April 2019

Dear Parents,

Dates for your attention:

29th April – 10th May:

Teaching Practice continues in 6th and 5th Classes.

6th May:

Bank Holiday Monday – school will be closed for one day only.

17th May:

P.T.A. Family Movie Night – “The Greatest Showman” – save the date – more details to follow in Term 3. The P.T.A. are hiring a giant screen at a cost of €300 so if any parents would like to contribute to this through their business, this would be much appreciated. Please email the school if you can help.

24th May:

School will be closed due to the European Elections/Referendum.

28th May:

4th Class Show at 5.00 p.m. in School Hall. A separate note will go home to 4th Class parents.

29th May:

Open Day – a separate note will follow.

3rd June:

Bank Holiday Monday – school will be closed for one day only.

4th June:

Junior and Senior Infant show at 12 noon – notes have gone home with children.

18th June:

Sports Day, during Active Week. As last year Southside School Sports will be organising this year’s Sports Day. More information to follow nearer the date. Would all pupils who won Cups at last year’s Sport Day please polish and return these to your class teacher as soon as possible.

Advance Notice:

This year’s Fete will take place on the 7th September so please note this date in your diaries.

Stranger Danger

An email has been sent home to advise parents that the teachers were giving age appropriate classes on the topic of Stranger Danger. This is in light of recent attempted abductions in the Donnybrook and Foxrock areas. Please ask your children to be vigilant when out and about, particularly over the Easter break.

Shanganagh Park Playground

We have had a report of a child in school who was hit by pellets from a BB gun while in the playground. This has been happening regularly and the gardai are aware. Please be vigilant while your children are playing in that area.

What’s App Etiquette

A separate email has been sent relating to this which had the School What’s App Etiquette attached. Please make sure that on receiving What’s App messages you reply only to the person concerned and not the whole group. Also please be aware of the time when sending messages so that people are not receiving them late at night.

Parents Making Children Aware

As in previous years, representatives from PMCA came into 6th Class for 6 weeks giving sessions on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. These were invaluable lessons for the children in preparation for their move to secondary school and the pupils benefitted hugely from them.

Car Park

I will be patrolling the car park in the mornings on our return from the Easter break as I have been made aware that some parents are blocking the set down area in the mornings and disrupting the flow of traffic by taking too much time letting children out and then chatting. This is an extremely busy time of the day with parents anxious to get to work so please be considerate to all car park users and move on quickly.

Booklists

These will be issued after the break to pupils from Senior Infants to 5th Class. As in previous years a number of books will have to be replaced due to general wear and tear while some have not been well looked after by pupils. Please talk to your child about the importance of keeping books carefully and maintaining them in a clean condition so that they can be passed on to the incoming class the following year.

Green School

Representatives from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown came into school to judge us for the Tidy Schools Competition. The results will be advised once known.

We were proud to be selected by Tiny Ark Film Studios for its production of an advertisement for Repak Recycling. Thanks to all the children who participated and got to meet Paul McGrath and Anna Geary. Thanks also to parents for their patience when filming overran and to Ms Goudie and Ms Johnson for chaperoning the pupils. More information will follow in the May Newsletter.

Hockey Finals

The Boys’ team played brilliantly against Rathgar Junior School on Thursday 28th March with great support from their classmates. They were runners-up on the day losing in a shoot out. Well done to them all and to their coaches Aaron and Lizzie.

Physical Activities

Irish Dancing – this will start on Friday 3rd May for 8 weeks, once again with Claire Dowling. Pupils from 1st to 6th Classes are reminded to wear their runners on Fridays.

After School Games – this will recommence in the first week back. The timetable will be as for previous terms with hockey and football still on offer to pupils. The classes in the first week back will be free for pupils from 1st to 6th Classes to try, except that hockey classes will only be open to the children who played hockey previously as they need gum shields etc. The Infant games will be on that week also but these are not on a free trial basis – parents need to book in advance. All information should be available on the Southside School Sports website.

Tennis – unfortunately the first session for 6th Class pupils, in Shankill Tennis Club, with coach Derek Healy had to be cancelled due to rain. It will now commence on Monday 29th April and we will try to fit the lost session in during the term.

Swimming – 1st and 4th Class are attending swimming classes in Blue Pool. This will recommence on Friday 3rd May.

Football – the team continues to play its league games, winning well against St. Killian’s School in its match last week.

Cricket

Well done to the cricket team on its recent win against Kill O’The Grange NS in the Leprechaun Cup. The next round will be played after Easter. Thanks to parents for ferrying the children to and from Shanganagh Park and to Ms Goudie and Ms Johnson for staying with them for the duration.

Community Games

The Athletics event in the Community Games takes place on Sunday 28th April in Shanganagh Park from 2.30 p.m. For more information email shankillcommunitygames@gmail.com

Easter Camps in School

Southside School Sports will hold camps for the two weeks of Easter while Stretch n Grow have a camp in the second week. All information should be on their websites.

Hockey Ireland Fun Run

This takes place on Saturday 27th April in Shanganagh Park. Registration is from 12.15 p.m. A separate email has been sent regarding this.

PTA News

Family Table Quiz

Over €400 was raised for P.T.A. funds in the recent Family Table Quiz. The Hall was filled to capacity on the night. Thanks to Quizmaster, Niall Carty and to the other P.T.A. members. There were some excellent raffle prizes on offer, the first prize being a tablet donated by Core Credit Union which was won by Lulu Slattery.

Liberty Recycling

Just a reminder that Liberty Recycling will be collecting the green bags on Wednesday 1st May so if you have any filled bags at home they need to be dropped in in the first few days of the new term.

Have a very enjoyable Easter break.

Caroline Senior

Principal

12th April 2019