Category: School Newsletter

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

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

March 2016 Newsletter

Divine Word School, Marley Grange


Dear Parents/Guardians                                                                                                      14th March 2016


We are now approaching the season of Easter, the celebrations around the Easter Rising and Proclamation and the arrival of the Easter bunny. It seems a long time since we were making our way to the school hall and church for our Christmas celebrations…. and now…. Here we are preparing for our National Day and celebrations around a National Historic event.  There are a number of items we would like to inform you of and some dates for your diaries !!


We would firstly like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the late Maura Concannon (RIP). Maura was the first Deputy Principal in the Divine Word School and dedicated nearly 40 years of her life to teaching children of all levels.  Maura retired from the school in 2004 yet she was always in contact with the school and loved to be kept up to date with happenings…. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam.


We welcome back Ms O’Brien from maternity leave and would like to say a big “Thank You” to Mr O’Connell who now leaves us. We would like to thank Mr O’Connell for all his hard work and dedication to the school and wish him well in his future teaching career.

Since our last Newsletter we have another married couple on the staff and would like to congratulate Ms Hynes and Mr Mangan on their recent wedding.


Official Opening:

On January 15th last we had the Official Opening of our “West Wing”.  Our special thanks to Alex White, and Bishop Eamon Walsh who did the honours, and to Alan Shatter for his attendance.  Our special thanks to our orchestra under the direction of Ms Ní Threasaigh, to our Parents’ Association for providing refreshments, Mrs Roisin Graham for our flower displays, the children in 3rd, 5th and 6th classes and the organising committee in the school.  A wonderful morning was had by all.  Photos of the event are on the school website.


Passport Forms:

As we approach the summer season a number of parents call to the school to request a signature on Passport forms. I would request that if you need a form signed that you phone the school for an appointment.  It is also necessary for both parents to be present so that the Principal can witness their signatures.


Voluntary Subscriptions:

A big “Thank You” to those who have returned Voluntary Subscriptions to the Board of Management. These go a long way to help with the everyday needs of the school and to get those “extra” resources for the children in our school. If you have not contributed, there is always time and every amount, no matter how small, is always welcome.


Christmas Concerts:

Many thanks to all who made our Christmas Concerts and Plays such a memorable experience. A special thanks also to our Parents’ Association who made a special request for Santa to visit all the children in the school.  I am pleased to inform you that he has now returned to the North Pole with good memories of his visit to the school!!



Both the school and parents have found this to be an invaluable service during the past year especially during the periods of snow and ice. If you are not part of this service, and wish to be, please contact Jennifer in the school office.  Please also inform Jennifer if you have changed your address or contact numbers.


Office Hours:

Please note that school office hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday             8.50am –  10.30am

                                              10.50am – 12.00 noon

                                              12.30pm – 2.30pm


Jungle Dave:

A “Thank You” to our P.A. who organised for Jungle Dave to visit the school recently.

Luckily no snakes escaped!!


Internet Monitoring & Social Media:

As mentioned in a previous letter I have been shocked and saddened by language and incidents of Internet messaging on ‘WhatsApp’, ‘Instagram’, ‘facebook’ and ‘snapchat’ by some of our pupils. One incident involved the invasion of the privacy of one of our teachers where derogatory comments were made and circulated.   A number of parents had to be called to the school to discuss the monitoring of their child’s internet access.  Following this, two pupils were suspended.  We as a school cannot monitor or deal with issues involving YOUR child’s internet usage.  However we will deal and implement our school policies if there is an incident affecting school staff, bullying of children or issues involving school life.  In some incidents and depending on the severity of the comments, the Gardaí may be contacted.  Please continue to monitor your child’s usage of social media.


Credit Union Quiz:

Well done to our U13 and Quiz Teams who took part in the recent League of Credit Union Table Quiz. A big thank you to their coaches Mr Timmons, Ms Hayes and Mr Nolan.



Our boys and girls Soccer and G.A.A. teams continue to play in their respective leagues and hopefully we will be able to add more silverware to our trophy cabinet. Thanks to

Ms Hynes, Mr Mangan, Mr Timmons, and Mr O’Connell for coaching our teams.



Our cohort of parent volunteers continue to work hard in our school Library to catalogue and update our books.   Many thanks to all involved – we greatly appreciate your support.

World Book Day:

Thanks to everyone who donated “good as new” books to our Library.   The response to our appeal was tremendous.  A big thank you to our Literacy Co-ordinator, Ms Ní Threasaigh for organising this event.


Junior Infant Enrolments:

Applications for Junior Infants for 2016/2017 are now closed.



We would ask parents to be vigilant when approaching the school in cars and whilst reversing and parking. We have observed a number of speeding incidents as well as illegal parking. Our community Garda Niall Russell, has informed us that spot checks will be made in future months.  Please do not park in the Yellow Box beside the barrier in the Church car park.


6th Class Graduation:

Our 6th Class Graduation will be on Monday, 27th June.


Parents’ Association:

Our P.A. have once again been very busy with their fundraising activities.  Mad Hair Day on February 17th was a great success and raised €850.00.  Once again we ask for your support at their Table Quiz night to be held in St John’s GAA Club on Thursday April 21st April at 8.00pm.


Opening / Closing Times:

Please note the classrooms open to receive pupils at 8.50am each day. The school and Board of Management cannot accept responsibility for pupils arriving before that time.  School finishes at 2.30pm each day (1.30pm for Junior and Senior Infants). There again the school and B.O.M. cannot accept responsibility for looking after children after these times.  We have also received this information from our school Insurers, Allianz plc..


Marley’s Got Talent

Thursday, 28th April. It’s the one day in the year where the children can showcase their talents to the other children in the school.


Seachtain na Gaeilge:

Our annual Céilí will be held on Tuesday 15th March.  On this day the children can wear ‘GREEN’ instead of their school uniform to celebrate our National week of festivities.

Many thanks to Mrs Kennedy and our cohort of Irish dancers for organising our festivities.


Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Congratulations to our children in 2nd class who recently took part in their First Confession.

A big “Míle Buíochas” to “Do This In Memory Of Me” team and teachers Ms Dempsey and Mr Reilly and S.N.A’s Mrs MacMahon and Mr Monaghan.



Confirmation:                                 Friday 15th April – School Closing at 12 noon

First Holy Communion:               Saturday 21st May


Trocaire Boxes:

We would ask that you return Trocaire Boxes to the school by Wednesday, 16th March.

Thank you for your continuous support for this worthwhile charity.




St Patrick’s Day:                              Thursday, 17th March

Easter Holidays:                               18th March  to 1st April – re-open Monday 4th April (Inclusive)

Confirmation Day:                           Friday, 15th April – School Closing at 12 NOON

May Mid-Term:                                   Monday, May 2nd –6th May (Inclusive)

First Holy Communion:                   Saturday, 21st May

June Public Holiday:                      Monday 6th June 

Summer Holidays:                           Closing, Tuesday June 28th at 12 NOON


School Calendar   March – June 2016 

Yours sincerely




John Williams