A Big Thank You from the PA

As we look forward to the summer break; blue skies, warm water and cold ice cream, we would like to take a moment to reflect on what has been a very busy year for the Our Lady’s Parents’ Association. We would especially like to thank all of the volunteers throughout the year who showed up, whatever the weather, to help out. A quick recount reveals that 67 different people helped out at various times and for this we are deeply grateful.

Looking back the PA was involved in a huge range of activities; from the Halloween disco to coffee mornings, from organising pupil insurance to participating in marathons, from packing bags at supermarkets to manning tuck shops and selling raffle tickets and a lot more besides. In all the school raised over €5000 in 2015/2016.

The vast bulk of the funds raised go directly to school projects such as the blinds for the classrooms, which the school hope to have installed by the end of September. Funds also went to the purchase of 10 new laptops for the classrooms and to the procurement of hoodies for this year’s school leavers.

Funds were also raised for a Buddy Bench which will be installed in the school yard early in the coming academic year. The bench will be dedicated to the memory of Stephaine O’Connell who was a very active member of the PA. Tragically, Stephaine, died earlier this year leaving a husband, Peter and two young boys, Ben and Ryan. She is very much missed by us all.

Other beneficiaries of PA fundraising activities were Temple Street Children’s Hospital and WAVA, a local heritage trail project.

The PA also liaised with the school over issues of concern to parents such as the little break and school uniforms.

None of the above activities would be possible without the input of the parent body. Whether you help as a volunteer or are someone who attends the events the importance of your involvement cannot be overstated. In a time when cutbacks in education are still keenly felt it is more vital than ever that this spirit of volunteerism is not quenched. If this past year is any indication the spirit of the Our Lady’s school community is burning bright.

May you all have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Go raibh míle maith agat. Slán agus beannacht libh.

Yellow Flag Intercultural Day 2016

Friday June 17th saw a riot of colour and energy in the school hall. The whole place was abuzz with the excitement that is Intercultural Day. Broad smiles adorned the faces of children and  parents alike as they witnessed dancing from Indonesia and Peru performed by Fathya, Faiza(1st class), Lorena and Alejandra(fourth class), the Romanian national anthem sung by Dara( Snr. Inf.) and a Christian song from the Philippines sung by ⁠⁠⁠Micah. Max and Chloe read their poems about diversity which summed up the day perfectly. After the performances there was a selection of delicacies from around the world which were not long in disappearing. It was a wonderful day that brilliantly demonstrated the global make up of our local school.

A big thank you to all parents who helped make the Yellow Flag Intercultural Day such a special event.

 

Making the Cut for the Charity ‘Rapunzel’

Sarah Day, a pupil here at Our Lady’s N.S will be cutting off her long hair for charity.

Sarah (11) , who is in Ms O Loughlin’s 5th Class, is proud of her very long hair, but she has wanted to have it cut for some time and has decided now that she would like to donate her 14″ pony tail to the charity “Rapunzel”.
Rapunzel provides wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatments and it uses donated hair to make their wigs.

To help Sarah raise funds for Rapunzel we are asking if you would like to sponsor Sarah €2 per family. All proceeds will go to Rapunzel and The Hospice Harolds X charities. Please enclose your €2 in an envelope and send into the school.

Sarah will have her hair cut on the morning of June 17th, the video will be posted on the schools Facebook page.

You can also help Sarah raise funds for both charities by buying tickets for a bumper RAFFLE. Tickets are €2 a strip or 3 strips for €5. Tickets are available every morning 8.50 / 9am from Sarah’s Mum (or helpers!) at the school or 1.40 & 2.40pm also at the school. Draw will take place in the school on June 17th.

Prizes include: Beautiful bracelet by ROCKS of Grafton St, Odeon Cinema tickets x 4, Leisureplex 4 games of Bowling voucher, 3 Course Meal for 2 with Proseco at The Hill Lounge Ranelagh. Lynch’s Butcher Voucher & many many more.

Thank you for your support.