Parent Newsletter Thursday June 21st and 2018/19 Calendar

Parent Newsletter  Thursday June 21st

School Calendar  for 2018/19. Please see overleaf the school calendar for 2018/19. School reopens on Thursday August 30th. Parents are reminded about the importance of coinciding  family-holidays with  the school calendar.  You will also see on the calendar the dates for our Human Rights Fortnight, STEM Week, Feile na Gaeilge, Community Week and Get Active Week, plus the dates for the two ten-week cycles of  Autumn and Spring/Summer After School Clubs.

Next  Year’s  Teachers? The children will be informed as to  who will be teaching them next yeat at 11.45 on Friday June 29th, and  simultaneous to this  a document will be posted on the website for parents to see. We look forward to a great year in the school over 2018/19.

6th Class  Graduation  The graduation ceremony for this  year’s two sixth classes will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday June 26th ( 10.30am to 11.30am followed by light refreshments). Parents and siblings are invited to this ceremony.

Parent Association: The Parent Association  are facilitiating a Pyjama Day in the school on Thursday June 28th. This is a normal school day, but the children can wear Pyjamas ( over their normal clothing).  The family may  make a  financial contribution  to the Parent Association ( the PA will distribute a special envelope, the donation can be put in that envelope and on Thursday morning the teachers will collect and  send those envelopes down to the PA in the school office). This is an opportunity for parents to make a contribution to the financial fundraising of the Parent Association, who in turn contirbute 4000euro to the school annually  to  part-fund our  Get Active Week, Arts Week,  Feile na Gaeilge and Human Rights Month which benefits all of the children in the school.

School Self Evaluation  A full report on  the School’s Self Evaluation has been prepared and will be brought to the Board of Management for their final meeting of the 2017/18 school year next week. This will be available to parents  in the SSE folder in the school foyer as is customary and on the school website.  In summary , the SSE reports outlines progress made in the school over the 2017/18 in key areas of Literacy, Numeracy and Addressing Disadvantage, as well as spelling out targets for 2018/19.  For 2018/19 the school is focusing on two specific aspects of improvement, based on our School Improvement Plan 2016- 2021:

  • Critical Thinking ( the analytic skills , the language skills,  the comprehension skills and  communication skills associated with thinking critically in the fields of Literacy, STEM, Arts,  Ethics and SESE subject areas) This will be enabled by the schools participation in the DES’s School Excellence Fund
  • Arts Education ( improvement of the teaching/learning in specific aspects of Arts education; visual arts, music, drama and dance) This will be enabled by the school’s participation in the Creative Ireland; Creative Schools

And finally………..

We sincerely hope that your children have had a very successful and happy  2017/18 school year  in Balbriggan Educate Together. There have been many ‘highs’ throughout the year culminating in our Celebration of  Teaching and Learning Day recently.  I wish to thank the  vast vast majority of parents who support the school in our endeavour and we look forward to a great 2018/19 school year, your support and positivity is gratefully received.   Yours Sincerely, Fintan ( Principal)

Calendar for 2018/19 School Year:

Thursday 30th August :School opens for children 8.40am (Normal full school day 8.40am to 1.20pm SI or 2.20pm 1st to 6th, Junior Infants 8.40am to 11.30am until Monday 10th September when it reverts to normal day 8.40am to 1.20pm)

Autumn Club Registration :Tuesday  September 25th  7.30pm ( Clubs from weeks beginning  Monday October 1st to Monday December 10th )

Human Rights Fortnight: Monday 15th October to Friday 26th October

Monday October 29th to Friday November 2nd:School Closed  Mid Term Holiday

STEM Week :Monday 26th November to Friday 30th November

Winter Concerts:Wednesday 19th December

Friday December 21st: 12noon  school closes, reopens Monday  January 7th 8.40am

Parent teacher meetings:2.30pm to 4.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12th, 13th and 14th February

Monday February 18th to Friday February 22nd: School closed Mid term Holiday

Spring/Summer Clubs Cycle: Registration Tuesday March 12th 7.30pm. Clubs from weeks beginning Monday March 18th to Monday June 3rd

Feile na Gaeilge: Monday March 11th to Friday March 15th

Monday March 18th:Public holiday

Friday  12th April 12noon:School closed for Spring Holiday. Reopens Monday 29th April 8.40am

Monday May 6th: Public holiday

Community Week : Monday May 13th to Friday May 17th

Monday June 3rd and Tuesday June 4th: School closed, short mid-term holiday

Get Active Week:Monday June 10th to Friday June 14th ( including Sports day on Wednesday June  12th)

6th Class graduation:Tuesday June 25th

Friday June 28th:12 noon  school closes  for summer holiday



Get Active Week and Sports Day

Parent  Newsletter Wednesday June 6th  Get Active Week Special

Get Active Week 2018  is here!

The aims of Get Active Week are: To provide the children with multiple opportunities to  learn the value and fun of physical activity, to encourage them to find their own preferences and likes  for what kind of physical activities  they might enjoy and undertake independently, to learn about wellbeing-through-sport, healthy eating,  health-and-safety-in-sport, water-safety and develop  team-skills

Here’s some highlights of the week ( where off-campus trips are involved, a more detailed note will be sent home in advance)

Wednesday 13th

Sports Day for All

Venue: The Soccer Pitch at Bremore Castle

All school day. All parents and extended family welcome.


The ‘races’ aspect of the day will be:

10.15 to 11.15 for  Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd

11.30 to 12.30 for 3rd, 4th, 5th and  6th.


The children will also be undertaking further sports activities in the caged AllWeather pitch at the same venue, but  access to this area is exclusively teachers and children.

 Junior and Senior Infants The JI and SI classes have a bumper–week ahead  with  a visit to the wonderful DP Gymnasitcs venue  for some top-class Gymnastics instruction, and a further trip to Slieve Gullion ( County Armagh) for a day of  adventure and mythology in this  awesome place. In-school the children will also enjoy a multisport  Olympics competition, a parachute game. Tennis, relay racing, rugby, majorettes ( SI only)  and hurling
1st and 2nd   A visit to the DP Gym for  some gymanstics coaching. Plus in-school introduction to Musical Theatre, Irish Dancing, Badminton with Paddy , Orienteering, Relay races, Unihockey, a multisport Olympics,  Ultimate Frisbee, majorettes, Hurling, Yoga ( 2nd only)  and Circuits ( 2nd only) and Tug-O-War
 3rd   Off campus, the children will be doing an adventure sports morning in Malahide Castle and Swimming  and Water safety . In-school they’ll have  tennis, tabletennis, circuits, GAA, Yoga,  Unihockey, Jiu-Jutsu, Irish dancing .


4th Off campus, there’s a GAA Blitz and Cricket. In-school there’s circuits, tabletennis, orienteering, rugby, badminton with paddy, tennis, unihockey, karate, Jujutsu, and  Basketball
5th and 6th Off-campus, theres a GAA Blitz and Cricket and FlagFootball. In school, there’s  BodyWeight, Rugby, TableTennis, Mindfulness,  Orienteering, Badminton with paddy, a EROS2018 competition, Circuits and Taekwondo.


  • there’ll also be the play-offs and Finals of the lunctime basketball competition that has been running all term ,there’s also rumours of a Teachers V Students basketball showdown

Also   here’s a Family Quiz to get everybody in the mood for the week:       ( please return this page to the school on or before  9.00am on Monday June 11th ) . Family cinema-ticket for the winner.

Child’s Name: _______________________________________________Class?____________

Question 1   Michael D Higgins , President of Ireland, is also a former Chairman of which League of Ireland soccer club?   _______________________________________________

Question 2  Which country does the Martial Art of  Taekwondo originate  from? _____________

Question 3  Which country does Jiu-Jutsu originate from?   _______________________________

Question 4  Who are Dublin’s opponents in the Leinster Senior Football championship on Sunday June  10th in Croke Park?  _______________________________________________________

Question 5   Our brilliant Girl’s Under 13 team won the Cumann na mBunscoil  All Dublin Sprint  relay in the Morton Stadium , name the 5 girls ( first names only) _____________________________________________________________________________

Question 6  What nationality is men’s Tennis champion Rafael  Nadal? _____________________

Question 7  Name the three other countries in England’s World Cup ( Russia 2018) group?  _______

_______________________________________. And will you be cheering for England?  ________

Question 8  The Parent Association’s Fun Run fundraiser for Parents/Families takes place at the Millfield Shoppping Centre on Sunday July 16th at 1pm ?  What distance?   ________________

Question 9  Who is the international Badminton Coach who will be coaching the children over Get Active Week ?   ( first name only) ___________________________________________________

Question 10   Which teacher in the school plays basketball for  the Renegades?   ____________

Tie breaker: How much money has the school spent on this year’s Get Active Week ?  ________