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School girls soccer league begins…

The girls started their campaign with nil all draw. The girls played soccer in Marley Park on Wednesday the 20th of March. They were playing against Taney primary school.  The girls played valiantly against the opponents but neither could score a goal against each other. Our striker Grace in 6th class was awarded player of the match for her determination  on and off the Ball. Although Graces triumph, it was a close one between everyone who played on our side. The girls now look forward to their next match against Taney on the 1st of April.


3-points up for the girls!

The game kicked off in Leicester Celtic at  2:45 last Monday the 1st of April to see who would win the 3 points for the league. It was the girls vs Mt.Anville. It was close for the first few minutes of the match but then the girls came out on top after Grace scored a goal from Alice’s Cross. There were lots of opportunities for us to get ahead. From that point on things just got better and we ended up scoring two more goals and winning 3-1. Mt.Anville fought hard to scrape back the Victory but because of our solid back line they only managed to lob 1 past us. The player of the match for our side was Sinead and Rachel for their extreme effort on the pitch.


3 Out of 4 games played


It was an unfortunate result for our girls yesterday the 9th of April When they played St.Attractas down in Nutgrove Park.  Although the score line was 2-0 It doesn’t display the effort shown on the day by the Divine Word girls. The other team went 2 up in the first half, and although we tried to change the tides in the second half, our sheer hard work and determination was prevented by St.Attractas that did well to keep us out. It was a great team effort by all but we will go again in two weeks time after Easter where we are due to play Loreto Crumlin.

By Rowan Kelly

Enrolment Applications Letter

Divine Word School,  Marley Grange

Enrolment Applications –    September 2018

Dear Parents / Guardians,                                                                                                                    5th November 2018

You are now invited to apply for places in the school during the months of November 2018 to January 25th 2019 for New Pupils in September 2019.   This applies to pupils starting in Junior Infants. Early application is advisable as places are limited.

Children new to our parish who may wish to attend other classes in the school
A small number of vacancies exist in a few classes only.
Applications for these classes will be accepted up to September 2019.  (Vacancies permitting!)

1Application FormsShould be filled in, at the school, during the hours:-
9.00am - 12.00pm any school day.
OR online download from our website
NEW FAMILIES APPLYING: If living in Catchment Area, Proof of Address required i.e.: TWO ORIGINAL utility bills in parent’s name (first and surname) dated within the previous 3 months.
(Mobile Phone Bills not acceptable)
Spot checks/visits may be made by the school to verify proof of residence in the Catchment Area.
2Birth CertificateEach application must be accompanied by a Birth Certificate.
3Stamped, Self Addressed EnvelopePlease bring along a stamped self-addressed envelope (4” x 8” please) to facilitate confirmation of successful applications.


Some of your neighbours may wish to enrol their children in the school but may not receive this notice.  Please do them and us a good turn by bringing the contents of this notice to their attention.

Existing Pupils

There is no need for existing pupils to re-enrol.

In view of the anticipated demands, we shall not be able to assure you of acceptance until all the applications have been received.   Priority is given to children of the Parish and brothers and sisters of those already attending the school.   Then places will be allocated to children according to age and catchment area.

Closing date and time for applications is 2.00pm on 25th JANUARY  2019. Applications forms received after this time and date will be considered as late applications.  Please see our enrolment Policy on the school website  (Click on Board of Management).

In light of the recent Admissions Bill our Enrolment Policy is under review by the Board of Management and will soon be available on the school website.  However, the following are the Categories for enrolment in the school:-

Category 1:Siblings of current children in Divine Word NS and children of current staff.
Category 2:Children in the catchment area.
Category 3:Children of Past Pupils not in catchment area.
Category 4:Children from outside the catchment area.

All Categories will be in Date of Birth order.

First offers will be sent out at the end of February/ early March.  Should your initial application not be successful, we will keep it on our files and every effort will be made to find a place for your child in our school.

With all good wishes.

John Williams


Three wins for the Girls Gaelic Football Team! – by Rowan Kelly
Three wins for the Girls Gaelic Football Team! – by Rowan Kelly

Triple treat

A successful week for the girls Gaelic football team with 3/3 wins.

The first match took place in bushy park where the girls got their first win.

The Divine Word side were intimidated by their opponent’s side but it didn’t stop the forward line from pushing several points past them.


The second match was only 24 hours later on the same playing field but that didn’t stop them from bringing home yet another win.


The third and final match was in S.t Enda’s park where the girls fought hard for the last win of the week.


Among the heroes of the week were Katie, Ciara and Roslyn. Over the three days the score line totaled double figures. Divine word congratulates everyone involved, It only uphill from now on!


A special thanks to Roslyn in Mr Reilly’s class for speaking with us this week.

Written by Rowan Kelly.


Our New Junior Infants
Our New Junior Infants

Welcome to our new Junior Infants.

Newsletter June 2016

Divine Word School, Marley Grange


Dear Parents/Guardians                                                                                                   21st June 2016


As we approach the end of another school year, I would like to thank you all – parents, staff and children – for making this another happy and successful year in the Divine Word School.   2016 saw the completion of our new building and the official opening in January was a day in which the whole school community came together to celebrate the wonderful atmosphere and learning that goes on here in Divine Word.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the project and I think you will agree, we now have a wonderful new building which replaces the prefabs we had for many years.


Before the end of the school year is upon us, I would like to welcome back Ms Murphy and Ms Gallaher from their maternity leave and wish Ms Mullin and Ms McGrane all the very best as they commence their maternity leave. A big thank you to Mr Nolan who was covering for Ms Murphy’s class. I would also like to congratulate Ms Hayes who was recently appointed as a permanent teacher on the staff.  We also wish our SNAs Mrs Walsh and Mrs O’Connor the very best as they commence job sharing in the next school year.


As we come to the end of another fruitful and busy school year we would like to wish our two 6th classes the very best of luck as they move on to Secondary schools.



The school will close at 12 NOON on Tuesday June 28th for the summer holidays and will re-open on Wednesday August 31st at 8.50am (9.30am for NEW Junior Infants).

School Calendar 2016 – 2017


October Mid-term:                        October 31st – 4th November (Inclusive)

Christmas Holidays:           23rd December – 6th January re-open Mon 9th January 2017

February Mid-term:                        Monday February 20th to Friday February 24th (Inclusive) 

St Patrick’s Day                   Friday, 17th March

Easter Holidays:                   10th April  to 21st April  re-open Monday 24th April

May Public Holiday:                       Monday May 1st 

June Public Holiday:          Monday 5th June

School Closed:                    Tuesday 6th June

Summer Holidays:               Closing, Friday June 30th



6th Class Graduation:

Our 6th class graduation will take place on Monday June 27th at 7.30pm in the Church.   All are welcome to the school hall afterwards for refreshments kindly provided by the Parents’ Association.


Zero Absences:

Congratulations to all those pupils who received zero absence awards this year – 60 in total. Our attendance record for the year was 96.3%.  Well done to parents and children.


Green Schools:

We are very proud to announce that we received our 6th Green Flag for Global Citizenship at a recent Award Ceremony in The Helix.   Congratulations to our Green School Co-ordinator, Ms McGrane, and to our Green Schools Committee and we would like to thank them for all their hard work during the past year.




‘Signing Out’:

I would like to remind you that children must be ‘signed out’ at Reception if leaving the school during the day. This must be done by a parent or responsible adult over 18 years of age and who is known to the school.


Past Pupils:

Many congratulations to all our past pupils who received awards and prizes in many of the secondary schools in the area. We are very proud of you all.  We would like to wish all our past pupils well in their various state exams.


Internet Safety:

Many thanks to all who turned up for the Internet Safety and awareness talk given by Zeeko International. It was truly a very informative evening.  Many thanks to Ms Bracken for organising the event and to our P.A. for funding it.


Marley’s Got Talent:

Once again this day was one of the highlights of the childrens’ year and it is a great opportunity for our children in 3rd – 6th to display their wide range of talents.  A special “Míle Buíochas” to Ms Ní Threasaigh and Mr Lynch for organising this annual event.


Language and Literacy Curriculum:

During the next school year we will be introduced to a new Language and Literacy Curriculum encompassing both English and Irish. The teaching staff in the school have already received an Introductory In-service day.  The focus for the school year 2016-2017 will be on Oral Language and teachers will receive one day’s In-service on this aspect of the curriculum.  Further details can be found on or


School Library:

We would like to thank our cohort of parent volunteers who have been working hard to upgrade and re-organise our school library.   We thank Ann O’Regan, Zeena Ali, Sinéad Kelleher, Simon Suttle and Ruth Cronin.  Míle Buíochas also to Ms Ní Threasaigh for all her hard work in co-ordinating this project.

Library Books and Class Readers:

We would ask that you do a search of the house to see if you have any school library books or supplementary readers lying around. If so, could you return them to the class teacher as soon as possible.


Feis Maitiú:

Many congratulations to all our winners in the Feis Maitiu…too many to mention!!

Well done to their drama teacher, Ms Croine Flaherty.


Santry Sports:

This year’s Santry Sports produced 3 Bronze medals for the Divine Word Athletes.  Well done to all our medallists: Sophie Burns – 600m : Aaron Foley – Shot Putt  and Sam Fitzgerald – High Jump.

Congratulations to all our athletes who took part and thank you to all their coaches and SNAs. Dublin Community Games: Congratulations to Cate Diamond (Age 6) in Ms Larkin’s class who recently won the U8 Gold in swimming and to Tommy Cullen who won Gold in the Boys 60m hurdles.



Well done to all our G.A.A. teams who made us very proud once again this year. Congratulations to our Camogie Team who won the Final of the Girls Shield Sciath Haughey on June 20th in Croke Park.  Our supporters were fantastic on the day and thanks to all the parents and grandparents who supported the team throughout the season!   A big thank you to their coaches Mr Conlon and Ms Mullin.



Congratulations to our Girls Soccer team who reached wonderful heights and won the Final of their League on June 8th at Peamount United FC in Newcastle.

A big thank you to their coaches Ms Hynes, Mr Mangan and Mr Nolan.


Sports Days:

We were very lucky this year with the weather on our Sports Days. Both days were a tremendous success thanks to the hard work and co-operation of our teaching staff.

A special thanks to Mrs McDonnell, Ms Hynes and Ms Ní Threasaigh and all the teachers for organising both days and a special Go Raibh Maith Agaibh to our Parents’ Association for organising the fruit and liquid refreshments for both parents and children.  Well done to those Mammies and Daddies who took part in the parents’ race.

Spelling Bee

Many congratulations to Taiga Murray (6th Class) who represented us so well in the Spelling Bee competition.   Taiga came 2nd in the Dublin Final – a wonderful achievement.  Thanks to Ms Basquel for organising this event.


Quiz Teams

Well done to our Credit Union Quiz team and the South Dublin Library Quiz team who represented us so well this year. Many thanks to their coaches Mr Timmons, Ms Hayes, Ms Brennan and

Mr Nolan.

Lost Property:

We have lots of unclaimed lost property in the school. Please call to the school to see our caretaker John, before the end of the school year to claim any lost jumpers, tracksuit tops and jackets.

Student Council:

A special thanks to all the members of our student Council who did Trojan work during the year. Well done to their mentors, Ms Larkin and Ms Hayes.

Parents’ Association:

We would like to thank most sincerely our Parents Association who did so much fundraising for us during the year. The P.A. presented the school with a cheque for €17,500 for extra school resources and a cheque for €2,000 towards future building initiatives.  At their recent AGM they also presented a cheque for €8,000 towards the Special Education Department in the school.   We would like to thank the outgoing Chairperson Mrs Hazel Mander, for all her support and hard work during the year and congratulate the new committee under the leadership of Mrs Keri Hoffman and Mrs Aoife Owens.  Hazel’s energy and enthusiasm was infectious and she has helped us to purchase extra equipment to enhance the learning in the school.    We look forward to the continued support and co-operation of the P.A. in the next school year.


Sr Veronica:

We would also like to thank Sr Veronica for her endless devotion to the children in the school.  As you know, Sr Veronica retired some years ago yet she continues to provide Learning Support to a number of children in the school.  She also helps with numerous Religious activities during the year. Míle Buíochas Sr Veronica!


A big thank you to all the parents who helped this year with school tours. Your presence was an invaluable help to the children and teachers – hope you didn’t need too many headache tablets!!


On behalf of myself and the staff in the school I would like to wish you all a restful summer with,

I hope, continuous good weather!! See you all on Wednesday August 31st.


Yours sincerely


John Williams, Principal