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.

 

 

Knitting Exhibition

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).


				
					

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


 

 

French Lessons (1st -6th Class)

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.

Sports Day

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.

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 www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. 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

 

 

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

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: 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.

Coffee Morning and Bake Sale

The Parent Association are holding a coffee morning and cake sale this Friday the 13th Nov. at 9.15. We are hoping to raise funds to buy new blinds for the classrooms, we are also fundraising for Windy Arbour Village Association (WAVA) who are hoping to erect 10 heritage maps in the area showing important places in the history of Dundrum, Milltown, Clonskeagh and Windy Arbour.

WAVA have been instrumental in a number of Neighbourhood initiatives including the new playground near the school.

People can support the coffee morning and cake sale by donating cakes, attending and buying a nice Friday treat or if you can’t attend but would like to donate we can accept financial donations sent in with the children. For parents who would like to make a direct donation and would like receipts we will have a receipt book available.

WAVA proposed Heritage Map

WAVA proposed Heritage Map

Some more information on the WAVA Heritage Map

The Map will stretch from Milltown to Dundrum, showing historic and scenic locations like the packhorse bridge along the Dodder and up to Goatstown. It will explain how sites like Casino on Bird Avenue and Roebuck House in Clonskeagh are connected with historic figures like  Maud Gonne, Sean MacBride, Robert Emmet and our 1916 hero Patrick Doyle.

Halloween Disco

The Parents Association are organising a Halloween fancy dress disco between 2-4pm Saturday the 31st October. Entrance fee is €4, under 2 years of age and adults are free. The disco is open to children 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Teas/coffees and baked goods will also be available to purchase. There will be prizes for most original disco dancing and for funniest/original costume in both children and adult categories.

Looking forward to seeing you all there for a fun afternoon supporting the school, disco dancing and socialising with the school community.

St Tiernan’s Open Evening

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

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

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

Looking For School Uniforms?

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 !

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.

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!

Christmas Concert 2014

All of  the children from Junior & Senior Infants along with Ms O’Loughlins First Class will have their performance at 1pm on the 17th of December. Al of the  other children will perform at 7:00pm that evening.

Halloween

Halloween Break

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

Summer Camp Going Ahead

We are delighted to announce that there has been a fantastic response to the Summer Camp and it will go ahead this year. We would appreciate payment in full by Friday 20th June. The cost is €50 per child and for a family €40 per child.