Thursday Letter 09.03.23


Dear Parents,

Curriculum Evaluation in English

We had a Curriculum Evaluation in English by our school inspector this week. We were very pleased with the feedback and results we received and we look forward to implementing the recommendations contained in the inspector’s report so that we can further improve the teaching and learning of literacy in line with the Primary Language Curriculum. The inspection was a very positive experience and gave us an opportunity to reflect on our practice. Thanks to the boys who were selected as a focus group by the inspector and thanks to all our staff for their hard work.

Readalong fundraiser

Our ‘Readalong’ fundraiser finishes today but payments can still be made. Our school secretary circulated an online payment link via Aladdin. Many thanks to Ms. Donnelly, Ms. Russell and Ms. Brennan for all their help organising this initiative.

Winners of the World Book Day ‘Design a Book Cover’

Well done to all the boys who won our recent World Book Day Poster competition. The prizes were presented by our student council. The winners were as follows: Arham Khan (Ms. Killane’s Senior Infants and Oasis), Robert Leonard (Ms. Friel’s Junior Infants), Luke Moore (Ms. Ward’s Junior Infants), Gabriel Joseph (Ms. Brennan’s Junior Infants), Fayzan Latif (Ms. Maguire’s Senior Infants), Rian Twomey (Ms. Killane’s Senior Infants), Joe Cowap (Ms. Geraghty’s first class), Otis Bligh (Ms. Copley’s first class), Reagan Jimmy (Ms. Ryan’s first class), Affan Khurram (Ms. Walsh’s second class), Michael Twomey (Ms. Staunton’s second class), Tom McCabe (Ms. Walsh’s second class), Finn Ford (Ms. Clarke’s third class), Jack Martin (Ms. Donovan’s third class), Daire Wade (Ms. Quinn’s fourth class), Carl Horan (Mr. Lynch’s fourth class), James Jose (Ms. Murray’s fifth class), Johnathan Hsiao (Ms. Hennessy’s fifth class), Peichu Liu (Mr. O’Brien’s fifth class) and Alex McMahon (Mr. Clandillon’s sixth class).

Irish Author

Sadhbh Devlin is an author of childrens’ books in the Irish language. She visited our school on Tuesday to read some of her stories as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge to all boys from Junior Infants to fourth class. Thanks to Ms. Brennan for organising this visit. Please check out our school Facebook page for photos of Sadhbh’s visit and her website is

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Thosaigh Seachtain na Gaeilge Dé Luain seo caite. Ba mhaith linn rudaí éagsúla a dhéanamh le haghaidh na coicís ar scoil. Béimid ag roghnú ‘Gaeilgeóir na Seachtaine’ ó gach rang agus beidh duais bheag agus teastas againn dóibh ar an Déardaoin. Tá na buachaillí go léir ag déanamh an-iarracht a bheith ag caint as Gaeilge i rith an lae ar fud na scoile. Tá roinnt rang ag imirt cluichí i gcorpoideachas trí mheán na Gaeilge. Leanaigí ar aghaidh leis an sár-iarracht agus beidh duaiseanna ar fáil amárach le haghaidh ‘Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine’! Léigh Luke Wall, ó rang a ceathair, an dán, 'Bogha Báistí’.

Lá Glas

We are asking boys to wear as much green as possible on Thursday 16th March for our Lá Glas. The infant classes will also be taking part in a parade on the same day at a time ton be confirmed closer to time.

National Children’s Choir in National Basketball Arena on 26th April at 8pm for fourth and fifth class boys

The National Children’s Choir will take place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on 26th April at 8pm for fourth and fifth class boys. Tickets cost €15 for adults and €5 for children. There is no fee for the boys taking part in the concert. This has always been a great night and we encourage all parents of fourth and fifth class to attend. Please contact Mr. Keegan if you would like to order tickets. Tomorrow is the final day to purchase tickets. Many thanks to Mr. Keegan, Ms. Hunston, Ms. Quinn, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Murray, Ms. Hennessy and Mr. O’Brien for all their hard work.

EPSEN Survey

The Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (EPSEN) 2004 provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. Please find attached a survey from the Department of Education who want to get feedback from parents of children in school with special needs. The closing date for the survey is the 24th March.

Donation of trees from Caitriona Conway

We are very grateful to Caitriona Conway, who works with SAP Landscaping for donating a number of trees to our school. Our Green Schools Committee are delighted with this donation.

Table Tennis League

There’s loads of action over the coming week, with both league and cup fixtures for each of the St Mary’s BNS teams. Our Team II face De La Salle, Ballyfermot in the Cup on Friday 10th March whilst our Team I play two games on Tuesday 14th March; the final Division 1 league fixture against Ballyroan and a cup game against a talented St Ronan’s, Deansrath team. On the same day, our Team III play against Castleknock College in the Cup at home in St Mary’s BNS. Finally, on Thursday 16th March, our Team III and Team IV face local team, Griffeen Valley ETNS in away league fixtures.

Le dea-ghuí,

Dara Burke, Principal.

Chapel Hill, Lucan, Co. Dublin, K78YD27
01 628 1857
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