Friday 31st January


Grandparents Day tomorrow (31st January) at 11:30am. Prayer Service at 11:30am. Grandparents are invited to visit the classrooms between 12:00 and 1:00pm.

Cake Sale

The Cake Sale is for pupils and grandparents tomorrow. All pupils are encouraged to donate some items to the sale and are also invited to bring in some money to purchase an item. Coins rather than notes are greatly appreciated.

Thank you as always,

Edel Collins


Goal Jersey Day

Jersey day
Jersey day

On Tuesday 15th October, we will be taking part in a Goal Jersey Day fundraising campaign. Students and Staff can wear their favourite team’s colours in an effort to raise funds for GOAL. The recommended donation is €2.00.

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.



We were lucky to team up with Hockey Ireland to try out their Tricks4Sticks programme for Primary Schools. Classes from 2nd through 6th had the opportunity of completing a 5 week programme in Hockey Skills. The course provided the children with an opportunity to improve lots of their fundamental movement skills, including running, side stepping, dodging and striking with an implement.

The children had a ball with their instructor, Aran who took them through their paces! Huge thanks to Hockey Ireland for selecting our school.


Strech -n-Grow

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.

Thank you.

Christmas Variety Concert

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.

Pyjama Day

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.

Junior & Senior Infants

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.

After School Drama

Drama: For those who’ve registered for after school drama, classes will commence this Wednesday 13th September.Juniors ( 6-8 years)Time: 2:40 – 3:40pm. Seniors (9 -12 years) 3:40 – 4:40pm.



Swimming (Ms Frie)

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
this day.

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.

Thank you

Ms Friel



Active School Week

Active school week will be taking place from 24th – 28th April.

Pls ensure your child wears school tracksuit and runners all this week as they will be participating in sporting events.

Tuesday 25th April/ Theatre Company

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Heneghan

Parents Association Committee/Sports Day

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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 before Friday the 28th of April. 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 please contact Mairead Gabbett 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 Sponsorship forms are available from the PA. Thank you for all your help and support The Parent Association Committee

3rd Class (Mr Heneghan)

Mr Heneghan’s Third Class will be visiting Irish Film Institute tomorrow 6th April to see a viewing of Swallows and Amazons. The class will be travelling by Luas and leaving at 9:00am.

French Lessons 1st – 6th Class

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.
Yveline Feval.

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.



Parents Art Exhibition

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.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Gerard Heneghan                                      Brendan White

Principal                                                       Artist



Ms O’Neills (3rd & 4th Class) Drama Competition

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 must meet 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

Grandparents Day

6th March 2017

Dear Grandparents,

You are cordially invited to our Grandparents Day in the school on 15th March between 10:30 and 12:30pm. Refreshments will be provided on arrival, followed by a prayer service and assembly.

All Grandparents will then have an opportunity to visit their grandchilds’/grandchildrens’ class.

We look forward to meeting you all on 15th.



Please return this letter filled out promptly by Friday 10th March as we need to confirm numbers attending.


I will attend Grandparents Day


Number of visitors:



I am unable  to attend Grandparents Day






National Museum Visit

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.

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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

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.

Chinese New Year

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.

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Incredible Years Parenting Programme

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.

Orlaith Regan, HSCLC

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: (My Shepherd is the Lord and I’m Sorry God) (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:

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.

Role of the I.C.T Committee

The role  of our  I.C.T. committee :

  • Attend regular meetings to discuss I.C.T in Our Ladys.
  • Put forward their opinions about how they think things are progressing and offer new suggestions related to I.C.T.
  •  Maintain and update  the website.
  • Take photos of important school events which they can then upload onto the site.
  • Share their knowledge and skills within the classroom when working on various I.C.T projects
  •  Help organise events related to I.C.T within the school e.g. Internet Safety Awareness Day.
  • Help in the maintenance of  class  laptops ensuring they are shut down properly, that they are stored safely and are fully charged at all times.
  • Report any problems encountered.
  • Ensure whiteboards are being switched off when not in use.

Some Examples of our finished PowerPoints!

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!


Ireland’Rugby World cup 2015

New zealand ML

France SK

Argentina katie and max


Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics for Infants

Jolly Phonics Logo

What is Jolly Phonics?

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.

3. Blending

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.

Using ICT to teach Grammar

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.

See PowerHour in action in our calss

2D Shape Fun

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!


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

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.

Rugby World Cup ICT Projects

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!

Class Dojo

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. dojoClassDojo replaces classroom management tools and behavior trackers like gold-star charts, with positive feedback and parent communication.

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

Maths 4 Fun in Senior Infants

Maths 4 Fun started in Ms. O’Neill’s class this week and will continue for another three weeks. All the children and parents really enjoyed playing  the new games and sharing a learning experience. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to take part and for those who are unable to make it please let Ms. O’Neill know if you would like to borrow any of the games to play at home.



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International Cookery Group

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.



Oil Painting with Brendan

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.

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Looking For School Uniforms?

The school partner for uniforms, the Schoolwear House is launching its new website

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.

Scoilnet’s Star Site Award

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.

Read their fantastic review here.

National Spring Clean

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.

Book Fair!

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.IMG_4767 IMG_4768 IMG_4768 IMG_4767


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.

Knitting Exhibition


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.

Bord Gáis

Well done to 3rd and 4th Class who were finalists at  the  Student Theatre Awards.  The class  had a fantastic day out at the Bord Gáis and are very proud of their achievement and beautiful plaque!


Easter Holidays

The school will be closing at 12pm Friday the 27th March 2015 and reopening Monday 13th of April 2015 for the Easter holidays.

Art Exhibition

This Wednesday (4th March) at 6pm,  our school artist Brendan will host an exhibition of the parents’  amazing art work in the school hall.  You are all welcome to attend !

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Once again, some of the children in our school participated in the Christmas Shoe Box appeal. We know that the lucky children who receive these wonderful gifts from the children in our school are delighted with their gift. Thank you to all who participated for showing such kindness and generosity.

Tesco Community Fundraiser

We are delighted to have raised €337.62 for participating in the Tesco Local  Community Fundraiser ! We would like to extend our gratitude to all members of the community who supported us and look forward to spending the money on school resources. A large thank you to Tesco also!

Knitting Club

Sister Nora has been hard at work over the last 12 months introducing the craft of knitting to the pupils of Our Lady’s. This highly useful skill has proven most popular with the students. Take a peek here at some of their beautiful creations.

Visit by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny

Last June we had the privilege to welcome An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny to Our Lady’s N.S. to open and art exhibition by the pupils and raise our 4th Green Flag, It was a special day for the whole school community and here are some image from the day. Enjoy.

Our Halloween Costumes!


3rd and 4th class costumes


Halloween Break

The school will be closed from the 27th of October and reopens on the 3rd of November. Enjoy!