Church of the Miraculous Medal on Saturday 11th May at 11:30am
First Holy Communion – Church of the Miraculous Medal on Saturday 11th May at 11:30am
A few reminders for the day:
We ask that all families are seated by 11:15am. All families receive a row each. The child’s name is clearly displayed on the row. No Baptismal Candles are required on the day. A class photograph will be taken at the end of the ceremony on the altar. All families are invited back to the school for a light reception following the Mass on Saturday. Individual/family photographs will also be taken at the school. In keeping with the longstanding tradition in the school, all pupils from the communion class are invited to wear their communion clothes for the May Procession on Monday 13th May 2019.
This will take place in the school from 7th-10th May. All pupils will wear their tracksuits each day. The pupils will receive active homework and are also encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school at some stage during the week where it is possible.
In conjunction with ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ we will have a ‘Lá Glas’ in the school tomorrow (Friday 15th ). All the pupils are encouraged to be dressed up in Green when they come to school.
We’re also doing Lá Glas with a twist for Green Flag. Teachers, families are encouraged to go green. We’re encouraging everyone to reduce single use plastic, pick up paper, reduce energy and walk if possible.
And of course the children are always encouraged to speak as much Irish as they can both in the school and in the home environment.
Tá súil againn go mbainfaidh siad sult agus taitneamh as an ‘Lá Glás’. Le gach dea- mhéin,
School Closed – Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October 2017
The Department of Education as announced that ALL schools and colleges will be closed Monday 16th October 2017 due to a Red weather warning from the Met office. Monday evening’s PA AGM has been postponed. Take care.
More information on the closures can be found here.
Monday 27th March is Professional Development Service day for teachers re. primary language curriculum. The staff of Our Lady’s will be attending service day in Blackrock. To accommodate this school will be closed.
5th and 6th class enjoting a healthy brekkie from the Brekkie Bus
Sweetening up the porridge.
Young pupils enjoying a bowl of porridge from the Brekkie Bus.
Thumbs up for a fruity breakfast.
We want more!
A good breakfast is the best way to start the day.
Let's get some more.
Books and Brekkie.
A Healthy and Hearty Breakfast
Earlier this week the the school at a visit from the Brekkie Bus. All the pupils got to enjoy a fruity bowl of porridge and experience the benefits of a good healthy breakfast.
Flahavan’s, the porridge people and Keelings, the berry people, have teamed up to visit primary schools throughout the country with their Brekkie Bus. The aim of the programme is to teach young children about the importance of a healthy breakfast and show them how much fun and how enjoyable having a healthy family breakfast can be.
More information on the campaign can be found here.
On Wednesday, 12th October the Parents Association will hold its AGM in the school kitchen at 7.30pm. This is a great chance for parents/guardians to become involved in their child’s education. The PA works closely with the school staff and Board of Management to assist them in reaching their goals for the whole school community through fundraising and volunteerism.
The PA also acts as a forum to inform and consult parents regarding school policy, plans and activities concerning the PA and to communicate parents’views on such issues to the school.
We would like to invite parents/guardians to attend the meeting and would welcome your input into the activities of the PA.
The PA is also calling on parents/guardians to seek election to the PA Committee.Any parent/guardian interested in seeking election to the Committee must sign a letter of consent either the night of, or if they are unable to be present at the AGM, the must submit a letter of consent up to 48 hours prior to the AGM to the Chairperson of the Association Mairéad Gabbett.
The agenda for the AGM will include:Nomination/election of PA Committee Members; A Review of PA Activities; Overview of PA Finances; Upcoming PA Activities.
Shi Fu Yang Dong is offering Tai CHi classess to adults and children at Our Lady’s school. Classes will take place Thursdays, 7-8pm starting 6th October 2016 running for 8 weeks. Reported benefits of Tai Chi are reduced stress, improved circulation, lower blood pressure and a lessing of arthritic pain.
If you wish to take part, please fill out this form and bring it along to the class along with payment of €80 (cheques payable to Harmony Chi).
Tesco Dundrum have offered us the Saturday 1st of October to organise a Bag pack in store to raise funds for the School. A bag pack is a great opportunity for parents and pupils to contribute to the fundraising efforts for the school. We are looking for volunteers to volunteer for 2 hour shifts to pack bags in Tesco Dundrum from 10am in the morning till 6pm.
Last year the Parents Association organised volunteers for two bag pack, one in Tesco Dundrum and the other in SuperValu Churchtown. The parents and pupils who volunteered raised over €3500 for the school which was used to help buy laptops for the pupils and get new blinds in the classroom. This roughly breaks down that for each person that volunteered 2 hours of their time, they typically collected between €50 and €100 euro for the School.
If you are able to volunteer on the 1st of October, please fill out the form below indicating which time suits you best and return to class teacher or Deirdre the school secretary or contact Mairead Gabbett on 0863987561 directly or email email@example.com.
Please return to school by Thursday 29th of September. Thank you for your support.
Printable version of this letter can be found here.
The first PA meeting of the year scheduled for this Friday, 16 September at 9.10am in the school kitchen (top of the stairs near the main entrance). All parents are automatically members of the PA so if you are free please do come along. Involvement in the PA is a great way to influence your child’s educational experience.
Agenda: Pupil Insurance
Tesco Bag Pack
Internet Safety workshop for pupils and parents
Food Dudes and other healthy eating initiatives in school
Update on Tracksuit
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.
Well done to all this year’s school leavers. We hope they all enjoyed their time at Our Lady’s over the years. The school community is very proud of them and their achievements and we wish them well in their future educational endeavours.
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.
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.
Back on the 15th of March Our Lady’s celebrated and commemorated the events of 1916 with a flag-raising ceremony, singing and playing of Amhrán na bFiann, a roll call of the executed leaders and some famous women combatants. This was followed by a display of music and dancing from our pupils and a reading of Our Lady’s New Proclamation by Mrs Collins culminating in an uplifting dramatic presentation of dialogue and songs devised by Mr Heneghan and staged by Ms O’Loughlin’s 5th & 6th Class.
Back in March the school had a ceremony for the presentation of the prestigious Digital School of Distinction award. Only 5% (or approximately 250 schools out of a total of 3,300) of schools across the country have received this award which is given to primary schools who demonstrate excellence in their approach to the integration of ICT (information and communications technology) in learning and teaching. Among the guests who attended were Mr Malcolm O’Kelly, parent and former Leinster, Ireland and British and Irish Lion player, Mr Cónal McGovern, Parent, and person responsible for updating our schools’ website and special guest speaker Mr Gerard McHugh, Director of Dublin West Education Centre and Chair of the Digital Awards Committee. Special thanks to the Digital Schools Committee members, Chloe Bell, Sara Milosevic, Ella Mowlds and Katie Crosby Dillon. Thanks also Ms. O’Brien (currently on maternity leave), IT coordinator at the school, who did so much to secure this award.
Every year the NPC (National Parents Council), the umbrella group for parent associations throughout Ireland, holds a conference for members about parenting and education. This attendees get the chance to listen to and meet with experts in their respective fields such as education, psychology, health, literacy, etc. The speakers never fail to be illuminating and the conference is always worth a visit especially as it is free.
Date: Saturday 28th of May 2016. Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm. Venue: National College of Ireland, Mayor Square Lower, Dublin 1, D01 K6W2. Register here.
To find out more about the conference and the speakers who will be attending click here.
If you are a parent of a child in primary school and you want them to have the opportunity to reach their full educational potential, then this is the conference for you!
On the evening of Sunday the 24th April every household in Ireland will be required to fill in the 2016 Census form. The census is more than just a head count of the population. Data is collected on age, gender, employment, health, housing, ethnic background, education, etc. The reason for collecting this data is to provide information in relation to who we are, what we do and how we live our daily lives. This in turn provides the knowledge that we all need to make decisions and plan for the future.
For anyone who is struggling to figure out the census form: the CSO (Central Statistics Office) has provided a helpful FAQ guide which can be accessed here. There is also a schools section with lots of resources and lessons for teachers and students to learn all about the census. Check it out here.
Remember, every household is obliged by law to fill out the census form on Sunday 24th of April, 2016. However, there is no need to worry. There is plenty of help at hand:
Next Tuesday, March 15th has ben designated ‘Proclamation Day’ for primary schools to celebrate the momentous event of the Easter Rising.
Parents and guardians are cordially invited to join in the day of celebration to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 rising starting with a flag raising ceremony at 11am. This will be followed by various activities presented by the staff and students of Our Lady’s including the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann, music, Irish dancing and a reading of Our Lady’s own proclamation.
The school is having a Digital School of Distinction award presentation ceremony on Monday 14th March at 11am. The Chair of the Awards Committee and Director of the Dublin West Education Centre will present the award. Parents are welcome to attend but spaces will be limited.
First confessions take place tomorrow evening, 9th March at 7.30pm at the Church of The Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal, Bird Avenue. All children in 2nd class who are taking part should be there at 7.15pm.
To help prepare for this event you can practice the following:
On Saturday 13th of February María Dolores López Latre is going to do special one-day Spanish workshop called “Creative Ways to say I Love you” for children. It will be from 12.00 to 13.00 hours (6-8 years old) and from 10.30 to 11.30 (8-12 years old). You are more than welcome to book for it or to spread the word if you wish. It is going to be held in Instituto Cervantes Dublin located in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place,Dublin 2, Ireland. Tel. +353 1 631 1500.
As you may be aware the Liberties Recycling Training and Development charity will be collecting clothes bags from Our Lady’s this Friday (27th November). For each full (8kg) bag they will donate €4 to the school. Collection Bags and a note have been sent home with each student. Bags can be dropped to the school hall from Thursday (26th Nov). Please return any unused bags, unopened to the school.
LRTD is a charity set up has a rehabilitation project to provide practical work experience, training and support services to people affected by drugs. One of their main activities is recycling of used textiles and LRTD provide employment for nearly 60 people. For more information check their website here.
Assessment for Learning (AfL) arose out of the consultations around the Junior Cycle review. While expertise in preparing the students for state examinations is a recognised strength of our education system, one of the challenges is to apply this expertise, together with new understandings of how students learn, to everyday assessment practice in classrooms and in schools. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and conclude with refreshments.
The evening should provide you with the new insights into approaches to assessment as well as offering an update on the development of the curriculum. To register your interest in attending please e-mail on/or before Wednesday, 18th November 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
(from a letter written by Ms Patricia Gordon, Principal, Stratford College)
The Parent Association are holding a coffee morning and cake sale this Friday the 13th Nov. at 9.15. We are hoping to raise funds to buy new blinds for the classrooms, we are also fundraising for Windy Arbour Village Association (WAVA) who are hoping to erect 10 heritage maps in the area showing important places in the history of Dundrum, Milltown, Clonskeagh and Windy Arbour.
WAVA have been instrumental in a number of Neighbourhood initiatives including the new playground near the school.
People can support the coffee morning and cake sale by donating cakes, attending and buying a nice Friday treat or if you can’t attend but would like to donate we can accept financial donations sent in with the children. For parents who would like to make a direct donation and would like receipts we will have a receipt book available.
WAVA proposed Heritage Map
Some more information on the WAVA Heritage Map
The Map will stretch from Milltown to Dundrum, showing historic and scenic locations like the packhorse bridge along the Dodder and up to Goatstown. It will explain how sites like Casino on Bird Avenue and Roebuck House in Clonskeagh are connected with historic figures like Maud Gonne, Sean MacBride, Robert Emmet and our 1916 hero Patrick Doyle.
Back in 2012 some of the students at Our Lady’s were invited to take part in the official launch of the 25th anniversary MS READaTHON at the National Wax Museum in Dublin. You may recognise some old faces in our gallery of the event. The kids had a great time getting to meet some ‘celebs’ and pose for photos with some gruesome creatures. The MS READaTHON is as popular as ever in Our Lady’s. If you are looking for inspiration on what gift to get this Christmas there is a recommended reading list on the the MS READaTHON site: http://ms-society.ie/pages/readathon/kids/recommendation-lists
The 2015’s MS READaTHON finished on (9th November 2015) and sponsorship cards are due back at the school this week. We hope the children have had a thoroughly enjoyable month reading books and expanding their imaginations and learning about all kinds of new things. Fostering a love of reading is a gift for lift and the MS READaTHON has proved over the past 25+ years to be a great way to promote the joy of reading in young children while at the same time raising funds for people right here in our own community living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). To find out more about how the READaTHON helps MS suffers you can visit: http://www.msreadathon.ie/pages/readathon/home
The Parents Association are organising a Halloween fancy dress disco between 2-4pm Saturday the 31st October. Entrance fee is €4, under 2 years of age and adults are free. The disco is open to children 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Teas/coffees and baked goods will also be available to purchase. There will be prizes for most original disco dancing and for funniest/original costume in both children and adult categories.
Looking forward to seeing you all there for a fun afternoon supporting the school, disco dancing and socialising with the school community.
Ciarán’s Shark Attack stop motion animation. Made with Stop Motion Studio on an iPhone 5 using Lego.
The above simple animation was created by Ciarán in 2nd class using the iPhone app Stop Motion Studio (which is easy to use and can give instant results), a few pieces of Lego™ and a reading light. Stop Motion Studio is just one of many apps and programs that are available to allow children to make their own movies.
There are numerous educational benefits to using animation as a learning tool, not least the development of planning skills and problem solving skills. Children can also use these projects to develop communication skills through storytelling, build bridges and empathy through group collaboration, use their imagination to increase their self-expression whilst all the time growing their technical and presentation skills.
From all this they will develop pride in their work and show an increase in self-confidence in their abilities to engage with complex tasks.
This coming Tuesday, 13th October at 7.30pm the Parents Association will hold its AGM. This is a great chance for parents/guardians to become involved in their child’s education. The PA works closely with the school staff and Board of Management to assist them in reaching their goals for the whole school community through fundraising and volunteerism.
The PA also acts as a forum to inform and consult parents regarding school policy, plans and activities and to communicate parents’ views (where appropriate) to the school.
Some of the activities organised by the PA include:
Pupil Insuranceand much more
The PA is a member of the National Parents Council and has its own insurance. You can follow us on Facebook (Our Lady’s Clonskeagh Parish NS Parent Association) but why not go one better and become fully involved. It is a rewarding experience for you, your child(ren) and the whole school.
Explanation of PA
AGM finance report
Intro of people to run for committee (Officer roles: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications, Volunteer Co-ordinator)
Voting if necessary
Upcoming events for school year and requesting help for any and all activities
Info available to parents on schools, secondary open days, home school liaison, parental reps on board, etc
Share current activities within school community: Irish dancing, Karate, Zumba, Football clubs, after school activities: DRAFTS, Stretch n Grow, …
Maria Lopez, who has being teaching Spanish classes in Our Lady’s after school for the past 8 weeks, has informed us that there will be a Cultural Day “El Dia e” in the Instituto Cervantes, Dublin on the 23rd of June. There will be some children’s activities prior to that on Saturday the 20th June.
Also, there will be weekly Summer Camps courses for children (5 to 14 years old) during July and August. Maira will be taking part in them from the 20th to the 27th of July and the week from the
3rd to 9th of August.