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.

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.

Tesco Bag Pack Form

 

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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.

Yellow Flag Intercultural Day 2016

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

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

 

Making the Cut for the Charity ‘Rapunzel’

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your support.

The Big Count: 24th April 2016

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:

  • Visit the helpdesk at census.ie or
  • LoCall 1850 20 16 04.

If you haven’t received your form you can contact the CSO at the above or

  • Freetext the word FORM to 50400

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

Open Day 2016

Parents are cordially invited to the Our Lady’s Open Day 2016 which will take place on the Thursday 25th February from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Take a tour of the school, meet staff and pupils. See some of the wonderful projects that are undertaken at our school. Have a coffee and a chat with parents of current pupils.

If you cannot make it on the day don’t worry, just contact the school clonskeagh.ias@eircom.net office and arrange a time to drop in. We will be more delighted to meet you.

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.

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

Confirmation

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.

Open Day 2015

Our Ladys is looking forward to our annual Open Day which will be held this Friday the 30th January 2015 from 1pm- 2.30 pm . We look forward to welcoming all prospective parents, giving them a flavour of our school,  providing them with all of the  relevant  information and showcasing a range of fantastic activities the children partake in as well as our superb facilities.

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.

Visit by An Taoiseach

We are delighted to inform you that the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny will officially launch our pupils’ Art Exhibition this coming Friday, 20th June in the school hall at 11am. He will also raise our fourth Green Flag during the course of his visit.

We are absolutely thrilled that the Taoiseach is taking time out of his very busy schedule to honour us with a visit at this time. more details to follow shortly regarding the visit.