Thursday Letter 20.04.23


Dear Parents,

St. Mary's Boys’ & Scoil Mhuire Girls’ National Schools' Sports Day – Sunday 7th May at 2pm – Volunteers Needed

Our School Sports day is on Sunday 7th May @2pm on the grounds of St.Mary's Boys’ National School. This is always a great community event in our school calendar and this year should be no exception.

The cost is €15 per family, if you have both boys and girls only pay once. Parents can pay online via Aladdin in either school up until midnight Thursday 4th May. Please bring a screenshot of the receipt of the online payment to the gate on the day. Alternatively, parents can pay CASH ONLY AT GATE ON DAY. Please have the exact money ready.

Our fun-packed Sports Day includes a variety of races and competitions including the egg & spoon race, 60/80/100m races, three-legged race, sack race, tug of war competition, tiny tots race and the infamous fathers’ and mothers’ race! This year we will have some inflatable games to keep all the kids (and adults) entertained between races.

The success of this great day relies on our VOLUNTEERS. And we need lots, so we’re appealing to all parents to consider helping out at one of the stations that require volunteers for just 30 minutes during the course of the day. If you are available to help, please email your name, mobile number and child's school and class to

Bring your water and sunscreen as it is going to be a fantastic family day!

National Children’s Choir – Wednesday 26th April at 8pm in National Basketball Arena

Our fourth and fifth class boys have been very busy preparing for the National Children’s Choir. All their practice and effort will culminate next Wednesday 26th April at 8pm in the National Basketball Arena. We are all looking forward to this performance. We are very grateful to Ms. Hunston, Mr. Keegan, Ms. Murray, Ms. Hennessy, Mr. O’Brien, Ms. Quinn and Mr. Lynch for all their hard work in recent weeks and months.

World Autism Day – Non-Uniform Day – Colourful Clothes

We celebrated World Autism Day on Friday 31st March and it was a great success. The boys created a human version of the Autism symbol and this aerial photo can be viewed on our school Facebook page and featured on the Liffey Champion over the Easter holidays. Thanks to Ms. Russell, Catherine Kelly and Rachael Kilroy for all their help with this initiative.

AsIAm is a charity set up by Adam Harris and is based on his own experiences growing up as a young autistic person in Ireland. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome from an early age, the condition was far less understood or even known as it is today. Frustrated at the lack of any real understanding of autism and by the many barriers the autism community were and are subjected to, Adam’s aim was to amplify autistic voice and start a national conversation. The AsIAm foundation were very impressed with our aerial photo and posted it on their social media. Adam Harris has agreed to visit the school on Thursday 15th June to talk to the boys about autism.

Lego Club

We will have more information on the recommencement of Lego Club for this term on the 2nd May.

Chess Club

Chess Club will recommence on Tuesday 9th May. Please read the attached sheet for more information.

Trócaire Boxes

Thanks to all the families who supported the annual Trócaire boxes during lent. Could all boys please return the boxes to Ms. Murray in room 17 in the old school building.

Lá Mór Gaeilge – Parnell Square on Sunday 30th April from 12 to 5pm

Dublin City Council have organised a big cultural party for families in Parnell Square on Sunday 30th April from 12 to 5pm to celebrate our Irish language. For more information please check out their website.

Dublin Minor Hurlers – Four Past Pupils

We are very proud of our four past-pupils who represent Dublin on the minor hurling team. Well done to Massimo Pappalardo, Luke Mooney, Killian Costello and Conor Dillon. We will be watching their progress in the Leinster Championship.

Lucan Sarsfields GAA Academy – Circus on Saturday 29th April at 11am

Lucan Sarsfields GAA have organised a fun morning in the Circus on the 29th of April and all kids are welcome, members and non-members. Please click on the following link to book tickets:

The GAA is a sporting community that helps children develop new friendships, life skills and fundamental movement skills that work on the A,B,C's (Agility, Balance & Coordination) and R,J,T's (Running, Jumping & Throwing) to improve a child's Athletic development for sport and for life.

The Academy runs on Saturday mornings for boys and girls and has teams from U8's all the way up to adult. If this sounds of interest and would like to know any more information, please contact Alan O'Neill (Contact details are on the poster)

Free Eye Test for 6 -7 year olds

Technical University (TU) Dublin Grangegorman is offering a free eye test for all children aged between 6 and 7 years of age. Please call 086-2559861 for more information.

Sum of money found

A sum of money was found near the school gate on Monday. If anyone lost money on that day then please contact the school office.

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 26th April: National Children’s Choir in National Basketball Arena at 8pm

Friday 28th April: Confirmation in St. Mary’s Church at 12pm

Monday 1st May: School closed for Bank Holiday

Sunday 7th May: Sports Day at 2pm

Friday 12th May: Half-day for Inservice

Friday 19th May: Full day closure for Inservice

Saturday 27th May: First Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church at 11am.

Friday 2nd June & Monday 5th June: School closed for Bank Holiday weekend

Le dea-ghuí,

Dara Burke, Principal.

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