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17 December 2018

Happy Holidays

Over the last few weeks there has been a touch of magic in the air as many classes prepared for Winter performances. Congratulations children, teachers and SNAs for all the hard work.

The sound of music in the school and the happy smiles have brightened the dark Winter days.

Reminder: School finishes at 11.40am on Friday 21st of December.

There is no school lunch delivery that day.

School re-opens on Monday 7th of January at 8.30am.

We would like to wish you very Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

 

14 December 2018

Peace Proms

This week, our 4th class attended rehearsal for Peace Proms in the National Indoor Arena along with over 1000 other school children.

It was great for the children to meet and work with the wonderful conductor Greg Beardsley and they really enjoyed the day.  We are really looking forward to taking part in the Peace Proms concert on 3rd February in RDS and heard today that it is a sell out!!

13 December 2018

Car Park Safety – Important Notice

13th December 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You may have noticed that staff members are standing at the gates. This is because, despite numerous emails and website updates, we still have an enormous problem with cars driving into the school during drop-off and at both collection times.

Yesterday morning, there was an incident involving a driver and two children which almost resulted in an accident. This is completely unacceptable. The safety of all of your children is paramount and we cannot allow this dangerous situation to continue. In addition to this, we would ask that staff members are treated with respect when doing this job.

Unless you have applied for (and received) a parking permit from our Board of Management, you cannot drive into the school for any reason, at any time during the day. From January 7th, the school gate will be locked at these times.

Please pass this information on to any grandparents or childminders that may be collecting your child from school.

Thank you,

Skerries E.T.N.S.

10 December 2018

Driving/Parking in the school grounds

Dear Parents,

We are concerned at the level of unauthorised driving and parking inside the school ground.  For the safety of the children of the school please can we ask you not to drive into the school unless you have a permit.  We would appreciate if you could pass this information to anyone who collects your child from school eg. grandparents, minders, after school carers etc.

Permits are issued generally to parents who have a mobility issue or whose child has such an issue. To apply for a parking permit, applicants need to email [email protected] stating the reason for the request.  The Board of Management may issue a permit once they have considered the written/emailed request.

The designated drop-off areas at the front of the school and outside Seolta are for those with disabled access needs.   There is also an area outside Seolta for School Transport only.   

Parents collecting their sick child before the end of the school day are also allowed park in these drop-off zones.

Please do not park in the disabled car parking spaces at any time if you do not have a permit.  Please do not park in the School Transport zones at any time.

The staff car park is for staff use only unless you have been given a parking permit from the school.

Our traffic management plan was written with the health and safety of your children as the ultimate consideration.   This plan is available on our website. 

Parking outside the school grounds

There are parking areas close to the school: There is free parking in the Skerries Point shopping centre  or on the road outside the school on the school side of the road. 

We respectfully request the involvement of parents in partnership with us on this matter and thank you sincerely for your cooperation as we endeavour to keep the school grounds a safe place for your children. 

Jean Timmins , Deputy Principal, 

on behalf of the Board of Management

07 December 2018

How To Catch a Star

‘Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure’

This week, 1st Class visited The Ark to see a non-verbal, puppet version of the much loved book How to Catch a Star by Irish author Oliver Jeffers. As well as the show, the children visited Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Gardens and, highlight of the day for many, the port tunnel!

The children were so well behaved and did our school proud.

 

30 November 2018

Diving for Data: A Marine Workshop

This week, our 5th Classes welcomed Loraine from Oceaneers Education to the school. Loraine conducted a lively, informative and fun workshop on Marine Litter.

The children got to explore the sources of marine litter using graphs and simple addition and also learn about micro-plastics and how they are harming marine animals.

Thank you to Loraine and to Fingal County Council for providing funding for the workshop. Title: Diving for Data

26 November 2018

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

INNER CITY HELPING HOMELESS
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL

Collection at Educate Together @ 8.30am, 1.10pm & 2.10pm Dec 7TH

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our recently elected Student Council met recently to discuss a number of important school related topics. As always, one item of discussion was deciding on a charity to support this year. It was decided that this month we will once again hold a shoebox appeal in support of Inner City Helping Homeless charity. Last years appeal was a massive success for a vital cause.

  • There were officially 9,698 people homeless including 3,829 children in Sept 2018 across Ireland and this number increases every day.   More than one in three people in emergency accommodation is a child. However, this number does not include ‘hidden homelessness’ which refers to people who are living in squats, cars, refuges and people sleeping on the street.It is estimated that the true homeless figure is over 11,000 in Ireland.
  • Inner City Helping Homeless engage with approximately 150 people sleeping on the streets of Dublin every evening.

If you wish to support this charity, please see the details below.

Thank you

Wrap a Shoebox allowing it to open, Label it Male or Female and add any of the items below:

  • Socks (white are preferable)
  • Underwear
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Soap
  • Shower Gel
  • Wipes
  • Roll on Deodorant (No Aerosols)
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Chocolate
  • Xmas card with message

** if you are making up a box for a child please Label it with Age & Boy or Girl

 

21 November 2018

Guest Poet

During Literacy Week, we will be inviting a number of writers, poets and illustrators into our school. This week, while not technically being Literacy Week, our 1st and 6th Class had their workshop with Irish Poet, Tony Curtis.

Tony engaged the children in reading, song and movement, giving them a broad experience in poetry and music.

We were delighted to welcome Tony to our school and hope that the children enjoyed the visit!

12 November 2018

Parent Teacher Meetings

Just a reminder that school finishes at 1.10pm for all classes on Thursday 15th and Thursday 22nd November to facilitate parent teacher meetings.

Regards,

Tomás.

08 November 2018

One Day Together

Before taking a well deserved rest from our learning we held a fundraiser in school for Educate Together. One Day Together is an annual event that takes place across the country in Educate Together schools. The aim is to support the Educate Together network and to highlight the benefits of learning in an Educate Together school!

The school was buzzing with so many children dressed up in their Halloween costumes. We celebrated together by taking part in an ‘Incredible’ 10 @ 10 followed by a whole school movie event in the hall. A huge thank you to Ellie and her 5th Class for designing posters, making popcorn and coordinating the event. A further thank you to Mario for making the hall so welcoming and comfortable and also to Mr Incredible for getting everyone exercising on such a cold morning!

 

(Further information on One Day Together can be found here http://www.educatetogether.ie/community-fundraising)