinator is Mrs G.. We thank Ms Daly for the years of service she has given in this role and wish Mrs G every success. She attended her first goals coordinator meeting, with goals coordinators from our sister Sacred Heart schools on 11 October.

This year we have chosen the lighthouse as our theme, with the motto ‘Good Character Shines through’. These are displayed on the notice board in Croí na Scoile and in each classroom. Each month we will focus on a different aspect of character development: responsibility, compassion, honesty, self-discipline, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship, integrity, perseverance, respect and global citizenship. In September-October we focused on Global Citizenship. In November, we will focus on respect and good manners.

Open Day

On 11 October we welcomed almost 100 families to our Open Day for prospective pupils and their parents. As usual the girls were excellent hosts, with 5th class deputising for 6th class.

Sr Rosemary O’Brien

Sr Rosemary O’Brien RSCJ was principal in our primary school for 26 years. She died on October 9th. We were honoured to be asked to sing at her funeral. The sixth class choir sang beautifully and were a credit to the school and to their families.

Active Flag

We continue to work towards our first Active flag. Huge thanks to Ms Callinan, Mrs Egan, Mrs Kerrigan & Mrs G for their work in this area. Ms Callinan has undertaken training on the programme ‘Well being through Physical Activity’. The playground leaders are busy encouraging the children to play actively during break & lunch times. Even those who want to enjoy the chat are being encouraged to ‘Talk while you walk’. The ‘Mile-a day’ continues with great enthusiasm for the collection of lollipop sticks.

Gaelic Football

Congratulations to our football team who, after an excellent campaign throughout September and October, gave us another day out in Croke Park on Wednesday. They showed great spirit, fighting right to the final whistle, but unfortunately were beaten by Presentation, Terenure. Chips today provided some consolation! Many thanks to Ms Kavanagh, to the parents and all those who helped with coaching, and to all the drivers and supporters.

School Garden

Our school garden looks wonderful in its autumn splendour. We have had a wonderful harvest of pumpkins, carrots, onions, cabbages etc. Many thanks to Mrs O’Flynn for her continued work. Ms McGowan and Mrs Lane (mum of Nessa, J Inf) were busy with the infant classes, painting and planting wellie boots with autumn flowers.

Coiste Uaine

This year we will be looking again at the many little steps we can take to help save our planet in this time of global crisis. We supported the global day of action with our own protest at the gates of the school. In addition to our continued initiative against the use of single use plastic, we will be looking at ways to reduce-reuse-recycle,to be more energy efficient and to look at how we come to school. Today’s ‘Witchy Walk’ was a good place to start. Congratulations to the girls in 5th and 6th class who wrote excellent speeches in their applications for the Youth parliament.

Hallowe’en Dress Up

Today is our annual Halloween Dress up. The children will have a dress up parade in the Hall during the day. Our collection was in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre attended by siblings of some of our girls and for Focus Ireland. I am delighted to report that a wonderful E1,340 was raised with each charity getting E670.

Cake Sale

Congratulations to the parents and girls of 6th class who raised a magnificent €7,800 at our first Cake Sale, with wonderful raffle prizes. The money will be used to continue the upgrade of our classroom whiteboards. Two new boards will be installed over the midterm break.

November - Remembering those who have died

If you have a family member or friend who has died in the past year please email me their name (to principal@mountanvilleprimaryschool.com) so that they can be included in our Remembrance Prayer Service on November 8th

Twitter -

I try to tweet different events in the school so you might like to follow us on @mapsStillorgan

Dates for next half term

Teacher In-service: School will be closed on Tuesday 5th November.

Dáil visit: 5th Class: November 13th

St Enda’s School (Paraic Pearse): 6th Class: November 13th

Scholastic Book Fair: Whole School: 19-25 November

Parent Teacher Meetings: 1st-6th classes (families with siblings in school) Wed Nov 20 [You will be advised of the date of your meeting after mid-term. Infants’ meetings are in February.]

Feast of St Philippine Duchesne: 18 November; whole school assembly Nov 22

Service of Commitment: Confirmation Class & parents: Saturday 30th November at 6p.m. in Church of St. Laurence O'Toole

I hope that you all have a happy and safe Hallowe'en.

Thank you to you all for the wonderful support you give to me and the school at all times.

Regards

G Mc Gowan