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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tesco Dundrum have offered us the Saturday 1st of October to organise a Bag pack in store to raise funds for the School. A bag pack is a great opportunity for parents and pupils to contribute to the fundraising efforts for the school. We are looking for volunteers to volunteer for 2 hour shifts to pack bags in Tesco Dundrum from 10am in the morning till 6pm.
Last year the Parents Association organised volunteers for two bag pack, one in Tesco Dundrum and the other in SuperValu Churchtown. The parents and pupils who volunteered raised over €3500 for the school which was used to help buy laptops for the pupils and get new blinds in the classroom. This roughly breaks down that for each person that volunteered 2 hours of their time, they typically collected between €50 and €100 euro for the School.
If you are able to volunteer on the 1st of October, please fill out the form below indicating which time suits you best and return to class teacher or Deirdre the school secretary or contact Mairead Gabbett on 0863987561 directly or email email@example.com.
Please return to school by Thursday 29th of September. Thank you for your support.
Printable version of this letter can be found here.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Here is an example of Sara’s fascinating and information rich Power point Presentation! She is really exhibiting her great interest in History which she has been able to integrate with her ICT skills to create such an enjoyable presentation. We hope you enjoy it!!!
Here is a presentation created using PowerPoint by a 6th class student. She used various ICT techniques to insert images, change the font and type up her beautiful work. She thoroughly enjoyed creating this colourful and interesting presentation. Here is a link to the presentation:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday 21st May we were awarded our fourth Green Flag for ‘Travel’. Ms. O’ Neill attended the ceremony in the ‘Helix’ with Jessica O’Hagan, Ben O’ Connell and Helen Wu. We would like to thank the Green Schools Committee, Our Lady’s staff, parents/guardians and last but not least, the pupils of our school. Without their participation in the programme, none of this would have been possible. We are in the process of organising our ‘Flag Raising Ceremony’, which should hopefully take place before the end of June.