There is huge excitement in St Mary's this week due to the fact that our excellent ladies' football team have qualified for the county finals in Croke Park! The final is to be played against Scoil Mhuire Clondalkin at 15:30 next Monday 22nd of October. Tickets are €5 and are available to collect at the school reception. This is the first time in the history of St Mary's that a GAA team has made it this far in the competition and they have already done themselves, their families and the school proud. You can read about the girls' progress on their so-far unbeaten run this season on the GAA section of the website. St. Mary's Abú!
Dear Parents, October 2018
Saint Mary’s Student Council is organising a fundraiser for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. We are holding a Trick r Treat for Temple Street day in school. This involves all students who would like to participate, dressing up for school on Thursday, 25th October. Any student who would like to participate is asked to bring in E2 or any donation on the day for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
The Student Council would like to suggest the following:
Saint Mary’s Student Council
Anna, Charlie, Lucy, Ríodhna, Josh, Sinéad, Becky, Louis, Katie, Alexander, Julia & Carter
3ú M. Fómhair, 2018
I am delighted to welcome you and your children back after the summer holidays. I can’t believe how tall the children have grown – it must have been all the lovely warm sunshine. I wish to extend a special welcome to our 90 new Junior Infants and their parents whom we will accompany on their educational journey. I would also like to welcome the children who have joined us from other schools and you their parents – you have joined a very special school community where we place a strong emphasis on fostering a warm, welcoming and respectful atmosphere in which every child is enabled to reach his/her potential.
Aongus O’ Briain, Innessa Ní Fhearáin and Órla Ní Ghiollagáin have joined the teaching staff of St. Mary’s NS and Máirín Doyle has returned to the staff following a Career Break. I look forward to working with them and I’m sure they’ll be very happy here in St. Mary’s. We are very fortunate to have a committed staff with such a high level of expertise and skill sets which they use to ensure we achieve the highest level of teaching and learning here in St. Mary’s.
We are delighted to welcome our new caretaker Paddy Burke to the staff of St. Mary’s. Paddy has been beavering away for the past few weeks ensuring the grounds and buildings of Belmont Ave and Milltown Park were ready for the staff and pupils on their return to school.
The Board of Management ratified the Administration of Medicines and Emergency Care Policy at the end of the last school year and it is published on the school website. I would ask you to read this policy carefully. I would ask you to read in particular the sections under the title ‘Procedures’ as there are changes in practices relating to children with medical conditions attending the school.
The form for Personal Accident Insurance for School Pupils is available to download on the school website. Please complete and return to your child’s class teacher before 7 September.
It is very important that you complete and submit the Emergency Information Form as soon as possible to ensure that we have your most up to date contact details in the unlikely event we need to contact you during the school day.
Extra-curricular activities will be resuming in the near future and you will receive information about all the activities over the next few days.
Please see below a few reminders which will ensure a smooth and speedy transition for all our families at this busy time.
There was great excitement in the school garden today as Ms Finnegan's and Ms O'Sullivan's classes dug up the potatoes that we grew. The children (and teachers!) were delighted to see that the plants they had put into the school beds in Belmont Avenue had grown such big potatoes! We will be cooking and eating them later today and tomorrow. Our nasturtiums are in full bloom and so is our wildflower meadow. Our peas aren't ready yet but we think they will grow pods over the next few weeks. We have lots of spinach and lettuce leaves and onions ready for harvesting as well as so many bright and beautiful bedding plants. Our ferns in our dinosaur garden are growing strong and so is our woodland area. We have even made a caterpillar from tyres. You are welcome to come and take a look when you are collecting your child. The school garden has been a fantastic learning resource for us this year and we can't wait to enjoy it for many more years to come.
While the performances on the stage are no doubt the highlight of any production, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure the success of the show. Here’s a look behind the curtain at some of the things that went on hidden from view on the night of Wednesday’s performance.
After months of hard work and preparation, the students and teachers of St. Mary’s N.S. came together on Wednesday and Thursday night to show the fruits of their labour, and what a show it was! The children were magnificent in what was truly a spectacle of song and dance with some fine acting performances sprinkled throughout for good measure. We would like to say a huge congratulations to all involved and massive thank you to all who contributed to the show’s success. We would particularly like to thank Ms. Finnegan for directing the production, Ms. Purcell and Ms. Keenan for producing, Frank and his daughter on sound, Denis on lights, Jim on photography, Ronan on video, Peter on piano, the teachers for all their work both on and off the stage, parents, sponsors and, of course, the children themselves. The quality of the performances certainly left the audience asking for more!