Thursday Letter 28-02-19
1st March 2019
School Update 24.03.2020
15th April 2020

Thursday Letter 17/10/19

Dear Parents,

Official Opening Ceremony of Sports Wall

There was a great buzz on Tuesday morning for the Opening Ceremony of our Sports Wall which was a fantastic success. This has been a huge addition to our school yard. Dublin hurlers and current All-Star nominees, Chris Crummey and Eoghan O’Donnell, were our special guests on the day. They presented our new jerseys for the school team which have been kindly sponsored by Pat Keane of Keane Windows. Chris and Eoghan also presented hurling medals to the Junior A team who won the Go Games South Division 1 competition in June. Medals were also presented to our successful 5th class cross country team who came first in the Clonliffe Harriers ‘Brother’ Schools competition. Well done to sixth class pupils, Evan Whelan, Ronan Hynes and Aaron Gilmore who stole the show as masters of ceremony on the day. Thanks to Mr. Clandillon for organising this event. Please check out our school Facebook page for photos. It was great to see some of our past pupils and parents attending the event. We will inform parents when this ceremony is reported in the Liffey Champion.


Our PA AGM took place in the school hall on Tuesday 15th October at 7.30pm. This year our guest speaker was the former governor of Mountjoy Jail, John Lonergan, who gave some good tips and advice on parenting. Jenny Costello was elected as Chairperson of the PA and Dilly O’Brien as Vice-Chairperson. Lorraine Griffin will be our new Treasurer and Michelle Doyle will be the Vice-Treasurer. Cliodhna Carroll was nominated as Secretary and Jennifer O’Brien as Vice-Secretary. Thanks to Ciaran Byrne and Susan Mullen who were both elected members of our new Board of Management.


We had our first assembly on Monday. We acknowledged the impressive writing display from Ms. Clarke’s third class. Well done to all the boys who received their Full Attendance Awards. They included Thomas Cooney, Marcus Collins, Sam Connolly Coyne, Pearce O’ Connor, Senan Mullan, Darragh Nolan, Michael Kilcullen, James Lynch, Mark MacEvilly, Sean Sanjo, Donnacha Hughes, Jack Collins, Ben Plunkett, Jonathon Hsiao, Afolayimika Jude Fatogun, Ruairí Dowling, Finn Crawford, Leon Goulding, Alessio Mario Balasca, Adam McCabe, Alex McMahon, Daragh Kelly, Kevin MacEvilly. Liam Barrett, Sean Solan, Kian Sullivan, Deivis Kliucinskas, Conor Teehan, Cormac Merriman, Harry Walsh, Daniel Hartigan, Joel Sam Amu, Jonathon John, Pearse D’Arcy, Sean O’Brien, Dáire Heavey, Steve John Jo, Thomas D’Arcy, Luke McCabe, Adam McMahon, Alex Leonard, Harry Wright, Simon Alabi, Riain Keegan and Aidan Byrne. Thanks to Anita Lynch from the PA for organising these awards.

Our new student council were congratulated on winning their recent class elections. They have the distinct honour of representing their respective class. They include James Dillon (Ms. Whitney’s 3rd class), Johnny Donovan (Ms. Clarke’s 3rd class), Patrick Lawrence (Ms. Hunston’s 4th class), Seán Solan (Mr. Keegan’s 4th class), Senan Walsh (Mr. Lynch’s 4th class), Senan Wyatt (Mr. Dineen’s 5th class), Adam Kelly (Ms. O’Malley’s 5th class), Jack Andrews (Mr. Clandillon’s 6th class) and Christopher Sheriff (Ms. Teehan’s 6th class). Thanks to Ms. Friel, Ms. Whitney and Ms. Walsh for coordinating our student council.

Our Gaelic Football teams, cross country teams and our choir received a round of applause for all their hard work this year to date. We also acknowledged Ms. Hunston, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Dineen, Mr. Shanahan, Mr. Lynch and Ms. O’Malley for all their hard work.

Thanks to Ms. Keane who talked to the boys about dyslexia to mark Dyslexia Awareness Week which occurred last week.

Well done to Tom Norry and Noah Brophy from Ms. Maguire’s class and Sean Gyorgy Tyrell-Pogacsas and Ben Kelly who spoke to the school about the work that is done by the Green School Committee. Thanks to Ms. Murray, Ms. Maguire, Ms. Clarke and Ms. Noonan for organising this Committee.

Ms. Killane’s Junior Infant class, Ms. Whitney’s 3rd class and Ms. Clarke’s 3rd class received certificates for making the best effort to speak Irish throughout the month of October.

Ted McHugh from Ms. Walsh’s second class concluded proceedings with a performance on the piano. This took a lot of courage and Ted really showed off his talents by playing ‘Lovet Faller’ by Barnebilder.

World Space Week

World Space Week took place from 4th October to 10th October. First and second classes really enjoyed learning all about space and carried out some fun activities. Ms. Dempsey and Ms. Copley’s first classes learned the order of the planets in our solar system and watched some videos of Chris Hadfield, the astronaut in the International Space Station. First class also investigated how force is used to launch rockets and they experimented with balloon rockets in the classroom. The second classes used various fruit like watermelons and blueberries to represent the planets and ordered them according to size. These activities all count towards our schools progress in the Science Foundation Ireland Discovery Primary Science and Maths Award for our work in STEM. Thanks to Ms. Dempsey for all her great work during the last week.

Maths Week 12th – 20th October

Maths Week commenced on Monday. Many classes marked the occasion in their own special way. Boys from 1st and 2nd class were treated to a Maths Workshop by Aloha Maths Ireland. Thanks to Ms. Keane for organising this programme. These workshops were 30 minutes in duration and included the following: 

  • an introduction to calculating on the abacus
  • an introduction to mental arithmetic using visualisation of the beads
  • a speed-test
  • a number dictation
  • flashcard activity
  • a worksheet for each student to complete
  • a participation diploma

Mr. Keegan is organising a Maths exhibition with his 4th class tomorrow in the hall and all classes will be invited to view their hard work.


We’re really getting into the festive mood with all the Halloween art that adorns the school walls at the moment. We have bats, spiders and ghosts a plenty. Many classes have also tapped into the autumnal theme with red, orange, brown and yellow colours decorating the corridors. Our third class boys made fantastic creations from cardboard boxes which integrated with their procedural writing. Please check out our school Facebook page for more images.

New Signage – Keith Nolan from 3Rock

Many thanks to Keith Nolan (father of Alex in 3rd class and David in 5th class) from 3Rock who designed and produced two new pull up signs for our school free of charge. One of the pull ups is located inside our main door and illustrates our school crest, school motto (‘Mol an Óige’) and school slogan (‘A Community of Learning’).

Kickboxing – Ryan Wade

Ryan Wade has been very busy with his martial arts for the last month competing in both Dublin and Bristol. He won double gold, double silver and a bronze for kickboxing.

Gaelic Football

Hard luck to our Senior A team who lost to St. Mary’s BNS Rathfarnham in the quarter-final last week in St. Enda’s Park on Grange Road in Rathfarnham. Our Senior B team had a good win over St. Mary’s BNS Rathfarnham on our school pitch. Best of luck to our Senior B team who play Colmcille’s after school today. Our Junior B team will take part in a football blitz next Thursday in Ballymun. Many thanks to Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Dineen, Mr. Shanahan and Mr. Lynch for giving up their time to coach the teams.

Le dea-ghuí,

Dara Burke, Principal.