Thursday Letter 23.02.23

Thursday Letter 23.02.23

Dear Parents,

Readalong fundraiser

Our ‘Readalong’ fundraiser is really gathering momentum. Charlie Gavan from Ms. Killane’s senior infants and Arham Khan from Mr. Walsh’s second class and Ms. Russell’s Oasis class read stories from their class readers on the intercom. Charlie read ‘Sea-Lion Splash’ and Arham read ‘Cow takes a Bow’. Other classes have been engaging in some DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time at 12.15pm each day. Many thanks to Ms. Donnelly, Ms. Russell and Ms. Brennan for all their help organising this initiative.

Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment

Our Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment was reviewed by the Board of Management recently. This will be uploaded on our school website in the coming days. Please feel free to give feedback on our school compliance and any suggestions for improvement.

Cake Sale & Big Easter Raffle Fundraiser – Thursday 30th March

Our Parents’ Association (PA) is organising a Cake Sale and Big Easter Raffle Fundraiser on Thursday 30th March. A notice will be issued closer to the time.

A raffle is a big part of this fundraiser and there is always great excitement among the boys when it comes to the possibility of winning a prize. The PA would be very grateful if parents or businesses would donate prizes for this raffle, especially any prizes suitable for the boys themselves. The PA would like to thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Fifth Class School tour

Our three fifth classes are taking an educational tour to Dublin city centre. They will be visiting the National History Museum and the Natural History Museum. Mr. O’Brien’s class are on tour today. Ms. Hennessy’s class will visit the museums on Wednesday and Ms. Murray’s class will go on Friday week. Thanks to all the teachers for organising this trip.


After last year's success, STEM camp will be returning to St Mary’s BNS, run by Ms Quinn and Ms Copley, this summer from Monday July 3rd – Friday July 7th for boys from Senior Infants to 3rd class. During the camp, the boys will be using their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to complete various activities including making slime, science experiments, designing and constructing their own bridges, treasure hunts, iPad quizzes and of course – Lego challenges! To receive an information form or to submit any queries, please contact or Places for the camp are limited, and can only be secured once the information slip and payment have been returned to the school.

Table Tennis League

There’s loads of table tennis action over the next few weeks in St Mary’s. Team I play Ballyroan today in St Mary’s whilst all four St Mary’s teams host Griffeen Valley Educate Together next Wednesday, 1st March in St Mary’s. Team II also play Ballyfermot De La Salle on Friday 3rd March before Team I face St Ronan’s Deansrath in their return league fixture on Tuesday 7th March.

Team I: James Dillon, Johnny Donovan, Mamadu Bah & Daragh Kelly

Team II: Aaron Farrell, Rohan Malik, Adam Elhadi & Cian McCarthy

Team III: Ryan McElhinney, Alex McMahon, Eoin Gleeson & Ben Kelly

Team IV: Samuel Wright, Alex Mitchell, Jayden Singh & Mason McEvoy

Third and fourth class hurling blitz final

Our third and fourth class boys have been playing an internal hurling blitz in recent weeks. There has been a very high standard and we were treated to an epic final between Galway and Kilkenny on Friday 10th February. Galway were the eventual winners after a tough encounter. They were captained by Conor Biggs and managed by Sixth Class pupil Cian McCarthy. Their team in full was: Conor Biggs, Eamon Deighan, Billy Gogarty, Jack Collins, Jamie Donnelly, Danny Walsh & Donnacha Bolger. Kilkenny were captained by Fionn Burke and managed by Sixth Class pupil Adam McCabe. Their team in full was: Fionn Burke, Eoin McKenna, Hadi Meer, James Lynch, Harry Higgins, Elliot Arun & Matthew McKiernan. Thanks to Mr. Clandillon, Mr. Keegan, Mr. O’Brien, Mr. Walsh and Ms. Ryan for all their hard work organising this event.

Daire Newcombe (Dublin footballer) and John Bellew (Dublin hurler)

We are very proud to see two of our past pupils representing Dublin in recent weeks. Daire Newcombe started at wing back for the Dublin footballers last Sunday against Cork and scored two points from play. John Bellew started at corner back for the Dublin hurlers and has featured prominently in all of their league games so far this year. We also have a number of past pupils involved with the Dublin minors and under 20s in both codes.

Junior Park Run in Griffeen Park at 9.30am

It is great to see so many boys from our school taking part in the Junior Park Run in Griffeen every Sunday morning at 9.30am. The race is 2 kilometres and starts and finishes at the car park in Griffeen (Haydens Lane). Registration is free. For more information please click on

Le dea-ghuí,

Dara Burke, Principal.

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