Thursday Letter 5.05.22

Thursday Letter 5.05.22

Dear Parents,

Donal Gleeson RIP

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Donal Gleeson who passed away suddenly last weekend. His son, Eoin, is in fifth class and his older son, Conor, is a past pupil. We are also thinking of his wife, Grace, and daughters Róisín, Áine and Meave at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Please encourage your son to help out at home and reward him with 50c or €1 for every job or chore that he completes. The Bob-a-Job sponsorship card was emailed to all parents last week. The boys can make their own sponsorship cards at home if you do not have a printer.

We are keen to receive photos of the boys carrying out their chores at home. Please send your photos to

Thomas Travers (Mr. Clandillon’s sixth class) was more than happy to walk his dog, Jack, during the May Bank Holiday. Marcus McCracken (Ms. Staunton’s second class) is in line for ‘Grandson of the Year’ as he loves making cups of tea for his Grandad and hoovering the house. It’s the month of May which means the summer season is officially here and who better to take advantage of the fine weather than Max Preston (Ms. Whitney’s fourth class) who is keen to hang his wet laundry on the clothes line. These photos were posted on our school Facebook. If it’s a pancake you want then look no further than Eoghan Ware (Ms. Donovan’s third class) who will serve it sweet or savoury. He says that he can flip it without sticking to the ceiling.

Comprehension Strategy, Writing Genre and PE Strand

We are taking a whole school approach to writing genres and comprehension strategies. This month we will focus on ‘Narrative’ and ‘Persuasive’ as our writing genres. ‘Synthesising’ will be our comprehension strategy. Ms. Murray’s fifth class have displayed wonderful samples of blogs that they wrote recently. The standard of their handwriting and presentation is excellent. Ms. Whitney’s fourth class and Mr. Clandillon’s sixth class are currently working on their writing display for the school hall. We look forward to seeing Mr. Lynch’s display at the end of May.

Ms. Hunston’s fourth class concert

The parents and families from Ms. Hunston’s fourth class were entertained with a lovely concert last Thursday evening in the school hall. Some of the sixth class boys greeted the parents as they arrived at the school. Ms. Hunston’s class sang from a large repertoire of songs. There are some talented musicians, as well as excellent singers, in the class. Aodh McGongle, Matthew McDonagh, Mattieu Higgins-Portet and Ted McHugh all played individual pieces of music on the piano. We are very grateful to Ms. Hunston (conducting), Alison Thomas (piano) and Ms. O’Brien (guitar).

Sports Day

Reminder the annual School Sports day for St. Mary's boys and Scoil Mhuire Girls School will be held onSunday May 15th from 2pmat the grounds of St. Mary's Boys’ National School. We need your help. Can you give 30-45 minutes of your time to help out on the day? If you are available to help, please email your name, mobile number, child's school & class/classes to

A successful sports day relies on the help of our volunteers.

National Parents Council (NPC) – Two upcoming online courses

Each day during the week of the 9th of May 2022, the NPC would like to offer the parents of children in fifth and sixth class the opportunity to take part in one of our virtual training sessions on how to support your child`s move from Primary to Post Primary School.

The NPC is also offering parents of children transitioning from Pre-school to Primary school and parents of children transitioning from Primary school to Post Primary school FREE online training sessions during the week of the 9th of May 2022.

Supporting your child’s move from Pre-school to Primary School

The transition from pre-school to primary school can be one of the most important transitions that your child will make. By providing this programme, the NPC can support you to support your child make a smooth transition between pre-school and primary school.

The training sessions will take place on:

  • Tuesday, the 10that 10am and 7.30pm
  • Wednesday, the 11that 8pm
  • Thursday, the 12th at 8pm
  • Friday, the 13that 10am

If you would be interested in attending (virtually) one of these sessions please register your details here

Supporting your child’s move from Primary to Post Primary School

On Monday – Thursday there will be both a morning session at 10am and an evening session at 7.30pm.

On Friday a morning session only will be held, at 10am.

This session will look at:

  • Choosing a school for your child
  • Preparing your child for post primary school
  • Subject choice
  • School Policies
  • Home school communication
  • People you might meet in post primary school
  • Parent/Teacher meetings

If you would be interested in attending (virtually) one of these sessions please register your details here

School Hurling

Well done to our Senior A team who had a great win over St. Brigid’s Castleknock in Russell Park today at 3pm. Our Senior B hurling team also had an excellent win against Belgrove in Lucan Sarsfields at 3pm.

Congrats to one of our past pupils, Colm Walsh and Liam Garrigan who played with the Dublin u20 hurlers against Wexford last week. We are also very proud of another past pupil, John Bellew, who has consistently played at corner back for the Dublin senior hurlers in the Leinster Championship. John’s team have had wins against Laois, Wexford and Westmeath in the Leinster Championship so far. Best of luck to Darragh Lyons who plays with the Dublin minor hurlers and they play against Offaly this Saturday in the Leinster Minor semi-final.

Viktor Adanikan and Colm Murphy from sixth class were delighted to hear that they have been selected to play at half time of the Dublin v Kilkenny game in Parnell Park on the 22nd May. This is a great honour for the boys who will wear the Dublin jersey and play against primary school boys from Kilkenny.

Thanks to Mr. Clandillon, Mr. Keegan, Mr. Shanahan and Ms. Ryan for all their hard work with our hurling teams at lunch break.

Le dea-ghuí,

Dara Burke, Principal.

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