November 2018


Dates For Your Diary

Remember – tomorrow, Wednesday 14th November, is World Diabetes Day  this is a no uniform/crazy hair day – children should wear blue and do up their hair (no dyeing of hair or use of non-permanent sprays please). Please give your child €2 to bring in tomorrow. Shirley Garland is co-ordinating this event. 

12th December:

Art and Wine Evening at 7.30 p.m. for parents only. This is always a very enjoyable evening and is a great opportunity to meet other parents. Admission €5 (includes a glass of wine). The art will be provided by the children and you will be able to purchase your child’s artwork for an additional €2.

18th December:

1st to 6th Classes will go to Beauty and the Beast in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum and a note will go home shortly. The cost of this trip is €10 per child. Please do not forget to advise us as soon as possible if your child cannot attend this for any reason as we need to pay in advance for the trip.

19th December:

Junior and Senior Infants will go to Beauty and the Beast in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum and a note will go home shortly. The cost of this trip is €10 per child. Again please advise us as soon as possible if your child cannot attend this for any reason.

19th December:

Carol Service (1st to 6th Classes only).  More details in the December Newsletter.

21st December:

School closes for Christmas holidays. There will be a half day on 21st December. School reopens for the new term on Monday 7th January 2019 for a full-day, closing at normal time. 

January 2019:

Advance Notice: Table Quiz for Adults only in Shankill Tennis Club on 1st February 2019.

Spring Term 2019: 

Advance Notice: As in previous years we will be raising funds for school while supporting Liberty Recycling (a clothes recycling social enterprise and charity supporting those affected by drug and alcohol abuse). Please hold on to any unwanted clothing items and during the Spring Term each family will be given a bag (and more if required) to fill and these will be collected by Liberty Recycling who will give the school €4 per bag collected.  The permanent container will remain in situ but I would ask that you do not put clothes into it for the duration of this fundraising initiative. For more information on acceptable items please visit


Parent/Teacher Meetings

Parent/Teacher meetings will take place this term on Thursday 29th November and Thursday 6th December (for all classes). School will close at 2.15 p.m. on these days. Notices will shortly be posted up in the front entrance hall. Please fill in your child’sname as appropriate. Teachers have included other dates for PT meetings on these sheets also so please ensure you note the date and time you have selected. Please note that Games will go ahead on those days from 2.15 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.  


Christmas Raffle

Raffle tickets will be on sale every morning in December in the Crawford Concourse. Children from 5th and 6th Classes will be asked to donate prizes (which will be on display in the Concourse) and proceeds will go towards their trip to Carlingford next year. Raffle tickets will cost 50 cent each or 5 for €2. If you do not come into school with your child but would like to buy tickets, please send money in an envelope with your name on it and tickets will be given to your child to bring home. The draw will take place nearer to the end of term.


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Art Competition

Congratulations to Ellie Macdonald who was a winner in the recent Awesome Artist Primary Schools Drawing Competition to celebrate the Festival of Inclusion 2018.  


Setanta – Christmas 18

Setanta Book Club Order Forms will go home with children next week. If you wish to place an order for books for Christmas, please ensure that the form and money are returned to the class teacher by Thursday, 22nd November, at the latest.Cheques/Postal Orders, payable to Setanta, would be appreciated as this cuts down on the administration involved.



6th and 3rd Classes – Friday 30th November is last swimming day for these classes. 5th and 2nd Classes  swimming for these classes starts on Friday 7th December and a note will go home shortly to these classes.



Autumn term games will finish on Friday 14th December and Spring term games will commence on Monday 7th January. Please contact Southside School Sports directly to sign your child up for next term’s games.

The last Coding classes for the term will be held on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December. Again anyone wishing to sign children up for Coding should contact the Academy of Code directly.



We have been advised by Alex Baburin, the Chessmaster, that he has been having difficulty finding an instructor for these classes. It is hoped that Chess classes will commence in the new term. However, parents will be informed once a definite start date is confirmed.


Rathmichael Parish Information

“The Holy Show – The Last Supper”

Many thanks to everyone who supported the recent two nights of cabaret in the School Hall, to celebrate Canon Appelbe’s tenure in Rathmichael. These shows were exhilarating  and exhausting and all the cast had great fun in putting them together. Thanks to all concerned for all their energy and enthusiasm and for giving up their time over the last number of weeks, in particular William Mansfield (Director) and Sandra Ganley (Musical Director).

St Vincent de Paul: 

This year, as in previous years,  the Parish are preparing food hampers for St. Vincent de Paul and would appreciate any contributions you can give. Either donations of cash or non perishable food items, in date. If you have any cash vouchers for Dunnes or Tescos for example, they would also be appreciated.  Food items can be delivered to the School during the second last week of term as hampers will be prepared on Saturday 15th December.  Cash donations may be left into the Office at any time, for the attention of Geoffrey Perrin (087 9174452) or Fiona Ashe (087 8215806). In previous years, in excess of 100 hampers have been produced for this very worthy cause. Parish Christmas Carol Service:

This will take place on Sunday 16th December at 4.00 p.m.


Team Hope – Shoeboxes

A big thank you to everyone who gave in a shoebox for Team Hope. 166 boxes were collected and will help to brighten up Christmas for a lot of children who would otherwise get nothing.


Sickness in School

Please avoid sending your child into school if he or she feels anyway unwell (particularly if they have been vomiting or have had diarrhoea or other tummy bugs). Please leave a sensible recovery time before sending the child back in – at a minimum 24 hours. We have a number of children in the school whose health would be seriously compromised if they catch any infections so I would ask for your co-operation in this matter.


Winter Wear

As the weather is getting colder, please ensure that your child/children bring coats into school to wear at break and lunch time while out playing. 


Autumn Bills/Revenue Forms

If you have not yet paid your bill I would appreciate if you would do so as soon as possible. Revenue forms will be sent out in January 2019 to those who have had two or more children in school for the full 2018 year.  


Christmas in the Village

This annual event, supported by the local Shankill traders, will take place on Sunday 25th November from 1.00 pm to 6 pm, with a variety of festive treats.



The PTA Calendar will be available to purchase soon and Order Forms will go home with your child shortly. These promise to be colourful and of a high quality so will make great Christmas gifts for friends and family.


Bake Sale/Habitat for Humanity

A wonderful array of goodies was produced for this Halloween bake sale. Thanks to everyone for baking and buying items. Thanks to all the PTA Committee members and helpers for giving up their time on the day. Just under €500 was raised towards PTA funds.


Many thanks to everyone (children and teachers) who dressed up on the last Thursday of term – there were some terrific outfits on display. We raised almost €400 for Habitat for Humanity.


Sponsored Walk

Many thanks to all of you who took part in the Sponsored Walk and sent in your sponsorship money. Over €1,750 was made towards P.T.A. funds which is a fantastic amount.


Class Representatives 2018/19

The following parents have agreed to be the Class Representatives, liaising with the P.T.A. Committee to gain support for events and assisting the Committee as required. Many thanks to all of you for volunteering – it makes the work of the Committee so much easier.


J. InfantsClaire Miller and Kathleen Carroll 

S. InfantsHannah Harty and Arbed Anderson 

1st ClassAoife Harte and Janet Malcolm

2nd ClassHazel Keane and Lindsay Johnston

3rd ClassAnnette Fitzpatrick and Hope Staunton

4th ClassBernard Gaffney and Suzannah Foot

5th ClassKeelin Tennyson (Smith) and Linda Spillane

6th ClassDagmar Mull and Cathy Slattery


Christmas Tree Fundraiser

For those people who ordered trees through the P.T.A., these will be available in early December – a separate note will follow.