We hope you have enjoyed a good summer. We were delighted to hear that our new Junior Infants had a lovely time playing together last Saturday at the Teddy Bears’ picnic organised by the PTA. Thanks to Megan and team!

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces tomorrow at school. As usual, we issue the start of term reminder to PARK and WALK. Keep school gates safe – do not drive past Glenageary Lodge junction i.e. past house number 52.

The school looks fantastic with bright, fresh new floors throughout the building. We ask parents/guardians to teach children to wipe feet on wet days. We want to maintain an environment we can be proud of. We all play a part in fostering good relationships and cooperative habits.

School Hours

School starts at 8:30am and closes at 2:10pm for 1st to 6th classes.

Senior Infants begin at 8:30am and go home at 1:10am.

Junior Infants will go home early for two weeks – 8:30 am start; hometime 11:30am.

Outdoor Education

We are changing the delivery of some programmes this year following evaluations over the past three years. We identified a need for re-organisation in order to ensure programmes extend the pupils’ learning at every level. Unfortunately, insurance limitations restrict what we would ideally offer senior classes therefore we are tweaking some programmes.

Forest Fridays: Senior Infants and 2nd classes will begin Forest Friday sessions on Friday 6th September. Junior Infants and 4th class will have Forest Fridays in the summer term.

Scoil Fharraige / Beach School will include 6th, 5th, 3rd and 1st. Timetables to be organised.

Sallyglen will continue to be used for mile runs, nature walks etc.

Outdoor learning for Junior and Senior Infants will be increased through targeted sand, water and environmental play based activities.

Some children and adults may find the transition to a different delivery of curriculum challenging. It is worth bearing in mind that DSPNS is singular in its delivery of Forest and Beach session to so many classes. In most schools, our quality of outdoor education is not available. In the minority of schools that do offer variations of outdoor education, it is offered to only one class per academic year. Let us be grateful for the enthusiasm and expertise our staff share generously through a child’s time at DSPNS.

Creative Initiatives

We are delighted to be able to offer Music Generation to all classes, Junior Infants to 6th, this academic year. Lessons will include ukulele for senior classes and percussion for junior classes.

We are very pleased to have been accepted for a Creative Cluster with Newpark and possibly some other local schools. This initiative will be offered initially to 6th class. More details to follow.

Early Years Programmes

We are responding to changing needs in our student population. This year we are trialling an increased focus on play based learning in Junior Infants – including more outdoor learning and movement lessons in the halla.

Extras

We are very pleased to continue yoga and dance during school time. We look forward to welcoming back Franco to run athletics lessons. Timetables to be organised.

Community events

Following a wonderful 40th anniversary year of celebrations last year, we look forward to ensuring we continue the strong links with families and school initiatives over the coming academic year.

We are proud to be a Changemaker School – empowering young people through fostering teamwork, empathy, creativity and leadership! We are proud of our ethos that is the basis of every lesson, activity and conversation. Here’s to another year of Learn Together to Live Together!

Sleep well tonight and see you tomorrow morning!