2019 First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion

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.


Active Schools Week 2019

Getting active whatever the weather.

Active Schools Week 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.

The Brekkie Bus Brightens Up The Morning

Brekkie Bus comes to Our Lady's

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.

Hmmmm. Yum.

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.

Tai Chi Classes

Tai CHi Longevity

Slow-motion, moving meditative exercises

Improve your Health and Wellbeing

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).

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Pack a Bag for Our Lady’s

Our Lady’s Clonskeagh

PA Fundraiser

Tesco Bag Pack

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 pa.ourladysclonskeagh@gmail.com.

Please return to school by Thursday 29th of September. Thank you for your support.

Printable version of this letter can be found here.

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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.

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.

Proclamation Day – Tuesday 15th March, 11am

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.

We look forward to seeing you there.

First Confession

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:

1) Songs: http://www.stmichaelsps.com/first-confession-songs/ (My Shepherd is the Lord and I’m Sorry God)
http://www.scoilchormaiccns.ie/communion-class-2015-songs-to-learn/ (Connected)

2) Practice the following: ‘Bless me Father for I have sinned this is my First Confession. I did not show love when I ……… For these and all my sins I am sorry’

3) Go through prayers – Act of Sorrow, The Confiteor, Prayer Before Confession, Prayer After Confession

Spanish workshop on the 13th February Instituto Cervantes

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.

Liberties Recycling

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.

Stratford College Curriculum Evening: Thursday 19th November at 7pm

Stratford College will be holding its annual Curriculum Evening on Thursday 19th November at 7pm in the school hall. Annette Honan of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) will be speaking about Assessment for Learning and members of staff will be presenting on Junior Cycle English, Literacy, Numeracy, Well Being, Learning Support and Testing.

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: admin@stratfordcollege.ie

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

(from a letter written by Ms Patricia Gordon, Principal, Stratford College)


Coffee Morning and Bake Sale

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

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.

Halloween Disco

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.

St Tiernan’s Open Evening

Parents are cordially invited to an open evening at St. Tiernan’s secondary school, Balally on Thursday 22nd October 2015 from 7.00 to 9.00pm.

Visitors will have an opportunity to view facilities available at the school, speak with students and teachers and see students’ work on display.

St. Tiernans’s Community School
Dundrum Dublin 16
Ph: 01 295 3224
Fx: 01 295 3225
e: runai@tiernans.ie
w: tiernans.ie

Animation as a Fun Learning Tool

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.

Play a Part in your Child’s Education.

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:

  • Coffee mornings
  • School Disco
  • Anti-bullying training
  • Cycle course
  • Christmas Cards/Calendars
  • Raffles
  • 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.

AGM Agenda

  1. Explanation of PA
  2. AGM finance report
  3. Intro of people to run for committee (Officer roles: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications, Volunteer Co-ordinator)
  4. Voting if necessary
  5. Upcoming events for school year and requesting help for any and all activities
  6. Info available to parents on schools, secondary open days, home school liaison, parental reps on board, etc
  7. Share current activities within school community: Irish dancing, Karate, Zumba, Football clubs, after school activities: DRAFTS, Stretch n Grow, …
  8. Christmas cards/calendars
  9. AOB

Looking For School Uniforms?

The school partner for uniforms, the Schoolwear House is launching its new website http://www.schoolwearhouse.ie/.

They provide an online store and are offering a FREE RETURNS POLICY on all online purchases….there is also a FREE DELIVERY for pick up from any of their retail stores.

All visitors to their website are asked to  subscribe and enter their monthly draw for HUNDREDS OF EURO’S WORTH OF FREE UNIFORM VOUCHERS.

Please note parents are not obliged to purchase uniforms from any particular supplier.

“El Dia e” Cultural Day in the Instituto Cervantes, Dublin



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.

Details of all events at the Instituto’s website:


Exploring Nature: dlr Free Biodiversity Events

Events have been organised by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with a variety of charities, clubs and individuals whose primary interest is natural history and nature conservation.

All events will be led by experienced naturalists from these organisations. These events have been organised by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with the following organisations:

OWLS (Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning andSurvival)

BirdWatch Ireland (South Dublin Branch)

Bat Conservation Ireland


Download the brochure of events here for full details.