Category: School Newsletter

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.

Holidays:
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 www.ncca.ie or www.education.ie. 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.

GAA:
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!

Soccer:
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.

Mindfulness:

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
Principal

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.

 

ePayments:

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.

 

Email:

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 www.divinewordns.ie).  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.

 

SCHOOL CLOSURES:

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 (www.divinewordns.ie).  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.

 

Text-A-Parent:

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 www.divinewordns.ie 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

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.

 

Holidays:

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 www.ncca.ie or www.education.ie

 

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.

 

GAA:

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.

 

Soccer:  

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!

Tours:

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