Thursday Letter 15.09.22

03-October-22

Dear Parents,

Computer Coding for Fifth and Sixth Class

The Information Technology (IT) sector continues to thrive in Ireland with companies such as INTEL, Google, Microsoft and Facebook providing so much employment. We introduced computer coding in recent years to help prepare boys for jobs in this sector in the distant future. The IT skills in our school have improved so much due to the recent reliance on Google Classroom and other online mediums. We are introducing computer coding today to fifth and sixth class to further enhance these IT skills.

Coding for sixth class will begin today. Coding for fifth class will start tomorrow. 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 will send a link for online payment to parents to pay the remaining €20 balance which will cover 7 lessons.

Junior Infants: 9am – 1.40pm from Monday 19th September

Our Junior Infants will start school at 9am and finish at 1.40pm from Monday 19th September. The boys will line up on their designated line at 9am and will be collected at the school gate at 1.40pm.

Responsible Parking

It was reported to me that there could have been a serious accident on the footpath on Chapel Hill during the week. One boy was nearly knocked down when a car mounted the footpath. We would also like to ask parents to avoid blocking the entrance to the detached house located just off Chapel Hill at the bottom of the steps to St. Joseph's secondary school. We ask parents not to obstruct footpaths or block gates and park responsibly and respectfully.

Chess Club

There was one error in last week’s Thursday Letter regarding the start date for our chess club. The chess club will begin on Tuesday 20th September from 2.40pm - 3.40pm and will run every Tuesday after that for a ten-week block, at a cost of €50.00. Chess Club is designed for pupils in 4th – 6th class inclusive. Playing chess significantly improves children’s visual memory, attention span and spatial reasoning ability. If interested, please bring completed form (that will be emailed today) and fee to the school secretary. For more information please contact ms.cribbon@stmarysbnslucan.com.

Gaelic Football

Best of luck to our senior Gaelic footballers who play their first game after school today. Our senior A team play against St. Colmcille’s from Knocklyon in Lucan Sarsfields at 2.45pm. Our senior B team play St. Brigid’s in Russell Park at 3pm. We plan to enter two Junior football teams also. Some schools do not enter any teams in this competition and most schools enter just one team. We are fortunate to have so many teachers who volunteer their free time to train four teams at lunch break and organise the matches after school. It is a great opportunity for the boys to represent our school. 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
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