Newsletter Wed 26th April 2017

School Safe Traffic Plan

Please check bags for Safe Traffic Plan. Remember the rap 3rd and 4th performed on the last Friday coffee morning before the Easter break? We want to keep our school gates safe. Only staff cars should park near gates.

For the sake of the safety of every child, please read the Traffic Plan, sign and return the agreement – and do not drive past or park near school gates!

Information Evening – *** Bullying Information Seminar *** THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 27th at 7:30 pm

This free session will enable you to support your child regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools.

Please note this session has been developed specifically for a parent audience and is therefore not suitable for children. Family, friends and community are welcome.

 

Sponsored Run – May 5th during school hours

“ You have brains in your head

You have feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself in

any direction you choose”.

                   (Oh, the places you’ll go!)

– Dr. Seuss

Run Poster

We are asking all students of DSP to steer themselves towards a massive fund-raising effort and to put their feet into their sporty shoes for our Annual Sponsored Event. This year it’s a SPONSORED RUN and it takes place on May 5th, 2017 (Our Super Senior Infants will do their run on May 4th due to their Forest School timetable) and all students will get to see Cuala’s Winning Team Captain in DSP on Friday, May 5th when he will join us at our school assembly for the presentation of class certificates.

This is going to be a really fun event and we encourage everyone to get up, get active, get involved. All students will receive sponsorship packs on Monday April 24th which gives everyone 10 days (including one full weekend!)  to get out and get as much sponsorship as they can. Money raised will help fund the purchase of playground and computer equipment for the school so please…….ask neighbours, grandparents, relatives and friends to dig as deep as they possibly can and let’s make this year, the year of record results!

All sponsorship cards will enter a raffle so everyone is in with a chance to win a prize! PLUS, the class that collects the most sponsorship will be awarded a special surprise so let’s get as many people involved as possible and raise as much as we can and have a lot of fun together doing it! 

Sponsorship Packs went in school bags on Monday, April 24th ……please make sure you got yours and let’s get ready to RUN!

Please note: No spiked or studded footwear. Trainers or hockey boots only

Let’s Go!

Ethos Event – save the date! Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 @ 7:30pm

Joint DSP & METNS Ethos Event for our school communities (parents and staff)

Where:  Monkstown Education Together National School, Kill Avenue

What:    Panel Discussion on ‘Wellness and Our Families – exploring challenges and strategies’

We will have a range of expertise in the panel members, across parenting, mental health awareness and lots of practical strategies. We have confirmed Niamh Bruce from the Santuary, Niall Breslin (Bressie) Mental Health Advocate, Musician & Sportsperson and Sinead Hanly, Past Parent of both DSP & METNS and Counsellor & Family Therapist. We are waiting to hear from one or two others too, so watch this space!

The panel discussion will be moderated by the experienced Broadcaster & Entrepreneur Bobby Kerr and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

 

Hello!
Thanks for your considering sharing the news about a terrific and free upcoming educational event open for your students and families at to learn about eduational Summer programmes and camps available to them this summer.
 
Kids Guide is hosting the Second Annual Kids Guide Dublin Summer Camp Fair and we invite your school community to attend free of charge to discover valuable summer-time educational opportunities for your students!
 
Would you please be so kind as to share this information right away with any parents who could be interested in extended educational opportunities for their children this summer? We respectfully request inclusion in any school weekly newsletters, email communications, or notice boards you may have. 
 
WHAT: Dublin Summer Camp Fair – All the best kids summer camps under one roof! Free admission for everyone – children’s entertainment and taster sessions all day!
WHEN: Sunday 14 May from 10:30 to 17:00
WHERE: Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

More information at kidsguide.ie/summer-camp-fair/

If you would be interested in me posting you physical flyers to distribute to your children for their backpacks, please email me back with the best address to send those to and the number you wish.
Thank you very much for your kind support in helping us spread the word for this valuable day for families to learn more about great summer opportunities and please, if you can attend in person, make sure to ask for me on the day of the Fair so we can meet!
Sincerely,
Geraldine

Geraldine Smythe

Chief Cheer Leader

089-255-2200

PS- It’s not too late for camps to exhibit at the fair! Know of a good one? Please let them know they can regsiter to exhibit here: http://bit.ly/2oVuGqs

“Kids Guide is a really well run and professional organisation. Thank you so much for everything. I think Kids Guide will be around for a long time. “ – Angie Canavan- Mimi’s French Classes, Kids Guide partner
 

Kids Guide Ireland/Dublin is the premiere online guide and event company sharing all the best that Dublin has to offer for children’s services and products. Visit us online for your child’s next adventure in learning and fun! https://www.facebook.com/kidsguideireland

;     www.kidsguide.ie

 
As heard on RTE Radio One, Today FM- Alison Curtis show, NEWSTALK 106-108FM, Spirit FM, and Dublin City FM 103.2

Wellbeing – Mental Health – Building Plans

Our coffee morning on Friday 7th April was a great success, packing out the hall. It was a super opportunity to explain to local representatives our urgent need for a  building extension.

07/04/17. Cllr Cormac Devlin, Principal Miriam Hurley and Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor were at a celebration of the Educate Together ethos hosting an Easter/Mad Hatter coffee morning to raise funds and awareness that many of the students are taught in corridors and need approval to build an extension to get kids into classrooms. 6th class students also unveiled a mental health programme to make mental heath a priority for all of us pictured at Dalkey School Project Dublin.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.

Sincere thanks to all local representatives for their time and commitment – Cllr Patricia Stewart, Cllr Ossian Smyth; Richard Boyd Barrett, TD, Cllr Melissa Halpin, Cllr Dave O’Keefe; Cllr Cormac Devlin; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor; Cllr John Bailey.

Pic: Justin Farrelly.

We appreciate the support promised from Minister O’Connor to secure the additional funds without which the proposed extension cannot proceed.

Pic: Justin Farrelly.

We are grateful to Maria Bailey, TD, and Richard Boyd Barrett, TD, for posing Dáil questions on behalf of the school, and to Cllr John Bailey for advice and support. We depend on their continued support to get the proposed project through to building.

6th class earned a standing ovation for their presentation on Mental Health at the coffee morning on Friday 7th April 2017. Parents/Guardians requested the programme be rolled out for 4th and 5th classes.

07/04/17. 6th Class students were at a celebration of the Educate Together ethos hosting an Easter/Mad Hatter coffee morning to raise funds and awareness that many of the students are taught in corridors and need approval to build an extension to get kids into classrooms. 6th class students also unveiled a mental health programme to make mental heath a priority for all of us pictured at Dalkey School Project Dublin.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.

 

Thanks to the PTA for hosting the coffee morning, with delicious fresh cakes. We are delighted to have raised over €600.00 for Educate Together. We thank Fionuala Ward for attending from ET Head Office.

Pioneering 6th Class Students in Dalkey to Unveil Brand New Mental Health Programme Tomorrow

When the 6th Class pupils of Dalkey School Project NS sought out a programme to learn about mental health and well-being, there was virtually nothing in terms of resources available, which was the case at both primary and secondary level. So 6th Class decided to devise their very own!

Fast forward six weeks and they are preparing to unveil an engaging and thought provoking multi-media presentation to the whole school community on their research. With the presentation, 6th Class are on a mission to make mental health just as big a priority for us all.

Their programme will be unveiled to the school community tomorrow, Friday 7th April 8:30-9:30am, to local media who may wish to attend and to a number of interested local representatives attending a coffee morning.

Topics which will be covered are:

an introduction to mental health and well-being
stigma around mental health
mental health challenges
signs of mental health challenges
help and supports available
There has been much media coverage of mental health challenges and the need for mindfulness and emotional well-being in recent years. When 6th Class began embarking on this project, only a few children (reluctantly) raised their hands to explain what their understanding of mental health and well-being was. In reality, this is the case nationwide, where most children and adults can’t, don’t or won’t discuss mental health because of stigma, fear and silence.

So, 6th Class aim to demystify mental health, normalise talking about the topic and promote supporting everyone who is, has or will experience mental health challenges. John Thomas Doohan, 6th Class teacher, says:

“This initiative has had a hugely positive influence on the way the children relate to each other”.

However, a cause for ongoing concern is that currently many students in Dalkey School Project NS are taught in corridors. The School needs approval for funds to build an extension to get children off corridors and into classrooms. Says Principal Miriam Hurley:

“We welcome support from local representatives for our work on mental health and in securing funds to build a four room extension on a constricted and challenging site.”

See you Friday for a Cuppa!

PTA news

Don’t forget our coffee morning to raise funds for Educate Together. ET badly need funds to to provide educational choice for parents by setting up new schools – one planned for Dun Laoghaire September 2017. Click this link for Lenny Abrahamson interview showing his support: https://www.educatetogether.ie

Friends and family are most welcome to come and experience a DSP get together. We will showcase elements of our ethos through songs, raps and presentations. Wear a hat to mark the Mad Hatter/Easter Bonnet season!

6th class have been exploring the topic of mental health. They will share how we can be compassionate and take care of our mental health. You are guaranteed to leave the gathering having learned something new!

Buildings Update

We received good feedback from local representatives following emails from our school community seeking help to advance our building project. Sincere thanks to Cllr John Bailey who visited the school yesterday to advise on next steps.

We look forward to welcoming local representatives to our coffee morning. Our aim is to show:

There is little change from the 2013 planned scheme approved by the Department of Education and Skills to the 2016 scheme granted planning permission by DLRCC.

Conventional classrooms will not fit the space due to the constricted nature of the site.

The scope of the project has developed due to external factors outside the control of the School e.g.

  • Additional fire regulation requirements
  • Additional disability access requirements
  • DLRCoCo planning conditions
  • New Building Control Act (BCAR) and associated Design Team and Construction costs
  • Increased construction costs since grant approved in 2013

We have to get children off corridors and into classrooms. 

Current funding is not sufficient as costings have changed nor will it allow us to proceed to building. We are approximately 36% short in funding. We have no way of raising this money. We are already stretched to the limit.

Dates for your diaries

Thursday 27th April : Information evening: anti-bullying

Friday 5th May: While school sponsored run

More details will follow after Spring Break

Debbie @ 086 6018670

Focus of the month

 

In our community this month we will make a special effort to show

 

Responsibility

 

I will take responsibility for my actions

and my words.

 

I will take responsibility for my work.

 

I will take responsibility for my environment.

Jersey Day – Buildings Plan – and Irish Education

Hokey Pokey with Buddies ‘As Gaeilge”

Are you ready to send your email to help our buildings project?

Five local politicians confirmed their attendance at our PTA coffee morning celebrating our ethos on Friday 7th April 2017. 6th class will do a presentation on mental health including a song written by one student. Other classes will sing songs or raps. It promises to be a lovely social event and we plan to raise funds for Educate Together also.

We still need your help!

Are you ready to email your local representatives next Tuesday 4th April 2017? Scroll down to last week’s blog post to get the letter template and exact instruction.

We need to get children off corridors at DSP. We need local politicians to help make our case. Please send your personalised email next Tuesday 4th April 2017. Check with your class rep or phone the office if you need any help!

Reminder: Student Council Fundraiser this Friday 31st March 2017 – Jersey Day

This Friday, the 31st of March, the Student Council in DSP will be holding a fundraiser. The fundraiser is a JERSEY DAY where everyone gets to wear their favourite jersey or team colours to school. Don’t worry if you don’t have a jersey – wear whatever colours you like!

The fundraiser is to raise funds for a set of jerseys for our school. Lots of teams play Gaelic football, soccer and other sports in competitions and other teams represent the school in things like the Credit Union Quiz. The Student Council would love to have a set of jerseys so that teams can represent their school with pride!

There will also be a league, organised by 6th Class, on the day, so everyone can have fun playing sport whilst wearing their jerseys. The suggested donation for the day is €2.50, but please give what you can! The more money we raise, the more jerseys we can buy!

Thank you for supporting the school and our JERSEY DAY fundraiser, with regards from the Student Council.

 

As you may be aware, Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD recently announced a new ‘reconfiguration’ process to speed up the transfer of religious-run schools in order to increase the number of non-denominational and multi-denominational schools available. This is an area of considerable national interest and as you may be questioned on it by parents or other interested parties, we’d like to pass on Educate Together’s viewpoint on the issue – which is also detailed on this campaign website.

While Educate Together is fully in favour of the reconfiguration process, the national office recently released a statement outlining some of the concerns with the plan as it currently stands. But the proposed plan is bad news for many children and their parents:

  • Undue influence: the plan gives Catholic Bishops the final say in whether they transfer schools, and who they transfer to. This gives the Church continued undue influence on education that is inappropriate in Ireland in the 21st century.
  • Conflicts of interest: the plan is to be overseen and run by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs), who are themselves also applying to run the schools. The ETBs act as patron for Community National Schools (CNS). It is a matter of public record that CNS schools are designed primarily to ensure that Catholic children are prepared for Catholic sacraments at school and are the Church’s preferred alternative model. This won’t bring about real change.
  • Denial of the rights of parents:The plan leaves families who are campaigning for truly equality-based schools outside the decision-making process. Clearly, the wishes of families are not prioritised – rather they play second fiddle to the preferences of the Church.

Community National Schools are the preferred model of both the Catholic Church and the Minister for Education and Skills. The Church has previously indicated that it favours transferring patronage to CNS schools as they will prepare pupils for sacraments during the school day. Recently the national office has been contacted by members of the Educate Together school community querying the key differences between Educate Together’s equality-based model of education, and the model offered by the ETB-run Community National Schools. Educate Together has produced a position paper on the Community National School model, which is available to read here.

Educate Together has proposed an alternative plan that puts parental wishes where they should be: at the centre of the process. For that to happen, there is a need for reconfiguration process that is Fair, Transparent and Equal – detailed on this campaign website. Here’s what it involves:

  • transparency:the Government should appoint an independent advisory group made up of all patron bodies as well as parent groups, rather than just the ETBs and the Church.
  • equalitythere needs to be a nationwide confidential online survey of parents, run by an impartial state agency. We would then, for the first time, know the true profile of parental demand for schools of different types and the Government could allocate school places and resources fairly.

Educate Together is encouraging anybody who wants real change in Irish education to:

  • contact the Minister for Education: ask him to change these plans and give the people what they actually want: a Fair, Transparent and Equal reconfiguration plan that will deliver truly equality-based schools all over Ireland. Write an email to the Minister or use a pre-written email template here, which you can personalise as you like.
  • contact your local TD: tell them that, as their constituent, you want them to bring about a Fair, Transparent and Equal reconfiguration plan that will deliver truly equality-based schools all over Ireland. Write an email to your local TD or use a pre-written email template here, which you can personalise as you like.

The national office is encouraging the Educate Together school community to help change this flawed reconfiguration plan. Let us know what you think: email us info@educatetogether.ie

Many thanks,

The National Office Team

Click link below for parents expo

Parenting Expo A4

Student Council Fundraiser this Friday 31st March 2017

Gift to DSP 5th class from Laureate Chris Riddell

Student Council Fundraiser this Friday 31st March 2017

This Friday, the 31st of March, the Student Council in DSP will be holding a fundraiser. The fundraiser is a JERSEY DAY where everyone gets to wear their favourite jersey or team colours to school. Don’t worry if you don’t have a jersey – wear whatever colours you like!

The fundraiser is to raise funds for a set of jerseys for our school. Lots of teams play Gaelic football, soccer and other sports in competitions and other teams represent the school in things like the Credit Union Quiz. The Student Council would love to have a set of jerseys so that teams can represent their school with pride!

There will also be a league, organised by 6th Class, on the day, so everyone can have fun playing sport whilst wearing their jerseys. The suggested donation for the day is €2.50, but please give what you can! The more money we raise, the more jerseys we can buy!

Thank you for supporting the school and our JERSEY DAY fundraiser, with regards from the Student Council.

The cliff walk from Greystones to Bray by 4th class

 

On Friday March 10th , 4th Class were dropped off at Glenageary Dart Station to do the Greystones -Bray cliff walk. We all went on the dart to Greystones to start the Cliff walk to Bray. As we walked on we noticed how beautiful the scenery was. There were many interesting birds to be seen along the way. As we walked we passed a running spring and we noticed the sun reflecting off the clear blue water of the sea. However , as the walk progressed the weather became wet and cold so for a while we had our hoods up as we walked against the light rain showers.

After about an hour and a half we saw the sight of Bray town which was a huge relief to us all as we were all tired from our long walk.We then all walked to Bray Bowl where we started our exciting bowling session. there were five groups playing and we had great fun playing. We still had time to spend money on tokens and  video games.

Tired out we boarded the train back to Glenageary where our parents were waiting to pick us up.

It was an exciting experience.

By Sarah and Dasha.

Building Plans – we need your help!

We are preparing for Forest Fridays in Senior Infants and 2nd class. Parents/Guardians – did you see the email about garda vetting? Please check. Thanks to all those who have started the vetting process.

Board of Management

A meeting of DSPNS Board of Management (BOM) was held on Tuesday 7th March 2017

Items on the agenda included the Treasurer’s Report, Principal’s Report, Communications Report, Maintenance report, Voluntary Contributions report, and Buildings report.  Specific items included:

  • The Board thanks parents/guardians who have given to Voluntary Contributions. VCs to date are €17,810.
  • The Board reviewed the anti-bullying
  • The Board approved the Garda vetting policy.

Buildings Extension – Help!

DSP parents and friends: we need your help!

As you know, we’ve been working for years on a project to expand the school.  This has been on hold since last year, due to a shortfall in funding from the Department of Education.  We’ve been working hard to free up this funding, and doing research on similar campaigns.  We believe that lobbying our elected officials is the most effective option.

That’s where you come in.  Don’t worry: this will take half an hour, from home, and it’s painless 😊

INSTRUCTIONS

Here’s what you need to do: send 10 emails.  Plus, if you’re on social media, post 10 messages on Facebook, and send 10 tweets on Twitter.

But first, help us to pull in more support.  Think about everyone you know who cares about DSP, and its students.  Grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, past pupils — can you ask them to join in?  This has been a powerful tactic in campaigns for other schools, since it multiplies the impact.

Second, read the email template below, and personalise it.  Personalisation is critical!  Petitions and standardised letters don’t get noticed.  There are exactly 10 piece of information, highlighted like this, that you need to customise.  It’s your letter so obviously feel free to change any other text as well:

  1. Recipient’s title (“Deputy” or “Councillor” as appropriate)

  2. Recipient’s surname

  3. Area where you live

  4. Your relationship to the student (father / mother / grandfather / aunt / friend / etc.)

  5. Name(s) of the student

  6. Class the student(s) is in

  7. Your name

  8. Your street address

  9. Your email address

  10. Your phone number

Third, don’t send it yet!  To make sure they get noticed, we’ll all send our emails on the same day: Tuesday, April 4th 2017.  We’ll send you a reminder beforehand.

Finally, here are email addresses for the TDs and Councillors who we need to contact — which you should copy into each of your messages before sending — and the template for the letter itself.

Thanks and please let us know what you hear back!

Ms Maria Bailey TD Fine Gael 01 618 3139 maria.bailey@oireachtas.ie
Mr Sean Barrett TD Fine Gael 01 2845333 sean.barrett@oireachtas.ie
Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Fine Gael 01 6312219 mary.mitchelloconnor@oireachtas.ie
Mr Richard Boyd Barrett TD A.A.A. 01 2303020 richard.boydbarrett@oireachtas.ie
Cllr. Cormac Devlin An Cathaoirleach Fianna Fail 01 2750786 cdevlin@cllr.dlrcoco.ie
John F Bailey Councillor Fine Gael 086 8324523 jbailey@cllr.dlrcoco.ie
Mary Fayne Councillor Fine Gael 086 4611626 mfayne@cllr.dlrcoco.ie 
Patricia Stewart Councillor Fine Gael 086 8291002 pstewart@cllr.dlrcoco.ie
Melisa Halpin Councillor People Before Profit/A.A.A 086 380 5793 mhalpin@cllr.dlrcoco.ie
Dave O’Keeffe Councillor People Before Profit/A.A.A 087 1204129 dokeeffe@cllr.dlrcoco.ie
Michael Merrigan Councillor Independent 086 8756026 mmerrigan@cllr.dlrcoco.ie
Ossian Smyth Councillor The Green Part#y 086 4611628 osmyth@cllr.dlrcoco.ie 

TEMPLATES

Dear Deputy XXXX,

I’m one of your constituents, living in Glenageary.  I’m writing to you as the father/mother/guardian/grandparent of XXX and XX, in third and second class at Dalkey School Project National School (“DSP”).

As you may know, DSP is an historic institution. It was established in 1978 as the first Educate Together school in the country. It’s a wonderful school with a powerful sense of community.

Unfortunately, its reputation has not been matched by support from government.  DSP has been overcrowded for several years, with children taught in corridors due to insufficient classroom space.  Last year, the Department of Education signed off on funding for a much-needed expansion project, but the building work has been frozen because tenders came in at a higher cost than originally anticipated.  We need approval for an additional €300,000 (for €800,000 in total) in order to start the work.

Can you help us progress the funding application in your discussions with the Department, and with Minister Richard Bruton?  The case is currently sitting with Department officials.  If we obtain approval now, we may be able to complete work over the summer.  We desperately want to avoid children having to learn in a building site, as well as corridors, next September.

Thank you so much for your support.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the DSP community or comments on this letter.  You can also contact the school principal, Miriam Hurley, directly at 01 2857199, or info@dspns.ie.

Best regards,

Parent/Guardian XXXX

PTA NEWS – HOLD THE DATES!

Educate Together Coffee Morning Fundraiser
What do the Mad Hatter and The Cat in the Hat have in common? They both wear unique, flamboyant hats. And so will the pupils of DSP on Friday April 7th. Yes, its time for the kids – and adults?- to dust off their thinking caps and make a fabulous creation for The DSP Easter Bonnet Parade on April 7th at our Educate Together coffee morning. Family & friends welcome.
Information Evening – Anti-Bullying Training for parents – April 27th
The session will enable you to support your child regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools.
More details will follow over the next few weeks.

Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh!

Our Focus of the month is

                          Freedom

  • We all have a right to be free.
  • We will learn that freedom comes with responsibilities.
  • We will use our freedom, to make good choices at work and at play.

Children are using their freedom with responsibility in many ways. 6th class are discussing the importance of learning how to speak and express feelings about mental health issues, and how to be empathetic with other people’s situations.

Tháinig rang a 5 agus rang a 6 le chéile chun Tráth na gçeist a dhéanamh Dé Luain. Tá na páistí ag foghlaim amhráin as Gaeilge i gcóir an Tionól Déardaoin. Quizes and song in Irish are part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge focus on ‘caint as Gaeilge’. Wear green clothes tomorrow if you have them for our whole school Assembly.

March visitors

March/April is a time of year headlice love to visit young heads of hair. We ask that every family does a thorough head check. A few scratchy heads were noticed at ECAs yesterday. If even one child has one headlouse, the problem will continue. If your child resists hair treatment, ask other parents/guardians for ideas on how to deal with this issue.

Appreciation from 6th class

We recently had a Valentine’s Day breakfast in our school to celebrate both the mid term break and most importantly the feast day of love. We were very lucky to have parents come into our class to dish up a tasty breakfast including cereal, fruit, juice and other lovely treats. On that day, we were also celebrating our classmate Emily’s birthday so it was a double celebration. It was such a fun and relaxing morning. We had music playing in all the classes and got to enjoy a nice breakfast all together in our last year in school. Thanks so much to the parents who helped and to the PTA for making our last Valentine’s Day in DSP so memorable.

Good Wishes and Prayers

Many children and adults at DSP have been adding good wishes and prayers to our tree in the Halla. We are keeping Aoife Beary in mind as she had to undergo heart surgery last week. Recovery is going well. Parents/guardians are very welcome to come look at the tree and to add cards or thoughts for the Beary family. Ms Beary is most appreciative of the lovely thoughts and wishes, and appreciates the wonderful community that is DSP.

Happy Women’s Day!

Book Week
We had lots of fun for Book Week last week. The authors and publishers who visited had loads to share with the classes, and many a budding author was created. There were also class competitions like designing alternative book covers to win book vouchers.
 
This year we again partnered with the local Gutter Bookshop for our two day book fair. What a lot of people don’t realise is that the money spent at the fair earns the school a credit note to spend on books for each of the class libraries. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new and exciting books. A huge thanks to parents and guardians for their generous support.
 
On Friday there was a chance to dress up as your favourite book character and join the character parade. Even Ms Hurley took part – her ladybird costume was awesome!  During the parade the adults got to enjoy some delicious goodies – a much deserved treat after all their hard work planning the events. Thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a very successful and enjoyable week.
(if you had any other pictures of Book week that would be great AS I JUST  HAVE 3RD CLASS!)
  
Valentine Breakfast
Just before mid term break we also got to enjoy our Valentine breakfast in school. This event is fully sponsored by Rushe’s Supervalu Killiney, to whom we are very grateful. It means that all the funds raised now go to providing In-School activities such as yoga and dance.
 
Jack, 3rd class, describes the event.
Before midterm break, we had Valentine’s Day  Breakfast and could wear our pjs into school. We could also sit beside whoever we wanted. Thee were three options for breakfast; Cheerios, Rice Krispies and fruit in a bowl. To drink we had water and juice. A few parents came in to help us with the breakfast

Hello from our Traffic Warden Sharon

Hi to all my friends in Dalkey School Project.  I just want to let you know that over the midterm break I attended a refresher Warden training course. This means that there is a new way for me to cross you lovely little people.
From this term you have to wait until  I’m in the middle of the road and I have to call you before you can cross. It’s for all your safety. So parents please be patient. You will always find a spare few minutes but never a spare life.
Thanks
 Sharon

Dear NPC Member

National Parents Council Primary has been invited by the Minister for Education and Skills to submit the views of the organisation on “the Role of denominational religions in the school admissions process and possible approaches for making changes” to same.

In advance of making this submission we are consulting parents via this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RoleOfReligioninSchoolAdmissions

In a speech made on the 16th of January 2017 the Minister stated he believes:

It is unfair that a non-religious family or a family of a different religion, living close to their local publicly-funded school finds that preference is given to children of the same religion as the school living some distance away

It is unfair that parents, who might otherwise not do so, feel pressure to baptize their children in order to gain admission to the local school.

The Minister has set out possible approaches for dealing with this issue and is seeking the views of those who might be impacted by the proposed changes or those who represent them.

Yours sincerely – Michelle Davern – Administrative Officer

 

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