March 2012

Budgetary Cut-Backs

The Capitation Grant which is paid to schools to defray costs such as heating, cleaning, electricity etc. has been reduced during the past 2 budgets. The Board of Management has addressed the implications of these cut-backs, and it has decided that it will be necessary to organise 1 fund-raising event to ensure that all costs can be met during this school year. There will be a Sponsored Walk on Sunday, 27 May.

Duty of Care / Behaviour in Junior Yard Prior to 8.50 a.m.

This is a reminder with regard to the commencement of the School’s Duty of Care. It is important for parents to bear in mind that they are responsible for their children prior to 8.50 a.m. In this regard, it is worth noting that there have been 2 accidents in the Junior Yard prior to 8.50, both of which were due to boys running in the yard.

Photographs

The taking of class photographs will occur during the first week back in school after the Easter vacation. Please ensure that your son has his full uniform on each day except the PE days

Thanks

  • To the Parents’ Association which donated €3,000 to school funds
  • To the parents who have assisted with transport to Gaelic football, soccer matches and the cross-country races
  • To Fingallians GFC, Fingal County Council and the Leinster Cricket Union, for providing coaching to our pupils.

Post Primary Transfer

Most of the pupils in 6th Class have now obtained places for September 2012 in post primary schools. If parents wish to send their son to Colaiste Choilm, it is essential that they apply as soon as possible because a waiting list system is used. For Fingal Community College and St Finian’s Community College, applications are made when the boys are in 6th Class.

Multi-cultural Day

Congratulations to all who were involved in the Multi-Cultural evening which was held on  Tuesday, 27 March. Thanks very much to the parents who baked/ cooked / assisted at this school event.

Induction Meeting

The Induction Meeting for parents of pupils in the new Junior Infants Classes will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 May.

School Tours

Due to the prevailing economic climate, the school outings which will be held later in the year will be to local destinations thus keeping costs to an absolute minimum.

End of School Year Concerts

Preparations are proceeding apace for the concerts which will be held on 18th, 19th and 20th June. Thanks very much to the members of the school community who have taken advertisements for the concert programme or have indicated a wish to become patrons. All enquiries with regard to advertisements to Mrs Mary Mc Gee or Mrs Margaret Mc Kernan at 01 8405132 or to colmcilles@gmail.com.

Dates for the Diary

  • Ceremony of Light, 1.40 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 April
  • Confirmation, 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 15 May
  • First Holy Communion, 11.00 a.m. on Saturday, 19 May

No Uniform Day

Friday, 30 March will be a no uniform day. If parents/ pupils wish to contribute €1 or more, it will be donated to Trócaire.

Trócaire Boxes

Trócaire boxes are being collected on Friday so it would be appreciated if all boxes could be returned by Thursday.

Uniforms/ Track Suits

Donations of uniforms and tracksuits are always appreciated.

Holiday Arrangements

  • The school will close at 12.00 sharp on Friday, 30 March. On a number of occasions in the recent past, parents have forgotten that the school is closing at 12.00.
  • The school will re-open at 8.50 a.m. on Monday, 16 April.

We take this opportunity to thank the members of the school community for their support and goodwill during the term, and wish you a happy and safe Easter Vacation.

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