March 2013

Budgetary Cut-Backs

The Capitation Grant which is paid to schools to defray costs such as heating, cleaning, electricity etc. has been reduced during each of the past 3 budgets. The Board of Management and Parents’ Association have 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, 9 June 2013. Details with regard to arrangements will follow at a later date.

Change to Mainstream Staffing in 2013/14

Due to a slight fall in the numbers of pupils, there will be 1 less mainstream class in the school for the new school year. The practical impact of this reduction will be that there will be 1 Second Class, 1 First Class and a combined First/ Second Class. More details of this change will be issued in May 2013.

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. and that the children are expected to walk 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 has been very supportive of school events and activities
  • To the parents who have assisted with transport to Gaelic football, soccer matches and the cross-country races
  • To the parents who assisted with the Be Active  sessions for the pupils in 2nd Class
  • To Fingallians GFC and the Irish Hockey Union for providing coaching to our pupils

Post Primary Transfer

Most of the pupils in 6th Class have now obtained places for September 2013 in post primary schools. If parents wish to send their son to Coláiste 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 involved in the Multi-Cultural evening. Thanks very much to the members of our school community 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 Monday, 29 April.

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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.

Dates for the Diary

Confirmation, 11.00 a.m. on Thursday, 2 May 2013

First Holy Communion, 11.00 a.m. on Saturday, 18 May 2013

Talk on Internet Safety

The Parents’ Association has organised a talk in the school hall on Internet Safety for Wednesday, 17 April. More details will be given when the school re-opens after the Easter vacation.

No Uniform Day

Friday, 22 March will be a non- uniform day. If parents/ pupils wish to contribute €1 or more, it will be donated to Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Trócaire Boxes

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

Uniforms/ Track Suits

Donations of uniforms and tracksuits are always appreciated.  There are still some tracksuit bottoms available at the reduced price of €5.

Local History Archive

Work on this project is continuing. If parents/ past pupils have any old photographs which they would like to share, it would be much appreciated if they could be left with Mrs. McGee, our School Secretary, or Mrs. Margaret McKernan.

Holiday Arrangements

  • The school will close at 12.00 sharp on Friday, 22 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, 8 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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