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Parent Newsletter Thursday March 22nd

Parent Newsletter Thursday March 22nd

1 Spring Holiday:   Parents are reminded that the  school closes at 12noon tomorrow ( Friday 23rd) and reopens at 8.40am on Monday April 9th for the Spring Holiday.

2 Congratulations to:

  • All on a very successful Feile na Gaeilge, our best ever. Thank you to the parents for your support for this  event  through dressing up the children on our La Glas, for a  good attendance of parents at our  visiting theatre company, for participating in the Family Trath na cCeist   and for contributing to the very positive atmosphere around the school over the week.
  • Our choirs who were highly commended for their performances at the national Cor Fheile in Tallaght.
  • Our boys and girls soccer teams who acquitted themselves excellently at the recent FAI schools soccer blitz, and our gaelic football teams as they progress through their league, and our cross-country athletics teams as they conclude their busy season.
  • Thank you to all parents for your courtesy and attendance at the parent-teacher meetings. Next year’s Parent-Teacher meetings will take place Tuesday-Thursday February 12th to 14th ( a full calendar for 2018/19 will issue in late June, but please note that the children return to  school for 2018/19 school year  on Thursday August 30th)
  • To our Student Council on their ground-breaking project with  the elderly of Gormanston Woods nursing home.
  • The Parent Association on another successful club-registration night, and to the teachers on offering a comprehensive and exciting clubs programme, and to the children on making  great choices and starting the clubs with fantastic enthusiasm.

3 Some  important  dates for your diary:

  • On Friday May 4th we have our Celebration of Teaching and Learning Day. You are invited to visit the school for an hour or so anytime between 9.00am and 12noon to see presentations of the children’s  academic  and extra-curricular work, Assemblies and to celebrate the raising of our 6th Greeen Flag, our award for Digital Schopol of Distinction and to the launch of our published Writing Our Rights book ( containing children’s work from Human Rights Month). A detailed  brochure for the day will issue nearer the time.
  • Our annual Get Active week takes place from June 11th to 15th , and you are invited to our Sports Day in Bremore Castle Grounds on Wednesday June 13th
  • Our 6th class Graduation takes place on Tuesday June 26th, sixth class parents and grandparents welcome.


  • The annual standardised testing of the children in Literacy and Numeracy will take place on Tuesday to Thursday May 22nd to 24th, please ensure the children are in attendance. The results of these will be published in your annual End-of-year Pupil Progress report issuing  in mid-June.
  • Summer Camps will take place from July 2nd to 13th ( 10am to 1pm each Monday-Friday) a full brochure will issue shortly after our return from the Spring holiday.

4   Monies due; The 140euro for all  your child’s texts,  services  and  requisites for the 2018/19 school year  is due to be paid to the  school  between April 9th  to June 1st. This year we are able to offer an e-payment option, in addition to the traditional cash-payment-to-the-office option. Lorraine ( secretary) will  issue you a link for e-payment via a text message  in due course. Thank you in advance for  making this payment promptly.

Should any child not be returning to us for the 2018/19 school year, or if there is a chance that he/she may not be,  please let me ,  Fintan, Principal,  know  immediately as we have extensive waiting lists of anxious parents/children for each class throughout the school.

5  HSE Dental Services: Parents are reminded that  the Dental forms issued to some classes  by the school and collected by the school  are now in the offices of the local HSE Dental Services where , in due course, they will contact  you with an appointment in their HSE location. The school has no role other than the distribution and collection of these forms.

6 Remainder of the Year:   A detailed calendar including all dates, deadlines, invitations, school-closures  etc for the remainder of the school year will issue  in the first week back after the spring holiday.


Spring/Summer 2018 After School Clubs

Spring/Summer Clubs for 2018

Registration Night Tuesday March 6th, 7.30pm ( details to be sent home on Monday 5th)

Clubs to start week beginning Monday March 12th

Please scroll down to see all clubs for all class  groupings: ( hardcopy to be sent home on Monday)

Junior and Senior Infant Clubs

Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Athletics with Fintan
Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Maths Wizards with Sara
Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Imagination Station with Bronagh
Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Lego with Elaine
Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Drama Fun and Games with Derval
Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20 I love Reading with Roisin
Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20 STEM Club with Bronagh
Wednesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Multisports with Clare
Wednesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Construction Club with Roisin


1st Class and 2nd Class Clubs

Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Junior Lego Club with Sara
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Junior Athletics with Fintan
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Junior Masterchef with Clare
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Animation Club with Pearce
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Monster Maths with Aideen
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Junior Drama Fun and Games with Derval
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Junior Art and Craft with Fiona
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Junior Multisports with Clare
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Needlecraft with Lisa
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 I love drama with Fiona
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Books and Stories with Niamh
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Baking Club with Emma


3rd and 4th Class Clubs

Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Cricket with James
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 (4th Only) Books and Biscuits with Derval
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Young Journalist with Micheal
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 CrossStitch with Lisa
Mondays 2.20 to 3.20 Painting and Sculpting with Fiona
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Senior Art and Craft with Roisin
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Creative  Technology with Bronagh
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Guitar Club with Micheal and Pearce
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Science Exploration with Donal
Tuesdays  2.20 to 3.20 Learn French with Emma
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Senior Lego with Aideen
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Chess Club with Robert and Pearce
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 The Philosophy Radio Club with James
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Making an Book or Comic with Derval
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Tennis Club with Cathal


5th and 6th Class Clubs

Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Cricket Club with James
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Books and Biscuits with Derval
Mondays  2.20 to 3.20 Boardgames with Cathal
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Guitar Club with Micheal and Pearce
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Science Exploration with Donal
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Learn French with Emma
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Youth Zone with Elaine and Kerry
Tuesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Creative Technology with Bronagh
Tuesdays  2.20 to 3.20 TV Gameshow Club with Cathal
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Chess Club with Robert and Pearce
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Tennis Club with Cathal
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 The Philosophy Radio Club with James
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Making a Book or Comic with Derval




Standards of Attainment in Balbriggan Educate Together NS

Fintan ( Principal) hosted a talk to parents in the school last Friday ( Jan 26th) on the topic of  ‘Standards of Attainment ‘ in Balbriggan Educate Together NS. There was a very good attendance of parents and we were also delighted to welcome the 1st year Co-Ordinator teachers from all of the Balbriggan second-level schools.  The talk dealt with  issues of standards of pupil learning, assessment and testing in the school, curriculum and extra-curriculum, standards of teaching and, finally,  the underlying philosophies of the school  in aspiring to bring about optimal outcomes for all the children. There was  some great discussion afterwards  and thanks to all who participated.   An Information Pack  accompanied   the  meeting  and can be requested from Fintan ( Principal) or the school office by any parent who was not able to attend.  The event was hosted by the Parent Association and was preceded by a lovely coffee morning.

Parent Newsletter Thursday January 25th

Parent  Newsletter  Thursday  January 25th

  • Talk for parents on ‘Standards of Attainment in Balbriggan Educate Together NS’

The school’s Parent Association are hosting a coffee-morning followed by a talk by Fintan ( Principal) on the standards of  teaching and learning-attainments  in the school tomorrow ( Friday 26th) starting immediately at 8.40 ( with the talk from 9.15am to 10.15am). All parents welcome.

  • E-payment system We have set up, for your convenience, an e-payment system in the school.  In order for you to be included in this system we must ask you to email the school straightaway on  . When doing so please include the names of your children in the body of the email so that they can be cross-referenced  to the system.  This system, if up and running,  may be of great assistance to you  from April 30th  when the 140euro@child for the  2018/19 school year falls due.


  • Stay Safe Some children  have reported to us  various accounts of persons and  issues that they have faced when walking home from school in recent weeks. At school we will be doing some lessons on  ‘how to keep yourself safe  in public spaces’  and how to report any dangers or issues that arise, should they arise. Could we ask all parents to also go over  with your child/children what your expectations  and ‘rules’ are for  your children when walking to and from school each day.


  • Parent Teacher  Meetings:   We look forward to meeting with you at our forthcoming parent-teacher meetings. By this stage you have received an appointment date/time from the class teachers,  and you have been asked to confirm your attendance at this date/time.  ( if you haven’t  already done so , please do so immediately ). The meeting is accompanied by a comprehensive  written Pupil Progress Report. Please do try to make this appointment as parent-teacher meetings are a very important aspect of  the quality of your child’s progress in  his/her education.


  • Schools Excellence Fund The school has been selected by the Department of  Education Inspectorate for participation in a pilot-initiative titled ‘School Excellence’ . Under this pilot the school will received enhanced funding  to develop and enhance  ‘Critical Thinking across the Curriculum with a particular emphasis  in Maths  and Science, and especially with regards to the  language-skills of children for whom English is a Second  Language’… quite a mouthful !!!!!  but it will be of benefit to all  the children’s learning and attainment for the  three year period of the study. We’re delighted to be involved and look forward to rolling out many actions and initiatives  in this regard.


  • Brian Ruane many thanks to all  those parents who expressed their condolences  to us on the bereavement of our colleague and BOM member,  Brian Ruane. We will continue with a Book of Condolence in the school foyer for  a couple more weeks ( until after the PT Meetings)  for anybody who would wish to record/write  a message.

Bereavement of Brian Ruane

The school are saddened to announce the bereavement, following a sustained illness of Brian Ruane.  Brian gave  twelve years of voluntary service to the governance of the school as a current  Board of  Management  member and  former Chairperson.  Brian contributed hugely to the development of the inclusive and rights-based function and performance of this  school, specifically,  and to the Educate Together movement nationally.

He will be sorely missed in our school and our symapathies go to his wife Beth (teacher in the school), daughter Saorla, colleagues, friends and children. We will remember him formally at our Assemblies, this Monday ( Jan 8th), and look forward to doing a proper remembrance  for his family in the school in due course.