Thursday Letter 22.09.22

28-September-22
Thursday Letter 22.09.22

Dear Parents,

Personal Accident Insurance & Voluntary Contribution for Sept 2022 to June 2023

In order to ensure that your son is covered by appropriate personal accident insurance for the coming school year, a payment of €9.00 is now due per child.

In addition, parents/guardians are asked to make an annual voluntary contribution of €30.00per family as has been the practice in previous years. The final date for payment of both fees is Friday 7th October 2022.

Payment for both the insurance cover and the voluntary contribution may be made through St Mary’s online payment system Aladdin. We would greatly appreciate it if all payments could go through Aladdin. Those who pay online do not need to complete the attached insurance form as their insurance information will be updated online.

If paying in cash/cheque is your only option, please return your completed insurance form and payment in an envelope marked for the attention of St Mary’s BNS Parents’ Association to your son’s teacher.

In summary the fees due are as follows

Insurance (24 hr) € 9.00 per child (please add on €9 for each additional child)

Annual Voluntary Contribution €30.00 per family

Congestion at side gate of Junior Yard each morning

There has been significant congestion at the side gate of the Junior Yard each morning where our three Junior Infants and two of our first classes enter the school. Some parents are standing on the red and yellow lines and are obstructing the boys as they enter the building. Could I ask parents to wait behind the boys in the Junior Yard to give them an opportunity to walk safely into their classrooms.

Internet access at home

I would like to remind parents to monitor the level of internet access at home. We have a firewall set up in our school that restricts the level of access that boys have while using our iPads. This is a feature that can be set up at home also.

Tea and Coffee morning for Junior Infant Parents on Thursday 29th September in the school hall at 9.10am

Parents of the junior infant boys are invited to a tea & coffee morning in the school hall at 9.10 am on Thursday 29th September. The coffee morning is hosted by the Parents’ Association (PA). This event will provide parents with an informal opportunity to meet and have a chat with other parents of junior infants and maybe set up a WhatsApp group. The PA is always looking for new committee members so please have a chat with some of the members there on the day.

School Uniform

I would like to remind parents that the school tracksuit can only be worn on days that the boys have PE. The only exception to this is for boys who have football training or hurling training at lunch break.

Outstanding payments for coding

Coding for fifth and sixth class commenced last week. The Parents’ Association (PA) have kindly agreed to help fund these classes for the boys. The fee works out at €30 per child. The PA have agreed to fund €10 per child. Our school secretary has sent a link for online payment to parents to pay the remaining €20 balance which will cover 7 lessons. There are still 35 outstanding payments. I understand that some families are struggling with the high cost of living in recent weeks but we may have to limit coding to boys who have paid for this service in term two if our school are left to pay this balance.

National Parents Council (NPC)

The NPC have organised a range of interactive sessions around the mental health of your children. Please note that these sessions are completely online and you will have to register prior to the event date for the link to the session. The registration links will be provided under each session information below.

Mental Health Training Session: Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing

This is a free online training programme by NPC in conjunction with St. Patrick's Mental Health Services.

This programme supports parents to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. The programme also explores how the building of resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day-to-day stresses of life as they occur.

Parents who attend this online session will:

  • Explore the factors that influence mental health and wellbeing in their child
  • Learn how to build and nurture resilience within their own child
  • Be given tips on how best to support their child’s positive mental health and wellbeing

Where and When: Sessions will be taking place online via Zoom in the morning (10am) and evening (7.30pm) from the 26th – 29th September with an additional morning session (10am) on Friday the 30th.

If you would be interested in attending (virtually) one of these online sessions, please register your details here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MentalHealthSept2022

These sessions are open to all parents of children in Primary School.

Please note these sessions will be interactive allowing parents to participate and hence places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please check www.npc.ie for more information.

Gaelic Football

Best of luck to our senior A footballers who play St. Mary’s Rathfarnham and our senior B team who play Sacred Heart NS Ballygall later today. Both teams put up a great fight against St. Colmcille’s and St. Brigid’s last week. Our junior A team played their first game against St. Mary’s Rathfarnham and our junior B team played against Scoil Maelrúin on Tuesday. Many thanks to Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Dineen, Mr. Clandillon, Mr. Keegan, Mr. Walsh and Mr. O’Brien for all their time and effort.

Le dea-ghuí,

Dara Burke, Principal.

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