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December Newsletter 2018

Newsletter – December 2018

Funding for the school is needed now more than ever: We are very grateful to those of you who have sent in the Voluntary Contribution and urge everyone to do so in the near future. Payments may now be paid online. Please contact Ms Doyle at info@haroldboysdalkey.ie.

Board of Management: The Critical Incident Policy & Plan Framework was ratified at the November Board meeting.

Cyber-Safety Talk: Many thanks to Sharon Goff and the Parents’ Association who organised Internet Safety Talks with Clíona Curley from Cyber Safe Ireland. She gave highly effective, informative talks to our parents and to the pupils of 3rd – 6th class. The boys completed a survey based on their online usage, the results of which will be highlighted in Clíona’s report which will be posted to all parents. There was a high turnout of parents on Wednesday 21st November. This attendance was much appreciated. Thank you.

School Band – The Toasted Specials are the new music sensation in Harold Boys’ N.S. Mr Antoin Bracken is the band’s manager. The group has been rehearsing for the last few months & look forward to their performance. This will take place in Dalkey Church on December 5th at 1pm when they accompany the School Choir in a Christmas Carol Concert. All are welcome to this wonderful celebration of the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Concert Invitation to Parents – please join the pupils in Harold Boys’ N.S. in a celebration of Christmas. This will take place in the school hall on Thursday, 20th December. Please note that parents/guardians are permitted to take photographs or videos for private/personal use only & that they must not be uploaded to any website to be viewed by others (e.g. Facebook).

Rang 2
Ms. Molloy Rang 3
Ms. Crowley Rang 4
Ms. Healy Rang 5
Ms. O’Carroll Rang 6
Ms. Mossop
9.15 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 noon 1.15 p.m.

Christmas Art Competition: The entries are on display in the hall. Please feel free to come in and admire the boys’ fantastic work! Prizes will be presented on 21st December. Thanks to the Parents’ Association for funding the prizes. A list of winners will be printed in the January Newsletter.
Green Schools: The standard of our Recycled Christmas Decorations this year was superb and the judges had an extremely tough job choosing a winner to send to Dun Laoghaire County Hall for the Christmas ceremony. Congratulations to Alex Kral (3rd class) who was chosen as this year’s overall winner. The winners from each class were:
2nd Class
Ruadhan Dodd 3rd Class
Jake Tran 4th Class
Peter Quinn 5th Class
Kevin Molloy 6th Class
Hugh Egan

The rest of the entries will be on display in December in the shop window of Roberts of Dalkey so we would like to give a big thanks to them for giving us help with our Green Schools efforts!
Also be sure to check out our Green Schools blog at http://hbnsgreenschools.weebly.com/ for regular updates and pictures of our Green School in action!
Sports News: Congratulations to Fifth Class, who won the Christopher Cannon cup in the Thomastown Senior Autumn League on Tuesday 23rd October against Colmcille’s N.S. Eddie Rafferty was the captain. Well done also to the Sixth Class team who won the Shield Final against Carysfort N.S. with Eoghan Hosford as captain.

Parking: Parents are reminded of the following:
Neighbours who live on St. Patrick’s Road have asked us to remind parents not to park in their driveway at 2.30 pm. Please remind childminders, grandparents or anyone else picking up your son of the above.

Gaeilgeoir Na Seachtaine:
Rang 2 Ruadhan Doidín, Fionn Ó Cosnaeháin, Alsandar Chuilleanáin, Fionn Cruadhlaoich
Rang 3 Aodh Ó Broin, Séarlas Mac Péice, Tadhg Ó Ceallaigh, Lex Ó Murchú
Rang 4 Maitiú Ó Broin, Roibeard Mac Cionadha, Oilibhear Ó Duinn
Rang 5 Dónal Ó Broin, Antoni Siejko, Dylan Ó hEoghain, Dáire Breatnach
Rang 6 Milan Vadell-De Búrca, Nicolai Ó Ceallacháin, Diarmuid De Paor, Lorcán Ó Flaithimhín

Dates for your Diary:
5th December Carol Service 1.00 p.m. Dalkey Church
20th December
Christmas Concert for Parents – Please note times:-
Rang 2 Ms. Molloy 9.15 a.m.
Rang 3 Ms. Crowley 10 a.m.
Rang 4 Ms. Healy 11 a.m.
Rang 5 Ms. O’Carroll 12 noon
Rang 6 Ms. Mossop 1.15 p.m.

21st December Christmas Holidays – 12 noon
7th January School reopens – 8.50 a.m.
7th March Confirmation – Rang 6 11am

Le gach dea ghuí i gcomhair na Nollag agus na hAth bhliana,



Internet Safety 2018

As part of our Internet Safety SPHE education,  3rd to 6th classes had an Internet Safety talk with  Cliona Curley from Cyber Safe Ireland. This was fantastic for the boys as a reminder of safe use of the internet and the importance of discussion of internet use and rules with parents at home.

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Internet Safety 2018

As part of our Internet Safety SPHE education, the local Community Gardaí; Ailbhe Boyce and Paul Hughes spoke to Fifth and Sixth classes about the dangers of the internet and how to keep safe when online.

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Newsletter November 2018

Newsletter – November 2018

Voluntary Contributions are needed for the running of the school. Please send in what you can afford as soon as possible.

Visit from Local Gardaí – Community Garda Ailbhe Boyce and her colleague Paul came to the school on Friday 19th October to give a talk on Halloween Safety to 5th and 6th class. This was a very important reminder of the dangers at this time of year and to be cautious. Many thanks to the Gardaí.

Gaeilge – Many thanks for your support with this so far; please continue to support your son at home. Practise the Eiseamláirí Teanga – a list of these phrases was sent out at the beginning of the year.
Green Schools News – We would like to welcome our new Green Schools’ Committee for this year. They will be working towards our 6th Green School Flag on the theme of Global Citizenship Litter & Waste. The class representatives are as follows: 2nd Curtis Culliton & Adam Finlay, 3rd Jamie Hayden-Cranfield & Taylor Nolan, 4th Thomas Cassidy & Dáithi Devaney, 5th Ben Kelly & Scott McCullough, 6th Stephen Burke, Nicolai Callaghan & Daniel Doyle.

GOAL Jersey Day was organised this year by Conor Brodrick and Noah O’Regan. A total of €382.02 was raised. Thanks to all who supported this event.

PA Fundraising – Many thanks to our Parents’ Association for their fundraising. With these funds we have been able to provide each class with useful Gaeilge resources; graded readers as Gaeilge, board games and resource booklets for teachers, as well as paying for school tours for each class.

European Week of Code 2018 – Many thanks to Matt Hanlon who came into the school during European Code Week to do an Hour of Code with fourth, fifth and sixth class. They thoroughly enjoyed the session!

Halloween Cake Competition 2018 – Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s Scary Cake Competition on Thursday 18th October. Congratulations to all of the winners in each class: 2nd Class – Max Robinson, 3rd Class – Emmet Byrne, 4th Class – Kevin Roche, 5th Class – Tommy Little, 6th Class – Nicolai Callaghan and to the overall winner Thomas Cassidy in 4th class. A total of €917.55 was raised at the Cake Sale and a further €430 was raised for the Scary Cake Competition. Thanks to everyone who took part and helped out on the day.

Dalkey Creates Writers’ Festival – On October 10th and 11th we welcomed local poet Anne Fitzgerald to our school. She came to participate in poetry workshops with 6th class. The boys then worked in groups to write their own poems. Many thanks to Anna Fox, of Dalkey Creates, for organising the event.

Friendship Week 2018 – Our first Friendship Week at Harold Boys’ N.S. will take place from Monday 5th November – Friday 9th November. Each day will be themed; Musical Monday – Drumming Workshops for each class, Togetherness Tuesday – Paired-Reading and Project-Work between the classes, Wellness Wednesday – No written homework, spend time with a friend instead, Thoughtful Thursday – Classroom activities & Friendship Friday – Compliment Circles, 6th Class create an obstacle course for each class to try out.

Science Week 2018 – We will be celebrating Science Week from 11th – 18th November. We look forward to seeing plenty of experiments and welcoming Science Speakers to our school during the week.

Sports News – Rang 5 will begin their swimming lessons after the midterm break. The GAA Autumn Senior League was a great success! The boys really enjoyed their matches and played extremely well. Both teams won their finals. Eddie Rafferty’s fifth class team beat St. Colmcille’s N.S. Ballybrack in the Cup Final 5-4 to 2-1. Eoghan Hosford’s sixth class team beat Carysfort N.S. in the Shield Final 7-6 to 5-6. Congratulations to all of the boys who were involved!

Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine:
Rang 2 Dónall Ó Nuáin, Eoghan Mac Cormaic, Seán Ó hEoghain, Cuirtéis Ó Collatáin
Rang 3 Peadar Ó Gáibhín, Alsandar Kral, Séarlas Mac Péice, Rex Mad Taidhg
Rang 4 Conchúr Ó Flanagáin, Alsandar Ó Gríofa, Ádhamh Mac Cormaic
Rang 5 Seán Wall, Padraig Mac Uidhir, Dáire Breatnach, Gavin Pantony
Rang 6 Odhrán Ó Buachalla, Luca Rizzi, Eoin Ó Ceallaigh, Aodh Mac Aogáin

Dates for Your Diary:
November 5th Friendship Week
November 12th History Week
November 13th Parent/Teacher meetings – School closes at 2.15 pm
November 14th Parent/Teacher meetings – School closes at 2.30 pm
November 19th Enrolment for Confirmation (Rang a 6) 7:30pm
November 21st Talk on Cyber-Bullying for parents
December 5th 1.00 p.m. – Harold Boys’ N.S. – Christmas Carol Service, Dalkey Church
December 20th Christmas Concerts for parents, please note times:-
Rang 2 – 9:15am, Rang 3 – 10:00am, Rang 4 – 11:00am, Rang 5 – 12:00pm, Rang 6 – 1:15pm

Happy Hallowe’en 2018

Well done to all the boys who dressed up today!

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Congratulations to both of our Senior Football teams who both won their finals on Tuesday 23rd October in Thomastown pitches. The sixth class team captain was Eoghan Hosford and the fifth class captain was Eddie Rafferty. Well done boys!












Fifth class had a fantastic tour of Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday 18th October. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association who funded this trip.


Cake Sale October 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the Hallowe’en Cake Decorating Competition:

2nd class – Max Robinson

3rd class – Emmet Byrne

4th class – Kevin Roche

5th class – Tommy Little

6th class – Nicolai Callaghan


Overall winner; Thomas Cassidy

Maths Week 2018

During Maths Week, second class were challenged by fifth class to answer their Maths questions based on the Maths Eyes photographs. Great Maths done by all!


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