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December Newsletter
December Newsletter

Yes!  It’s Christmas agus beidh Daidí na Nollag ag teacht go luath! A number of naughty Elves have already been spotted!!  We are all looking forward to the festive season here in the school and already the children are getting excited as Santa’s visit to the Divine Word NS approaches – and we even have evidence of an elf hiding in the school, on a number of classroom shelves and in my office!!

Our thanks to Sr. Veronica who on a voluntary basis continues to assist us with learning support and the development of our school’s sacred space. A special “thank you” also to Jennifer and Barbara our school secretaries, John, our school caretaker and Paula our tea lady for their invaluable work during the year.

Congratulations to Ms Frawley who recently was a member of the winning Ladies Team in the F.A.I. Cup Final.

A special congratulations to the chairperson of the Board of Management, Prof. Dáire Keogh, on his appointment as President of Dublin City University (DCU).  I know he will being energy and enthusiasm to this position and we wish him well.

We have lots of news and a few dates for your diaries:


Christmas Concerts:      

We will be holding our annual Carol Service in the Church on Wednesday, December 11th at 7.30pm.  Ms Hynes and Mr Timmons’s 5th classes will be leading us in our Carol Service. The children from 3rd, 4th and 6th classes will be singing. You are all welcome to attend and join in on the night.  We will be holding a number of festive events in the school hall.


  • 1st Class:                        “A Present for the Baby”         Friday,     13th Dec at 9:15am
  • Junior Infants: “The Nativity”                         Monday, 16th Dec at 9:15am
  • 2nd Class:                          “It’s a Party”                           Tuesday, 17th Dec at 9:15am
  • Senior Infants: “A Miracle in Town”              Wednesday, 18th Dec at 9:15am


Christmas Holidays:

The school will close on Friday, December 20th at 12 noon and will re-open on Monday, 6th January 2019 at 8.50am.

School Closures for remainder of School Year 2019 – 2020

February Mid-term:                                    Thursday 20th – Friday 21st February (Inclusive)

St Patrick’s Weekend:                                Monday, 16th & Tuesday 17th March

Easter Holidays:                                         6th April till 17th April – re-open Monday 20th April

May Public Holiday:                                  Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th May 

June Public Holiday:                                  Monday 3rd June

School Holiday:                                          Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd June (Inclusive)

Summer Holidays:                                     Closing at 12 noon on, Friday June 26th  


Cake Sale – October 17th  

Well done to our two 6th classes who made a total €2,242.50 on this year’s charity cake sale.  Thank you all for your baking and donation of cakes.  The chosen charities were Epilepsy Ireland, Diabetes Ireland and iCAN – Irish Children’s Arthritis Network and a cheque will be presented to them at our school assembly. Thanks also to Ms Gallaher, Mr Reilly and Mrs Nolan, and all who were involved for their help in organising the event.   Well done Rang 6!!


Christmas Discos

Many thanks to our hard working PA who organised three successful school discos in the school hall.  Everyone had a very enjoyable time and thanks to all those parents who volunteered to be “bouncers”.


Bag Packing

Many thanks to all our parents and children volunteers who recently helped at our bag pack in Supervalu in Churchtown.  Please keep your eyes open for future bag packs.


Student Council

Thank you to our Student Council for all their hard work this year and to their co-ordinators Ms. Pigott and Mr. Mangan.


Green Schools

Our Green Schools Committee continue to help keep the school a Green one and I would like to thank them and their co-ordinator Ms. Larkin for all their hard work.


National Concert Hall November 26th

Many congratulations to our 4th class Choir who took part in a night of festive music and song with the Rathfarnham Concert Band.  We were extremely proud of our Choir who combined with the Choirs of Loreto High School Beaufort, Loreto Primary School Rathfarnham, St Mary’s BNS and Ballyroan Boys’ National School.  Many thanks to Ms. McDonnell, Ms Larkin, Mr O’Connell and Ms McGrath for all their help and assistance during rehearsals and on the night.  Above all a BIG congratulations and míle buíochas to Ms Ní Threasaigh who not only conducted the Choirs on the night but produced the entire performance.  A school full of talent!!



Well done to our boys and girls GAA and Soccer teams who did so well in their respective Cumann na mBunscol leagues this term.  A special thanks to all those parents who assisted with transport and to Mr Reilly,

Mr Timmons, Mr O’Connell, Mr Conlon, Mr. Fallon, Ms. Frawley and Ms Hynes, their ever dedicated coaches.


Library Assistants

A BIG thank you to parents, Simon Suttle, Sinéad Kelleher, Susan O’Keeffe, Ruth Cronin and Tanya Cunningham who have been helping with our library classifications and ‘tidy up’.  Your help is greatly appreciated.


School Email:

Please note that the emails sent from school come from a “No Reply” email address.

Please also ensure that we have an up to date email address and phone number in order to contact you.  It is also important that emergency phone numbers are kept up to date.  Please contact Jennifer or Barbara in the school office.

Junior Infant Applications:

Junior Infant application forms for the school year 2020/2021 are now available from the school office or on our school website .  The closing date for applications is Friday January 10th and 1st round offers will be made by end of January 2019.


Maths Week

Well done to all our children and teachers who took part in our 2019 Maths week.  A particular congratulations to all who took part and are continuing to take part in our MangaHigh Maths challenge.  This has been a very successful programme for those taking part.  Thanks to our Maths co-ordinator Ms. Mahony for her hard work in this area.


Soccer Tournament

Many congratulations to our 6th class soccer team who won the recent Rockbrook Soccer Blitz by beating Ballyroan BNS 4 – 1 in the final.


Anti-Bullying Committee

Our Anti Bully Committee met recently to update our policy in light of the visit last May of Dr. Liam Challenor of the Anti-Bullying Unit in DCU.  Many thanks to our committee of Mr. Williams (Principal), Ms. NíThreasaigh (Deputy Principal), Ms Mahony (Teacher), Ms Gallaher (Teacher), Hazel Mander (Parent), Susan O’Keefe (Parent) and Peter Leonard (Parent and member of the Board of Management).


Junior Infant Classrooms:

We would ask parents/guardians of Junior Infants not to accompany your child into the classroom in the mornings.  By now the children have settled into a routine and are able to enter the classroom on their own and carrying their own bags.   We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.


Yard in the Mornings

We would remind children and parents to adhere to our “lining up” system in the school yards in the mornings and to keep away from the flower beds.


School Closing Times:

The Board of Management wishes to remind you that parents and children should leave the school premises once classes have been dismissed.  Please do not congregate in the yard after school.


We would like to remind you once again to respect the traffic lines/signs around the school and to drive with caution on all approaches to the school in order to provide a safe environment.  We would also ask you to not park in the designated pedestrian areas in the church car park.


Birthday Invitations and Cakes:

We would ask that birthday invitations not be distributed by children in the classrooms.  We would also advise that birthday cakes should not be sent into school. REMEMBER: we are a NUT FREE school.


Our School Website:

Please log onto our school website: for the latest news, information and copies of our newsletter.  Our thanks to Ms Murphy for updating our website.

Dates for the Sacraments:

Confirmation Day:                             Friday, 3rd April 2020

First Holy Communion:                      Saturday, 16th May 2020


Santa’s Visit:

Our Parents’ Association has written to Santa in the North Pole to ask him to visit all the hard working children in the school. They recently got a reply so he has decided to visit us on Thursday, December 19th Ho! Ho! Ho!!  I know that both children and teachers will be looking forward to this visit!!


And finally…….On behalf of myself and all the staff in the Divine Word School, I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. We look forward to working with you and your child(ren) again in 2020 !!

Le gach dea-ghuí i gcomhair na Nollag is na h-athbhliana.

Yours sincerely

John Williams



Newsletter June 25th 2019

Divine Word School, Marley Grange

Dear Parents/Guardians 24th June 2019

Once again we have come to the end of another school year and as we approach it I would like to thank you all – parents, staff and children – for making this another happy and successful year in the Divine Word School.

Before the end of the school year is upon us I would like to wish Mr Reilly the very best for his wedding in July and to Ms Pigott who will also be getting married in early July. I would also like to wish Ms Flynn well as she commences her maternity leave and to congratulate her on the recent birth of her son. I would like to thank Ms Graham and Mr Fallon for covering our leave of absences over the past months.

We wish Ms Murphy and Ms Hayes all the best as they commence a job-sharing arrangement for 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 Friday 28th June for the summer holidays and will re-open on Thursday August 29th at 8.50am (9.30am for NEW Junior Infants).

School Calendar

October Mid-term: October 28th – 1st November (Inclusive)
Christmas Holidays: Closing at 12 noon – 20th December – 3rd January
Re-opens Monday 6th January 2020
February Mid-term: February 20th – 21st February (Inclusive)
St Patrick’s Weekend: Monday, 16th & Tuesday 17th March
Easter Holidays: 6th April – 17th April re-open Monday 20th April
May Public Holiday: Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th May
June Public Holiday: Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd June (Inclusive)
Summer Holidays: Closing, 12 noon on Friday June 26th

6th Class Graduation:
Our 6th class graduation will take place on Thursday 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 – 73 in total.
Our attendance record for the year was 97%. Well done to parents and children.

‘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. I would also like to remind you that older siblings under the age of 18 can collect children from school with written permission from their parents.

Passport Forms:
If you require passport forms signed, please ensure you make an appointment with the school office. Please also note that both parents/guardians must be present to sign their section of the form as the Passport Office do random checks that signatures were witnessed by the Principal.

Past Pupils:
Many congratulations to all our past pupils who received awards and prizes in many of the secondary schools in the area.

Language and Literacy Curriculum:
During the next school year we will be continuing to introduce the new Language and Literacy Curriculum encompassing both English and Irish. The teaching staff in the school have already received In-service days on the oral language, writing and reading strands of the curriculum from Junior Infants to 2nd class. Further details can be found on or We are also re-engaging in the School Self Evaluation (SSE) process with a specific focus on oral Irish and will be incorporating this curriculum into our deliberations and planning.

School Library:
We would like to thank our cohort of parent volunteers who have been working hard in our school library. We thank Simon Suttle, Sinéad Kelleher, Ruth Cronin, Tanya Cunningham and Susan O’Keeffe. 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:
Many congratulations to our Boys Under 12s who won the Gold Cup and Medals in the relay race and to our Under 11s mixed relay team who won Bronze. Congratulations also to Grace Prenter winning Bronze in the Under 13s 600m race and Rebecca Gilna who won Silver in the U12s Hurdles. A big thank you to all their coaches, Ms. Dempsey, Ms. Casey, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Larkin & Ms. Frawley.

A big congratulations to our Girls Camogie team and our Boys Hurling team who did the “double” in Croke Park this year. It was a tremendous achievement and thanks to all our supporters who turned up on the day. A big thank you to their hard working coaches Mr Conlon, Mr O’Connell, Mr Timmons, Mr Reilly and to Ms D Hayes who assisted on the day!

A Big Congratulations to our Senior Boys team who beat Larkhill NS 2 – 0 in their Dublin League Final. A Fantastic Game!! A big thank you to their coaches Mr Mangan, Ms Hynes, Mr O’Connell, Mr Heuston, and Ms Frawley.

Community Games:
Well done to all our pupils who took part in this year’s Community Games – a big congratulations to all our Trophy and medal winners!

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 all the teachers for organising both days and a special Go Raibh Maith Agaibh to our Parents’ Association for organising the fruit for our athletes. Well done to those Mammies and Daddies who took part in the parents’ race.

Active School Week:
This year we had a wonderful Active Schools Week and with good weather to accompany it as well. Children experienced Zumba workouts as well as Tennis demonstrations. Many thanks to
Ms Casey and all our teachers for organising such a successful week.


Many thanks to Ms. Mary Glynn of DCU who continues to provide mindfulness workshops for the children in the school.

Spelling Bee
Many congratulations to Maya Drum (5th Class) who represented us so well in the Spelling Bee competition. Thanks to Ms Hynes for organising this event.

Short Story Competition
Congratulations to Anna Butterly who was runner-up in the RTE children’s Short Story competition – a great achievement.

Quiz Teams
Well done to our Credit Union Quiz team and the South Dublin Library Quiz team who represented us so well this year. Special congratulations to our U13 team who participated in the National Final in the RDS. Many thanks to their coaches Mr Timmons, Ms Gallaher, Ms Hayes and Mr O’Connell.

International Day:
Many thanks to all who were involved in our recent International day. Families from different nationalities put on a wonderful display in the school hall. A particular thank you to Ms Larkin who organised the event.

Anti-Bullying Workshop:
Many thanks to all who attended our Parent’s Workshop on bullying given by Dr. Liam Challenor of Anti-Bullying Unit in DCU. Dr Challenor also gave workshops to the teachers and pupils in the school. Many thanks to our behaviour co-ordinator Ms. Ní Threasaigh for organising this event.

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 €35,000 for extra school resources. At their recent AGM they also presented a cheque for €5,000 towards the Special Education Department in the school. We would like to thank the outgoing Chairperson Ms Ingrid Miller for all their support and hard work during the year and congratulate the new committee also under the leadership of Ingrid. 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 classes in the school. She also helps with numerous religious activities during the year. Míle Buíochas Sr Veronica!

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.
O’Farrell Schoolwear Ltd – New Address…
Our school uniform and school tracksuit supplier has moved premises to:-
7 Lenehans Parade, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin – Phone Number remains the same:-
01 – 2108586.

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.

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 Thursday, August 29th.


Yours sincerely
John Williams

A Miracle in Town

The Senior Infants were absolutely fantastic today performing their Christmas Play ‘A Miracle in Town’ for their parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and all the other people who attended this morning in the school hall.

The teachers were very proud of all their hard word and amazing singing.  They all looked brilliant – take a look at a few photographs.




Oh What a Night!
Oh What a Night!

Congratulations to the fourth class choirs on an amazing performance with the Rathfarnham Concert Bands at the National Concert Hall on November 28th. You did us proud! It was a fantastic night for the whole community with the standing ovation well deserved by all!

A few photographs from the night thanks to RCBS photographer Dave Keegan.

Newsletter September 2016


Dear Parents / Guardians

Welcome back to a new school year.   I hope you all had a very enjoyable summer and have managed to get back into the school routine.


This school year we welcome Ms Hayes who has been appointed as a permanent member of staff.  We would also like to congratulate Ms Mullin and Mr Conlon on the birth of their son, Finn and we welcome Mr O’Connell who will be teaching Ms Mullin’s class until her return from maternity leave.  We wish Ms McGrane well on her maternity leave and we welcome Ms Pigott who will be replacing Ms McGrane until her return from maternity leave.


We would also like to welcome all our new Junior Infants to the school and we also wish our past pupils from 6th class all the best as they commence secondary school.  Congratulations to all our past pupils for the wonderful results achieved in the Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations.


School Closure:

The school will be CLOSED on Tuesday October 18th.  On this day all teachers in the school will be taking part in an In-service Day for the new Primary Language Curriculum.



We are presently in the process of setting up our ePayments system for this school year for the annual payment of swimming, art and craft, insurance etc.. (Junior Infants have already paid for books, art/craft/ insurance etc.) This is a safer and easier method of payment and a very user friendly way for making this annual payment to the school.



We have now introduced an emailing system of correspondence in the school.  As you are aware, teachers and parents can communicate with each other through email (see email addresses on school website  We will now be sending out our main newsletters through email, pre-empted by a text to remind you. If you are not receiving the emails please let Jennifer in the school office know.  This will hopefully reduce our paper and photocopying usage.


Sick Children:

For Child Protection, Supervision and Insurance reasons we are unable to keep children in the school building during break-times.  If your child has a fracture, broken limb or other serious injury, and is unable to go to the yard during break-times, please inform the class teacher and an appropriate arrangement can be made.   If your child is ill their learning is impaired by being in school.  They will be unable to concentrate and may also spread germs which causes other children to become ill.  We would therefore ask you to keep sick children at home until they have recovered.


Child and Family Agency (TUSLA)

As you know from previous newsletters it is important that you inform the class teacher in writing of any absences.  We, as a school, are also bound by law to report absences totalling 20 days or more to the TUSLA – the Child and Family Agency.


School Security:

For Health, Safety and Child Protection reasons we would also ask that parents report to the school reception before entering any part of the new or main buildings.




Congregating in School Yard:

We would ask that once children have been admitted to school that you please leave the school premises.  This is for insurance purposes and groups of parents standing in the playground during school time can be a distraction to children in their classrooms.  If you bring your child to school we ask you to escort your child to their class and then leave the school grounds.  If you are collecting your child from school we ask you to leave the school grounds once you have done so.  We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.



Please note that the school opens at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm (1.30pm for Infants).


School Calendar 2016 – 2017


School Closed:                    Tuesday, 18th October – In-Service Day

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



School Uniform: 

As you are aware we have a policy regarding the school uniform and we would ask that you adhere to this. The school uniform and tracksuit can be purchased from Pat O’Farrell Schoolwear Ltd, Stillorgan Shopping Centre. The class teachers have already informed the children of their PE days, when they should wear their school tracksuit.  The school tie is also a part of our uniform and can be purchased in the school office for €5.00.  If you wish to purchase your own school jumper/cardigan you may do so.  ‘Sew on’ school crests are also available for €5.00 in the school office.  Please note that our elasticated ties are currently out of stock but a new batch has been ordered.


Child Protection Policy:

We would like to make you aware of our Child Protection Policy which is available to read on our website (  A hard copy of the Policy is available in the school foyer.  The Designated Liaison person for Child Protection in the school is the Principal, Mr Williams and the Deputy Liaison person is Ms Ní Threasaigh.


Lost Property:

We have at least 3 large containers of lost property here in the school.  If you are missing any item please contact our school caretaker to retrieve it.  We would also ask that you label your child’s clothes, particularly jumpers, coats and tracksuit tops.



This year again we will be using our Text-A-Parent service to inform you of special events and closures.  The Board of Management will fund this service for the school year.  Forms indicating family name and mobile number for Junior Infants with no siblings have been sent home. Please ensure that any changes to your mobile numbers, emergency numbers, address and emails are notified to the school office immediately.




Mobile Phones:

Our school policy on mobile phones is that they should be turned off once children enter the school grounds.  If a pupil is found using a mobile phone or the phone is in the “On” position it will be taken from them and we would ask that parents then collect it from the school office.  We welcome your continuous co-operation and support with this school policy.


Healthy Lunches:

Thank you once again for all your help and support with our Healthy Lunch Policy. Our school policy, as you are aware, deems fizzy drinks, chewing gum, crisps, cakes, biscuits and sweets as being unsuitable for consumption as school lunches.  We also have to exclude yogurts, yops and frubes as these can be a health and safety issue if split.  We will however continue to provide treats from time to time and these will be allowed on Fridays and on special occasions.

We would also like to remind you that we provide a 5 minute fruit break each day so we would encourage you to put a piece of fruit in your child’s lunchbox.  This year we will be re-introducing the Fruit Dudes Programme (further details will follow).


Pupil Insurance:

Please note that the Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance cover (€7) as on the List of Extra Requirements, (will go out on epayment in due course) now covers pupils for 24 hours.


Parents’ Association:

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Chairpersons, Keri Hoffman / Aoife Owens and all their team the best for this coming school year and to thank them for all the fundraising and help they have provided for the school over the past year. One of the PA’s main fundraiser this year was a Sponsored Walk which took place on Tuesday 27th September. Many thanks to all our Parent volunteers for their help and assistance on the day.  We appreciate your support.


Traffic and Parking:

We would ask that you adhere to speed limits on all approaches to the school and ask not to obstruct residents’ driveways or park on grass verges.  Our local community Garda, Niall Russell will be doing spot checks throughout the school year. Please note that bicycles are not to be used on our disability ramp at school entrance or in the school yard. Garda Russell has also provided us with an email address for resident to complain about illegal parking.


School Website:

Please visit our school website on for up-to-date information and details of all our P.A. activities.  We have recently developed a new Website funded by the Parents’ Association.  A special thanks also to Ms McGrane and Ms Murphy for their help and advice with this site.

Signing in/out

We would ask that if your child is leaving the school during the day that you would sign him/her out in the book outside the Secretary’s office. If he/she returns during the day, please also enter the time of return in the book.

Office Hours:       8.50am – 10.30am:   –   10.50am –12 noon:     –       12.30pm – 2.30pm


I hope that your child has an enjoyable, interesting, educational and fun time in the Divine Word School.  If at any time you need to discuss your child’s progress or have any concerns please feel free to make an appointment with his/her teacher.


Yours sincerely


John Williams, Principal