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,
Huge congratulations to our Overall Winners Djanna and Aidan. Djanna was the overall winner in the junior end and Aidan was the overall winner in the senior end, a great achievement for a boy in 3rd class!Keep up the great work!
Junior & Senior Infants: New Term of Stretch-n-Grow starts on Tuesday 9th January. Term Duration:10 Weeks. Cost:€50.00. Can be paid in full or 2 x €25.00. To enrol your child in the class, please text Jane (087) 2203522. Payment can be made when collecting your child after the 1st Class.
Wednesday 20th December is the Christmas Variety Concert in the school. All the children from Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class will have their performance at 12:00pm that day. All other pupils from Second to Sixth Class inclusive will perform at 7:00pm that evning.
Thursday 21st December is “Wear Your Pyjamas To School Day” for all pupils. We are asking all children to dress in their pyjamas and bring €1 donation for charity chosen by the school. This year we will be donating all proceeds to the Peter McVerry Trust.
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.
Dear Parents, Stretch-n-grow starts Tuesday 19th September from 1:40pm – 2:30pm.The term is 6 weeks and costs €30.00. To enrol your child in the class please register on Monday 18th September in school hall at 1:30pm . Thank you. Jane Keogh. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page Stretch n Grow Dublin South.
This year the Knitting Exhibition will take place on Tuesday 9th May for those from 2nd – 6th Class in the SchoolKitchen. The display times are as follows: Ms Regan’s Class will be viewing at 11:00am, Ms Friel’s 1st and 2nd Class at 11:10am, Junior Infant Classes at 11:20am, Ms O’Loughlins Class at 11:30am, Senior Infant Classes at 11:40am, Ms O’Neills Class at 11:50am, Ms Leacy’s Class at 12:00am and Mr Heneghan’s Class at 12:10. These are the times that the individual classes will be viewing with their teachers all the beautiful creations that the pupils from 2nd – 6th Class have knitted this year. Parents are welcome at anytime during the times above (11:00 -12:10).
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are starting swimming lessons for Ms Friel’s First & Second Class from Friday 5th May.
They will take place in Energia, Nutgrove every Friday from 1 –2pm. The group will attend lessons for 4 weeks.
The cost of the lessons is €30.00 per child. Most of the cost of the bus will be subsidised by the school. The swimming lessons will cover P.E. for these four weeks; therefore the children should wear their tracksuits on
The children will be divided into graded groups – beginners and intermediate / advanced. Each group will have a qualified instructor.
Each child must have swimming costume (one piece girls), goggles, swimming hat and towel.
We are very pleased to be able to offer swimming lessons to our pupils. We hope it will be an enjoyable and beneficial activity.
First – Sixth Class. Due to a high level of interest expressed Yveline Fedal will now be teaching two french classes for 1st -6th Class per week. The classes will be taking place on Thursday and Friday from 2:40pm – 3:40pm. The classes are now full. A text will be sent to all parents who returned forms before Easter holidays to confirm day of lessons. The cost of the term is €65.00 and can be paid to Yveline after class. If you are collecting your child, please collect at main door entrance.
Reminder: Sports Day this Friday 28th April in Mulvey Park starting at 10:00am – 1pm approx.
If you are attending the Sports Day, your child can go directly home with you if you so wish once all the activities are over. Otherwise the children will be brought back to the school until normal home time.
There will be no Infant Club or after school French lessons on 28th April.
Clan Cluana, a Theatre Company from Tipperary have visited the school several times in the recent past. They are with us once again tomorrow (Tuesday 25th April) to present “Diarmuid and Gráinne. This particular company specialises in presenting Irish Sagas & Folktales and we are delighted to welcome them back again this year. We’re sure the children will enjoy the show.
As the play is due to start at 12:30 the Infant Classes might be slightly later leaving school tomorrow. Please note Infant Club will follow immediately after the Play.
The Parents Association are running a healthy tuck shop and a raffle for Sports Day on Friday the 28th of April. We are looking for donations for the raffle. If you have any unwanted but new toys or books that you would like to donate to the raffle please drop them into Deirdre the school secretary beforeFridaythe28thofApril. We will also need help on the day, running the tuck shop, raffle, tidying up and helping the teachers run the races etc. If you can help in anyway pleasecontactMaireadGabbett by phone or leave a message on our face book page. We are also looking for parents to run/jog/walk the VHI women’s mini marathon and gather sponsorship for the school. The mini marathon is the 5th of June but entry forms must be submitted by the 28th of April. The entry is online at www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Sponsorship forms are available from the PA. Thank you for all your help and support The Parent Association Committee
Yveline Feval is thinking of introducing French classes for children from 1st – 6th Class here at Our Lady’s N.S as an
after school activity from 2:40pm – 3:40pm. The classes will take place every Thursday.
She is hoping to start these French lessons on Thursday 27th April until Thursday 15th June.
Fees: €5 x 8 weeks = €40.00 per term
Book/CD Cost = €25.00
Please be aware that the level of intent will determine how many pupils can be accommodated.
Please let us know if you are interested in French Lessons for your child by filling in the form that has been sent home this week and returning it to the Secretary by Thursday 6th April.
As I’m sure you’re all aware our Artist-In-Residence, Mr Brendan White has been conducting a series of Art Workshops for interested parents for the past while. Another display of their wonderful work will culminate with an Exhibition in the School Hall on Thursday next, 6th April at 7pm. We hope you can come in and view the work of these talented artists.
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.
In conjunction with ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ we will have a ‘Lá Glas’ in the school on Thursday next 16th. All the pupils are encouraged to be dressed up in Green when they come to school on the day.
During the day they will have an opportunity to participate in some Irish damhsa (dancing), ceol (music), amhránaíocht (singing) agus filíocht (poetry).
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,
Gearóid Ó hÉanacháin
P.S. A reminder from the Parents Association that their current fundraising initiative for a signed Irish Rugby Jersey continues during Seachtain na Gaeilge and the raffle tickets will be available from Parents Association volunteers in the school yard before school starts and at pick up times.
Ms O’Neill’s Christmas Play “Jack and the Beanstalk” has been chosen to enter the drama competition in Terenure College on Wednesday 15th March. All pupils must attend on the night. A bus has been organised to take the class there. All pupils mustmeet at the school next Wednesday at 6.45pm wearing their costume.
For any parents who wish to attend, the performance will start at 8:00pm. Other schools will also perform on the night so we will return to the school after all of the performances when the winners are announced. We hope to be back at the school at approximately 9:45pm for you to collect your child
As part of Active Schools, we are holding a Santa Fun run in the school next Wednesday. We are trying to keep active in this cold weather so we are going to do a Santa Fun run around the school yard for a bit of fun.
Infant classes will go out at 11.10 and Senior classes will run at 11.40. If the children could bring a Santa hat and wear a Christmas jumper with their tracksuit bottoms that would be great .
Our Yellow Flag programme, which promotes inclusivity and celebrates the diversity in our school, is in full swing again this year. We are currently working through the steps towards being awarded our first Yellow Flag and all the children have been busy completing work in their classrooms.
Several classes are participating in the Someone Like Me art competition which is sponsored by the Department of Justice and Equality. This fantastic competition aims to promote disability awareness among primary school children and give them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities. Someone Like Me allows children to learn about and discuss these topics and creatively express what they’ve learned through art.
First and Second class have been looking at what makes each child in the class an individual and have completed self-portraits highlighting their individuality. They have also completed an Intercultural Flower which shows the different nationalities represented in their class.
First Class have been learning sign language as part of ISL Awareness week and can now use basic signing with each other.
Here is a small sample of the amazing work going on in our school to celebrate the diversity in our community!
As part of our History course this year we have been learning about Early Christian Ireland. We visited the National Museum to see examples of the art, metalwork and clothing from that time. The children completed the Treasury Trail, saw the Ardagh Chalice and Tara Brooch and made Celtic Patterns using chalk rubbings. The weather was fantastic and we finished our visit with a picnic in St. Stephen’s Green.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
As part of our Yellow Flag Diversity Programme we celebrated Chinese New Year in Our Lady’s at the beginning of February. We are lucky enough to have thirteen Chinese students as part of our school community and they gave a wonderful assembly to the rest of the school which explained about why Chinese New Year is celebrated and how important it is in Chinese culture. All of the classes produced amazing artwork and learned about China and Chinese culture and traditions. Many thanks to the parents and students who helped make the week such a special experience.
In response to many requests from parents I have organised for Colm McKay from the local Primary Care Centre to run the Incredible Years Parenting Programme in Our Lady’s. This programme is usually only run twice a year in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area so we are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to participate as places are highly sought after.
This programme is usually only run twice a year in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area so we are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to participate as places are highly sought after.
The Incredible Years (for children 5-12) is a programme focused on strengthening parenting skills (monitoring, positive discipline, confidence) and fostering parents’ involvement in children’s school experiences in order to promote children’s academic, social and emotional competencies and reduce conduct problems.
The course will take place in the school kitchen on Wednesday mornings at 10.00-12.00 a.m. for six weeks and will start next Wednesday 13th April. The final session will take place on 25th May. Parents must commit to attending all six sessions.
Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a lottery basis if there are too many applications. If there is a special reason you would like to attend the course or would like more information please contact me directly on 086-3510106 or see me in school.
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: email@example.com
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.
We really enjoyed typing up our Halloween Poems using Microsoft Word 2013 and after typing and selecting cool fonts we inserted pictures from the internet into our completed poems. Then we uploaded them on to Google Drive. Here are some examples, Enjoy!!!
We are very proud of our finished PowerPoints. After completion we uploaded them onto our 5th and 6th class Google Drive where we share all of our completed ICT work . We can then log in from school or home to look at our work and show our parents! Here are a few examples of our finished work! Enjoy!
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics in our school. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.
In Our Ladys we use the whole digital software range to teach jolly phonics lessons.The Interactive whiteboards in each classroom add new dimensions to instructor-led classroom delivery of Jolly Phonics lessons and using technology in every day teaching has really impacted the children’s learning in a very positive way.
Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing:
1. Learning the letter sounds
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds.
2. Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4. Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
5. Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
This term we have been using ICT to learn about nouns. We are using songs, poems, and other mediums in order to remember key information such as terms. We are using the internet to research the terminology and look up examples of different types of nouns! BBC Bitesize has a fun ‘Nouns and Adjectives’ game where we can put what we have learned into practise!!!
Power Hour is a literacy based hour which is currently being used to teach literacy this term in Miss Lynch’s 1st and 2nd class. It gives the pupils lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency. This is done through station teaching. We have 4 stations – 1 reading station, 1 writing station,1 oral language station and 1 station which deals with word work i.e. spellings, phonics, grammar etc.
There are many positive benefits to this type of approach to literacy. The children are given more opportunities to express themselves orally. Quieter children find their voices in a small group setting and children learning English gain confidence. The teachers have a chance to assess individual needs and to get to know the children better. Small group supervision of writing and phonics/spellings encourages the children to focus and to take more care with their written work.
Our class had great fun this week in Maths using a range of activities to explore the properties of 2D shapes. Our favourite activity was selecting different 2D shapes to make rockets! Here are some examples of our 2D creations!
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.
Miss O’ Loughlin’s Class have been busy this week using the internet to research countries that are in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We are compiling our findings on Power Point , inserting bright images and text ready to present to the class when completed!
We are delighted to announce that this year’s ICT committee will consist of Ella and Chloe from 5th Class and Sara and Katie from 6th Class. They have commenced their fortnightly ICT meetings to discuss ICT progression in Our Ladys and what future ICT plans they have. Look out for their ICT blog on the website!!!
This year Miss Leacy’s 2nd Class and Miss Lynch’s 1st/2nd Class introduced ‘Class Dojo’. We are pleased to report that this excellent technology has gotten an excellent reception from both children and parents in Our Ladys. The teachers display it throughout the day using the interactive whiteboards and the parents can log in at home to follow the class story. ClassDojo replaces classroom management tools and behavior trackers like gold-star charts, with positive feedback and parent communication.
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, …
Art classes are off to a great start with lots of new faces joining Brendan and the group from last year. The classes are very informal and take place on Thursday mornings in the upstairs kitchen. New members are always welcome!
This year we are introducing a new cookery class for parents. Each week a parent (or group of parents) will demonstrate how to cook a traditional meal from their home country. We have families from all around the world attending the school and we are looking forward to sampling many new and delicious dishes. It will be an informal class and everyone is welcome to attend (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc!). If you are interested in taking part in the class please come to a meeting next Wednesday 30th September at 9.15 am in the kitchen. Tea/coffee will be provided.
Brendan, our Artist in Residence, has very kindly offered to continue the art class for parents this year. It was a great success last year and the group exhibited their wonderful paintings in the school. All parents are welcome to attend and Brendan would like to stress that no experience is necessary and that the only requirement is an enthusiasm for learning a new skill. The class is for everyone, especially those who think that they can’t paint! The classes will be free of charge and all materials will be supplied. The proposed time for the classes is Thursday mornings at 9.15 starting Thursday 24th September. Tea/coffee will be provided and we hope the classes will also provide an opportunity to socialise with other parents in a relaxed and informal setting.
If you would like to participate in the class, or just try it out, please come to the kitchen next Thursday morning. Contact Orlaith on 086/3510106 for more information. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
Our Ladys Clonskeagh reopens on Thursday 27th August 2015 at 9.00 AM. We would like to welcome back all of our students and would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new Junior Infants starting this year.
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.
Our Lady’s National School Website has been awarded the prestigious Scoilnet’s Star Site Award for our up-to-date, informative and vibrant web site. The Star Site accolade is presented to schools that display best practice in their website. Well done to all involved in building and maintaining an excellent school website.
The annual Spring Clean will take place tomorrow the 28th of April, between 9:00am and 1:45pm. Some of the areas include the Patrick Doyle Road, the River Dodder, the Luas area as well as rubbish collection from around the school grounds. The children from each class will be participating and all parents are welcome to come along and help out!. Any extra assistance would be greatly appreciated, particularly from 1:00-1:45pm along Patrick Doyle Road and the Dodder which requires a much more extensive clean up.
We are delighted to have our annual Book Fair in the school this week. The children will be looking at the books and reading a snippet of some stories and chosing books they’d like. The children can buy books on Friday by bringing money to school. Parents are invited to have a look at our fair between 900-930am and 130-230 on Friday 24th pf April and can purchase any of the fantastic books the fair has to offer.
The fifth and sixth class children are eagerly preparing for their sacrament of Confirmation which will take place on Saturday the 25th of April. The Ceremony will begin at 11 o’clock in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Bird Avenue. The children are enjoying this special time and school as they prepare for this momentous day in their lives. We hope that you will join with us in this joyful celebration.
This Tuesday 24th of March all parents are welcome to attend the knitting exhibition between 11 and 12.00pm. The children have created some beautiful woollen creations with Sr Nora and her knitting team, which will be on display and there will be tea and coffee available also.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Lá Glas which was held on Monday the 16th of March for Seachtain na Gaeilge. We had great fun singing and dancing at the Céilí, in addition to dressing in green to celebrate the day. Bhi craic agus ceoil againn!
Our 3rd and 4th Class students were short-listed for the Bord Gáis Student Theatre Awards for their performance in ‘ Cinderella and Rockerfella’. We wish them the best of luck on Wednesday the 4th of March when they attend the awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis!